Under the Oak Tree meditation

I love the warmer weather; this is the time of year to begin the Under the Oak Tree Meditations. Once again these meditations will be held throughout the summer and fall months in a sacred space under the canopy of the majestic Oak Tree, relaxing around the fire pit, listening to beautiful music. This year the focus is a 45 minute silent meditation. Stay tuned for the dates, they will be posted on the of this website.

I love trees, the spirit within them, and the tales they can tell; for they are the quiet watchers of earth. There is healing energy that can be felt when you commune with plants and trees, because they carry a specific energy frequency and vibration. When you are feeling off balance, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, a great antidote is Tree Healing or Tree Medicine. When we think of trees, remember they are grounded with their roots so deep into earth, the trunk is the heart of the soul being and the branches stretch to reach the sky and connection with the heaven or divine.

Each tree has their specific healing qualities; I want to share Oak Healing with you! This is from The Healing Power of Trees by Sharlyn Hidalgo.

“Whenever you feel weak and helpless, sit with an oak or conjure one in your mind. Oak medicine will bring you strength, courage, and bravery. Oak is grounded and strong. It will help you when you are overly excited, anxious, or nervous. With this tree’s help, your energy will ground and even out. When you are carrying too much on your shoulders, you can ask an oak tree to take on the energy and properly disperse it back to the earth for its regeneration.

When you are in a situation that seems to be dragging on or is otherwise stagnant, invite in Oak energy; she will show you that growth and change happen even when you can’t tell physically. She grows slowly and steadily from the acorn, sometimes for centuries. She will help you to be patient. Use the image of the acorn for new ideas, projects, and intentions. Plant them and nourish them well, knowing that in time a tree will grow forth.

Oak represents fertility. If you are hoping to become a parent, commune with this tree. Ask her to share her powers of fertility.

When you are seeking knowledge, information, guidance, or wisdom, ask Oak for what you need. Oak responds to specific questions when you are researching something, especially if it has to do with ancient wisdom or spiritual lineages”.

Another element we use in the meditations is Fire. The fire center is the solar plexus chakra; this is where your light shines from. Using the element of fire creatively can transform negative qualities, thoughts, or feeling into positive ones with its purifying properties. The solar plexus is the source of your imagination, vision of the future and your desire for action. It’s here where you can come to terms with the past and “burn” accumulated karma (the consequences of the past action). Fire is thought to empower, organize, lead and manage our lives successfully. Fire assists us with releasing all that no longer serves us, transmuting the energy and then powering the physical body to activate the whole system. It is also known to promote a healthy immune system leading to vitality and a long active life.

Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Fell Asleep During Phil Jackson’s Meditation Sessions

 

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According to Begley, Jackson engaged in “mindfulness meditation training” with Knicks players in which the players would sit on the edge of their chairs and count to 10 with their eyes closed. Anthony apparently took the sessions less than seriously:

“Some players were dutiful in the exercise, some indifferent and some downright mocking of its worth, team members said. As Jackson’s relationship with Anthony deteriorated, so did Melo’s commitment to mindfulness training. In the final sessions, witnesses said, it became common for Jackson to tell the players to open their eyes at the end of the exercise, only to find Anthony’s head tilted back, eyes still shut, seemingly snoozing.”

Jackson is called the “Zen Master” for a reason, and his philosophical approach to coaching and management has unquestionably served him well.

However, getting players to buy in on such an uncommon approach is a lot easier when a team is winning. When Jackson was helping the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers win NBA titles, he could point to tangible results as evidence that his tactics were working.

The Knicks, on the other hand, won 80 games in their three full seasons with Jackson as the president of basketball operations.

Begley reported some inside the Knicks organization had concerns about Jackson’s leadership that went well beyond his off-court training methods. At one point in December 2016, Jacksonpublicly accusedAnthony of being a ball hog.

“What the f–k is he doing?” a Knicks executive said in response to Jackson’s criticism of Anthony, per Begley. “This is insane. How is this helping us win?”

Jackson’s time in New York was a failure for many reasons, and his tenure showed not only how difficult it can be to transition from head coach to front-office executive but also how you have to adapt with the culture of the NBA.

Much like his attitudes toward three-point shootingand the triangle offense, Jackson’s mindfulness training was probably best left in the past.

Earth Art – Where Nature, Meditation & Yoga Meet to Inspire You

The first peak of the morning sun has the capacity to set the course for our entire day. Rising early to greet the sun is a time-honored tradition not just for yogis and farmers, but anyone that is compelled by finding peace, meaning and solitude in our natural world. Early morning invokes a quiet quality into our lives where the noise of day has not yet peaked and offers us an opportunity to step in a contemplative space of awareness, prayer and reflection. Mornings can be periods of transformation for us and all of nature.

At the intersection of place and person, you will step into a dance with light, nature, yoga, meditation, and intention as you explore a new morning ritual, Earth Art. We will invite nature to take us on an adventure, to slow us down and drink in her elixir as we wander over the Earth, seeking the gifts of fallen branches, twigs, leaves, pods, plants and whatever else arises and connects us to place. With your treasures in tow, we will create small offerings of reverence. You will be guided on the importance of clearing space and how to go about creating an intentional offering to the Earth, that is linked to every moment of your life. Once our sacred offerings are built, you will be guided and taught the Gayatri mantra with mudra sequence to offer your collective voices and blessings to the Earth as we dwell in the symphony of the ongoing rhythms and resonance of each other and nature as a whole. Our vibration will remain in the space long after we move along to find a coveted place to rise to a flowing movement sequence, in honor of the intimate relationship we each share with the Earth. Finally, we journey back together — just as we started – but somehow different.

Be seized by nature and join us for this 2.5-hour Earth Art experience — where nature meets inspiration — where inspiration meets your awareness – and, where you meet the joy of place. This is for anyone that desires to reduce stress, nourish their mind/body and spirit, raise their vibration, receive insight from nature and, welcome wellness into their life.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 18th – 8:30-11:00 AM. Please arrive by 8:15 am. The group will begin promptly at 8:30 am

Location: Staunton State Park, 12102 S. Elk Creek Rd, Pine, CO 80470 – Be inspired by the morning drive to meet us at the Welcome Center of this beautiful state park

Ticket Price: Your fee of $15/pp includes entrance into the state park, no additional park fees. This intimate experience only has room for 20 individuals so, claim your ticket early through Eventbrite

What to Bring: A Yoga mat or towel, light snack, water, walking shoes, camera

Your Nature Sherpas and Hosts: Courtney O’Malley and Nancy Levenson of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to “Meet Yourself Naturally” and we support our clients through a process of the 9 Soul Nourishing Habits. We are a private yoga sanctuary located in the heart of Highlands Ranch, Colorado that offers specialized mind/body/nature/art programs including: private yoga therapy, wellness programs, classes, kid’s yoga, yoga teacher training, WorkPlay Wellness for business and corporate wellness, workshops and retreats. Come and discover Yoga as a Healing Art.
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Stretching, Yoga and Meditation For Women Over 40

I was recently invited by a friend of my fiancé to participate in a 5K tough mudder challenge at the end of August. This is the second or third time I’ve been asked, but ultimately agreed to compete this year. I make it a point to maintain my physical fitness routine 3-5 days a week. It consists of lifting weights, doing HIIT training and incorporating cardio. So jumping into this shouldn’t be too difficult. I thought this would be a nice change of pace and a good physical challenge for me. But this got me thinking about my overall routine and health as I’m getting older. I’ve been very consistent for the last 6 years or so, but there are things that I really want to work on and can do better to improve my mind and my body. Here are some options to improve your fitness beyond the gym with stretching, yoga and meditation for women over 40.

Stretching, Yoga and Meditation For Women Over 40

Stretching

I will be the first to admit that I don’t stretch on my own beyond the gym. I’ll participate in the cool down with stretching after any fitness classes. But if I do a HIIT running session on the treadmill or do a heavy lift day, I don’t take the time to stretch out my muscles. I’ve lost a lot of flexibility in my body as I’ve gotten older (which is a real downer for me coming from a dance background). The importance of stretching and flexibility is not lost on me. Stretching results in an array of benefits to the body including keeping the muscles flexible, strong and healthy. Having flexibility from the result of stretching also helps maintain the range of motion in our joints.

If you are not a stretcher by nature, you can start off with larger muscle groups. Do not feel like you have to stretch every muscle. To start, you can focus on your calves, hamstrings and hip flexors. This will hit the muscles you (don’t) use that can get tight from sitting in a chair all day if you have a desk job. You can also stretch through your neck, shoulders and lower back. These are all muscles that can lose flexibility over time if you sit at a computer or in a car all day.

Proper stretching form is key and it will take time to build and maintain flexibility. To properly execute your stretch, hold it for 30 seconds and breathe deeply. Feeling tension is normal but if you start to feel pain, you may need to consult your doctor.

Yoga

I’ve never been one for yoga, it’s always been a little too mellow for me. But I know people who swear by it as it can build long and lean muscles, core strength and help with flexibility, circulation and even anxiety and depression. Yoga is also linked to higher energy levels and cardio and circulatory health. I’m still trying to find a yoga style that works for me, but the benefits are definitely worth the search. The good thing about yoga is there are different skill levels for your liking and there are different techniques. Some techniques are more focused on deep breathing and centering yourself. Others are more cardio-intense and aid in building toned muscles.

fitness beyond the gym Buti Yoga with Bizzie Gold dance move

Buti Yoga with Bizzie Gold

Buti yoga is a type that I tried and really liked. It’s known most for being higher energy and cardio intensive. It incorporates tribal dance moves and conditioning exercises. It was pretty intense for me and by the end I was sweating and feeling great. I think this can be a good jumping off point for someone like me, who wants to work on flexibility but still feel like they got a good workout in. I highly recommend it for those who want something a more upbeat but still in the yoga family.

Meditation, Mindfulness and Affirmations

I know a lot of people who practice meditation. They all tell me how their lives have improved because of it. It can lead you to have a full-on spiritual awakening (if that is what you’re working towards), help you center yourself for the day or even just help you focus on a task at hand. Simply put, meditation consists of getting in a comfortable space for you, closing your eyes and focusing on your breath and the micro-movements of your body. Some key results of meditation are improved focus and mental clarity, achieving emotional calmness and reducing anxiety, stress, depression and even physical pain. I, for one, have not been able to successfully meditate. It takes practice, but the benefits are enough to make me want to keep trying. These days, there are numerous apps, videos, books and websites that will help guide you in meditation if you are a novice like me. My fiancé uses an app to do a 10 minute long meditation session in the morning. He’s stated how it helps him focus to get ready and out the door in a timely manner. 

Law Of Attraction

The final thing that I want to mention that I feel goes into the category of mindfulness is the use of positive affirmations. I’ve found throughout the years during my low points in life that the power of spoken word affirmations and the Law of Attraction can really work in manifesting a new reality for myself. Using positive words and the Law of Attraction can result in the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on (keep in mind this is for good things and bad things!). I want to believe it’s worked for me with finding new career opportunities (and getting out of bad ones). Bringing positive people and circumstances into my life. I understand that it may not be for everyone, but I like to use it for myself. It can be very powerful if it’s something you believe in.

Mindfulness

If you aren’t looking to use The Law of Attraction to bring something specific into your life, positive self-affirmations are always a great way to be mindful and kind to yourself. It’s so easy to get into negative self-talk, as we all wish there were things about ourselves and our lives that were different. However, it’s important to pull together a list of things that you love about yourself and your life. Then build them into “I am” statements and proclaim them every day to yourself and the world. It can be a private moment in the mirror just for you, during your morning commute, during your workout or even a nice relaxing shower or bath. When I do mine, it helps me see the good things in my life that I am grateful for and boosts my self-esteem.

Are there any methods you practice that have helped you improve your mind and body? We’d love to hear from you.

– Carmen Turner

You may also like to read more health and fitness posts for women over 40 like How To Reduce Your Risk Of Osteoporosis With Exercise and How To Feel Fit and Fab at Forty and Beyond.

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A Neuroscientist Explains the Effect of Meditation on the Brain

A human body has the capacity to heal itself, you only need to be consciously aware about the process and choose the right medium to heal. One of the healing medium used for centuries is meditation, a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.

Meditation affects your psychological well-being by reducing

Meditation changes the structure of your brain

stress, depression, anxiety, blood pressure, addiction, boosts immune system and improves memory. But did you know that meditation can change our brain structure in powerful and positive ways!

We have always believed that brain essentially stopped changing after adulthood.

You have the capacity to heal the emotional dysfunctionality of your own brain. When you increase your awareness with mindfulness, you can transform your brain, create new circuits or change the way neurons talk to each other.

Whenever you engage in a particular behavior over and over again, it can lead to changes in your brain.

Take a look at the video below at TEDxCambridge where neuroscientist, Sara Lazar talks about how meditation can reshape our brains –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rRzTtP7Tc

Meditation for a short time goes a long way in improving overall health

  • A 2005 study on American men and women who meditated a mere 40 minutes a day showed that they had thicker cortical walls than non-meditators. What this meant is that their brains were aging at a slower rate. Cortical thickness is also associated with decision making, attention and memory.
Meditation leads to positive structural changes to the brain – it makes certain brain regions thicker and others less dense
This is what happens when you sit down and tune out!

Here’s another video talking about the positive effects of meditation on the brain –

It’s fascinating to see the positive effects of meditation, just being ‘aware’ can lead to such changes in the brain structure also known as ‘plasticity’ of the brain.

The kind of life we lead is solely in our hands and we have the power and capacity to control our destiny. Simply meditating for 30 minutes every day can change your life!

 

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Meditation has been shown to have multiple benefits on a person’s health, both physical and emotional. Regular meditation can help relieve pain, increase positive emotions, and improve memory and concentration.

Guided meditation is one of the numerous ways to incorporate meditation into your life. In guided meditation, someone talks you through a visualization or awareness exercise. This guided meditation below is designed to help you reduce stress by leveraging the natural flow of your breath and focusing on body-centered awareness.

 

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Night Meditation: Try “The Evening Review” For Yourself

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps that will get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than on all the other distractions that life presents to them. They think about their successes in the morning and practice day and night meditation as well.

Successful people are constantly proactive in the pursuit of their chosen objectives.

An important part of any focusing regimen is to set aside time at the end of the day—just before going to sleep—to meditate on your successes, review your goals, focus on your desired ideal future successes, and make specific plans for what you want to accomplish the next day.

Why Meditate at Night?

So, why do I suggest night meditation?

The reason is, whatever you read, see, listen to, talk about, and experience during the last 45 minutes of the day has a huge influence on your sleep and your next day.

According to some recent research, during the night, your unconscious mind replays and processes this late-night input up to six times more often than anything else you experienced during the day.

This is why cramming for school exams late at night can work and why watching a scary movie before bed will often give you nightmares.

This is also why reading good bedtime stories is so important for children—not just to get them to fall asleep, but because the repeated messages, lessons, values, and morals of the story become part of the fabric of the child’s consciousness.

Sleep Meditation

As you drift off to sleep, you enter into the alpha brainwave state of consciousness—a state in which you are very suggestible. If you drift off to sleep after watching the late news, that is what you’ll be imprinting into your consciousness—war, crime, automobile accidents, rape, robbery, murder, gang wars, drive-by shootings, kidnappings, natural disasters and corporate scandals.

Think how much better it would be to read an inspiring autobiography or a self-improvement book instead.

Imagine the power of meditating, listening to a self-help audio program, or taking the time to plan your next day right before you go to sleep.

Nighttime Meditation Techniques

Here are two exercises that will keep you positively focused and moving forward at the end of the day.

1. The Evening Review

The first is a very impactful night meditation technique called “The Evening Review”.

This is a powerful exercise to help you more quickly install a new positive behavior like punctuality, a new habit, like listening more, or a new quality, like patience or mindfulness. You’ll be amazed at how fast this technique can lead to permanent change.

It is very easy to do. You start by sitting with your eyes closed, and taking a few deep breaths., After you feel more relaxed, give yourself one of the following directions:

 Show me where I could have been more effective today…

 Show me where I could have been more conscious today…

 Show me where I could have been a better (and then fill in your profession— a better manager, teacher, coach, salesperson, etc.) today…

 Show me where I could have been more loving today. …

 Show me where I could have been more assertive today. …

 Show me where I could have been more (and just fill in any quality or characteristic) today…

As you sit calmly in a state of quiet receptivity, you’ll see that a number of events from the day will come to mind.

Just observe them without any judgment or self-criticism. When no more events come to mind, take each incident and replay it in your mind the way you would have preferred to have done it had you been more conscious and intentional at the time.

For example you might see yourself being more patient in the checkout line at the supermarket or more patient with your young daughter as you were getting her to help clean up her room, or being more assertive and speaking out more boldly in your staff meeting at work.

This little bit of effort to visualize yourself doing a more conscious and intentional job in alignment with your chosen values and goals creates a subconscious image that will help to more easily evoke the desired behavior the next time you find yourself in a similar situation.

2. Visualize Your Next Day the Night Before

Another powerful tool to keep you focused on creating your life exactly as you want it to be is to take a few minutes after you have planned your next day’s schedule and visualize the entire day going exactly the way you want it to.

Visualize everyone being there when you call them, every meeting starting and ending on time, all of your priorities being handled, all of your errands being completed with ease, making every sale, and so on.

See yourself performing at your best in every situation you will encounter during the next day.

This will give your subconscious all night to work on creating ways to make it all happen just as you have visualized it. We also now know that every thought you think is broadcast out to the universe on what my friend and success coach Robert Scheinfeld calls the “inner-net.”

So when you are visualizing your ideal day, you are also sending out your intention to the other people and into the universe!

Try This Night Meditation for Yourself!

Get into the habit now of nighttime meditation. It will make a huge difference in your life. If you want to learn more about meditation click the button below to download my free 4 Step Meditation for Beginners.

Try this “Evening Review Meditation” before you go to bed tonight. And then take a few moments to visualize yourself completing all of your goals for the next day. Come back and share your experience of how it felt in the comments section.

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Sound Bath Healing And The Beauty of Vibration (Bonus 432hz Meditation)

What Is A Sound Bath?

Sound bath healing and the beauty of vibration (bonus 432 hz meditation). The first time I experienced a sound bath was with a lovely teacher named Danielle from sound embrace. I was among a smaller group of about 12 people in a large room dedicated to meditation and sound healing. In the front area of the room was the facilitator with 4 large crystal singing bowls and a massive gong. She instructed us to lay down on our mats and get comfortable so we could experience the benefits of sound healing. It was time to bathe in sacred sounds and experience the nourishment of a sound bath.

Sound Bath Meditation With Crystal Singing Bowls

Danielle informed us that this was a 30 minute sound bath meditation and that we should allow ourselves to fully feel whatever may come to us. As she started playing the crystal singing bowls, I could feel healing energy and a beautiful vibration permeate the room. My initial reaction to the sounds were overwhelming as I have never heard or experienced sound waves in such a powerful ebb and flow rhythm. After a minute or two, my body started to get used to it and I started to see inner visions arise.

Sound Bath For Your Mind, Body And Spirit

My mind, body and spirit was immersed in deep spiritual healing on all levels. I relaxed deeper and deeper and soon realized why this practice was called a “sound bath”. It is in fact a spiritual cleansing using sacred sound and energy. For the most part, the sound bath was super relaxing. I did however experience periodic moments that were uncomfortable.

Experiencing The Good and Bad in a Sound Bath

At times I was becoming more aware of the things that were stressing me out. The visions and stressful thoughts would come and go and I could feel everything that was bringing tension into my life. As I released these stressful thoughts, I fell deeper and deeper into a more relaxed state of being. I was transported right back into the experience of beautiful blissful energy.

High Vibrational Sound Bath Healing

These crystal singing bowls were emitting high vibrational frequencies and I was incredibly grateful for all I was receiving. All of my worries seemed to drop away and I found myself in a very care free and beautiful state of being. In order to heal we must allow ourselves to discover where and what is causing tension so that it may be healed, released and transformed. To find true and lasting inner peace, we need to accept all aspects of life, both the good and bad.

Transformational Sound Baths

When we accept the bad, it is transformed into good. As Eckhart Tolle so eloquently states, “Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” Would I attend another sound bath? Most definitely. In fact, since attending I have purchased my own Tibetan singing bowl.

What Is A Singing Bowl?

Singing bowls have many purposes including stress reduction and pain relief. Singing bowls can be used with other healing practices like meditation and deep breathing exercises. Many people believe the vibrations that emanate from a singing bowl benefit our bodies by reducing daily stress. Some also believe that the energetic vibrations stimulate the immune system which will harmonize our cells, brain waves and balance our bodies chakras.

Sound Healing Has Been Around For Ages

Using music as a method for healing has been around for thousands of years as its therapeutic effects are profound. The Greeks in ancient times used vibration and sound to help with digestion, sleep and mental disturbances. Towards the end of the 19th century, people were trying to prove that the relationship of sound and healing does in fact exist. What they found was that music was successful in lowering blood pressure, decreasing the pulse rate and helping the parasympathetic nervous system.

The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for digestion and metabolic processes. Just learning the history of sound therapy however isn’t enough to tell you what a sound bath actually is. A sound bath is a kind of like a meditation class as the goal is to put participants into a tranquil meditative state while being immersed in soothing sounds. The sound therapist or class instructor will be the ones responsible for playing the various instruments and sounds.  In some classes, people will remain sitting up with meditation cushions but some teachers ask participants to lay down on yoga mats.

Sound bath sessions use all sorts of notes at various vibrational frequencies that help you calm your mind and relax into your true nature. Most of the time, these sounds emanate from drums, didgeridoos, gemstone bowls, crystal bowls, cymbals, and even gongs.  Each instrument has its own unique vibrational frequency that harmonizes with your body, mind and spirit. They help you return to your natural meditative state of being.

Enjoy The Benefits of Sound Healing In This Sound Bath Meditation

432hz Sound Bath Meditation – Relax and Enjoy This Sound Healing YouTube Video 🙂

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Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Divine Intimacy Meditation

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Presence of God – O Jesus, make me worthy to consecrate myself to Your loving Heart and to truly live this consecration.

MEDITATION

Because devotion to the Sacred Heart arouses in us a need to return His infinite love, it expresses itself spontaneously in an Act of Consecration by which the creature gives itself entirely to the God who has loved it so much. Consecration to the Sacred Heart, says Leo XIII, “means a giving of oneself, a binding of oneself to Jesus Christ, since all respect, all homage, and all devotion to the Sacred Heart are really addressed to Jesus Himself” (Annum Sacrum). Pius XI explains what this act consists of: “By this Act of Consecration, we offer to the divine Heart of Jesus, ourselves and all we possess, acknowledging that we have received it all from the eternal charity of God” (Miserentissimus Redemptor).

To love is to give oneself: “To love is to give all and to give oneself,” sang St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. When love is real it must make a gift of everything, and in this total gift to God the loving soul finds its peace and rest. The ardent cry of St. Paul: “Caritas Christi urget nos,” ends with his triumphant cry: “ut non sibi vivant, sed ei qui pro ipsis mortuus est”; the charity of Christ presseth us…. that we may not now live to [ourselves] but unto Him who died for [us]. (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15).

One who consecrates himself to a person gives himself entirely to that person; he no longer belongs to himself; henceforth he cannot live for himself; his tastes, interests, and desires must give way to those of the one to whom he has given himself, and to whom he now belongs. This is the profound meaning of Consecration to the Sacred Heart, a Consecration which, far from being reduced to the recitation of a mere formula, involves and must involve our whole person, life, and abilities so that we use our complete being and all we possess in the service of the divine Heart.

COLLOQUY

“Adorable Heart of my most loving Jesus, what good have You found in me to make You love me without limit, even though my heart, stained by a thousand faults, was so cold and indifferent toward You? The great proofs of love which You have shown me, even when I did not love You, give me hope that You will now find acceptable the proofs of my love. Receive then, my loving Savior, my desire to consecrate myself entirely to the honor and glory of Your Sacred Heart; accept the gift of all that I am. I consecrate to You my person, my life, my actions, my pains and sufferings, desiring to be in the future a victim consecrated to Your glory, on fire at this moment, and one day to be entirely consumed by the holy flames of Your love. I offer You then, my Lord and my God, my heart with all its desires, that during my whole life it may be perfectly conformed to Yours. I belong, then, wholly to Your Heart, I am entirely Yours. O my God, how great are Your mercies toward me!… My adorable Savior, accept my consecration also in reparation for the offenses which I have not ceased to commit against You until now, by corresponding so badly to Your love. I am giving You very little, I know, but at least I wish to give You all that is in my power and all You wish, for that You desire from me; therefore, by consecrating my heart to You, I give it to You never to take it back.

“Teach me, O loving Savior, perfect forgetfulness of self, for that is the one way by which I can enter Your adorable Heart; and since in the future I shall do everything for You, grant that all I do may be worthy of You. Teach me what I must do to arrive at the purity of Your love, but also give me this love, give me a most ardent, generous love. Give me that profound humility without which no one can be pleasing to You, and accomplish in me all Your holy will” (St. Margaret Mary).

Note from Dan: This post on consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is provided courtesy of Baronius Press and contains one of two meditations for the day. If you would like to get the full meditation from one of the best daily meditation works ever compiled, you can learn more here: Divine Intimacy. Please honor those who support us by purchasing and promoting their products.

Art for this post on consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: partial restoration of Srce Jezusovo (The Heart of Jesus), unknown artist, second half of 19th century, PD-US author’s life plus 70 years or less, Wikimedia Commons. Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, mirror from open source material.

Top 10 Healthy Benefits To Regular Meditation — myscienceacademy.org

 

Meditation is far more than just a religious practice; it is actually incredibly good for your mental, physical and emotional health. It is great for relieving stress, and has no negative side effects. Below are ten things meditation does to improve your health.

10. Both Mood And Stress Levels Are Greatly Improved

recent study found that those who meditate, even as little as eleven hours a month, can see both increased cognitive performance, and greatly increased mood. Researchers studied 68 university students over the course of a month, and found that they had an increase in white matter around the anterior cingulate cortex. This is part of your body’s self-regulation system, and is used to control mood, among other things. Those who took part in the study had lower levels of anxiety, anger, fatigue, and depression, than those in the control group. If you are ever in a situation where life is getting you down; don’t get mad, get to meditating.

9. It Can Help Facilitate Psoriasis Treatments

Psoriasis is an immune disorder that causes your body to think that healthy skin cells are diseased, and sends out a signal to create new ones, which leads to far too many new skin cells. This causes scaly, itchy patches on people’s skin, and is believed to lead to an increased risk of stroke. Scientists conducted a study with groups of people about to undergo phototherapy for their psoriasis. One group was given regular guided mindfulness meditation sessions along with the phototherapy, and the control group simply had the phototherapy and nothing else.

 

After going over the results, the scientists concluded that those who had gone through the guided mindfulness meditation sessions had decreased stress, as well as quicker resolution of their psoriatic lesions. Basically, those who had meditated healed both faster and better.

8. It Can Reduce Your Risk Of Schizophrenia And Other Psychotic Disorders

Scientists at Yale learned that experienced mediators tend to turn off the part of the brain with “me” thoughts, as well as mind-wandering. The researchers believe that these states, in their pathological form, are associated with schizophrenia, autism and anxiety disorders. Meditation allows for people to be more present-centered, instead of self-centered, according to the scientists. It is believed that schizophrenia has a strong genetic factor, but certain circumstances come into play as to whether someone at risk for the disease actually develops it. Meditation could help someone, who might otherwise be at risk, avoid contracting the disease, or at least control their symptoms better.

 

7. It Can Reduce Cholesterol And Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Scientists discovered, after multiple tests and controls, that a seven-step program in transcendental meditation (which doesn’t require any change in religious or philosophical belief) for just twenty minutes twice a day, can have incredible health benefits. They discovered that this form of meditation can reduce cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It was also found to decrease the effects of problems like angina pectoris and carotid atherosclerosis. The former involves chest pains due to obstruction or spam of the coronary arteries, and the latter is a constriction of the carotid artery. None of those problems sound very good, but transcendental meditation is a great, cost-effective way to help improve symptoms, though treatment should still involve professional medical care.

6. It Can Help Control And Reduce Asthma Symptoms

Scientists studied a group of 70 asthma patients who used inhalers regularly, and had them perform yoga meditation over a three-month period. The members of the case group showed improvement in their pulmonary functions, decreased respiratory rate, less need to use their inhalers, fewer asthma attacks, and a decreased pulse rate. The researchers are not entirely sure what caused these incredible effects on the patients, but they believe it may have something to do with an increased amount of endorphin activity, airway muscle dynamics, and better balance in the autonomic nervous system. We could also go with the fact that those with asthma have trouble breathing properly, and meditation is very focused on improving breathing.

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