Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Take a Meditative Moment Before Going Home

Take Time Right Before You Get Home

Before walking in your home after a busy day at work, take a moment to pause and relax. What awaits as soon as you walk through the door (kids, dinner, homework, cleaning, more work) can wait just a few minutes or seconds. Try sitting in your car in the driveway and meditating for a few moments or do some breathing exercises. Is there a place between work and home where you can pull off and sit or walk for a bit? Gazing at the ocean, the forest, a lake, or a pond can be rejuvenating and nurturing. Wherever you are you can always find a bit of nature to uplift. Be creative.




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I can’t physically be in nature at this moment, so I let my body rest with each new breath of air that the world’s trees give me now. As the swirl of fresh oxygen revitalizes my senses I envision an acorn in my hand. I caress this golden seed with love and watch it sprout forth with life. As it reaches toward the sky and into the light, nature’s peace spreads through my body like the leaves of this young oak tree that I cradle in my hand. 
Each new leaf is another element of the peace that grows within me. I give gratitude to the trees for giving oxygen to breathe. I silently sit and let nature’s song among the trees sooth my soul.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Apps for Meditations on the Go

Take Advantage of Technology

Needless to say, we live in a technologically-driven world. The benefit of this is that you have access to so much and that includes phone applications dedicated to the practice of meditation or habits that cultivate mindfulness, which is also a type of meditation. All you need are some headphones, and you will be set for any time when you can pause for a few minutes. 

Try different applications and get a feel for them. Some are pretty straightforward and others require a bit more navigating. 

While these applications are convenient, remember the number one tool you will always have is yourself and your ability to access the stillness within. It’s ok to need a little help though.



Monday, October 29, 2018

A Meditation at Work



The Chopra Center recently published 7 quick meditations for those of us on the go. The Daily Prism has broke this down into a daily thought.:

Start by letting go of ideas of what meditation “must” or “should” be like and learn ways to make it work for you. Yes, meditation can be sitting in powerful stillness for an hour or two if you have the time, but it can also be 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or a few quick inhales and exhales. The idea is that you are taking time to connect with yourself and that inner wisdom lying in wait. The only prerequisite is having the desire and openness to making the adjustment to allow the possibility for positive changes in your life. 

Make It a Work Thing

Think about bringing meditation into the workplace and inviting others to join you. Meditating with a group has its own unique benefits. Sharing in the collective energy of one another’s intentions and desires helps deepen your connection with your own. Put together a little group of people who might be interested in taking a short break. Meditation creates a state of “restful awareness,” perfect for those days when you feel tired or ineffective. After a few days, people will be looking forward to it, including yourself.


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Cycles like ocean gyres spin, flow and exchange with each other as I sit in silence and let the energy and balance from the natural universe fill me with light and wisdom. With each breath I take in the cycle that is meant for me at this moment. My intent is to halt the unnatural cycle of life’s debris and cleanse it from the depths of my heart. I encompass this moment in gratitude and allow myself to savor this momentary ride into finding my connection to all that lives.



Friday, October 26, 2018

A Way to Meditate While You Wait

Meditate While You Wait

Waiting is inevitable no matter where you go—whether you’re waiting at a doctor’s office, for a friend who's running late, at the deli, in line at the grocery store, and the list goes on. Rather than grabbing your phone to distract yourself, this is the perfect time to get into the meditation zone.

Start by taking a couple deep breaths and then notice what’s happening around you. Listening to the voices and watching the activity. Observe without attaching any judgements. Notice where your thoughts go, bringing them back to the present if needed. As an added bonus, extend compassion out to people by gazing upon them and sending a thought such as “May you have a great day” or “Many blessings upon you.” By the time you finish, it will be your turn in line and you will be left feeling wholesome inside, and the people around you benefit too!


---From 7 Easy Ways to Meditate with a Busy Schedule, and a personal favorite meditation--while waiting.



Thursday, October 25, 2018

A Fast Meditation For A Busy Day



The Chopra Center recently published 7 quick meditations for those of us on the go. The Daily Prism has broke this down into a daily thought.

Enjoy the Breath of Life

To help yourself get into the habit of taking more life-giving breaths, set a time in the morning, noon, and evening where you can pause and take a few deep breaths. It can be one, two, or 10 breaths, whatever you have time for. This can be done while walking, on the train, on a plane, right before a meeting, etc. Or, right now:
  • Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
  • Breathe in deeply, allowing your belly to expand with air.
  • Pause. Then exhale through the mouth, making a "whoosh" sound.
  • Open your eyes and notice any differences, they might be subtle.

Just like that, you are one step closer to inner peace. It’s hard to remember to breathe during stressful times, even though this is one of the most important things you can do for yourself to help cope.


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Today, I choose happiness, 
the kind of happiness that brings me to joyful tears. 
These tears will feed the ocean within me and I will give birth to a new era of inner peace.
My new born spirit glistens like the gossamer sea. 
I feel the oneness of this new inner life and wisdom 
and I will carry it throughout this day.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Meditation For the Moment




The Chopra Center recently published 7 quick meditations for those of us on the go. The Daily Prism has broke this down into a daily thought.

Be In the Moment

This is a good way to begin practicing awareness of yourself and your surroundings. You may be spending so much time quickly moving from one task to another that you disconnect from how you are feeling, both physically and emotionally. Plan ahead and set reminders for yourself throughout the day to stop and be in the moment, fully. You can do this anywhere and anytime.

Notice your thoughts and feel into your body. Notice your surrounding and perhaps your response to those surroundings. During this time, you are not distracted by the future or the past (even if it’s brief). It is from this place, the present moment, that life becomes so much richer. Taking only a few seconds or minutes, it’s a simple practice that can launch you in a direction of more fulfillment.

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To transcend those moments when I feel old and out of touch, I dive into nature’s den, beneath a tree and welcome the new growth within. As I sense my own natura, I am invigorated and empowered with wisdom that comes from my new birth into light and love.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Solar Company Benefits Homeless Shelter



Oregonlive reported in 2017 that the city’s homeless population increased by 10% from 2015 to 2017, and there are now around 4,000 people without permanent homes on any given night in the city.

Local nonprofit solar installation company Twende Solar had only worked on international installations until it made the decision to help with the problem at home by reaching out to the Portland Rescue Mission (PRM).

“The Portland Rescue Mission is doing some really great work in the community to help address the issues of homelessness and addiction and that is something that as Portlanders…that’s a part of our everyday life,” said Marissa Johnson, executive director of Twende Solar. “We work to support well-established organizations with mission-driven programing, and they definitely fit the bill as a highly respected nonprofit in the area addressing some critical needs.”

...“We started thinking immediately about the number of meals we could serve, the number of shelter nights that we could provide instead of paying for electricity in years six through 25,” Arp from the rescue mission said. “We’re going to be able to provide services [instead], and that really rung true with our entire organization.”

Thirteen regional companies sponsored this project by donating either products or labor. SunPower contributed deeply discounted modules, Solectria donated string inverters and IronRidge donated the mounting solution.