A guide to Daily Life Meditation

I’ll be back on October 1, 2020 from my “moving break”. In the mean time, here’s an article that will help you work meditation into your daily tasks and even help you set up a “meditation room” in your home.


It’s no secret to anyone, we are in uncertain and stressful times. We see this phrase everywhere, but, unfortunately, it is true. Many of us feel physically and emotionally exhausted after the covid-19 crisis, as well as the protests and civil unrest. Now more than ever, it’s important to take time to destress and meditate.

If you’re like me, you say “I don’t have time to meditate!” It always seems there are more important things to do. I always feel “guilty” when I take the time to meditate. It’s such a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing time, that it almost feels selfish. On the contrary, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, it just could be the best thing you do for your loved ones. You’ll be happier, calmer and more productive in your life.

What if you could meditate while doing daily chores, exercising and walking? Would that help alleviate some of that guilt? The following article was posted 2 1/2 years ago as part of my “project stress relief” series. It discusses the concept of “daily life meditation”, in which you can meditate while doing chores, cleaning the house, exercising, walking and more.

Here’s the original article:

We are all under a tremendous amount of stress, whether it’s work, school, family, kids, blogs, etc. So, you may be asking why this is a big deal. After all, people have been under stress since time began, how is today any different? In our fast paced world, filled with social media, television. radio, and 7 billion other people, we are constantly bombarded with negative words, energy, commentary, and images.

Anytime we experience stress, our body goes into the “fight or flight” mode. This is the same instinct that kicked in when our ancestors were chased by lions or tigers. Our digestive system shuts down, our blood pressure increase, glucose is flooded into our system to give us energy. (to run from the tiger, remember!) No matter how little or big the stress is, your body will always react the same, as if you are running from danger and your life is at risk.

The below infographic, from the article 17 Reasons To Avoid Stress, by Fawne Hansen at Adrenal Fatigue Solution, gives you an idea as to just how bad all this stress is for us.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. So if we are under chronic stress, we are constantly in fight or flight mode. This is REALLY bad for you and won’t end well, if you don’t find a way to relax, and soon.

Now we know that all of that stimuli has a huge impact on our body, mind and soul. What’s a busy person to do? As much as we want to, we can’t just stop everything and run to the beach or mountains forever, we can’t, so, we must try other methods. Meditation, even just 10 minutes, can go a long way towards calming your mind and easing the symptoms of chronic stress. However, if you’re anything like me, sitting and meditating is a guilty pleasure, of which there isn’t a lot of time.

However, what if I told you that you could meditate while doing your daily activities, like folding laundry, doing dishes, sitting at your desk at work, walking, running or lifting weights? Would that interest you?

While doing housework, yard work or any other daily activity, there are only a few key points to remember. (These tips are from the House Cleaning video below):

  1. Pay attention to your breathing, and practice deep breathing.
  2. Create a mantra and repeat while cleaning
  3. Dedicate your work to someone else.

If you’d like to set up a meditation room in your home, here is a link to an article from porch.com entitled:

The Ultimate Meditation Room for your Home:

The link below is to an article I did a while ago on how to meditate while walking.

Walking Meditation

The remaining videos will either give you tips or guide you through a short meditation to be used while exercising, cleaning or sitting at your desk.

Enjoy, and try to relax!

How to Make Chores a Mindful Experience

Dishwashing meditation

4 minute at work guided meditation

Stress at work meditation

How to use mindfulness while exercising

Running Meditation: A Meditation for jogging, runners

Short Shower Meditation

8 Hours House Cleansing Frequency Music

Until next time,

wishing you

safety and good health…

Namaste my friends.

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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30 Second Guided Meditation: Emergency Calm Right Now

Do you have a stressful day ahead? 

Here is a wonderful and super quick way

to help bring you peace of mind

and

release negative energy.

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Mindfulness Monday: The Fly and the Samurai

Good morning everyone. I hope your week is beginning on a positive note and your month is ending happily.

You may be wondering where Mindfulness Monday came from. According to my schedule, I normally do either motivation (1st/3rd Monday) and meditation (2nd/4th Monday). Well, today is unusual, because it is the 5th Monday in July, So, I thought I’d do something a bit different, and MOTIVATE you, to be MEDITATE and be MINDFUL! 🙂

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What is mindfulness?

To be mindful is to be aware. By definition, mindfulness is:

A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Mindfulness, then, is a technique used be aware of and to acknowledge your negative thoughts and emotions, and change them into a positive thoughts or emotions, thereby, changing your world and the world around you.

To illustrate this point, I found a wonderful little animated video which illustrates the power of mindfulness and how it can positively impact your life. Take a look:

Guided mindfulness meditation

Do you have trouble accepting the concept of simply letting go of the negative in exchange for the positive? Or, if you’re like me, you just get too busy with life to worry about all this mindfulness stuff.

The key is to take time out of your day to meditate, relax and give your mind a rest from the negative and bathe it with positive thoughts and light.

Here is a guided meditation designed to help you detach from your anxiety and overthinking. (It’s about 40 minutes)

If you don’t have time to sit for 40 minutes, just sit for 10 minutes. Go outside tonight when the sun is setting, sit in your back yard, in the grass, in bare feet, and ground yourself to the positive energy of the earth. You’ll be surprised how well this works. Go on…what have you got to lose…except your anxiety?!

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Meditation Monday: Foot Soaking Meditation

Imagine coming home from a long, very stressful day at work, sitting down and in 15 minutes, your stress, anger, frustration and negative energy from the day is gone.

I recently discovered a foot soaking meditation technique, designed to draw stress and negative energy out of the body, through the feet. It is said to be one of the most powerful and helpful meditation techniques you can do to relax and rid the body of negative energy.

This method is a Sahaja Yoga technique. Sahaja Yoga is a form of meditation developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970 as a way to bring about evolution through human awareness. According to the Sahaja Yoga website:

“Global unity of mankind can be achieved through this awakening that can occur within each human being, so that transformation takes place within us. By this process a person becomes moral, united, integrated and balanced. “

The Sahaja Yoga foot soaking technique is quite simple. Simply run enough warm water in a bowl or bucket large enough to hold your feet. Mix in a handful of salt. (I prefer Himalayan Salt).  The salt is added to represent the Earth element. It cleanses and draws impurities from the body. Put your feet in the bucket, then, relax and meditate as usual, letting the stress and negative energy slip away.

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Upon completion of the foot soaking session, throw the water down the toilet and wash out the bucket. It is recommended that this bucket only be used for your foot soaking sessions

The Foot Soaking Technique – Cool Check

To aid your relaxation efforts, I have included four 10 to 15 minute guided meditation for relaxation. Enjoy!

The River – Delilah Helton

A Progressive Muscle Relaxation Meditation – Debra Hardy

Guided meditation for relaxation – Body Scan

Guided meditation Deep Relaxation – Great Meditation

God Bless! Namaste! 

#sharethejoy #onesong

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditation Monday: Candle Gazing

Candle gazing is also known as Trataka or concentrated gazing, and originated as one of the 6 cleansing techniques in Hatha Yoga. Candle gazing is said to have many benefits, including: (2)

  • Improves eyesight and vision.
  • Improves concentration, intelligence and memory.
  • Excellent method as preparation for mantra meditation.
  • Enhances self-confidence, patience and willpower.
  • Develops greater work efficiency and productivity.
  • Calms the mind and provides inner peace and silence.
  • Brings greater clarity in mind and improves decision-making ability.
  • Helps to overcome mental, behavioral and emotional ailments.
  • Provides stress relief and deep relaxation.
  • Deepens the sleep and cures sleep related disorders such as headache, insomnia, nightmares, etc.

To do candle gazing, you are to light a candle on a table 3 or 4 feet in front of you. Sit in a comfortable position at eye level with the candle. (3)

  • Continue to gaze at the flame until you cannot keep your eyes open and tears start flowing. Once this happens, close your eyes.
  • When you close the eyes, you may be able to visualize an after-image of the flame with closed eyes. Try to bring this image at the point between the eyebrows at the center of the forehead (the third eye location).

It is said that you can enhance different qualities by focusing and using different colors of candles. Here is a list of different colors and the qualities they hold when used. (1)

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Below is a 14 minute guided meditation for candle gazing. ENJOY!

For more information and more detailed instructions on how to do a candle gazing meditation, follow one of the source links below.

Source:

  1. Candle Gazing Meditation – Fragrant Heart
  2. http://www.integralyogastudio.com/hathayoga-intro.php
  3. http://yogawithsubhash.com/2012/04/03/trataka-candle-gazing-cleansing-technique/

 

 

Meditation Monday: 6 Guided Meditation Videos for Anxiety and Fear

I don’t think anyone would argue with the fact that our world is stressful and filled with things that cause tremendous anxiety and fear.This stress takes a tremendous physical toll on our body, weakening our immune system and shutting down our digestive system. For me, meditating seems like a luxury and I often feel guilty when I actually take time to do it.

That’s why I think these 10 minute meditations are wonderful. They help you relax, de-stress, as well as relieve anxiety and fear. Below are 6 videos of approximately 10 minutes each, designed to relive anxiety and fear. Enjoy! Here’s wishing you peace, tranquility and love on this Monday Morning! Have a great week everyone.

From: Great Meditation:

10 Minute Mindfullness Meditation: Anxiety, Fear & Negative Self-Talk

From The Meditation Coach:

10 Minute Guided Meditation: Guided Imagery-Release Anxiety

From Boho Beautiful:

Meditation for Stress & Anxiety Relief-10 Minutes of Heaven

From Wise Mind Body:

Mindfulness Meditation to help relieve anxiety and stress

From Positive Magazine:

10 Minute Meditation for Anxiety, Worry, Fear & Urgency

From Boho Beautiful:

Guided Meditation for Anxiety Relief: 10 minutes of peace, calm & tranquility