Season 2, Episode 244: Guided Meditation #36 with Michael Neeley

Today’s guided meditation was spurred on by a Zoom session for charismatic speakers and will be focused on presencing yourself and getting grounded in the now – something especially important for that moment before you take the stage. And as Shakespeare so eloquently put it… “All the world’s a stage”. Michael will lead you on a simple, short meditation with attention on the breath, and a reminder that the past belongs behind us and the future can wait… enjoy your present.

This portion of our guided meditation series is brought to you by THE TOTAL WELLNESS CHALLENGE. In the Total Wellness Challenge, for 30 days, Ginny Wright will provide instruction and guidance to support us as we earn and post daily points in 3 categories: nutrition, fitness and lifestyle. Check it out today and join Michael & other Conscious Explorers in the Challenge in February 2016.

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Pearls of Puppy Wisdom: 7 Lessons from a Furry Little Sage

You never know where you might learn something new – even if you’re an old dog like me. Our puppy, Bella, has taught me quite a few lessons in a very short while. Check out my article in Tiny Buddha and let me know what lessons resonate with you.

Pearls of Puppy Wisdom: 7 Lessons from a Furry Little Sage (first published in Tiny Buddha – May 8, 2015)

The Challenges of Letting Go

I love the fall season. It is nature’s way of letting go of that which no longer serves. The trees shed their leaves. The grass gives up its color. And nature itself seems to look inward to its roots. There is no struggle. It is full of ease.

We can learn a great deal from nature at this time of year. To trust that it is okay to let go. To know that what we need will come to us in time. To breathe deeply and slowly and look inward.

Yet sadly, we often end up like a dog with a bone, fighting tooth and nail to hang onto something. It might be your relationship or it might be your job. It could be your money or it could be your fame. These are the things that are usually very apparent. Everybody can see what you’re up to. Sometimes, you can even see it yourself.

However, we frequently (and often subconsciously) cling to something that can harm us much worse than the obvious. We just won’t let go of our notions, our beliefs, or our habits.

I’m not talking about ideals or faith, but about the stories that we make up and tell ourselves. Stories about ourselves, about our world, about the people in it. And much like a child that believes in both Santa Claus and the Boogie-Man, we take these made-up stories for cold hard fact.