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Mindfulness Meditation | Jennifer Jade Enterprises | Meditation | Hypnosis | Peace of Mind - Part 2
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My Biggest Little Teacher (BLT) has a love and a flair for art in all arenas.  Today, for the first time she actually used a suggestion I threw out regarding a piece of art she was working on… well, if you consider decorating a brand new hairbrush “art”.  She felt that her ornate “J” looked more like an “S”, and I suggested a small change to the tail of the “J”.  A few minutes later I heard her say out loud from the back seat, “Thanks for the suggestion.”  I was a bit shocked and asked, “So you used my idea?”  She said “yes” and went back to what she was doing.

I thought for a moment and in an audible conversation with myself said, “Well, I bet I could suggest anything to you and you could make it beautiful. The only beautiful thing I’ve ever made was you.”  I could see her smile in the rear view mirror.  I continued, “Well, I didn’t do it on my own, God did most of the work.”  She responded quickly, “You are still creating beauty.”  “Huh?” I said dumbfounded.  “Mom, you are still creating beauty.”  I asked “How?”  She said, “You teach me to be a better person, that is beauty.” I hear her words and want to cry. In my most humble of tones I tell her, “I hope that is what I do.  I try to be the best guide I can be.”  She senses I’m getting teary and says, “Well, it can be fun too.  It doesn’t have to always be so serious.”  Ah-ha!  The big reminder!  So we talked about life being both fun and serious, and if it were serious or fun all the time, life would not be very well-rounded.  She nodded her head and went back to her hair brush art.

Sometimes I wonder how the heck she figures these things out at age 9, and then I remember how most kids these days have this brilliant clarity and knowing that seems so grown up for such little bodies.  I love taking time to listen to the children, as they are the genuine keepers of truth and knowledge!

An easy and wonderful way to start the weekend is with a quick meditation.  Remember, the way in which you start your day is how the rest of the day will naturally flow.  Wouldn’t it make sense to start the day clean and relaxed, instead of stressed and in a hurry?  We shower each day to get the sweat off our bodies, why wouldn’t we meditate and get quiet each day to wash the stress off?

Here is a simple and effective tool to get your weekend started right!

1.  Close your eyes

2.  Pay attention to how you are naturally breathing.

3.  Ask yourself, “Is my breathing short and shallow or long and deep?” and just notice what you notice. Do this for 30 seconds.

4.  Begin deep breathing – in through the nose, expanding at the navel; out through the mouth making the “HAAAAA” sound and contracting at the navel.  Your belly button should move away from your spine on the inhale and fall back toward the spine on the exhale.

5.  Make sure the exhale is longer than the inhale.  The exhale is where relaxation happens.

6.  Count in for “3” and out for “6”

7.  Take 4 deep “counted” breaths, then relax and be quite for as long as you need.

8.  Then, identify at least 3 things you are Grateful for. Repeat 3 times, “I am Grateful For….” and let the ending come naturally.

9.  When you are finished intend to open your eyes feeling calm and refreshed – then begin an Awesome Day!

For a guided introduction to this relaxation breathing technique, visit my website, scroll down and click on “Learn to Breathe and Relax”. http://www.jenniferjade.com/products/

WHERE DO WE SEPARATE?

There is something really powerful to be learned through Mother Nature. If the most unlikely of animals can come together for survival and companionship, why can’t we? How important are those lines of separation we keep drawing between our tribes, families, countries, religions, politics…etc?????

Check out this video, its truly amazing!!! The Cat and The Crow



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