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Silence in Sedona

People go to Sedona to see the beautiful red rocks and check out vortex zones, but a great way to spend a little time left over after visiting Sedona’s wonders, is to sit by the Oak Creek in the Crescent Moon Ranch and relax with the nature. 

Meditating near Oak Creek, Cresent Moon Ranch, Sedona

Meditating near Oak Creek, Cresent Moon Ranch, Sedona

A group of us spent an afternoon enjoying the nature and meditating there. We seated ourselves on a log that seemed to be laying around just for us. The sound of water from the creek nearby filled the air with a soft sweetness as though the land were telling its ancient story. We closed our eyes and let nature calm us from within. A cool breeze drifted onto our hands and brushed our faces. I felt my breathing slow down automatically and my mind as still as the earth. There were no thoughts; it was just me, the nature and the wind united in the moment. 

After 15 minutes or so, we opened our eyes and a friend commented, “The spirit of the valley is pleased.”

Feeling so connected to nature was a miracle considering that the busy city of Phoenix is just two hours away.

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Meditation is uplifting

Meditation is not about focus or concentration nor chanting or psychic mind trips. It’s about enjoying and truly being in the moment. This is exactly how I felt at an international meditation seminar held in Milan, Italy. With over 200 people attending, there was plenty of activity along with meditation sessions throughout the day. I learnt that a good way to keep oneself going especially during times of grief  is to do a refreshing “footsoak.”

 A meditation practitioner does a footsoak at a meditation seminar in Italy

A meditation practitioner does a footsoak at a meditation seminar in Italy

FOOTSOAK

Here’s how it’s done: Get a tub and fill it with room temperature or cold water and put a handful of salt in it. (The salt water imitates the sea)

While seated on a chair, place your feet in the tub and just relax for 10 minutes or so. Finally flush the “dirty” water, rinse the tub and dry your feet. Keep the tub only for this purpose. I find footsoaking at the end of the day quite relaxing.

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