SparkPeople Meditation and Mindfulness Team Messageboard 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 May 2021 Chat Thread Happy May Day! <BR> <BR> @KALIGIRL I have trouble getting notifications too. I think it's the same issue Peace Frog had at one time. <BR> <BR> I hope your friend is on a vaccination list somewhere. I'm still waiting for my county call. Madison County has its own county-run health department and has a ton of vaccines, for Madison County residents. There's an appointment list miles long in Gibson. So we still wait. It's getting ridiculous. <BR> <BR> I'll be thinking of you as you prepare f... Sat, 1 May 2021 06:44:21 EST April 2021 I'm late. I had a brain fart and forgot to start the April thread. <BR> <BR> Kali, was the quarantine lifted for your facility? I certainly hope so. It would mean you can start seeing friends again. <BR> <BR> Feline, Miss B sleeps better with Pandora. When she was smaller she slept with Sonny. <BR> <BR> Can little man stand hats and caps? If so then tack buttons on the sides of a hat or cap and attach his earloops to that. <BR> <BR> How's your friend? <BR> <BR> Miss B got her cake m... Sat, 3 Apr 2021 06:56:40 EST March 2021 <em>524</em> March! <BR> <BR> Kali, sometimes having an "unproductive day" is productive. You need time to gather your thoughts and rest your mind. You've moved at an astounding pace with Mark's final business. You deserved a pause. <BR> <BR> I'm taking a cue from how Mother is supposed to record her BP readings. She's supposed to do it first thing out of bed, mid-day, and at bedtime. Now ask me if she actually follows that rule. But I figure if I do it that way I'll have a decent log ... Mon, 1 Mar 2021 06:58:40 EST Feburary 2021 Chat Thread <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Kali, that is some snow. I confess I'm jealous. <BR> <BR> How are you faring? <BR> <BR> Well, it all comes in 3's doesn't it? We found out Jim's 73-year-old uncle -- no relation to the aunt that had surgery -- has Covid. He's an elementary school bus driver. One of the kids on his bus was diagnosed on Friday. So far his symptoms have remained mild. <BR> <BR> The aunt is recovering well. She's sassy. I expected nothing less of her. She talked about it like compl... Mon, 1 Feb 2021 07:20:53 EST Janurary 2021 Chat Thread <em>408</em> Happy New Year <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> Kali, I hope yesterday provided you with answers. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for the superstition about not doing laundry on the 1st day of the year. It gives me an excuse to let it all ride until tomorrow. Fri, 1 Jan 2021 07:59:08 EST December 2020 <em>524</em> December <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Kali, I'm glad you figured out online payments. It makes life much easier, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> I'm sorry you're having to search for a new home health firm. I know here it's difficult to find one that's a good fit. The best one has a massive waiting list, but a low turn over rate. <BR> <BR> Why are they pushing back about making a bathroom accessible to a physically challenged individual in a retirement community? You'd think that would ... Tue, 1 Dec 2020 07:08:57 EST November 2020 Chat Thread <em>426</em> <em>235</em> November! <em>235</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> Kali, thank goodness. I really do believe that the right food can work wonders in our bodies. It might not rid us of disease but it can help keep our daily medicine count down. <BR> <BR> We had a good time last night. Next year, maybe we can get into those haunted houses. A friend of ours puts on a "scare" for trick or treaters. We did stop by there last night, safety precautions in place, and took a stroll t... Sun, 1 Nov 2020 06:12:15 EST October 2020 Chat Thread <em>235</em> <em>422</em> October! <em>422</em> <em>235</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2020 07:39:26 EST September 2020 <em>235</em> September <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> From Kali: "Eva - it sounds like stress building IT issues. So glad you are remaining calm and patient and that your clothes are more comfortable. I can't imagine dealing with fibromyalgia as I have a low discomfort threshold. I often wonder what DH thinks when I keep saying we're blessed. We are, but I'm not the one suffering Parkinson's. <BR> <BR> We are both doing well. He said he slept better during the night, but was soaked this mornin... Tue, 1 Sep 2020 07:56:35 EST August 2020 <em>235</em> to August! <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> We are off to pick up Miss B's specs! Stay tuned for before and after pictures. Sat, 1 Aug 2020 06:45:14 EST July 2020 Chat thread Kali: I'm glad your tag sale girls found that box! Your move is this weekend is it not? and the sale is next week? <BR> <BR> Feline: that's funny about Little Man! <BR> <BR> People here are planning 1/2 birthdays. Well loosely. So it's 6 months or so out from the actual birthday, provided that we are able to gather by then. Not that I think it matters here. We can have groups of 50. Which kind of defeats the purpose of social distancing. <BR> <BR> I slept better last night. With the t... Wed, 1 Jul 2020 07:47:29 EST June 2020 Chat Thread Welcome to June! <BR> <BR> Kali: how did the shredding go? <BR> <BR> No baths are not fun. Sarcasm did not make it through there. It's like a wrestling match where half the contestants have weapons. Fluff, Pandora, and Gypsy are just vocal. Esmerelda and Butters are awful. <BR> <BR> Took Gypsy on a 2-mile hike yesterday. We are looking at taking Miss B and her cousin Miss A on a picnic at Reelfoot lake this weekend along with Gypsy. Now that will be fun. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <B... Mon, 1 Jun 2020 07:56:01 EST May 2020 Chat Thread Happy May Day! <BR> <BR> After grocery shopping and school work I believe we are going to make a Maypole. How will you celebrate today? Fri, 1 May 2020 07:13:55 EST DIY Becoming the Observer Read articles for ideas, meditate and create your own plan. <BR> <BR> Please share your thoughts. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My plan - 1st draft <BR> 1. Meditate for guidance. <BR> 2. Start a thought journal <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2020 12:18:36 EST April 2020 chat thread Kali: I hope your feeling better today. If your Zicam helped it's likely allergies, you are right. How's your back? And how were your meetings? <BR> <BR> We completed the wallpapering project in Miss B's room. We used scrap book paper. It looks like a patchwork quilt. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today Jim is playing with his smoker. He has a Boston butt and some chicken. We will see how it turns out and will pr... Wed, 1 Apr 2020 08:03:24 EST March 2020 chat thread <em>137</em> Welcome March <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday! Sun, 1 Mar 2020 07:34:07 EST Making friends with your fears. "In the Shambhala tradition of meditation, you actively "make friends" with your fears. The particular meditation I practice involves diving into whatever emotional issues I'm dealing with at that moment. Instead of distracting myself or avoiding challenging situations, when I can sit still with the emotion long enough tension dissolves, much like a tight muscle slowly eases during a stretch. And like in physical yoga, the benefits last well beyond the time spent in the posture." <BR> <BR> H... Sun, 16 Feb 2020 16:48:00 EST February 2020 Chat Thread Happy February all! <BR> <em>259</em> is melting <em>425</em> and the <em>67</em> is out for the first time in days! <BR> Life is GOOD! Sat, 1 Feb 2020 09:32:35 EST Still searching I am new to these team, however, I have with SP for 11 yrs. Having almost reached my goal until I had health problems and never got my groove back. I have put back 40 of the 60ish lbs I lost. I am really struggling to keep my motivation strong. <BR> I use to meditate on the rosary every day for years and years, but the last 3 yrs I have slowed down and exploring Chakras and Buddhism. I I am just looking to find balance in myself in order to have balance in my life with my family. <BR> I rese... Thu, 30 Jan 2020 07:55:45 EST January 2020 chat thread Happy New Year !! <BR> <BR> Feline: did you make it to New Year's/Christmas? <BR> <BR> We had a wonderful time. Just before midnight Miss B asked if we could start the year doing good. So at midnight we joined Team Trees. It's the Arbor Day Foundation's new way to fight deforestation. I loved it. Wed, 1 Jan 2020 08:14:25 EST December 2019 Chat Thread I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! Mine was rather awkward and uncomfortable as it turns out that even DH didn't know the majority of the people invited to dinner. I was doubly glad that my friend could come, as we were off by ourselves quietly taking care of the baby while the rest of the group was off drinking and gossiping. <BR> <BR> Eva: It turns out what I thought was black in the bottle was actually purple on my nails. Oops. I wiped it off and went with the red. I couldn't find ... Mon, 2 Dec 2019 09:37:22 EST November 2019 Chat Thread waiting on a tv Thu, 31 Oct 2019 22:24:53 EST October 2019 Chat Thread <em>235</em> October <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> It's been quiet here of late, aside from Feline and myself. I hope all are well! Tue, 1 Oct 2019 06:49:24 EST September 2019 Chat Thread Greetings all Mon, 2 Sep 2019 01:42:31 EST August 2019 Chat Thread Happy Lammas! and Welcome August! <BR> <BR> Kali: I'm glad you found the vent with no repair needed to the roof! <BR> <BR> It's the last 2 days of summer break. Miss B. returns to class on Monday. So today we hang out and do a whole lot of nothing. I hope you all have a fantastic Thursday! Thu, 1 Aug 2019 06:59:39 EST New here and Recomitting! Hey there! I'm Wendy. I'm 42, live in Arizona, and I recommitting myself to my weight-loss journey. I previously lost 100 lbs in a year but gained most of it back over the years. At the beginning of 2019 I decided to get to 199lbs by the end of this year. I'm ready to regain my focus on this. I need to do this! <BR> <BR> I'm also looking for an accountability partner or friend. Msg me if you need one too! Sun, 21 Jul 2019 12:51:50 EST Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Free Program: Miraculous Relationships. This program started Monday but it’s not too late to join. :-) There is still time for you to catch up! Each meditation is posted for 5 days, Here is the link. <BR> <BR> The link doesn't seem to work so just Google it. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:41:38 EST Chat Thread -- July 2019 <em>218</em> Welcome to July <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I haven't been around much the last week. My mother broke her nose, Saturday was a week ago. I've been pulling some double duty. The good news is she doesn't need any reconstructive surgery! How she just gets to wait 7 more weeks for it to heal. Mon, 1 Jul 2019 07:35:53 EST Chat Thread - June 2019 Happy Summer All! <BR> Eva - how <em>40</em> to see a snake on the window! <BR> I'm with you on scary movies - not my thing... <BR> We took our <em>106</em> on the deck and watched the <em>67</em> rise. Hoping to get to the golf course and hit some balls after some major yard work. We've edged (what you can see from the kitchen) and taken tree debris to the landfill. The trailer is full of the remaining piles, but the lines were so long when we were there, we decided to just continue t... Sun, 2 Jun 2019 09:36:25 EST Chat Thread - May 2019 <em>235</em> May. <BR> <BR> Can you tell from the first post that my mind was on something else entirely? I apologize. <BR> <BR> Feline: How is your sick fur-baby? Wed, 1 May 2019 14:21:44 EST Chat Thread -- June 2019 <em>235</em> to June!! <BR> <BR> From Feline: "Eva: I asked my brother and they already have plans for the 11th, so we're tentatively scheduling our girly day for the 18th. My niece says donuts have to be involved but I checked the mall's website and they have no donut stores, so I'll have to figure that one out. Maybe steal her for breakfast and lunch instead of lunch and dinner. We could hit Dunkin' Donuts before getting our nails done, then head to the mall. <BR> <BR> I was the one wh... Wed, 1 May 2019 06:26:12 EST Chat Thread -- April 2019 Welcome to April! <BR> <BR> Feline: Did DH get your ottoman together? <BR> <BR> We went to the Frist museum and Cheekwood gardens on Friday. I'll post a blog with a few more pictures later, but the Frist doesn't allow photography inside. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is not the museum we went to but ... Mon, 1 Apr 2019 06:32:48 EST Chat Thread -- March 2019 <em>524</em> March! <BR> <BR> Feline: I'm sorry about the girls at the coffee shop. It speaks more about their personal insecurities than about you. You are a mother to be. Extra weight comes with the territory. Don't let them bring you down. And may they get what the so justly deserve. <BR> <BR> Did the other fireplace people call you back? <BR> <BR> Kali: Please be careful on the ice. Bless you, I'd be terrified to drive if the tires just spun. <BR> <BR> Allergy season started ea... Fri, 1 Mar 2019 06:48:52 EST Chat Thread -- February 2019 <em>235</em> February <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Feline: I decorated with wall art. Murals are lovely but are outgrown soon. If you really want a mural, consider doing it on a large canvas. <BR> <BR> Did you know down dog is considered a resting pose? <BR> <BR> Kali: How did the basement cleaning go? <BR> <BR> Congrats on surviving the cold! I do not envy anyone hitting those giant negative numbers. I have a fear this is our new normal with ice caps melting. <BR> <BR> I'm off to do ... Fri, 1 Feb 2019 06:42:05 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 1 Jan 2019 11:33:20 EST January Chat 2019 <em>236</em> Happy New Year!!! <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a safe and happy new year's eve! We rung ours in with a Fuller house marathon and a dance party in our pajamas. <BR> <BR> Feline: how was bowling? Tue, 1 Jan 2019 07:59:48 EST December Chat Welcome December, although I admit it's a day or 2 late! <BR> <BR> Feline: I hope your pants make it in soon! <BR> <BR> Your weekend sounds like it was really fun! <BR> <BR> I hope Kitty is doing okay. Lumps and bumps can be scary. <BR> <BR> Kurtzie: How's Kayla? I hope the vet can work her in early. Poor girl. <BR> <BR> I took a friend and fellow cat lady a birthday cake yesterday. She's 72 today! I swear I didn't realize she's that old. Today I cut the neighbor's hair. I'm hoping t... Tue, 4 Dec 2018 06:25:27 EST Beginnner Books Opinion wanted.. <BR> <BR> I am looking to purchase one book this week. <BR> What book would you buy as a beginner on the concept of mindfulness? <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Nov 2018 08:20:06 EST November Chat <em>235</em> November <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Feline: maybe DH will let you listen to your body. That's a bit funny that he got it from the book you bought. <BR> <BR> How are you feeling post seizure? <BR> <BR> I'm off to the doctor with my mom this morning. I hope to get to report a new to me car by the end of the weekend. Thu, 1 Nov 2018 06:52:21 EST How to be mindful? Hi I am coming back to spark people after a long time and I am new to this group. <BR> I am trying to incorporate mindfulness in my daily activities. <BR> While doing any such activity mindfully, my mind automatically runs out to some other place , I realize this after few seconds and pull my mind to present. <BR> This happens several times. <BR> Is this the way it works? <BR> How do you tackle this problem? <BR> I am not sure if this is the correct place to post my question. If not, hel... Wed, 3 Oct 2018 02:41:25 EST October Chat Thread <em>422</em> Welcome October <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We're on Fall Break. I have the whole crew home. I may be batty by next Monday <em>419</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2018 07:17:10 EST September Chat Thread <em>235</em> September! I'm ready for Fall Y'all. <BR> <BR> Becky thank you for your suggestion. I'll see what I can find in the next few days. My little botonist wants to populate the house. <BR> <BR> I've copied your last post here. <BR> <BR> from Becky: " <BR> Eva you want a "Zanzibar gem", ("ZZ plant", "Zuzu plant" or emerald palm.) Lowes has them. <BR> <BR> My monsters leave it alone. <BR> Peace Lilly or Philodendron. ... but my monsters eat the peace lilly. But i have found ... Sat, 1 Sep 2018 06:28:59 EST August Chat Thread <em>235</em> August <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It's Mid Summer. Wow! time is flying so fast. <BR> Wed, 1 Aug 2018 06:30:05 EST July Chat Thread <em>283</em> Welcome July <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> And It's appropriately hot. Our heat index has been up to 110 over the weekend. <BR> Our party went off without a hitch! <BR> <BR> I hope each of you had an equally fabulous time for the 4th. Jim plans on smoking a Boston butt on Wednesday! Mon, 2 Jul 2018 07:05:52 EST June Chat Thread <em>218</em> Welcome to June! <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> Kali: Yeah I take all of my daughter's colorful comments in stride. She knows I think it's funny. <BR> <BR> I'm glad the brain is still functioning even if you balance is off! Do you have big plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jun 2018 08:07:30 EST May Chat Thread <em>87</em> Welcome to May <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> And a Blessed Beltane. <BR> <BR> From Feline in the April Board: <BR> <BR> "Kali: He ended up picking one person from each new line to go across the room and catch the pancakes he tossed. I wasn't picked. I got some pancakes and sausage that day, and when they catered in PepperJax on Friday I went to get a plate of veggies but they were out of the veggies by the time I got there so I just had a salad I'd brought from home rather than ... Tue, 1 May 2018 06:59:45 EST Hello from London, UK Hello all <BR> <BR> I have just rejoined SparkPeople after a long absence. <BR> <BR> It is a great focus and I hope to be an active member. I was going to shy away from the teams - but where is the fun in that? <BR> <BR> I love the description for this team and the team goals - especially around yoga, mindfulness and chakra clearing. I don't know if any of you have heard of Abundance Through Reiki by Paula Horan. I have had great results with it in the past and am going to resume it on ... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 12:40:35 EST April Chat Thread <em>126</em> Hello April! <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a fantastic Easter. We sure did. I'm back to my normally scheduled programming! at least until Bug's birthday party weekend... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 06:46:07 EST new member Hi everyone! My name is Jessie and I am 36. I have a rare form of neuropathy and a low level incomplete spinal cord injury. I have been doing alternative medicine for a couple years now, mostly for pain relief. I like doing meditation and adaptive wheelchair yoga. I am also learning how to work with crystals, chakras, and a pendulum. <BR> Despite being disabled, I am trying my hardest to have a normal life, even if I spend most of it at doctors and IV Therapy each week. <BR> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:02:24 EST Book: You are God - Ramakrishna Surathu <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In my humble opinion <BR> <BR> This Book is the Answer for your Questions: <BR> <BR> Who am I? <BR> Who are You? <BR> Who is God? <BR> What is the purpose of Life? <BR> What is Death? <BR> What happens after Death? <BR> What is Ghost? <BR> Is there a Rebirth? <BR> What is Boredom? <BR> Wh... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 04:25:27 EST March Chat Thread And Hello March! <BR> <BR> <BR> Kim: Thank you. I'm not too sore today. My pride is mostly compromised. I heard one of the cats in distress. Turns out they were tussling and someone got mad. But I went to investigate since it was midnight and it's unusual to hear that specific cat noise in the middle of the night around here. I whipped the covers back too fast, got 3 toes on my left foot caught in the sheet. I made a gracefully thunk to the floor. Woke up Jim when I said some unflattering... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 06:47:35 EST A Mindful Sneeze I sneeze A LOT. I have allergies, always have. My husband has set the rule that he will say, “Bless you” once in the morning and it covers the entire day. I sometimes sneeze multiple (anywhere from 3 – 20) times in a row. It is good for a laugh at meetings. I’ve adjusted and accepted it. It’s basically become just part of my day. I barely think about it. Medications that are supposed to help have side effects far worse than sneezing, so I rarely take them. <BR> <BR> So, the other morning I s... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 19:58:47 EST February Chat Thread <em>235</em> Welcome to February! <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Kim: The Daddy Daughter dance is a beautiful tradition. Our last year here will be in 8th grade, provided Bug wants to go that long. It's so sweet to see little girls dress up and feel so special with their dad. <BR> <BR> Well the temps here are going to drop all day. This weather flopping back and forth is making everyone sick. I'll be glad when this bi-polar winter is over. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Feb 2018 06:42:18 EST Sharing my blog, "ACT 101: Mindfulness" Hi Team, I posted a blog on Mindfulness today. I thought I'd repost it here since this is the topic of interest to this group. Hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ACT 101: Mindfulness <BR> <BR> You hear them call your name, then say, “What do you think?” And you realize you haven’t been listening to your child, your partner, or to others during a meeting. What they said a minute ago rem... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 20:46:51 EST January Chat Thread Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I have spent a wonderful amount of time with my family. I have 2 days left before Bug's winter break is over. I intend to make the most of them. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 06:43:29 EST Invitation to join free mindful meditation class Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) <BR> This online MBSR training course is 100% free, created by a fully certified MBSR instructor, and is modeled on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 10:00:34 EST I am new here! Hello everyone, I am glad to be on this journey with you and look forward to sharing our success stories:) Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:07:27 EST December Chat Thread <em>425</em> <em>444</em> Welcome December <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Feline: I'm not familiar with Chalica. Care to enlighten us? <BR> <BR> Well we lost one of the gerbils last night. Stormin' Norman took a trip over the Rainbow Bridge. he was 3 1/2 years old, the best I can figure. That's a long life for a gerbil according to the vet. Most don't make it much past 2 years. So I suppose this evening I'll be holding a gerbil funeral, if Bug requests it. She made me hold ... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 06:34:55 EST November Thread <em>465</em> Welcome November! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Kali: I'm glad I introduced you to something new! <BR> <BR> I have pictures up on my blog of my little Wonder Woman. We had an awesome night with friends and her cousin. It's a cool thing to still be able to go trick or treating at 37 LOL. There are no pictures of me this year. I was a cat with a sign that said "Copy." That made me a "Copy Cat." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:55:04 EST ..what's old is new again Hello all.....decided I probably needed to at least poke my head in the water and let you know there is an honest-to-goodness real-live-person behind the I am a born-n-bred New Englander who has puttered with meditating in the past but only recently started looking at it a little more closely. This was by way of commenting to a health coach thru work that I was taking found-moments to enhance my mental health, i.e., taking in a flash of sun on the top of a tree when the sky beh... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 22:11:35 EST October Chat ! <em>147</em> Welcome October! <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> Feline: How Fantastic! I'm so happy for you and your DH! <BR> <BR> To Quote Feline from the last thread so everyone knows what I'm referring to. <BR> <BR> "I finally (unofficially) hit one-derland! I was hovering around 199 on Wednesday, and dropped to 198 Thursday. I kept going strong Friday and Saturday and Saturday night I weighed in at 196! I can't make 196 official until Wednesday of course, so right now I am sticking with 199... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 07:26:07 EST September Chat <em>524</em> Hello September <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Kali: Did you get the car fixed? <BR> <BR> Harvey has moved out of West Tennessee (or almost). I'm still waiting for the director of schools to make a decision about school. He never sends out an all call before 5:50 am. Sometimes it's annoying. <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 06:34:41 EST Returning I used to be on Sparkpeople many years ago. It worked for me then but I had other issues. So here I am again. I hope I can keep motivated to be mindful, meditate daily, and eat mindfully. Fri, 4 Aug 2017 09:38:57 EST August Chat Board Welcome to August! May your days get shorter, your evenings get longer, and possibly cooler? Maybe ? Hopefully!!! <BR> <BR> Kali: I hope the soreness is gone by now, but your flowerbed looked lovely. <BR> <BR> Today we meet our teacher. She's a "Mystery Teacher" as this is her first year in our school district. I almost like it better this way. School supplies are labeled and packed for the first day, tomorrow. After we do today's dry run of the morning routine I plan to spend the day rea... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 06:52:27 EST July Chat Board <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> Welcome July! I hope you have a Fabulous 4th! <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 07:43:59 EST June Chat Board Happy June all! <BR> <BR> Sorry to be MIL, but we were in Denver. <BR> <BR> We drove out Sunday which of course allowed for yard work Saturday, and spent Monday morning @ the Zoo. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Couldn't resist this one...) <BR> <BR> There was 80% chance of <em>54</em> but thankfully we only received a little <em>27</em> <BR> We picnicked @ the car before climbing these stairs: <BR> <img src... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 08:58:45 EST Hey y'all! My name is Kris, and I'm a newbie to this group, yoga, and meditation. I've recently started having anxiety flare-ups and I have been on the search for new coping techniques to try instead of using medication. I look forward to meeting new friends and learning new things! Wed, 24 May 2017 12:57:41 EST Mindful eating Hello everyone :) <BR> <BR> I've practiced mindful meditation and living for about 20 years. I'm just starting to get deeper into the practice of mindful eating. I'm reading a book and listening to audios. Is anyone familiar with mindful eating? If so, would you like to share your insights, please? Sat, 13 May 2017 20:23:54 EST May Chat Board Welcome to the month of May! <BR> <BR> I'm glad I'm glad I'm back with you! My Bug and I had a very long week last week. Thank you to those who asked. She is better and returns to school today. She has 2 standardized test to make up, but I have every belief she will do fine. Apparently this is why our school chooses to stretch them out so much, to give kids time to make up parts if they have an emergency. <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 May 2017 06:39:58 EST coincidence or Godincidence Hi everyone. So I've been praying so much for help staying on a healthy food plan, and letting go of eating trigger foods like white flour and sugar, but it just wasn't happening But I kept praying because I have faith that answered prayers happen in God's time and to never give up. Well for about a year I've been having these awful spasmodic stomach attacks. Nobody could figure out what was causing them. Well, the "silver lining" in this annoying ailment is that I tried not eating glu... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:54:50 EST Allergies This has been a bad year for allergies in So. California where I live. We didn't have rain for many years and this year we almost got rained out. Needless to say the rain brought out all kinds of pollen. So, I am doing my best to hang in there as they say. So send me some positive healing vibes, OK? Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:56:15 EST April Chat Board Happy April Everyone. <BR> <BR> Well, things will be changing for me next winter. My daughter and sil are building a retirement home in Florida on the Gulf coast. They've several years till retirement, but she can't stand the cold of Wisconsin winters and wants desperately to have a place to go to. They found their ideal spot and are keeping me in their plans. Theirs's a mother-in-law bedroom and bathroom in the front of the house that's separated from the rest of the house by a foyer. She's... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 09:39:48 EST Hello! Hello everyone, my name is Saadia and I'm very happy to be here. I have been practicing mindfulness and meditating for the past 4 years and it has changed my life. I would like to start meditating daily again. <BR> <BR> I hope this message find everyone well. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:22:28 EST New to this team Thank you for the warm and wonderful welcoming goodies, messages and friend adds, <BR> <em>595</em> <BR> I am a long time sparkie who likes to change things up regularly, learn new things and find and offer encouragement on teams that interest me. <BR> The older I get (just turned 65) the less of a gym rat I am and the more my body (a few chronic issues) likes to go for walks, swim in our local university warm water pool, and do gentle yoga and tai chi. <BR> I have meditated off and on f... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:38:29 EST March Chat Board I'm sorry I'm a day late! We had some nasty weather yesterday. Boy did March arrive in fierce glory! Thu, 2 Mar 2017 06:38:24 EST February Chat Board <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>252</em> Happy Heart Month! <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 1 Feb 2017 06:32:49 EST Processing food anxeity meditations? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I realized I have food anxiety, related to going hungry and being denied food while my mom was severely depressed. She didn't mean to, but I was still too little to feed myself. So, I was wondernig if anyone knew of any good meditations that would help me process and release food anxiety. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 13:13:30 EST January Board Happy New Year! <em>408</em> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:00:05 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:11:46 EST December Board Welcome December! <BR> <BR> Kim: I hope your dog is feeling better. It's a scary thing to have to take a fur-baby to the emergency vet. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your prayers for Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas. Jim and I went on our honeymoon there, lots of memories. We have local business taking up donations and a local trucking company is loaning out 2 trucks to transport the items. The red cross is also taking donations. From what I understand most of what was lost is actually priva... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 06:23:32 EST December Board Happy December. Hope the new month brings more love and fewer tragedies all over the earth. <BR> <BR> Gail Thu, 1 Dec 2016 06:21:35 EST Hi folks! I've been on SparkPeople on and off for the last several years. Am on again for now. :-) <BR> <BR> I've been trying to make meditation and mindfulness a part of my daily life. My wife and I attended a few Shambhala retreats several years ago and that was my introduction to meditation and mindfulness. Since then I've taken several long breaks where I didn't meditate at all. Even when I did meditate, it was only for about 10-15 minutes per session, and I don't think I kept it up for more ... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 16:44:36 EST November Board On my way back home today. Hope to post later this evening. <BR> <BR> Gail Tue, 1 Nov 2016 07:47:27 EST New to forum Hello all, <BR> I'm new to practicing mindfulness as a way of eating and as a way of fighting food cravings. I look forward to learning from all of you. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:58:20 EST October Chat Board Welcome to October - please post all your Daily Chats to this board Mon, 3 Oct 2016 11:53:35 EST Been Having Difficulty Meditating I've been having some difficulty meditating lately. I don't really know why. My daughter is 5 and will sometimes interrupt, but always before I was able to go right back into that state of meditation, but lately I can't. If she interrupts me, it's just over. I can't get it back. It's not her fault. I'm not saying that. I can't seem to put away the outside world lately. My anxiety is up because I haven't been meditating well and my pain level is up, too. I was wondering if anyone has ever had ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:31:22 EST Hello I just joined Spark People yesterday. Wispy was kind enough to come by my page and leave a comment of welcome. So, thanks for that. :) I usually meditate 1-2 hours every day. I have to lay down when I do it because of what's going on with my back. I struggle with chronic pain,which is one of the reasons I meditate so much. I'm trying to get a handle on it so that I can function normally. <BR> Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself. I'm glad to be here. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:50:02 EST Daily Chat for September Happy September all! <BR> Difficult to read, but here's Eva's last post on our August chat... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:23:08 EST Daily Chat for August Welcome to a New Month! <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:33:21 EST Daily Chat for July Happy Summer Month All! <BR> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:02:30 EST Hello Hi there. I'm Rachel and am re-joining Spark People after several years. I'm aiming to focus on overall health and well-being, and daily meditation is a goal I've set for myself. I find that few activities restore and center me quite like deep breathing and guided meditation. I thought this would be a great group to join. Please feel free to add me as a friend, as I'm seeking support from (and to be supportive to) others. Be well, Rachel Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:12:24 EST Letter to Team About New SparkPage Dear Team, <BR> <BR> As you may have noticed, SparkPeople has changed our SparkPages. If you are not pleased with the new design and how it is working, please message them about it. They have a suggestion box, which you can use to let them know how you feel. Here is the link to that: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This can be used for anything, anytime, so please bookmark it to use again. <BR> <BR> “Never doubt that a small gr... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 10:20:59 EST Daily Chat for June Happy June All! <BR> <BR> I copied Gail's post on the May chat for your reading enjoyment here: <BR> "Good Morning: <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe that June is here already. Our weather has been very mild but the last few days we've had rain. Nothing like the rain in Texas, but enough so that the lawns look like putting greens. <BR> <BR> In our area we have all our utility lines underground. That said, there are three small grey towers that are above ground. I have planted something so tha... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:00:03 EST Hi My name is Nikki and I'm new to this team. I've been on Spark before but was very unsuccessful so I took some time away. <BR> <BR> I'm back with a reasonable goal and I feel focused and ready to move forward in my life. Away from the weight and mindset that I'm stuck and towards a life of physical, mental and emotional health. <BR> <BR> I meditate daily, believe in the power of positive thinking (affirmations) and try to be the most grateful and kind person I can be. <BR> <BR> I'm marri... Sat, 14 May 2016 14:17:27 EST Daily Chat for May Happy May all and <em>304</em> for your wonderful comments. <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> <em>125</em> <em>125</em> <em>125</em> <em>125</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 2 May 2016 08:46:51 EST Daily Chat for April Happy April All! <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:54:54 EST New Spark Team Member Hi. Newbie. Lonely. Would like a few Spark Friends if others would like to add me? <BR> <BR> Today I practiced mindfulness while eating one meal. Sometimes it's difficult to stay in a moment for that long; but I managed it once in one day. Expect I'll be able to figure out how to manage it again. I think I need some kind of reminder before I sit down to eat not mindfully. Any ideas? What works for others? <BR> <BR> I would really just like to figure out how to be mindful with my daily meals... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 19:58:33 EST Daily Chat for March Welcome to March! <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:29:18 EST March is Meditation Month! March is Meditation Month! <BR> <BR> Here is a Tricycle article to get you started. They will be doing a Sit Challenge. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ation-seat </link> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 21:47:19 EST Daily Chat for February Happy New Month all! <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:21:29 EST Meditation and mindfulness other than worrying This was given to me by Kevin at <BR> " <BR> worry[ing] is a response to anxiety and fear. It's a <BR> mental action that makes you feel like you are more <BR> prepared for what might happen. Yet worry isn't all <BR> that good a preparation for anything--is it? It tends <BR> to put you in a mental-emotional place of stress. <BR> Because of that, it keeps you from being relaxed, <BR> happy, present, and effective at what you are doing. <BR> So, instead of worrying, ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:36:28 EST 2016 intentions Of course I'd like to meditate more....but another mindful intention of mine is to not surf the internet while talking on the phone. It's a terrible habit <BR> <BR> Namaste Sun, 3 Jan 2016 19:13:28 EST Daily Chat for January Happy New Year! <BR> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 05:02:01 EST Headspace app Have you done this? I just started, it's just 10 min guided meditations per day. It's a pretty good idea for a bare minimum amount of meditation per day. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:28:06 EST Daily Chat for December Harrowing drive home after a wonderful family Thanksgiving... <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Glad to be back! <BR> Tue, 1 Dec 2015 09:44:14 EST conundrum on politeness, gratitude, annoyance... Hey. <BR> <BR> Wrote a long blog post about the whole situation. Any help on this from some of you guys would be great. I honestly have no clue what I'm supposed to think or feel about this week's situation and I don't want to go back to work Sunday all frazzled about it. <BR> <BR> Here's the link--sorry so long, I was trying to get thorough enough for context to be clear and my reactions: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038740 </link> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:51:39 EST Hi there! Just wanted to introduce myself to this team. I've been meditating off and on for years, but I've not been consistent for more than a few months at a time. I'd really love to get into the habit of doing mindfulness meditation for 20 minutes each day. Is there a way to add meditation to the Spark trackers? Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:31:23 EST 2015 Holiday Meditation Mixtape from HayHouse <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is the 2015 Holiday Meditation Mixtape from HayHouse. Enjoy! <BR> <em>460</em> <em>501</em> <em>445</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>500</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>499</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:09:56 EST What crystals do you love for meditation? I have some favorite crystals for clearing and aligning my chakras. The set I really like is a clear quartz point, it's jagged, not perfect but I love it, hematite, carnelian, malachite, rose quartz, blue howlite, beautiful, golden tiger's eye, and sodalite. I know there are 8 crystals here but I have 2 for my heart chakra that I just can't let go of lol. This is a strong powerful set. It took me awhile to get used to them. <BR> <BR> Other favorites are a Lapis lazuli pendulum and selenite. ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:24:51 EST Trying again Hi everyone, my name is Tonya. I'm not new to Spark, but I left for a while to get some things in order. I'm back and ready to live a healthier lifestyle. Prayer is a daily part of my life, and I would like to start meditating, but not sure where to begin. If anyone can suggest any literature to help get me started, it would be greatly appreciated. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:41:19 EST Hello I've been away from SP for awhile and decided to get back in touch. I'm glad I found this team. <BR> <BR> I am a reiki master teacher and a student of Buddhism. I am not as active as I have been in the past but am working it all back into my life. <BR> <BR> My exercise is mostly walking, weight machines and yoga. I have got to get back on a regular meditation routine too. It makes SUCH a difference. <BR> <BR> I also have a small farm where I market farm, organic mostly. We try to stick t... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 15:55:48 EST Daily Chat for November It's officially November and with the change in time (one hour more sleep) in the <em>652</em> all is well! <BR> <em>431</em> is over and it's time to plan for <em>426</em> <BR> I love this time of year! <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 07:44:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:53:06 EST Hello My name is Tara I live in west central Florida and new to Buddhism I am focused on creating a healthier lifestyle I look forward to getting to know everyone here Sun, 18 Oct 2015 08:37:22 EST did anyone else recieve the mindfullness bingo? I got a mindfulness bingo card from Dr. Susan Albers and going to play it today. It is from <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:37:04 EST hey been here before and need to get back Hi, I did belong to this team awhile back but feel I need to get back to here I am. <BR> I am a 66 year old mom of one, grandma of 4 and great grandma of 1. My hubby passed away on Mothers day of this guess you could say trying to get it together and make some changes. <BR> I am getting tests done to see if I can have the gastric sleeve operation. My daughter and sil had it done in May of this year and both lost over 90 pounds each. Hoping after all these tests I ... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:38:22 EST Daily Chat for October Here's to a wonderful new month be it <em>378</em> or <em>465</em> where you live! Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:44:17 EST Meditation Retreat I have just returned from a weekend silent meditation retreat, and am delighted to report that it is the best gift I have ever given myself. I am so grateful for the wisdom of the Dharma, and for the dedicated people who give their lives to bring this freedom, and peace to us all. <BR> I look forward to doing a week-long retreat, and wonder why I've waited so long. : :) <BR> <BR> metta, Maureen Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:02:23 EST Daily Chat for September Happy September all! <BR> May the <em>376</em> or <em>465</em> come your way! <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:03:02 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:13:14 EST Namaste 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 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 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 Daily Chat for July Welcome all and as Leslie noted Happy Canada Day! <em>636</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:27:00 EST Blowing things out of proportion...i feel lousy... 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 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 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 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 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 Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 7 May 2015 17:38:39 EST Daily Chat for May 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 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? 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 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 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 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... 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 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 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 Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:48:20 EST Doing Better But... 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 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 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? 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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! 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 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... :) 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. 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 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! 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 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 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><BR>09-tummo.html </link> And a short vid: <link> </link> Does anyone have any knowledge of tummo meditation? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:52:56 EST New here! 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 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 New month! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:44:01 EST Free 8 week course 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><BR>R.html </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:44:00 EST It's hard to find the time... 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 there are mindfulness built in to the recipes: <BR> <link><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. 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 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 " 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 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! 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 Kindness challenge 21-Day Kindness Challenge begins tomorrow! <link> </link> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:40:06 EST Day Two Goal weight maintained: day two! <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:13:40 EST Daily Chat for October " Happy New Month " Everyone!! See you all here tomorrow. :) Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:37:15 EST spiritual revelation 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 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 Living in Gratitude Living In Gratitude: <BR> <BR> <BR> Just for today... <BR> I will let go of worry. <BR> I will let go of anger. <BR> I will do my work honestly. <BR> I will give thanks for my many blessings. <BR> I will be kind to every living thing. <BR> <BR> ~Reiki Precepts <BR> <BR> <BR> Letting go can be a freeing process, especially when we release negative emotions. Giving thanks for our many blessings allows us to let go and boosts our happiness. <BR> <BR> Just for today, let go, give thanks, be... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:08:04 EST Daily Chat for September 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) 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 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> </link> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:38:13 EST Been off my diet 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! 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 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 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 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? 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 Happy August everyone! <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:30:29 EST Conscious weight loss challenge 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 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 <link> </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:21:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:58:22 EST Daily Chat for July 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 The hidden joy of waiting in line <link><BR>en-joy-of-waiting-in-line-carolyn-greg<BR>oire/ </link> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:53:06 EST New around here 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 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 Happy New Month everyone. Enjoy! Sat, 31 May 2014 22:39:11 EST Aussie newbie! 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 May, my way, countdown the min. 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 Happy May to ALL!! Thu, 1 May 2014 00:12:53 EST HI I'm new 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 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 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 Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 6 Apr 2014 21:19:53 EST I am coming off Lyrica 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><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 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? Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share this awesome video with you: <BR> <BR><BR>_lY <BR> <BR> It is about letting go of weight, Enjoy! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:20:29 EST I'm a newbie 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 Free Coursera class on Buddhism and Modern Psychology through Princeton starts today! <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 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 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> </link> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:22:55 EST New... 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 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 <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 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! 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 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 enemy 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 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 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 Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:42:46 EST the overwhelmed cycle--work or sleep--HELP! 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 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 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><BR>w-sa.asp </link> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:58:51 EST newbie 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 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 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? 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 <link><BR>ditation-emotional-processing-emotions<BR>-brain_n_2123753.html </link> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:59:22 EST Cheated on my diet.... "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 Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:27:52 EST Don't stand still...get moving! 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? 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... 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 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<BR>/buddha104025.html#1uBOFvPjJjmfLOtR.99 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:31:23 EST Only Breath 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 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? 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 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 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 800/0/0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:32:58 EST January 2013 Streak 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? 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 Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:27:26 EST Newbie Here! 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 I read this yesterday and thought it was awesome! <BR> <BR><BR>tion=com_content&task=view&id=3177 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:40:59 EST Dependence vs. Independence <link><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? 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. 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 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 Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:17:02 EST How do you meditate... 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 I really enjoyed the following article: <BR> <BR> <link><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’ 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 Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 10 Nov 2013 15:44:10 EST 21-Day Gratitude Challenge 21-Day Gratitude Challenge: <link> </link> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:20:10 EST NOVEMBER FITNESS CHALLENGE 700/0/0 Fri, 1 Nov 2013 01:44:45 EST Allowing 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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 begins Sept 10th. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-DayMantraMeditationJourney/LandingPage/ </link> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:06:44 EST Mindfulness meditation may slow aging 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> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 03:58:13 EST Collection of Buddha Quotes 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> </link> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 03:54:22 EST Thank you 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! 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 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 :) 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 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 This is with Deepak chopra and oprah winfrey. I joined. It starts Aug 5th and it is free. <BR> <link><BR>bout-us </link> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:28:56 EST I would like to share this with you <link><BR>ome </link> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:25:28 EST did join for a little while but am back 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 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><BR>etreat-2013/ </link> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 05:31:19 EST Daily Challenges for the Week of 7/1 - 7/7 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 Here is a good article to keep around and reread once in a while. <BR> <link><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 The Loving Brain w/Rick Hanson <BR> <BR><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 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 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 <BR> <BR> Enter your email address, and y... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:37:12 EST Hello 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! 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... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 <link><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 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 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? <link><BR>sroadsApothecary/2013/04/22/How-Does-t<BR><BR>px? </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