3 Intuitive Steps to Reduce Stress

3 Intuitive Steps to Reduce Stress

Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer. Robert Graves

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What is stress?

Stress is the reaction we feel when our life becomes overwhelming and too much for us. For some people it takes very little to feel stressed while others can handle mountains of burdensome issues before they crumble under the stress. It doesn’t matter which category you fall into. When you have reached the point of feeling that you can’t take it anymore, it’s time to do something about it to cut the stress.

Intuition strengthening exercises will decrease your stress levels

There are many practical benefits of strengthening your intuition that I cover in my book, “The Intuition Principle.” Some of the many benefits include increasing your creativity, problem solving abilities, confidence, competence, empathy and compassion, memory, luck, health, decision-making and focus but, the top two on the list are stress reduction and peace of mind.

Have you ever taken a video of your child on vacation say, at an amusement park like Universal Studios?

The camera captures the image of your child and all the people who are passing by plus, all the details of Universal Studios in the background.

Had you taken that same video with the zoom lens on you would see more of your child in the video and very little of Universal Studios.

Developing your intuition changes what you focus upon very much like using a zoom lens changes the focus of the video in the example.

When we narrow our focus from a “wide lens” to a “zoom lens” we remove distractions that pull our thinking off in many directions and this reduces stress and increases peace of mind.

Causes of stress

Often stress is caused by having too many thoughts competing for your attention at one time. For example, your attention might be splintered by thoughts of everything you need to accomplish that is on your to-do list; how little time you have; fears of doing an inadequate job; worries about your children, spouse or aging parent and a myriad of other things all at the same time. No wonder you feel stressed. You are allowing your thoughts to take over and send you on a wild goose chase by every thought that enters your mind.

Meditation increases intuition and peace of mind

One of the best ways to heighten intuition is to make meditating part of your day. When you meditate regularly you begin to hear your intuition more often and to identify it more easily. When you slow down the thinking mind by going within you turn on your own “zoom” lens. Turning on this inner “zoom lens” also puts your thoughts in “slow motion.”

When you eliminate distracting thoughts and slow down the pace of thoughts, you automatically become calmer. A calm mind is a better environment for fostering intuition than a frenzied one. When thoughts and intuition don’t fly through the mind as quickly, they can be captured and remembered more easily by your mind.

This is the real secret of hearing your intuition. You are already more intuitive than you are aware of. It’s just that all the stress producing thoughts have been drowning out your intuitive thoughts.

Develop your intuition to increase confidence and competence

Once you have begun to develop your intuition not only do you clear your mind of distracting thoughts but, you also become more confident and competent. The reason for this is that you begin to hear the guidance of your intuition more often. This wisdom that surfaces in your mind has always been there but, it was drowned out by the wild band of thoughts that had taken over your mind. Now that your mind is calm and focused this wisdom stands out among your thoughts when it surfaces.

Having the answers to problems you’ve been struggling with surface in your mind is calming and reassuring. After a few times of seeing how elegantly this works you begin to relax and trust that the answers will always come to you when you need them. This “trust” translates to confidence in your ability to solve problems in your life and in your own competence. And, the confidence you now exude emerges as a higher level of competency in everything you do.

Use these three steps to develop your intuition and increase your peace of mind, confidence and competence:

1. Commit to a practice of meditation each day. It takes just 20 hours of cumulative meditation practice to make lasting changes to your brain’s physiology. Meditating for as little as twenty minutes each day will result in an increase in your intuition and peace of mind in just 60 days. If you want to speed up your results meditate for ½ hour day so you see results in 40 days or practice ½ hour twice per day to see results in 20 days.

2. Exercise your intuition daily. Before meeting friends at a restaurant for a meal close your eyes and ask yourself what your friends will be wearing or what they will order from the menu. When the phone rings, stop and ask yourself who is calling. While in meditation each day visualize yourself “receiving” the answers to problems in your life. Feel how happy and excited you are to have the answers come to you.

3. Put the power of affirmations to work in your life. Affirmations help focus your mind. Whenever you feel yourself getting stressed by competing thoughts which pull you in 100 different directions immediately begin repeating this affirmation: I am calm, focused and in control of my thoughts. I choose now to relax and focus on the task at hand. All is well. Or, create your own affirmation.

Follow these simple steps and soon you will see your peace of mind increase along with your confidence and competence in everything you do.

Have you found that the intuitive guidance to solve problems comes to you  more easily when you meditate? Please share with us in the comments.

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The World Didn’t End – What Now? A Healing Meditation

The World Didn’t End – What Now? A Healing Meditation

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Be the change the world needs. Be the peace.

The world didn’t end on the solstice of December 21, 2012. I didn’t think it would. Did you?

I believe that the end of the Mayan calendar is symbolic of the end of our old ways of thinking and interacting with one another, rather than the literal end of the world.

I hoped today would mark a new beginning where we – the human race – would shift in consciousness to embrace peace, love and an awareness of our oneness.

Years ago I had the privilege of spending time with spiritual thought leader, John Randolph Price and his wife Jan, founders of The Quartus Foundation. John was ahead of his time and authored seminal works such as, “A Spiritual Philosophy for the New World,”  “Practical Spirituality,” and “The Superbeings.” (I highly recommend his books – they remain fresh and timely today).

John spoke of a need to “reach critical mass” in the number of people on earth who embraced a spiritual approach to living, in order to affect real change on the planet.

To shift the thinking of people on a grand scale and reach critical mass each of us first needs to emit peace, love and a unity consciousness. We need to “be the peace we wish to see” first and then it will manifest in society.

To foster a consciousness of peace watch this beautiful healing meditation from Christine Breese. It will help you feel peaceful, loving and connected to all life.

When you feel peaceful you emit a vibration of peace that touches others and helps them to feel at peace too. The more we send out these ripples the more we will contribute to creating a “critical mass” in human thinking. Your own inner peace blesses the world.

Give yourself the gift of 15 minutes to relax and listen to this healing meditation. Allow yourself to really “feel” it too. I promise you will feel extremely peaceful afterward and the people around you will be affected by it.

Send your ripples of love and peace out into the world and “be the change – be the peace.

How did you feel after listening to this beautiful meditation?

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy holiday season to all!

Angela

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7 Affirmations & a Meditation to Balance Your Chakras

7 Affirmations & a Meditation to Balance Your Chakras

Each chakra has its own colours, so when you concentrate on a certain chakra you will have certain colours in your dreams and visions. As you move upwards they change. In fact in yoga psychology, a person’s dreams, fantasies, visions, can indicate where his energy is exactly, at what centre. –Osho

Here is my personal chakra balancing meditation which includes 7 affirmations to balance your chakras.

Your chakras represent the seven energy centers in the subtle energy body. The subtle body is part of the human energy field – also called the aura. It is believed that these seven centers align with the endocrine system in the physical body. Each chakra has its own vibrational frequency and is representative of certain colors, musical notes, organs, functions of the body and personal and spiritual characteristics.

Disease first manifests in the human energy field

Disease begins outside the physical body in the subtle energy system. When you live a stressful life you tax one or more of these energy centers. Over time this upsets the balance of this vibrational energy system and leads to creating physical health issues. If you meditate upon and balance each your chakras daily you are supporting the health of  your body

Chakra Balancing Meditation:

1. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Take a few deep breaths to relax. If at all possible sit cross legged on the ground. If you can’t be outside on the ground make sure you sit up straight with stocking feet flat on the floor.

2. Focus on the first chakra or “root” chakra located at the base of your spine. When your root chakra is balanced you are grounded and feel secure in life.

In your mind’s eye see this chakra as small red disque. Now mentally turn on the energy you are sending to this region and see the circle begin spinning clockwise and growing larger and become brighter.

I like to see it as if it were a large fiery red ball. “Feel” the energy spinning the chakra in this area of your body.

Affirmation: All is well. I am safe and secure and all my needs are met.

3. Moved the energy up to the second chakra which is located in the area of the reproductive organs.  When your second chakra is balanced you are able to express your sexuality and innate creativity.

See this chakra as a small orange disque. Now send the energy to this region and see it growing larger and brighter and spinning in a clockwise direction. In my mind I usually visualize it as a beautiful rising sun. “Feel” the energy spinning in this center in your body.

Affirmation: I am creative in all my endeavors and passionate about life and love.

4. Move your attention up to your solar plexus area. See the third chakra as a small yellow ball. When this chakra is balanced you are ethical and comfortable with your personal power.

Send the energy to the third chakra and see it expanding into a huge spinning golden sun.

Affirmation: I honor my values, uphold my ethical standards and assert my personal power wisely.

5. Focus your attention on the area of the heart. See this chakra as a green ball. When this chakra is balanced you are patient, loving and compassionate.

Send energy to your heart chakra and see it growing, spinning and glowing like a huge emerald. Feel it pulsating in your chest.

Affirmation: I am loving, kind and compassionate with myself and to others.

6. Move your attention to the throat area. In your mind’s eye see a blue circle of energy spinning just above the collar bone. When this chakra is balanced you are able to speak up for yourself and you communicate clearly and honestly.

Send a burst of energy to this chakra and see the blue ball flower into a beautiful blue hydrangea blossom.

Affirmation: I am a good communicator. I think before I speak and listen respectfully to others.

7. Move your attention up the sixth chakra located in the center of the forehead just above the brow line. The sixth chakra is also called the “third eye.” See it as a spinning as a violet colored wheel. When this chakra is balanced you more spiritual, less controlled by the ego and attuned to your intuition.

Send energy to this chakra and see it growing into a large pulsating indigo swirl. I find it helps to visualize it as the swirling center of our universe.

 

Feel the energy of this chakra spinning in the middle of your forehead.

Affirmation: I clearly hear my intuition and trust and follow it.

8. Move your attention to the top of your head. See a golden white circle of energy swirling around this area. When this chakra is balanced you feel at one with the All, the personality recedes and an awareness of being nothing but pure consciousness comes forward.

Send energy to this spinning golden circle and see it growing into a glowing orb that illuminates your face and head and sends sparkles of warming energy from your head to your toes.

Affirmation: I pure light and energy and one with all life.

Once you reach the seventh chakra take the sparkles that reached your toes and send this energy to the first chakra and go through all the chakras two more times.

I recommend doing this visualization three times. It should take you no more than five minutes to do all three passes of the chakras.

Try it. You’ll find that the more you use this meditation the more qualities related to each chakra you develop to their full potential.

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P.S. Learn more about how to hear your intuition – here.

Photos – The Chakras – Reiki Wikipedia & Andromeda Galaxy Wikipedia

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Why Meditation is the Spiritual Gateway to Growth

Why Meditation is the Spiritual Gateway to Growth


Meditation is the Gateway to Spiritual Growth

Why Meditation is the Spiritual Gateway to Growth

By Jennifer Hudson.

Meditation is one of the greatest gateways to spiritual growth. It is the catalyst towards freedom and helps to cleanse the soul of the blocks that keep us bound. Though many people feel that they understand meditation, they often do not. For those wanting a spiritual awakening and an understanding that goes beyond their current paradigm, meditation must be studied and practiced.

How to Practice Meditation Wisely

Meditation seems to come more naturally for some more than others. Not everyone can sit down for their first session and experience true meditation. For many, it takes time and practice to find the right atmosphere, state of mind, and visualization to see true results. It helps to start out by meditating at two different intervals during the day. Morning and night are often good choices. Take about twenty minutes for each session. During this time it is important to focus on a chosen mantra, so that random thoughts do not interfere with the clearing of the mind.

Meditation has Many Benefits

Meditation helps to take us closer to our chosen higher power. When our selves are pushed back for this time, we allow ourselves to come into true and proper focus with that power. Our spirits are then open for communication to receive those messages that we often either intentionally or unintentionally overlook. Meditation also helps in the relationships in our lives. Once we are connected to the spiritual world around us, we are able to embrace the people in our lives in a much more profound way.

Along with the relationship benefits, there are also many health benefits of meditating. The health benefits include a calmer state of mind and improved function in both brain pattern and focus ability. Many people have also found that it helps them cope with pain and illness. Meditation can be used for a variety of issues in our lives from emotional to physical.

Why People Choose Meditation

Often, people turn to meditation when traditional modern medicine and ways of thinking do not help them with their situations. Meditation provides an enlightenment that transfers into every aspect of our lives. We become more aware of everything around us and every emotion. We are happier and more at peace. By changing our inside understanding, we are able to change our outside understanding. We become less concerned about self, but in reality, end up finding a higher self-fulfillment.

No matter where the journey begins, it must be taken a step at a time. Experiencing spiritual growth does not happen immediately, for most. It is a journey that is experienced through the awakening of the mind. It starts with the understanding that we are all a part of something much larger and by finding our place in this much larger space, we are able to find contentment and true happiness.

If one is looking to begin this journey, it will truly begin to change them from the core. It may take time to develop the best practice that brings true results, but once that niche has been found, change is boundless. Meditation is a vital part of any spiritual journey and must take place to find our true intended paths.

Do you a meditate? What works for you? Do you prefer self-directed meditation or guided meditations like the Re-Awakening or Intuition Principle Guided Meditations?

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P.S. Meditation plays a huge role in developing your intuition. Check out my intuition development books – click here.

Jennifer Hudson is a writer who enjoys writing on many different topics of interest that engage the reader in deeper thoughts. She is a contributor for Degreejungle.com and enjoys helping others find peace through her studies and writings on many helpful subjects.

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