Here are a few shots I took the other day of nature doing her wonderful thing. And one of Enzo and Scooby goofing off too.
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Heart Chakra Meditation
Your heart chakra governs love and compassion, and is considered the center of the human energy system in the Hindu and Buddhist worlds. This chakra, associated with the color green, is one of seven energy centers located along the spine and is found in the middle of your chest. According to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, your chakras can be blocked through loss, fear, anxiety, sadness, anger or stress. This meditation encourages unconditional love, releases sadness, and opens your heart.
If you are not familiar with where the seven chakras are located in your body, here is one you may refer to.Namaste.
1. Sit on a meditation cushion or chair. Sit up tall with your spine straight and your chest open.
2. Bring you palms together and press the knuckles of your thumbs into your sternum. You will find a notch between your left and right rib cage at the level of your heart. Try to feel the beating of your heart and focus on it for a few minutes.
3. Place your right palm in the center of your chest and the left hand on top of the right. Close your eyes and feel the energy there. Feel its warmth. Visualize this energy as an emerald green light. Feel it radiating out from your heart into the rest of your body and back to your heart. Stay with this visualization for as long as you like.
4. Turn your palms outward and away from your body. Visualize the green light from your heart chakra flowing out of your palms and into the universe. Imagine that this light is gathering all the love and compassion in the universe and bringing it back to your heart chakra.
|Combining fused glass by Suzanne Balestri with wire crochet by Miriam Chor Freitas|
|Peruvian Wire Crochet by Miriam Chor Freitas|
|Fused Glass Halo by Suzanne Balestri|
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Mothers and Fathers Meditation
Whether you have had a wonderful relationship with your parents or you have had a difficult one, this meditation will help you love and appreciate them. Without your parents, you would not have taken form in this life. They brought you into the world, sheltered, fed, and clothed you.
You may have complaints about their parenting, but you still owe them your heartfelt gratitude for giving you life and the opportunity to grow and develop as a human being.
Besides Mother's and Father's Day, you may want to try this meditation on your birthday and pull out some photos of your parents and you that are special to you.
1. Sit on a cushion or chair in your meditation space. Place the photos of your mother and father in front of you. Light a candle and burn incense to help you focus and clear your mind. If it is your birthday, let the candle serve to mark the celebration.
2. Meditate on your breath while you gaze on any photos you may have chosen. Let your parents and you symbolically inhabit your space in a peaceful and loving way.
3. Now bring to mind the image of your parents. See them holding you as an infant. Regardless of mistakes they may have made in parenting, remember that they cared for you when you were helpless and utterly dependent. Generate sincere gratitude for their care and protection. If they fell short of your expectations, see if you can feel compassion for doing what they were capable of doing at the time.
4. Feel in your heart that your parents did the best job they could in raising you. Visualize letting the parents of your childhood go. See them walking away behind you. Look ahead and see the parents of your adulthood. Visualize getting to know them in a new way now that you are separate and independent.
5. End your meditation by wishing both your parents and yourself joy and happiness.
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