The Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation

How does the Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation Work?

Today I would like to share with you a meditation that I often use to center my self, by balancing my thoughts and emotions. This is done so that we can see more clearly with and without our vision. To begin, close your eyes and take a few slow deep breath’s in and then out…in and then out. Relax. Breathe in deeply once more from the pit of your stomach, hold for a few seconds, and as you breath out open your eyes. Now you are reflecting on your surroundings with your eyes open and aware of all that is going on around you. Simply observe without judgement. We recommend 30 seconds to 3 minutes of eyes open reflection, however you can do this part of the meditation for as long as you see necessary.

The next step is to breath in deeply from the pit of your stomach, hold for a few seconds and then breath out as you close your eyes. Relaxing and being completely in the moment, you begin to observe your other senses minus your sight. What do you smell? How do you feel? What do you see without seeing? Let your thoughts and feelings flow naturally during this stage of the meditation. We recommend 30 seconds to 3 minutes of eyes closed reflection, but you can do this for as long as you feel necessary.

Now we will begin the next step by breathing in deeply once again. after holding for a few seconds you breath out and open your eyes once more. Begin to observe your surroundings once again. How does it feel to see after having your eyes closed for some time? What thoughts cross your mind as your eyes are open and observing all that is around you? Remember to relax and simply observe. We recommend 30 seconds to 3 minutes of eyes open reflection, however you can do this part of the meditation for as long as you see necessary.

From here we will take another deep breath in and hold for a few seconds. As you breath out close your eyes once more and really focus on your thoughts. Focus on your feelings. How do you feel? Do you notice a difference when your eyes are open as opposed to being closed? Is your view of the world changing as you participate in this form of meditation? Take a final deep breath in and then release your breath as you open your eyes to continue your day. Or you can simply decide to keep your eyes closed and remain in thoughtful meditation. You should now feel more calm and centered than before.

 

As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality. Adi Shankara

 

My Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation Experience

My eyes are open and I see…

My eyes are open. I am seeing, observing. Energy is being drawn in as I observer the light, movement, and vibrations all around me. My energy is also being drawn out as I analyze objects with my eyes, my attention is focused. Thoughts are passing through my mind about the nature of reality and the things that I can see. I am interpreting different shapes and spectrum’s of light. Physical reality is open to me as I passively observe. My eyes are open and I see…

My Eyes are closed and I feel…

My eyes are closed. Outer influence has no effect on me. My thoughts are my own and the influence of physical reality has no bearing here. I am am limitless and I am free. Focused are my thoughts without the nuisance outside distractions influencing me. I am what I am, I am all that is me. Everything has a connection that I can clearly see without seeing. Everything is connected and I feel this…know this, even without sight. No, especially without my sight. My energy is neither flowing in or out as I am contained within the wholeness of me. My Eyes are closed and I feel…

 

Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery. Amit Ray

 

My Take: Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation

Thank you for taking the time to read about our eyes open, eyes closed mediation. I hope you enjoy your experience of the eyes open, eyes closed meditation. Remember this experience is always free. You can perform this particular meditation as many times as you like and whenever you see fit. All we ask is that you please share this valuable meditation with friends and family so that they may benefit from this practice as much as you have. As always, all the best to you and yours.

 




 

 



Clean Air Through Purification: Air Purifiers for Better Health

Clean Air for Better Health

As human beings living on this planet, we all have a right to clean, breathable air. Living in major metropolitan areas though can make it difficult to breathe normally. Quiet often, the bigger the city, the larger the problem. With all of the traffic, congestion, and pollution from cars and factories breathing clean air can be more difficult than we may imagine. Getting back to nature by visiting parks and green areas where there are lots of plants and trees can help, but is not always feasible as we may like it to be. Luckily there is another option that helps in cleaning the air we breath. What is this option you may ask? The answer would be an air purification device.

 

“I love being outside and getting fresh air.” Marisa Tomei

 

Meant specifically for your home, car or office, air purifiers perform the task that their name suggest, they purify the air you breathe. Simply put, vacuuming and dusting quiet often aren’t enough when it comes to removing all of the pollutants from your home. Whether we realize it or not, hay fever from pollen particles, mold spores from damp areas such as the bathroom, and dust mites living in the dust can and do contaminate our living space. Air purifiers are specifically meant to remove or at the very least improve the condition of your space regarding these issues.

Heavy stenches left behind from cooking certain foods such as onions, fish or even curry can permeate through the house and are difficult to eliminate. Cigar and cigarette smoke can be some of the most difficult stenches to remove from a room as the smoke clings to carpets, clothing and even our furniture. A proper purifier will assists in eliminating these heavy smoke odors from your living space leaving you with clean breathable air.

What are Air Purifiers and How do they Work?

Air purifiers are exactly as they sound…devices that purify the air around you, removing contaminants that you would otherwise be breathing in. Air purifiers are often used by those with asthma and / or allergies as it assists in making life easier for them. There are many different types of air purifiers currently available, each with a specific purification purpose. The five most common types of air purifiers are HEPA technology, UV Technology, Negative Ion, Ozone, and Activated Carbon Technology. All of these different types of purifiers can be found to assists you in the links below.

 

“Personally, fresh air and exercise help me to stay healthy and make me feel great!” Charlotte Casiraghi

 

An Air Purifier for every Occasion

HEPA Air Purifiers
Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover is a wonderful pick for the high end option while the Levoit Air Purifier good low end option when it comes to HEPA air purifiers.

UV Technology Air Purifiers
GermGuardian AC5350B Elite is an outstanding pick for the high end option while the OION B-1000 is a great low end option when it comes to UV tech

Negative ION Purifiers
SilverOnyx Air Purifier might be the perfect pick for the high end option while the ETTG Mini Air Ionizer works well for a low end negative ION purifiers.

Ozone Purifiers
Breathe Fresh Air is an awesome pick for the high end option while the Plixio Portable fits in nicely with the lower priced Ozone purifiers.

Activated Carbon
Blue Pure 211 might be the best pick for the high end option while the Air Cleaner Purifier Filtration works well for the lower priced Activated Carbon purifiers.

These are some of the best air purifiers currently available for purchase. Pick the one that best suits your needs, and you can begin breathing fresh, clean air again in no time at all.

Benefits of Air Purifiers

  • Cleans the Air
  • Helps in removing harmful particles from the air
  • Gives the room an enjoyably clean scent
  • Helps in remove dust
  • Helps to remove pollen
  • Assists in eliminating mold spores
  • Helps in removing pet dander
  • Helps to remove harmful bacteria
  • Assists in removing viral particles
    and much more…
My Take on Air Purifiers

It is important to note that air purifiers are not the one shot solution when it comes to purifying the air in your home, car or office. You will still need to mop, vacuum and dust from time to time in connection with your purifier for the best possible results. Air Purifiers work well on their own, however each air purifying device has its own strengths and weaknesses. For example some air purifiers may not be the best when it comes to removing pet dander from furniture or dust mites from your bedding, but what they do really well is to remove pet dander and dust mites from the air around you. Please remember to use discretion and read all of the information regarding the potential positive / negative effects before purchasing any air purifier.

 

 




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Sources:
Wikipedia Air Purifier
Consumer Reports Air Purifiers

Hair and Spirituality

Does Long Hair Make you a More Spiritual Person?

There have been times where I have wondered… Why is it that most spiritual teachers, guru’s, and mystics have long hair as opposed to short hair? Is it to simply fit a certain style or look that has become associated with mystical teachers? Or is there some type of unseen connection to spirituality and the length of your hair? Something tells me there is a much broader connection between hair and spirituality than we may realize. Let’s take a deeper look and explore the idea behind hair and spirituality.

 

“I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.” Evel Knievel

A Deeper Look at the Spirituality of Hair

Hair is an extension of the nervous system and can be seen as external nerves, feelers, or antennae. When the hair is cut, sending and receiving information to and from the environment around is hampered. It is believed by many ancient cultures adept in spiritual practice that uncut hair can actually raise your energy / Kundalini life force, leading to increased vitality and intuition. In fact, it was Yogi Bhajan that taught us by cutting your hair, you lose vital energy because the body must use that energy to regrow the lost hair. When the hair remains uncut this vital energy stays within you.

Throughout history it is well known that those who were captured and made to work as slaves were forced to cut their hair as a sign that they no longer possessed their freedom. Chopping off the hair was also seen as punishment as it would deprive the individuality of those who were captured creating a uniform look among all of the enslaved.

Have you ever wondered why the military cuts the hair to very short lengths of all their soldiers? They say that it is to protect soldiers in the rare case that they are captured and tortured by means of their hair. But is this really the case? Could it be that shorter hair makes you more susceptible to being controlled. This is something to reflect upon.

 

“Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality.” -Yogi Bhajan

The Story of Sampson and Delilah

This tale can be found within the bible, in the book of Judges chapter 16. The story of Sampson and Delilah begins by introducing us to a a man from Nazarite who possessed great strength, far beyond that of any other man. Sampson possessed a profound love for a woman that went by the name of Delilah. As the story unfolds, Delilah is bribed by the chief of the Philistines to find the source of Sampson’s strength. Initially Sampson is reluctant to divulge the source of his supreme strength because of his covenant with God.

Eventually, through many attempts at persuasion, Sampson gives in to Delilah and reveals the source of his strength which comes from the length of his hair. Upon hearing this Delilah orders a servant to cut the hair of Sampson while he is sleeping. Because he no longer has his long hair and his covenant with God is broken, Sampson loses his God given strength and is returned to that of a mere mortal. Captured and broken by this betrayal Sampson calls upon God to give him strength one final time so that he may topple the palace destroying himself and all of those around him.

My Take: Long Hair and Spirituality

The hair on your head and face can also protect you from the environmental conditions around you. Your hair can help to protect you from extreme conditions such as overexposure to the sun, or harsh weather conditions such as wind, rain, or the cold. All in all, the Creator gave us hair for a purpose and it is meant to be grow naturally. We all have the option to cut our hair and style it as we please because that is our free will. I however intend to let my hair grow freely the way the Creator intended. All the best to you and yours.

 

 






 

Sources:

Bible Gateway: Judges 16

3HO: Yogi Hair Style

Quantum Balancing

EFT Tapping : Emotional Freedom Technique

What is Tapping?

On the most basic level tapping is exactly as it sounds. You take your hand and gently tap against certain areas of your body with your fingers. All of this is done while speaking positive affirmations of your choosing. On a much deeper level tapping is creating movement of the energetic meridians. Tapping is also known as EFT or emotional freedom techniques.

 

I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them. Oscar Wilde

How does Tapping work?

When executed properly, tapping helps to realign our energy within our meridians. When the energy is flowing properly we feel great in our natural state of being. However, when the energy is not flowing properly we feel out of balance and may incur physical illness and / or disease. Tapping assists in correcting the energy flow within our bodies, realigning us to our natural state of being. Similar to acupuncture in that you stimulate certain points of the human body with needles. By tapping we use our fingers to create a similar effect naturally. Stimulating these meridian points can greatly reduces stress in the body.

 

How to Perform Tapping

Our first step is to take a deep breathe all the way into the pit of our stomachs, hold for a few seconds and then breathe out. Here you are trying to gauge your current stress levels so that we can see how we feel before and after a tapping session to measure our results.

We begin by gently tapping certain areas (pressure points) within our body while speaking our affirmations. The choice of words are yours to make, the important part is to feel the emotions and choose the right affirmations that will help you become a better you over time as you are tapping. Some examples could be, “I am going to have a great day today” or something along the lines of, “I choose to love and accept myself”. A common technique when tapping is to repeat an affirmation several times as you are tapping a specific point, before moving on to the next area.

After going through the process of tapping various points and speaking your affirmations, you may want to repeat the cycle again. This is fine, just be sure to stay relaxed and let the experience flow naturally. Before you begin the cycle remember to take a deep breathe and gauge your current state of being. You can tap with two fingers, your whole hand, or both hands on opposite sides. The important thing is to do whatever feels most comfortable and natural to you while tapping the correct pressure points on your body.

 

Potential Benefits of Tapping

  • Enhances well being
  • Enhances state of mind
  • Lowers cortisol (stress hormone)
  • Drains energy clogs within the body
  • Realigns meridians
  • Increases energy flow
  • Realigns the emotional body naturally
  • Clears possible fears and anxiety
  • Motivates through positive affirmations
  • Helps with letting go
  • Reduces stress
  • Assists in relaxation
  • Rebalance certain energies

 

In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it. Mitch Albom

 

Tapping is a powerful tool that has been proven to work through clinical reports, research studies and more. However, it is up to you to take full responsibility for your own well being. Tapping can released suppressed emotions so please take the necessary precautions when it comes to your health and well being. You can reference some of these studies in the links below.

 

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Sources:
Brad Yates EFT Tapping
EFT Tapping Research / Studies
WIkipedia EFT Tapping

11 Abilities of the Mentally Strong Individual

As human beings we all have special talents and abilities that are unique to us. And as individuals we have talents and abilities that we may also share with others. Today we will be discussing some of these abilities that can be both unique to you, and shared by everyone. These abilities may seem as though they are the secret powers of a mighty superhero, but in reality, they are simply the abilities of the mentally strong individual.

 

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson

The Abilities of the Mentally Strong

 

  • The ability to Let Go. There are many lessons to be learned as we progress daily through our lives. The key here is to be able to release any baggage or hangups that you may have so that you can move on to your next life lesson. Not letting go will only hamper you and hold you back from the potential benefits of your next life lesson.

 

  • The ability to Embrace Change. As the old saying goes… the only thing that is constant world is change. Since we live in an ever changing world it is important to be able to embrace the changes you will face on a regular basis. This rule follows the ability to let go, as embracing change is the next step in the process.

 

  • The ability to Stay in Control of your Emotions. Living in your emotions is easy. The hard part (at first) is staying in control of your emotions and not allowing them to control you. When used properly your emotions can enhance any experience you may encounter. The trick is to use them properly and not allow them to control you in your life.

 

  • The ability to Evaluate Core Beliefs. The ability to evaluate your core beliefs and adjust them as necessary is an important tool. This doesn’t mean your a wishy washy person constantly changing with the flow of the wind. However it does mean when new information presents itself, that you are open minded enough to reevaluate your core beliefs and to adjust them according to the new information that is being presented to you. This one is really about adaptation and growth.

 

  • The willingness to Take Calculated Risks. There will be times where everything is going smoothly and there is not much required from you as far as making changes is concerned. However, there will be other times where taking a calculated risk is the most beneficial route to your overall growth. The key word here is “calculated“. When one takes the time to weigh out your options out ahead of time, you will be able to have a better view of what lies ahead and can therefore take a much smaller risk than if planing was not part of the equation.

 

  • The ability to Enjoy Time Alone. Spending time alone might seems scary at times, but ultimately that alone time can be a very healthy for your mental health. Spending time alone away from large crowds gives you the personal time needed to focus and reflect on your thoughts and actions. From here you can build and grow from past experiences without having to worry about the influence of others affecting you. Me time is good time.

 

  • The ability to Celebrate the Success of Others. It is important to remember it’s not just about you. Life is also about sharing and growing right along side others. When you can release a bit of your ego and embrace the success of others, you can find out how much happier you can be. As they say…sharing is caring, and celebrating the success of others is all part of the growth process.

 

  • The willingness to Fail and Learn from Mistakes. Since life is about change, there will be good times and there will be bad times. The important thing is to learn from those bad times or mistakes that will occur along the way. Instead of brushing aside the mistakes you make, how about taking the time to reflect and learn from past failures. It will make you a much stronger person overall and allow you to grow and stretch past the previous circumstances you have encountered.

 

  • The ability to Accept Full Responsibility for Your Actions. This is a big one. It is far easier to point the finger at others and blame them for mistakes that take place as you travel your path. However it is the mature person that realizes they have a part to play in every circumstance they encounter. You may not control every challenge you face in your life but you can control how you react to it. And always remember when you are pointing your finger to place the blame upon others, that you will always have three fingers pointing back at you.

 

  • The ability to Expend Energy Wisely. This is an important ability as we only have so much energy to expend throughout the day. It is important to keep your energy high with proper sleep, nutrition, and other tools like meditation. Ignore people and circumstances that will drain your energy and keep you down. Using your energy wisely is an important tool in your arsenal for your ultimate success.

 

  • The ability to Reflect on Accomplishments. Some may just see this as gloating and inflating ones ego but there is much more going on here. When you take the time to reflect on past progress you can evaluate the good and the bad. You can see what went right in a certain situation and what went wrong. From here you can make more informed decisions on anything that may present itself in the future. Reflecting on past progress is also very helpful in building your confidence and resume of accomplishments which can always be looked back upon when you need a jolt of positivity!