This post is written by my friend, Deb Sheahan, a Buddhist meditation practitioner. What is Metta Meditation “Metta” comes to us from an ancient Indian language called Pali, and it translates as lovingkindness or friendliness. Normally, when we think about meditation we imagine sitting in silence and focusing on something pretty neutral like the breath, physical sensations, a guided voice, or our own inner mantra. Metta is different in that it is an active form of meditation where instead of focusing on the breath, vocal guidance or mantra, we focus on… Continue Reading What is Metta and how do I do it?
Do VisionBoards Really Work?
You may look at a VisionBoard and think does this really work? Can I just look at a picture of a new sports car, or a new closet, and it’ll magically appear? Well, no – not exactly. However, visualization does, in fact, work and there’s plenty of science to back it up. Your brain is incredibly powerful and, everyday, you make subconscious decisions to make it work for you or against you. Several studies have shown that your brain can’t tell the difference between a real memory and something you… Continue Reading Do VisionBoards Really Work?
Stop the Mercury in Retrograde Freak-Out!
You may have heard about the frustration that Mercury in Retrograde brings – appliances going haywire, computers crashing, arguments cropping up, contracts falling through – but what does this phenomenon really mean? About 3 or 4 times a year, Mercury goes retrograde. Essentially, Mercury “laps” us in its trip around the sun. For a couple weeks, it looks as if Mercury changes its path and goes backward. Astrologically speaking, Mercury controls communication, and during this time, anything related to communication usually goes wacky. However, it’s important to note that not… Continue Reading Stop the Mercury in Retrograde Freak-Out!
Chakra Series Week #4: Healing the Heart
Do you remember your first heartbreak? I’ll never forget the first time I felt really heartbroken. I was 18 years old and the guy dumped me for some sorority girl. I thought I was going to die. My heart felt heavy, like it’d been replaced by a huge cement block in my chest. It felt hard to breathe; I was unable to focus and I definitely couldn’t foresee a time when it wouldn’t hurt. (Just typing this brings back the immense heaviness I felt then.) While we talk about a… Continue Reading Chakra Series Week #4: Healing the Heart
Chakra Series Week #3: Solar Plexus
It’s ironic that I neglected to post the third chakra blog post last week because I was busy being overwhelmed and couldn’t muster the motivation to get it done and out the door. You might be thinking: Ok, but why is that ironic? Because the third chakra, Manipura Chakra, is all about the fire in your belly. When this chakra is in balance you will feel: clear about your purpose motivated to go after what you want unafraid to encounter obstacles empowered to conquer those obstacles, and excited to be alive… Continue Reading Chakra Series Week #3: Solar Plexus