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Nerdwarts SURPRISE Mini #5: Practice your Occlumency!

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PRACTICE YOUR OCCLUMENCY!

 

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We work hard and play hard here at Nerdwarts, but sometimes, we should settle down and take a breath... clear our minds... and regain our focus.  Meditation has loads of benefits, and in weeks 5 and 6, where the shine wears off the challenge and energy starts to flag, we can all use a bit of extra focus as we attempt to stay on track and keep that dark magic that causes backsliding out of our heads.  Never meditated before?  Don't worry!  You'll have a lot of options and techniques to try, and to ensure you don't have to hurry, this particular mini will run for the rest of the duration of this challenge.  Hopefully, instead of interfering with your own training and/or other Nerdwarts activities, it will assist you in staying happy and healthy!  

 

 

HOW TO PLAY:

Between now and the end of the challenge, every Assassin will have the opportunity to try out a number of different meditation techniques, working to regain our focus in the face of exhaustion.


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For the purposes of this mini challenge, I'm offering a short (by no means exhaustive) list of meditation methods:

  1. Guided Meditation: Need a bit of help to get started?  Not to worry.  Try this resource for a number of free guided meditation tracks from various sites.  It's as simple as following directions.  :)
  2. Present Moment Meditation: A meditation method that many people are familiar with, which involves relaxing and focusing on the moment, starting with your breath, then expanding to your sensations and everything around you, then contracting back to simply your breathing.
  3. Candle Gazing: This meditation method is good for regaining wandering focus.  Light a candle and watch the flame.  Observe your thoughts as they come in and out of your mind, but keep bringing your focus back to the flame.  There are many online resources where you can read more about this method.
  4. Visualization: A method that can be either very simple or very complex depending on how you approach it, this involves visualizing something (most often an outcome, a desired future state, etc) and embellishing on the visualization to the exclusion of other thoughts.  You can find a variety of resources on this method, and if you prefer not to focus on real-life goals but rather on some imaginary place or emotion that brings you positive feelings (imagine yourself at the seaside, smell the air, hear the surf, etc), that's fine, too!  Whatever you visualize, embellish the mental image continuously, recruit all your senses, and get away from your other thoughts for awhile.

There are, of course, many other options out there, but these four ought to provide something to try for anyone who doesn't know where to begin.  If you prefer a method that isn't listed here, that's fine, too.

 

Every Assassin who participates must log 30 minutes of meditation total between now and the end of the challenge to help their House earn some last minute points!  Try a new method of meditation, or repeat an old favorite.  If you find a particularly good guided track, share it here!  The idea is to get a bit of chill time in between all of your other activities... even as you work on your AMRAPs and your Quidditch games and any other mini challenges that may pop up....

 

This mini-challenge lasts until Sunday, 7/19 at 11:59PM EST... so chill and take your time!

 

>>CLEAR YOUR MIND<<

 

 

Still need to sign up for a House? PM Hazard to be Sorted.

 

Normal Mini-Challenge Rules

- Mini-challenges are not mandatory, feel free to ignore this one if you don't want to participate. Don't let mini-challenges hinder your own goals.

- If you're not sure how to register something, post it here.

- Keep it simple!

- Don't hurt yourself!


Every Assassin who completes this mini-challenge gets +1 WIS for working on their focus!

Assassins, remember to be safe and have fun!

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Here I am all "I don't meditate" and then read through the description of present moment meditation like "oh that's meditation?!" I guess I do and I didn't know it! And probably need to employ it more often... Maybe I WILL practice occlumency! :)

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Funny, I was thinking to myself last night, while helping my daughter go to sleep, about this challenge and the associate minis. Each time I have gotten really excited but then haven't been able to keep up. I recognize that it is okay, really, considering everything going on right now. (Our fourth child is due tomorrow, but probably won't come for another week, and there is so much to do to get ready; among a number of other things happening concurrently). So, even though I have been slipping on the challenges they have still gotten me to do much more than I would have during this stressful time.

 

As a result I was considering the next challenge (which is going to be just as, if not more, stressful). I decided that I would hop over to the Druids for that one and focus on peace-of-mind (with some meditation) while still getting a bit of mobility (try out a little yoga). To my pleasant surprise today I discovered a mini to help jump-start my efforts! So, yes, lets rock this mini (where have I heard that before)! 

 

This guild is awesome and I will be back after the next challenge! Oh, and first minutes posted :P

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My first thought upon reading the title was "...We're going to practice keeping secrets...? Whaaaaat?" but then I read it and now I'm all excited.

 

I typically have a hard time doing almost any form of meditation, but a guided body scan is seriously the best thing since ever. We occasionally do this in my therapy sessions and I'll sometimes do them to help chill out before bed if I'm a little too wired. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's happening tonight. I use the body scans over on My Yoga Works (which is a subscription service, but has a free trial. I've enjoyed it quite a bit :)

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I am a big fan of calm.com. I think I found out about it through one of Steve's blog posts, but I really enjoy it's guided meditations. I use the 2 minute guided first thing in the morning at work and it is nice.

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Just a side note, I like the binaural beats to listen to while I am meditating. Also you can find alot of guided meditations on youtube.

This mini is right up my alley :)

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I love focusing on breath and being in the moment, sharpening senses, listening to the slight rain (or birds singing, or cars going past, whatever), relaxing any muscles not needed, smiling as I breathe in relaxing as I breath out.... it's quite delicious and I really appreciate this mini making us all take the time for it, thank you!

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Mal:  You could've got off with Shepherd Book at the Bathgate Abbey. Could'a been meditating on the wonders of your rock garden by now. 
Jayne:  Beats just sittin'. 
Wash:  It *is* just sitting. 

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Perfect, I planned to mediate today on lunch! This is something I absolutely love and enjoy but don't make enough time for...sad face. Thanks for the tip Miska! I like to listen to neo-classical music while I mediate and I'm always down to try something new!

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Although it's not in my nature to sit still and be in the moment I'm going for it!  I have a yoga mat in my room for stretching but last night I rolled it out for meditation.  I am using guided meditation since I tend to go on auto pilot when left to my own devices.  So far I've done 14 minutes!

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I should probably mention that lately I've been using Deepak Chopra's Conscious Health and Infinite Abundance apps. They cost money to get all the lessons but a few are free in each app and they're REALLY lovely.

They consist of a moment of guided reflection and then some silent meditation and you can mix-and-match the lessons and music. Definitely worth checking out the free bits at least!

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