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Resources for Meditation and Attaining Mindfulness

A new website that offers FREE guided meditations has been created for cancer survivors.  Kara (https://thisiskara.com ) features 12 meditations including the four core qualities whose initials give Kara its name—kindness, awareness, rest and allowing.  The remaining eight tracks are designed to help with specific difficult emotions or challenges that survivors experience, such as feeling overwhelmed, afraid or angry; feeling alone or like you are a burden; or being in pain or sleepless.
 
Recommended by CaSfA member, TM:  Buddha in Blue Jeans by Tai Sheridan (https://www.amazon.com/Buddha-Blue-Jeans-Extremely-Sitting/dp/1466480033?ie=UTF8&dpID=61GkWLXz52L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR104%2C160_ ).  You can download it for free to your kindle or buy the paperback for less than five dollars.  “Poet-philosopher and Zen Priest Tai Sheridan's 'Buddha in Blue Jeans' is an extremely short, simple and straight forward universal guide to the practice of sitting quietly and being yourself, which is the same as being Buddha. Sitting quietly can teach many ways to accept life, meet pain, age gracefully, and die without regret. The book encourages sitting quietly every day. Topics include: Sit Quietly; Care For Your Body; Accept Your Feelings; Give Thoughts Room; Pain is Natural; Be Who You Are; Live Each Moment Well; Love Indiscriminately; Listen to Others; Be Surprised; Wonder; Live gratefully; Do No Harm; Benefit life; A Wish for The World. The book is for people of any faith, religion, race, nationality, gender, relationship status, capacity, or meditation background.”
 
Another short, easy and helpful read is Jon Wortmann’s Mindfulness is Sublime:  9 Ways to Sleep Better, Shake the Nerves and Finally Get Happy (https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Sublime-Jon-Wortmann/dp/1507602634/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483999093&sr=1-1&keywords=mindfulness+is+sublime )
“The power to feel rested, in control, and happy already exists within your own brain. But too many of us are so busy and stressed we simply don’t enjoy our lives. We finish the week and can’t remember how we spent our time. Tired of missing the precious moments? Want to change? Now you can. The way is called mindfulness. Mindfulness is a philosophy, a series of exercises, and now a scientifically validated therapeutic treatment for emotional suffering like chronic stress and depression. But it doesn’t take a trip to a monastery or a 10-week class to begin experiencing the benefits of transforming your body and mind. Mindfulness Is Sublime is a series of nine invitations. Each invitation explores a different avenue into the most important thing too many of us ignore: this moment. Whether you need the scientific or the spiritual way into this essential discipline for every human being, this little book begins your journey. Buddha, Thoreau, and your favorite yoga teacher figured out how to grab the beauty of this moment. You can experience the same pleasure they discovered. Unwrap the present.”
 
BTW, CaSfA member, LW attended a workshop led by Jon Wortmann.  After hearing her glowing recommendation, I have been in contact with him and am hoping to schedule a FREE workshop for our group the end of April.  Stay tuned for more details….

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