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10-Minute Meditation to Silence Stress and Open Your Heart Chakra


MeditateMetta or Loving-Kindness Meditation

This meditation is a method for developing compassion and is a great one to use when you’re in a place of feeling challenged by, or frustrated with yourself and/or another person. Loving-kindness, or Metta, as it’s called in the Pali language, is unconditional, inclusive love—a love with wisdom. It has no conditions. It does not depend on whether someone “deserves” it or not. It is not restricted to friends and family, rather extends out from the personal to include all living beings.

Instructions:

  1. Wherever you are, take a seat, close your eyes, and bring awareness to your breath.
  2. Breathing in and out from the heart center, begin by generating a kind, loving feeling toward yourself.
  3. Feel any areas of mental blockage or numbness, self-judgment or self-hatred.
  4. Then drop beneath that to the place where you care for yourself, where you want strength and health and safety for yourself. Choose one of the following phrases (or make one up for yourself) and silently say …
    • May I be filled with loving kindness
    • May I be well
    • May I be peaceful and at ease
    • May I be truly happy
  5. Next, choose someone that you care for deeply or, on the contrary, who you feel most challenged by, and repeat the phrase, exchanging “I” with “you.”
    • May you be filled with loving kindness
    • May you be well
    • May you be peaceful and at ease
    • May you be truly happy
  6. Then expand your awareness to the entire planet and radiate the loving kindness to all living beings.
    • May all beings be filled with loving kindness
    • May all beings be well
    • May all beings be peaceful and at ease
    • May all beings be truly happy
  7. At the end, slowly open your eyes, take a couple moments to center yourself, and continue on with your day.

Thank you to the Chopra Center for this perfect way to recharge your day and your chakra balance.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance Your Chakras – Balance Your Life, and The Chakra Energy Diet
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10 Reasons Why Yoga Should Be your #1 New Year’s Resolution


When you hear the word Yoga, what comes to mind? If you haven’t tried it, you may think of unusual, contorted postures or perhaps the opposite – simple stretching exercises that are now commonly used in almost every exercise or physical therapy regimen.

But a true yoga practice is, in fact, a way to reach stillness, flexibility and physical calm so that one can ease into meditation and the many benefits it offers.

For over 5,000 years, people have been partaking  in this remarkable practice, and currently 11 million people in the US alone are experiencing dramatic health improvements from yoga and meditation.

Whatever your health goals in 2012, I truly believe you will see yoga help you achieve these:

  • Stress relief
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved posture
  • Core strengthening
  • Body Awareness
  • Improved Mood
  • Improved Concentration
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Reduced Back Pain
  • Improved Sleep

The following days until New Year’s, I will offer additional health practices you may wish to explore in 2012!

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

http://www.thechakras.org

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I MEDITATE?


Regularity is key to reap the benefits of meditation – calmness of mind, body and spirit, increased health (lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and other stress-induced illnesses).

Try these tips to make meditation a successful part of your daily routine:

Make it a Habit – Try to schedule the same time each day for your meditation, for instance, just after awakening or just before bedtime.

Exercise – Doing yoga or other stretches first can relax your body, making it easier to sit in meditation.

Location – Choose a quiet spot with a cool breeze, just for meditation.

Sitting – Sit with your back straight, chest raised, head erect, eyes closed and hands resting palms upturned, in your lap.

Realistic time – It’s better to start meditating 5 to 15 minutes at a time and be very consistent about it, then increase your time as you can. One longer meditation each week is very helpful.

Never fear – there is a meditation style for every personality. For example, Type A’s may prefer a more active style of meditation, such as guided visualizations, which can offer the same benefits of relaxation. To try a guided visualization that you can listen to lying down, try this Chakra Meditation.

For more information, please go to http://www.TheChakras.org or contact Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, holistic counselor and yoga and meditation instructor at Becca@TheChakras.org.

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