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    What is QiGong? All about the energy!

    If you have read my article “Is Yoga Meditation: 4 Activities You Never Knew were Meditation” you will know that I have listed QiGong as one of the options for a moving meditation or movement meditation. So, what is QiGong apart from being a movement meditation. What is QiGong? QiGong has been described as an internal process that has external movements. Qi refers to the life force (energy) that powers the body and spirit. The individual can strengthen and balance the flow of chi (qi) within the self. In addition, a practitioner can project his or her chi into a patient to induce a therapeutic effect. The mind is used…

  • Online Retreats in Real Time

    My fingers have been walking I have been combing the internet looking for and researching online retreats.  In particular, I was searching specifically for online retreats for women and men, couples retreats and retreats for everyday life. And even more specifically I was looking for the more traditional meditation/spiritual based online retreats that are focused on deepening concentration, insight, raising our awareness and consciousness and getting in touch with our true self. Really, the conclusion is that many retreats, particularly those that are online are not specifically designed for any of these cohorts, they are suitable for everyone and that’s a great thing.  It’s not divisive and the principles apply whether…

  • Mindfulness Meditation Online Course – Top 5 Affordable Picks Reviewed

    Plain old meditation Vs mindfulness meditation I have to start out here by giving you a little information because I think it will influence how you go about making your choice on a Mindfulness Meditation Online Course. At the very least I hope it will expand your view. It’s always interesting to me when I do my research and see what terms people are googling or searching for. Interestingly, there seems to be a large volume of people asking about mindfulness whether it be what it is, how to do it or wanting information about a mindfulness meditation online course. The reason I find this interesting or the term mindfulness…

  • Is Yoga Meditation? 4 Activities You Never Knew Were Meditation

    When you don’t feel like sitting and have energy to burn Sometimes the idea of sitting down to meditate can be an unpleasant thought and can evoke feelings of resistance or even anxiety.  And, the more we think about it, the more unsettled we can become and the less likely we are to actually sit and meditate or if we do it is very short lived. If you feel like a ball of energy and have a lot of energy to burn, you may not feel as though you can actually sit for any length of time, but would prefer to use some of that energy. So, this can evoke questions…

  • What is Zen Meditation? How to Awaken

    Before I elaborate on “What is Zen Meditation?”, I think its pertinent to explain its origins and its relationship to Buddhism. What is Buddhism? Buddhism can be considered a philosophy, discipline of the mind, a religion and/or a way of life. The Buddhist path is a personal experience of achieving deep and long-lasting happiness by gaining wisdom and a mind free of negative emotions. Meditation is a means of accomplishing this (Venerable Thubten Lhundrup, 2004). Who founded Buddhism? Approximately 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama was born in the foothills of Nepal. At the age of 29, Siddhartha took up the life of an ascetic. After training in meditation for six…

  • Meditation activities for kids – 4 of the best!

    Kids and Meditation – the perfect time is now! Really, meditation activities for kids and the techniques used don’t differ from what an adult would use. The difference of course is that adults may be more inclined to want to do or at least try meditation activities because they may have an awareness that they may need it or that it may help with whatever issue brought them to it. And, the other difference is that we can’t expect children to sit for 30 minutes or an hour from the get go (remember most adults find this extremely difficult too initially). Having said that, in some ways kids have an…

  • Basic meditation techniques for beginners – ‘stop trying’ is the best one of all!

    You may have read my blog Simple meditation techniques for beginners – it doesn’t have to be hard! where I outlined 4 techniques including a guided meditation with quite a bit of detail and explanation. This time, I’m going to list 5 basic meditation techniques for beginners to simplify your meditation experience even more and I have included what I consider to be the best one of all too. 5 Basic Meditation Techniques for Beginners  1.  Lay down or sit Lay down on your back or sit comfortably on a chair or on the floor (use meditation cushions – behind your back, under your bottom or under your feet, a…

  • Simple meditation techniques for beginners – it doesn’t have to be hard!

    Whether you are new to meditating or have been “trying” to meditate for some time, my intention here is to provide you with some simple meditation techniques for beginners from the start to the end of your meditation session. I also want to dispel some of the misunderstandings around meditation (though I will elaborate much more fully in subsequent posts) in order to alleviate some of the resistance that is built up around meditation and that subsequently prevents many from even starting and in some cases continuing. For me, it’s all about ease and I hope to pass this sense of ease on to you so that you are more…