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Greetings on this beautiful Spring day. I am now sharing guided meditations on Insight Timer. I would be grateful for a follow and feedback.

In the future I will have courses and a mentorship program available, however Insight Timer requires 50 followers before I am able to provide these trainings. Please consider following as I would be so appreciative of the support.

Also if you are looking for a specific type of meditation, let me know! The next meditation on Insight Timer will be a Metta Meditation and will hopefully go live next week.

Namaste & many thanks.

Kristen

Shadow

𝖢𝖾 𝖺𝗅𝗅 𝖾𝗑𝗉𝖾𝗋𝗂e𝗇𝖼𝖾 π—π—‚π—†π–Ύπ—Œ π—ˆπ–Ώ π–½π–Ίπ—‹π—„π—‡π–Ύπ—Œπ—Œ 𝖾𝗂𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗋 π–Ώπ—‹π—ˆπ—† π—Œπ—‚π—π—Žπ–Ίπ—π—‚π—ˆπ—‡π—Œ π—ˆπ—Žπ—π—Œπ—‚π–½π–Ύ π—ˆf π—Žπ—Œ π—ˆπ—‹ 𝖺 π—‹π—‚π—Œπ—‚π—‡π—€ π—ˆπ–Ώ 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π–½π–Ίπ—‹π—„π—‡π–Ύπ—Œπ—Œ 𝗐𝗂𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗇. π– π—…π—π—π—ˆπ—Žπ—€π— 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗅𝖾 𝗂𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π—†π—‚π–½π—Œπ— π—ˆπ–Ώ π—π—π–Ύπ—Œπ–Ύ π—π—‚π—†π–Ύπ—Œ 𝖺𝗅𝗅 𝖼𝖺𝗇 π—Œπ–Ύπ–Ύπ—† π—…π—ˆπ—Œπ— π—ˆπ—‹ π—π—ˆπ—‰π–Ύπ—…π–Ύπ—Œπ—Œ, 𝗂𝗍 𝖼𝖺𝗇 𝖻𝖾 𝖺 𝗍𝗂𝗆𝖾 π–Ώπ—ˆπ—‹ π—Žπ—‡π–½π–Ύπ—‹π—Œπ—π–Ίπ—‡π–½π—‚π—‡π—€ 𝖺𝗇𝖽 π—€π—‹π—ˆπ—π—π—.
𝖢𝖾 𝖼𝖺𝗇 𝗂𝗇𝗏𝗂𝗍𝖾 π—π—π–Ύπ—Œπ–Ύ π–Ώπ–Ύπ–Ύπ—…π—‚π—‡π—€π—Œ π—π—ˆ π—Œπ—π–Ίπ—’, 𝗁𝖺𝗇𝗀 π—ˆπ—Žπ—, 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖽𝖾𝖾𝗉𝗅𝗒 𝖿𝖾𝖾𝗅 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗁𝖾𝖺𝗋 𝗐𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗒 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝗍𝗋𝗒𝗂𝗇𝗀 π—π—ˆ 𝗍𝖾𝗅𝗅 π—Žπ—Œ.
𝖢𝖾 𝗇𝖾𝖾𝖽 π—π—ˆ 𝖾𝗑𝗉𝖾𝗋𝗂𝖾𝗇𝖼𝖾 𝖽𝖺𝗋𝗄𝖾𝗋 π—π—‚π—†π–Ύπ—Œ 𝗂𝗇 π—ˆπ—‹π–½π–Ύπ—‹ π—π—ˆ 𝖻𝖾 π—π—π—ˆπ—…π–Ύ. 𝖳𝗁𝖾𝗋𝖾 π—‚π—Œ π—‡π—ˆ 𝗅𝗂𝗀𝗁𝗍 π—π—‚π—π—π—ˆπ—Žπ— 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖽𝖺𝗋𝗄. π–­π—ˆ 𝖽a𝗒 π—π—‚π—π—π—ˆπ—Žπ— 𝗇𝗂𝗀𝗁𝗍. 𝖑𝖺𝗅𝖺𝗇𝖼𝖾 π—ˆπ–Ώ π—ˆπ—Žπ—‹ 𝗅𝗂𝗀𝗁𝗍 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖽𝖺𝗋𝗄 π—‚π—Œ 𝗐𝗁𝖾𝗋𝖾 𝗐𝖾 𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗏𝖾. 𝖨𝗍 π—‚π—Œ π—ˆπ—Žπ—‹ π–½π–Ίπ—‹π—„π—‡π–Ύπ—Œπ—Œ 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 π–Ίπ—…π—…π—ˆπ—π—Œ 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝗅𝗂𝗀𝗁𝗍 π—π—ˆ π—Œπ—π—‚π—‡π–Ύ π—π—π—‹π—ˆπ—Žπ—€π—.

Ashes

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I am occasionally asked, as a buddhist, why I observe Ash Wednesday and Lent. I was raised catholic and as a child, Lent was that annoying time where I’d have to give up chocolate or ice cream. I did not understand the deeper message until I was older.
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As a buddhist, Lent has become a time of quiet contemplation. It is now a reminder of the impermanence of all things. There is beauty in impermanence. It allows us to better appreciate the moments, the present. It allows us to spark our awareness that all things pass away, that our moments are magical, our experience ripe with the whole spectrum of human emotion.
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During lent I take time to pray and meditate each day with an intention of compassion for this planet. This year Pope Francis has appealed β€œto everyone, believers and nonbelievers alike” to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, β€œa day of prayer and fasting for peace.”
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Will you join me in a day of fasting and hold the hope of peace & the end of suffering for so many on this tiny little planet we ALL call home?

Reiki

Happy now beautiful souls! It is a crisp, cold morning here in upstate NY- the perfect kind of day to cozy up with a cup of tea, good book or get started on a new blog post! I do like to hibernate a bit more in the winter. My body and mind crave warmth, comfort and seclusion. I have learned over the years to pay deep attention to my body as the body mirrors the mind. This process of understanding the mind-body-spirit connection has been made clearer with Reiki.

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So first let us take a look at what Reiki is and the science backed benefits it provides. REIKI, (pronounced Ray Key) is a stress reduction and relaxation technique where through the laying of hands, the practitionerΒ channels Universal energy through the body to assistΒ in removing emotional blockages, stress, and anxiety. REIKI energy balances & works on the four levels of existence: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual. Reiki activates the parasympathetic nervous system allowing for deeper relaxation and renewal.

The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) regulates functions outside of voluntary control such as the cardiac muscles, digestion and relaxation. When we are able to activate or be in touch with the PNS we can reduce stress levels and in turn reduce heart rate, blood pressure and raise our levels of joy.

Let’s look at an example. We have all been in a situation where our sympathetic nervous system (AKA Flight or Fight response) is activated like when we get cut off in traffic. A flood of adrenaline ups our heart rate and breathing. Unfortunately, this system is in overdrive with our modern way of life. We tend to respond in traffic the way our ancestors would have responded to being chased by a tiger. These constant reactions create unregulated stress in our bodies. Long term, this can have serious health effects.

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It has been scientifically shown that we can reduce the stress reaction by activating our PNS with various techniques such as Reiki. During a Reiki treatment with me, the client lays comfortably, clothed, on a massage table and is guided into a relaxed state with meditation. You will be asked to gentlyΒ focus on the present using your breath to bring you back to the moment when your mind drifts. While you enjoy healing music such as solfeggio frequencies, I will first access your energy by placing my hands on your shoulders followed by hand placements at specificΒ energetic points on the body. You may feel a subtle shift of consciousness, or release of emotion, warmth or tingling sensationΒ as REIKI energy flows throughΒ your body.Β Once the treatment is complete you may feel relaxed, refreshed, or very tired. Β You will be advised to drink plentyΒ of pure water to aid in detoxifyingΒ your energeticΒ body.

I routinely perform self-treatments to assist in healing my own health issues or dis-ease. I have found that my state of mind greatly influences the levels of pain I experience, for our body is a reflection of mind. Our thoughts precede our actions and our physicality. Reiki has helped me to slow down, to find presence, to be instead of do(ing). Now when I experience pain, I know it is due to imbalance in my overall mind-body-spirit system. I am able to actively participate in my treatment and healing. Migraines and stomach upset frequently have less to do with physical dis-ease as they do mental dis-ease. Stress and trauma can cause flareups in my IBS, fibromyalgia and endometriosis. Being aware of my mental state gives me opportunity to see the patterns of cause and effect. This awareness take time to cultivate but offers one a chance to begin healing from within.

When we learn to cultivate practice for our mental well-being our physical body follows suit. Healing modalities such as Reiki, breath work, meditation, Qi Gong all can help us become in touch with our mind-body-spirit connection. We need to heal wholly, at each level of existence in order to live a balanced life. If you would like to know more or would like to begin on a path of healing, please contact me for a free 15-minute consultation.

Namaste.