5 Easy Ways to Start Meditating

Meditation. It is for everyone, whether you know it yet or not. This guide will help you find a place for you to begin, even if you think you can't meditate. A word that is so simple, yet complex in many ways. When you look up the word "Meditation" on Merriam-Webster this is the definitions you get: : to engage in contemplation or reflection: to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness Easy enough, right? In other words, meditation is a way to think a…

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Consumed by Consumerism

You wake up sweaty and uncomfortable from a bad dream. No, a nightmare. It's dark outside and the cool breeze feels nice. No, the sunlight is creeping up through the clouds as it does at four o'clock each morning this time of year in Idaho. That's when you see it. No, them. All of them, with their red, beady eyes watching you in the dark--watching you sleep. You decide enough is enough. You get up and make your escape out of the bedroom. As you enter the hallway you can just make out more of them; more of it. Nothing…

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Remembering My Father – Father’s Day 2019

Most people remember their father's by the Saturday morning baseball pitch or the Sunday backyard BBQ's. My memories with my father were centered around drinking, smoking, guns, and motorcycles--that pretty much sums it up. I have spent the last eleven years not talking about my dad. Like all people, my father had some issues. During the first week of his life, he was abandoned by his mother and adopted by another family. This haunted him for much of his life. His escape came in the form of wine--Merlot to be specific. This wasn't his only vice, however--he also loved guns…

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Finding the Root

When we pull weeds, we find the root and dig it up. Getting the root ensures that we are less likely to encounter the weed again. Tearing the source of the weed away from its comfortable space and starving it from the nutrients it needs to live, destroys the control it holds over the garden. Trauma is like a weed living in our personal garden. It takes up space that was meant for blooming and growth. In my childhood, there wasn’t a lot of stability. There was a lot of chaos from the beginning. After a trauma at 4 years…

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Defining Success

There is a small hill in Idaho Falls that looks out across the valley and down on its inhabitants. The land up there is arid and unusable. There are snakes, and every summer, the land is approached by wildfires. The closest living tree happens to be with the common folk at the bottom of the hill. This hill is where you'll find the Idaho Falls elite. The joke around here is that when a person becomes successful, they move out of the valley and up on the hill. These people measure there success by their perch upon this hill. Why…

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Hate

Hate. It is an emotion that we are told not to feel, not to say, not to acknowledge. The dark side of human nature that we should supposedly turn a blind eye to because if we were to acknowledge hate then we are admitting that we have darkness within ourselves. We are taught to love, to be kind, to be caring, to be honest, to be light. Love is in all things, but hate? Hate can't be acknowledged or seen, because hate is darkness. But how is it possible to have light without some sort of darkness? Even the sun…

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On Buddhism and The Noble Eightfold Path

Life is suffering; the sooner we all realize it, the better off we'll be. It's how we process this suffering that makes us who we are. I am writing this blog post to help others understand the benefits of the Buddha's teachings and how I apply these teachings to my own life. The great thing about Buddhism is that the Buddha stated the level of commitment ultimately depends upon the person. If one wants to achieve nirvana (nibbana), The Noble Eightfold Path is how one would achieve this; however, you can get pretty close by adapting these principles into your…

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Check the Pockets

I washed my husband's AirPods that were left in his pockets for the 3rd time today (Sorry Babe). As a Stay-at-Home mom and wife, I have made it my responsibility to do the laundry for my family most of the time. Now, this isn't because "I'm a woman" or "It's my job", no, I do it because it makes our lives easier, and simply because I am home. My husband checks pockets before laundry most of the time, but checking pockets is something I don't do, I actually refuse to do. I empty mine before I put my pants in…

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Meditation for a Skeptic

unsplash-logoJD Mason Close your eyes for just a moment and think about meditation. What's the first thing that comes to mind? Was it a man dressed in dark red robes sitting cross-legged on a plush pillow in the center of a room adorned with candles and mysterious objects? Perhaps the air smelled of sage, lavender, sandalwood, or frankincense? Was the man floating six inches above the floor? Were there mystical colors swirling around his chakras? Perhaps he was creating doorways to alternate dimensions in the form of bright green circles of light like Marvel's Doctor Strange? Perhaps all of these…

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