Mindful Forest Breathing

Mindful Forest Breathing… Forest Breathing is all about being Mindful and being out in Nature. You don’t have to have a Forest to do this… Just go outside and find some green space away from the noise and hubbub of everyday life. You will feel more connected and more Sensuous when you stay in touch with Mother Nature. This is a 5 minute exercise for when you only have a few minutes to spare but remember that minutes add up and 5 minutes done regularly adds up.

 

Mindful Meditation –  A 5-Minute Meditation Practice for Forest Breathing

 

Find a comfortable place to Sit.

Close your eyes, and rest your open hands, palms up, on your knees.

 

Minute 1: Deep Breathing.

Begin by Following your Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.  Inhale for the count of 4, then Exhale to the count of 6.  Become aware of how your body feels as you sit there with your eyes closed.

 

Minute 2:  Find your Natural Breath . . .

Stop Counting and feel the Pace of your Natural Breath . . . feel your Body Rising and Falling.  Become aware of how your body feels as you sit there being Still.  This is Mindful Breathing . . . becoming fully aware of your Breath as it moves in and out of your Body.

 

Minute 3: Continue Mindful Breathing being fully aware of your Breath.

If thoughts come, just look at them, and then imagine them floating down a river, or put them on a cloud and watch them gently float away.

 

Minute 4: Slowly stop Focusing on your Awareness of your Breath and just be Still.

There is nothing that you have to do.

 

Minute 5: Reorient yourself to your surroundings.

Adopt an attitude of Mindful Gratitude. Think about something that you are grateful for. Open your Eyes, and carry this peacefulness along with you today.

 

Forest Breathing for 20 minutes.

You can go through the steps of Mindful Meditation. You can stay in each phase as long as you wish. Deep Breathing in the Forest increases the Oxygen in your Body, so be sure to do that phase a bit longer than 1 minute if you can.  The Trees and Plants are creating Oxygen for us, and we give them Carbon Dioxide. It’s a really beautiful arrangement. Feel gratitude for the Trees, and Feel their Gratitude towards you.  I believe that the Trees are out there being still, breathing and meditating . . . we can learn from them. Find a place in the woods and begin.

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Tame Your “Monkey Mind” and Let Go Of Stress!

wpid-imag0459.jpg“Thoughts are Stress.”

This is something that I learned when I was 20 years old while taking a weeklong Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) Class.  The concept of TM is to repeat a Mantra (small meaningless syllable) over and over to keep your busy brain, or your “Monkey Mind,” busy so that you can connect with your Inner Wisdom.  It worked very well for me, especially when I could be more disciplined and do it twice a day for 20 minutes each time.

As you practice this meditation, you may find it difficult to repeat the Mantra because your “Monkey Mind” will still try to get your attention.  When you notice that you are thinking of something else, you mindfully observe the thought, and then gently let it go.  By keeping your busy brain, or “Monkey Mind,” occupied, you allow other messages from your Creative, Intuitive, Right Brain to emerge.

You will also become aware of insights that arrive from your Inner Wisdom.  The feeling that I needed to do more yoga every day often came to me as a message from my “Inner Wisdom” when I did Transcendental Meditation.  Other messages that are difficult to put into words will come to you as you continue your practice.  Over time, the intrusive thoughts will diminish while you meditate, and more insights will come.  This will help you deal with Stress in a Healthy Way, and stay more connected to you Inner Wisdom.  So remember, it’s very important to take some time to tame your “Monkey Mind.”

Peggy Durham

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

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I learned how to walk (mindfully) at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies!    

I’m just getting back to the real world after a week of R&R at Omega Institute in Reinbeck NY. Omega is a place that I refer to as Yoga Camp.  For me, it is a place to rejuvenate my Yoga practice, and reconnect with my Inner Wisdom and Sensuous Self. . . . But it’s a whole lot more.  It’s a beautiful place in the country with a Peaceful Lake and great Vegetarian food.  And, of course there are lots of wonderful people that you meet along the way . . . including the excellent staff, and the other guests that you meet at mealtimes, in workshops, at the café, or just walking along the path next to the mountain stream that runs through the campus. . . . The overall relaxed feeling that surrounds you,    helps you let go of stress.  

 At Omega, there are all kinds of workshops related to being Creative, Mindful, and Healthy in Body, Mind, and Spirit.  Omega is also very involved with innovations to help us become more aware of how to help our planet be more Healthy.  This week, they had a Permaculture Workshop with Andrew Faust, which related to Sustainability and the Health of the World. I enjoyed the tour of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living.  

 The things I liked best at Omega:

~ Yoga Class . . .  with Kayla Valentino, “a passionate Yoga Instructor who focuses on self-love and the sacred union of body, mind, and soul.”  * I thought that she was gentle and used lots of beautiful, encouraging words during the practice about self-love and nurturing… My most favorite Yoga Class I’ve had in a long time.  

~ Walking Meditation . . . Learning how to walk (mindfully) with Craig, the visiting Zen Guy.  As I walked behind him, I realized how difficult it was for me to walk slowly. . . . I heard messages from my feet, and gained an understanding that I need to slow down a bit to stay grounded.  

~ Walking the Labyrinth . . . Learning how to walk (mindfully) with an elephant walk was taught to me by Christina Zaccheo, R&R Coordinator. . . . She explained several philosophies about Walking the Labyrinth . . . and then she walked it with me.  

~ Playtime with Howard Moody was probably my most favorite activity. . . . He said that children laugh 400 times a day, and adults only laugh 15 times a day. . . . He proceeded to make us laugh 400 times an hour. It’s all about Creative play that Adults can really get into . . . it’s very hard to explain. You will reconnect with your Playful Self with Howard, who knows how to play, and makes it easy for you to let your playful self come out to play. . . .  His playful Spirit will inspire you…  

~ Group discussion on Signs, Symbols, Archetypes, Numerology, etc. . . . led by Marcy Currier. This group somehow evolved into finding insights into how we feel about our Names. Spending time thinking back on what our Names meant to us throughout of lives and sharing this with the group,  brought us all closer together as each of us gained new insights into this powerful word which is our Name.  We also discussed thoughts on Numerology, and how to remember names . . . which I needed!  I will never forget the names of my new friends that I met in that group!  Lori, Kelly, Rick, and Marcy.  

  ( Also won’t forget you Kim…1st person I met at Omega … I will be reading your Book called “Kicked out of the Garden”)  

~ Shamanistic Sound Medicine Experience with Rich Goodheart was amazing. He talked about the sound of our own name…  another theme for me this week . . . . I got up and sang my name…Very scary and liberating.  He also created a concert within a Workshop.  We had our eyes closed throughout the performance, and I was sure that he brought in several people to help him with the music which was quite complex and beautiful.  

Other Fun Things at Omega …

~ The Garden was beautifully designed and had been given lots of attention. A lush blooming Cherry Tree was the centerpiece of the Garden.  The Raised Beds and overall Sensuous Design inspired me to start planning new things to incorporate into my Gardens.  

~ The food was wonderful, colorful and Healthy and I really enjoyed having someone else cook!  I was also inspired to add new things to my Menus at home…The food was Vegetarian mostly. . . .  

~ The cafe overlooking the stream was a beautiful place to listen to music by Rich, and talk with new friends (David, Kelly and Martha) … And of course I have to mention the exotic teas, and other Sensuous, Edible Things . . . like Dragoba Dark Chocolate with Chilis, or Dark Chocolate with Lavender and Blueberry.  

~ The Wellness Center… Has Endless Sensuous Experiences… Massage is always a great option, and I loved my AMMA Massage with Elise.    

The most important thing to remember about Omega is to try to take the “relaxed you” from Omega, and integrate yourself back into the World, staying connected to your Inner Wisdom and Sensuous Self.    I highly recommend this experience to anyone who needs to Relax, have Fun, and get  Healthier.  

 I will be back next year for a Workshop or R&R. . . . I’m also planning to finish my book, “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach,” by early 2015, and then applying to Omega . . . To do my Workshop called “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach” in 2016!    

For a Memorable Experience, I recommend that you Go To Omega Institute As Soon As possible. . . . you will be happy that you did!    

Check it out at  eOmega.com.   Thanks Omega!  

  And special Thanks to my Soulmate, Jeff who encourages and inspires me to Be the Person I want to be!  

I’m going to go do Yoga Now!    

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

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* from the Omega R&R schedule