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The Art of Meditation

Meditation is the act of bringing your attention back to whatever you intention was.  ~ Kimberly Rinaldi

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Meditation is one of the proven alternative healthcare therapies identified within mind-body medicine. More and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to lower blood pressure, improve exercise performance, help people with asthma breathe easier, relieve insomnia and generally relax the everyday stresses of life. Meditation is a safe and simple way to balance a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states. It is easy, free, can be done anywhere and can benefit everybody.

The use of meditation for healing is not new. Meditative techniques are the product of diverse cultures and peoples around the world. It has been rooted in the traditions of the world’s great religions. In fact, practically all religious groups practice meditation in one form or another. The value of meditation to alleviate suffering and promote healing has been known and practiced for thousands of years.

Meditation comes in many forms, from chanting and use of mantra to mindful meditation to prayer and daydreaming; even Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are types of meditation. All focus on you turning inward to either clearing your mind or focusing on specifics. Done properly you reach Alpha state and little bits of healing begin.

As a Hypnotherapist and an Energy Healer, I frequently use a specific meditation to get clients grounded, centered and bring them back to the here and now before I begin a session. You can try it too.

The Raisin Meditation

Prep: Turn off phones, find a quiet place you will not be disturbed for at least 30 minutes, loosen any constricting clothing, and sit in a straight backed chair (I use the dinning room table frequently), feet flat on the floor (barefoot is great)

Take a single raisin and place in on a table in front of you.

Process: Spend 3 minutes on each and every step (you may want to time 3 minutes to get the feel for it initially)

• Take a deep breath, in through your nose and slowly release through your mouth (best done with an audible sigh). Repeat this 3-4 times.

• Feel your butt in the chair and your feet on the floor and be aware of your posture, the temperature of the room, your degree of alertness or for some tiredness. Be aware of any physical discomforts you may have and then release them. Hear any sounds within or outside the room and then release them too.

• Look at the raisin, examine it, what does the texture look like, what color is it, does it look moist, dry, hard, or soft? Really visualize it, close your eyes and recreate it in your imagination.

• Reach slowly for the raisin, touch it, pick it up, roll it between your fingers, place it in your palm and feel the weight of it. Did it match or conflict with your visual assessment?

• Slowly move the raisin to your face and smell the raisin, does it smell sweet, savory, does it smell at all? Close your eyes and really identify the smell, do you smell the earth it came from? Keep your eyes closed from this point on.

• Place the raisin in your mouth and feel the texture with your tongue, roll it against your teeth, your gums, the roof of your mouth, do not bite into it yet. Close your eyes and concentrate on this raisin, here today in your mouth. It is the only raisin you are aware of in the entire universe.

• Bite down on the raisin one time, do not really chew, just bite. Did it explode with flavor?  What was the flavor, what was the texture? Can you smell it better now? Sit with your eyes closed and focus on that single bite. Mentally record any impressions you may have.

• Now slowly chew the raisin, but do not swallow. Chew it to the point of disintegration, notice any flavor changes. Does it change texture, and if yes, at which point does this happen?

• Swallow the raisin, feel it hit the back of your throat, feel the muscles of your tongue in concert with your throat move the soft mass down your throat to your stomach. Is there a residue of flavor, texture or sense of the raisin left  in your mouth? Or is it completely gone?

• Feel the raisin move to your stomach, be aware of it through your esophagus. When you feel it is in your stomach, thank the raisin for the experience, thank yourself for the experience and spend a few more minutes with your eyes closed reviewing all of the experiences this one raisin gave you. How was it different from any other raisin you have had before? Do you want another raisin now, or was this one a sufficient experience for you?

• Take 3 deep breaths in through your nose and exhale through your mouth, open your eyes and be here and now, get up stretch and enjoy the rest of your day.

*If raisins aren’t your thing, use a cranberry, peanut, blueberry, grape, potato chip or any other small food you would normally not eat as a single solitary item.

Understand there is no wrong way to meditate, this is just one way I enjoy.  What ever method you choose is right for you.

Try some of my guided meditations

Meditation Check

I often say prayer is speaking to God, meditation is listening for his response.

Did you know that just about anything can be a meditation? Here is a list of some that I have done in the past two weeks:

  • Yoga
  • Long walks
  • Drinking a cup of coffee
  • Sitting silently
  • Chanting
  • Listening to music
  • Toning
  • Chi gung
  • Taking a hot bath

Meditation is about being present in the moment, whether you are clearing your mind or using a mantra or chanting, you are present with yourself for that moment.

Remember there is no wrong way. Whichever way you choose is right for you.

Meditation

You should try it. Daily.

My Healthy Addiction: Meditation

Yoga and Relax

Prayer is speaking to God, meditation is listening for his answer.

This is the best way to connect with yourself, God, the Universe, or simply the world around you.

I am currently addicted to meditating. I average 3-5 daily.

Some are in the 5-10 minute range while others are good and proper 30-45 minute sessions. I work a lot, I sleep a little.  Meditation keeps me balanced and allows me to be as productive as I can be.

“How do you meditate?” is a question I am frequently asked. I can tell you there is no wrong way. You can chant, dance, sit and quiet your mind, do yoga, weight lift, run, walk or hula hoop at dawn. Any activity that allows you to focus and regulate your breathing is a meditation. The meditation is in the process of returning to

the process if you find your mind wandering away. Find the meditations that work best for you and go for it.

Meditation is the act of bringing your attention back to whatever your intention is. 
~ Kimberly Rinaldi

Prayer and Meditation

Hands in Prayer PositionPrayer is talking to God, meditation is listening for His response.

Prayer and meditation are the oldest and most practiced therapies our world knows.

Practiced daily they can lower blood pressure, facilitate healing, and change our thoughts and behaviors to ones that are more healthful and happy.

I have a pretty hectic schedule and tend to only sleep 4-5 hours nightly. How do I manage to get everything I need to accomplish done? I meditate. Some days I meditate up to 5 times for a total of 2.5 hours. I recently heard Deepak Chopra explain why he meditates up to 4 hours daily. He said, “My body is busy, but my mind is at peace.”

Feel free to download my Deeper Meditation mp3 by clicking on the link and saving it to your computer.

Ultimately, there is no wrong way to meditate — it is simply the act of bringing your attention back to whatever your intention was. So give it a try. See how much better you feel.

Lake Shrine Meditation

Lake Shrine

A few weeks ago I was graciously invited to join a group of my fellow spiritually connected friends for an afternoon in the Malibu area. Our first order of the day: a trip to Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades. This gorgeous place has been around longer than I have.

I am almost embarrassed to say I have passed it dozens, if not hundreds, of times in my life and never even knew it was there. I was moved by the peace, serenity and beauty of this place. We were all able to get a quiet meditation in and share the beauty of the locale with good friends. I know I will return and I highly recommend you make the trip as well.

The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is a mere few blocks walking distance from the Pacific Ocean, on Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades, California. On the weekend its tiny parking lot is often full, so walk you might. But trust me, it’s well worth the hike up hill.

Founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, yogi and guru who introduced many westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book, Autobiography of a Yogi.

Since 1950, this 10-acre site with gardens and natural spring-fed lake has been home to a variety of flora and fauna, including swans, ducks, koi, lotus flowers and rose garden. Try to find a place devoid of peace and beauty here, it’s impossible.

The grounds also include the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial, where a portion of Gandhi’s ashes are enshrined, a small museum with exhibits on Paramahansa Yogananda’s work, some of his collections, a Dutch windmill converted into a chapel (if you can, spend some time in here the energy is amazing) and a gift shop with arts and crafts from India.

The rose garden is  home to the Court of Religions featuring the symbols of the five principal religions of the world: a cross for Christianity, a Star of David for Judaism, a Wheel of Law for Buddhism, a Crescent Moon & Star for Islam, and the Om symbol for Hinduism.

No one will bother you here. No one will preach at you, lecture you, or try to convert you. The grounds are open to the public and are as non-intimidating as a park. The gardens are designed to offer peace and serenity to all visitors, of all faiths; a spot where you can relax amidst the natural surroundings and contemplate the mysteries and miracles of life. My preference is weekday visits due to the parking constraints and fewer visitors, but either weekend or weekday, this is a must visit.

Address
17190 Sunset Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, California 90272-3099
Telephone: (310) 454-4114

Hours of operation
Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mondays and holidays closed

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