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In 2010, Be a Tiger


a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

It’s that time of year again when the New Year brings about a renewed sense of energy to get rid of bad habits, shed those few extra holiday pounds, or perhaps commit to a fertility-friendly exercise program. No matter what your resolution, the New Year allows us to turn the page from all that went wrong or all that we found frustrating in 2009.

For those trying to conceive, the stress from the process can often make us feel as though we have lost our sense of self and our resolution might be to bring a sense of peace, contentment and self-love back into our lives. Luckily, if this is one of your resolutions, meditation and the mighty Tiger can help you get there!

Meditation is a self-directed discipline that aids us in getting past the “thinking mind” and into a greater state of relaxation and consciousness. It is not a way for us to “get things,” rather a technique that should be used to help us “get rid of things that do not serve us.” Research shows that meditation can lower heart rate and respiration, decrease stress, regulate mood and potentially aid in treating illness and disease.

There are literally hundreds of different mantras, techniques, visualizations and breathing exercises that can be incorporated into a meditation practice and the most effective are those that work best for the meditator.

So how do you know if your technique is working? Don’t expect to find yourself one day levitating, having an out of body experience or communicating telepathically with the dead.

The best way to know if a meditation practice is working is because your personality softens and you’ll find yourself generally feeling happy.

It’s as simple as that.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institute of Health states there are four key elements most meditation practices have in common:

    1. A quiet location.
    2. A specific, comfortable posture.
    3. A focus of attention.
    4. An open attitude.

While most of these seem pretty self-explanatory, let’s spend a bit of time understanding exactly what is meant by the third item, “A focus of attention.” In yoga, it is believed that by focusing your attention on a mantra, your breath or a specific symbol, you take on the characteristics of that action. For example, focusing on the mantra “peace” will allow the characteristics of peace to enter into your consciousness. Focusing on a specific symbol can also have the same effect.

We’d like to suggest a powerful symbol that you can use this year as part of your New Year’s resolution to find greater happiness, peace and contentment during this TTC time: a tiger.

In Chinese Astrology, 2010 is the year of the Metal Tiger. The Tiger is a symbol of courage, strength, vehemence, self-reliance, hopefulness and resiliency. The energy of the Metal Tiger will arm you with the ability to more clearly determine your goals and then to do what is necessary to achieve them. By meditating on the Tiger this year, you bring the energy of that symbol into your life (which might come in handy as you negotiate the ups and downs of finding your path to parenthood.)

So, find a quiet spot, get comfortable, close your eyes and visualize the Tiger. Look into her eyes, feel her coat, touch her teeth with your mind’s eye, listen to her breath and sense her strength and courage. If you are so inclined, find a picture of a Tiger and paste it on a wall at home or at work to be a reminded that you too have the “eye of the Tiger.” Better still, purchase a Tiger Eye gemstone and hold it in your hand while meditating or carry it in your pocket during the day. This stone is believed to bring clarity and insight to the one who holds it.

Do these simple, meditative techniques everyday for at least five minutes and we promise you’ll turn from growling to purring in no time at all.

Be present, be positive, be a Tiger,

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