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Meditation to Give and Receive Love

By: Gloria Marie

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This simple meditation is a great way to open your heart chakra and feel the energy of giving and receiving love. This meditation is great to do if you want to attract a relationship into your life. Of course, it is not only designed for single or divorced women. If you feel negative energy around you or if you are feeling depressed or upset, try this meditation to change the negative energy to a feeling of love and warmth. It only takes a few minutes. Ready to meditate to give and receive love? Read the instructions a couple of times and try to do it from memory.

Find a quiet space to sit. A place that you will not be interrupted or distracted. Close your eyes and take a few deep breathes. Continue taking breathes until you feel relaxed. Try to let go of any worries or thoughts. Concentrate on the breaths going in and out of your body. Feel grateful for the air that you are breathing. When you feel relaxed, imagine a beautiful pink light surrounding your heart area. Imagine this beautiful pink light growing larger and larger with each breath. It keeps growing until it surrounds your entire body. Feel that this beautiful light is surrounding you with love. Now imagine there is someone sitting in front of you. This could be someone you know: your husband, your son, or your daughter. Or if you want to attract a relationship, this could be your future partner. You extend the beautiful pink light to them and surround them with your light and love. Fell the love extending from your heart to theirs. Now imagine they are sending you lots of love and pink light. You are allowing your heart to open to receive the love. Continue sending and receiving love for a few more minutes. Slowly open your eyes. Thank the Universe for filling your life with love and joy.

Kind Meditation

By: Gloria Marie

Some days, I find it a little more difficult to meditate. On those days, I prefer to use a guided meditation. One of my favorite mediation apps is Buddify2.  It is easy to navigate and has a wonderful variety of meditations to choose from.  They have meditations for feeling stressed, going to sleep, in nature and many, many more.  They meditations also vary in length.  I love the “Kind” meditation.

Today there was a lunar eclipse.  As a cancer, lunar phases seem to affect me. This lunar eclipse made me feel anxious, so, I thought I needed to take the emphasis off of “me” and put my energy into others. I needed to get out of my own head and connect with others.  So, I chose the Buddify 2 “Kind” meditation.  This is my version of the “Kind” Meditation.

The steps for the Meditation:

  1. Take a few minutes to sit still and take a few deep breaths.
  2. Think about someone you love or have affection for. The first person that comes to mind, is probably the one you want to direct your energy to. Silently repeat the following phrase while visualizing this person in your mind. “I wish you love and happiness”. Repeat this phrase silently for a few minutes.  Then, picture your heart surrounded by beautiful pink light. Visualize this light growing and growing. Surround the person you are thinking about with this beautiful pink light, from your heart to theirs.
  3. Choose a second person that you love or have affection for. Repeat the above. Silently repeating,” I wish you love and happiness”.  Then visualize the beautiful pink light from your heart to theirs.
  4. Now repeat the above on yourself. Silently repeat, “I wish you love and happiness”. Then visualize your entire body surrounded with pink light.
  5. Take a few deep breaths and slowly open your eyes.

Did you feel more relaxed?

Steps for a Breathing Meditation

By: Gloria Marie

Breathing Meditation

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The Single Happy and Strong Blog will be exploring different types of meditation. Meditation is simply put, controlling your thoughts and mind.  It is not making your mind and thoughts blank. If that happens-great!  When you meditate, you should have not any expectations of the results. Breathing meditation techniques can be quickly learned.

In the February, 2014 issue of Psychological Science they reported a study on meditation that was conducted by INSEAD and The Wharton School. They found that a 15 minute meditation practice of focused breathing helped the participants make smarter choices.

Zoe Kinias stated in the article:

We found that a brief period of mindfulness meditation can encourage people to make more rational decisions by considering the information available in the present moment. Mediation reduced how much people focused on the past and future, and this psychological shift led to less negative emotions. The reduced negative emotion then facilitated their ability to let go of “sunk costs”.

 

Here are the steps for a Breathing Meditation:

1. Find a place to site where you will not be disturbed. You may sit in a chair or on the floor, whichever is most comfortable for you.  Turn off the television, mute your phone, and turn off your computer.

2. Set a timer for 15 minutes.

3.Take a few deep breaths. Close your eyes and begin to concentrate on your breath going in and out of your nostrils. Have your body settle in to a natural state of respiration.

4. With each inhalation concentrate on the physical sensations in your body. With each exhalation release any thoughts or mental images.

5. When thoughts appear, just let them go.

6. If it helps, you may count your breaths.  There is no right or wrong.

7. Periodically confirm that your body is relaxed.

8. Continue breathing until the timer goes off.

9. When the timer goes off, slowly open your eyes and spend a minute quietly sitting.

 

How did you feel after the 15 minutes of breathing?

 

 

 

How to Use Music as Meditation

By: Gloria Marie

Sensational Sunday How to Use Music as Meditation

Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do.  This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life. Today on Sensational Sunday we will discuss music as  Meditation. This will be another tip for your Tool Box!

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How to Use Music as Meditation

Meditation helps to calm the mind and connect with the inner, most deep part of ourselves.  It is the closest we may come to experience the Divine, God, the Source or whatever your term is for it.  Meditation does not relieve our problems in life, but, it may help us handle our problems and stress.  There are so many types of mediation and there is no right or wrong way.  I believe it is a personal choice. Today, we will explore using music at a type of meditation.

There is much research done on the use of music for stress reduction. The Mayo Clinic and the University of Maryland both have done extensive research on the use of music.  In an Indiana University study, they stated, “Since the beginning of time chanting, singing and rhythmic vocal activities have been used for stress reduction”. The American Cancer Society says that music therapy promotes healing and there is some evidence that it may relieve stress and provide an overall sense of well-being.

In a 2013 study in “The Arts in Psychotherapy” found that “The effects of sedative and stimulative music on stress reduction depend on music preference”. This research gives strong support that we should choose specific music to release stress.

Now the question is: what is your preferred music?  You probably have music you enjoy listening to, but, it may or may not be the type to relieve stress.  This week I want you to explore some types of music and then choose one song that calms you.  Keep this for your “Tool Box”.

The steps:

1. Spend 30 minutes today exploring different types of music.  Go on Pandora, uTube, iTunes, or whatever you are most comfortable with.

2. Some Suggestions:

Blues, Music to open the chakras, Classical, Meditation music, Operatic, Chanting, Tibetan Bell Music

3. Pick 3 songs from 3 different genres.  Listen to each for 5 – 10 minutes each.

4. After each song, write down in your journal how you felt. Happy? Relaxed? Peaceful? How did it speak to you? Did it resonate with your soul?

5. Take 1 of the songs into your week.  Spend 5 minutes several times this week listening to your song. Just sit, uninterrupted, quietly listening to it.  I

What song did you choose?  Did you feel it helped relieve some stress?

 

 

 

 

 

Manifesting Meditation

By: Gloria Marie

Sensational Sunday Manifesting Meditation

Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do.  This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life. This week will we try a meditation for manifesting.

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Crystal Meditation for Manifesting

This sensational Sunday I will be introducing a crystal meditation for manifesting.  Meditation can be a means to find inner peace and happiness. There are many different meditation techniques and styles.  This is just a quick meditation for you to try today.

Sit upright in a chair in a quiet place in your home.  Turn off your phone, computer, and television. Try to eliminate all outside distractions.  Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.  Scan you body for any tension you are holding. Breathe into the tension to release it. Now picture a large, clear quartz crystal. It is magnificent and has many points that are catching the sunlight. Picture yourself walking up to this large crystal.  You look closely and see it has many chambers inside. It is like a large, crystal clear castle.  Step inside, feel how cool it is being inside. Notice the beautiful bright sunlight shining through the many points. You feel tremendous energy being in the crystal castle. It is glorious.  Begin to explore the different chambers; they are all unique, gorgeous, and soothing.  You feel at peace and at home.  Keep exploring and touching the cools walls. After you feel you have explored all the chambers, you see a door.  Slowly open the door.  Who do you see? Is it who or what you expected?  Is it someone you know or hope to know?  An angel?  Spirit guide? Deceased family member? Smile and give the person a hug.

Now gradually step out of the crystal. Feel your feet on the ground, breathe.  Open your eyes and look around your room.  Take a deep breath. Do you feel lighter? Refreshed? Surprised?

Spend some time journaling about who you saw when you opened the door and your reactions.  What meaning did it have for you?