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Meditation is a super-good way of keeping us looking younger.
Most effective on worry lines ;~)

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Talk Yourself into a Better 2014

How’s 2014 going for you?

Sorry, but now we’re into it; 2014 looks to be starting off as another challenging year for many.
Can mindful breathing with mantras, gathas or affirmations change this?

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Flooded road in Somerset Levels, UK

Blue Monday

Last Monday, 20th January, is known as ‘Blue Monday’.
According to the Bristol Observer, it’s the ‘gloomiest, most depressing day of the year‘.

So if this week didn’t have the best start, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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The first few months of 2014 are about integration and clearing.
Integrating the old and gracefully clearing the new
is a simultaneous CoCreative process
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Peaceful New Year & New Moon Blessings

It’s New year’s Eve !

What better time to have a peaceful party for peace.
Well, not a ‘party’ as such, more of a gathering of like minds in solidarity ;~)
Riding the waves of the energy shift towards a new dawn for Earth.

As the birds sing in the dawn,
so a new light dawns on planet Earth.
Solidarity
Planets connect in love and peace.

Asket, Pleiades, via Shanti
* (Solidarity – unity of feeling and action)

“Here,New Moon
in this moment –
there is a gathering
of kindred spirits,
and all there is to do
is to allow
a quieting down –
just a little,Stonehenge stars
just enough to hear
a soft whisper
of calm and of peace
and then ever so gently
taking one more step
just a little deeper,
here,Sun meditator
in the calmest part
of each of our hearts
as we gather
in the peace
of this place.”

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✧ from Laurie’s Notes:
a gathering of kindred spirits, about finding the natural path to our hearts.

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The Bell Meditation

“It’s the silence between the notes
that makes the music.”

– Zen Proverb

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And it’s in the silent places in our mind where we find peace.
None of us want to be troubled and unhappy, but sometimes we just are.

This lack of peace in our own minds makes us experience and promote an unpeaceful world, causing feeling of disquiet to ripple outward from us.

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Thich Nhat Hanh

So if we think, ‘I can’t do this’, or “What is the use of doing this? We may say that I do this because I want peace, I want happiness, I want healing and transformation. So the practice is the means, and healing and transformation is the end.”

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This sounds dualistic, but in reality it is a no-dualistic approach to healing, and to practice. We breathe in such a way that healing and peace are right here, in each breath. The means becomes the end, and there is no distinction between them.

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.”

Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh,
Taken from plumvillageonline: Art of Suffering Retreat: First Talk.

The sound of the bell brings us back to peace

The Bell Meditation 

We find peace in our mind by using the sound of the bell to bring us back to ‘the safe island of mindfulness.’
It is a simple means of bringing the mind back to it’s natural state of equilibrium.

* The titles here are each links – to Tich’s introduction, and to the bell meditation itself.

As Thich invites the bell to sound, he is also inviting us to share in the peace it radiates. The warm richness of the sound envelops us, inviting our minds to find total relaxation there.

We can use this next half hour to still our minds, and find our freedom within.
Just for the next half hour, where else would we want to be?

And what what better feeling to share with the world.

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Like This:
♫ Monthly Peace Challenge: One Good Thing About Music
by Kozo Hattori

♭ Zen Proverb via Laurie’s Notes: Bloggers for Peace – Monthly Challenge – Music
♩Heartflow 2013: Plum Village Bell Meditation

✧ Cosmic Loti:  Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin
Breathing Peace
 *  Following the breathing meditation given with the bell meditation, gives a sweet feeling of deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Plum Village Bell Meditation

The sound of the bell brings us back to peace.

* The Bell Meditation

We find peace in our mind by using the sound of the bell to bring us back to ‘the safe island of mindfulness.’
It is a simple means of bringing the mind back to it’s natural state of equilibrium.

For me, it is like the Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin, with the meaning of his words implied by the bell.
Within these meditations there are deeper and deeper levels of meaning for us to explore; each more beautiful than the last.

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Dear Friends,These are my favorite meditations at present. They are lead by Thích Nhất Hạnh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, zen master, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. These meditations are based on the Buddha’s

Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing

Thích Nhất Hạnh lived for many years in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France. These meditations were recorded there.

1) Short introduction spoken by Thích Nhất Hạnh (2:49) 

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2) Bell meditation just the sound of the bell at intervals to allow mindful breathing in the intervals (38:21) From minute 33:00 to minute 38:21 Sister Jina van Hengel explains the structure of the meditations. I recommend listening to this part before continuing to part 3.

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3) Guided bell meditation spoken by Sister Jina van Hengel, Plum Village Monastery, France (9:51) 

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Breathing Peace, Tich Nhat Hanh

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Dear ones, in these troubled times we need to be able to calm our minds.
We can do this by returning to the present moment.

This will enable us to let go of our constant worry, and and find peace in ourselves, which will naturally radiate out to others.
This makes us happier,
and enable us to be more focused in what we think and do.

Thich Nhat Hanhc

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Breathing in, I calm body and mind.

Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment

I know this is the only moment.

Breathing in, I calm body and mind.”
This line is like drinking a glass of ice water. You feel the cold, the freshness, permeate your body. When I breathe in and recite this line, I actually feel the breathing calming my body, calming my mind.

Breathing out, I smile.
You know the effect of a smile. A smile can relax hundreds of muscles in your face, and relax your nervous system. A smile makes you master of yourself. That is why the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are always smiling. When you smile, you realize the wonder of the smile.

Dwelling in the present moment.”
While I sit here, I don’t think of somewhere else, of the future or the past. I sit here and I know where I am.

I know this is the only moment.”
This is the only moment that is real. To be here and now, and enjoy the present moment is our most important task.

Calming. Smiling, Present moment, Only moment.”

I hope you will try it.
Thich Nhat Hanh 
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Extract from ‘Suffering Is Not Enough
by Thich Nhat Hanh

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‘Letters for Peace’, a Be 4 Peace post.
More B4 Peace ‘letter’ posts:

 everyday gurus: Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace Begins with a Letter, by Kozo Hattori
 Fish of Gold : Dear Universe

 ☮ Breathing Space : July Post For Peace
 ☮ Kelly Kuhn : Peace With Silence

 Not Just Sassy On The Inside : Letter to Divine Creator
 The Seeker : July Peace: A letter

Peaceful initials to consider in these posts ~
 Becoming a writer : Letters – a Bloggers for Peace post
 heartflow2013 : Letters for Peace

 Malala`s Speech to the UN General Assembly

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☮ Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin.
Just let go and follow your breath for awhile.

☮ Mindfulness Calms the Mind when you Need it Most (Noisy Neighbours via Thich Nhat Hanh).
Pacify troubled minds with Thich Nhat Hanh’s cooling wisdom.

 Monkey! Now is the only reality,
and you will need all of yourself to live it.

☮ Present Moment, Peaceful Moment
Breathe the clean fresh air of peace – come back to the present moment. (Images)

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a Solstice ♡ Meditation on Love

Light Tribe of Gaia.

June 21st at 5:04 am UTC:
The Winter / Summer Solstice, depending on which hemisphere you’re in.

As the consciousness of the world shifts into a higher state, you may find yourselves feeling deep love, but also despair in these changing times.

You are not alone! We are all interconnected in a web of loving kindness and peace. There are so many beings awakening here on earth.
By maintaining the frequency of love, light and joy within each one of us, we are assisting in this shift.

“The easiest way to bring yourself into this higher frequency is to activate gratitude within your emotional field – to think of those things that you love – the dolphins, the whales, your own dogs and cats, all beloved children of the earth plane, nature in all its glory and beauty and power, all those who love and support you. Bringing these things into your consciousness, things that you are truly grateful for, these lighten your vibration beyond measure. And smile dear ones – smile the smile of the enlightened Buddha – the smile that acknowledges that all suffering is illusion.”
And so it is.
Namaste.”

Solara An Ra

from the linked Pleiadian meditation channelled by SolaraAnRa, Light Tribe of Gaia:

A beautiful new meditation from the Star Councils of Light,
just in time for the June Solstice! HAPPY SOLSTICE dear Light tribe!

One-Heart Light Tribe Meditation (audio)

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* I’ve been doing this meditation in the run up to the Solstice,
and visualising us all in resonance with each other. Lighting up and strengthening each other through the grandmother web of Light & Love is truly blissful.

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Meditation on the Heart Chakra symbol by Kat Day coming soon.

Like this:

pleiadedolphininfos : The Pleiadians ~ The next phase in Global Ascension: the Summer Solstice; everything through the Heart ♥ ~ As received by Méline Lafont
Sandra Walter: Solstice and Full Moon – Unity Activations, Walk-thru practice

healthydelicious: how do you want your light to shine brighter in 2013

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