SparkPeople Meditation and Mindfulness Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20148 This team is for nurturing presence & awareness through various meditation methods: Stress-Relief, Buddhism, Yoga, Kabbalah, Centering Prayer, Visualization, Chakra Clearing, Guided Relaxation, etc. SparkPeople Meditation and Mindfulness Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20148 Namaste http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x62034693 I am not new to Spark but am new to this group. I decided to make another go of fitness & mental health mainly after 40 when I finally realized it was so important. Hard to find like minded people in my area. .. which honestly puts me in a bad space, plus I look like the minority in this negative town. &#128518; <BR> I am glad to see an active group & looking forward to any motivatation I can get. <BR> &#10084;Cris <BR> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:28:52 EST Gratitudes for Wednesday 7/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x61962435 I am grateful for my children and husband. They are such a great source of love Wed, 8 Jul 2015 20:04:40 EST Hi Everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x61958216 Thank you the welcome. I always try to bring peace, joy & mindfulness into my life and occasionally meditate. I thought this forum looked like a wonderful opportunity to focus on it in my life. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:57:47 EST Blowing things out of proportion...i feel lousy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x61731043 Hey howdy <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't realize how badly the events of the past two months were affecting me. small things here and there lumped with big things and suddenly everything accumulated in the past two days. now I feel like a total heel. <BR> <BR> Basically, I was concerned about our break room at work which has 2 fridges for 2 different crews, and one of them's for a special program that stays overnight and provides food because of their funding to that crew. well, I saw a co-worker... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:10:04 EST grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x61702767 I am grateful for my loving family and fabulous friends. <BR> I am grateful for my health and the chance to improve it by participating in the spark community. <em>252</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 03:11:32 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x61702752 Hi, I'm Dorothy, I've been practising mindfulness for two or three years now, but have let regular habits slip and am hoping to slowly introduce them back into my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 03:04:05 EST Daily Chat for June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x61643149 Morning all - weather here was fabulous over the weekend and other than mosquito swarms - we delighted in spending it in the yard! <BR> <BR> Happy June 1 to all! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:03:25 EST very new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x61528022 hi want to learn more about meditation to learn how to deal better with my pain. if i am hurting i tend to eat a lot of bad things. <BR> <BR> i need to learn how to meditate . <BR> <BR> i am 67 years old feel 100 . <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> Tue, 19 May 2015 06:15:01 EST Free Online Mindfulness Course http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22907x20148x61428939 <link>www.shambhalamountain.org/beyond-min<BR>dfulness/ </link> <BR> <BR> Watch free as leading teachers explore mindfulness practices and their blossom as wisdom, compassion, and social transformation. Each evening will include a wide variety of dialogues, presentations and guided meditations intended to help you along your personal path of discovery. <BR> <BR> Live Online Event Schedule <BR> Day 1: The Path of Mindfulness <BR> Day 2: Open Heart, Compassion, and Relationships <BR> Day 3... Thu, 7 May 2015 17:38:39 EST Daily Chat for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x61370302 I can't believe it's May already... <BR> <BR> We have been blessed with a gorgeous spring. <BR> <BR> Hoping to get out and <em>311</em> before an afternoon meeting, the lilacs are in full bloom and fill the air - we shall see... <BR> <BR> Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating it Daily and Gratefully! Fri, 1 May 2015 08:37:16 EST Going for Calm Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x61301173 I'm adding meditation and mindfulness to my daily routine to help combat PTSD so I can live a more functional, happy life. The meditation helps me with anxiety and the mindfulness helps me to stay aware and engaged rather than checked-out and disassociated. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:55:38 EST What are you grateful for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x61213834 Today I'm grateful for my belief in myself. <BR> <BR> What are you grateful for today? Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:17:50 EST Daily Chat for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x61093356 Can you believe it is a new month already? <BR> Sending all wishes for <BR> <em>67</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:34:59 EST hello to all I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x61069174 Hi, Everyone <BR> <BR> I've been meditation for about six months. On and off. Lately I've been reading a few books from Thich Nhat Hanh. I'm really enjoying them. Peace be with you Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:07:51 EST Happy Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x61050841 Hello everybody, <BR> I live in the Pacific Northwest. The weather is perfect today. <BR> I'm so glad I joined this group. I am looking forward to do meditation and get some anxiety issues under control. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:47:20 EST Looking for encourag ement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60927674 I just found the team, and I am kind of new to spark people. I joined years ago but didn't actively take part. Now I am back and I mean to participate fully. <BR> <BR> Meditation and mindfulness are very important to me but I have let the practice slip lately. Hoping to encourage and to be encouraged here on the team. <BR> <BR> May you be happy <em>334</em> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:11:08 EST Daily Chat for March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x60798307 Happy New Month! <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>439</em> <em>437</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:55:56 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60795596 I rejoined again in Dec 2014, got sidetracked, got my teeth kicked in, got discouraged, ate several pizzas and reacquainted myself with the menu at my local Mickey D's. then I got bummed, got scared, got determined and actually weighed myself. I am, only through the Grace of God, 7 lbs slimmer! <BR> <BR> I need new and different ways of dealing with my very high level of anxiety and stress. I am agoraphobic and have Severe Anxiety Disorder, since the meds are at their highest dosage and are... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:22:50 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60764770 Hi Everyone, am new to this team. Hoping to connect with some positive and mindful friends here. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:48:20 EST Doing Better But... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x60705479 I have badly swollen ankles and feet from exercising. I'm gonna have to stay off of my feet for a couple of days. Dratted Fibromyalgia! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Overall I'm doing much better this week (week 2). I've been logging my nutrition, and keeping within range. I'm feeling more confident and prideful about the SP Program too. Now I need to find a workout routine I can stick with. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:33:16 EST New Tribute http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60699871 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I found this team. I'm also a newbie to yoga but I can already tell from my first few classes that yoga is exactly what I have been searching, especially in terms of caring for my spiritual self. <BR> <BR> I'm learning to find a place of contentment in each moment and to be mindful of my actions and thoughts as they happen. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you. <BR> <BR> ~K~ Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:13:25 EST I'm Sheri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60682272 Greetings from The Monterey Bay, CA. I discovered this team while supporting a new Sparkfriend. 'Funny how these things pan out huh? I'm excited about this team. You can learn more about me by reading my Sparkpage. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> <BR> Sheri Tue, 17 Feb 2015 04:15:23 EST How did you practice the eightfold path today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x60574833 Today I continue to walk the path from suffering to peace by being mindful of what I'm thinking and speaking. How about you? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 22:49:47 EST Daily Chat for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x60514718 New Chat Starts Tomorrow. See you then! <BR> <BR> Happy <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> Month!!! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:56:42 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60502958 Hi Everyone <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Janice! I'm a 47 y/o west coast to east coast transplant living in PA, soon to be empty nest'er. My daughter has married her Marine and they are getting ready to be stationed in CA. She is my world and the stress I have about her flying the nest is overwhelming. But... now is my time <em>334</em> While I have meditated in the past; I'm still in the young stage of learning. I am looking forward to being apart of this team, and can't wai... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:59:45 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60392873 My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:22 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60320761 Hi <BR> I am new to meditation and would love some advise and instructions on how to build a good practice. I do yoga daily but would really like to learn more about meditating. Any good reads, websites, etc. that you could suggest? Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:46:30 EST Just joining this challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60297368 Hi! I am happy to be able to join this challenge. Thank you to who started it. I love the fact it is longer than 30 days! I have been doing pretty well but need something to keep me exercising. I have many motivators, but another one wont hurt! Hello ALL! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:45:53 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60281794 I just joined the group and one of my goals is daily meditation. It's been many years, and am ready to start now. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:53:59 EST Simple living http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x60249420 We live in a fast-paced and increasingly complex world. Now, more than ever, we need to recapture the beauty, joy and wisdom of simplicity. So KindSpring is kicking off 2015 with a 21-Day Simple Living Challenge! Every day, for 21 days straight, you'll receive an action prompt that will help you deepen and declutter your inner and outer worlds. You'll join a community of participants from across the globe, and will have the opportunity to read their inspiring stories and also share your own! ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:31:26 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60216639 Hello Everyone, Happy New Year!!! I feel like in the last several years I have been heading in the direction of living Mindfully. I have considered Meditation a few times but just don't feel like I can keep it up or that I am not doing it correctly. Hope you guys will give me some insights and motivation to keep going. Looking forward to this next chapter and 2015!!! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:21:37 EST Best meditation app for android? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x60206869 I would really like to start with a (free) app for my phone. Could y'all tell me what android apps you like the best? <BR> <BR> Thanks so much :) Sun, 4 Jan 2015 08:14:00 EST Newbie to all things meditation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60185341 Hi everyone. I'm completely new to all of this but looking forward to turning a new leaf and centering myself with meditation. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:50:26 EST Daily Chat for January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x60174697 Happy New Year! <BR> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>411</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:02:39 EST Hello Meditation & Mindfulness Team Members... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60161538 Hi Everyone... <BR> <BR> My name is Kim. I'm a Canadian. Loves - Hockey, Hello Kitty, Thunderstorms, Horror Movies, Vanilla Scented Candles, Honey/Vanilla Tea, Stuffed Animals, Photography, and My Husband! ;) I am a Full-Time College Student taking Photography, and I'm finished in April 2015. Really sad ... because I love my teachers and all the awesome Photographers I have met along the way. (fellow classmates of course!) ;) I signed up on here last night.. (December 29th) beca... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:45:14 EST Hey there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60147752 Hey guys! <BR> <BR> This is about my dozenth time starting a "lifestyle change" and I'm really hoping this one sticks... <BR> <BR> My name is Dan, and I'm a 25 year old father (of two) and husband (of only one) who lives in Somerset, PA, though I've lived just about everywhere in the Harrisburg area during my life... I work for the Commonwealth, which is a great job but leaves me sitting on my butt most of the day. I'm hoping to get up and get moving, and eventually do a couch to 5k progra... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:17:35 EST Need to make big changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x60052330 I am back again after being away too long. I need the structure of spark people to help me focus on improving my diet. I have been studying mindfulness and meditation through both yoga and Buddhist teachings, but I have a long way to go. I need to make some big changes and appreciate all suggestions/support as I move forward on the path. Namaste! Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:10:08 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x60041183 Just wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I'm looking to lose weight in a more "mindful" way. Considering I've tried every diet known to mankind (and then some) without reaping any lasting, healthful effects, I've realized that I need to incorporate better habits in order to combat my food addiction. <BR> <BR> Anyway, feel free to add me as a SP friend if you have a profile, too. Hopefully I'll be sticking around for the long haul and not regressing back into old bad habits quickly! <BR>... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:56:06 EST Not been able to meditate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x60031835 It is some weeks since I was able to meditate, I did it a lot in the summer when I went walking and I do have to say I did feel a lot better for it. <BR> I am not following my diet at least until after Wednesday when it will be the last Christmas fuddle I am going to, I am doing a Christmas dinner(veggie) but won't do everything and no pudding. <BR> Today I have been swimming and hope to do tomorrow as well so I am keeping up my activity levels. <BR> To my disappointment I only lost 4 pounds ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:47:02 EST tummo meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x59990683 Is it g Tum-mo, tummo, or g-tummo? I have only recently learned about this extraordinary meditation practice where body temperatures rise. This article, written in 2002, describes the practice, some studies done, and ways in which some things learned from this Tibetan practice are being used in the west: <link>news.harvard.edu/gazette/2002/04.18/<BR>09-tummo.html </link> And a short vid: <link>youtu.be/vvplo5_EtV0 </link> Does anyone have any knowledge of tummo meditation? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:52:56 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x59942338 Hello everyone! I'm not new to SparkPeople - I did it years ago and had success, but fell off the wagon and decided to come back. In the meantime I have developed a raging case of health anxiety. Although I am an otherwise healthy person, not a week goes by where I'm not convinced I'm dying of something. It's an awful way to live, and I've decided to start taking steps to reduce my stress and become a more all-around calm, mindful person. I look forward to chatting with all of you, learning a... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 09:35:21 EST Maintaining calm in the face of stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x59937242 Anyone have any ideas on how to de-stress or avoid stress from negative people? I'm having some issues with my daughter and I try to be sympathetic and helpful but it doesn't always work and I wind up feeling badly after our conversations. I try to maintain my own "inner peace" but sometimes it just doesn't work. Used to turn to food but want to end that bad habit. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:38:48 EST Daily Chat for December http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x59904821 New month! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:44:01 EST Free 8 week course http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22907x20148x59904820 Not sure if any of you know about this but I just started doing an 8 week Mindfulness course. its 100% free. Its pretty neat too! I will post the link for more info I you like. I found it Googling mindfulness. LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>palousemindfulness.com/selfguidedMBS<BR>R.html </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:44:00 EST It's hard to find the time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x59840094 to meditate each day.. i try to do at least 5 minutes... but sometimes i just don't. I don't know why really, because 5 minutes isn't so much. <BR> In these recipes on EatMoreVegetarian.com there are mindfulness built in to the recipes: <BR> <link>www.eatmorevegetarian.com/quick-past<BR>a-dish-with-beans/ </link> <BR> I think this is a really good way to get reminded to be mindful... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:07:37 EST Newbie here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x59719282 I'm a little like a deer in head lights right now with the site and all the information. I've been neglecting myself far too long and I joined Sparkpeople to change a few priorities. One was to lose weight and become a more healthy me. The second was to further myself in my spiritual path and become more in tune with a calmer, less stressed me. I think I've found the way to do that here. I'm in it for the long haul. Thanks in advance for sharing the journey with me! <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:24:44 EST gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x59679835 I am grateful for all my loved ones, so grateful that my husband, children, grandchildren and parents are still in this world! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 07:26:56 EST Daily Chat for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x59626150 " Happy Thanksgiving " month to ALL!! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Dad is still in re-hab and I am sorry to say that he is not doing very well. :( Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:18:53 EST The Emotion Code http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x59611586 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Does anyone else here use the Emotion Code? <BR> I find it amazing and sorta like an active form of meditation. <BR> <BR> Enjoy today, <BR> Ruth :) Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:31:13 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x59370292 I just joined the team. I have been Buddhist for about 7 years. I am a working mother of two children, so sometimes finding time to meditate is tricky. I go through periods where I don't practice at all and then get back into mindfulness to combat stress, physical pain, and depression. Thanks for making a team just for us! Sun, 5 Oct 2014 22:22:25 EST Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x59322474 Goal weight maintained: day two! <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:13:40 EST Daily Chat for October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x59314110 " Happy New Month " Everyone!! See you all here tomorrow. :) Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:37:15 EST spiritual revelation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x59257488 can something so profound in your life cause you to change the way you eat by the way you look at food and life?? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:13:39 EST Looking for the reason for being http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x59203214 I am trying to take better care of myself and to be happier. Every once in a while I stop and think "why do I deserve to be happy?" "why should I take care of myself?" "Why am I here and what do I have to look forward to in the future?". <BR> <BR> It seems to me that I need some inner peace and reflection to help me find my self worth and my direction, my "reason for being". I don't know if this is the right path, but I am willing to try it to find out. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:14:33 EST Daily Chat for September http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x59014880 Happy New Month, New Day and New Week.....Enjoy! <em>249</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:28:27 EST acknowledging desires that may harm us(or others) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x58991103 Every once in a while we all are faced with nagging temptations that take over our thoughts and plague us with an uncontrollable urge to do something we know isn't healthy for us. When those times come—whether it's an impulse to eat an entire bag of potato chips or a desire to say something nasty to a coworker—yogic philosophy tells us to acknowledge our desires, focusing on the emotions that fuel them. <BR> <BR> Once you've identified your emotions and how they make you feel, ask yourself w... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:31:06 EST Awakening relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58918015 The Passion and Intimacy Summit is a FREE 21-day offering of an Awakened Relationship series, featuring relationship experts who are revealing some of their personal experiences along with their professional knowledge to help you create better relationships in your life. <link>passionandintimacysummit.com/ </link> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:38:13 EST Been off my diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58866805 For some weeks now I have not been following my diet and up till last week I have not lost or put on any weight(I weigh myself on a Monday in Boots), I must get back on my diet otherwise I will be putting on all that I have lost over the last few years. <BR> I do no what is causing my problem and it is a biggie STRESS which makes me pick at food in the evening, I know I don't need it but cannot stop myself and any advice would be welcome. <BR> I also find the evenings very and apart from Tu... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:08:17 EST Total Meditation Baby Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x58848764 Hello all! My name is Esset and I am completely brand new to meditating (as in, my first ever session was yesterday). I'm using Oprah and Deepak Chopra's 21-day meditation challenge. <BR> <BR> I've recently started DBT (Dialectial Behavior Therapy) and one of the most crucial parts of it is a focus on mindfulness and being in the present moment, so this is a very important extension of that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, just wanted to say hi and get an introduction out! <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:14:47 EST Pottery bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58830585 Need someone to tell me I am being silly. A couple of months ago I made a pottery bowl at a craft show unfortunately things got in the way and it was still waiting for it to be finished of as I was worried about spoiling it so was not rushing it, for safekeeping I had put in our art group cupboard and unfortunately it got knocked of the shelf, I know it was an accident but I am upset about it, it seems such a small thing to be upset about. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:59:36 EST Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58818625 I was just thinking that I had not done any meditating today but I have been for a very calming walk(was a bit breezy) and I do find this a very good time for putting my thoughts in order and I feel loads better when I return home. <BR> Going to my knit and sew group tonight so will be having a good laugh there. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:20:18 EST Expanding your happiness meditation - Oprah-Chopra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x58799448 I am planning to to do this 21 day series with Oprah and Deepak Chopra which starts tomorrow (Monday). I see that a lot of our team members are also planning to do this series. <BR> <BR> Let`s share our experiences here.... <BR> <BR> Please drop a word or a line about how and what you felt after each day`s meditation... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:31:51 EST Guided meditation videos? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x58774927 Can anyone tell me if there are any spark videos that feature good guided meditations? Any good ones on youtube or elsewhere on the net? I know there are some great soundscapes on youtube to ease relaxation, but am looking for a good guided meditation. Thanks for your help spark friends! <BR> <em>414</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>403</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 20:16:47 EST Daily Chat for August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58715500 Happy August everyone! <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:30:29 EST Conscious weight loss challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x58553454 Received this email from Gaiam, and thought some of you might be interested: <BR> <BR> Renowned body-mind therapist Gay Hendricks introduces us to a new way to lose weight, eat mindfully and change the way we see our bodies with his 7-part Conscious Weight Loss series – and we invite YOU to take part, absolutely FREE! <BR> <BR> Conscious Weight Loss facilitates a shift in consciousness based on Gay's four secrets and two techniques to use in everyday life. With these tools, you'll have the ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:41:06 EST New Oprah and Deepak Chopra meditation starting up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58535081 Just got an email about an new meditation starting in August. Of all of the meditation series, I like theirs the best. It starts on August 11th and is another 21 day challenge. Check it out it is free and easy to register. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:11:45 EST Russell Brand - Awakened Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58458430 <link>youtu.be/_bKQXmvdr8o </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:21:41 EST A Heavy Curriculum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58404474 I really like the following article by Ram Dass. It sums up daily spiritual work for me. <BR> <BR> "If somebody is a problem for you, it’s not that they should change, it’s that you need to change. If they’re a problem for themselves that’s their karma, if they’re causing you trouble that’s your problem on yourself. So, in other words when Christ is crucified, he says “forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing”, they’re not a problem for him, he’s trying to get them out of being a pro... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:58:22 EST Daily Chat for July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58390545 Happy New Month to All. <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> New Daily Chat Thread for July. <BR> <BR> And, Happy July 4th to All..... <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:39:22 EST Waiting in line http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x58190001 The hidden joy of waiting in line <link>www.dailygood.org/story/754/the-hidd<BR>en-joy-of-waiting-in-line-carolyn-greg<BR>oire/ </link> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:53:06 EST New around here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x58177762 Hi everyone! <BR> I'm excited to be here. I used to meditate regularly, and be quite in touch with my spiritual side, but it seems over the last year or so I have lost myself, and have trouble with any meditation. I'm hoping with some positive changes, I will be able to get back on track, lose some weight and find myself in a happier time and place! <BR> Cheers! <BR> <em>31</em> WildHusky Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:54:13 EST summer of peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58172213 Summer of Peace 2014: transforming conflict in your heart, your relationships and the world is a free 3 month series of talks. Speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Eckhart Tolle, Amy Goodman, Daniel Ellsberg... <BR> <BR> <BR> A FREE ONLINE EVENT <BR> June 13 – September 21 <BR> <BR> 70+ of the world’s top peacebuilders, social change leaders, indigenous elders and spiritual mentors offering inspiration, skills training and powerful solutions – to bring inner, interpersonal and collec... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:04:21 EST Daily Chat for June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x58065616 Happy New Month everyone. Enjoy! Sat, 31 May 2014 22:39:11 EST Aussie newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x57996772 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a 27 year old from Australia who's trying to get back into a healthier lifestyle with regard to diet, exercise and mindfulness. I took a mindfulness course in the past to assist with stress/anxiety/depression, and although this had amazing results at the time, I've since fallen back into old habits. I also recently found out that I have IBS and have been put on a low-FODMAP diet to control my symptoms. I'm really determined to stick to these new eating habits, a... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:50:50 EST Looking for the silver lining in every challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x57820271 Sometimes it is a simple task to be grateful for those things which bring joy to our hearts but <BR> it is not always so easy to find the silver lining when challenging situations arise. <BR> <BR> The old saying 'I was not grateful for having no shoes until I saw a child who could not walk.' <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for being mentally/emotionally disabled and free, <BR> I know many others like me who are in confinement to protect themselves and/or others. <BR> Fri, 9 May 2014 21:23:40 EST May, my way, countdown the min. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x57772003 Ok I need this and need to keep up with it. Going to move and count it down,. <BR> Going to start with 5000 min of fitness for the month of May. I know it is a lot more than I usually put but I am wanting results. <BR> <BR> 5/5-5000/60/4940 let's get it going! Mon, 5 May 2014 22:09:09 EST Daily Chat for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x57710941 Happy May to ALL!! Thu, 1 May 2014 00:12:53 EST HI I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x57512683 Hello... I am new, and haven't been meditating very long. <BR> <BR> Honestly I knew about meditating, but became so ADHD that I would find my mind wandering and thought I was doing it wrong. It wasn't until I stumbled across a picture of a beautiful Mala, and read more about it that it finally clicked. <BR> <BR> In the reading I found a phrase: "I am Enough" and as soon as I said it,quietly to myself everything melted and I felt so good. It helped calm nerves and ease a spiraling brain. ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:13:33 EST Meditation and Living in the Present Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x57512421 I spent many years with meditation - by that I mean sitting in one place and going into that state of meditation. It was wonderful. In fact during one period I was finding that I did not want to come back it was so beautiful there and I would lose track of time. I live alone so this was not a problem. I chose to stop because I was losing touch with the world rather than becoming more fully present. <BR> <BR> It is quite a different experience from what I am practicing with being in the n... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:46:49 EST New Member Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x57437844 Hello everyone, and bright blessings! <BR> <BR> My name is Celeste, I am 28 years old and reside in WA state. <BR> <BR> This is the 4th time that I have returned to SP but this time, I am on the right track. <BR> <BR> In the past, I have had a lot of problems with meditation and clearing my mind...let alone grounding myself. I am here to learn more in hopes that it will help me on this path! <BR> <BR> Celeste Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:06:24 EST Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x57413232 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> I am reading a book right now called Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss. I have tried to read this many times but I always got it from the library and could never get a chance to finish it so I finally bought it a while back. I am only 20 pages in and I think I am going to love this. It talks about how we all sign these spiritual contracts before we incarnate here on earth for what we are going to learn, who we are going to meet and to a degree how our relationships wi... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 21:19:53 EST I am coming off Lyrica http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x57348820 Today its the second day in where i have taken 1 3/4 of my daily dosis of Lyrica. <BR> This is a thread i found about the Lyrica withdrawal syndrome: <BR> <BR> http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/showth<BR>read.php?t=192315&highlight=Lyrica <BR> <BR> The withdrawal syptoms are: <BR> <BR> Exhaustion, coupled with insomnia (horrible combination) <BR> Depression <BR> Crying jags <BR> Rage <BR> Extreme episodes of sweating <BR> Chills <BR> Inability to regulate temperature <BR> Flu like sympt... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:33:52 EST Daily Chat for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x57338938 Happy Spring, Happy Easter and Happy April Fools Day!!! <BR> <em>375</em> <em>449</em> <em>249</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:06:39 EST Do you know the spiritual catalyst? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x57300355 Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share this awesome video with you: <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzJiMp-P<BR>_lY <BR> <BR> It is about letting go of weight, Enjoy! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:20:29 EST I'm a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x57250977 Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I am new to this website and to the USA AND to this new group too! <BR> I'm a 38 year old woman and just moved from Holland Europe to Florida cause I met my husband there. <BR> <BR> Now I'm ready to loose some desired pounds. The first week on this website i only put weight ON cause I was more then normally focused on food. <BR> <BR> From tomorrow on a new start for me though. Haha.....that's a simple life to be always allow yourself to start again. <BR> ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:56:03 EST Buddhism and Modern Psychology http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x57200156 Free Coursera class on Buddhism and Modern Psychology through Princeton starts today! <BR> <BR> <link>https://class.coursera.org/psychbudd<BR>hism-001 </link> <BR> <BR> I definitely cannot take this one, since I am already committed to my fantastic Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior class through Duke, and finishing my tax preparation, and now applying to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and ALL the things, but wanted to share a great opportunity for anyone who might be inter... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:40:39 EST end of March, April min. countdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x57132798 sorry I was gone so long. I have a computer to use until mine gets a new hard drive put in. <BR> I am so ready to get going again. <BR> So I didn't see a march so hope you don't mind. <BR> <BR> 1. fitness min ( any kind of dancing, or movement other than walking.- <BR> 2. walking steps or min.- <BR> 3. give it a rest and lets meditate. <BR> <BR> anyone want to join me? Sat, 15 Mar 2014 05:50:28 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x57099284 Hello-- <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose, proving how often in my life I have not been mindful. :( However, about a decade ago I discovered Buddhism, mindfulness, and a gentler way of life. I try to find time to step into this gentler ,more mindful lifestyle on my own, but living in the midst of people and situations that make doing so a challenge, I am hoping to find support from this group. I hope to start with two modest goals: 10+ minutes of meditation daily, and the use of mindfulness... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:38:33 EST Gayatri mantra made visible http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x57063422 From the album The Essence by Deva Premal, the Gayatri Mantra is said to be the oldest and most powerful of mantras, purifying the person chanting it as well as the listener. Now the science of Cymatics reveals the beautiful, transformational patterns that these ancient sounds create when passed through water. As cymatologist Evan Grant notes, "Sound does have form and we have seen that it can affect matter and cause form within matter." <link>youtu.be/iTjiWYPPe9A </link> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:22:55 EST New... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56978701 I meditate regularly. I believe in Wicca and Buddhism. It will help me to join in on this team. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 18:56:55 EST Daily Chat for March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56956622 Here is the new chat thread for March. Enjoy! Happy New Month. <em>249</em> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:51:28 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56927500 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Hello, my name is Dawn. I studied metaphysics from 2008 - 2011 and then I had to drop classes for financial reasons. I would like to start meditating and doing yoga again. I am so glad to be in a group of like minded people to encourage me in these pursuits. I like the idea of being mindful when I eat. I used to read the Bible every morning when I first woke up, but have gotten out of the habit. That would be nice to start again. I just started seriously following S... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:57:52 EST Question on mediataion stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x56910095 I have a question. <BR> I am wanting to learn more about meditation,where it came from,phrases I see/hear people using and what they mean and such. Can someone give me link to a really good site that explains all this. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:15:08 EST I am new,but you already knew that,LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56845524 Good morning! <BR> I am so happy to have found this team. I have always wanted to try meditation. I am hoping to help quiet my mind and help myself become calmer and over come axiety/panic attacks. I also want to pray more and if I quiet my mind some maybe prayer will be easier. I am just wanting to try new things as I am on my weight loss journey, only it is much more than a weight loss journey it is also a new life journey for me that I very much am in need of! <BR> <BR> I hope to make m... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:36:27 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56844200 Hi ...I am checking things out here. Have been in Spark a long time but not very active. Working on making positive changes and have decided to be more serious about it. <BR> <BR> I am interested in the changes mindfulness can create.....and need to meditate more. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:58:00 EST motivation interruption due to illness...my enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56741300 Hey howdy <BR> <BR> So, I wrote in my blog about my day yesterday and how excited I was at the possibility of trying something new and good for myself to get started again on being healthy and fit even with my thesis paper breathing down my neck every day. I gotta have time for me. <BR> <BR> So I make this list of the things I need to accomplish the next few months and ideas to get me there. I was eager to start today and really get working when the cold or flu from Hell just up and hit m... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:02:50 EST Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56713280 This is the title of an audio book by Dr. Candace Pert - a scientist who also wrote the Molecules of Emotion. It's only available in audio format because it's a recording of a talk she gave. I've listened to most of the first third of the recording and it has made meditation a must, exercising where I sweat ("glisten" - except I'm hot flashing so much there IS no glisten), and choosing my food for pleasure in new ways. <BR> <BR> I haven't been on spark as much as once upon a time, but as I l... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:27:13 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56671302 I am almost through my first week back on SP. It has been difficult and frustrating but I am still motivated and ready to change! I am currently 235 with a goal of 200. I cannot wait to get my first weigh in and see all the hard work pay off. I have done SP before and have had some success but the motivation changed and desire left. Everything is still here and i cannot wait to reach my goals! Thu, 6 Feb 2014 11:51:54 EST Have learned that meditation is a must. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56670276 Hello my name is Maria, <BR> <BR> I have learned that meditation is a must. <BR> <BR> However, I am not a disciplined individual and it's hard for me to put into practice what I know. <BR> <BR> I need all the help and motivation. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:42:46 EST the overwhelmed cycle--work or sleep--HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56652191 Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I am working on my Master's thesis and am on a limited time frame (the worst part is I'm not sure exactly when I have to have it all done, just a guesstimation because there're so many factors involved.) My computer fiasco with my thesis paper backups being corrupted, then my attempt to make new ones killed my original drive, has made me retype dozens of pages to work with and has sucked up valuable time I don't have to mess around with the thesis paper. <BR> <BR> But a... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 00:21:49 EST Daily Chat for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56608828 Ladie's I do hope that you all don't mind that I make a New Monthly Chat Thread each month. <BR> <BR> My others teams do and it seems much easier to stay caught up. <BR> <BR> Happy February! Can't hardly believe that January is gone already. Time sure does fly. <BR> <BR> It is great to see so many in the chat thread again. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:06:45 EST Spark Team bonus points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56603730 Did you know that you can earn bonus points for the Meditation and Mindfulness team? <BR> <BR> Each day you can complete bonus spins for your favorite SparkTeams. You get 1 bonus spin for every 5 SparkPoints you earn per day, with a maximum of 5 spins a day. Just click the flags next to your favorite teams on the Team Bonus Points section in Step 3 on your Start page. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/start-no<BR>w-sa.asp </link> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:58:51 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56595489 Hello, <BR> I have always wanted to meditate..Just not sure where to start. Please help..Any and all advice would be very welcomed...Thanks Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:47:15 EST did you meditate today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56538529 I have a "Deva Primal" cd that I listen to almost every single day. It is called "Healing Mantras" and it is so good. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:29:17 EST Celebrate your life conference in February http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56486413 I bought tickets for a fantastic conference over Valentines weekend next month in Scottsdale Arizona. My life circumstances have changed since I bought them and I am not longer able to attend the conference. Lots of the A list of spiritual teachers will be presenting: Carolyn Myss, Deepak Coppra, Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz, Neal Donald Walsh .... and many more. <BR> <BR> I need to sell the tickets - at a discount. I would love to know someone was able to enjoy the conf... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:29:01 EST How do you un-learn laziness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56485812 I've been thinking about what i need to do for myself health-wise in between the insanity of working (and just starting part-time job 2.5--its tacked onto my ship job, but i do get another paycheck thankfully) and working on my master's degree. The tough part is that i have no good habits to speak of. <BR> <BR> The difficulty i think is that i really have no clue where i'm going or what I want. I mean, getting pounds down? sure, i definitely want to lose the weight. otherwise, i'm not su... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:23:52 EST Why Meditation is Good for Emotional Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x56482863 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/15/me<BR>ditation-emotional-processing-emotions<BR>-brain_n_2123753.html </link> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:59:22 EST Cheated on my diet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x56466716 "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> Sometimes when I cheat I want to just throw in the towel and go back to my old ways of eating, but just because I failed today doesn't mean I have to fail again tomorrow; every day is a new day to make a healthy choice. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:42:13 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56446038 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I have been on sparkpeople for a while now and have been looking for a group that is in line with my goals of not only weight loss and getting healthy but also one that loves meditation. I am excited to share this journey to health and wellness with you all because as we all know it is mind, body and soul:) Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:27:52 EST Don't stand still...get moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x56414684 Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward. -- Maxwell Maltz <BR> <BR> How true is this quote from Maxwell Maltz? We lose everything when we allow ourselves to sit in one spot and let life pass us by? No matter what, keep moving forward, keep improving ... prove to yourself every day that there is something about you, something you contributed - something in life that is better today than it was yesterday because of you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:11:18 EST How often do we do this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x56399904 We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us -- Virginia Satir <BR> <BR> This is something we all do, I know I do for sure. Because we are overweight, or not as "media's idea of" beautiful, we let what other people perceive us as change our own self-worth. Life is short. Too short to let what other people think intercept our own journey in life. Always remember, it's YOUR life, not theirs - they will not be standing by your bedside holding your hand as you take your fi... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:43:34 EST I realize I'm overweight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x56371487 It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action. <BR> <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:24:16 EST Anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56359350 Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> <BR> Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b<BR>/buddha104025.html#1uBOFvPjJjmfLOtR.99 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:31:23 EST Only Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x56228150 Only Breath <BR> <BR> Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu <BR> Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion <BR> <BR> or cultural system. I am not from the East <BR> or the West, not out of the ocean or up <BR> <BR> from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not <BR> composed of elements at all. I do not exist, <BR> <BR> am not an entity in this world or in the next, <BR> did not descend from Adam and Eve or any <BR> <BR> origin story. My place is placeless, a trace <BR> of the tra... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:00:57 EST Living in the Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56201723 Come sit a while and have a <em>469</em> This is the place to relax and discuss any spiritual journey you are on. Share your insights, experiences and any questions you may have. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 18:17:29 EST Deepak Chopera? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56199533 I'm fairly new to the team and a beginner at meditation in general. I'm curious about what the more experienced/advanced people think of Deepak Chopera? I've enjoyed what I've done of his meditation series so far, and I'm currently making my way though his Secrets of Meditation. Has anyone else used any of his series? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:09:12 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56197761 Hey guys. <BR> <BR> My name is Dan and I'm a 24 year father of two boys and husband (of one woman. lol.) <BR> I live in coal mine country in Pennsylvania in towns you've probably never heard of, situated about an hour east of Pittsburgh. <BR> I work for the State of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection in the Bureau of District Mining Operations. It sounds fancy, but really all I do is plug numbers into excel all day and occassionally get to drive a vehicle around that isn't... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 12:44:20 EST laziness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56161434 EXPERIENCING LAZINESS DIRECTLY <BR> <BR> "Laziness is not particularly terrible or wonderful. Rather it has a basic living quality that deserves to be experienced just as it is. Perhaps we’ll find an irritating, pulsating quality in laziness. We might feel it as dull and heavy or as vulnerable and raw. Whatever we discover, as we explore it further, we find nothing to hold on to, nothing solid, only groundless, wakeful energy. <BR> <BR> This process of experiencing laziness directly and non... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:24:16 EST JANUARY 2014 FITNESS CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x56151345 800/0/0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:32:58 EST January 2013 Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x56151316 Sorry, this is 2014.....Not 2013, again. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do my Yoga Practice everyday this month. <BR> <BR> Who will Join Me? Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:30:17 EST Volunteer work experience? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56139742 Have any of you done volunteer work that was fun, lighthearted, silly, uplifting, happy? <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear about it! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:28:20 EST Let me introduce myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56063280 I'm not a full believer in meditation and mindfulness, I'm not a full believer in yoga either, yet I do both. For yoga, I love the discipline, but as far as the centering aspect and the affirmations? Not my thing. I don't like that connection with myself. The same goes with mindfulness. I believe in it, but I can't connect my soul to it. <BR> <BR> Regardless, mindfulness has helped me a LOT over the past few years. I suffer from dermatillomania and focusing on my breathing techniques and pr... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:27:26 EST Newbie Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x56058709 Hey everyone-- I'm Esset. I'm a 22-year-old paraeducator and student, and man I am so tired of watching life happen to me. So, here I am! I had something of an epiphany yesterday, regarding pretty much my entire life, and though at first it seems like a lot of things need to change, they all have the same common thread: That mindfulness that's been missing. At any rate, I'm very excited to be a part of this group, and to get to know y'all and everything. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 09:46:16 EST Great read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x56018939 I read this yesterday and thought it was awesome! <BR> <BR> http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?op<BR>tion=com_content&task=view&id=3177 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:40:59 EST Dependence vs. Independence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x56002548 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxdRQA_GhxU&<BR>feature=c4-overview&list=UU1KIUp4PNCyI<BR>wCPTq1hYzWQ </link> <BR> <BR> Found this very interesting. A refreshing perspective. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:43:45 EST What Are You Reading? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22907x20148x55971614 One of the team goals is to read a spiritual book for five minutes each day. I am curious what you all are reading. <BR> <BR> I am reading How To Know God by Deepak Chopra. It is a good book but it is taking me a long time to get through it. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:57:40 EST hey there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x55885324 I'm Becca and I'm new to SparkPeople as well as my meditation practice. I've been attempting to develop different ways to manage stress and simplify my life and I've found that being mindful and meditating has been the most beneficial thing I could do. I really do hope to join others with my mindset in the quest to live a more healthy, active, mindful, and friendly life. Fri, 6 Dec 2013 08:36:50 EST crafts and meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x55839848 Does anyone use knitting or Crocheting to help them meditate? I'm planning on trying this with my crocheting. I was wondering what you all think. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 14:21:55 EST Deepak Chopra: What Are You Hungry For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x55787964 Have any of you checked this out? I have it but haven't started it yet. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:17:02 EST How do you meditate... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x55765948 Just curious to know how you personally meditate, guided/not, to music, dvd, etc. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:41:01 EST Managing Anxiety with Meditation and Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x55697545 I really enjoyed the following article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11641/how-i-<BR>learned-to-manage-my-crippling-anxiety<BR>.html </link> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:05:29 EST ‘you are nothing but your breath. exhale’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x55674488 The mind says ‘mistake. regret. punishment.’ <BR> The heart speaks ‘long. ache. grieve’ <BR> The body pulses ‘want. want. want’ <BR> <BR> Yoga answers ‘you are nothing but your breath. exhale’ <BR> <BR> <BR> The legs scream ‘go. run. escape’ <BR> The ceiling fan whispers ‘you are still here’ <BR> <BR> <BR> The critic declares ‘not enough. do more’ <BR> The practice replies ‘exactly right. infinitely curious. eternally gentle’ <BR> <BR> <BR> The hips protest ‘no. I can’t’ <BR> Yoga says... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 23:24:00 EST New FREE 21-Day Meditation Experience starts 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x55586225 I'm not sure if someone else has posted this before, but I just wanted to let everyone know about this since I just found out, and it starts Monday 11/11/13. <BR> <BR> It's called 'Oprah and Deepak Desire and Destiny 21-Day Meditation Experience'. <BR> <BR> Normally you have to pay for the DVD's, but it's free now. <BR> <BR> I have to give credit to one of my SP friends, Sue (Miadolcevita) for doing a status update about this. <BR> <BR> https://chopracentermeditation.com <BR> <BR> Ba... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 15:44:10 EST 21-Day Gratitude Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x55512058 21-Day Gratitude Challenge: <link>www.kindspring.org/21day/ </link> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:20:10 EST NOVEMBER FITNESS CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x55470355 700/0/0 Fri, 1 Nov 2013 01:44:45 EST Allowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x55364132 During my morning meditation time one of my focuses is "allowing". That is to meditate within the context of whatever is going on inside or sideside of my reality. I try to make meditation more than mental masturbation by making it within the context of real life and with real life application. This allows me to take meditation into the rest of my day practicing allowing what is to be. <BR> <BR> A decade ago when I started meditating it felt good and in fact, was good. But, when someth... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:46:55 EST Is anyone practicing the teaching of Eckhart Tolle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x55144085 If so, I would be interested in sharing experiences along the way. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wispy Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:45:20 EST Newbie - looking for support/friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x55131645 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just signed up for spark people. I'm on my journey to losing 25lbs and I just know sparkpeople will help me accomplish my goal. I like to work out and am learning how to eat better and be more mindful of myself. I'm definitely looking for some support and motivation here so would certainly love to develop that here! <BR> <BR> Lori Thu, 3 Oct 2013 20:04:09 EST OCTOBER FITNESS CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x55103912 600 minutes for Oct. <BR> <BR> <BR> 10/01 <BR> <BR> 600/30/570 Tue, 1 Oct 2013 18:33:41 EST The curse of empathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x55058541 As I get older with more than a decade of regular meditation and spiritual practice under my belt I find that I have a problem. It's empathy. I find that I struggle with the suffering of people and animals alike. Sometimes it seems a bit overwhelming. <BR> <BR> I faintly remember a younger me that didn't pay attention that much. It's not that I didn't care. Rather, I think that years ago I was just ignorant to anything outside of my little, selfish world. <BR> <BR> Surely I'm not alo... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:39:52 EST Finding Calm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x54933072 I have an issue that I would LOVE advice on. In the mornings before I start a busy workday or study day, I love to have a peaceful calm morning. This seems impossible to me. I still live at home, so either my sister, father, or mother are home and they are loud with jarring music, TV, or something else. I do not mind a conversation, but it seems to be other things they do that interfere with me trying to get centered. I could be in my room trying for at least 20 minuetes to center myself, but... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:42:13 EST SEPTEMBER FITNESS CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x54759207 9/1 <BR> <BR> 700/0/700...Sunday's are my rest day. <BR> <BR> 9/2 <BR> <BR> 700/20/680 Mon, 2 Sep 2013 22:39:19 EST Do you eat slow or fast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x54732062 I read an article that said if you eat slow, you can lose up to 20 pounds in one year. <BR> <BR> I used to eat very fast...10 min. and my meal was done. <BR> Now I do what I call lock and load. I take a bite, put my utensil down, then chew at least 25 times. Now I chew about 40 times. Then take a couple of sips of water....count to 25...then start again. I get much fuller than I used to so I eat less food. I also enjoy it more and take about 40 min. to eat. <BR> <BR> Try it and let me kn... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:17:41 EST November streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x54732019 Can you do one thing every day for a month? For instance tai chi, Qigong, tracking your food in the nutrition tracker? Lets make it a challenge. I have this on another team. Last streaker standing. If you miss your streak by one day, you are out. The last streaker standing is the winner. What is the prize? better health, pride in yourself and a sense that you can do this. Don't make it something like finish peanut butter crackers but something you really want to do and will help either... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:13:55 EST 21 day Mantra Meditation Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x54719258 begins Sept 10th. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.mentorschannel.com/DevaPremal/21<BR>-DayMantraMeditationJourney/LandingPage/ </link> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:06:44 EST Mindfulness meditation may slow aging http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x54589423 Meditation techniques centered on being in the present moment have been used in healing and spiritual practices for thousands of years. In recent times, scientists have discovered that these ancient meditation practices have specific, measurable effects on the body — including, as Natural News has reported, helping treat physical problems like urinary incontinence and even producing beneficial changes in the brain. <BR> To know more visit us at: <BR> <link>www.buddhafame.com/buddhism-artic... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 03:58:13 EST Collection of Buddha Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x54589406 Here Buddhafame is an online portal for Buddhist community all over the world. Buddha Fame is created with a motive to connect all Buddhist people and followers around the globe. <BR> <BR> <link>www.buddhafame.com/buddha-quotes </link> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 03:54:22 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x54576201 Thank you for the warm welcome and encouragement. <BR> <BR> Knowing what you should do is not enough, you need support and I think this is the right place to get and give it. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:34:56 EST Thanks for all the welcomes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x54559349 I need to make sure that I take the time for meditation. I have struggled with depression and anxiety on and off for years. Meditation really helps me focus and get rid unwanted thoughts and feelings. Namaste <em>459</em> <em>26</em> <em>414</em> <em>88</em> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 17:23:15 EST Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x54498836 In this challenge, we simply track our fitness minutes. Set your own goal as to how many minutes you wish to work out in August and keep us posted as to how you are doing. The following format is recommended (but not required.) <BR> <BR> goal / # of minutes today / # of minutes remaining to reach goal <BR> <BR> <BR> Everybody is welcome to join. The more, the merrier! <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Namaste <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:28:45 EST Would love some knowledge from you all :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x54489850 Hello all. My name is Britne and I have suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember. Social anxiety, panic disorder, OCD. It's been tolerable without medications, because I'm completely against them. But still; I feel it puts a damper on the happy life I thrive for. I always new exercise helped. But not until recently did I try yoga. I was inspired by medicine for the people. And that is what I listen to while I'm trying various methods of yoga, I've always wanted to master the art of... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 03:48:07 EST Making Time for Me Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x54272808 Hi! I just joined Spark! My husband had a heart scare recently and it showed us that we had to do something about our health. It's time to make time for ourselves! I'm not super comfortable on computers, but hope to gain from Spark. I'd like to make some friends here. Please friend me! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:44:56 EST 21 day free meditation challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x54228110 This is with Deepak chopra and oprah winfrey. I joined. It starts Aug 5th and it is free. <BR> <link>https://chopracentermeditation.com/a<BR>bout-us </link> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:28:56 EST I would like to share this with you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x54101597 <link>https://chopracentermeditation.com/h<BR>ome </link> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:25:28 EST did join for a little while but am back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x54075500 Hi, my name is Pam and I am really trying again to meditate more. I did join once before but was confuse. I didn't know what savor is...guess I will have to read the posts from the beginning. I am a mom of one daughter, wife and grandmother of 4. <BR> I have done meditation and then quit, then started again last month. I have also started to do chair yoga, can't get on the floor and Qi gong. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:23:51 EST Pema Chodron free/online retreat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x53996352 This will be the second annual Practicing Peace Birthday Retreat scheduled for July 14. Upon registering one receives a link to a Pema teaching video. <link>pemachodronfoundation.org/birthday-r<BR>etreat-2013/ </link> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 05:31:19 EST Daily Challenges for the Week of 7/1 - 7/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x53965118 MONDAY <BR> <em>248</em> ___TRACK YOUR OTHER GOALS <BR> <BR> TUESDAY <BR> <em>248</em> ___POST ON A SP MESSAGE BOARD <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY <BR> <em>248</em> ___READ AN ARTICLE ON NUTRITION-TITLE?.....Water 101 <BR> <BR> THURSDAY <BR> ___SAY SOMETHING NICE TO SOMEONE ON THEIR SPARKPAGE-WHO? <BR> <BR> FRIDAY <BR> ___LISTEN TO A SPARK RADIO PROGRAM <BR> <BR> SATURDAY <BR> ___EAT A VEGGIE STARTING WITH A LETTER "C" <BR> <BR> SUNDAY <BR> ___TAKE A QUIZ Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:31:36 EST Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x53956647 Here is a good article to keep around and reread once in a while. <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/me<BR>ditation-in-action-mindful-eating_n_35<BR>18612.html?ref=topbar </link> <BR> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:57:42 EST FREE Mindfulness in Relationships Conference http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x53912274 The Loving Brain w/Rick Hanson <BR> <BR> http://www.entheos.com/The-Loving-Brain/<BR>entheos/ <BR> <BR> July 15 - September 2, 2013 <BR> <BR> Join neuropsychologist Rick Hanson and 7 top-tier academics, clinicians, and teachers as they apply new research, ancient wisdom, and powerful clinical insights to the messy, high stakes issues many people face in their work, family, friendship, and romantic relationships. <BR> <BR> The Loving Brain will stream live for free starting July 15, 2013 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:10:46 EST Mindfulness Freebies from SoundsTrue.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x53883992 These last couple of months I've drifted away from my mindfulness practices, and am working on reconnecting. To that end, I discovered that there are new freebies available at soundstrue.com of possible interest to others here: <BR> <BR> The Practice of Mindfulness (6 Guided Practices) <BR> <BR> AND <BR> <BR> The Science of Mindfulness: How Changing Your Brain Changes Your Life (5 teachings) <BR> <BR> GO TO http://www.soundstrue.com/mindfulgifts <BR> <BR> Enter your email address, and y... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:37:12 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x53855996 Hello, <BR> <BR> I've just started trying to meditate and I'm finding it more challenging than I thought! However, I like the peacefulness and calmness I feel afterward, so I'm definitely hanging in there. I thought this looked like a great team to join and everyone is so friendly. I'm looking forward to learning more and making new friends. <BR> <BR> ~Angela Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:12:24 EST Thank you for the warm welcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x53855155 I was a bit blown away logging in to SP just now.. I found and joined this team just before leaving for the weekend, and I just wanted to tell you all that I am very grateful for the warm welcome. Wishing everyone a happy midsummer night! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:47:52 EST Third Time's the Charm--I'm back to find me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x53697256 Hey howdy there <BR> <BR> Its Talia again, and though dad still has health issues of a sort, things've calmed down enough that while he's now trying to get his strength back, I'm certainly pounding my fist against my gut and declaring war on it...again...and other parts, of course. Well, I changed my plan to include lots of the outdoors this summer and at other times (still looking for a full-time job, but in between working, ship restoration, job searches, and working on my Master's thesis ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:22:15 EST Some thoughts on finding good self esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x53664336 This particular exercise is not an account of the good and 'not so good' - it is a written account of good things only. <BR> <BR> It is especially helpful when I am filled with depression and feel as if I have accomplished nothing in the day, week, month, year - you know how it is with depression, all we can see is the negative and it seems like we have always felt this way. <BR> <BR> This exercise is a way of keeping track of the good stuff we can and do accomplish no matter how bad we ma... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 23:19:09 EST Relax, Relieve & Restore http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x53659165 Healing Rhythms - Relax, Relieve & Restore is a 15-Step inner journey of inspirational guidance. <BR> <BR> Presenter Dr. Deepak Chopra, along with top leaders in the world of wellness such as Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Andrew Weil and others, will expand your mind-body training experience to new levels to inspire and motivate as you head down the path toward greater well-being and happiness in your life. <BR> <BR> Participation in this daily program is completely free. <BR> <BR> Each day you’... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 14:06:01 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x53608168 I used to meditate more than I have been. I got sick a few years back and quit. I have been starting back for a month or so. I am a mother of one daughter, sil and 4 grandchildren and one honorary grandchild. <BR> I love to take pictures and have fun. Tue, 4 Jun 2013 19:40:07 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x53589965 Thank you for the welcome mat! <BR> <BR> I'm Richard, I'm returning to Sparkpeople after an absence of a few years. I hope to improve my health (physical, mental and spiritual) and keep the weight off. <BR> <BR> My first step will be to try and get my meditation practise back on track! Mon, 3 Jun 2013 14:29:39 EST A short message that I read yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x53558815 I read this story on line yesterday. I think it's profound and one that I've shared a couple of times already. <BR> I hope you like it too. <BR> Here it is <BR> <BR> :A farmer’s only horse ran away. The neighbors, trying to console him, said, “What terrible news about your horse. What will you do?” But the farmer said, “Bad news, good news… who knows?” <BR> <BR> A few days later, the horse returned, leading an entire herd of wild horses. The neighbors exclaimed, “How wonderful!” The farmer... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:53:24 EST Not New But Back Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x53525032 Hi, My name is Dale. I'm not new to the team but I am on a new chapter of my journey. I have been on SP since 2010. I recently deleted my page. I started a new page to represent my new determination and my continued journey to BE THE BEST ME I CAN BE. <BR> Wed, 29 May 2013 16:17:05 EST a little humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x53524022 <link>thedesigninspiration.com/articles/26<BR>-amazingly-funny-dog-yoga-pictures/ </link> <BR> <em>413</em> <em>401</em> <em>416</em> <em>405</em> <em>413</em> <em>401</em> <em>416</em> <em>405</em> Wed, 29 May 2013 14:27:58 EST Life Artistry - being moved by small things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x53267240 I do a lot of reading. A lot. This morning I found this on line. And it reminded me that when I practice mindfulness as I can, I am better able to control my thoughts which controls how I feel about food. But it's not all about food that gets me there. It can be that perfectly set table, the efforts, the perfect cup of tea, the sunshine, etc. So I like this topic: Life Artistry. Take a look: <BR> <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> Life Artistry -- cultivating the ability to allow ourselves to... Wed, 8 May 2013 11:06:26 EST JAWBONE UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x53254851 Does anyone know about and have personal info about JAWBONE UP? I went to a popular computer store to get info on the FIT BIT and they recommended the Jawbone. <BR> THey weren't saying one was better than the other , just that these 'younger' guys preferred the wrist band style with the Jawbone and its features. Now I see the Fit Bit has a wrist band style too. <BR> I guess I'm wondering which one will work best for me. <BR> Curious to hear everyone's responses. <BR> I;m starting here with... Tue, 7 May 2013 11:52:59 EST How does the Way You Think Impact Your Health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x53252496 <link>articles.healthrealizations.com/Cros<BR>sroadsApothecary/2013/04/22/How-Does-t<BR>he-Way-You-Think-Impact-Your-Health.as<BR>px?SubscriberEmail=c.smithwaugh@yahoo.com </link> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed reading this article. It gives more than one thought to ponder. <BR> <BR> This is another good article I rec'd today from my apothecary. Here's what they had to say: "Scientists are finding that the mind has a more powerful influence on the body's ability to heal, and become sick, than ... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:09:18 EST Seven Top Tips-many include mindfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x53252353 <link>articles.healthrealizations.com/Cros<BR>sroadsApothecary/2013/04/22/TheSeven-T<BR>op-Tips-to-Feel-Full-Faster-1.aspx?Sub<BR>scriberEmail=c.smithwaugh@yahoo.com </link> <BR> <BR> We may already do all of these things, but I still get caught in the trap of eating while driving. I don't mean I'm eating burgers and fries, rather yesterday I had a serving of dried apricots going down the road. I wonder though, if I mad myself STOP the car, pull over and eat, would I consume just a h... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:00:10 EST NOT new but back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x53240683 Hi again all. Hope the last year has been good to you all. I have been MIA for along time but am back and ready to go. A lot of ups and downs and I realized I need Spark to keep me going! Looking forward to catching up with you all! <em>213</em> Mon, 6 May 2013 10:56:12 EST Deva Premal 21-day mantra meditation journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x53182868 If you liked the Oprah/Chopra series as much as I did, I hope you will enjoy this free 21-day mantra meditation journey by Deva Premal and Miten: <link>www.mentorschannel.com/bestsellers/L<BR>andingPage.aspx?BookId=40 </link> Wed, 1 May 2013 17:59:27 EST Hi! New Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x53146246 Just wanted to introduce myself. I am not affiliated with any particular belief system and am not angry or judgemental toward any of them, like I've seen from other teams on Spark. (Unfortunately) I was looking for a team that seemed to be more about love and peace and so far this seems to be the one. I surely hope so! :) I look forward to getting to know you all and learning as well. I am always open to learning something new. Light & love! <BR> <BR> P.S. My page is private but please feel ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:49:15 EST 10 Natural Remedies for Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x53137252 <link>www.motherearthliving.com/natural-he<BR>alth/10-natural-remedies-for-allergies<BR>.aspx </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:05:25 EST Why Adrenal Health is Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x53136965 <link>www.ihealthtube.com/aspx/viewvideo.a<BR>spx?v=ed21b8dd6afb0c21 </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:39:02 EST Acupuncture Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x53116435 I'm not quite sure where or IF I should post this question on this site, but it seems suitable to me. <em>38</em> <BR> I returned to Acupuncture sessions yesterday. My session was from 3-4 in the afternoon and with someone new to me. I had plenty of time to get home and rest after a long drive home. <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever experienced soreness AFTER a session? <em>54</em> (sorry, I didn't mean to select emoticon and had to pick something once I was inside the emoticon area.) <BR> ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:21:40 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x53066826 Hi everyone! I'm Kelly, I've been using Spark since January making slow progress. I've always been interested in meditation and mindfulness, although I admit I haven't been active with either. I'm looking to change that. So guess I'm a triple newbie new to the team and to mindfulness and meditation! Looking forward to being active with this team Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:00:28 EST Newbie & a Thank You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x53043283 Hello Meditation and Mindfulness Team! <BR> <BR> First, I would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to place a comment on my spark page! It made my day! <BR> <BR> Second, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Stephanie, I am 29, married but no children and I live right outside of Philly! Anyone else in my neck of the woods? I am here because I recently started acupuncture for health reasons and my acupuncturist said I would benefit greatly from meditation, yo... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:07:35 EST Awakening A Kind Heart: Ven. Sangye Khadro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22907x20148x52988261 Awakening A Kind Heart <BR> By: Ven. Sangye Khadro <BR> <BR> "Back of book info:" : Everybody wants to be happy & free of problems. The two short teachings in this book explain simply & clearly how we can achieve this happiness by transforming our usual self-cherishing attitude and awakening a kind heart. <BR> <BR> VEnerable Sangye Khadro, an American nun, was ordained in 1974, She has taught Buddhism & meditation at centres around the world. She is the author of How to Meditate. <BR> ~~~... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:53:46 EST Tapping before Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x52931521 I find that doing a couple of rounds of EFT before doing those Depak Chopra meditations very helpful - has anyone else has success with combining techniques? Nick Ortner is going to talk about tapping on Dr Oz April 15 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:16:45 EST Today's Guided Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x52931136 I am going to TRY to post a new one daily..... <BR> <BR> <BR> This meditation is a guided visualization on Chakra Clearing, Balancing & Healing . <BR> <BR> Namaste <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx7Kb1p5_2A </link> <BR> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:49:55 EST Mindful Movement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x52908577 I'm so in love with Qi Gong... During the day the find myself closing my eyes and imagining doing the movements... or I actually find myself at work moving to one of my sets. Plus, the only time I don't struggle with meditation is when I have done some slow movement poses before I sat down. <BR> <BR> What are your favorite ways to incorporate mindful movement? What does it bring to your life? Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:56:25 EST The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22907x20148x52907451 I'm reading The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer right now. Has anyone else read this book? I'm on ly on Chapter One right now, so I have a long way to go. <BR> The first chapter is about control and a reminder that we can't control the thoughts of others. I needed that reminder. <BR> I hear that Singer appeared on Oprah and that there are videos or taped recordings but I can't seem to find them. I also hear that he might have a website but I've not looked into that either. I'm just... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 08:41:29 EST 50 Ways to Use Coconut OIl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x52857049 Great ideas! <BR> <BR> <link>www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural<BR>-health-tips/using-coconut-oil?mobile=off </link> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 17:47:23 EST New SP Username http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x52826952 I've been thinking about changing my Spark username for a few months now. Chalk it up to mid-life crisis - or the glass of wine I'm enjoying - or the fact that I just watched the Monkees video in the link below. Whatever the reason, I'm changing my SP username to SweetYoungThing. I'm 53 - kinda "tough-in-cheek" but it makes me chuckle and I'm going with it. I thought I'd let people know so they weren't wondering who the "young" gray-haired lady was that was leaving messages on the team bo... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 12:56:57 EST Does anyone know this book? The Tapping Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22907x20148x52813216 The book is by Nick Ortner: The Tapping Solution <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=9UiLZGCtSzM </link> <BR> What do you think about it? Wed, 3 Apr 2013 14:04:22 EST The Art of Disappearing: Ajahn Brahm Chapter 6-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22907x20148x52813005 I finished up the book last night. I decided not to take notes, as I normally do or at least jot down a note of a page. I decide to have full focus just on the book. It actually was a good practice for me-as it was a meditation of itself-at times I had to bring myself back & re-read a section (as I read it but I really wasn't there) lol it's a great way to learn to be gentle with yourself during meditation. <BR> <BR> Chapter 6-11 brings you through the senses-ways to lesson them -the import... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 13:40:52 EST the path is curiosity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x52811575 "The path of meditation and the path of our lives altogether has to do with curiosity, inquisitiveness. The ground is ourselves; we’re here to study ourselves and to get to know ourselves now, not later. People often say to me, “I wanted to come and have an interview with you, I wanted to write you a letter, I wanted to call you on the phone, but I wanted to wait until I was more together.” And I think, “Well, if you’re anything like me, you could wait forever!” So come as you are. The magic ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:41:07 EST Ending a Meditation Session Question: HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x52794908 Hello all! <BR> Last night I attended my Meditation and Mindfulness Meeting/Session. It lasts about 1 1/2 hours and it's certainly the highlight of my month. We begin each session with a reading, meditate for 20 minutes seated in chairs and then for the last 10 minutes we can stay seated or quietly participate in some walking meditation. We have a few leaders that take on the task of timing. When the session is over and we are ready to discuss our readings from the pre-selected meditation... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 10:29:14 EST College Students Improved Performance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x52777058 <BR> I'm not a college student anymore but I think this is useful info for all of us. <BR> Topic: Mindfulness - We know that the practice can help with stress but here's how it helped college students. Here's part of the article: <BR> "But we found reduced mind-wandering in every waywe measured it and improved performance on both reading comprehension and working memory capacity." <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/mi<BR>ndfulness-testing-focus-reading-compre<BR>hension_... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 09:08:20 EST The Art of Disappearing: Ajahn Brahm Chapter 1-5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22907x20148x52770788 The Art of Disappearing: Buddha's Path to Lasting Joy <BR> Ajahn Brahm <BR> <BR> I received this wonderful gift from my teenage daughter. What a wonderful surprise. <BR> I started yesterday & read more today. I am on chapter 5 thus far. <BR> <BR> I have really enjoyed all of Ajahn Brahm's teachings. <BR> <BR> Chapter 1-5: what I learned~ <BR> <BR> The first chapter could be quite confusing for someone who does not know meditation & just picked up the book & started reading. It might se... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:38:11 EST What Makes Us Happy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x52727623 This is a short article in the form of a list. <BR> I could really appreciate numbers 1,2,4,5,8 and 9 since they compliment my SP challenge. Perahps others can associate the other numbers with their lives on this challenge, but for me seeing that 6 our of 10 apply to me is interesting. <BR> Here's the site:http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/sus<BR>tainable-happiness/10-things-science-s<BR>ays-will-make-you <BR> <link>www.yesmagazine.org/issues/sustainab<BR>le-happiness/10-things-science-say... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:40:17 EST Food Pushers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x52701171 I recommend this article for several reasons. <BR> First, it's short and supports our mission. Second, I believe all of us can relate to it and last b/c the more mindful and aware we are, the easier it is to be kind with a thoughtful response without getting irritated with the food pusher. <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/penny-hoff/we<BR>ight-loss-advice_b_2653972.html?utm_hp<BR>_ref=weight-loss&utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&<BR>comm_ref=false </link> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:18:15 EST Neurotics guide to fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x52625613 <link>www.salon.com/2013/03/20/neurotics_g<BR>uide_to_fasting/ </link> <BR> <BR> I sort of got a kick out of this article. I doubt I will ever try to fast as a form of meditation, cleansing, weight loss or for any other reason. The author comes around to saying that not weight was lost either. <BR> You might find it interesting too. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:18:35 EST Corporate Wellness Huffington Post 3-19-13 article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x52601021 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffi<BR>ngton/corporate-wellness_b_2903222.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is a good one! I see lots of positives here! Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:49:42 EST Abandon Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x52530825 <BR> Abandon Hope (and Fear) <BR> <BR> "Hope and fear is a feeling with two sides. As long as there’s one, there’s always the other. This is the root of our pain. In the world of hope and fear, we always have to change the channel, change the temperature, change the music, because something is getting uneasy, something is getting restless, something is beginning to hurt, and we keep looking for alternatives. <BR> <BR> In a nontheistic state of mind, abandoning hope is an affirmation, the b... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:40:43 EST For Those Dealing with Working Shifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x52471122 <link>robbwolf.com/2013/03/06/big-ol-pile-<BR>shift-work-dealing-off-hour-work/ </link> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:34:05 EST Meditation and Mindfulness wins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x52462408 I certainly didn't mean to keep a 'score' sheet but I wanted you to know that I joined several SP groups in order to keep me motivated. <BR> As I have been tracking my food, I noticed on my iPhone's email alerts that it said people were commenting on my SP Pages. I had no idea until this evening that I had nearly 6 pages of 'welcomes'! What a nice surprise! <BR> One thing I noticed though was that MOST of the 'welcomes' came from the MEDITATION and MINDFULNESS group! Does that tell you... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 20:48:56 EST "Be the Change - Meditate" Free 32 day online . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x52354193 I don't know much about this ~ yet ~ but thought I would share this. <BR> <BR> 32 world leaders in meditation and mindfulness are here to inspire and guide you Learn more. <BR> <BR> <link>www.entheos.com/Be-The-Change/Robert<BR>-Holden#tara_stiles </link> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:37:08 EST Hello from Rigby Idaho http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x52329029 I am sure every day is a great day everywhere and anywhere in the world if we let be! <BR> <BR> I have had a great success loosing 20 lbs a few years ago utilizing Spark people and joining a weight loss class at the local gym...I had to have surgery that left me unable to get out of bed for 8 weeks... lost the 'groove' and I have found that much weight and then some since then... <BR> <BR> To top it off, the last several months I have been battling some deep dark depression. <BR> <BR> 2 we... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:35:53 EST Meditation the same as Sex? Really? :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x52251428 I simply had to share this article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-2821/Meditat<BR>ion-Sex-Are-Same-to-Your-Brain.html </link> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 15:45:28 EST Chopra 21 Day Challenge starts March 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x52231034 This new challenge's focus is Perfect Health. You can sign up here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.chopracentermeditation.com/bests<BR>ellers/LandingPage.aspx?bookid=178 </link> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:13:02 EST ~Hello~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x52186336 I joined this team a while ago but did not introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I am 47 yrs old - married to a wonderful truck driver/farmer, have 2 grown children and live on a farm in Southern Ontario. <BR> I am a Personal Support Worker and work full time 11pm-7am. I also have Thyroid Disease. My challenges are finding the time to exercise (happens rarely - even though I have a gym membership) and eating properly at work. If I exercise after work in the mornings - i can't sleep and when I get up ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 03:05:56 EST Shambhala http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x52142596 Just wondering if there are any Shambhalians here? <BR> <BR> Shambhala Culture was created by Chögyam Trungpa in the 70s. He was one of the first to bring Buddhism to the west. Shambhala is now led by his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. They both were and are prolific authors and teachers. There are Meditation Centers throughout the US / Canada and the World. <BR> <BR> <link>www.shambhala.org/ </link> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:17:38 EST Hello Everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51972153 Hi, I'm Tracy. I'm 38 and a mother of four. I joined this group because I am in the process of 'bettering' myself. I'm trying to lose weight, better my attitude and become a better parent. It is so difficult with all the stress from daily life. I thought this would be a great group to join to take some downtime and work on my mental/spiritual health as well. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:32:08 EST Rev Up Your Metabolism with Coconut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x51969421 From the Dr. David Jockers Facebook Page: <BR> This is why my clients affectionately call me Dr Coconut! I can't get enough of this stuff and I cannot stop sharing my enthusiasm for all the nutritional benefits of Coconut Oil. <BR> <BR> What is a SuperFood? <BR> Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered 'super-foods.' Mothers' milk is considered the most perfect food on the planet for human consumption do to its ideal ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:57:33 EST Hello friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51930813 I have been meditating for ten years or so. There are various reasons for meditation. My reason is basically the same reason that the Buddha meditated. That is the alleviation of suffering. Or, in plain terms, enlightenment. I have discovered the truth to the words "There is nothing to attain". <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 15:00:23 EST Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x51884792 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am having surgery in the morning at 8:30 A.M. <BR> <BR> Please, send up a prayer for me. <BR> <BR> And don't forget I pray for this team and everyones needs daily. <BR> <BR> I will be back on Friday! I am going to meditate on my way to the hospital in the morning. <BR> <BR> Love You ALL Much.....Namaste! <BR> <BR> Cindi <em>247</em> <em>214</em> <em>414</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:50:11 EST Wow! Thanks for rolling out the Welcome Mat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51872411 So many "welcome's" from this team. I feel at home already. <BR> I am sure I would be in a nut hut by now if it wasnt for meditation (self-taught) and yoga (dont bend like a pretzel and dont need to) <BR> You people are awesome. <BR> I think Im gonna like this. <BR> Good luck to everyone. <BR> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:00:17 EST Are you aware of the Winter Feast Med Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x51754989 I should have posted this last week, I apologize. Today is Day 7 of the Winter Feast for the Soul 40-day Meditation Challenge. ALL of the previous meditations are posted, however, so you can access them all. :) My go-to is ALWAYS davidji who is doing the Interdenominational Challenge but there are plenty of others. These are the very BEST of all the challenges, IMO. I hope you will join us there. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.winterfeastforthesoul.com/index2<BR>.php </link> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:51:56 EST Hello team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51706971 My name is Nic and I've been practising meditation for about four years now as part of my Buddhist practise. I am currently trying to make it part of my routine at home, but struggle to remain focused outside of the gompa! <BR> <BR> I am also trying to build a healthy strong body (but I guess we all are on sparkpeople!). <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the lovely messages, I don't get to come on here much during the week but it felt so lovely and supportive to have those all arriving in my email ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:45:21 EST Chakradance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x51627727 Chakradance <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Manifest your dreams with your third eye chakra... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Softly close your physical eyes and place your attention gently at your third eye (between your eyebrows). Visualise a crystal clear screen, like an internal movie screen. Now use your imagination to create a vision for your life. See in detail how you wish to see your world. Be clear and focussed. You may choose just one area of your life, or you may choose to envision several aspect... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:15:30 EST Hi I'm Lisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51626399 I just joined the team tonight. I want to learn more about Meditation Yoga other things like them. I will be 51 in 10 days on Jan 23rd. I live with my mom & I help take care of her because she has a lot of health problems. I hope that learning meditation & the others will help with my weight loss journey & Migraines. I just bought a beginners how to DVD on Tai Chi. I have a few free meditation books for my Kindle too. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:56:27 EST Irish Whisper Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51565258 Last year I gave up smoking and added a lot more weight to my already chubby body. I now have 70 pounds to lose. I do not look at this as a diet but a new life journey. I am interested in vegetarian/vegan eating and a more mindful and simpler life as I am entering the last third of my life. I look forward to learning and living well!!!! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 04:07:03 EST Thank you for the welcomes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51522838 Just wanted to pop in and say hello and thank you for the welcomes and goodies on my page! <BR> <BR> *hugs* <BR> <BR> Not sure what to put about myself but if I think of something I will <BR> <BR> *goes off to explore the forums* Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:02:55 EST Feldenkrais http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x51500603 I signed up this weekend for a new Feldenkrais class: NECK & SHOULDER FREEDOM! STOP TENSION HEADACHES, TMJ & NECK PAIN: A Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® class series. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to it starting this week. Just curious if anyone else has tried Feldenkrais? <BR> <BR> JJ Sun, 6 Jan 2013 11:33:44 EST Help with how to get started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x51456986 I tried to meditate for 10 minutes yesterday. Oh My Gosh...my mind would not stop!! I opened my eyes because it felt like it had been 10 times. It had only been 6...lol. Any suggestions on meditation would be much appreciated <em>41</em> . Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:17:43 EST New here.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51421323 Happy New Year! I love that there's a team for meditation.... I'm a big fan of Meditation Oasis' podcasts and have used them for years. I'm looking forward to learning about new resources here. Take care Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:36:59 EST Hi!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51409938 Just wanted to give a wave hello and to wish everyone a healthy new year! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:43:54 EST Hi :-) new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51362488 Hello. I am interested in trying meditation. I am hoping it will help me with my attitude, stress, IBS and my bad eating habits. Oh and I hope it will help my mind to rest at night so I can sleep! Am I asking too much of meditation? I saw a show about it and it sounds like it can do all these things. I am on a journey to change my life and I hope this will help. <BR> Look forward to hearing everyones input and suggestions. Thanks Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:46:39 EST What Is Your Biggest Victory Of 2012? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x51330887 I LOST " 33 " pounds!!... <em>244</em> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 10:01:30 EST new age nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x51258152 I was just wondering if anyone knew of any good new age books that dealt with the subject of nutrition and weight loss? I tried searching for some but I really couldn't find what I seemed to be looking for. I'm looking for one that focuses on nutrition as well as emotional aspect of food addiction too if at all possible. I saw a lot of vegan ones but I'm not sure if that's what I'm looking for at the moment. If anyone has any type of book in mind, feel free to share. Thank you. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:43:43 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51019603 Thank you all for the nice welcome. I don't think I ever got that many comment ever for joining a team. It makes me really happy. I am Diana from Texas at least for now. We are a military family. I have tried to be more mindful since we were in Korea. I loved that people always saw me instead of just walking by. Just a little nick with the head to say hello felt so nice. I miss Korea. I also love hot Texas but I still try to get settled. So thanks for letting me part of this team and I hope y... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:44:00 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x51000098 Hello all! My name is Christine.I am new to fitness and to meditation. I am incorporating meditation into my daily life along with mindfulness.Mindfulness has helped me so much this past year.I have seen things through a different light.Its good to know there is a group out there! Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:54:45 EST Bird Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x50957788 Bird Meditation <BR> Witnessing Nature through Meditation <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> When it becomes too cold to be outside with nature, bring her inside through your meditation. <BR> <BR> When the weather gets colder it can be more difficult to get in touch with the marvel of nature as it exists around us. Finding innovative ways to really connect with nature brings us closer to the wonders that envelop our lives. One way to do this is to perform a meditation with our feathered fri... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 10:24:45 EST FREE Meditation online course http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x50909821 I'm going back to school. Meditation school that is lol. We have so many who are new to meditation and looking for help with starting I came up with this idea with a little help from an old spark friend. This will give me the opportunity to re-learn, re-tune, and learn. So many types of meditation out there that I never bothered to learned about or disregarded altogether. So each week I will post a link to a free online class from the Meditation Society of Australia. Link to the site posted... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:54:39 EST Hello, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x50783975 I'm trying to embarks on an entire lifestyle change. I want to focus on spiritual as well as physical health so as well as trying to lose weight I'm trying to meditate daily and pay more attention to my spiritual needs. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know all of you! <BR> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 14:40:05 EST DAILY AFFIRMATIO ONS...Post Them Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x50775837 <BR> I open myself to new ideas and new horizons. Sat, 10 Nov 2012 21:46:52 EST Household Magic Daily Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50712143 Tired of chamomile to calm your nerves? Try a soothing cup of thyme tea. Place a teaspoon of the dried herb in a glass or ceramic cup and add just-boiled water. Let steep for five minutes and strain. “Thyme” was originally called “wild time” because it was thought to be an aphrodisiac. <BR> <BR> From Household Magic Daily Tips Tue, 6 Nov 2012 08:02:25 EST Mantras and Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50660567 Just wanted to start a thread to see if any of you can recommend any great mantra or inspirational books? <BR> <BR> Thanks:))) <em>30</em> Fri, 2 Nov 2012 15:31:10 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x50653468 Hi Beccaboo127 sent me a link and I thought I would join the team. I do meditate daily and find it helps a lot. <BR> I live in England with my husband and our cat in a small one bedroomed flat. <BR> I am doing my best to shed the pounds and get fitter and healthier. <BR> So I am eating smaller portions join in challenges and exercise daily. I am here to find new ways to keep me on track. <BR> Fri, 2 Nov 2012 05:32:31 EST Check Out PaulaAutumn's Affirmation Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50643250 I put it in the links section too. There's lots of helpful information. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=PAULAAUTUMN </link> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:41:18 EST Creating a Beautiful Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x50613548 A Living Dwelling <BR> Creating a Beautiful Home <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Our conscious, loving intentions can literally transform the spaces in which we live, dispelling any lingering unharmonious energy. <BR> <BR> The homes we occupy are seldom ideal. A space that satisfies our basic needs may nonetheless leave us wanting where location, décor, or style are concerned. Yet every home has the potential to be beautiful. When we fill our homes with love, we transcend worldly factors s... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:27:58 EST One More Reason to Ditch Diet Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50456294 One More Reason to Ditch Diet Soda <BR> <BR> While diet soda might seem like the better alternative when it comes to calories, you might want to think twice next time you decide to take a drink. Drinking diet soda—which has aspartame as a main ingredient—can cause your blood sugar to spike, and can inhibit your body's signals that tell you when it's full. In case you needed more reasons, diet soda (and regular soda) lowers your pH levels, messes with the chemicals in your brain, and studies ... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:24:56 EST Chopra 21 Day Challenge starts Nov 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x50403400 Creating abundance is the focus. I really enjoy Chopra meditation challenges I hope you do too. <BR> <BR> <link>www.chopracentermeditation.com/Bests<BR>ellers/LandingPage.aspx?BookId=172 </link> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:31:28 EST i'm so impulsive, and now i'm stressed...ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50328886 granted, at least I'm aware of my stress at the moment (and not in denial of it like some times and then i get ticked off), and have taken some steps to relieve it. trouble is, they could cause me more stress later on (like missing work and class today just so i can get some things done). <BR> <BR> i was gonna work four days this week (hadn't had that in quite a while, subbing and whatnot), still haven't heard back from the ship as far as jobs there (which is not making me feel better), and... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:33:27 EST one-moment meditation vid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50318528 <link>youtu.be/F6eFFCi12v8 </link> Tue, 9 Oct 2012 19:20:06 EST Thank you!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50206821 Thank you all for being so welcoming to the new kid in town. I really look forward to interacting with all of you. :-) <BR> <BR> In gratitude, <BR> <BR> PorterBella1 Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:59:48 EST October Challenge - 31 Days of 5 Minute Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x50172654 My goal is to meditate for 5 minutes a day for 31 days. For me five minutes of quiet meditation is like Sisyphus pushing his immense boulder up a hill. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:39:28 EST Challenging times http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50118126 Another good one from Tiny Buddha. <BR> <BR> http://tinybuddha.com/blog/8-guidelines-<BR>to-get-through-challenging-times/ Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:21:00 EST Astral Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50083257 I've been experimenting/ engaging in Astral Projection. Does anyone have any experience with this? <BR> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:50:17 EST a mindful, even meditative MRI, oxymoron? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50061360 Battling fear and pain, in today's brain MRI I thought to practice a deep breathing kind of mindfulness, trying to focus on my breath and not on the intense sounds and the trapped circumstance. After 25 minutes I don't know if I had an easier time when I strayed and daydreamed (somehow that was possible) or when I earnestly focused on my breath. I used the so-hum mantra, 'so' on the inhale, 'hum' on the exhale. I do believe this practice, plus my 20 minutes of meditation earlier in the day, g... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 22:33:20 EST Question of the day for room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50011061 How meditation works for you? How it effects and or has improved your lives. <BR> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:58:39 EST Frustrated with my yoga:/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x50008708 I am taking a Hatha yoga class and I am really frustrated with myself during the class. I can not cross my legs for the world and even sitting on something does not help. After two minuetes of crossing my legs...or attempting to...they fall asleep, I am in pain and can not focus at all during the deep breathing routine and the meditation. I cant wait until its all over and I hate feeling like that! And also when I do the deep breathing we inhale slowly and hold the breath, but when I inhale I... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:04:35 EST thank you for the welcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49981852 I've joined other teams, but this one takes welcome seriously--mindfully, in fact! I appreciate it greatly. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for the best way to become part of the team would be appreciated, too, as each team has its own dynamic. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:34:50 EST Finding time to find balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49960478 Well hello there. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for the kind messages and the warm welcome. It's lovely to have a sense of inclusion from the get go. <BR> <BR> As with so many others, I am working to find harmony and balance in myself and in my daily life. Being fit and healthy is a big part of that, particularly my running. And I've had positive results with meditating in the past. I know that I feel better and calmer when I am able to incorporate meditation and breathing exercises and gratitude... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 13:09:22 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49917800 hi <em>304</em> 4 nice welcomemessagesetc <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> just picking up meditatinetc again(not new2it) 2 deal with stressfrm heath&ther ifestuff <BR> <BR> loks like good active team Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:45:43 EST A New Hope... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49881918 Hi there. Like many people I am not new to trying to lose weight. Over the years I've lost and gained more than I want remember. Now I am the heaviest I have ever been and realizing this must stop. I remember saying by the time I'm 30 I will be slim and feeling great. Instead I went deeper into depression and gained what I wanted to lose. Now closing in on my 40th birthday I have not changed in the way I wanted to. <BR> <BR> At this point in my life I am in a place mentally that feels wonde... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:36:46 EST Checking in and sticking my toe in the water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49818792 I recently joined SparkPeople, and was searching for groups related to mindfulness, and found my way here! <BR> <BR> I lost 70 pounds in 10 1/2 months in 2010 participating in a challenge on eDiets and using LoseIt to track my calories and exercise. I then lost 10 more pounds -- which was probably too much -- but in the past year have gained 15 back, so I'm currently working to lose a couple more pounds to at least get back to goal. I’ve recently weaned myself off calorie-counting and a... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 18:38:08 EST Vipassana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49789493 My bf is in Vipassana <BR> <BR> My bf is very spritual type and he meditate a lot. He is in Vipassana and I am worry what will he change after this. <BR> I read a lot of people opinion and some people say there are good positive result, they are peaceful happy, while some may find more depress. <BR> I worry when he come back, will he want to talk? or he will change to like silence, and distance from me... <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 22:03:24 EST The Trouble with Mindfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x49783305 The Trouble with Mindfulness from www.thenakedmonk.com <BR> <BR> September 3, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> Someone called me the other day to enquire about my upcoming Quiet Mind workshop. He had some experience, and asked, “So how is your meditation different from everyone else’s? What sets it apart?” <BR> <BR> “Well,” I said, “it’s stressful.” <BR> <BR> “Stressful?” His voice petered out. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As the word hung in the air, I flashed back to the n... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 14:07:50 EST Just joined the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49749470 Hi everyone! I am grateful to have found this team and that it's active! I would like to learn about meditation techniques, get recommendations on good guided meditations, and become more consistent with my practice. I have experienced the clarity and peace that meditation brings and I would like to make it a regular part of my days. Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:51:47 EST Soul Signs...Finding Your Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x49744618 Your Happiness <BR> <BR> <BR> Soul Sign <BR> <BR> Genuine happiness results from an active soul within you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Reflection <BR> <BR> You experience happiness when you experience your authentic self, which is your soul self. When you are not happy, ask yourself, "Who am I?" and then re-connect with your soul. This will create a pathway for soul to become more active within you, resulting in greater happiness. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Shift to a Soul Focus <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 02:07:09 EST Eating Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49734901 How many meals or snacks did you mindfully eattoday? Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:36:49 EST Meditation Retreat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49733817 Hi all! I'm new to this team and really new to meditation too. I just wanted to share some info about a recent meditation retreat that I participated in and ask if any of you have done anything like that? <BR> <BR> See my blog for info about the retreat I did: <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037153 <BR> <BR> <BR> I thought it was a great introduction for somebody who is new to meditation and really interested in getting into it. I went wit... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 10:15:18 EST Starting new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49708207 Hi, My name is Lisa <BR> I'm glad I found this team and it seems to be active! I have always been interested in finding my inner peace. I currently use an app on my Kindle Fire called Deep Relax which is by a hypnotherapist but I find myself very calm and focused after using it. <BR> Looking forward to finding new ways to center myself and am open to all suggestions to find mindfulness in my every day life! <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:06:53 EST Happy to Find You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49664068 I'm very glad to find this team. My meditation practice is a very important part of my life, but sometimes days will pass without me sitting. I hope to enrich my practice with the support of like minded folks, and maybe help others along the way. <BR> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:07:17 EST HUMILITY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49639119 Hello team, I received this in an email. Thought I would share!! <BR> <BR> Humility <BR> <BR> Humility means to let go of all ego; pride, fear and desire. It is therefore one of the most difficult, yet essential attitudes for spiritual growth because only then are we able to tune in to the Inner Being (intuition) within us. Humility is both a prerequisite for, as well as the end result of, spiritual growth. To be humiliated is a great gift indeed because it gives us a great opportunity to b... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 21:22:58 EST Are You Happy or at Peace Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49638034 Happiness is a choice. See the glass 1/2 full, not 1/2 empty. <BR> Today I choose to be happy. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 19:44:38 EST Make Your Own Aromatherapy First Aid Kit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49616034 Make Your Own Aromatherapy First Aid Kit <BR> <BR> Often diluted in water, other carrier oils or in lotions, essential oils give herbs and plants their scent. Aromatherapy is a term used to describe the effects these scents have on our mood and behavior. Used since ancient times, it's becoming much more common to hear of aromatherapy offered before or after surgery in modern hospitals. You can even use essential oils at home for first aid. Not sure which ones to buy? Here's a recommendation ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 09:16:44 EST Believe in Your Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x49615710 It does not matter what path you take, but it does matter if the path you are taking is something that you are believing is appropriate. Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong. <BR> <BR> --- Abraham <BR> <BR> From Abraham Hicks email Sat, 25 Aug 2012 08:55:43 EST A Team of Warmth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49612696 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Wanted to thank you all so much for a simply amazing warm welcome to this Team of lovey hearts. Can't tell you enough how you have really warmed my soul with well wishes and welcomes alike. <BR> <BR> Thank you so much, Rocky. <BR> <em>135</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 23:41:21 EST Co-Creation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x49601745 We would focus on everything that mattered to us. It is so satisfying to hold a thought and to find the feeling place and then see the Universe conspire to help you receive it. Oh, co-creation at its best. <BR> <BR> --- Abraham <BR> <BR> From Abraham Hicks email Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:30:18 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49597716 Kind of in silent, peaceful mode tonight, so shall just say hello as I am new to the team. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:33:53 EST Hello I just joined :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49590386 I'm excited to be here. I just wanted to say hi!!! I hope by being here I will continue on this path I have chosen to be on. I was also wanting to learn more about chakra cleansing and what each chakra represents in our body. I went to a class last weekend and we did a chant with the chakra and I could feel my whole spine tingling. I need more of that in my life. I hope none of this sounds stupid. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Linda <BR> <em>414</em> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:12:46 EST Quiet Achy,Creaky Joints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49526666 Quiet Achy, Creaky Joints <BR> <BR> As we age, the tissues around our joints may stiffen, causing not only discomfort but also a feeling of "creakiness." Being overweight ups the odds because every extra pound is equivalent to carrying an extra four pounds across your knees. So along with getting within a healthy BMI, you can also cut down on joint discomfort (and noise) by being more active. Your muscles help protect joints from wear and tear, so strengthening muscles can help joints. Do s... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:39:14 EST 3 Foods to Avoid if You Want to Look Young http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49526653 3 Foods to Avoid if You Want to Look Young <BR> <BR> Want to keep your complexion smooth and youthful? Take a look at your plate. What you leave off of your plate is sometimes just as important as the food you're putting on your plate when it comes to nutrients that can affect your complexion. Put your best face forward (and improve your health) by keeping these to a minimum: <BR> <BR> Sugar—Sweets and refined carbs raise glucose levels, which increases advanced glycation end products, whic... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:37:59 EST Hi Everyone From MindfulM isfit!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49513057 This is not my first time on Sparkpeople. But i am hoping that its my last. As i am planning on being here long enough to get the job done and then some. <BR> <BR> I am going to try and take a more laid back approach to my new lifestyle change and hopefully wont get to stressed out about small mistakes and slips. <BR> <BR> I am going to take each day as it comes. Enjoy the moment for what it is and have an absolute ball doing it. Next stop positive health and fitness. <BR> <BR> MindfulMisf... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:31:29 EST Congratulate DESIDERA TA~GIRL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49262018 DESIDERATA~GIRL has hit her weightloss goal. She lost 72 pounds. Stop by her page and give her a big <em>242</em> . Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:40:36 EST FREE live video stream with Adyashanti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x49222464 <link>live.soundstrue.com/spiritualawakeni<BR>ng/ </link> <BR> <BR> FREE live video stream with Adyashanti <BR> August 22, 2012, 9 pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) <BR> Spiritual Awakening: A Radical Shift in Identity <BR> <BR> Adya will discuss the indispensable qualities of awakening: sincerity, one-pointedness, and courage; common pitfalls and cul-de-sacs people experience after an initial glimpse of awakening; what it means to “take the backwards step”; the unique expression of our individua... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:12:11 EST Seeing Eye to Eye http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x49207133 <link>www.yogajournal.com/practice/1003?ut<BR>m_source=Wisdom&utm_medium=newsletter&<BR>utm_campaign=Wisdom </link> <BR> <BR> This is a beautiful article on the commonalities of yogic and Buddhist meditation/mindfulness practices. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 10:37:37 EST Alpha Wave 'Music' for Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49183322 I learned about this on the yoga team. I'm finding it quite extraordinary and I thought to share it over here. <link>www.omharmonics.com/invitation/index<BR>-b </link> This is 'music' designed for meditation. It puts the listener into their alpha wave state quite rapidly. They offer a free 10 minute audio file which I have looped into longer sessions. Lately, I'm not responding at all well to guided meditations. The talk and the music (i.e. the current Chopra challenge and Yoga Journal's c... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:11:31 EST The Dirty Dozen ( for 2012 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49124039 <BR> <BR> The complete, updated Dirty Dozen list is summarized below. These are the items with the highest levels of pesticides detected, and thus are those that should be prioritized for organic purchases. <BR> <BR> 1.Apples <BR> 2.Celery <BR> 3.Sweet Bell Peppers <BR> 4.Peaches <BR> 5.Strawberries <BR> 6.Nectarines (imported) <BR> 7.Grapes <BR> 8.Spinach <BR> 9.Lettuce <BR> 10.Cucumbers <BR> 11.Blueberries (domestic) <BR> 12.White Potatoes <BR> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:20:19 EST How to eat cool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49123908 Summer is referred to as pitta season by ayurvedic practitioners and devotees. Pitta is just a sanskrit word meaning “that which cooks” and refers to the combination of the elements of fire and water. Summer is pitta season because the qualities of nature are bright, hot, moving, sharp, liquid, acidic and oily. Physical activity seems to naturally ramp up and the sun is beating down strong. <BR> <BR> The solution to leading a balanced summer is pretty simple: Do less stuff that adds “heating... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:11:57 EST Hi ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49123627 Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Victoria and I am new to the team, thought I would stop by and say hello to everyone ! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:57:08 EST This Hormone Regulates Your Gut Function http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x49111223 Melatonin is known as the regulator of the sleep wake cycle in the body. It is produced in the pineal gland of the brain and monitors sleep cycles while playing an important role in healing and anti-oxidant protection. New indicators are showing that it may play an even more important regulatory role in the digestive system. <BR> <BR> The human digestive system is considered by many experts to be the "2nd Brain," due to its ability to produce neurotransmitters. Additionally, the digestive sy... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:38:52 EST hello, newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20148x49058345 Hi I am new to both this site and meditation. I heard that meditation can help with my ADD, but I have yet to start. I need to learn how to meditate and I thought that this group would help. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:50:58 EST Tips for Healthy Snacking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x48978403 Tips for Healthy Snacking <BR> <BR> Craving the vending machine come mid-afternoon? Don’t go running to the naughty glass machine as that "tiny" bag of processed chips will only make your energy crash and cause more cravings later. Put your hunger on a leash with these yummy, healthy snacks all under 200 calories. <BR> <BR> One tablespoon of natural peanut butter enjoyed with celery sticks, rice cakes or whole grain bread <BR> Two tablespoons of hummus with celery, baby carrots, multigrain ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:48:52 EST Natural Healthcare Consultant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x48956942 Does anyone know of a legitimate certification program for natural healthcare consulting?? I sent for information on one I seen in Natural Health magazine called Stratford Career Institute and looked up reviews and did not come across any good ones. Any help is greatly appreciated:))) Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:27:47 EST Perfect Weight by Deepak Chopra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22907x20148x48936862 Just got this from the library today and it looks like it's going to be a great read. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else here read it? Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:02:32 EST Yoga Journal's Meditation Revolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x48902327 <link>www.yogajournal.com/meditationrevolu<BR>tion/howtosit.html </link> <BR> A 28-day program of meditation to transform your life for good. <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:48:41 EST July - 'Do Something New This Month = Meditation' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4839x20148x48893654 This month hs been dedicated to doing something new. So I have signed up for meditation practices. This will be a good tool to add to my yoga practice. I just completed a vacation, that included doing something new every day. It was fun to do and I did several new things during this time, ranging from working out for 2.5 hours to trying a different yoga practices. So I've decided to continue the journey/challenge and do something new each week and document it, which will be on my blog. ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 02:01:33 EST another good one from Tiny Buddha http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x48883784 Dealing with difficult people lol I'm sure we have all been there. <BR> <BR> http://tinybuddha.com/blog-posts/ Sun, 8 Jul 2012 12:58:59 EST Online "Meditation Revolution" starts tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x48882619 Hi everyone, Being new to this SparkTeam, I don't mean to jump right in starting a topic, but this event is free (if you can tolerate a few ads) and starts tomorrow (Monday, July 9). <link>www.yogajournal.com/meditationrevolu<BR>tion/ </link> Maybe somebody else on the team will find this interesting too. I tend to like kick-start events like this because there is information and practice in a more focused way. I signed up and am going to see what happens. <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Jul 2012 11:25:06 EST Mindfulness of my arm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x48871296 I am 2 weeks into a 6 week recovery period from surgery. What does that mean? I'm not allowed to lift my left arm above the shoulder and I'm not allowed to life more than 10 pounds. This is getting more difficult as the healing process continues to make my arm feel normal. I have to be constantly aware of what I am doing with my left arm. <BR> <BR> My chore routine has also been thrown off by the 10 pound limitation. No more carting the laundry basket to the washer. Instead I have to t... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 14:53:07 EST Laying Our Burdens Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x48845999 Laying Our Burdens Down <BR> The Feet of the Divine <BR> <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> from Daily OM <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lay your burdens down at the feet of the divine and feel the relief from your heart. <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know the feeling of walking through life as if we are carrying the huge burden of our worries and stresses on our backs and shoulders, struggling to keep moving forward. There is no real way to move freely and fluidly in such a situation, and we are all l... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 21:31:05 EST Prayer & Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x48831008 "Will prayers that do not demand much of your thought merit much attention from our Heavenly Father? When you find yourself getting into a routine with your prayers, step back and think. Meditate for a while on the things for which you really are grateful. Look for them. They don't have to be grand or glorious. Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice. Thinking of ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 22:33:58 EST Word of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x48792051 To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 12:05:14 EST Moving Our Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4838x20148x48776526 Moving Our Body <BR> Poetry in Motion <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Human bodies love flow and movement and respond in kind when used in this way. <BR> <BR> Our bodies love movement. When we stretch or dance, our bodies adjust, realign and start to become fluid with the rhythm of life. Our mood lifts and we feel more connected with the world around us. If you are feeling stuck, ready to release old energy, or eager to feel more alive, try moving your body. By giving your muscles a chance... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:55:28 EST Word of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20148x48748266 Being full in terms of physical sensations - sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings - is to be full of worldly food; but being filled with the highest joy - which comes from a peaceful mind free from the disturbance of sense-object - is to be full of the food of the Dhamma. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:58:35 EST