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Calming contemplative practices for adults, senior citizens, and caregivers

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Contemplative practices: examples, how-to info, resources

What are contemplative practices?

Contemplative practices are a variety of meditative experiences that help you to be calm and centered.

What kind of practices are contemplative?

Worldwide, there are many different contemplative practices. They may be either religious/cultural/secular, active/sedentary, solitary/groups, and indoors/outdoors. My personal favorite contemplative practices are being in nature, affirmation journaling, prayer, and a variety of guided meditations, including breathwork, guided imagery, walking meditations, labyrinth walking and drumming meditations.

Are contemplative practices difficult to learn?

NO! Many are quite simple and in a matter of moments or a few minutes leave you calmer and more centered. That being said, it can take time to develop your focus, intentionality, and compassion. So you may find that your experience deepens over time, as you gain more experience with contemplative practices.

How can contemplative practices help?

  • Develop greater empathy and communication skills
  • Improve focus and attention
  • Reduce stress
  • Enhance creativity
  • Supporting a loving and compassionate approach to life.  

-The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, retrieved 2/6/18


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How to use guided meditation - sitting, walking, drumming!

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Listen to a guided breathing meditation

Please check with your doctor before trying wellness practices. If you have post traumatic stress disorder or seizures or if you take medication especially for diabetes, thyroid, hypertension, anxiety or sleep, there are some considerations about meditation. Click here to learn more in my blog

How to access nature's peace - from inside and out

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How to use reflection and affirmations

Journaling

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Self reflection

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Creating change

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Creating optimism

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Your heart's desire

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Finding your wellbeing

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Resources for affirmations and intentionality

How to create optimism and healthy behavior change

Affirmations Journal

A Reflective Journal for Busy People

Author Gale Lyman introduces you to an integrative, holistic process.  Find out what you want, learn what is keeping you from your desires, and discover what to do about it using affirmations, self-reflection and journaling. 

“I hope this book finds itself into the hands of so many who need to make the time to be still, be quiet, and reflect daily.” - Kelly Nickerson, RN

“After reading this journal, I found myself in a heightened energy state- awake, and with the feeling of easy access to the inspired part of me I most wanted to encourage. All things seem possible.”     - Linda Williams

Links to lots more contemplative practices

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More websites and resources

These links will take you outside the TLC website. Reader beware

"Calm and Centered" Blog

Learn more - Gale's blog features contemplative practices

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