Archive for March, 2009

New moon, new year

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Welcome to the Aries new moon, our spring solstice and natural new year. Feels like something should be done to mark the occasion, something more meditative than champagne and dancing (although I am a huge fan). For those who follow the phases of the moon, this is the important one to set the tone for the year, like a new year’s resolution.

One option is the new moon treasure map. I’ve tried this for a few years in a row, it’s basically creating a collage, a visualization of what you want. No rules. Magazines, scissors, and glue, very appealing to the inner child. I read about this first in Jan Spiller’s New Moon Astrology (see link below).

It doesn’t have to be that serious. The first year I pasted this quote from a magazine in the center of my map: “Blowing off a party to stay home in your pajamas and watch Buffy.” (Hey, it’s my map.) A range of magazines presents more creative options - travel and science magazines are just as useful, and more thought-provoking, than the typical women’s magazines.

I’ve kept four years of maps, looking at the changes - and the similarities. For some reason, every year I’ve pasted the same picture of a woman receiving a hot stone massage. (Last fall I received my first hot stone massage, guess I can finally take it off the map.)

This is a contemplative ritual, effortlessly creative, very individual. Freeing. Sometimes surprising, how you find yourself attracted to an image, a headline, or a quote, and feel the need to include it. It represents a part of you that had no words.

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True

Journal: Body & Soul

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

We don’t subscribe to a lot of magazines, but this is one of them. Nice range of topics, feel-good vibe.

Body and Soul website

Body & Soul

Define dancing

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Need a little flying time?

Define Dancing from Wall-E

Classical Music

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Music is distinctly individual. My massage-therapist friends have told me about the difficulty of finding the right music for a session, something that both they and the client can relax to. Once, during a session in my home, I turned on the “Audio Visions” channel on XM satellite radio for background, only to have the massage therapist beg me to change the station (we never found a compromise and proceeded in silence).

While exploring music options, a familiar place to start is with the classics, arranged for meditation and relaxation. Some examples are at the end of this post.

I’ve found Bach to be soothing in general, I use it in the office to calm coworkers and also as the main ringtone on my cell phone. Bach sets a tone for meditation, I believe it taps into our memories of churches and cathedrals. A soundtrack for our collective consciousness.

Mozart for Meditation

Sacred Treasures IV: Choral Masterworks, Quiet Prayers

Music and Nature Sampler

The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe

Prayer: A Windham Hill Collection

Music for Concentration

Bach for Relaxation

Heavenly Adagios

Dance of the Blessed Spirits

For Yoga

Meditation: Music for Relaxation and Dreaming

Chill With Bach

Bach for Meditation

Clear the Energy - Office

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

We are trying a Bach flower spritz of crabapple (cleansing) and walnut (protection)

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

-TS Eliot

Work stress

Friday, March 13th, 2009

One of the goals of this blog is useful meditation, tools we can use as we go about our day. I am going to write periodically about survival in my work place, methods to maintain my space and energy.

This particular work place is high stress - not because of the work itself (it’s not life and death, although management acts like it is), but the drama created by management. They like the energy of long days, projects with constantly-changing deadlines, fostering competition and distrust among their employees, vague company-wide accusations, and insane micromanagement.

This is not to say that this is the worst job, only that this is a work place with bad personal energy, offering us an opportunity to put into practice some of the methods we’re exploring. Also, a chance to visualize and find something healthier.

Monday, March 9th, 2009

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

-William Blake

Book: Meditation for Beginners

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

There is something simple and inviting about this book. The meditation practices introduced are “insight meditation - a way to introduce stillness in the midst of activity. Then, even the most mundane, repetitive experiences - such as eating, walking, or answering the phone - can be drawn into the field of meditative awareness.”

Six meditation practices are described in the book, and the accompanying CD provides guidance: Connecting with Breath, Working with the Sensations in the Body, Working with Feelings and Emotions, Witnessing Your Thoughts, Forgiveness Meditation, and Lovingkindness Meditation. Two additional chapters discuss Eating Meditations and Walking Meditations.

For additional information, please follow the link to Amazon:

Meditation for Beginners