Category Archives: meditation

Summer Reading List

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If you are looking for some spiritually minded summer reading or want to get a jump start on my future class offerings, here are some books to check out this summer.

Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani

(very inspiring story and a Book Club Discussion book for Sept/Oct)

Moorjani describes her early life, her 4 year battle with stage cancer and her subsequent near death experience (NDE).  Her medical records prove that she was riddled with tumors and open sores from her toxic chemotherapy.  Within weeks of having died and come back, she was miraculously cancer free.  Her message to the world is that we are all love.  Truly an inspirational read and it was interesting to compare her NDE to Eben Alexander’s NDE in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.

 
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris

(a book for Meditation 101)

You may recognize Harris’ name from Good Morning America, Nightline and his reporting on ABC.  This is his personal account of how he skeptically and eventually embraced meditation.  If you are at all dubious about the benefits of meditation, if you think you do not have time to meditate, if you think you could never sit still for meditation, then this book is for you.  Even if you already believe in the benefits of meditation, his stories of celebrities, politicians and scandal make for a fun read.

All is Well by Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., PH.D.

(my own personal reading)

I am already aware that imbalance in our emotional centers (chakras) can cause physical illness, but this book is an easy read and reinforces my personal ongoing education in this topic.  “Structured around these emotional centers, the authors outline common imbalances and probably mental causes for physical illness….including case studies that show a complete program for healing that draws from all disciplines, including both tradtional and alternative medicine, affirmations, nutritional changes, and so much more.”

Born Knowing by John Holland

(my own personal reading)

Described as “a medium’s journey accepting and embracing my spiritual gifts,” this book was recommended to me by my cousin Celeste Woods (a spiritual medium herself who many may know from her work here in NJ).  The back of the book has interesting Q&A and some exercises to enhance intuition and spiritual awareness.

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Make Sure Your Thoughts Are Your Own

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Are you familiar with Abraham Hicks?  I love receiving their daily inspirational emails.  I don’t necessarily always understand the Law of Attraction and these emails give me insights and keep me thinking.  Today’s was perfect because it’s about KNOWING what YOU are thinking and not what others are telling you.  This is why daily quiet time/meditation is important so you can access YOUR thoughts.

It is of great value for you to give your conscious attention to what you specifically want, otherwise you can be swept up by the influence of that which surrounds you. You are bombarded by the stimulation of thought. And so, unless you are setting forth the thought that is important to you, you can be stimulated by another’s thought that may or may not be important to you.

—Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop: The Law of Attraction, The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham on July 01, 2006


Our Love,
Esther (and Abraham and Jerry

 

Asking for Directions

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This morning, Elvis Duran (100.3FM NYC) was promoting ABC News anchor Dan Harris’s new book.  I had to laugh because Elvis said he really had no interest in Harris, a white, suit-wearing, straight guy.  What did he have to say in a book?  I felt the same way.  Really?  What’s so interesting about this Harris guy that he’s already writing his autobiography.  After listening a few more minutes, it turns out I may have to buy Harris’s book 10% Happier after all.

The short story is this: Harris was a hard hitting war reporter.  When he returned from a particularly rough time in Baghdad, he fell into a deep depression and started using cocaine and ecstasy to self-medicate.  In 2004, he had a panic attack live on Good Morning America.   Now here’s the part that really got to me.   In Harris’ own words:

“At around the same time, I was assigned to do a series on religion for ABC that sent me into a journey of self-help. This eventually led to Buddhism and meditation and a series of brain exercises that changed my life, and, as the title of the book says, made me 10 percent happier.”

Let me repeat what I feel is the most important part of what he has to say (in capital letters for big emphasis) AT AROUND THE SAME TIME, I WAS ASSIGNED TO DO A SERIES ON RELIGION.  That, my friends, is no coincidence.  This man, a “lifelong nonbeliever”, wasn’t just guided to find help; he was pushed there!  He probably didn’t know it then and he probably isn’t admitting it now, but he has guardian angels.  Harris was able to get help for himself because God (or whatever higher power you choose to insert here) was watching over him and set him in a different direction.  Harris did the work.  He had to say yes to the assignment and did whatever was required of him.  And to his credit, he is still here 10 years later promoting meditation as a way of taming our egotistical, logical mind.

Please know that you don’t need a major breakdown on national television in order for God or his angels to step in and help you.  What you can do is ask for help from above, KNOW in your heart that you DESERVE divine assistance, and then be open to the signs all around you, especially coincidences.  Tune in and follow your gut instincts.  You are always on the right path in life, but sometimes the direction signs just need to be a little bit more clear.  Don’t be afraid to ask for directions.

The Importance of Non-Doing

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A recent article in the Huffington Post entitled Creating Space for ‘Non-Doing’ by Steven Leonard talks about the importance of quiet time.  In today’s frenetic world where we are always connected, it’s imperative to find time to just be and sit in the quiet.   I think some people are afraid of what might come to them in the quiet space between their thoughts.  It’s important to go there with courage, connect, let go and trust.