Meditation

Insight Timer: My Curated List Of Their Best Meditations

By Nicole Urdang | June 24, 2019
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I am a huge fan of the free app: Insight Timer. It has over 90,000 meditations. While I certainly haven’t listened to all of them, I have sampled many. With such an embarrassment of riches it’s a bit daunting to sort through them and bookmark all the ones you love. I thought it might be […]

Breathing: 10 Breaths to Create Joy

By Nicole Urdang | February 16, 2015
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Humans needed to survive in harsh conditions since our earliest cave dwelling days. As a result, our brains got very good at sensing danger. If we had a traumatic event, or even a close call, we had to learn from one experience to avoid those situations and any that looked like them in the future. […]

Shanti, Shakti, Prema, Bhakti Meditation For Centering

By Nicole Urdang | December 31, 2013
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This is a very short, restorative, centering meditation you can do sitting on the floor, sitting in a chair, or even lying down. To start, center yourself with a few deep diaphragmatic breaths, making each one a bit slower and more relaxed than the last. With your hands in prayer, and thumbs touching at the […]

Mindfulness

By Nicole Urdang | July 6, 2010
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While walking in the park this morning I happened to notice a man ambling along engrossed in a book. Curious as to what was so compelling, I glanced over and saw it was a large book of watercolors. This perplexed and amused me, as the morning was exceptionally beautiful: a rich blue sky punctuated with […]

Magic Mantra For Instant Stress Relief

By Nicole Urdang | January 26, 2010
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While there are many wonderful mantras in English and Sanskrit, it is helpful to have a simple all purpose phrase when life feels especially challenging. At those times, the shorter the better. “It’s OK” seems to fit the bill, as long as you say it with love in your heart and aim some soothing calm […]

Nature Sounds

By Nicole Urdang | October 23, 2009
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I recently came across one of the bargains of the century on my favorite site: amazon.com Searching for discs with nature sounds I found dozens of very long-playing CDs, 50-70 minutes each, for between $.89-.99 Just go to MP3 downloads and type in nature sounds. You can preview each one before buying it. These can […]