Meditation Monday

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Are you having difficulty finding a tranquil moment on you own? Check out my top 3 apps that encourage calm and meditation.

#1

The Mindfulness App

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Meditation beginners and gurus alike will find lots of options with The Mindfulness App. A five-day guided practice and introduction to mindfulness helps you get started, and timed guided or silent meditations from 3 to 30 minutes will suit your busy lifestyle. The app also offers personalized meditation options, reminders to keep you mindful throughout the day, and statistics to track in your meditation journal.

#2

Headspace

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Find calmness, wellness, and balance in your life with this app’s guided meditation and mindfulness techniques for daytime use. Before bed, try any of its 10 new sleep music tracks or 16 nature soundscapes. The app builds personalized plans based on a little input from you, so you can learn the essentials of meditation and build from there.

#3

Calm

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 5 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

This award-winning app has calming exercises, breathing techniques to help you relax, and even a Calm Kids section with meditations for kids between 3 and 17. The new Sleep Stories section features a great mix of voice talent — you may recognize actors Matthew McConaughey or Jerome Flynn — to lull you to sleep. A recent update to the Calm app makes for a mindful experience through the Apple Watch, with three new breathing exercises, a mindful walking meditation, and calming exercises you can all access right from your watch.

Can Meditation improve health?

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YES… it Encourages a healthy lifestyle.
Studies have shown that meditating increases your immunity and helps fight off diseases. Meditation causes you to relax, which increases a compound called nitric oxide that dilates your blood vessels and causes your blood pressure to drop. A lower blood pressure improves your cardiovascular and immune health, as well as helps you to have a better night’s rest!

Forgiveness Part 1

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What Is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness is the act of releasing ourselves from the bondage of an ongoing negative connection. Forgiveness resurrects our peace of mind from the perils of victimhood and releases our negative judgments.

Why Do We Forgive?

We forgive to reclaim our equilibrium. It is a joy to forgive. It’s also worthy of note that the “Lord’s Prayer” says, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Special thanks to Rev. Bill Englehart for this incredible information.

Meditation Monday:

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Do you know how to find peace?

During the last 8 months of my life, I have been through the most transformative experiences. Experiences that made me evaluate my values, passions, and direction in life. One thing that stood firm in this time of transition was the need for peace. I gained some things, lost some things but found a true center, a solid direction that is unwavering. This came by asking myself honest questions. I encourage you to use the last few months of this year and ask some difficult questions that will lead you to a bright and clear 2020. Welcome, a 2020 that is surrounded by peace.

Questions:

  1. What do I want out of life?
  2. Why?
  3. What is the basis of my faith/ why do I believe what I believe?

Time to find peace…

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Do you feel as if your life is full of stress? Then its time to do what I call a 360. Look around at your friends, family, job, and relationships to see what needs to change.

This meditation Monday I want to teach you how to find peace in your day to day life. One truth that must be told before peace is achieved is… what is the source of the stress?

  • If the stress comes from finances, take a moment and write down your bills.
    • Check out Dave Ramsey which is and incredible resource for budgets and a debt free life!!!
  • Relationships- learn how to say goodbye to people who do not positively contribute to your faith and development.
  • Family- write out what the issues are in your family, what problems and concerns have you been holding on through the years and ask yourself two questions:
    • What would your day look like if I chose to forgive them?
    • What would my life look like if they were not in it?

The answers to this question will allow you to see if that person should be in your life. This also allows you to see that forcing the family member has nothing to do with the opposing family member and everything to do with your daily peace. Forgiving your family member will free you from the obligation of anger, sadness, and stress.

Selah                                                                                

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Dirty Prayers:

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I want you introduce you to Michael Nelder. This piece, “Dirty Prayers” from poet Michael Nelder closed out #RHETORIC2018. The piece was so moving, as he delicately shared the confessions of his prayer life with the audience. This piece is a suggestion to critically think about the prayers we pray on an individual level and what they say about our hearts. It is a beautiful examination of how gratitude can inform our prayers.  

Jamila T. Davis On Her Lesson From Committing Bank Fraud And How To Get The Bag Legally

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One of the greatest lessons I have learned in life is not to judge a book by its cover. This interview is an extraordinary tale a woman who made mistakes, but intern learned to the true meaning of life. Enjoy and comment below.

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Forgiveness Prayer:

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Heavenly Father, I forgive anyone who has ever wronged me or hurt me
or cursed me or lied to me or prayed witchcraft prayers over me and I
bless them in the Name of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father I ask You to
forgive me for any unforgiveness, any bitterness, any anger, any strife,
any animosity, and any resentment that I have in my heart toward anyone
at this time, in Jesus Name I pray. Amen.