Kathleen Shokai Bishop, MS PhD
Southern Palm Zen Group
Compilation of my ideas and Jan Chozen Bays ideas from her wonderful book Mindfulness on the Go Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere. Feel free to share this information with anyone you know that has a desire to learn how to calm their mind, release their anxiety, decrease their stress, and learn to meditate. Thanks!
Three Breath Exercise
The entire exercise takes one or two minutes only but the lasting effect is immeasurable. I hope you’ll try it. The directions are below.
- Shake out your hands to release the tension in them.
- Close your eyes if you feel comfortable doing so as it will help keep out the visual distractions. If you are not comfortable with that or in a place where it would not be safe to close your eyes keeping them open is okay. Simply focus your eyes on one small object, if possible.
- Take three slow deep breaths counting one on the in breath and two on the out breath.
- Be careful not to breathe in so deeply that it makes you cough.
- If you need to you can continue these slow breaths counting one on the in breath and two on the out breath as long as you need to.
Simple Sitting Meditation Tips
- Sit down on a chair or on a cushion on the floor. Sit in a way that feels relaxed but upright, allowing plenty of room in your chest and abdomen for breathing. (If you are unable to sit up, you can meditate lying down.)
- Focus your attention on your breath. Don’t try to alter your breath—your body knows very well how to breathe—just turn your attention to the breath. Each time your mind wanders away from your awareness of the breath (which it is likely to do often), gently bring it back.
- To help focus your mind you can count one on the in breath and two on the out breath. If your mind wanders just simply go back to counting one on the in breath and two on the out breath.
- Meditation helps us experience the feeling of being relaxed and fully present, as if we had nothing special to do except count our in breath and out breath and to take simple pleasure in just sitting and breathing, and counting.
- It is best to meditate every day for 20 minutes. Making this part of your personal health care, like taking a shower for your mind. However, when you are new at it or it is a very busy day you may have to cut the time from 20 minutes to 5 or 10 minutes. Each minute of meditation is returned twofold or more in clarity, equanimity, and efficiency during a busy day.
- You’ll notice the difference in your thinking and creativity very quickly when you are consistent in your time spent meditating.
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One World Family Interfaith Prayer Gathering!
March 26th Sunday 3-5 PM
War Memorial/Holiday Park
Fort Lauderdale, FL
One World Family is an Interfaith Prayer Gathering. The event will feature only prayer and music as members of our community from across the religious spectrum come together to stand in unity and pray for our community, our nation, and our world. This is a non-political gathering, free of sermons or political rhetoric. The goal of this event is to show our neighbors and the world that we can come together as people of faith, regardless of how we express that faith and to pray as a community for the betterment of our society and our planet as a whole. We are all sisters and brothers in this one world family.
- We will have representatives from all faiths: Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, indigenous groups, and more!
- Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic lunch and join us for great music, prayers, meditation, and more! Bring your family and friends.
- Please announce this at your spiritual centers, professional groups, work, interfaith groups, and anywhere else that you can think of.
- Skype or Facetime with your family and friends around the world during the event!
If you can not make it in person please take the time on that day between 3-5 PM ET to pray, sing, dance, meditate, and help fill our world with peace and love energy!
My goal is to see 1 million people around the country and the world in loving consciousness together! I hope you will envision that with me as well… Thanks for spreading the word!!
In Gassho, Kathy (Shokai) Bishop
P.S. If you want to help us defray the costs of this free event please click on the Link at the top to donate to UCC Church Ft. Lauderdale who is handing the accounting for the event! The City is charging us $7,000 to host the prayer gathering. So all donations large and small are gratefully accepted. Thanks!
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All great teachers have the ability to make learning fun. It not only helps the student learn more easily and retain the information better but it makes our jobs more exciting and fun! Who wants to be bored at work, who wants work to be drudgery? No one I know. I want to be excited every morning as I wake up thinking about the great things I can do at work. To hear the students laugh, see them smile, and to see them waiting with bated breath at what I’ll do next!
Even in my adult corporate training classes I play games, I surprise them with treats, compliments, and more. They soon begin to expect the unexpected when they are in a class with me. This encourages them to want to come to training, to realize that making life at work less tedious for themselves and their team will help them live longer and increase the team’s productivity and decrease its sick days! Yes, live longer and healthier!
I don’t believe the adage that “The good die young and the obnoxious live forever.” I believe that laughter is the best medicine and it opens my mind to creativity!
In my developmental English classes I have them write a “chain story” and in one class the last student actually killed the teacher off at the end. Yes, the class killed me off! I just loved the story it was such fun and they all expressed themselves so well. They were able to see how creative they could be in just a sentence or two and how teams can work together easily and without their egos or fears taking over. Even the shy and quiet ones got to participate fully.
In Jan Chozen Bay’s book Mindfulness on the Go, she has a great little exercise you can use with your classes she calls it “Say Yes.” Find every opportunity to say “yes” to people. She invites us to put stickers up with the word “YES” in spots where you’ll notice them in your home and workplace. She even encourages us to write “YES” on the back of our hand so we can see it frequently. She writes, “This task helps us see how often we take a stance that is negative or oppositional. If we are able to watch our mind when someone is talking to us, particularly if they are asking us to do something, we can see our thoughts forming defenses and counterarguments (page 127).”
She shares some examples of how people have used her technique. “One person noted that an external ‘yes’ might not match the real attitude of ‘no’ inside, and that the task helped him detect a hidden constricted state of mind (page 128-29).”
So say YES to life, say YES to FUN and begin to bring it into your classrooms, work rooms, and living rooms and watch what happens. Try it I think you’ll like having FUN for a change!
Let me know how it goes!
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One World Family is an Interfaith Prayer Gathering on March 26th from 3-6 PM at Holiday Park/War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, FL. The event will feature only prayer and music as members of our community from across the religious spectrum come together to stand in unity and pray for our community, our nation, and our world. This is a non-political gathering, free of sermons or political rhetoric. The goal of this event is to show our neighbors and the world that we can come together as people of faith, regardless of how we express that faith and to pray as a community for the betterment of our society and our planet as a whole. We believe that we all pray to our creator and, in the eyes of that creator, we are all sisters and brothers in this One World Family.
Represented are many faiths and groups: Christians of all denominations, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, secular humanists, pagans, native and indigenous communities, individuals and groups of all persuasions, no persuasions, and more!
If you don’t live in Florida in the tri-county area (Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach) I hope you will gather up a group of people where you are and be there with us in prayer and song on March 26 from 3-6 PM ET ! I’d love to see a 1 million person event around the world.
Can you help make my vision manifest?! Thanks! I know we can do it with your help! Please share this information with your social media family and friends and with your help we can make the million person mark!
See us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/230824907379644/?active_tab=about
If you would like to help sponsor this event we would be very grateful for your help. Our costs to hold the event are over $6,000 so even a small donation would help defray the cost! Contact Jay Donnelly at 954-294-0332 or send your check to Rev. Patrick Rogers, One World Family C/O UCC, 2501 NE 30th St. Ft. Ltd, FL 33306. Thanks!
Individual: One Level available
Contributing Member (families and friends) $25 or any amount chosen by the contributor will have your name listed on our Web page as a sponsor, if desired.
Corporate: Two Levels available
- Gold Sponsorship: $500-$999 Logo on all printed media, Web site, and Facebook page, right to use our logo on corporate sponsor’s Web site and any media they generate.
- Platinum Sponsorship: $1000 or more will get your logo on all printed media, Web site, and Facebook page, right to use our logo on corporate sponsor’s Web site and any media they generate, name recognition in all press releases, banner provided by sponsor on display at the even near the state, promotional items to be distributed to attendees if desired.
All donations will be tax deductible and you will receive a letter from our lead 501C3 for tax purposes. Make check payable to One World Family c/o United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale. Mail to: One World Family C/O UCC, 2501 NE 30th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33306.
All proceeds above what is needed for event costs will be donated to the ACLU.
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