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Question by Pajama Wars: does anyone alive teach “ancient kabbalah”?
i want to know about the secrets of ancient kabbalah…
Answer by Goddess of Nuts (PBUH)
Talk to the Mandeans of southern Iraq. Hurry though, before the Muslims kill them all.
Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!
that? The Wiccan creation story is the one where the Earth Goddess mates with the Horned God. How is that any less ridiculous than any other religion’s creation story, including Christianity?
Meditation with children is easy and boosts numerous positive results. In only ten minutes a day, you can help your child achieve more calm and peace in life, get better grades, improve concentration, and heighten self-esteem. It requires no more dedication than a routine fairytale read before bedtime.
Meditating with your child should not seem like a new age technique. In fact, it’s not new at all. It’s thousands of years old. Meditation with kids is becoming increasingly popular in the west now due to the research based results our kids get when they practice meditation. Meditation is simply calming the mind and finding the quiet space within, finding that refuge that exists within each of us.
Practicing meditation with your child is simple. An easy way to do this begins by setting aside ten minutes in the evening right before your child dozes off. When your child is comfortable, simply help him focus on deep belly breathing – inhaling and exhaling slowly, filly up the tummy completely and then letting it go. This automatically calms the body and mind too. This is truly a wonderful experience for both parent and child.
Next, ask your child to imagine breathing in calm and love and breathing out anything unhappy that happened during the day. Focus on this for several minutes while you just enjoy being in the moment with your child. You can close your eyes and use this time to enjoy the calm within as well. Your meditation can be as simple as that.
Additionally, you can choose to add some guided imagery to your meditation. Imagine taking your child on a journey by picturing a rainbow and becoming part of the vivid scenery you describe. Imagine sitting by a river enjoying the swift current that takes away worries or focusing on a star and absorbing the warm healing light it radiates. Adding these visual elements to your meditation becomes fun for children as they become active participants.
You can create your very own adventure for your child by first observing what he enjoys the most. What are some of favorite activities and subjects for your child? Depending on age, this may be fairies and Ferris wheels, or knights and castles. Create the scenario and allow it to unfold as you tell it. As your story adventure unfolds with your child, add elements of character values and nobleness to the mix which will inspire your child. Ask your child to “watch” as he embodies all the goodness and peace you are seeking to incorporate in his life. Ask your child to really feel it. Continue with the short story until you come to a natural conclusion, encouraging your child to bring back feelings of peace, calm and good as sleep time approaches.
The wonderful joy-filled moments your child has spent in meditation with you will become associated with good things and your child will have a sense of well – being that elevates self-esteem and everyday peacefulness. The only limit you have is the limit you put on your own imagination. One of the most important components of guided visualizations and meditations is the detail. Instead of just seeing a ‘river’ allow your child to visualize a ‘lazy, winding river the color of blue satin, twisting and turning around the lush green banks’.
Listening to your meditative stories repeatedly develops your child’s concentration and focus, even for the most active child. You will find that your child anxiously awaits your evening meditation together.
Meditation is an opportune time for bonding with your child. Through active and quiet listening to your child, you can find many subjects for your creative meditations. Children are very good communicators if we take the time to fully listen to them. Use the themes discussed in your talks with your child to develop a meditation. For example, if your child is worried about an upcoming test, create your meditation around your child visualizing calm test-taking, knowing all the answers and confidence in his or her ability. Have him or her visualize total success and getting a good grade.
Meditation also presents an opportunity to teach spiritual values to your child. Kindness, gratitude, loving what is and peacefulness are healthy values to embody and explore within each meditation.
Enjoy creating your guided meditations and enjoy meditating with your children. Setting an example and teaching mediation at this early age will help your child discover the peace within and build personal self-confidence and love to face even the most stressful of life-situations.
If you would like more information on creating meditations and free guided meditations to use with your child, please visit us at www.ShambalaKids.com
Many people want to know how to meditate. They want a step-by-step example on how to meditate. So I’m going to “walk” you through a
meditation step by step as you read this article.
You may want to take a moment and put on some soft soothing music. Music selection during meditation is very important. You do not want to
play Bach, Mozart or Beethoven during meditation as songs from these composers actually increase brain activity and stimulate creativity. Make
sure to pick calming music for your meditation.
Next it’s important to not have any distractions. You must lock yourself in a quiet room and anticipate any “future” distractions. Let your family
know that you are meditating and not to bother you. If there’s an outside distraction going on like someone mowing their lawn, you will not be able
to meditate. Alternatively, if you are on good terms with your neighbor you could ask him/her to not mow the lawn during your meditation.
Before starting to meditate you want to make sure you have correct meditation posture. Sit on the floor cross-legged. But here’s where most
people get it wrong. If you’re right-handed, sit with your right leg on top and if you’re left-handed, sit with your left leg on top. If you’re ambidextrous, I’m not sure what to do. Now take your index finger and thumb and touch them together. Make sure to NOT use your middle finger.
Using your middle finger hampers the meditation experience. When you close your eyes, make sure your eyeballs are pointing upward. Tilt your
neck exactly ten degrees upward. You may want to get a protractor to make sure you have the exact angle. You can buy a cheap protractor at
the local store, or borrow one from your child. Do not have the neck tilting less or more than ten degrees.
Now that you’ve got correct meditation posture, start by breathing through your nose. Not your mouth. Obviously if you are stuffy, have a cold or
allergies and cannot breathe through your nose, you won’t be able to meditate. Wait until your nasal passages are clear before attempting to
And here’s the most important thing of all: Don’t Think!
So by now you may have realized that “I’m pulling your leg.” And I hope you take this in the light, playful way it was intended. But it’s absolutely
laughable at some of the things people think they need to go through to meditate properly. You don’t need to do any of the above. In fact, you can
meditate in a crowded mall, meditate while standing and with your eyes open. You can meditate under any circumstance in any situation. You
don’t need special music. You don’t need to lock yourself away in isolation!
Meditation is simply being fully present in the moment, and in that moment experiencing the truth of who you are beyond your mind, body,
thoughts. I’m going to invite you to throw out all technical things you may have heard about meditation and to take moments throughout the day
just to bask in the beauty of who you are!
I enjoy cooking my own meals, but I don’t know how to properly use herbs and spices to give my food better flavor. I love the taste that fresh and raw garlic & onion give to foods, but also need to learn how to use them as ingredients in cooking. Can anyone recommend a good cookbook or website that can teach me how to use herbs, spices, garlic and onion in my cooking?