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Meditation For Baby-Boomers

 

There are many forms of meditation, a few of which are: focusing on your breathing,  guided meditation, walking meditation, baking & water meditation.

 

Focused Meditation

Focusing is exactly what it says, just being aware of the inflow and outflow of your breath for as long as you can. And when you notice that your mind is chattering or wandering, again bring your conscious awareness back to your breathing. Start with only five or ten minutes a day – do it consistently.

 

Guided Meditation

 There are pros and cons to guided meditation. I’m a firm believer that I already have too many other people’s ‘voices in my head:’ like my mother, father, grandmother, that first grade teacher, etc… so I like to find meditations that resonate with me and record them myself with a digital recorder. However, I have found the BEST EVER guided meditation called Getting into the Vortex User guide and CD by Abraham-Hicks. Esther’s soothing voice resonates with me at such a deep level that I highly recommend it. The 15-minute meditations cover four topics: General Well-Being, Financial Well-Being, Physical Well-Being and Relationships – pretty much encompassing anything one searches for in their life. One is advised to just listen to a different one each day. Simple – fifteen minutes every morning sets my day in a relaxed, positive frame of mind.

Other Types of Meditation

 

Walking Meditation

I consider walking in nature a form of meditation. I am generally conscious of my surroundings. I enjoy noticing the birds, squirrels and other animals along my path. I love watching clouds and sunsets. This is a very meditative time when I walk by myself. I feel a state of awe and wonder of the majesty of Nature, or God, or Creator, whatever one wants to call it.

Baking

Bread making always was a very meditative experience for me – especially the kneading of the dough. It was very soothing in the rhythm of motion. Nowadays I don’t bake bread but I am noticing that same meditative experience when I’m kneading and rolling out my gluten-free crackers.

Water Meditation

Listening to the sound of water running when filling the sink to do dishes, or filling the bath for my evening soak in the tub is very relaxing and soothing. It’s as close as I can get to sitting near a babbling brook, creek, river, or the ocean.

My favourite ‘water therapy’ or ‘water meditation’ is sitting on an old weathered log at a sandy beach on a warm summer’s day – with my bare feet in the fine, white sand and becoming One with the rhythmic, hypnotic motions of the waves coming in and out of the shore line.

 

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Live near the beach, walk it at night, & then fall asleep listening to the waves crash.

(Photo Credit – Linda Wall 2017)

 

This was my meditative spot on Vancouver Island in August 2017. It is my intention to live near the beach within the next five years. I so want to move near the beach that last night I spent several hours online looking at housing options on Vancouver Island!!

Even an inexpensive water fall ornament for one’s home or a moving water feature outside are very calming and can be meditative.

 

Spiritual Books That I Recommend

 

Click on a link to read my book review

  • Getting into the Vortex,  by Abraham-Hicks
  • Getting in the Gap: Making Conscious Contact with God Through Meditation (Book & CD), by Wayne Dyer
  • Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering The Art Of Manifesting by Wayne Dyer
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
  • The Power of your Subconscious Mind, by Dr. Joseph Murphy
  • The Moses Code: The Most Powerful Manifestation Tool In The History Of The World by James F. Twyman

 

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