Update: What you can expect from Content and Coaching by Della in July and August of 2021.

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Hello! I wanted to take a minute to reach out to all of you who read my blog on a regular basis, because I have updates to share.

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Temporary change in the blogging schedule

First, I want to address the fact that I have not been posting regularly for the last few weeks. Between client work and moving from Southeast Texas to an island off the coast of Washington state, I have been short on time.

How long will this change in schedule last?

While I hope to get back to blogging and podcasting regularly soon, it might be the end of August or the first part of September before I can get back to blogging and podcasting once a week.

In the meantime…

I will post as often as I can. However, I cannot guarantee that it will be on Wednesdays. And my podcast might be covered by AI until I can get back into the swing of things. Remember that the podcast is mostly a reading of my blog posts so, if you read the post, you’ve received the same information as if you listened to the podcast and vice versa.

Coming Soon on Content and Coaching by Della

  • I am still working on fitting videos into my schedule.
  • I will release a meditation book sometime between now and June of 2022.
  • The podcast will be recorded in 2 separate posts, soon after I get back into blogging regularly in September.
    • The first post will be the same as usual– a reading of the blog posts, so you can listen if you prefer.
    • The second post will be a guided meditation.
  • The blog will be moving to its own website address, and my portfolio will remain here, on Content and Coaching by Della. I will notify you when the change is about to happen and after it has happened, so you will know where to find the content.

I appreciate all of your support and I hope to get back to blogging for your very soon.

Wishing you well,

Della

Got Questions? Ask the Oracle. How to easily do an Oracle Meditation.

Have you ever wanted to consult a magical oracle for answers to your burning questions?

That’s exactly what this post is about. You will also read about:

  • Guided meditation
  • Visualization
  • The benefits of The Oracle Meditation Technique
  • The legend of The Oracle Within
  • How to do an Oracle meditation.

What’s guided meditation?

Guided meditation is a type of meditation in which a guide walks a meditator through meditating. The person might be a trained practitioner, teacher, or simply a guide who helps people with meditation. Sometimes, a guided meditation includes music or visualization to enhance the experience, and the meditation technique varies, depending upon the goal for the meditation.

For example, in The Oracle Meditation Technique we’ll be using today, the goal is to consult an oracle for answers to our questions. Your question might be something that’s really been weighing on you or you might be interested in your greater purpose or how you can better serve those who you are called to serve. That might include a higher power or a group of people who are underrepresented or have been historically treated poorly, like in the case of systemic racism. If you don’t know who or how you can serve, your oracle can help you with your planning and next steps.

Is guided meditation hypnosis?

Guided meditation can be hypnosis, but it is not always hypnosis. They are two separate techniques which sometimes merge to create more powerful results.

What is hypnosis?

According to The American Psychological Association, during hypnosis, the hypnotist and participant cooperate throughout the hypnosis session. The participant enters a hypnotic, trance-like, state and responds to the hypnotist’s suggestions. A person can only be hypnotized if they enter the state willingly, and all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist is merely a guide.

What’s the difference between guided meditation and hypnosis?

In hypnosis, the hypnotist offers suggestions, uses keywords or sound, and sometimes touch to bring the participant into a focused trance state so the participant can accept the suggestions within their subconscious mind. The main focus is the trace state and how well the practitioner induces it.

On the other hand, when you participate in a guided meditation, you use your imagination to create the suggested images and situations. This is especially useful in cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), when rumination and horrible, nightmarish mind movies play repetitively. In these cases, the suggested images and situations can be therapeutic when they replace the nightmarish mind movies- If you’re going to have a mind movie playing on a loop, shouldn’t you be the one to write it?

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When you take control of your mind movies, many things can change for the positive in your life– far too many to put in one post. While there will be more posts about visualization on the blog soon, here are a few of the benefits visualization provides to those who partake in it.

What are the benefits of visualization?

Here are a few of the ways that visualization can help you.

  • Reduce your stress.
  • Be in harmony with yourself.
  • Clear your mind, get clear on what you really want, and what you must do to manifest it.
  • Master new skills.
  • Enhance your motivation.
  • Generate creative ideas.
  • Improve your performance- mental, physical, or professional.

William Arthur Ward once said, “If you dream it, you can achieve it.”

Additionally, many athletes and music stars have spoken of how they have used visualization to achieve their wildest dreams.

The benefits of The Oracle Meditation Technique

 The Oracle Meditation Technique is fantastic for:

  • Receiving answers to questions.

You can ask your oracle anything without shame because she resides within you. She knows everything you’ve been through, all the wonderful things you have done, and the potential you have to change the world- even if it is just one small piece of your world at a time.

  • Motivation.

Your oracle is there to answer questions and support you. Having her in your corner can be incredibly motivating.

  • Feeling the power within you.

The oracle is within your sacral chakra- where your inner power lies. I call her a she because she resides in the area where a woman’s womb is and where the feminine energy is housed.

Did you know? Both men and women have masculine and feminine energy, and your gender does not determine your energy type. You can be a man with a lot of feminine energy or a woman with a lot of masculine energy. Likewise, your energy type can change from day-to-day. Additionally, your energy type can be affected by various things like a full moon. Working with the right energy is key to many spiritual practices. But that’s another topic that we’ll dive into another time.

The legend of The Oracle Within

Legend has it that the oracle within each of us was placed there by God. The Creator was asked many, many questions and, as the world’s population went up, so did the number of questions. Naturally, humans wanted to ask their questions of God directly.

After a while, God decided to hide, but try as he might, humans kept finding him, so he devised a solution.

To help humans have an even more direct line of communication and to stop feeling the pull from human to human, God broke himself into tons and tons of little pieces. Then, he placed himself within the sacral chakra so humans could consult him easily.

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How to do an Oracle meditation

To perform an Oracle meditation, follow these steps.

  • Find a comfy seat.
  • Have a seat with your back straight.
  • Take a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Place your hands on your lower abdomen, between your navel and your pubic bone.
  • Close your eyes.
  • On your next deep breath in, imagine that you are inhaling through your tailbone, and that as you do, the breath travels up your spine, through each of your chakras.
  • As you exhale, you see your breath coming out of the top of your head, through your crown chakra. It looks like a waterfall.
  • Continue to breathe this way until it feels more natural.
  • Now, imagine that you leave your body through the top of your head, through your crown chakra on your next exhale.
  • As you do so, you travel down, towards your navel.
  • When you inhale again, you will inhale yourself into your belly button.
  • Now, open your third eye (located between the eyes) to see, keeping your physical eyes closed.
  • After a bit of adjustment, you will see a glowing orb a little way away.
  • As you approach the orb, you see that it is an old woman. You can tell she is very wise.
  • She motions towards a chair, telling you to have a seat.
  • You do, and she has three cards that she flips over.
  • She tells you what each of them mean, smiling the whole time because she knows that if you follow her advice, you will be aligned with what you want. She cares about you and has always had your best interests at heart.
  • When she is done talking to you, she waves goodbye.
  • You get up from the table, turn around, and begin walking back towards where you came in.
  • This time, take a deep breath in and, when you exhale, you will breathe yourself out of your navel.
  • Close your third eye and hold your hand on your forehead for a few seconds.
  • Allow what you learned to sink in while you take a few deep breaths.
  • Open your eyes, and you will notice that you now know exactly what you need to do.

Within this post, we talked about what a guided meditation is and the difference between a guided meditation and hypnosis. While they are two separate practices, they can be performed together. We also mentioned all the benefits of visualization and the Oracle Meditation Technique. You read a short version of the Legend of the Oracle Within, and, finally, you learned the steps for an Oracle meditation.

What do the Loving-kindness Meditation and Anger Management Have in Common?

What do the Loving-kindness Meditation and Anger Management Have in Common?

Are you looking for a new meditation technique? If so, check out the Loving-kindness meditation. It has many benefits, one of which might surprise you.

Read on to find out.

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Are you looking for a new meditation technique?

If so, check out the Loving-kindness meditation. It has many benefits, one of which might surprise you.

There are four parts to this post:

  • What is loving-kindness meditation?
  • What are the benefits of loving-kindness meditation?
  • How to do a loving-kindness meditation.
  • Suggested phrases for a loving-kindness meditation.
  • What is Loving-kindness meditation?

    Loving-kindness meditation, AKA Metta Meditation, is a Buddhist meditation practitioners use to improve and enhance feelings of kindness, compassion, and acceptance of oneself and other people. You might even use it to meditate on sharing love with animals.

    It’s done by reciting phrases filled with love and positivity towards yourself and others. Remember to be mindful and to fully immerse yourself in the positive energy you are sending out. Really feel the love.

    According to Healthline, since the purpose of loving-kindness meditation “is intended to promote compassion and kindness, it may be ideal for those holding feelings of anger or resentment.”

    It’s great for those with anger issues or PTSD, but most people benefit from loving-kindness.

    What are the benefits of loving-kindness meditation?

    Practitioners receive the usual benefits of meditation, plus the opportunity to develop and nurture:

  • Trust
  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Connectedness
  • Kindness
  • Love
  • Infographic- multi-toned blue: "Since pain is an adaptive emotion, depression and anxiety often contribute to it. One benefit you might not expect from the loving-kindness meditation is pain relief. "

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    How to do a Loving-kindness Meditation:

    • Select 2 phrases for your meditation- 1 directed towards yourself and another directed at your friends and family. You can use the same phrase and alter it for the “who” if you’d like.
    • Find a quiet spot.
    • Have a seat with your back straight.
    • Begin focusing on your breathing. Feel it fill your chest when you inhale and empty your chest when you exhale.
    • Turn your attention to your heart space.
    • Optional: Place your hands on your chest to keep yourself mindful of your heart. You might also want to visualize your chest glowing green (like the Heart chakra) when you recite your phrase.
    • Begin repeating your phrase, and focus on what it means. How does it make you feel?
    • Repeat the phrase ten times.
    • Turn your attention to your loved ones.
    • Visualize them.
    • Repeat your loved ones’ phrase ten times while focusing on the meaning and the way the phrase makes you feel.
    • You can continue to repeat your loved ones’ phrase, directed towards acquaintances and neighbors, then your town’s community, etc.- as far out from you as you would like, or you can stop at repeating the phrase for yourself and loved ones.
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    Suggested phrases for a Loving-kindness Meditation

  • May I find peace.
  • May I feel safe.
  • May I love myself as my creator does.
  • If none of the phrases above are appealing to you, you can create your own. You can start by considering an emotion you want to focus on- love, happiness, etc. Then, build your phrase from there.

    Key takeaways

    The key takeaway is that the Loving-kindness meditation is a great technique for anyone wanting to improve their self-image, increase their self-love, be kinder to themselves and others, or deal with anger issues or PTSD. Lastly, the effects of loving-kindness meditation go beyond emotional benefits and can even help with chronic pain.

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    The Meditation Technique so Good, it’s Almost Scandalous!

    Beginner meditators often wonder about essential elements of meditation, meditation tools, and meditation techniques. This post answers those questions and provides a step-by-step guide for the Sunrise Meditation technique. Plus, you’ll find specific examples for using the Sunrise Meditation technique to make new commitments and manifest the results you seek.

    The Sunrise Meditation Technique- Conquer something new. Feel amazing. Repeat.

    Beginner meditators often wonder about essential elements of meditation, meditation tools, and meditation techniques. This post answers those questions and provides a step-by-step guide for the Sunrise Meditation technique. Plus, you’ll find specific examples for using the Sunrise Meditation technique to make new commitments and manifest the results you seek

    Meditation elements

    Meditation includes several elements. Though these elements need not be used in every form of meditation, they tend to make meditation practices more effective and helpful, especially for beginners or busy people.

    What’s the most essential element of meditation?

    The essential element of meditation is focused attention. Without this element, it is impossible to practice meditation.

    Why does meditation require focused attention?

    Focusing your attention allows you to train your mind and escape from distractions.

    Did you know that focus is essential for entrepreneurs?

    This is yet another way meditation helps you outside of your session- if you practice focus during meditation, you will focus- even when you’re not meditating.

    How can I focus my attention?

    You can focus your attention by closing your eyes, focusing on an object, or reciting an affirmation.

    Relaxed Breathing

    Another essential element of meditation is relaxed breathing. Relaxed breathing includes deep, even-paced, and intentional breathing.

    Why use relaxed breathing during meditation?

    The purpose of this element is to:
    • take in more oxygen
    • reduce muscle tension
    • experience the benefits of enhanced breathing.

    Find a quiet setting.

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    Unless you are practicing a rigorous form of meditation, finding a quiet setting is another powerful element of meditation.

    Need suggestions of Where to Meditate?

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    Why should I meditate somewhere quiet?

    Quiet settings will allow you to better escape from the distractions and focus your mind. Some experienced meditators intentionally skip this element so that they can challenge their minds and bodies.

    Find a comfortable position.

    Another optional element of meditation is a comfortable position. Whether you are walking, sitting, or lying down, you should feel comfortable to get the most out of your practice.


    You should never meditate in a position that feels painful, unsafe, or dangerous.

    Open Attitude

    Finally, the last element of meditation is an open attitude. Like the focused attention element, it is impossible to meditate without an open attitude.

    Why is an open attitude necessary for meditation?


    This element will allow you to:

    • Practice
    • challenge yourself
    • grow without self-judgment and ridicule.

    Meditation tools

    As we have learned, there are different types of meditation. One way to distinguish these many techniques is through the use of tools.

    Asanas

    The most popularly known meditation tool is postures or asanas. Asanas are used in both spiritual and non-spiritual meditations.


    They can include:
    • yoga postures
    • walking
    • mindfully doing a task.

    Yoga classes, for example, use asanas as part of their meditative practices.

    Prayer Beads

    Another popular meditation tool is prayer beads.


    Prayer beads are used as tools of devotional meditation in spiritual settings such as:


    • Christianity
    • Gaudiya Vaishnavism
    • Buddhism
    • Jainism


    The meditator recites a mantra as each bead is counted and continues this until the entire mala or beaded chain is finished.

    Sunrise Meditation Technique

    Many religious and spiritual leaders start their day with a sunrise meditation. The quiet atmosphere and the fresh feel of a new day make sunrise meditation a perfect addition to your morning routine.
    The technique is simple- For the most part, meditate like you usually would, but do it during sunrise.

    How to do a sunrise meditation:

    • After finding a comfortable seat and ensuring your back is straight, begin concentrating on your breathing.
    • After a few rounds of slow, conscious breaths, focus on the sunrise. Watch as the sun climbs the sky, and the colors change.
    • Ponder how the change in colors can signify the change in days.


    You’re starting a new day, ripe with possibility.

    Symbolic Sunrise Meditation

    You can also perform a sunrise meditation to signify a new chapter or commitment in your life. For example, if you’ve just moved to a new town, a sunrise meditation is a great way to symbolize your new life in a new place.


    If you’re using the sunrise meditation to signify a new commitment, like a new diet or lifestyle, you might watch the sunrise and consider how you will “rise up” or “ascend” now that you have made this new commitment.

    Use the following as a guide for your symbolic sunrise meditation:

    •What will it feel like to be on the other side of your current challenge?


    For instance, many people find diet changes challenging to implement. While there are many techniques to aid you in your diet change commitment, it can seem daunting at best.

    Visualization tips for committing to a new diet:

    • Take the time to visualize what you will look like 3 or 6 months from now.
    • Imagine hearing the compliments of your family and friends.

    How will it feel when you’ve accomplished this goal?


    • How will it feel to know that you faced the challenge and stuck with it?

    Will you feel:

    • Accomplished?
    • Proud?
    • Excited?
    • Healthy?
    • Happy?
    • Sexy?


    Dig deep and immerse yourself in those feelings.


    At the end of your meditation, journal the experience and any insight you gained from it.


    You can modify the guidance above to fit your situation. Just remember to explore what your senses will perceive and what emotions you will feel after you’ve accomplished your goals. This is vital for manifesting change and is more than a simple Q&A. You are outlining how you want to experience your desired outcome, so the universe can mirror it back to you.

    Key takeaways:

    There are many techniques and tools you can use when meditating. Sunrise meditation is an excellent technique for starting your day or a new chapter or commitment in your life. The more you ponder what you will experience, the more likely you will be to manifest the experience you desire.

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