One of the very few reasons I had any respect for my mother... was because she would reach into the sink with her bare hands - bare hands - and pick up that lethal gunk and drop it into the garbage... a kind of mad courage.
~Robert Fulghum
 

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Your Beautiful Meditation Place

Find a quiet, peaceful place and sit calmly with both feet on the ground. Relax. Close your eyes and imagine you are in a place that you find very beautiful. Picture this place and feel the enjoyment of being there. With this place in mind, become aware of your breathing.

Breathe inů

And breathe outů

Feel yourself relax deeply as you are aware of your breathing. Begin to walk into your beautiful place. Imagine sitting in this place with its beauty surrounding you. Notice the area around you and the details that make it special, adding to your mental picture. Sit and feel the peace of this place envelop you. Feel as you are connected to this place, and are a part of its beauty. Experience the contentment in the perfection of your surroundings of which you are now a part.

Continue to breathe deeply.

Breathe in, absorbing the peace and love with every fiber of your being. Exhale and relax deeper with each breath. Sit as long as you like and take in the goodness that radiates from this place.

When you feel it is time to go, begin to walk back. Your breathing will guide you back. Gently but deeply, take a few breaths and then pause. Remember that you can return whenever you like. Even if you only visit for a moment, the peace you felt will still be there to center and calm your mind.

Now open your eyes. Become aware of the good feelings this meditation has brought you. You are ready to begin your day.

 

Alternate Nostril

The Ancient Yogis developed the Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique when they observed that many diseases were due to breathing too long through one nostril. This can happen due to blockages or disturbances that can easily be corrected through this practice.

The Yogis claim that breathing too much through the left nostril will cause asthma (over a period of years), but it can be cured by breathing through the right nostril. They also believed that diabetes is caused by prolonged breathing through the right nostril. The Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique clears the nostrils and reestablishes a natural breathing cycle.


 


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