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“The Gift of Time”
by Lori Bushey

“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Meditation is a spiritual journey inward, a tour to the next dimension, dynamic equilibrium.  It reduces stress, disciplines the mind, and improves overall health. Meditation is a wonderful commencement to a new day, but the truth is, life happens and sometimes we have to prioritize and find balance in a day with only 1,440 minutes. Consider how much time you spend on Facebook, twitter, and other technology; cut this time by a few minutes each day to devote to meditation. The benefits of a meditation practice far outweigh the excuses we offer and time wasted.

Scientific and spiritual benefits of meditation are supported by Medical Research and include the following: increased immunity, emotional balance, increased metabolism, lower blood pressure, and decreased inflammation. Yoga literally calms and creates balance in the body and the overflow spills in to life.

The epiphany is that by observing and responding, instead of controlling and reacting, we can change our life through daily meditation. A habit is formed within a 21 day period, so focus on a 21 day meditation. There are some wonderful free guided meditations offered by Depok Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, Deva Primal and Miten. You could start with a guided practice or create your own with a few minutes each day. There is NOTHING in this world we can control and so when we meditate, we release self-induced bondage and suffering, in exchange for peace and harmony.

To begin your meditation practice, here are a few tips and suggestions:

  1. Meditate first thing in the morning if you can, otherwise find a time that is consistent for you.
  2. Find a quiet, comfortable place without disturbances.
  3. Set an intention and start with a 5-10 minute meditation and increase, when you feel comfortable, by 5 minute intervals.
  4. Sit in a comfortable position (you do not have to be bound in Lotus). The most important thing is that you are relaxed and seated comfortably with a straight spine.
  5. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath; inhaling to a count of 5 and exhaling to a count of 5.
  6. Include visualization as a focus; this could be a mantra, deity, color, or Chakra.
  7. Have a “go-to” mantra at the beginning of your meditation in case your mind wanders and recite to regain focus (i.e. I am, I am light, I am purpose, I am joy).
  8. Focus on and relax each body part, one by one, breathe deeply in to areas of discomfort (hips, sore joints, etc.) and it will pass.
  9. Keep a Journal and record your feelings and sensations about breath, focus, physical and emotional responses.
  10. Most importantly, remember, meditation is a journey and it is YOUR journey.

 

About Lori Bushey:

Lori Bushéy is an Advanced Placement Literature and Composition instructor with an education background from Exeter College, Oxford University, England, the University of Minnesota, and the College of St. Scholastica. 

Lori is the TruWell Spiritual Coach providing meditation and Yoga education. Lori also teaches yoga at Clearwater Fit, and Ashtanga-based Yoga on Clearwater Beach. Working remotely enabled Lori to practice daily and develop discipline of the mind and body. After an extensive home practice Lori pursued and earned her RYT Training at Anala Yoga under the direction of Ally Ford and is currently working on her 500 hour RYT. Lori lives the yoga lifestyle and truly believes in the positive benefits of the practice. If you ask her “What is yoga?” her response will be, in the words of Rodney Yee, “Yoga is poetry of the body”  and what else would you expect from an English major? Namaste and continue to cultivate Seva.

Lori may be reached at:  labegr@aol.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Yoga2tao 

View Lori's Video from TruWell Below:

 

 



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