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10 Ways to Work Meditation Into Your Day

10 Ways to Work Meditation Into Your Day

Writing this article has strangely become the most cathartic activity I reach for during the day. You see as a mother, writer, investor, mud runner and community server, all of the pieces- which make up my life – don’t always come together in a neat picture. But as I read – and began to live – the recommendations from mediation expert Jean Marie DuHamel of Fostering the Journey with Jean Marie, I found the beauty in the messiness which configures my life. And as I spent 30 seconds gazing at a squirrel or took five seconds to appreciate how soothing the sunlight coming in through a window could be and took a minute to be grateful for how hard working my husband is, I noticed how the weight of my life began to lift and not only was I smiling more,  but I also felt free and happier.

So it is with great joy that I bring you 10 Ways to Fit Meditation Into Your Day from Ms. DuHamel – along with some inspirational thoughts from some of the most influential individuals known to mankind –  and I hope you will find it inspirational enough to Pinit or place it on a vision board.

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity,” Voltaire

1.  Gaze

gazing

    “All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.” – John Ruskin

    2.  Repeat throughout the day three things for which you are grateful

    grateful

      “If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled.  If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu

      3.  Find meaning in whatever you are doing

      meaning

        “We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to your sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.” – Earl Nightingale

        4.  Find joy in the moment

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        joy

          “By knowing who you are – your authentic self – you can find joy in the moment. When tuned to this, joy is in every moment.” – Jean Marie DuHamel

          5.  Be present in the moment

          moment

            “Be present in the moment by focusing on something such as breath or a mantra or the task at hand. Become one with the task at hand.” – Jean Marie DuHamel

            6.  Smile

            smile

              “Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.” – Henry Ward Beecher

              7.  Laugh

              laugh

                “Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody out to bathe in it.” – Henry Ward Beecher

                8.  Focus on the heart

                heart

                  “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

                  9.  Inhale and exhale slowly and evenly

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                  exhale

                    “Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” – Krishnamacharya.

                    10.  Play soothing background music

                    music

                      “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us”, – Martin Luther

                      “Dedicating some time to meditation is a meaningful expression of caring for yourself that can help you move through the mire of feeling unworthy of recovery. As your mind grows quieter and more spacious, you can begin to see self-defeating thought patters for what they are, and open up to other, more positive options.” – Sharon Salzberg.

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                      Last Updated on January 25, 2021

                      What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                      What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                      It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                      If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                      What should I do today? No ideas?

                      Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                      Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                      1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                      2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                      3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                      4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                      5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                      6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                      7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                      8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                      9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                      10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                      11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                      12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                      13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                      14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                      15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                      16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                      17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                      18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                      19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                      20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                      21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                      22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                      23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                      24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                      25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                      26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                      27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                      28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                      29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                      30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                      Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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