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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1 Minute Videos: Buddhist Monk shares his Secrets of Meditation

Hello all!

Here are a few good tips

on meditation from a buddhist monk.

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A Quick Guide to Yin Yoga ~ 3 routines to Stretch, Flex and Relax

If you’re like me, you’d love to meditate and do yoga each day, but don’t have the time. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE doing yoga. It’s one of the few types of exercise that I thoroughly enjoy. (I’ve never been real big on fitness) Doing yoga and meditation has become a form of guilty pleasure for me, as I rarely have time to work them into my schedule.

That’s why I was so excited when I discovered

Yin Yoga.

What is Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is not as well known, in western cultures, as the far more popular Hatha Yoga. Yin Yoga is a slower paced form of yoga, which targets deep connective tissues of the body. (1) The postures in Yin Yoga are performed largely on the floor, with fewer postures than other types of yoga. Unlike other forms of yoga, where poses are held for only seconds, poses in Yin Yoga are held for 3 to 5 minutes at a time, and sometimes up to 20 minutes. Yin Yoga is the opposite of other forms of active yoga, that are considered “yang” yoga. (You’ve heard of the yin/yang symbol).  Instead of pushing up, resisting and moving, (YANG) you are passive, relaxed and still (Yin).

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Students are encouraged to meditate while holding the poses. Because of this, it’s considered a meditative form of yoga, and quite different than the more physical forms of yoga.  Due to the meditative nature of Yin Yoga, students are often required to face themselves, their feelings and their emotions. Yin Yoga is often used in centers that deal with addictions, eating disorders, anxiety and deep pain or trauma. (1) If you have trouble meditating, or if you’re experiencing stress or anxiety, this is a wonderful place to begin.

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Benefits of Yin Yoga (1. 2, 3)

  1. Calms the mind
  2. Balances the body
  3. Increased mobility in the body and joints
  4. Helps with migraines
  5. Relaxation
  6. Increased circulation
  7. Helps teach meditation skills
  8. Releases tension and stress
  9. Can be done anywhere
  10. Improved flexibility

The 3 Principles of Yin Yoga (3)

  1. Find your edge – Because the poses are held for such long periods of time, it’s important to find a “comfortable” place. Don’t push yourself or go to your “maximum.
  2. Be still – Once you are in your pose, don’t fidget.  Relax into the pose and stay still throughout the pose.
  3. Hold the pose – Work up to holding the pose for 5 or more minutes. Start with 1 – 3 minutes and go from there.

 Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga

While this may not be a standard workout, leaving you sweaty and breathless, it’s giving you a different, deeper, more intimate type of work out. You’ll walk away with a calm, clear mind that has touched the soul.

Onto the routines!

Below, I’ve gathered just a few of the dozens available on youtube. If you don’t like the ones below, go to this search. It contains tons of workouts ranging in length from 15 mintues to 60 minutes. ENJOY! (I’d love to hear if you try it!)

Yin Yoga for Deep Relaxation – (30 minutes)

Morning Yin Yoga Class – Best Morning Stretches (30 minutes)

Yin Yoga Full Body Stretch ~ Flexibility & Relaxation (40 minutes)

 

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Sources:

  1. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5037/Yin-Yoga-101-What-You-Need-to-Know.html
  2. https://www.doyouyoga.com/yin-yoga/
  3. https://www.ekhartyoga.com/articles/the-benefits-of-yin-yoga

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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1 Minute Meditation: Positive Energy Boost

Here is a short,

1 minute meditation,

to give you some positive energy

on this Monday Morning.

ENJOY! 

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Meditation Monday: Chair Yoga

The benefits of yoga are many and well known. But, when you think of yoga, you most likely think of someone in workout clothes, standing or lying on a yoga mat, doing different poses of varying difficulty.

I personally LOVE yoga, but often have difficulty finding time to work it into my busy schedule. I’m sure you can relate. So, when I discovered chair yoga, while researching this article, I was excited. Now, when I’m studying, I can take a 10 or 15 minutes break and do one of the following routines.

Chair yoga is a perfect way to relieve stress…at the office….at home…in a hotel room…while traveling…anywhere you have a chair!

If you’re a beginner and not familiar with yoga,  chair yoga would be a great place to begin. It’s also great for senior citizens, obese individuals, and people with neurological problems or other injuries who may want to stay active.

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For complete workout click here!

 

Why yoga? Here are some benefits…(5) (4) (1)

  1. Improved strength
  2. Improved flexibility
  3. Improved posture
  4. Improved bone health
  5. Increased blood flow
  6. Reduced stress
  7. Improved mental clarity
  8. Pain management
  9. Increased muscle strength and tone
  10. Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  11. Maintaining a balanced metabolism
  12. Weight reduction
  13. Cardio and circulatory health
  14. Improved athletic performance
  15. Protection from injury
  16. Drains lymphs and improved immunity
  17. Lower blood pressure
  18. Regulates adrenals
  19. Lowers blood pressure
  20. Makes you happy

SO…

grab a partner…

pick a routine…

let’s do some yoga!

Here are 4 different routines, ranging in length from 10 to 20 minutes.

 

12 Minute Chair Yoga

for Travel and the Office

10 Minute Chair Yoga

for the Office

Chair Yoga

for Seniors

Yoga at your desk

– Chair Yoga

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.doyouyoga.com/6-benefits-of-chair-yoga-8-poses-to-get-you-started/
  2. https://www.verywell.com/chair-yoga-poses-3567189
  3. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1822
  4. http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/yoga.aspx
  5. https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/count-yoga-38-ways-yoga-keeps-fit

Let us stop for a moment to pray and meditate.