Mental Oasis
Greeting the Day

Greeting the Day

October 15, 2020

During the development of a meditation practice, we often consider what we hope to cultivate within ourselves. A place to start with this can be how we greet the day. What is the spirit or attitude that we bring to each new day?

Reflect on this in today's episode with Christine Forte.

If you found this episode helpful, please get in touch christine@forteklotz.com, or share it with a friend!

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Special thanks to DJ Charp for the music.

Healing from Hurt

Healing from Hurt

October 1, 2020

In this episode, we meditate on the topic of having been emotionally hurt by another person. The idea isn't to build up or increase the hurt in our hearts, but rather to work on recognizing, extending our own care and compassion towards what hurts, so that we can move meaningfully towards letting go and healing. 

Christine Forte can be contacted at christine@forteklotz.com, or more information about her coaching and therapy practice can be found at www.forteklotz.com

Open to Creativity

Open to Creativity

September 17, 2020

Creativity isn’t just a quality important to artists and performers. It’s something that’s mobilized by anyone who has ever had to do something in an unexpected way, or try to find a new solution to a problem.

Expanding our sense of creativity can give us new approaches to all kinds of things. In this episode Christine shares some thoughts on the meaning of creativity and blocks to it, and then guides listeners in a meditation on how we can open ourselves more to creativity.

The host, Christine, can be contacted at christine@forteklotz.com

Special thanks to DJ Charp for the music and editing.

Expanding Love

Expanding Love

September 3, 2020

In today’s episode we continue the mini series started a few weeks ago around the states of being alive, being peaceful, being joyful and being loving, with our focus today on being loving.

This is perhaps in some ways the most mysterious of all of the states. It requires us to understand and accept ourselves and others, even when we might feel at odds both with self and others.

There is a certain amount of taking a leap of faith when we love, that we can extend ourselves in this way and hope that all will be well. Join us to reflect on expanding love both to ourselves, those in our lives, and our communities.

The host, Christine, can be contacted at christine@forteklotz.com

Special thanks to DJ Charp for the music and editing

Cultivating Joy

Cultivating Joy

August 20, 2020

Joy is something that we'd probably all like to have more of in our lives right now. But how do we get there? In today's episode Christine explores the elements of cultivating joy as well as the obstacles to it. 

More information at www.forteklotz.com or please do reach out and get in touch christine@forteklotz.com

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Special thanks to DJ Charp for the music.

Being Peaceful

Being Peaceful

August 6, 2020

In continuing with last episode's teaching from Thich Nhat Hahn, we meditate in this episode on  the next state he teaches about, that of being peaceful.  

This guided meditation invites listeners to explore what the word peace means to you, when you apply it not to the greater world around you, but instead to your own internal systems.

The host, Christine Forte, an be contacted at christine@forteklotz.com or you can read more about her at www.forteklotz.com

If this episode was meaningful to you, please share it with a friend!

Embracing Aliveness

Embracing Aliveness

July 23, 2020

In today's episode we reflect together on a teaching by the Buddhist monk in which he says,

“We have a tendency to think in terms of doing and not in terms of being. We think that when we are not doing anything, we are wasting our time. But that is not true. Our time is first of all for us to be.

To be what? To be alive, to be peaceful, to be joyful, to be loving. And that is what the world needs most.”

Over the next four episodes we will meditate on each of these four states: being alive, being peaceful, being joyful and being loving.

Today's meditation begins with the first state of being alive. Join us!

 

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To learn more about the host, Christine Forte, you can go to her website www.forteklotz.com

If this episode was meaningful to you, please do send a note (christine@forteklotz.com) or share it with a friend.

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Special thanks to DJ Charp for the music.

Body Gratitude

Body Gratitude

July 16, 2020

Judgment of ourselves, of our bodies, can be a painful obstacle to being free to truly be in the present, to be accepting of ourselves, and also be fully open to those around us.

And so in today’s episode I invite you to join me in a meditation of gratitude for the body, for all of the ways that it is amazing and strong, for all of the things it can do. And then, to move towards full acceptance of the body, exactly as it is now, today, in this moment.

 

Reflection:

Was there a particular body part you noticed more than others?

What from this meditation would you want to build into your self talk?

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May my body be at ease

May I be kind to my body

May I be at peace within my body

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The host, Christine Forte is a therapist and coach in private practice. You can read more about her at www.forteklotz.com

 

Special thanks to DJ Charp for the music.

 

Restoration from Fatigue

Restoration from Fatigue

July 9, 2020

Fatigue is a natural response to the series of stresses and anxieties that we have experienced over the last months. Many of us may feel drained right now, and perhaps at a loss on how to recharge from this emotional burn out. Physical rest is an important element, when we can get it, but for those with multiple demands on time, getting extra physical rest isn't always possible. In this episode's meditation we begin to observe our emotional energy and to focus on starting to recharge it. 

Christine Forte is a therapist and coach in private practice. You can read more about her at www.forteklotz.com

Notes for Reflection:

What did you notice about what gives you energy? Or what you’d like to let go of?

After today’s meditation, I encourage you to take some time to journal about this. Just do some free association of what you notice. Without judging, take time to digest these observations. What do you feel they mean for you?

Special thanks to DJ Charp for his creative design of the music.

Mindful Intention

Mindful Intention

July 2, 2020

With so much going on in the world there is a lot demanding our time, attention, our emotions. All of this can make it hard to focus on or feel like we have any energy left for the day to day things that need our attention: for our work, our families, taking care of our homes, taking care of ourselves.

In this episode's meditation we bring our awareness to that in our lives which may need our focused attention right now. This isn’t to say that the current crises don’t merit our attention; certainly they do, but the idea is to awaken mindful and deliberate intention about where we are focusing. Whether that is on current crises, or personal healing, or grief or your job, or something else entirely is up to. The direction of your attention is your own intuitive choice, rather, I am inviting you to join me in making sure that we actually make that choice, rather than having it made for us by influences outside ourselves.

Notes for Reflection: Take a moment after the episode to make some notes about the intention you would like to set for yourself. Return your attention to it whenever you feel you need to reset.

You can find more information about this show's host, Christine Forte at www.forteklotz.com 

Special thanks to DJ Charp for the music. 

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