Tag: meditation

By Katie S.

What is meditation?

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As defined by google, meditation is “the action or practice of meditating”

(thank you)

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To get a deeper meaning, I had to do some digging (I clicked on the next link down the list, dug real deep). According to FreeMeditation, “meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness”. And according to this site, is very hard to achieve. Apparently, what most of us have been doing (or at least me) is not really meditation

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(add that to my growing list of misconceptions). Along with this “state of thoughtless awareness”, it also mentions that this “is a state of profound, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent (that doesn’t happen nearly enough for most of us, if at all), yet completely alert (now that sounds like an oxymoron to me, or maybe I’m doing one of those two things wrong).

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How do you meditate?

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Question of the day! Being that I am a novice to meditation (I’m only 21 so I’m pretty much a novice in everything) now, as I mentioned before, this is not an easy task, so getting it on the first try (though I fully subscribe to beginners’ luck) is very unlikely. There is a clear, chronological, list of steps to take (I know how much everyone loves following directions):

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Step 1: Start small (maybe very small for some of us). Maybe a couple of minutes sitting still and being calm a day (might be pushing it for some of us).

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But this is the most important part. Doing it on a daily basis will help you make it a habit (this one’s a good habit, which makes it even harder) and if you can do it every day, you will start to feel the awesome effects of meditation.

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Step 2: First things first. It’s best to not put the hard stuff off till the end of the day, so practicing your meditation in the morning will give you the best chance at being successful. Some sites even suggest having some green tea or exercising before or after your practice (why not try and create a few more good habits while you’re at it).

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Step 3: Don’t sweat the little stuff. You know when you start a new thing, like yoga or running (this is all from personal experience) and you buy all the newest gadgets and equipment cause you’re just so pumped!

Ya, don’t do that.

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You don’t need the best cushion, or the greatest mat or shoes (most people don’t wear shoes while meditating but to each his own) or whatever the sales guy at the sports store is selling you. You just need you, yourself, and you, and a nice, quiet space.

 

Step 4: Focus.

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Most people think that when you meditate, your mind needs to be clear. Imagine your mind is like a white board, and every time a thought comes across it, you just wipe it off (another misconception). It’s ok to let your mind wander a bit, just remember to reel it in and focus on one thing.

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat. Commit to the practice. Whoever said practice makes perfect (if I had a quarter… you know the rest) hit the nail on the head because if you want to get the most out of meditation (or any good habit) you must commit. Half committing will only help you succeed in wasting your time and efforts. Be purposeful and mindful in your practice and it will show.

 

Should I be meditating?

Meditation is seen as one of the most effective forms of stress relief (which we all need; let’s be real). And it’s been known to cure insomnia, rejuvenate, increase your spiritual connection, and your fulfillment of life.

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That’s a lot of good stuff. Granted I have no firsthand experience of any of this (I need to form better habits apparently). Meditation has been practiced and mastered for thousands of years and is proven to have many great effects.

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Try it for yourself and see!

 

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Yoga Retreat in A Temple August 5-7th

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Yoga and Meditation Retreat in A Temple  September 15-17th

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Meditation and yoga retreat in a temple June 9-11th (Dragon boat holiday). Join us for our next retreat during Mooncake festival September 15-17th!

 

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Thanks to everyone who took part in the competition, we have received more than 100 screenshots!

We are happy to announce the lucky winner:

Congratulation to the winner – 阿扎热 and she is going to China’s Best Oxygen bar trip! Please contact us to get your ticket for the trip! 

Don’t be sad if you didn’t win this time; we’ll have many more lucky draws soon!

Check out our fun trips that will happen during Dragon boat festival on June 9-11th, we still have some last minute spots available:

1. Dragon boat race, rafting and 19 KM hiking in bamboo forest!

Destination: Anji, Zhejiang

What to do during Dragon boat festival? Let’s take part in dragon boat race ourselves! Have an amazing off-trail hike in Anji bamboo forest, compete in white water rafting, swim in natural pool and cheers with new friends at bonfire party! This is a unique summer time experience!


Price: 1099 rmb

2. Hike in “China’s best oxygen bar”!

Destination: Pan’an county, Zhejiang

Have you ever heard about Pan’an county? It’s an amazing hidden from majority of tourists place with incredible mountains scenery, green blue river, green valleys, stunning waterfalls, ancient towns and clean air! The air quality and 99% of the water quality of this place is up to the national standards of class A, that is why it is called “China’s forest oxygen bar!

Traveling alone? It is more than a trip: It is an ideal chance to make friends, share this amazing experience and cheers at bonfire party!


Price: 999 rmb

3. Trip to Wild China! Camping and water gun 

fight!

Destination: Gongyu, Zhejiang

It is time to turn off your cell phone, pack everything you need to survive in a isolated but beautiful part of east zhejiang province!
Forget about wifi, your comfy bed and A/C! You will hike in the middle of nowhere, you will live in an isolated Chinese village at the the height of 600 meters above the sea level and enjoy simple life! A unique chance to learn about local culture and get out of your comfort zone! Bonfire, music, stars... and water gun fight!


Price: 899 rmb

4. Yoga and Meditation retreat in a temple

If you are looking for a getaway where you can really get away from it all, treat yourself a weekend of detox, relax, purification and inner peace and balance!

No matter your preferred style of yoga, whether you are beginner or expert, this retreat will offer you soothing escapes and life-changing experiences. Switch off your phone, forget your problems and step into the world of simplicity and self-revitalization!



Price: 1099 rmb

5.  Explore stunning Guilin: Longji terraces and Yangshuo! 

Explore what Guilin has to offer: get lost in cascading rice terraces like nowhere else, bike in the countryside to the famous moon hill, take a picture on ancient bridge, relax while boating with gorgeous mountain view and breath in the clean air! It is going to be an unforgettable and unique holiday at one of the most beautful places in China!

Endless rice terraces cascading down into the valley below and the spectacular backdrop of a 2000 meter high mountain ridge is always an unforgettable holiday experience and includes some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Guangxi Province!


Price: 1670 rmb

WANNA KNOW MORE?

Click “read more” in the end of the article or follow us on wechat: wanna_travel

Wechat: wanna-travel1

Phone number: 13764884661

Follow: wanna_travel

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Our coming trips:

9-11.06 Dragon boat race, rafting and off-trail 19 KM hiking in bamboo forest!


9-11.06 Guilin: Longji terraces and Yangshuo!

9-11.06 Hike China’s best Oxygen bar!


9-11.06 Meditation and yoga retreat in a temple

9-11.06 Trip to Wild China! Camping and watergun fight!


17-19.06 Hike Jiuhua Mt: unique temple on mountain top!


24-26.06 Yellow mountains! Discount for students!


25-26.06 Camping on the magnificent Great Wall!

25.06 Get wet and wild: rafting + swimming + hiking and picnic!

26.06 Horse riding on the island + BBQ!

1-3.07 Wild trail hiking, waterfalls, swimming: Lin’an Big Dragon Bay

2.07 Paragliding + BBQ + Chinese lanterns!

9-10.07 2 days in Xi’an: terracota warrios and ancient city wall!

8-10.07 River hiking/swimming/cliff jumping and camping!

15-17.07 Moganshan cycling and swimming in the lake!

15-17.07 Zhangjiajie – the Avatar mountains and glass walk!

Private tours: Xi’an, Beijing, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Chengdu, Tibet!

www.wannatravelshanghai.com

 

 

Our 4th “WIN A TRIP” this year is on again! Take part in the competition and win one of these 5 amazing trips! See details in the end of the article!

Dragon boat festival trips: June 9-11. Choose your favorite one!

1. Dragon boat race, rafting and 19 KM hiking in bamboo forest!

Destination: Anji, Zhejiang

What to do during Dragon boat festival? Let’s take part in dragon boat race ourselves! Have an amazing off-trail hike in Anji bamboo forest, compete in white water rafting, swim in natural pool and cheers with new friends at bonfire party! This is a unique summer time experience!


Price: 1099 rmb

More details: https://wannatravelshanghai.com/trips/dragon-boat-race-rafting-19-km-hiking-bamboo-forest/

2. Hike in “China’s best oxygen bar”!

Destination: Pan’an county, Zhejiang

Have you ever heard about Pan’an county? It’s an amazing hidden from majority of tourists place with incredible mountains scenery, green blue river, green valleys, stunning waterfalls, ancient towns and clean air! The air quality and 99% of the water quality of this place is up to the national standards of class A, that is why it is called “China’s forest oxygen bar!

Traveling alone? It is more than a trip: It is an ideal chance to make friends, share this amazing experience and cheers at bonfire party!


Price: 999 rmb

More details: https://wannatravelshanghai.com/trips/hike-chinas-best-oxygen-bar/

3. Trip to Wild China! Camping and water gun 

fight!

Destination: Gongyu, Zhejiang

It is time to turn off your cell phone, pack everything you need to survive in a isolated but beautiful part of east zhejiang province!
Forget about wifi, your comfy bed and A/C! You will hike in the middle of nowhere, you will live in an isolated Chinese village at the the height of 600 meters above the sea level and enjoy simple life! A unique chance to learn about local culture and get out of your comfort zone! Bonfire, music, stars... and water gun fight!


Price: 899 rmb

More details: https://wannatravelshanghai.com/trips/trip-to-wild-china-shangri-la-of-the-east/

4. Yoga and Meditation retreat in a temple

If you are looking for a getaway where you can really get away from it all, treat yourself a weekend of detox, relax, purification and inner peace and balance!

No matter your preferred style of yoga, whether you are beginner or expert, this retreat will offer you soothing escapes and life-changing experiences. Switch off your phone, forget your problems and step into the world of simplicity and self-revitalization!



Price: 1099 rmb

More details: https://wannatravelshanghai.com/trips/yoga-meditation-retreat-temple/

5.  Explore stunning Guilin: Longji terraces and Yangshuo! 

Explore what Guilin has to offer: get lost in cascading rice terraces like nowhere else, bike in the countryside to the famous moon hill, take a picture on ancient bridge, relax while boating with gorgeous mountain view and breath in the clean air! It is going to be an unforgettable and unique holiday at one of the most beautful places in China!

Endless rice terraces cascading down into the valley below and the spectacular backdrop of a 2000 meter high mountain ridge is always an unforgettable holiday experience and includes some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Guangxi Province!

More details:


Price: 1670 rmb

More details: https://wannatravelshanghai.com/trips/explore-stunning-guilin-longji-terraces-and-yangshuo/

See pictures from our previous trips! (click “Read more” in the end of the article)

WANNA KNOW MORE?

Click “read more” in the end of the article or follow us on wechat: wanna_travel

Wechat: wanna-travel1

Phone number: 13764884661

Follow: wanna_travel

www.wannatravelshanghai.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wannatravel1

Our coming trips:

3-5.05 Moganshan cycling and swimming in the lake!

3-5.05 Wild trail hiking, waterfalls, swimming: Lin’an Big Dragon Bay


3-5.05 2 days in Xi’an: terracota warrios and ancient city wall!


9-11.06 Dragon boar race, rafting and off-trail 19 KM hiking in bamboo forest!


9-11.06 Guilin: Longji terraces and Yangshuo!

9-11.06 Hike China’s best Oxygen bar!


9-11.06 Meditation and yoga retreat in a temple

9-11.06 Trip to Wild China! Camping and watergun fight!


17-19.06 Hike Jiuhua Mt: unique temple on mountain top!


24-26.06 Yellow mountains! Discount for students!


25-26.06 Camping on the magnificent Great Wall!

25.06 GET WET AND WILD: rafting + swimming + hiking and picnic! 


26.06 Horse riding on the island + BBQ!

Private tours: Xi’an, Beijing, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Chengdu, Tibet!

www.wannatravelshanghai.com

Wanna win one of these trips? You have a chance!

1. Share this link in your moments with the words “I WANNA WIN #name of the trip#”, for example: I WANNA WIN A TRIP TO CHINA’S BEST OXYGEN BAR!

2. Take a screenshot and send to our subscription wechat account: wanna_travel


3. The lucky winner will be announced next Friday, June 3rd on our subscriton wechat account!

FAQ:

– Can I take part in competition if I already booked one of these trips?

– YES! If you win the trip, the deposit will be returned to you and you will join the trip FOR FREE!

GOOD LUCK!

1. Dragon boat race, rafting and 19 KM hiking in bamboo forest!

Destination: Anji, Zhejiang
What to do during Dragon boat festival? Let’s take part in dragon boat race ourselves! Have an amazing off-trail hike in Anji bamboo forest, compete in white water rafting, swim in natural pool and cheers with new friends at bonfire party! This is a unique summer time experience!

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Price: 1099 rmb

 

2. Hike in “China’s best oxygen bar”!

Destination: Pan’an county, Zhejiang

Have you ever heard about Pan’an county? It’s an amazing hidden from majority of tourists place with incredible mountains scenery, green blue river, green valleys, stunning waterfalls, ancient towns and clean air! The air quality and 99% of the water quality of this place is up to the national standards of class A, that is why it is called “China’s forest oxygen bar!”

Traveling alone? It is more than a trip: It is an ideal chance to make friends, share this amazing experience and cheers at bonfire party!

image

Price: 999 rmb

 

3. Trip to Wild China! Camping and water gun fight!

Destination: Gongyu, Zhejiang

It is time to turn off your cell phone, pack everything you need to survive in a isolated but beautiful part of east zhejiang province!
Forget about wifi, your comfy bed and A/C! You will hike in the middle of nowhere, you will live in an isolated Chinese village at the the height of 600 meters above the sea level and enjoy simple life! A unique chance to learn about local culture and get out of your comfort zone! Bonfire, music, stars… and water gun fight!

image

Price: 899 rmb

 

4. Yoga and Meditation retreat in a temple

If you are looking for a getaway where you can really get away from it all, treat yourself a weekend of detox, relax, purification and inner peace and balance!
No matter your preferred style of yoga, whether you are beginner or expert, this retreat will offer you soothing escapes and life-changing experiences. Switch off your phone, forget your problems and step into the world of simplicity and self-revitalization!

image

Price: 1099 rmb
5. Explore stunning Guilin: Longji terraces and Yangshuo!

Explore what Guilin has to offer: get lost in cascading rice terraces like nowhere else, bike in the countryside to the famous moon hill, take a picture on ancient bridge, relax while boating with gorgeous mountain view and breath in the clean air! It is going to be an unforgettable and unique holiday at one of the most beautful places in China!
Endless rice terraces cascading down into the valley below and the spectacular backdrop of a 2000 meter high mountain ridge is always an unforgettable holiday experience and includes some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Guangxi Province!

image

Price: 1670 rmb

 

WANNA KNOW MORE?
Follow us on wechat: wanna_travel

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www.wannatravelshanghai.com

Meditation and yoga retreat in a temple trip during May holidays. Join us for our next trip during Dragon boat festival June 9-11! Only 25 spots are available!

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Healthy breakfast, juices, herbal drinks, organic veggies, yoga, meditation, ionic foot bath, clean air and amazing mountain view… The detox program is available the whole year around, choose the dates that fits you best and let us make a plan for you!

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