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Want to Find Some Peace? Meditate, Baby!

When the Center was open, every Thursday for six years I taught meditation classes. Many people still ask me how to meditate. There’s so many different ways to meditate! Simply put, meditating is focusing or concentrating on one thing, like Tai Chi. That’s why I love Tai Chi so much. There are many tools that can assist you in your meditation practice. For instance, a candle flame, music or humming. You can also meditate while gardening, doing dishes or other sedate activities.

However, there is one constant – BREATHING! My breathing has changed in the last year and a half since I closed the Center. Back then my breathing was what I call too serious. Not that I don’t take meditation serious – I do. I was being too serious in trying to control everything. Now I sing and hum to relax my energy. As I relax my breathing becomes deeper as I sing. Changing the way I meditate makes me feel more connected to the experience. Without listening to a meditation CD or reading from a book, I create my experience and it works perfect for me. You may want to try this idea – choose a meditation from a book and read it into a recorder. Listening to you tell you what to do – can be very powerful. I challenge every one of you to create your own experience! If you’d like to come to a guided meditation, I welcome you to my home on Thursday from 7:30 – 9:00 PM. Meditation in the Shining Wheel 

Imagine creating a world of positive Karma! & Bonus Video!

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Imagine creating a world of positive Karma! Karma is the integrated collection of negative and positive behaviors and actions which a person accumulates during their present and former lives. Hindus, Buddhists and some others believe that the amount and type of karma will determine a person’s state in this life or when they are reincarnated in their next life.

Do you believe in Karma and how do you understand it? If you don’t believe in Karma, what is your belief in regards to being accountable for your actions and behaviors?

Viewpoint 1: I do not believe in Karma. I believe in a Divine source which originates from love and I am experiencing human life to align with that love. I do not believe my Divine source would send me back to Earth to pay for behaviors in past lives. Karma brings up the question of polarities. Depending on the culture, what one culture sees as unlawful, evil or bad may be the opposite in another culture. Is Karma based on previous life laws or current laws? Who judges?

Viewpoint 2: I believe in Karma because I think it. I create it in my mind so it is my reality. I practice living a positive life of love to avoid negative Karma.

My point of view is that we are creating Karma all the time – it is the Law of Attraction. However, I do not put energy into the belief of Karma. I stay in a state of joy and bliss.

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A Higher Frequency – Joy! & Video

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Where do we find joy? Joy, like all other emotions, whether negative or positive is a vibration or frequency. Guilt, fear and anger are all frequencies under 200. On the other hand, love, joy and gratitude are all frequencies over 500. Raising our vibration then, may be the key to experiencing joy. When the body’s energy, or frequency, is higher we are healthier in many ways.

The following is a list of suggestions for finding joy in your life. Ultimately, you must choose to be happy and joyous. You are the only one who can find reasons to feel good and experience joy. These may help get you started.

  • When you step outdoors see the beauty Mother Earth provides and be joyous. Really look at the flowers, plants and animals. Take a walk and look for nature’s beauty. Enjoy it.
  • Watch children – they seem to know the key to happiness. Joy seems natural to them as they sing, dance and play. It may be a good idea to play and have fun. Discover your inner child; see life through a child’s eyes.
  • Tune in to yourself. Take joy in making peace with whom and where you are. See the beauty of self. Acknowledge your divinity and live in appreciation.

All these actions tend to raise your emotional frequency. So, whatever it is that you find makes you feel good, happy and joyous, do it and do it often. You may find the feeling of joy comes to you easier as you practice it.

If you would like to learn more about finding joy, come see us on Wednesday, March 21st for the “Finding Joy In Your Life” class.

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Discover the Energizer YOU! And Fun Video!

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Discovering the energized you and raising your energy is important when it comes to being happy and healthy. A higher energy level boosts the immune system, keeps internal organs fit and releases those natural “feel good” hormones. The body functions better, the mind thinks with focus and stress is reduced. The following lists several ways to boost your energy level:

  • Practice love – Begin by loving yourself; look in the mirror and say “I love you!” Name 10 things you love about yourself. Express love to family and friends. If you have a pet, hold them, love and enjoy them.
  • Breathe – Inhale and exhale through your nose. Your lower belly should expand and contract as you breathe.
  • Drink water – Drink half your weight in ounces of water each day.
  • Smile, laugh and have fun – Smile radiantly, sincerely and joyfully at every opportunity. Laugh; watch a funny movie, share jokes with your friends, laugh at the absurdities of life. Make time for fun activities.
  • Stretch and Exercise – When you awake in the morning stretch your body; during the day take breaks to stand and stretch. Give your body a workout; walk, bike, swim or try Tai Chi! Go dancing or dance by yourself. Find an activity you like and do it regularly.

There are many other ways to raise your energy. I am excited to offer a new class about raising your energy! The class material will offer even more ways to raise your energy. We will discuss the benefits in greater detail and we will have fun with several suggested techniques. So, if you would like to learn more about the benefits of raising your energy and some brilliant tips, come to the class “Techniques to Raise Your Energy” on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

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Retrain Your Inner Voice & Bonus Video

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Macmillan Dictionary defines “retrain” as “to learn, or to teach someone, new skills that are needed for a job”.  Well, throughout your waking hours you have an inner voice chattering nonstop even though you are not aware of it. This constant stream of conversation may create challenges by distracting and diminishing your ability to be truly “in the present”. Your inner voice may be communicating negative thoughts, preventing you from moving forward and achieving your potential.

Does your inner-voice chatter about how unworthy you are, how difficult a task or goal will be and even saying you will not succeed! The good news is that we all have the ability to train this chatter in a positive way which may elevate, encourage and uplift us.

Here are some suggestions you may want to try separately or in combinations:

  • Take a walk – “Earth-walking” is a type of focus that involves tracing your steps in a pattern that repeats until you have come to a state of inner peace. The figure eight, the Infinity symbol, is a soothing yet powerful first pattern to try. You may notice your inner voice is unable to keep your interest for long when focusing on walking a pattern.
  • Chanting – Mantras or just singing the song of your soul may give you the power to reach your goals and lift you from the ordinary to a higher level of consciousness.
  • Place your hand or a finger on your forehead and say: “Okay, I hear you. Be quiet!” Then put your hand or finger on your heart and say: “I am listening with my heart right now!” This one is great for those times when you are on the run and want to shift your focus quickly – and it is FUN!

Daily affirmations, aromatherapy, meditation or Tai Chi may also work well. By using any of these methods you are training your subconscious mind to focus on the present and be positive.

Your inner voice is a wondrous part of who you are. By replacing self-defeating chatter with positive reinforcement the chatter may become supporting self-talk. It may boost your confidence. The more you practice turning your subconscious into your advocate, the greater success you may experience with your goals, manifestations and desires.

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Action to Enlightenment & Bonus Video!

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There is no right or wrong way when you are ready to take action to enlightenment or spiritual growth.  You have the potential to develop your awareness.  Humans seem to naturally seek that awareness in a variety of ways.  You have the ability to personalize your spiritual growth by choosing from a wide range of ideas and tools.  The most important thing is to take action.  Try different things – what feels right for you?

Often people search their past, looking for what happened to them and why. They ask “Why am I the way I am”?  It may be wiser to lovingly accept yourself as you are and move forward.  Others may begin to move forward but overload on the massive amount of information available through books, classes and the internet.  After feeling buried in the opinions of others they feel confused.  Seeking and learning are good; however you must believe in and trust yourself.  Choose what feels right for you.

Enlightenment does not mean a complete about-face to what you know and/or have grown up with. You need not set aside your fundamental religious beliefs unless you choose to do so.  Many Lightworkers practice a formal religion as well as taking part in other spiritual activities.  Think of your enlightenment as using your peripheral vision.  Instead of looking straight ahead, you are opening yourself to experience self discovery and love!

There are several actions you can take to bring your spiritual life into focus.  Here are just a few:

  • Learn techniques to ground and balance
  • Tai Chi – slow, deliberate and focused body movement
  • Learn breathing techniques to increase energy flow
  • Regular periods of time set aside for meditation
  • Spiritual Coaching

So, do you need help coming up with techniques that work for you? I would be honored to guide you on this journey. I offer many different ideas and tips – just give me a call and schedule a Coaching Session.  Remember – The most important thing is taking action!

Grounding & Video!

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Grounding is very powerful. It is the action of consciously creating an energy connection from the human body to Mother Earth. Everything is made of energy. When energized, your frequency increases. When grounding your body, the Earth acts as an electrical ground. Just like the third prong on an electrical cord, the Earth absorbs excess energy.

Have you ever felt dizzy, slightly nauseous or “spacey” during or after some activities? This may be your body telling you there is an excess of energy. You have the ability to release this excess by grounding. To avoid this build up it may be very wise to ground before energetic activities. Grounding may increase spiritual awareness. As you ground, your mind clears and becomes focused. You may feel more fully in the present with greater awareness of your surroundings. Grounding may also enhance whatever you are experiencing.

A few examples are:

  • a Full Moon ceremony,
  • an energy healing session,
  • Tai Chi or
  • meditation

It may also do wonders for activities such as exercise, special time with a friend or even at work.

For me, I found the most effective way to ground myself is to visualize roots growing from the base of my feet and sinking down to the Earth’s core. For a full description of this, watch my video! Other suggestions are:

  • Eating something healthy
  • Walking, especially in natural surroundings
  • Practicing Tai Chi
  • Carrying or wearing gemstones, especially Snowflake Obsidian

There are many other ways to ground yourself.  You may want to try different methods and stick with the one that works best. Bring grounding into the different aspects of your life and notice the difference it makes. You may need to ground several times during the day, depending on your energy level and the activities you are taking part in.

If you’d like more information about grounding, make an appointment today for Spiritual Coaching.

The Benefits of Tai Chi

Posted 11/25/11 by Angel Marie and filed under:

Check out the video in this post!

I have taught and practiced Tai Chi for the last few years and have benefitted in many ways:

  • more strength and flexibility,
  • my circulation improved,
  • I have less stress and
  • my immune system is stronger.

One of the biggest benefits I experience is the spiritual connection with my inner peace.

Tai Chi is not complicated to learn. One to two sessions of Tai Chi will give you the basic techniques which include proper breathing and slow, relaxed movement. By practicing Tai Chi 15 minutes every day you will begin to feel relaxed, focused and fit.

You will become more balanced on all levels:

  •  physically,
  • mentally,
  • emotionally and
  • spiritually

Many physicians recommend Tai Chi because of the benefits, such as post surgery recovery, muscle and joint flexibility and enhanced breathing.  Tai Chi is for all ages and you can practice it sitting or standing.

The combination of mental and physical activity works to harmonize the mind, body and spirit and promotes feelings of well-being.

I have several Tai Chi events in the Phoenix metro area every week – be sure to find me on Meetup for updated information on where and when!

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What Are The Benefits to Balancing Your Chakras?

Posted 11/17/11 by Angel Marie and filed under:

Here are some benefits and tips on the benefits of balancing your Chakras!

  • feeling more joy,
  • focus,
  • clarity
  • awareness of self,
  • intuitive abilities and creativity will increase
  • a general feeling of overall well being and
  • Bonus: it feels really good!

For instance, balancing your Throat Chakra can help your communication skills and your connection to the outside world. Living with your Chakras in balance helps you cope with all life’s challenges.
Helpful tools are:

Helpful practices are:

By the way, did you know that a Reiki session automatically aligns your Chakras and clears your aura?

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