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Remember when we were young and thought that meditating was the thing!

Those were the days!

However, I soon thought that the persons, who were “teaching” and “practicing” meditation, were kooks because they were associated mainly with mysticism and spirituality….neither of which were practical enough for me.

Years have indeed past—and—meditation is now being recommended as part of the treatment program for many of the problems of older age.

And these are still the days!

For those of you that are newcomers to inagrandfashion, instructions on how to make easier use of the internet are written  in blue type.

Meditation is recommended for many kinds of medication problems, stress reduction and even combating loneliness. (cnn.com) To read this article, Click on the red text  and “open link in a new tab”.

From the Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.com)

Meditation has gone main stream. As stressed by the Mayo Clinic, my medical mecca, meditation has become a most reputable alternative medical tool often used alongside traditional medicine.  Meditation is used for relaxation and stress reduction ,which is now seen as being essential for surviving modern life. and for medical conditions that are worsen by stress.

The Mayo Clinic recognizes many methods of meditation. To read this article, Click on the red text  and “open link in a new tab”.

        • Breathe deeply.
        • Inspect various parts of your body.
        • Repeat a mantra.
        • Walk and meditate.
        • Prayer.
        • Read and reflect.
        • Focus your love and gratitude

Meditation has become so important to the philosophy of care at Mayo that they have opened Meditation Centers within their facilities and have developed their own programs.  To read this article, Click on the red text  and “open link in a new tab”.

Right click on the address below to open the Mayo Clinic Meditation Video

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/MM00623

Here is what they are telling you to do.  Light your own candle and stare into it.

“Need a few minutes to relax?

Get comfortable in your chair. Loosen any tight, uncomfortable clothing. Let your arms rest loosely at your side. Allow yourself a few moments to relax.

If your thoughts wander, just let them while gently moving your attention back to the relaxation. If you become anxious or uncomfortable, stop the relaxation by clicking on the pause button.

To begin, focus your eyes on the candle flame. Notice its simplicity and its beauty.

Take time to notice your breathing, gradually slowing down the rate of inhaling and exhaling as you become more comfortable.

Now relax and enjoy the feeling.

Close your mouth and relax your shoulders, releasing any tension that’s built up.

Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose. Let the air you breathe in push your stomach out.

Hold your breath in as you slowly count to four.

Breathe out slowly through your mouth as you continue counting up to six.

Breathe in (three, four, five, six).

Hold (two, three, four).

Breathe out (three, four, five, six).

Breathe in (three, four, five, six).

Hold (two, three and four).

Breathe out (three, four, five, six).

Breathe in (three, four, five, six).

Hold (two, three, four).

Breathe out (three, four, five, six).

Breathe in (three, four, five, six).

Hold (two, three, four).

Breathe out (three, four, five, six).

Breathe in (three, four, five, six).

Hold (two, three, four).

Breathe out (three, four, five, six).

Continue breathing in (four, five, six).

Hold (two, three, four).

And out (three, four, five, six).

Remember, if stray thoughts enter your mind, gently return your attention to the relaxation.

Now, as you breathe out, silently and calmly repeat to yourself:

My breathing is smooth and rhythmic.

My breathing is smooth and rhythmic.

My breathing is easy and calm.

My breathing is easy and calm.

It feels very pleasant.

If you’d like, you may close your eyes now and focus on the music, or continue to look at the flame.

Continue to repeat to yourself:

My breathing is smooth and rhythmic.

My breathing is smooth and rhythmic.

I am peaceful and calm.

I am peaceful and calm.

Continue to take deep, rhythmic breaths. Let the tension fade away each time you breathe out. Let the music soothe you.

If you’ve closed your eyes, gently open them and gaze at the candle flame.

Return to your day peaceful, more focused and relaxed.”

I also found a YouTube originally from the Mayo Clinic Pain Management Center.  It gives another method of meditation.  A note about the video: After the hour there appears to be no sound—maybe you are supposed to be asleep by then!

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If you want to make the screen larger on a video, put your cursor over the image at the extreme right.  It will say—full screen.  Click.  You can always return to regular size by using the ESC key on your computer. (on the very top row, extreme left.)

If you want to skip or go back to see again, put your cursor on the small white and red ball on the left and move it to the position you want.

The Mayo Clinic is so dedicated to teach meditation and relaxation that they sell their own ipad and iphone application for meditation.

If you are interested in other methods of meditation, there are many on the internet.

Put method of meditation in your browser.

Just remember, as with any site, do not send your email and especial not money  unless you know them to be authentic.

Happy New Year to everyone around the world.  May this new year bring us happiness, health and most of all peace.

 

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