Take a holiday mind trip

Take a holiday mind trip

Did you know ... Our brains do not know the difference between imagination and "reality"--meaning whether you are physically experiencing something or mentally imagining it, your brain functions in the same way. This is why scary movies can be so stressful ... your heart starts pumping harder, the hair on the back of your neck stands up, you may scream at the slightest unexpected change of events, etc. Conversely, the same is true for relaxing and peaceful experiences. This is the purpose of meditation--to change your reality within rather than from external sources.

Take a holiday mind trip

I find meditation to be especially beneficial during the holidays. A dear friend of mine used to load up on Xanax before heading home for the holidays ... ever seen Home For The Holidays? ... that is her family! Then she discovered meditation and found this method of preparing for the journey home to be far more uplifting spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and yes, even physically.

While I highly recommend incorporating meditation into your daily fitness regime, getting a start now is a great way to bring peace on earth and goodwill towards men (or at least the men in your family!). If you have not ever practiced meditation, you may fear that there is some special trick to it and you will mess up, or worse, cause irreparable harm to you karmic afterlife ... relax ... meditation is all about what works for you. So with that said ... let's get started!

First, get yourself in a comfy position. While you can be in any position, sitting up is best. Curling up on your side with a pillow between your knees will probably take you straight to the land of zzzz rather than peace on earth ... or peace in mom's kitchen!

Next, close your eyes and take a few deep, cleansing breaths. Breathe deeply into your belly. Breathe out any tension in your mind or body and imagine that you are surrounded by a magnetic field that is attracting all of the good wishes and love that anyone has ever felt for you. Pull in every thank you, every smile, every pat on the back, nod of appreciation, hug, kiss and all other good things.

Visualize the people you love surrounding you and protecting you--family, friends, guardian angels, spirit guides, God, pets from your childhood and your current life. As you breathe in, feel yourself surrounded in this beautiful, white light of protection. Allow yourself to bask in the pleasure and contentment of pure love and unending protection.

Slowly, allow your awareness to come back to the present. Wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a loving hug. Hold your awareness of how you feel deeply in your mind and allow yourself to come back to this place again and again ... however often you need to.

Now ... go conquer the world!

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