An Archive of Meditations – The Purple Almond Year in Review

Since it’s a federal holiday here in the USA, I decided to take the day off from both blogging and school. I still wanted to posts something, so it’s a repost day here at The Purple Almond.

Here is a repost of my Meditation Monday year end review from December. I couldn’t decide which article to repost today, so I decided to post this one, which posts all of them, up until December. Do you have a favorite? For me, it’s the grounding meditations as well as the walking and EFT tapping.

ENJOY!


I began my Meditation Monday blog series on December 19, 2016. One year on, I have covered the gambit of meditation and relaxation techniques. I began with Yoga, and have included everything from Qi Gong to chair yoga and candle gazing to stone stacking. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or hate to exercise (like me!) there’s something for everyone.

Many of you may wonder why I focus so heavily on meditation and motivation, despite being a nutrition site. As someone who is studying holistic nutrition, I learned early on that food is only part of the equation when it comes to complete, whole body health. A body under constant stress is an unhealthy body, even if you eat in a super healthy way. Yes, all of that healthy food does help, but the stress still takes a toll on you. That’s why I include so many meditation and motivational posts on my blog.

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In fact, I feel that dealing with stress is so important, my very first blog post, from over a year ago, was devoted to dealing with anger:

Do You Hold Onto Your Anger?

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Here are just a few physical effects stress has on your body:

  • Acne and other skin problems
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • High cholesterol
  • Increased risk for a heart attack
  • Lower bone
  • Joint pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable bowel
  • Lower sex drive
  • Comprised immune system

So below is a list of 23 of my Meditation Monday posts from this past year, beginning with my first YOGA post, from December 19, 2016. I hope you can find something on this list to help you relieve stress over this holiday season, and through out the new year.

The Benefits of Yoga with 30 Minute Restorative Yoga and Meditation video

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NEW YOU –

Letting Go Of Yesterday Guided Meditation

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Qi Gong –

7 minutes of Magic for Health

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Guide to walking Meditation

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Simple Meditation led by Jeffrey Zlotnik – Founder of The Meditation Initiative

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Meditation for Beginners:

The Ultimate Guide 

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The Butterfly – Kids Meditation

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40 Ways to Relax

in 5 Minutes or Less

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6 Guided Meditation Videos

for Anxiety and Fear

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A Mindful Eating Meditation

to Manage Food Cravings

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Stone Stacking

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Grounding Meditation (AKA: Earthing) with Free Guidebook

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Tapping-The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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EFT Tapping for Self-Love

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Candle Gazing

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Deepak Chopra’s Top 8 Meditation Tips

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Partner Yoga for Relaxation

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Guided Imagery

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Foot Soaking Meditation

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Yoga for Mental Health

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20-Minute HIIT Yoga Flow for Stress

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Chair Yoga

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A Quick Guide to Yin Yoga

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Morning Video Series: LETTING GO OF STRESS GUIDED MEDITATION

Here is a short, 1:30, video to help you let go of stress. I don’t know about you, but even a short minute of blissful, peaceful, stress-free relaxation sounds amazing right now. My anxiety and stress has been on the upper fringes lately. This short video can be played any time of day, upon waking, prior to sleep or even before that big presentation at work. Whenever you need it, just take a minute, relax and just let go.

God bless and Namaste!

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Meditation Monday: Guided Imagery

When you come home from a stressful day at work or school, wouldn’t it be wonderful to go chill on the beach, walk in the forest, sit on a mountain or relax by a mountain lake? Well, guided imagery can get you to one or all those places.

When it comes to meditation, we’ve all heard terms such as “visualization” or “mental imagery”, but just what is “guided imagery”?

According to healthjourneys.com, guided imagery is much more than just visualizing. Here is a quote from their site:

“When properly constructed, guided imagery meditation has the built-in capacity to deliver multiple layers of complex, encoded messages by way of simple symbols and metaphors. You might say it acts like a depth charge dropped beneath the surface of the psyche, where it can reverberate again and again.”

In  other words, it digs deep into your brain, your imagination, and makes your body and mind truly believe you are actually there.

Over the years, the effectiveness of guided imagery has been proven through scientific research. These findings indicate that guided imagery has “a positive effect on health, creativity and performance.” (1) Just 10 minutes of guided imagery has the following effects on the body: (1)

  • reduce blood pressure
  • lower cholesterol
  • lower glucose levels
  • heighten short- term immune cell activity

Other positive effects of guided imagery include: (1)

  • reduce blood loss during surgery
  • Lessens headaches and pain
  • It can increase skill at skiing, skating, tennis, writing, acting and singing;
  • Accelerates weight loss
  • reduces anxiety
  • Reduce the aversive effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, such as: nausea, depression, soreness and fatigue.

Have I peaked your interest? To get you started, I’ve found 4  short, 10 – 15 minute guided imagery videos, to help you relax after a stressful day.

Forest Walk

Ocean Escape

Serene Mountains

Still Mountain Lake

Here is a longer 57 minute guided imagery video

to invoke positive change as you search for…

The Real You

 

If you are interested in guided imagery and want to know more, follow this link below:

  1. healthjourneys