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Noob, any tips for slowing things down?
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June 25, 2012
5:18 am
SkynnAndBoans
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Firstly, I’d like to express my appreciation for this site. I’m currently on Class 2 and I feel it is going well. But I suffer from racing thoughts and high anxiety and I was wondering, does anyone have any pointers for slowing the mind down. I’m getting much better at letting go, but sometimes my thoughts just come in thick and fast and its harder to return to the present.

Thanks :)

June 25, 2012
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Hey,
It’s great that you like the course so far and it seems to be going well. With time (in the next classes) we introduce different balancing techniques that might help you going deeper into meditations. We start withe the focus on meditative state, because meditation is the key to the efficiency of all other balancing techniques, so it is important to keep the meditation regular (twice the day would be ideal, but at least once a day would be good).
But if you would like to try some balancing techniques now, to improve the quality of meditation, you can start experimenting with the following:

Foot soak: http://www.onlinemeditation.or…..soaking-1/ You can do this as many time as you want, but not longer that 10-15 minutes before changing the water, best would be before the meditation. You can combine this with watching a video or following the guided meditations. If you do a footsoak once a day, say, before going to bed, or right after coming home from work, you should see some results in a week or so.

Ice pack for the liver: http://www.onlinemeditation.or…../ice-pack/ You can do this once in a while what you feel that your thoughts are racing, if you feel irritable or stressed out. Don’t overdo this though, especially in during the winter, or at times when you feel cold, lethargic or depressed.

There are more things you can do, and with time you can learn all of them, but for now this is more than enough :).

Let us know how it goes!
Best,
Mar’yana

July 8, 2012
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How does soaking of the feet create balance in the body? Would you recommend Epsom salt for this?

July 9, 2012
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Dear Gabrielle,
you can use any salt – simple kitchen salt or plain non-edible salt works just fine. As with any experiment, it is important to try it out, whether it works, and to feel for yourself how it works instead of just having a theoretical explanation. Once you do it every day, say, for a week or two, you will likely be able to see yourself, what it does to your system.
Wishing you all the best,
Mar’yana

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