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On July 31, I was given the honor of choosing the meditations on Insight Timer (a free meditation app) for the upcoming week. I’ve excerpted part of my recording where I tell my story and I’m excited to share it here.

My speech will be broadcast to the people who signed up for the 365-Day Playlist (55,000 subscribers). It will also be available to those who aren’t signed up. It is a very large audience for me!

I am honest when I say that I felt a little inadequate to speak on the topic of meditation to cope with grief and loss. I did not meditate when I was in deep grief. I do believe deeply in music and healing, which saved me many years later. So to round out my speech, I sought out input from my friends at Insight Timer. I have made connections all over the world that I treasure. My friends were very helpful.

I learned that many people listen to meditation music while driving, walking and/or going to sleep. I do those things. My music gives me joy: it soothes and heals me of all my sorrow. So perhaps I do meditate after all!

I wrote a story recently about meeting the CEO of Insight Timer, Christopher, and his assistant Maddy. It was truly a thrill for me. #547 My Fairy Tale Life.

I’ve created a page that is linked to Insight Timer. I want people who come to my blog to be able to easily navigate stories related to the meditation music that is available on Insight Timer.

My Insight Timer page link is under the header, just above the post title.

Right next to that page is another one I’ve named “Recent Music.” On that page, I have links to hear my most recent music recordings. They are being compiled for my next CD and until then, I’m happy to freely share them.

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“It’s helping them to replace behaviors,” Oklahoma City elementary school opens meditation room

“It’s helping them to replace behaviors,” Oklahoma City elementary school opens meditation room

OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s a basic reality for many teachers and students. Traditionally, when a student is disruptive in class, they’re sent to the principal’s office and some form of discipline will follow.

Well, this year, at Edgemere Elementary, the teachers and students will be trying out an alternative to the old forms of discipline.

Peace. It’s not something you find often at an elementary school – but Joanna Eldridge said, at times, it’s exactly what her students need.

“Meditation class was a response to a need to address mental illness in young children,” she said.

Eldridge is a special education teacher at Edgemere Elementary. She said, sometimes, students act out or struggle in school because they don’t know how to handle the cards they are dealt.

“I realize that we, as the teachers, don’t do enough to address those needs and they’re basic needs,” she said. “If we cannot address those, how can we help students learn?”

So, Eldridge started teaching meditation class during the 2016-2017 school year. In the class, they worked on deescalating with their senses.

“I use music therapy, I use color therapy and, also, I will using aromatherapy in this room,” she said.

They also use movement.

“We do yoga,” she said. “We talk about coping skills, strategies we can use as a response in specific situations to basically help them avoid certain behaviors and just replace them.”

Over the year, Eldridge started to see improvement.

“Students being able to address their emotions, begin able to name them, being able to respond in a specific moment with a correct response,” she said.

Edgemere’s principal recognized the success, too.

Before Eldridge knew it – a grant was written for the project through ‘Partners in Action,’ an initiative that connects Oklahoma City schools with community partners interested in making an impact.

“It’s so hard to have any resources nowadays, so I never expected that would happen,” she said. “That was a total surprise.”

Now, with the room – a different approach available to any child who needs it.

“It’s not punishing students; it’s helping them to replace behaviors they don’t want to have as a response to certain situations,” Eldridge said.

Edgmere is OKCPS’ pilot community school.

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How To Accept Everything & Stop Struggling In Meditation

How To Accept Everything & Stop Struggling In Meditation


Do you struggle against life or do you accept it as it is? I know, that’s a big question. You can’t really answer it with a simple yes or no.

But it’s an important question to be clear about when you meditate. And when it comes to your own sense of fulfillment in life, it’s essential.

I struggle with it a lot. And to be honest, I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone. And meditation is the primary way that I engage with this question.

The Way of Struggle

3192919171_4969ed7386_zFor me, meditation is like the leathery old Master and I am the perennial novice. Whenever I engage with the Master, he has an effortless way of exposing my struggle in the light of his zen.

But what does it really mean to accept or struggle against life? And what does it have to do with meditation?

Well, let’s start this way.

I love meditation. It’s never the same. It’s always fresh and, to the degree that I make sincere effort, it’s always rewarding. And, after nearly 20 years of practice, I have noticed that there are real consequences when I don’t meditate regularly.

What are those consequences?

One of the biggest consequences is this. I have a much harder time accepting life as it comes. I struggle against events, time, and circumstances that are mostly out of my control. When I’m with friends, on the street, commuting, at work, with my partner, things get under my skin more easily. I quickly combust or start running.

Can you relate?

And I have noticed that over time, the events and circumstances of my life are like a tide that slowly but surely pulls me away from myself. The circumstances of life just pile up and start to weigh heavy on my mind and soul.

One simple way to summarize that experience is that my life becomes more about struggle than acceptance. That struggle is like a default position.

The Way of Acceptance

Meditation has the opposite effect. It keeps me buoyant, and I don’t struggle (or more accurately, I struggle a lot less).

Meditation is like taking a metaphysical shower. Because I am letting everything be as it is, the events of the world don’t weigh on me in the same way. Its not that I’m not impacted. Of course I am.

4333316900_fcc747800e_zIt’s more that I’m rooted somewhere else. Somewhere deeper than circumstances and events. Meditation helps me nourish that root system so it can grow into the deeper ground of my being.

When I don’t meditate regularly, the undertow of life pulls me down and starts to crowd my mind and being. I become divided against myself, the world, and reality.

Now, I think there’s nothing wrong with getting a little lost every once in a while. Because, when you come back, your perspective is stronger and refreshed.

Acceptance versus Struggle

But meditation is interesting. Because real meditation is about letting everything be just as it is. It means not fighting the events in life or your various responses to them. And somehow, through meditation, those events are transformed.

How? Because you sit in a posture of acceptance versus struggle, embrace instead of resistance.

This distinction can get subtle. Because sometimes you really don’t know that you are struggling against life.

But then, all of a sudden, you’ll be meditating and you’ll just fall through the floor boards into a wide open space. And then you realize that you were holding on with white knuckles just moments before. It’s humbling and inspiring at the same time.

It’s amazing to realize just how much you resist life. And conversely, it’s equally empowering to see how much you can accept. When you sit sit perfectly still and just accept it all unconditionally, without judgement, it’s like another part of you is released. Suddenly wisdom and insight emerge spontaneously.

Giving Up The Struggle Never Gets Old

And let’s be clear. You aren’t making effort to get that insight or wisdom. It’s a spontaneous result of letting go and total acceptance. You just see more deeply. Your view was eclipsed before because you were holding on and struggling, and now it’s open wide without any obstructions.

That’s a great feeling and that’s what it means to accept everything as it is. And part of that, is accepting the fact that you will always discover, at deeper and deeper levels, that you are resisting and that you are holding on.

I think that’s why meditation is always so fresh. Your habit of holding on started at birth. So now, as you let go and stop resisting life as it unfolds, it’s exhilarating instead of terrifying. And even more that that, you start to see and know a different reality that’s always present. One which we’re mostly blind to, because we are always struggling.

That struggle is like a shield. It cuts us off from the very essence of life.

You know that nagging feeling you have? The one that whispers to you last at night or in your quiet moments? It says something like this: there must be more to life than this!

Well, there is. I heard that voice as well. I followed it and it led me here. Now it’s waiting for you to discover it too, as soon as you stop struggling.

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Learning to meditate in 2018 – Kadampa Life

Learning to meditate in 2018 – Kadampa Life

Deciding to learn meditation is a really great new year’s resolution. Anyone can learn, if they want to. Meditation means becoming familiar with positivity and wisdom, both on the meditation seat and off it in our normal daily lives; and it is a powerful way to become a happier, more fulfilled person. It also helps…

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How to Develop Psychic and Intuitive Abilities

How to Develop Psychic and Intuitive Abilities

Have you ever seen an intuitive person or a psychic at work and suggest the suitable path for his clients or friends? Did you ever thought to yourself “I wish I had that psychic ability!” or “How to Develop Psychic and Intuitive Abilities?” Well, yes too you can. In this article, we provide many simple ways to develop your psychic abilities.

You may also like to watch a short video on the subject, given at the end of this blog.

Who is an Intuitive Person?

The term Intuitive Person goes by many other names too like Psychic, Clairvoyant, Mind Reader, Mystic etc. These persons are supposed to have high intuition, Guardian Angel, Gut Feeling, Sixth Sense or The Universal Power.

Life is about making right choices everyday and taking right decisions. As long as you make right decisions everything goes fine but one important decision if it goes wrong can put yours’ or others’ futures are at risk. This could be about your job, business, health, buying property, investment or relationship.

Imagine that you could hire the services of one wise man who would always give you right advice, wouldn’t that be worth every dollar he charged?

Would you believe if I told you that you have that person in you? As a matter of fact it is your unconscious mind and it knows better what’s right for you more than anyone else on this earth. All you need to do is to activate this powerful gift in you.

You Too Can Develop Psychic and Intuitive Abilities

All of us have been given the gift of intuition or sixth sense. But somewhere our logical thinking or beliefs system etc. does not permit the individual to exercise, use and develop the intuitive muscle in us.

Think of our mind as a computer which has a lot of information in the hard disk but not all. So whenever you need extra information, you tap into super computer via internet and access the required information. The same way, consider the intuitive abilities as internet which one can use to tap into the super computer which is the Universe and the person able to do this is a psychic.

How to Develop Psychic and Intuitive Abilities?

If you want to grow in your psychic abilities, if you want your intuitive powers to become stronger, then follow one or more of the following ways.

1. Silence

Practice sitting peacefully in silence. Messages from Universe can be received by a mind which is quiet, peaceful like the still water of a lake. Therefore, a regular habit of spending some time in silence will help you connect better with the super consciousness. You will receive and interpret the messages better.

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2. Meditate

Meditation is a step ahead or rather many steps ahead of the practice of being quiet. A regular and continuous practice of Meditation allows us to clear our minds and to raise our vibration.

Meditation connects us to the Universal Power while it aligns our body, mind and spirit into one harmonious being. The connection with the Universe increases our state of consciousness. By raising our awareness and Meditation makes us much more sensitive to the energies around us. To know more, please refer to: Meditation Tips for Beginners

It is this heightened state of purity, consciousness and better connectivity that makes you more intuitive. With more developed intuitive abilities, you are able to receive psychic information effortlessly and clearly. Thus make meditation a part of your daily routine. Please check out: Many Benefits of Meditation

3. Spend time in nature

Pressures of modern and busy life such as advanced technology, mechanized life, demands of business or job have taken us away from our natural self. Spending some time in the lap of nature, can open up the natural gifts we are born with such as intuition, playfulness, power of observation, communication with God, telepathy etc.

At the same time it rejuvenates our mind, body and soul.

4. Practice with Tarot Cards

Tarot cards are directly linked to your creative thinking and psychic abilities. Hundreds of years ago the psychics and fortune tellers are said to have great ability in predicting the future events by interpreting the images and symbols in Tarot cards.

You can also begin with The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack. For buying online the links are:

I have had remarkable experience with tarot cards and you can read more about it in – My Tarot Reading Experiences

5. Analyze your dreams

When people ask me how to develop psychic and intuitive abilities, then one of my tips is to pay attention to their dreams. Learning to meaningfully interpret the dreams is very helpful if you want to develop psychic and intuitive abilities.

If you have been able to still your mind and raised your vibrations, then you are likely to have some dreams which may bring some messages for you or someone else from the cosmos. While the conscious mind is only the tip of the iceberg, the bigger and more powerful part is our subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the store house of the information and it can send messages through dreams. The reason for using dreams is because during the day time the cognitive mind is too busy. It is when you are sleeping that the subconscious mind takes over and communicates through the dreams.

Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the dreams also. Also please read: What Do Dreams Mean and Dream Interpretation

6. Test your hunches

When you are waiting for the elevator at the hotel lobby, just ask your higher self that which lift will come first. Once you receive the answer, check it. If the answer is right then it is your developed sixth sense otherwise it could be just wild guess. When you are right very often, it is a sign that you Psychic and Intuitive Abilities are developing.

Similarly you can ask you higher self the weather or next sentence of the speech of an important leader.

7. Practice Mind Reading

This is fun exercise yet very helpful in developing your intuitive abilities. Invite a friend over to your home or office. Make sure that both of you are comfortably seated and would not be disturbed for some time.

Ask your friend to think something in his mind such as a fruit or a city. Now try to guess that item or object or place. May be some images or sound will pop into your mind.

After sometime you can reverse the roles when you telepathically transmit into your friend’s mind about some object, color or place.

Keep exchanging the feedback. Recommended to read: Amazing Power of Thoughts

Video: How to Develop Psychic and Intuitive Abilities

Dear Reader,

Building your intuition is like developing any other physical or mental ability. It is going to take time. Therefore, be patient and persistent. With regular practice you will improve every day.

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