Glass-Inspired Meditation Triggers: Transparency, Reflection, Light

Glass-Inspired Meditation Triggers: Transparency, Reflection, Light

“People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

If you think about it, while we don’t really need an excuse to meditate, certain common objects can serve as visual reminders to get and stay focused on what we really want.

Stained_Glass_in_Pink_by_wdwparksgalGlass is part of our everyday life, so that makes it an ideal “meditation trigger.”

It’s used for fine works of art and you see it in ordinary household objects. When you think about it, glass possesses many characteristics that we can use to meditate.

Hold a mirror up to yourself and ponder these 4 qualities.

Meditation on Transparency
One of the first things we notice about glass is that you can see through it. Imagine how your life would be different without anything to cover up. Keeping secrets can cause anxiety and drain us of our energy. Many people talk about the virtues of transparency, but it takes courage to fully reveal ourselves.

  • Think about your secrets. List the things you keep covered up. Maybe you’re reluctant to let others know your weaknesses or there’s an event from your past you keep hidden.
  • Examine your motives. There are good reasons to keep some information confidential, like when you’re trying to protect someone’s privacy. On the other hand, you may be ignoring something you’d be better off discussing with someone.
  • Imagine being more open. Picture yourself revealing more. Ask yourself if having fewer secrets would make you feel more at ease.
  • Unveil yourself. Get one thing off your chest. Tell someone your correct age or let a coworker know that you need help to meet a deadline.

Meditation on Reflections
A mirror reflects whatever appears before it. To some extent, we’re all products of our environment.

Contemplate your surroundings. Describe the settings where you spend the majority of your time. Form an image of your home and workplace. Or maybe you spend long hours in your car.

Assess your feelings. Connect with how your environment influences your emotions. Discover when you feel relaxed and when you tense up.

Focus on factors that make you feel good. Figure out what settings work best for you. Maybe you thrive on peace and quiet or perhaps you like a lot of background activity.

Redecorate one area. Take what you learn and make one spot more comfortable for yourself. Put a vase of flowers on your desk at the office or clear the clutter out of the back seat of your car.

Meditation on Light
Shining light on glass brings out its beauty. You see its full color and translucency. In the same way, a cheerful attitude makes us feel sunnier and more attractive.

  • Laugh a little. Spend a few moments laughing. It’s okay if it’s artificial at first. It will soon become an authentic experience.
  • Savor the feeling. Enjoy the physical and mental sensations. Notice how your heart rate increases and your face flushes. Appreciate how your stress level decreases and you feel more relaxed.
  • Share your joy. Invite others to participate in your glee. Spend time playing with your children or throw a costume party.

Meditation on Cleanliness
A glass window looks dramatically different after it’s been cleaned. When you remove the surface grime, the whole room brightens up. Our minds often need to be “polished” as well.

  • Observe your thoughts. Review what’s on your mind. Are you still replaying the traffic jams you encountered during your morning commute or are you giving your undivided attention to your work?
  • Identify impurities. Recognize which of your thoughts are dragging you down. You may be telling yourself that your thighs are too big or wishing it would stop raining.
  • Generate positive thoughts. Transform your way of looking at things. Congratulate yourself for trying to lose weight or think of how good the rain is for your garden.

Let glass inspire you how to lead a happier and more meaningful life. Let in more light and gain wisdom through meditation and reflection.

Glass-Inspired Meditation Triggers: Transparency, Reflection, Light

Bliss Mission: Getting In Touch With Your True Self

Today’s Affirmations

Value (personal and cultural)I go within and get in touch with my true self.

Deep inside, I know what is right for me. I am aware of where my values lie and which life choices make me happiest. Therefore, I regularly go within and get in touch with my true self.

I trust that the answers I need are inside of me. If I feel uncertain, I take a moment to breathe deeply and evaluate the situation at hand in light of my highest vision of myself. The answer always becomes clear.

This self-searching is an ongoing practice for me. Because I stay in touch with myself, I increasingly find myself knowing intuitively what I need or what to do in any situation. I act with confidence, knowing that I am aligned with my highest priorities: my values.

I am thankful for the self-confidence I gain when I act in alignment with my highest vision of myself. I have character and integrity and their strength grows increasingly as I connect more and more with my innermost self.

Today, I make time to evaluate the extent to which my actions are aligned with my values. I am thankful for each opportunity to create what I most want in my life. Because this is such a high priority for me, I regularly go within and get in touch with my true self.

Today’s Self-Reflection Questions:

1. In what situations do I feel I act most clearly in accordance with my values?
2. In what circumstances do I feel challenged to act according to my beliefs?
3. What can I do to support positive action in these situations?

Glass-Inspired Meditation Triggers: Transparency, Reflection, Light

Bliss Mission: Refocus with Walking Meditation

By Sasha K

walking meditation-smallWalking meditation is something that’s quite new to me. I’ve tried to meditate many times, but my mind always wanders or I fall asleep.

I didn’t realize meditating was possible while walking until now.

So you ask, what is walking meditation?

Walking meditation is about being mindful of your movements and the world around you.  By being mindful you’re aware of what’s going on around you.

I walk around my neighborhood almost daily.  It allows me to refocus my thoughts on something besides life with lupus and fibromyalgia.

Walking meditation is a creative way to redirect my brain. Since I’m an over analyzer it works for me. It allows my mind to escape from life’s anxieties too.

Walking meditation isn’t learned overnight. In the beginning, practice one mindful exercise at a time.

For a few days, focus on lifting one foot at a time and touching the ground as you walk slowly. Being mindful means you feeling every step.

As you walk focus on feeling the ground below you. Is it rough? Smooth? Have hills and valleys? Muddy? Sandy? Wet?  How does the grass feel on your feet?

After mastering your steps, you should focus on another part of your body. Focus on swinging your arms while you walk. How do the movements make you feel?

Work on controlling the speed of your arms. As you continue your walking meditation, add more mindful actions

Some Mindful Actions:

  • Focus on your hip movement
  • Be mindful of your breathing
  • Watching clouds build before a storm
  • The heat or wind hitting your face or back

During my walks, I’ve noticed a lot more things doing walking meditation then I have in the several years I’ve lived here. I didn’t know we had several cherry trees, the earth smell near the woods, the silly things people do, and more, I look forward to walking every day.

Everyone’s meditation is different, but what’s most important is being able to let go. Being mindful of the world around you allows you to relax more and feel whole.

How do you meditate? Tell us in the comments!

 

3 Fun and Easy Ways to Meditate with Kids

3 Fun and Easy Ways to Meditate with Kids

By Roberta Smith

1. Gibberish Meditation – The origins of the Gibberish meditation can be traced to Gabar, a wonderful Christian mystic, introduced this meditation technique which later came to be known as Gibberish. It is said that people would come to Gabar with all kinds of questions about enlightenment and he would simply answer with nonsensical sounds. He just talked nonsense, a constant stream of sounds and words with no commas or periods, no sentence structure. People realized that just by sitting near him, listening to his gibberish, their minds became more and more silent.

This is an amazing meditation as it can be done alone or with people. It’s a great way to spend time with your kids and also a great way to get your kids to release pent up emotions. Making a game out of it is really simple.

All you need to do is start making nonsense sounds and using nonsense words. Here’s an example.

el ol pol kol mol dol la ma pa da ka so lo mo po do eeh ooh poo doo koo moo….

It’s good to start for about 5 minutes first and build up to 20 minutes. After just lie down and be silent. The feeling after is quite simple amazing. Gibberish gets rid of our mind’s clutter and as mind needs words to think the nonsense words drive all thought from the mind. Also the mind is focused on making new words so it stops the process of thinking, leaving you thoughtless which is a meditative state.

“Gibberish is to get rid of the active mind, silence to get rid of the inactive mind and let-go is to enter into the transcendental.” ~ Osho

2. Whirling Meditation – The whirling dance or Sufi whirling is a form of Sama or physicaly active meditation which originated among Sufis, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order. Best known through the Persian poet, Rumi who was a Dervish himself, the dervishes whirl, always from right to left, thus in the motions of the blood circulating around the heart, the Dervishes hold their hands in a unique position. The right hand is lifted, palm-out, towards god and his gifts. The left is palm down towards the earth, to both draw forth its sustenance and to deliver god’s gifts of the spirit to humanity.

Put on some nice beaty sufi music or any music you like. Keep your eyes open and feel the center point of your body. Lift your arms to shoulder height, with the right hand palm up and the left hand low, palm down. Start turning around your own axis. Start slowly and gradually go faster and faster till you are ready to drop.

Let your body fall to the ground when the music stops or when you feel ready to. Roll onto your stomach immediately so that your navel is in contact with the earth. Feel your body blending into the earth. Keep your eyes closed and remain passive and silent.

Again a great meditation to enjoy with the kids. They love twirling and with music and the falling it’s simply great fun.

“Whirling is one of the most ancient techniques, one of the most forceful. It is so deep that even a single experience can make you totally different. Whirl with open eyes, just like small children go on twirling, as if your inner being has become a center and your whole body has become a wheel, moving, a potter’s wheel, moving. You are in the center, but the whole body is moving.” ~ Osho

3. Laughter Meditation or Laughter therapy as it is sometimes called is simply the act of laughing. Same principles apply – when you laugh wholeheartedly you can’t think and your mind is blissfully empty.

What do you do? Simple – laugh for 10 minutes! Think of the funniest incidents, the funniest stories, the funniest movies and let the laughter just burst out of you. Can be done alone or with a group. Start with 10 minutes and build up to 30 minutes and it’ll guarantee some amazing days!

“Laughter is one of the most sacred phenomenons on the earth. Heartfelt laughter releases your hidden sources of energy. When it is really arising out of your heart, when it is total, whole, when your whole being is throbbing with it, then it gives you a taste of meditation. Mind disappears; it cannot exist in laughter. It melts, it evaporates, for a moment there is no mind, there is only laughter. There is no one who is laughing, there is pure laughter.” ~ Osho

About the Author 

Roberta Smith is an Entrepreneur who designs and develops solutions for a business in Kia, Arizona. She also writes as a freelancer for a number of online communities and is writing this post for http://www.markkia.com

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