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How To Practice Walking Meditation – By Lyndsey Burton

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How To Practice Walking Meditation

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A Walking Meditation combines present moment awareness with movement, and is a great way to help you become more mindful while rocking the Yoga mat!
The awesome thing about a Walking Meditation is in its simplicity – All you have to do is walk and become aware, which creates a magical, mindful experience to what is normally a mundane task.
It differs from a ‘normal’ Meditation practice because – yes, you guessed it! – Because you’re walking, not sitting. 🙂

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In most seated Meditations, our awareness is often focused on our inner world, while a Walking Meditation the full experience of walking is the main focus, which includes our outer environment.
Here is how:
•    Dress in something comfortable
•    Keep your eyes open while walking
•    Become aware of the body as a whole and notice your posture
•    Notice how your feet feel connecting to the ground with each step
•    Slow down your pace and notice how that feels
•    Speed up your pace and notice again
•    Then take your awareness out to experience the elements such as the wind, sun or rain
•    Become aware of all the gifts that nature has to offer you – what can you see, feel and hear
See? Simple!

Many people feel it’s easier to keep focused on the present moment while doing a Walking Meditation – this means the mind is less busy trying to distract from the Meditation.
It can also help with the mind/body connection. As you spend time dropping out of the mind and into the body you will begin to notice more of the signals that are so easily missed during the day.

A Walking Meditation is sooooo sweet because it can adapted to suit any situation……
Just think, no one will ever know that you are Meditating in the supermarket!

 

63985_10152343509991652_1043912196253166040_n Lyndsey Burton is a Mother, Wife, Meditation Coach and Founder of the Soul  Sisters. After years of being at the mercy of a busy mind, Lyndsey decided enough was enough and devoted her life to escaping the busy trap. She has trained with the Buddhist community and with No1 Best Seller Sandy C. Newbigging, in mindfulness and Meditation. Lyndsey connects with busy women and helps them to find 10 minutes a day to Meditate.
You can find her at: www.lyndseyburton.co.uk

The Attitude Of Gratitude ~ Canadian Thanksgiving

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The Attitude Of Gratitude: Canadian Thanksgiving

Gratitude is a pretty big deal to me. I have had a regular daily gratitude practice for a number of years, it has changed my life for the better in so many ways. More on that in the videos below, but first a little history lesson.

The Origins And History Of Canadian Thanksgiving

Very few of our US neighbors (or Canadians for that matter) know that the origins and history of Canadian Thanksgivings are quite different from our neighbors to the south.

The origins of Canadian Thanksgivings are actually connected to the traditions of Europe rather than of those in the United States. Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October. The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World. That means the first Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years before the pilgrims came to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Official Holiday

For a few hundred years, Thanksgiving was celebrated in either late October or early November, before it was declared a national holiday in 1879. It was then, that November 6th was set aside as the official Thanksgiving holiday. But then on January 31, 1957, Canadian Parliament decided that on the second Monday in October, Thanksgiving would be a day of general thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed. Thanksgiving was moved to the second Monday in October in order to give Remembrance Day (November 11th) its just due (Thanksgiving kept falling in the same week).

Daily Gratitude Practice a life changer!

Thanksgiving is a time that many people take extra time for gratitude. Have you ever considered what a daily gratitude practice would be like?  My Daily Gratitude practice has changed my life in so many ways, I cannot recommend it enough. In honor of Thanksgiving, I made a little video for you which includes a Guided Gratitude Meditation. Enjoy!

         

The other video I mention

5 Meditation Myths (and the true story)

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As a Yoga and Meditation teacher, I hear some funny misconceptions about Meditation. I confess I believed a couple of them myself before I had any Meditation training. I suffer from the busy brain syndrome (I’m sure none of you can relate) ;-). 

I naively thought that I would just sit on a cushion, bring my fingers into an Ancient Mudra and presto, a deep Meditative state leading to enlightenment right?

Imagine my disappointment when I realized that it wasn’t quite that simple. Now some years later, I wish I knew then what I know now About Meditation.

Here are some of the most common Meditation Myths:

 


Myth #1:  I can’t Meditate! I can’t stop my mind from thinking.

The Truth: We all have a busy mind; Racing thoughts, thinking, planning and mental list writing, are normal, everyone has this tendency. In Meditation, we are not trying to stop thinking. Instead, we are just focusing our thoughts on one thing.

Different styles of Meditation use different “things” to focus on but the point of all Meditation practices are the same – to concentrate our awareness on one thing for the duration of the Meditation time.

This can feel really challenging at times. This is why having a Meditation teacher is SO important so you learn the skills and get help and support along the way.

Myth #2: I Don’t have the time to Meditate. I am too busy and stressed!

The Truth: There is an old Zen saying: “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” There are plenty of very busy and productive people that have a regular Meditation practice; I am one of them. Again a good Meditation teacher can help you carve out time in your busy schedule to sit in Meditation.

Once you experience the benefits of a regular Meditation practice, you will more easily find windows of time to sit. We make time in life for what we value. When you learn to Meditate, you realize how much time you were unconsciously spending on things that you don’t value. Those little pockets of time = Meditation time.

Myth #3: Meditation isn’t for people like me. I’m not a “New Age”, Spiritual or Religious person.

The Truth: You Don’t have to be “New Age”, Spiritual or Religious person to Meditate. Although Meditation is a cornerstone of many Spiritual paths, Meditation itself is not Religious. There are so many practical, real-world benefits of Meditation that are not at all ‘woo woo’ or New Age.

Myth #4: It must take years to get good at Meditation and experience the benefits.

The Truth: Although some of the long-term benefits Meditations are cumulative, there are many benefits that you can experience right away. A couple common ones are reduced stress, more restful sleep, a sense of calm and more patience and tolerance.

Myth #5: Meditation is for Yogi’s, Swami’s, Monks and Nuns.

The Truth: People from all walks of life Meditate including CEOs, Students, Athletes, Moms, and Dads. Pretty Much anyone who wants to improve their life can Meditate. My Meditation Practice has made me more calm, patient and tolerant of myself and others. I feel more energetic, clear and focused. I sleep better and really cherish my Meditation practice as a way to recharge and take much needed time for myself.

I only wish I knew earlier in life what a gift Meditation could be; I would have started years earlier.

If you are interested in learning how to Meditate. I encourage you to check out my Meditation Course: Meditation 101~Meditation Made Practical. I have taken many Meditation classes over the years, and although some were good, none of them had it all. I have made sure to include all the missing parts from other courses I took in my course Meditation 101