Meditations & Conversations

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Meditations & Conversations is an opportunity for all levels of meditators to gather in community to be in practice together.

Join us for an hour of relaxation using breath work, meditations & conversations designed to help you recharge, replenish and reconnect with your spirit.

No experience required, just your open mind and willingness.

Agenda
Registration 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Oracle cards 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Meditations 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Conversations 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Investment: $15.00

Location: Juiceez Etc – 20 Jackson Street Atlanta 30312 Phone:(404) 688-3812
Juiceez & Etc. is located off Edgewood Avenue @ the corner of Jackson & Chamberlain—on street parking

Bring yourself, a friend, a blanket and/or pillow. Yoga mats are available or feel free to bring your own.
RSVP to confirm your attendance. Please pay upon arrival
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Know what calms you

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Know what calms you 

The holiday season is here. No matter how you feel about the holidays, it is crucial for you to know how to stay
calm. I’ve recently returned to one of the things that helps me stay calm, crocheting. Ahhh, when I can grab my
crochet needles and start a project, there is a peace that I can’t describe that comes over me.

I love crochet because I can crochet alone or with others.  This past weekend we went to a Hawks basketball
game and I was able to watch and crochet… I know multitasking but I was calming for me and I had orders
to complete. 😉 I crocheted in the car on the drive to the game and while at the game.  Did you know that
crocheting and knitting are proven to be meditative?

No matter what may happen over the next few weeks, know what calms you. Take time to step away
and center yourself as you need to. And remember that CALM and CHAOS both come from the same
place, your thoughts. Ask yourself if your thoughts are serving you and giving you the peace you deserve.
Connect with the present moment by taking a few conscious breaths.

I’ll continue to share what keeps me calm over the next few weeks. I’d enjoy hearing from you what keeps you
calm.  Share your comments below.

 

Birthdays, Weather and Breathing

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COME ENJOY A COMPLIMENTARY MEDITATION SESSION.

Well, it’s my birthday weekend and the weather is doing its thing. I was reminded by several friends how my birthday weekend can be very interesting. As I was thinking about what I wanted to do, it occurred to me that all I really wanted to was to simply be home and relax. I wanted to Be Still. I had my monthly meditation program, Meditations & Conversations on Sunday, so being home was exactly where I wanted to be. My usual tradition is to take the day off from work so my husband and I prepared to be home for a few days based on the weather reports.  The weather certainly has a way of helping you remember what is important.

I’ve been really paying close attention to things for a few years now. Once the weather reports recommended people stay home on Saturday, I knew where I would be. At home, warm and toasty ready to relax and unwind. Friday evening I pulled out my craft tools and settled in to create. I altered a clipboard and a few journals on Friday night. Saturday I woke up and decided I would follow the suggestions of the weather professionals and stayed  home. I sent a text to my sister-in-law and niece to postpone my birthday lunch. When my husband went outside to get something out of the car, the door was frozen. I smiled at him and said,
“I guess that is confirmation that we should stay home today.”

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I have been a planner all my life. It’s funny how we make plans and continue going in that direction no matter what is going on… we made plans, right?  We can’t possibly not do what we “planned” to do.  The more I continue to get still, the less I find myself being able to plan as I have in the past. I am learning to connect with what is most important for me to do and move in that direction. I’m going with the FLOW…Feeling Loving Open Willing to pay attention to what is the next best thing for me to do.

Start off the year with#selfcare and Recharge. Replenish. Reconnect. If you are in Atlanta please be my guest at my Meditations & Conversations at Juiceez Etc. at 2:00 PM.  The details are in the attached flyer, I hope to see you there.

I’d love to hear how you are FLOWING and connecting with life. Please share your comments below.

 

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How Are You Living by Design?

How are you living by design?

In 2009,  I took a few months to “be still” so I could “get clear” and then “choose well.” I started drinking fresh “live” juices as a part of my diet, I vacationed in Puerto Rico and was able to enjoy the company of great friends, wonderful weather and of course, salsa dancing.  I have been fine tuning my personal guidance system (PGS) and I am continuing to create the life experiences I desire.

Social media has continued to climb in usage from Facebook, to Twitter, to You Tube.  I’ve returned to embracing aspects of technology including Facebook and this blog as ways to stay connected.  As human beings we have the power of choice. We often forget that we have the ability to fully engage in life or to simply live our lives on auto pilot. I am choosing to “Live by Design.”

It’s been 10 years since I wrote my book, Why Struggle? life is too short to wear tight shoes and yes, I’m still meditating daily and still recommending everyone, (yes, everyone can benefit) take at least a minimum of five minutes (300 seconds) to be still…so they can get clear… and choose well. Here’s a quick meditation for you. This one minute meditation will remind you to BREATHE – http://bit.ly/8GQ5th.

If you are looking for stocking stuffers  or gifts for the holiday season, I’m offering several specials on my website, www.dontstress.net, for my book and cd.

I’m completing my program, “Live More, Stress Less” in a few weeks and will be offering this course as well as a few other programs live and virtual programs in 2010.  I am on Facebook and would enjoy connecting with you if we aren’t already connected you can reach me at facebook.com/barbarafaison.

Please share this blog with your friends, family, colleagues or organizations.  If you are interested in mini-workshops, group sessions or book clubs, email me at barbara@dontstress.net.   I also want to know what things you are doing to create the life you desire.

Remember to take the time to be still, get clear and choose well so you can Live By Design.

Going Home

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“I’m going home, to a place where I belong where your love has always been enough for me… Cause these places and these spaces are getting old. I’m going home.”   Lyrics from Home by Chris Daughtry

Going home for me means I am going to visit my mother, the Sage of life. We have our usual things that we do on my monthly visits that I have learned to treasure. If I arrive on Friday and I am not too tired we sit and talk. On Sat morning we eat a great breakfast after I get up…no matter what time. At home, I sleep in and enjoy being in a place filled with loving memories.

During and after breakfast, we chat…and chat…and laugh. The weekend is filled with fried fish on Saturday evening and leftover fish and grits for Sunday breakfast and a lot of life talks  and laughter with the food. While we are chatting, Lacee, my mother’s lovable Yorkipoo, usually jumps in my lap. Lacee has figured out our routine. Food fellowship, then out for fun! Lacee uses this time to remind us that as a “lapdop” she wants her “lap” time before we get out in the streets. Lacee also knows that I will take her for a long walk before we leave. When feels like we have laughed and chatted enough she will jump down and look at me with those puppy dog eyes as if to say, “Are you ready yet?”

When she sees me put my shoes on she starts running in a circle from sheer excitement. After we walk Lacee comes back and drinks some water and plops down on the cool tile floor. I shower and mom and I are off to run errands and continue to enjoy our time together.  Going home and spending time with my mother is a ritual I treasure that is priceless.

Home is one place I can rejuvenate, recharge, regroup, relax and be reminded of the simple pleasures of life. I am HOME… a place where I belong.

Where do you go or what do to recharge? I would enjoy your thoughts.

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Opening the door to being still

Opening the door to being still

Five Ways to find time to “Be Still”

Greetings,
Okay, here’s the deal.  I have so many people tell me they can’t find the time to Be Still so they can Get Clear…and then Choose well.  Here are a few ways to add this essential practice into your life.  Some of these may be a bit amusing, but they have been proven to work.

1.  When driving in the car – don’t turn on music or radio or talk…simply
drive and pay attention to what’s around you.
2.   When in the bathroom – at home or work – take an extra few minutes
and  close your eyes and breathe in and out for a few moments.
3.   When you take a lunch break – go to a room or outside and sit and take
in a few conscious breaths.
4.   If you have children, I’ve been told going into the closet is a great place
to hide out for a few minutes.
5.  When you get to work or your destination…sit in the car for a few
minutes and breathe in and out.

Remember, taking the time to Be Still and connecting with your breath plants you into the PRESENT moment.  Focusing on breathing takes away your emphasis on thinking and puts you in a state of BEING.

Let me know if any of these work, or if you any thoughts you would like to share.

What are you reading, listening to or experiencing that is helping you grow?

Learn to Meditate in 10 Minutes a Day

Be Still: Learn to Meditate in 10 Minutes a Day

It’s been a busy time since I got back from Barbados. I’ve been updating my website and getting the final cover design approved and it’s now at the press.  You can listen to a few samples on my website or if you want have a few images you can listen and see images on You tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLGpFYWo7Is. My meditation cd is available at www.dontstress.net and also at www.learnoutloud.com (search on Be Still Meditation).  Thank you Leticia Owens of R’Tish Creations for the beautiful cover and Charlie Mystro of Y.U.C.A. Music group for the great hi-def audio recording.

I’ve been listening to a few audio programs in my LWD (Learn while driving) program.  I am almost done with Michael Beckwith’s Life Visioning – a phenomenal program for anyone who is interested in moving being mediocrity and living a life of excellence.  You can find out more about him at www.agapelive.com.
Michael says that “meditation is paying undistractable attention to the present moment. ” I wholeheartedly agree.

I also completed the audio program, The Seven Levels of Intimacy: The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved by Matthew Kelly.  It was a wonderful program and the narration was absolutely flawlessly executed. 
Matthew says that our main purpose is to be the best version of ourselves.  Amen.

I remember reading somewhere that anything in nature that doesn’t grow dies. I believe that as humans we are here to grow and evolve. If you aren’t growing you are dying. Are you living on the surface of life or are you living with depth and feeling, tasting, and touching all the textures that come with the journey.

My question to you is… What are you reading, listening to or experiencing that is helping you grow?
Tell me in the comments and share this with your friends.

Barbara’s Last days in Barbados

       

My last few days were wonderful.  I took a few pictures on my way out of town and at the airport.
I learned a few tips for traveling to Barbados. 

1.  Be prepared to rise and shine about 6:00am.  God’s creatures (roosters, chickens, birds, etc) are up and want you to be up with them.

2.   Try the TeaTime creme filled biscuits ( they are cookies) and they are great with coffee or tea or alone.

3.   The flying fish was also great! Thanks for cooking it for me Geno.

4.   Take lots of pictures, the scenery is GORGEOUS.

5.    If you want to have a great tour experience contact www.customcaribbeanvacations.com and ask for
       Regenna London.

 

Barbara in Barbados- Day 6

Day 6 in Barbados.  Wow.  Geno and I got up and walked to the gym for a nice workout about 7:00am. I don’t get up that early when I’m at home working but the sun is up here about 5:30 and it is pouring through the windows.  Between the sun and the sounds of nature (chickens, roosters, tree frogs and birds) you can’t stay in bed very long.

These shots below are worth every hour I spent at the gym this week. So then we came back to the house and eat on the porch and had chat time.  Then off to Brandon Beach. We took the bus and then walked over to the beach.  Of course the beach was beautiful.

The lifeguard, Ron, was great…we saw him on this rescue surf board and he let us take a few pictures with him.  We just enjoyed the afternoon and evening on the beach.  Enjoy the pictures.

 

Barbara in Barbados – Day 4

Today we decided after the 5 hour hike we would forgo the gym. I actually said this about 10 times while we were lost in the woods yesterday. Geno kept saying, let’s wait and see. I was VERY clear, I was not going to the gym. I don’t think any of us really knew how tired we would be.  Just imagine being on your feet for 5-6 straight hours.  That is a long time.  My tooties are not used to that kind of activity.

    Today we had a light breakfast and I read and relaxed, Sandra and Kym, I did relax this morning.  😉 Geno has not allowed me to help do anything in the kitchen except get water and something to drink. We went to to downtown Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados.  I went to Woolworth…who knew there would be a Woolworth in Barbados. I found some cool earrings for $7.50 and $5.00.  We took pictures and came home and ate a nice lunch.  We will probably chill out for the evening.  Enjoy the pictures of downtown.

Barbara in Barbados – Days 2 & 3

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Day 2 – We all went to the gym and worked out.  It felt great to be back working out again.  My ankle strain has left me with very limited workouts, except SALSA.   We went to Brown’s beach for the afternoon and watched the sunset.  There were many families on the beach and Warren, Regenna and I enjoyed the weather and chilling in the water floats and the overall beach scene. The picture on the header is from Brown’s Beach in Barbados. 

Day 3- This was the most unexpected day.  We got up to go to a 6am hike at Hackertons Cliff. Regenna and Warren London and I got up and took our snacks ( trail mix, grapes, apples, water, and a few Little Debbie Oatmeal pies for Warren).  It all started out so well, we got there right on time as they were explaining the different hikes.  We opted for the Stop and Stare.  We figured it would be a nice easy hike, we could STOP and Stare and take some pictures along the way.  It was listed as a 3 hour hike.  It started out very nicely, we walked through some wooded areas that were very beautiful. Then we walked past some houses and moved to where the fun really started.  We entered a very wooded area that didn’t seem that different from the other area we just left.  About an hour into the Barbados forest we all started to wonder what was happening.  This was no ordinary hike.  We were climbing up what seemed to be mini cliffs.  Not what we had in mind.  Well, there were several times we all were stopped and joked that the guide must be lost.  We were right.  We were lost in the Barbados forest for about 3 hours.
                Working out in a gym doesn’t quite prepare you for climbing up rocks, grabbing vines and maneuvering around trees with ants and slugs. I felt about as close to Survivor or Lost as I would ever be.  The other 39 people on the hike were just as befuddled as I was about why we were lost.  Were there markers we should have seen?  Of course there were.  I don’t hike. I mean I walk trails sometimes but really hike, no.  I really didn’t know what to expect or know what to look for. I thought that was why we had a guide.
                About 3 hours after realizing that we were indeed lost we made it to what looked like the top of a pit.  Regenna’s husband Warren was a life saver for the hike.  He made sure that we had assistance and helped us in the steep areas.  I was pulling on a stick several times  that he held out to me to be sure I made it up some of the steep paths. Did I mention I don’t hike? Well, we made it to the pit and one of the guys helping the guide tried to convince me it was easy to get out and to the top. At that point I would have done just about anything to get out of that hole.  It was beautiful in the forest, woods, it wasn’t quite a jungle but it was as close to a jungle I would see. But I definitely wanted out.  He helped us all out with a smile and in the typical Bajan accent, “Wasn’t that easy.”  Hell no.  It wasn’t easy…it was a trip.
                When I came up out of the hole we walked over to an area to rest atop of a beautiful cliff.  It was breathtaking. But that was not even close to the end of the hike. We still had another hour to go.
My body was aching; we were now back in the 80+ degree weather of Barbados and still clueless about how to get to the car.  We all bombarded a local store owner for water, Powerade and Banks Beer (a local favorite) to help us on the next hour leg of our trip.
                At one point when we were nestled quietly in the forest waiting to find out which way we were going, I was standing very still and quiet with my eyes closed.  Regenna asked me if I was okay.  I told her I was praying.  She asked if I was worried.  I told her no, I was simply praying my prayers of affirmation.  I thanked God for the safety of all the hikers. I thanked God for the wisdom of the guide. I thanked God for keeping the hikers calm. I had a few more prayers for God. I am continuing to pray at all times, prayers of gratitude help me remember that am at all times a blessed child of God.                Regenna and I discussed what could be the lesson in being Lost in Barbados. I don’t know for sure but I am sure that being in the moment and knowing that I would be divinely protected had to be somewhere among the things I learned and experienced on my three hour hike that was six hours while I was visiting Barbados.
                After our hike we were all EXHAUSTED.  We came home, showered and slept the afternoon away. We woke up and Geno cooked flying fish, rice and peas, mashed potatoes and salad.  Yummy.  Flying fish is native to the island and it was DELICIOUS! We just lazied (real word?) around the house all afternoon.  My feet and body are so sore.  See some of the pictures.

We made it back to the top!