New Video Series - MOMENT OF ZEN

 Meditation Series

The last five years in the United States of America has been chaotic, filled with division, vitriol, hate, and violence. Then 2020 ushered in a global pandemic that the world has not experienced in a century. Added to the pain, suffering, angst, anxiety, depression, financial loss, and despair of the pandemic came additional heart ache and grief as we lost some great icons in sports, politics, and Hollywood

As we all tried to gather ourselves and make sense of the world, America experienced the second I Can't Breathe moment which pushed the Black Lives Matter movement global. People set aside personal safety and marched for weeks in cities, suburbs, towns, and hamlets all across America and the world. 

As 2020 wrapped up, America's COVID-19 infections continued to sky rocket, with this nation having the most cases in the world and officially over 336,802 people died. Unofficially that number is much higher. By March 2021 the official tally of deaths is over 515,151 people, this is around the time that the fast tracked vaccine rollout began.

The Need to be Centered

As the pandemic ramped up, people globally were experiencing lockdowns and drastic changes to routines. Some complied with the new normal while others rebelled refusing to believe the pandemic existed. In the midst of this apps like Calm started advertising moments of meditation on television and streaming services. My local news station started airing a moment of zen during their news show. All of this to address everyone's increasing stress levels.

Hope

I started considering late last year, 2020, creating a meditation series as a way to help manage my own stress and hopefully help the global community. I did not want to simply duplicate what everyone else is doing, but instead pull from the well spring of encouragement and hope that sustains me when I am even at my lowest point and feel full of despair. And believe me 2020 gave me plenty of reasons to be filled with despair. 

So, I am creating the video series Moment of Zen for people to take a few minutes to center, breath, and meditate on positivity. It is good for the heart, brain, soul and spirit. Namaste and Blessings.

First episode Hope:

Hope Mantra

I don't delve into the deep practices of yoga or Hindu. I am using the basic definition of mantra as a focusing point, as a way to renew your mind and melt away the stress. To be intentional.

So what is a mantra? According to Chopra 
The word mantra can be broken down into two parts: "man," which means mind, and "tra," which means transport or vehicle. In other words, a mantra is an instrument of the mind . . . that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.
Like a seed planted with the intention of blossoming into a beautiful perennial, a mantra can be thought of as a seed for energizing an intention. Much in the same way you plant a flower seed, you plant mantras in the fertile soil of practice. You nurture them and over time they bear the fruit of your intention.

In other words, the Hope Mantra intends to get you to center, focus, and let your mind shift away from the thoughts that were worrying, consuming, or stressing you. It gives you a time for pause and reset, much like breathing exercises.

Ease away the stress of the day by taking a moment to center yourself, reflect, and meditate on the word Hope.



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