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Meditation on Giving and Receiving
What you see is what you in turn receive. If you see the positive in a situation you can use the example to strengthen yourself. Why spend time dwelling on, ruminating on the negative?
Both positive and negative can be seen in this world. It will make you a happier person to dwell on the positive and thereby increase your moments making spiritual progress.
What is spiritual progress? Seeing the good, emulating it, feeling it, radiating it.
When you give out positive vibrations and actions, you receive peace and harmony in the moment of your actions. It is not that you will receive a kind action in return. You may or may not. But you do increase the moments of your life spent in positive, productive actions.
Begin your meditation by choosing a quiet and private space to sit. If you are sitting on the floor on a cushion, bend your legs in. If sitting on a straight back chair, place the soles of your feet firmly on the floor for balance. Either way, fold your hands in your lap, or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs. Close your eyes.
Take a deep breath and release it. Then take up even, regular breathing for the remainder of your meditation. For example, breathe in 2 counts; breathe out 2 counts and continue. Do not hold your breath at any time.
Say an opening set prayer or one of your own creation to set the tone for your meditation. Then observe your breaths going in and out in their rhythmic fashion. This practice gives peace of mind and harmony between action and thought.
Keep up the even breathing and turn your thoughts to becoming a more giving person. The more you give of yourself, the better you will feel about yourself and you’ll receive feelings of joy in the very act of giving.
Now, to finish your meditation, take another deep breath in and slowly release it. Stretch out and go on with your day: rejuvenated, peaceful, positive.
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Gentle Yoga and Meditation – for All Adults
Gentle yoga poses and meditations for adults of all ages, plus a dose of yoga philosophy and virtues. All poses illustrated. 107 pages. Table of contents at this link.
Yoga for all Kids
Included in the text are 4 styles of meditation for balance, harmony and instant stress relief, plus 15 gentle moving yoga poses that can also be used as a basic motor skills lesson plan, followed by 18 chapters about how to live social skills, and a dictionary of 40 one sentence definitions of happiness. For kids of all ages and abilities. Fully illustrated with photos of poses.
Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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