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Hello Fellow 'New Normal' Seekers Welcome to Time to Meditate Day 1:

I hope and trust that you are holding your own at this time of isolation. In the spirit of health and wellbeing, as a counselling therapist specializing in anxiety, I invitie you to include something in your day that, in my experience, works. I’m talking about regular meditation for mindfulness, clarity, and a general sense of happiness. If you haven’t tried meditation, perhaps this time offers a pregnant possibility for creating a new healthy habit for yourself! Right now, many of us have a unique opportunity to make room for this technique that has proven, again and again, to be effective in becoming ‘present.’ My intention is simply to help breathe life into our potential, on an individual level as well as the collective whole.

So here’s the plan for the New Normal. The commitment is 33 days of short meditations, one per day. You will receive, from me alone, an active link daily to one of various Youtube meditations that have been selected for variety. Just carve out time to watch the clip of the day. Personally, I plan to meditate at 11 am, MST. Synergistically, the same time for you might be a great option. Regardless of whatever time you choose, try to make it the same time/place, if possible. You are creating a sustainable, positive habit for yourself after all. 

This opportunity is self directed and self monitored for your own insights and deepening awareness. Who knows? This might change your life!:-)

I invite you to also consider the following questions for reflection, to help you track the effects of your meditation. I suggest that you answer the 3 questions now to get a base-line. Write down your answers.Then, re-asses your answers at the following intervals - 11 days in, after 22 days, and finally in 33 days. Rate yourself on a sliding scale between 1 and 10, with 1 being least/lowest/untrue and 10 being most/highest/true. Don’t judge your answers. Be honest and compassionate with yourself.

Questions:

1. What is the level of calm and balance in my life overall right now? (Rate from 1 to 10)
2. To what degree do I feel empowered in my life right now? (Rate from 1 to10)
3. How happy do I feel right now? (Rate from 1 to 10)

Guided Meditation To Find Peace In Uncertain Times (16 min)

Welcome to Time to Meditate Day 2:

We’re in this together, grounded in the sublime intention of presence. I’ve selected a really simple clip for today, as a reminder of how simple and straight forward meditation is. 

UCLA Health Breathing Meditation (5 min)

Welcome to Time to Meditate Day 3:

Today’s meditation is lovely in embracing your true Self as you forgive, release guilt and let go of everything you don’t need.

Guided Healing Meditation on Forgiveness, releasing guilt and Letting Go - free your mind and life (13 min)

Hello Again on this promising Day 4:

Thank you for joining me, along with a growing number of others, in this open hearted and minded exploration of meditation. I invite you to experience a somewhat hypnotic video for deep relaxation, calm and bliss.

Relaxation Guided Meditation: Deep Calm & Bliss (14 min)

In Celebration of Time to Meditate, Day 5:

This meditation video, called Guided Mindfulness Meditation on Overcoming Anxiety and Fear, works with awareness of your body. When the narrator talks about anxiety/fear in your ‘chest,' feel free to substitute wherever you may actually feel tension, pain or whatever.

Guided Mindfulness Meditation on Overcoming Anxiety and Fear (14 min)

Here we are at Time to Meditate, Day 6:

Stepping into this new day, we have the opportunity to begin again with new eyes. It’s easy to flow with this vision in Deepak’s meditation, ‘Living Carefree.'

Deepak Chopra (15 min)

Greetings It’s already Day 7:

(an auspicious number for this auspicious day) of 33 in Time to Meditate!

Featuring Eckhart Tolle, reaching for Stillness & Presence in this meditation, ‘ Darshan Atmosphere: What is Meditation?’ 

Meditation: Shifting from thinking to awareness. ‘You can’t know it, only be it.’ (13 min)

Welcome to Time to Meditate Day 8:

This meditation on self compassion seemed very timely for me for various reasons, not the least of which being struggles with technology:-) No doubt, many people are judging themselves at this time of isolation and uncertainty. Self compassion may be just what the doctor ordered!

Tara Brach - The RAIN of Self Compassion (11 minutes)

In Celebration of Time to Meditate Day 9:

Missing the west coast of Canada with the sights, sounds, and smell of the ocean. With the calming sound of the waves in this clip, this meditation is wonderful for preparing you for sleep.

'Blissful Deep Relaxation' with shore, water sounds (18 min)

It’s Time to Meditate Day 10:

Thank you for your commitment to meditation and joining today's meditation. It includes progressive relaxation along with a positive statement, i.e. affirmation. I invite you to consider a statement that is in the present tense, positive (vs not negative) and also something that you believe to be true. An example of this is ‘I am healthy’ (vs. 'I am not sick’).

Yoga Nidra (20 min)

Hello Fellow Meditators Day 11:

We’re 1/3 of the way, power day, to creating our positive, ‘new normal' that includes Meditation!  

The musical video for today is all about vibrational alignment, sound healing and spirituality. Instructions are at the beginning of the clip.

After you watch/listen to it, I invite you to take a moment and re-assess your answers to the 3 questions from Day 1. Remember to be compassionate and honest with yourself.
1. What is the level of calm and balance in my life overall right now? (Rate from 1 to 10)
2. To what degree do I feel empowered in my life right now? (Rate from 1 to10)
3. How happy do I feel right now? (Rate from 1 to 10)

Chakra Tune-up with Himalayan Singing Bowls (11 min)

Greetings from Time to Meditate Day 12: 

This meditation is longer than the others yet it is worth the time. It’s entitled 

Heart Chakra Healing Guided Meditation (26 min)

Hello and welcome to Time to Meditate Day 13:

Today’s meditation/affirmation clip is by Lousie Hay. This famous author and master of affirmations narrates a very comprehensive recording that includes progressive relaxation and positive affirmations. It lends itself to an evening setting. (36 min)

Greetings on Time to Meditate Day 14:

Gayatri Mantra - A Universal Prayer - Meaning & Significance

Om Bhur Bhuva Swa
Tat-savitur Vareñya

Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yona
 Prachodayāt

General meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.

Word meaning: Om: The primeval sound; Bhur: the physical body/physical realm; Bhuvah: the life force/the mental realm Suvah: the soul/spiritual realm; Tat:  That (God); Savitur: the Sun, Creator (source of all life); Vareñyam: adore; Bhargo: effulgence (divine light); Devasya: supreme Lord; Dhīmahi: meditate; Dhiyo: the intellect; Yo: May this light; Nah: our; Prachodayāt: illumine/inspire.

This video consists of a wonderful chanting of the Gayatri Mantra, Radical Devotion with Sri Mooji (13 min)

Kindest Regards on Time to Meditate Day 15:

This powerful guided meditation takes you on a gentle visualization connecting you with your eternal, Source energy. Well worth the time and effort.

Connect & Recharge with Source Energy (24 min) by Pura Rasa

Welcome to Time to Meditate Day 16:

The video for today features incredible crystal bowls in a chakra meditation (14 min)

Hi - We’re just over half way, with Time to Meditate Day 17:

It’s a new day with almost endless possibilities:-) Just for something totally different, this is an interesting video that includes the nuts and bolts of how to meditate.

Narrator Alan Watt’s Guided Meditation, ‘Awakening the Mind.’ (15 min)

Hello and Welcome to 'Time to Meditate' Day 18:

Feel the relief and serenity of being gently cradled in this experience of 'A Walk Along the Beach' by Jason Stephenson Guided Meditation Visualization (24 min)

Greetings on 'Time to Meditate' Day 19:

This guided visualization presents a unique feature, the 'secret garden,’ located along your way. It’s a peaceful meditation by Jason Stephenson gracefully designed for not only relaxation but also for letting go.

The Secret Garden Guided Meditation (15 min)

Hello Again! This is Time to Meditate Day 20:

This meditation is all about Gratitude. Its series of affirmations invites you to see the vast abundance that you already enjoy, with fresh eyes.

‘Gratitude Meditation’ (12 min)

Kindest Regards on Time to Meditate Day 21:

This hypnotic meditation is an alpha level technique that brings you to your wellspring of creativity. Don’t be surprised if you fall asleep during the meditation:-)

Mindvalley Guided Meditation to Boost Creativity (18 min)

Welcome to Time to Meditate Day 22:

We’re 2/3 of the way, at Day 22 (another power day), to creating our positive, ‘new normal' that includes Meditation!  

This multi-phase meditation explores a variety of dimensions, including the power of the heart, compassion, insight, forgiveness and future blessings.

The 6 Phase Guided Meditation by Vishen Lakhiani

After you watch/listen to it, I invite you to take a moment and re-assess your answers to the 3 questions from Day 1 and Day 11. Remember to be compassionate and honest with yourself.

1. What is the level of calm and balance in my life overall right now? (Rate from 1 to 10)

2. To what degree do I feel empowered in my life right now? (Rate from 1 to10)

3. How happy do I feel right now? (Rate from 1 to 10)

Greetings on Time to Meditate Day 23:

I noticed a definite shift with my answers to the 3 questions from Day 1, Day 11, and yesterday, Day 22. Perhaps you’ve already found benefit from our meditations here as well.

This guided meditation is all about the gift of de-cluttering the mind and surroundings to reduce anxiety and stress. I wrote a blog/article on this and, indeed, found this to be the case. This is such a nice meditation!:-)

Clear the Clutter to Calm Down by Sara from The Mindful Movement (20 min)

Hello Again on Time to Meditate Day 24:

Today’s meditation is narrated by Bob Proctor with conviction and passion. Although any time is good for meditation, this recording would be best suited for a morning time frame. It’s called - 

Guided Meditation to Gain Abundance, Love & Happiness (22 min)

Welcome to Time to Meditate Day 25:

I chose today’s meditation primarily because of its subject matter, i.e. Self Love:-)

This jewel is called 'Guided Meditation for Strengthening Self-Love and Taking Care of Yourself.' It is narrated by 

Sarah Raymond of Mindful Movement (24 min)

Hello Fellow Meditators on Time to Meditate Day 26:

Ram Dass, a prominent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr Timothy Leary,has been teaching meditation, an array of spiritual practices and ancient wisdom traditions since 1967. Here he narrates a guided meditation called

‘I am loving Awareness’ (20 min)

Greetings on Time to Meditate Day 27:

This meditation is a great reminder of the sustained need for compassion, that includes yourself, and one of my favourites. Narrated by Josh Wise, it’s called

'Loving Kindness Meditation.’ (13min)

Welcome Again to Time to Meditate Day 28:

Today's meditation is by Caroline Myss, accomplished author, public speaker and champion of spirituality in personal development. In this edition, she beautifully draws our attention to the sacred breath and its power to imbue ourselves with acceptance, gratitude, courage, strength and the healing dynamic of unconditional love. You might wish to bookmark this one:-)

‘Caroline’s Personal Meditation’ (17 min)

Hello on Time to Meditate Day 29:

This profound guided visualization/meditation works with some of the subconscious limiting beliefs that we downloaded in childhood. Narrated by Michelle Chalfant, it's called,

‘Inner Child Meditation for Codependency, Lack of Self Love and Negative Programming.’ (20 min)

Greetings on Time to Meditate Day 30:

Here’s another excellent guided mediation by Sarah Raymond who describes letting go as a ‘practice.’ This recording is perfect for letting go of guilt, shame, resentment, and any other negative thoughts that may be keeping you captive. The meditation is called, 

‘Give Yourself Permission to Let Go.’ (22 min)

Welcome to Time to Meditate Day 31:

The is a very simple, short and easy to do breathing meditation. Narrator, Kim Eng, leads us in, 

“Guided Breathing Meditation.” (11 min)

Kind Regards on Time to Meditate Day 32:

This guided meditation explores our senses in a journey of deep awareness and releasing all that doesn’t work for us in mind, body and spirit. The recording is calle

’Guided Meditation to Release Suppressed Emotions.’ (15 min)

Blessings on Time to Meditate Day 33:

We’ve made it together - congratulations and gratitude for sharing this opportunity to embrace meditation as part of the New Normal! Today marks the end of the series yet with all the practicing that we’ve done, perhaps you’ll want to begin again from the beginning:-) All of the meditations will remain on my website page for easy access. And . . if you’re interested in reading the whole story about the blog quote above, please see ‘Renos Inside & Out.'

For today, Day 33, the selection is a lengthy and gorgeous sound recording of piano and flute music. (182 min)

I invite you to listen to as much of the recording as you like, while you use the Taoist ’Navel Meditation’ technique as described by Madisyn Taylor - 

'To begin, assume a comfortable and natural seated position--either cross-legged on a cushion on the floor or on a chair with your legs facing forward. Maintaining an upright, balanced posture will ensure that you are physically centred and prevent fatigue. Close your eyes and relax your body gradually, starting at the toes and ending at the crown of the head. Take a moment to note any physical sensations you are feeling, such as the hardness of the floor under your legs or the weight of a piece of jewelry. When you are relaxed, breathe through the nose at your natural pace. With each inhalation, draw air deep into the abdomen, allowing the area surrounding your navel to rise and fall. Gradually focus your attention on the sensations caused by the inhalation and exhalation of breath. Feel the air flowing in and out of the nostrils as well as the expansion and contraction of the abdomen. If you find it difficult to concentrate on both sensations, concentrate only on the movement of the navel area. 

As you endeavour to commune with the breath, you may notice that your mind strays. When this occurs, do not attach any significance to your thoughts. Simply bring your attention back to the flow of air into and out of your body and the rise and fall of your navel. Eventually, the torrent of mental noise flooding your mind will slow to a trickle, and you will learn to control the current of your thoughts until you are no longer at the mercy of your reactions.’

Finally, I had invited you on Day 1, Day 11, Day 22, and now on Day 33 to revisit the 3 questions to assess the benefits of meditating. Once again, rate yourself on a sliding scale between 1 and 10, with 1 being least/lowest/untrue and 10 being most/highest/true. Don’t judge your answers. Be honest and compassionate with yourself.

1. What is the level of calm and balance in my life overall right now? (Rate from 1 to 10)

2. To what degree do I feel empowered in my life right now? (Rate from 1 to10)

3. How happy do I feel right now? (Rate from 1 to 10)

I would very much appreciate your feedback about your journey with meditation and/or just keep in touch via email or on my Facebook page, Counselling for the Health of It.

Deep Listening. Clarity. Sustainable Solutions.


Helena Green, BA EFTCP CCIP MRP MPCC

Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling

Certified Energy & Somatic Psychology
(EFT & Matrix Re-imprinting) Practitioner

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