The WISDOM Podcast with Dorothy Zennuriye Juno
PRATYAHARA ~ Awareness of the Senses | The Fifth Limb |  The WISDOM podcast  | S3 E65

PRATYAHARA ~ Awareness of the Senses | The Fifth Limb | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E65

July 24, 2022

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PRATYAHARA ~ Awareness of the Senses ~ 

The Fifth Limb of The Yoga Sutras

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 65

 

~ See without the senses distracting or pulling the mind,  ~

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*Pratyahara is the fifth limb of yoga in the Ashtanga yoga system—also called the eight-limbed path of the yoga sutras—and it serves as a foundation for the practice of meditation.

 

Through meditation, you can better understand how to hone your awareness, connect to the present moment, and find inner peace or calm.

 

In the practice of pratyahara you draw your mind inward ~ you release the urge to immediately react to incoming sensation. You approach stilling the mind by shifting the act of sensing from an external to an internal orientation.

 

Through the practice of pratyahara, you develop concentrative powers that could be called supra ~ above sensory because the act of seeing or feeling becomes heightened to a tremendous degree. It is as though you have new eyes and ears, new senses. You perceive colour more vividly and enjoy your food more, and as you truly wake your senses, you awaken to and value the inner psychological and spiritual dimensions that are the substance and source of what you feel, see, taste, smell and hear.

 

Your attention in the practice of pratyahara is directed inwards, being totally aware of where the impulse to breathe in and breathe out arises. The total awareness of this itself is pratyahara – or drawing one’s attention into and within oneself.

 

 

I liken this to what I call a state of bliss. And yes it is a state of being that you can live in as you practice pratyahara ad as you seek to live this state more of the time – especially during the practice of meditation, mindfulness, inner contemplation, presence in this moment.

 

 

Join me for this beautiful exploration of the fourth limb of the Yoga Sutras ~ PRATYAHARA.

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More WISDOM and resources on The Yoga Sutras:

 

* Yoga Nidra for Deep Healing and Relaxation  [YouTube]

* Yoga Nidra 'Inspired Consciousness'  [YouTube]

 

* How to Breathe Deeply with Pranayama Breathing  [with dorothy]

* Why Taking A Deep Breath Feels Good ~ The Self-Healing Benefits of Deep Breathing: What You Need to Know  [The WISDOM BLOG]

 

* ASANA ~ A State of Being  [Podcast S3 E61]

 

The Niyamas Series

* SAUCHA ~ Purification  [Podcast S3 E49]  * The Niyamas Series: 1/5

* SANTOSHA ~ Contentment  [Podcast S3 E51]  * The Niyamas Series: 2/5

* TAPAS ~ Self-Discipline  [Podcast S3 E53]  * The Niyamas Series: 3/5

* SVADHYAYA ~Self-Study  [Podcast S3 E55]  * The Niyamas Series: 4/5

* ISVARA PRANIDHANA ~ Surrender  [Podcast S3 E57]  * The Niyamas Series: 5/5

 

The Yamas Series

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

 

* The 10 Sacred Habits of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

* The Four Essential Principles of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

 

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

Waiting to Exhale ~ PRANAYAMA | Part 2/2  | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E64

Waiting to Exhale ~ PRANAYAMA | Part 2/2 | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E64

July 19, 2022

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Waiting to Exhale ~ PRANAYAMA

'ask dorothy' | Q & A

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 64

 

Pranayama breathing guides us into the ease of pure existence.  ~

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Do you ever catch yourself holding your breath?  Perhaps in anticipation, in anxiety, in the realization that something is not going as you had hoped?

 

Maybe your hold your breath when you think about what magic lives in store for you and your future - like when you daydream and wish and manifest your heartfelt desires?

 

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word formed by two words. Prana means a subtle life-force / ‘vital energy’ / ‘breath of life’ which gives energy to the mind and body (it is also translated as the substance of the astral world) and ayama which signifies the voluntary effort to expand, lengthen and direct life-force or prana.

Pranayama, therefore, means “extension of life force.”

 

Waiting to exhale is the other side of waiting to enjoy life’s precious moments because you are focused in the end goal rather than the entire journey and what more you seek and learn from the total sum of your experiences.

 

The lessons are the magic. They are the ways in which life avails to us the importance of our path ~ of the miracles that continue ceaselessly all around us and in all moments and with our conviction.

 

What are you waiting for?

 

What are you wishing to change or have or be that seems far reaching and yet perfect for you to discover and experience now? The perfect basis of your beautiful nature lives inside of you. To seek and know it is the essence of life in its truest form.

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More WISDOM and resources on The Yoga Sutras:

 

* PRANAYAMA ~ Extension of Life Force  [The WISDOM Podcast S3 E63]

* How to Breathe Deeply with Pranayama Breathing  [A Pranayama Practice with dorothy]

* Why Taking A Deep Breath Feels Good ~ The Self-Healing Benefits of Deep Breathing: What You Need to Know  [The WISDOM BLOG]

 

* ASANA ~ A State of Being  [Podcast S3 E61]

 

The Niyamas Series

* SAUCHA ~ Purification  [Podcast S3 E49]  * The Niyamas Series: 1/5

* SANTOSHA ~ Contentment  [Podcast S3 E51]  * The Niyamas Series: 2/5

* TAPAS ~ Self-Discipline  [Podcast S3 E53]  * The Niyamas Series: 3/5

* SVADHYAYA ~Self-Study  [Podcast S3 E55]  * The Niyamas Series: 4/5

* ISVARA PRANIDHANA ~ Surrender  [Podcast S3 E57]  * The Niyamas Series: 5/5

 

The Yamas Series

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

 

* The 10 Sacred Habits of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

* The Four Essential Principles of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

 

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

PRANAYAMA ~ Extension of Life Force  | The Fourth Limb | Part 1/2 |  The WISDOM podcast | S3 E63

PRANAYAMA ~ Extension of Life Force | The Fourth Limb | Part 1/2 | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E63

July 19, 2022

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PRANAYAMA ~ Extension of Life Force ~ 

The Fourth Limb of The Yoga Sutras   Part 1/2

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 63

 

Pranayama breathing guides us into the ease of pure existence.  ~

💜

 

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word formed by two words. Prana means a subtle life-force / ‘vital energy’ / ‘breath of life’ which gives energy to the mind and body (it is also translated as the substance of the astral world) and ayama which signifies the voluntary effort to expand, lengthen and direct life-force or prana.

Pranayama, therefore, means “extension of life force.”

 

Pranayama is essentially a process by which prana is controlled by regulating the breathing voluntarily. It involves a temporary pause or interval in the movement of breath.

The practice of pranayama according to the sutras helps in transforming the total personality by clearing mental obstructions, purifying the subtle channels (nadis) with prana flow, awakening dormant vital forces in the body, focusing attention, developing concentration and improving overall health and vitality.

 

Pranayama aims primarily at controlling the mind and suspending the mental activity and ego-consciousness in order to bring about a still mind. When the mind still and the breathing calm, the inner light of the true self shines radiantly.

 

The light of the self is always pure even though it is affected by the filters of the mind. When the filters (belief systems, mindset, thought, biases) are removed – as it is a state of pure awareness – there is only one pure light ~ the true self.

 

Join me for this beautiful exploration of the fourth limb of the Yoga Sutras ~ PRANAYAMA.

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More WISDOM and resources on The Yoga Sutras:

 

 

* How to Breathe Deeply with Pranayama Breathing  [A Pranayama Practice with dorothy]

* Why Taking A Deep Breath Feels Good ~ The Self-Healing Benefits of Deep Breathing: What You Need to Know  [The WISDOM BLOG]

 

* ASANA ~ A State of Being  [Podcast S3 E61]

 

The Niyamas Series

* SAUCHA ~ Purification  [Podcast S3 E49]  * The Niyamas Series: 1/5

* SANTOSHA ~ Contentment  [Podcast S3 E51]  * The Niyamas Series: 2/5

* TAPAS ~ Self-Discipline  [Podcast S3 E53]  * The Niyamas Series: 3/5

* SVADHYAYA ~Self-Study  [Podcast S3 E55]  * The Niyamas Series: 4/5

* ISVARA PRANIDHANA ~ Surrender  [Podcast S3 E57]  * The Niyamas Series: 5/5

 

The Yamas Series

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

 

* The 10 Sacred Habits of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

* The Four Essential Principles of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

 

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

Shedding The Inauthentic Self: An Experience Into Wholeness | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E37

Shedding The Inauthentic Self: An Experience Into Wholeness | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E37

April 17, 2022

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Shedding The Inauthentic Self

An Experience Into Wholeness

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 37

 

~ The inauthentic parts of you are those parts that you are not happy with. ~

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Timestamps:

A Mantra:  0-1:56 |  Podcast Theme Intro:  1:57 |  The Inauthentic Parts Defined:  3:24 | How to Feel Whole and Complete:  5:41 | Reclaim All of Who You Truly Are ~ A Visualization Experience:  6:46 | Podcast Theme Outro:  23:14

 

This episode begins with a mantra to help you begin the energetic release of the aspects of you that you no longer wish to be ~ as you reclaim your wholeness with the behaviors, attitude, and beliefs that best represent your highest self.

Here we do some very cool shape-shifting towards living whole and of your authentic self.  

It’s time to break free from what aspects of yourself are inauthentic ~ that is ~ what has never served you.

 

We learn so much from the external world that does not serve who we truly are and all that we desire to be.

 

What traits, behaviours, mindset is not wholly kind and loving is also not authentic.

 

As humans we all experience moments when we are living out of our dark side ~ the inauthentic part of our self, largely ingrained with the ego’s need to be right, to be in competition with or better than another – and the desire to find approval and importance when really you already have everything you need to be monumental in your life ~ and true to your highest good.

 

“Release what you will no longer be – the antithesis of something is something better.”

 

Shedding the inauthentic self is releasing what is not wanted. This is replaced with a return to embracing what you truly are at your core. The new behaviours, mindset, thoughts, and actions all contribute to feeling whole and complete ~ as you are.

 

In releasing the cycles of your past, you are free to live whole ~ and true to yourself ~ all that is built upon what you are ~ that is pure goodness, grace, kindness, love, inspired to create and to thrive, and the ability to appreciate all of life’s beautiful moments in the present.

 

 

 

If you would like my help in your journey of living authentic, please reach out to me.  namaste! 🙏

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More Self-Authenticity...

* The Three Secrets of Manifesting  [Podcast Episode S1 E8]

* The Power of Self-Honesty: How Honest Are You Willing to Be?  [Podcast Episode S3 E13]

* How Do I Become Whole?  [Podcast Episode S2 E56]

* Forgiveness IS F R E E D O M  [Podcast Episode S3 E35]

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Meditation of LOVE and LIGHT | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E23

A Meditation of LOVE and LIGHT | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E23

February 20, 2022

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A Meditation of LOVE and LIGHT

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 23

~ Trust in the wisdom of your innermost dwelling self.  This is the part of you that lives awakened and of your light in the material world. ~

 

Have you ever wondered what the words 'love and light' symbolize?  What is this salutation and greeting and how can these three simple words be the guiding metaphor for you and for each one of us, to free ourselves from the conditions that hold us back from being our true self?  

 

Here and through the experience of guided meditation, embracing all religions and spiritual beliefs, let my words in this contemplative prose help you to discover your inner light and the love that you already are - to be and live in the world.

 

Love and light are the reminders of what your heart expresses in openness, in care, in love and in gratitude.  It is what you exist as now and also what you aspire to.

 

In love and light you hold the space for yourself to exist.  It is both a mantra and a reminder of how each one of us can walk through life in the pureness and grace of what we are.

 

You are love.  You are the energy of love and pure light.  If you see yourself as this; if you continue to remember that this is what you are, then you will feel at peace - comforted by your own choice to live as your light and of the playful ways that you are of love.

 

Now more than ever we thrive in our humanity; in the power of our word and our actions to live honorably - to be self-accountable and to always do the right thing.

 

In some of the episodes of The WISDOM podcast, I've previously included guided meditation because this is one important means of connecting with your highest self; to experience the energy of your heart, the energy of your being, to exist for a time as the nonphysical - to be aware of what you are beyond your mind and body and to also feel the peace and calm that exists within you.

 

I share this meditation of love and light.  It's the first in a very special series of eight of which each meditation guides you on a journey deep within yourself and to witness the inner world of peace and tranquility, of love and kindness, of grace and the true power that we all hold when we live from this place. 

 

Let your own life be guided by the presence of love and light.  Let these words be your mantra for how you approach and live in all situations and of great dignity.

 

In the comments, I'd love to hear from you as to what you experienced during and after this heart opening meditation.  It's a contemplate experience that awakens you to live as your nonphysical self - expansive and free.  

 

Please settle into a comfortable posture and give this time and space to your whole being for the reminder of what you are and the gift of how to live of love and light now and always.  

 

 

If you would like my help to feel the love and light that you are capable of living and feeling,  please reach out to me.  namaste! 🙏

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, please reach out to me:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More  l o v e  and  w i s d o m:

* How to Live As Love  [YouTube Video]

* The Kindness Challenge [Read The WISDOM BLOG post here]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1]

* This Is A Self-Love Movement  [YouTube Video]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Do You Let Love In? How to Feel Deserving of Love  [Podcast Episode]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

The Birth of Meditation In Your Life | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E16

The Birth of Meditation In Your Life | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E16

January 23, 2022

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The Birth of Meditation in Your Life.

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 16

- Your inner sanctuary is what builds and sustains your outer life. -

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“Let’s make it official! You’ve just up levelled your meditation experience with me!”

 

If you’ve been listening to the podcast you know that I cover topics of spiritual and practical wisdom. This podcast is a medium for me to share with you what we might discuss in a client session of therapy and coaching, and what may be a recommendation for a new meditation for you to try...

 

I’ve also dedicated some episodes just for that – to share a meditation that is meant to evoke the space and the guidance to help you experience quiet moments and moments that are not so quiet because now you are hearing everything that was silenced before.

 

Meditation opens you to listen more deeply; to the world within. Meditation allows you to calibrate your inner world with the perceptions you live in the world around you. This means that the inner peace that you hold becomes the peace that you live; and in all of your encounters with others.

 

Meditation is to listen to the space that you exist in; your physical environment – the kids playing downstairs, the neighbour's dog barking as someone walks by on the street; the ambient music playing in the background, the furnace that just turned off. Maybe you have observed your brain – noticing what feels like neurons firing up; you can literally feel yourself awakening to your full cognitive functioning.

 

It could be the coffee but nonetheless, you are present to it; perceptive in ways that you have not noticed before.

 

So are you ready? Let's dive into together - let's birth this!  Your free form meditation practice experience of 5 minutes is about to ease you into one of the most incredible states of being.

 

This is your first step. Whether right now with me or after you listen to the rest of this audio, let’s together witness the space and time of now for five minutes. Begin here because in five minutes your whole life can change.

 

 

If you would like to experience other guided meditation with me, you must check out The Wisdom Archives: a digital sanctuary of guided meditations, mindfulness musings, spiritual teachings, and best practices for your mental wellness.  Enjoy the free content here and then subscribe.  Your monthly membership is your access to everything here!  New content is added weekly!  Namaste! 🙏

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, please reach out to me:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More  m e d i t a t i o n  and  l o v e:

* How to Live As Love  [YouTube Video]

* The Kindness Challenge [Read The WISDOM BLOG post here]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1]

* This Is A Self-Love Movement  [YouTube Video]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Do You Let Love In? How to Feel Deserving of Love  [Podcast Episode]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE AS LOVE. Do These 3 Things. | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E12

LIVE AS LOVE. Do These 3 Things. | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E12

January 9, 2022

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LIVE AS LOVE. Do These 3 Things

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 12

- a heartfelt plan if you looking to reconnect with yourself, and as you grow along your spiritual path -

 

These three best practices are to help you begin each day in balance and on the right footing; to shift your perspective and to focus yourself on what is most important.

The beauty of each best practice whether used in conjunction with one another or unto themselves and as their inherent power will return you to your divine state – each and every time you embody these.

 

If you’ve been wondering how you can bring more joy, more love, more light into your life, these three best practices are the way in which you open yourself to the god source.

You open yourself to live as the divine; as the energy of pure and unconditional love; as you hold deliberate intention and as you open your heart to this.

 

All of us are on a spiritual path. When you merge your physical reality with your experience as a spiritual being, you embrace the wisdom of the love you hold in your heart as a metaphor for how you live.

 

Embody the practice of living as love.

 

Allow the energy of the divine – your soul consciousness – to open you to love and to being love.

 

And if you would like my help as you navigate this new year in your life; to find and reach your greatness, your goals, your personal triumphs.... please reach out to me.  namaste! 🙏

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, please reach out to me:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More  l o v e  and  w i s d o m:

* How to Live As Love  [YouTube Video]

* The Kindness Challenge [Read The WISDOM BLOG post here]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1]

* This Is A Self-Love Movement  [YouTube Video]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Do You Let Love In? How to Feel Deserving of Love  [Podcast Episode]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N C E  | The WISDOM podcast  | S2 Bonus Episode 3

P R E S E N C E | The WISDOM podcast | S2 Bonus Episode 3

August 22, 2021

p r e s e n c e

The WISDOM podcast  S2  Bonus Episode 3

 

Here I offer the ways in which to think about presence during meditation and how to live in a state of presence in the moments of your life.

Presence teaches you how to willfully enjoy life’s moments, how to allow them in; to accept what they have to offer; to flourish in the experience of them, and to trust that everything by means of each singular moment is meaningful; each moment is significant.

 

When you practice presence, you become attuned to what is around you. You become more aware of the inward dwelling space of your inner being; and what allows you to witness yourself – your true nature – as the purest aspect of what you are.

 

Try this simple practice of presence for a moment with me. Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing. Soften into what you feel. Notice your heartbeat beneath the hand that you gently hold unto your heart center.

 

Presence is about joining in the moments of your life as they are already unfolding; and riding the wave of each moment; being one with them.

It is in this way that the practice of presence opens you. It draws you into the richness of the life you are living; and for seeing and experiencing more.

 

Sending you great love....

💜

Namaste🙏

 

More Spiritual Love, More P R E S E N C E...

Watch the Video: The New Consciousness

The Spiritual Practice of  p r e s e n c e  [ The WISDOM podcast S2 E23]

The Practice of P R E S E N C E  [The WISDOM BLOG]

The Ultimate Self-Love Toolkit

Visit The School of WISDOM here

Check out my Free Online Course: The Four Essential Principles of Meditation

 

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The Four Essential Principles of Meditation - Part Four: PURPOSE  |  The WISDOM podcast  S2 E68

The Four Essential Principles of Meditation - Part Four: PURPOSE | The WISDOM podcast  S2 E68

May 2, 2021

The Four Essential Principles of Meditation

Part Four:  P U R P O S E

The WISDOM podcast  Season 2  Episode 68

 

Here we are. This episode rounds out this very special ‘how to’ meditation series of the four essential principles of meditation.

 

These are the foundational elements that will guide you in a successful practice of meditation and these are also the four elements that will lead you into the most beautiful experiences of your life.

 

If you’ve struggled with how to meditate; how to build a sustainable practice and a beautiful ritual; if you would like to have further gentle guidance that affirms the benefits of meditation and how it helps you in other areas of your life; “these principles are the path and the tools to your holy grail.” They are the masterful, integral elements to guide and support you as you begin your practice or nourish an existing one.

 

Meditation is something that teaches us how to go within to feel comfort and peace, to reclaim the path home – and into our self; and to quiet the thoughts that stir and rouse; that keep us distracted and far removed from accessing our inner state of calm and Zen - and meditation is one path into your inner wisdom, and the truth that lives within you.

 

Here in this fourth and final part of the essential principles of meditation, we examine the principle of purpose. As you listen on, consider how this final element is the beautiful accompaniment to the other three principles: that of presence, allowing and will; since purpose is what identifies and ignites the importance for why you choose to meditate; why you develop faith in its cumulative benefit – even if “nothing” seems to be happening at the surface – just yet; and how you witness the greater meaning and purpose of your practice beyond what you experience during meditation itself.

 

So let’s dive into this fourth principle and its true potential for supporting a beautiful practice and the approach that you bring to all of life. 💜

 

 

Resources

* Reclaim Your Life: The Path to Living Awakened  [Podcast Episode] 

* This Is Your Calm: Breath Meditation  [Guided Meditation]

* Why Taking A Deep Breath Feels Good: What You Need To Know  [The WISDOM Blog]

* The School of WISDOM [Online Courses, Workshops, Trainings]

* The Wisdom Archives [Meditation Library]

* The School of WISDOM  [Get the FREE Course here!]

Video 4 - P U R P O S E

 

 

 

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The Four Essential Principles of Meditation - Part Three: WILL  | The WISDOM podcast  | S2 E66

The Four Essential Principles of Meditation - Part Three: WILL | The WISDOM podcast | S2 E66

April 25, 2021

The Four Essential Principles of Meditation

Part Three:  W I L L

The WISDOM podcast  Season 2  Episode 66

 

In this episode we dive in to part three of a four-part series of the essential principles of meditation.

 

Whether you meditate daily or every once in awhile; whether you are looking to return to a regular practice that you once cultivated, or deepen the experiences you have, you shall as you embrace each of these four principles, have all that you need to witness and know one of the most experiences of life.

Let these four essential principles be the pillars of your experience, both in meditation and also what you live in daily life for each of these will serve you in the best possible way; to live awake, to be present to the moments of life that exist for you; and to witness using all of your senses.

 

This third essential principle is so very important for your practice. It sets the tone for what you will experience without pressure or expectation. Will guides the mind and the heart. It is a powerful representation of how you manifest and co-create your life and it offers much abundance to the experience that you will have during meditation.

 

W I L L is the language of your heart’s desire; of decisions that you make to guide and support you through all things. W I L L is the resolve you hold to see something of value and importance through to completion. It is will that ensures your success beyond intention for will is the dedication and pursuit that is needed to take an idea, a desire, an intention and to transform this into the physical material reality that you live.

 

Let W I L L be a demonstration of your inner peace; your desires revealed with love and for the betterment of your life.

 

 

 

Resources

* Reclaim Your Life: The Path to Living Awakened  [Podcast Episode] 

* The Six Secrets to Manifest Your Miracles  [Podcast Episode]

* 'I AM': A Manifesting Mantra to Begin Each Day With Love and Gratitude  [YouTube Video]

* Peace Unto Me: A Reflective Contemplative Meditation [Guided Meditation]

* The Wisdom Archives [Meditation Library]

The School of WISDOM  [Get the FREE Course here!]

* Video 3 - W I L L

 

 

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love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, please reach out to me:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

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Accompanying Music: Eternell, 'Cove' (Underwater)

 

 

 

The Four Essential Principles of Meditation - Part Two: ALLOWING  | The WISDOM podcast  | S2 E64

The Four Essential Principles of Meditation - Part Two: ALLOWING | The WISDOM podcast | S2 E64

April 18, 2021

The Four Essential Principles of Meditation

Part Two:  A L L O W I N G

The WISDOM podcast  Season 2  Episode 64

 

In this episode we dive in to part two of a four-part series of the essential principles of meditation.

 

Whether you meditate daily or every once in awhile; whether you are looking to return to a regular practice that you once cultivated, or deepen the experiences you have, you shall as you embrace each of these four principles, have all that you need to witness and know one of the most experiences of life.

Let these four essential principles be the pillars of your experience, both in meditation and also what you live in daily life for each of these will serve you in the best possible way; to live awake, to be present to the moments of life that exist for you; and to witness using all of your senses.

 

Here in part two, we dive into allowing and the true benefit of being receptive; to be inclusive of your experiences - both in meditation and in all of life.

 

In meditation, allowing is the open awareness of all that you observe and witness in the absence of judgment. You can witness something and accept that it is already here in the physical world – unchangeable – and you can choose in the very next moment what you will bring into your life through your deliberate actions and the holding of presence as you focus inward; perhaps unto your heart center or your breath. Out of the present moment you observe yourself in calm – in now.

 

The principle of allowing teaches you to be inclusive; and to accept what you witness. The choices you make out of this moment empower you; to continue to observe; to learn, to seek greater understanding as when you may wish to sit with what emotions you are experiencing for a time and to take right action towards what is desired.

 

The teaching of this principle helps you to develop your ability to witness first; and then out of the ability to allow your experience you may then be guided out of this knowledge to choose based on what is right and best for you.

 

 

 

 

Resources

* Freedom to Love: A Prose Meditation [Guided Meditation]

* A Breath Meditation for Healing Pain [Guided Meditation]

* Finding Joy: A Prose Meditation [Guided Meditation]

* Peace Unto Me: A Reflective Contemplative Meditation [Guided Meditation]

* The Wisdom Archives [Meditation Library]

* The School of WISDOM [Get the FREE Course here!]

* Video 2 - A L L O W I N G

 

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, please reach out to me:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

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Accompanying Music: Eternell, 'Birth of an Ocean'

 

 

 

The Four Essential Principles of Meditation - Part One: PRESENCE  | The WISDOM podcast  | S2 E62

The Four Essential Principles of Meditation - Part One: PRESENCE | The WISDOM podcast | S2 E62

April 11, 2021

The Four Essential Principles of Meditation

Part One:  P R E S E N C E

The WISDOM podcast  Season 2  Episode 62

 

Meditation is the art of deliberate focus and attention unto a single point or object. There are different ways that you can meditate.

 

To meditate is to live in the knowledge and grace of what is here before you; to witness “what is” – in this moment. In the present moment you witness a state of inner peace and calm that is always present within you; and that which you may attune to both during meditation and in other moments of your life. One of the benefits of a regular practice is to more easily return to and live in the inner calm that exists within you.

 

This is the first of a four-part series designed to help you begin a 10-15 minute self-directed practice that you can lead yourself through with confidence. These four foundational principles are also helpful to inspire your existing practice, and to build further on the skills that you already have.

 

The first of four essential principles of meditation is that of PRESENCE.

 

Presence is: the idea of attention and mindful awareness to what you observe here and in each moment

This means to notice when you are thinking about the past or future so you may actively return your attention to here... and now.

 

When you live in the presence of this moment; and for each moment – as the only moment that is truly important; and in which you are able to effect change; to choose; to take thoughtful and deliberate actions, to feel; to witness life unfolding and to imagine in the present what is desired of the future. There is no other moment in which to live from.

 

Resources
* Why Taking A Deep Breath Feels Good  [The WISDOM BLOG Post]

* The Five Best '5-Minute' Mindfulness and Meditation Life Hacks [Podcast Episode]

* To Live In The Present Moment + Guided Meditation [Podcast Episode]

* The School of WISDOM  [Get the Free Course here!]

* Video 1 - P R E S E N C E

 

Guided Meditations for the practice of p r e s e n c e

Point of Light

Breath as the Sacred Moment of Wonder

Mindful Presence

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, please reach out to me:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

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The Five Best ‘5-Minute’ Mindfulness and Meditation Life Hacks | The WISDOM podcast | Season 1 Episode 15

The Five Best ‘5-Minute’ Mindfulness and Meditation Life Hacks | The WISDOM podcast | Season 1 Episode 15

February 2, 2020

 

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The Five Best '5-Minute' Mindfulness and Meditation Life Hacks

The WISDOM podcast  Season 1  Episode 15

with Dorothy Ratusny

 

TIMESTAMPS:

Podcast Intro:  0-2:10  |   The Science of Meditation and Mindfulness: 2:11 |  Meditation is... 4:52  | Meditation is... not:  5:22  |  One Benefit of Meditation: 6:21 |  The Satipatthana Sutta... 9:22  |  The 1st Best Life Hack for Your 5-Minute Mindfulness and Meditation Practice:  11:56   |  The Science and Rationale for Life Hack #1:  13:35  |  My Client Laura's 5-Minute 'door closed' Mindfulness Break:  14:32  |  Your 5-Minute sessions of Mindfulness and Meditation will Bring You Calm:  15:31  |  The 2nd Best Life Hack for Your 5-Minute Mindfulness and Meditation Practice:  17:13  |  The Science and Rationale for Life Hack #2:  17:55  |  The 3rd Best Life Hack for Your 5-Minute Mindfulness and Meditation Practice:  18:56  |  The Science and Rationale for Life Hack #3:  20:44  | The 4th Best Life Hack for Your 5-Minute Mindfulness and Meditation Practice:  21:30  |  The Science and Rationale for Life Hack #4: 23:25  The 5th Best Life Hack for Your 5-Minute Mindfulness and Meditation Practice:  24:28 |  The Science and Rationale for Life Hack #5:  25:02  |  Meditation and Mindfulness Resources (my gifts to you):  26:27  | Next Week's Episode Sneak Preview!  27:58  | Podcast Outro:  29:35

 

The science of Meditation and Mindfulness reveal how effective a short 5-minute practice can be for controlling anxiety and reducing one’s perception of what is stressful, for feeling relief and comfort, for reclaiming presence, for focusing the mind and lengthening attention span, for positive emotional health and enhanced self-awareness; and for gaining a different or more accurate perspective. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons why people practice meditation and mindfulness.

TRUTH SERUM:  Mindfulness allows you to appreciate life for its singular moments and for the act of being in the present.  Meditation is the act of focusing your attention - your awareness - onto a single object (or a process such as your breathing) in this moment as both an experience and a process of being mindful.  These two practices are interchangeable; and they become a new way of experiencing life as you live it - in each moment.

A-HA MOMENTS:  Every moment is precious.  What is most important is what you choose because this is reflected in how you feel and what you do.  The real purpose of mindfulness and meditation is to have a practice and a way of life - in which you experience the present moment - fully

PRACTICAL WISDOM: Meditation may be formal or informal.  Informal meditation is mindfulness.  There are different practices of formal meditation based on different philosophies and customary rituals; the common element of which is sitting or lying in a comfortable posture while attending to one's awareness; and to focus the mind typically onto a single point or object; returning the mind to this point each time that it may wander.  Meditation becomes a practice of observing the present moment and training the mind to focus where you choose to place attention.

 

Especially if you are new to these practices or if you are wishing to develop a habit of mindfulness and meditation as a regular part of your life; these 5-minute life hacks will enrich your present moment experiences, offer insight, enhanced awareness - and build the habit of holding presence - in each moment that you choose this.

"Living attentive to the moment-by-moment experiences of life unfolding allows you greater control of what you are living - here and now."

- dorothy ratusny

Every moment is precious.  What is most important is what you choose because this is reflected in how you feel and what you do.  The real purpose of mindfulness and meditation is to have a practice and a way of life - in which you experience the present moment - fully.  Remember that each conscious breath that you attend to fully - is a mindful momentMindfulness allows for a greater appreciation of 'what is'; of awareness and attention to life's abundance and simple pleasures; to being discerning of aspects of yourself such as your breath, your mood state, and the thoughts that you hold; your posture and other self care practices that nourish the self.

 

Further, when you experience several mindful moments linked together; for example, your attention focused on an object of your choosing (a candle flame, a cloud formation in the sky, gently moving) or an experience of conscious breathing – these become a source of brief meditation – “The conscious deliberate act of holding attention onto a particular point of focus.”  When you notice when your mind wanders from where you have placed your focus and as you are able to return your attention at will, this 5-minute mindfulness practice becomes an example of formal, artful meditation

Meditation is not the absolute holding of attention without disruption but rather the practice of focused attention and awareness by choice.  You choose a point of deliberate focus in which to hold attention onto, but you also recognize that your mind will move from this focus.  This is the habit of the mind; to attend to new thoughts and to be distracted onto thinking of the past and future.  Your awareness of this becomes your cue for resuming your focus; for placing your attention onto something new.  The idea of meditation is that you direct your mind deliberately where you wish to hold attention and to simply observe what you notice in doing so. 

One benefit of meditation is to develop the practice of focusing your mind; to improve your ability to hold attention where you have chosen and for as long as you choose.  Meditation reminds you that you choose what you think about and how you direct your mind to think.  This is also from where we explore the idea of being rather than doing.

 

Mindfulness allows you to appreciate life for its singular moments and for the act of being in the present.  Meditation is the act of focusing your attention - your awareness - onto a single object (or a process such as your breathing) in this moment as both an experience and a process of being mindful.  These two practices are interchangeable; and they become a new way of experiencing life as you live it - in each moment. 

Two questions that you may wish to ask yourself to assist in your experience of both mindfulness and meditationAm I being mindful? and What can I choose to meditate upon?  When you ask these questions of yourself daily, it will make the difference between living far more of your life, aware and awake.

 

Just before we dive in to this list, I'd like to reiterate what mindfulness and meditation is.  Mindfulness is: present moment awareness.  It is bringing an attitude of curiosity and observation to what you notice.  Mindfulness is what allows you to experience the present moment, and to live each moment fully in the experience of it; as it is - and not preoccupied or distracted by the thoughts in your mind.  This allows you to enjoy life even more. The benefit to living more of your life with mindfulness and present moment awareness is a richer experience; presence in observing what 'is' - being an active participant in your life, and being privy and aware of more because you are fully attentive.

  • In the Satipatthana Sutta which is one of the most celebrated and widely studied discourses in the Pāli Canon of Theravada Buddhism, acting as the foundation for contemporary vipassana meditational practice, the Buddha's use of the word sati means 'attention' in exactly the way that a modern cognitive therapist would describe the word.  Sati is the conscious perception and evaluation of something; such as discriminating right from wrong.  In the Suttasati  is linked to the word atapi which means 'strong intention'; and which implies purpose and goal-directed behaviour.  So when we think about modern day mindfulness, and if we want to consider its true roots and meaning; mindfulness is the ability to hold attention purposefully, to help us make right decisions and to be attentive and aware in our lives. 

 

Meditation may be formal or informal.  Informal meditation is mindfulness.  There are different practices of formal meditation based on different philosophies and customary rituals; the common element of which is sitting or lying in a comfortable posture while attending to one's awareness; and to focus the mind typically onto a single point or object; returning the mind to this point each time that it may wander.  Meditation becomes a practice of observing the present moment and training the mind to focus where you choose to place attention.

 

"You choose your reality based on what you decide to think about and what beliefs you hold.  This makes life an ever consistent source of co-creating."  - dorothy ratusny

 

As we go through this list, perhaps it will inspire for you the simplicity of these practices and for how each offers much in revealing how life can be a series of moments; many of which are sacred and special because of your awareness of them.

 

Let’s look at the list:

Here Are The Five Best Life Hacks for Having a 5-Minute Mindfulness and Meditation Practice.

1.  The 1st Best life hack is to create space in your day for 5 minutes of Mindfulness and Meditation and commit yourself to this

When does it feel most helpful to take some deep conscious breaths or to close your eyes for 5 minutes and practice formal meditation? When would you most benefit from a mindful presence - of being deliberately attentive to what you notice and are aware of.  When would be the best time for meditation - in which you sit or lie comfortably for 5 minutes or longer holding awareness and attention onto a point of focus; or being guided through a meditation practice?

At first you may wish to set reminders in your phone that guide and direct you to this. When your alarm indicates it is time for a 5-minute practice perhaps this will be something that you look forward to as a healthy reprieve and a means of bringing your focus into the present.

Here is the science and the strategy for this life hack:  Making mindfulness and meditation a habit happens when you deliberately build it into your daily routine.  It's most helpful if you can schedule: (1) the optimal time(s) of day for these practices and (2) Your 5 minutes of mindfulness and meditation act as helpful impromptu strategies often when you need it most - to decompress, to feel calm and centred in your body in the present, or to relieve an unpleasant feeling or mood state; and to improve cognitive focus. Just remember that all you need is 5 minutes and without expectations.  Rather, allow yourself to take in the full experience and whatever it offers you.

One of my clients - a busy family lawyer - closes her office door at the same time each day.  At first, Laura hung a sign on her door to let her associates and support staff know that she was meditating.  After a time, her colleagues came to expect that her door would be closed at 3 pm each day.  Laura began to receive positive feedback, as others noticed that she was calmer and seemed happier after her daily meditation session each afternoon.  Laura noticed that her focus was better when she resumed her work after brief sessions of mindfulness meditation (Current research also supports this). And it wasn’t long before her 5-minute practice became a 15-minute ritual that was her self-ascribed daily dose of calm and perspective that she has found most enjoyable.

Your 5-minute (and sometimes longer) sessions of mindfulness and meditation will bring you calm and relief.  It will help re-frame you perspective - especially if you live a busy and often 'stress-filled' life.  If you want to experience the greatest benefits of mindfulness and meditation, commit to a 5-minute regular practice that you carve out time for each day.  Set a daily reminder in your phone so that you can pause whatever you are doing for this practice.  Like Laura, who managed on most days to commit to her 3 pm alarm when it sounded - it became something she looked forward to and it did wonders for her mental and emotional well-being.

Scheduling a 5-minute practice at different times throughout your day offers you a simple reprieve; a chance to focus inward; and to take in your surroundings with greater awareness.  There is nothing that you need to do further.  Mindfulness and meditation are not tasks that you can accomplish, but rather they are ways of being; of having awareness and presence of living fully of this moment. 

Your 5-minute meditation and mindfulness practice becomes a regular part of each day (and your life) when you make the commitment to yourself for this.

 

2. The 2nd Best 5-Minute Mindfulness and Meditation life hack is this: When you feel anxious, stop and breathe.  See if you can pull yourself out of whatever you are doing for 5 minutes and be attentive to your breath, to soothing yourself with your breathing.  This becomes a habit more easily as you remind yourself that a 5-minute mindfulness or informal meditation practice is a way to reset; to gain perspective; and to have a reprieve from what thoughts were the source of your stress.

The science and rationale behind this strategy is this:  In your 5-minute practice of mindfulness or meditation, the idea is to be aware and attentive in this moment.  The purpose of meditation and mindfulness is not to halt your thoughts or keep your mind strictly focused.  Rather, it's about holding presence to your experience.  Holding attention unto your breath is quite likely the simplest way to bring your attention fully into the present moment; as you breathe holding your focus onto your breath and observe what sensations you witness as you experience yourself breathing. It will serve you well to have more than one 5-minute mindfulness break each day; and to stop for a moment and be mindful whenever you feel overwhelmed or any other challenging emotion.

 

3.  A 3rd Best life hack for developing a regular 5-Minute Mindfulness and Meditation practice is to choose an activity that you do regularly; such as eating, exercise, walking, taking public transportation or as you commute to work - and practice mindfulness of this specific activity for 5 minutes each day for a week.  In fact, if you wanted to ensure that your mindfulness practice becomes a life long habit, you can continue in the practice of mindfulness of a particular activity and to observe what is noticed for a minimum of 2 months (actually 66 days to be exact) because that is what the research has suggested that this is the amount of time that is needed to develop a longstanding habit. Practising mindfulness of the everyday experiences and activities of life will help you to apply this practice as a way of being.

You may choose a different activity each day to be mindful of, in order to contemplate what it means to have greater awareness.  Notice how your mindfulness practice of this activity makes it richer, more intensely beautiful, and how you may feel as you are fully engaged in what you are doing, thinking, and experiencing.  For example, if you bring awareness - mindfulness - to your workout at the gym, are you more deliberate and focused in what you are doing? Do you notice your muscles working and how this feels?  Are you less distracted in those 5 minutes of mindfulness?

The science and rationale of this strategy:  Your present moment awareness of an activity allows you to notice and learn more; it means that you are more attentive to yourself and your surroundings which allows for heightened feedback about this experience.  Notice how your mindfulness practice of an activity allows for a more enjoyable experience of it; and with purposeful results.  You may find yourself choosing to be mindful in more ways throughout your day. Notice as you do so what happens.

 

4.  A 4th Best life hack for your 5-Minute Mindfulness and Meditation practice is to train yourself to live mindfully by asking questions that will raise your consciousness.  Ask yourself the questions: "What do I need in this moment?" and "What would allow me to feel happiness now?" and then just pause, sitting in the space of silence as your answers come from within you, rising up to the surface to meet your question. Your answers lend to a mindfulness practice that directs your attention inward; to assess your needs and allow you to make informed choices in the moment so that you may best provide yourself with what you need.  You may feel depleted in your inner resources if you are always giving to others; but also if you focus on productivity and achievement at the expense of replenishing your self.  Practice asking questions to become mindful and to formally meditate upon, as a way of introducing calm and relaxation, self-care and greater well-being.  Discover what simple and often nourishing solutions you can give yourself because of your mindful awareness and in being reflective upon what is needed. I’ll leave a link here to a pdf that you can download for a set of questions that you can post where you can remind yourself of how specific questions can stir your awareness and open you to being awake and aware and in the present moment.

The science and rationale behind this strategy: When you ask yourself: "What do I need in this moment?" or "What would allow me to feel happiness now?" These questions unto themselves become the focus for your formal 5-minute meditation.  This will allow answers to surface that come from a deeper source within you and which reveal what is right and best for you in this moment.  The asking of your highest self can become a practice that you engage in often - particularly when you wish to solve a problem, for changing how you feel, for feeling comfort and support, and nourishing your being.

 

5.  Finally, a 5th Best way to Enjoy Your 5-Minute daily practice of Mindfulness and Meditation is to listen to a mindfulness led practice or guided formal meditation.  Whether you are new to mindfulness and meditation or an experienced guru, listening to others guide you in your practice will be helpful to engage your attention; as you focus on their words and instructions and as it is a helpful way to learn new ideas for your practice.

The science and rationale behind this strategy:  Allowing yourself to be guided through a 5-minute (or longer) meditation or mindfulness practice keeps things new and creative; it also gives you more experience; and you will always be learning more.

Many of the meditation apps offer free trial memberships, and unlocked free content.  Purchasing a subscription is a great way to take advantage of all of the content that they offer.  Having guidance in your practice helps you to feel encouraged in what you are learning and it is helpful to be exposed to different kinds of meditations and mindfulness practices which grow your confidence and ability Some of the most popular meditation and mindfulness apps are:  Insight Timer, Aura, Calm, and Headspace; and of course there is an unlimited library of meditation and mindfulness practices free on YouTube.  You may also find free mindfulness and meditation content on my website by visiting the Wisdom Archives.

 

Your ‘gifted’ and most special.... Meditation and Mindfulness Resources:

Why Taking A Deep Breath Feels Good: The Self-Healing Benefits of Deep Breathing

Your First Meditation With Me

In the Present Moment ...is Your Most Beautiful Life

 

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

 

 

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Accompanying Music: Eternell, 'Isla Nocturna' 'Shrine (30min)' and 'Exaltation' from the Album - "Illuvia"

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, Pavel Kirpikau for your incredible help!

 

 

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