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Olivia Rosewood is the author of Illuminate: Adventures of a Modern Meditator and Please Meditate: It's Good for You. She is passionate about guiding meditation aimed at enhancing one's experience of peace within. Her most profound influence is Eckhart Tolle, with whom she has traveled and worked extensively, although she has meditated with many teachers all over the world. Always curious about meditation in its many forms, she experienced being a yogic nun in Ahmedabad, India, where she was fortunate enough to teach young children English. They were an essential part of the inspiration for her 7 spiritually inspired children's books, available now on Amazon as well as children's bookstores and museums.

Olivia has also authored, Please Meditate: It's Good for You, an all embracing instructional guide through several beautiful forms of meditation, helping the reader to find their perfect practice. It is supported by her youtube channel, Please Meditate, which gives the reader extra support as meditation methods are explored.

Being released in September, 2013 is Olivia's much anticipated Illuminate: Adventures of Modern Meditator, which takes the reader on a exciting journey around the globe: from Fiji to India, George Harrison, Eckhart Tolle, Ammachi, taoists, gurus, celebrities, past lives, motherhood, and into the deep peace of being.

Olivia was the writer for HarperCollins' Happy Yoga by Steve Ross, and she has consulted on several best selling self-help books. Regularly featured in the "Mindful Living" section of the Huffington Post, she includes guided meditation v-logs within her blogs, with the aim of raising awareness and skill in blossoming meditators everywhere. She studied writing and theater at the University of Southern California, and enjoyed acting in several movies including Titanic and Almost Famous. She is a practicing yogini, meditator, and mom.

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Tai Chi, Part 1 (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 4:44 PM

Tai Chi is for everyone, and you can do Tai Chi wherever you happen to be in your life and your location. You don't need special clothes, and you don't need a special place. Every place is special when you practice Tai Chi there. So go ahead! Keep in mind...

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12 Reasons to Try Tai Chi

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 6:13 PM

Before I won a gold medal for Yang Tai Chi at the 2014 International Chinese Martial Arts Championships in Los Angeles, I had spent many decades drawn to this beautiful meditative movement, but unable to find a place to learn it. I was also... too busy.

"I'm too busy...

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What's All the Fuss About the Dalai Lama?

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:39 AM

I called every day for two weeks leading up to my trip, trying to get an extra night at my boutique hotel. Every day, they kindly told me no, in fact they were overbooked. As my trip drew closer, I began calling other hotels in San Francisco, and then in...

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(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 9:24 AM

'Tis the season to grab a pen and paper and make some New Year's resolutions. Sounds so simple, and yet, is there a craft to making your new year's goals more meaningful? Here are a few tips, some backed up by studies, that will help you make the most of...

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Gratitude Mantra Practice (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 6:54 AM

So you know there's a great deal of evidence documenting the efficacy of a gratitude practice. But have you found one that works for you? Are you practicing gratitude every day?

Is there something about a good night's sleep that you're against? Perhaps you prefer to go through life...

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Get a Gratitude Practice (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 6:49 AM

Who doesn't want to strengthen their immune system? Who doesn't want to sleep better and deeper at night? Who doesn't want to awaken with more ease and less grogginess? Who doesn't want to improve their blood pressure? Who doesn't want to feel less lonely, more connected and at ease in...

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Don't Expect Much

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 10:21 AM

"Don't expect much" are words often heard by parents of newly diagnosed, differently abled children. I heard it in this video, (see below) about a girl diagnosed with Autism, who blossomed in her own, unique way. I wept when I heard it in her story, because I have heard it...

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Please Meditate: Focus on Trust (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 4:21 PM

I recently learned that my fair city of Los Angeles has been chosen as the city with the worst traffic in the United States. From a meditation point of view, I immediately felt the challenge to transform this challenge into a beautiful opportunity.

There is no need to...

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Working for Lucy

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 2:43 PM

It was dusty. It was old. It had not been touched in at least two years. Fascinated, I held the old book in my hands. Did I dare to open it? It had once been my daily companion, the focus of much energy. I had found my goal journal.


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Please Meditate: Are You Neglecting Beauty? (WATCH)

(4) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 9:44 AM

Is reality what you think it is? Or is your attention habitually drawn exclusively to problems? So, is your reality dominated by that energy?

If you were surrounded by beauty, but you were unable to give it your attention, would the beauty still exist? Yes, of course, but it would...

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Please Meditate: Create a Sacred Space for Meditation

(6) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 1:03 PM

Does it make a difference where one meditates? Some say yes, and some say no. In my experience, creating a sacred space can be helpful in facilitating inner peace and a meditation practice, especially at first. Those who are sensitive to energies will appreciate the vibration created by making a...

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A Thank You Note to the Rescuers in Aurora

(10) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 10:53 AM

I was ordering a morning beverage at our local cafe, and tears nearly started flowing when I looked over and saw the fire/paramedic uniformed officer ordering at the adjacent register. This sight hasn't moved me so deeply in the past, but after the Aurora, Colorado shooting, my feelings have spontaneously...

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Please Meditate: Zen Walking (WATCH)

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Zen walking has evolved into many different forms over its existence of a couple thousand years. You can find it in some monasteries to be extremely slow walking while beating a wooden fish drum, while in others, it is practiced at quite a brisk, nearly-jogging pace.

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Please Meditate: 1 Minute Before Eating

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 1:16 PM

There is a lot of focus on which foods to consume these days. And rightfully so, with obesity reaching epidemic levels in the U.S., not to mention all of the health complications that may result from carrying excess weight. Eating is an important issue affecting lifestyle, life expectancy,...

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Please Meditate: Gratitude for Your Body (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 8:38 AM

As summer approaches, often so does the quest for the perfect summer body. But in your searching, do not forget to find the deeper body perfection: happiness, peace, and a harmonious relationship to your body, no matter its shape, size, color, or texture.

Our very use of language reveals...

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Please Meditate: Shifting Focus to Love (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 6:16 AM

Is it possible that you could be surrounded by something but not be aware of it?

Does a fish realize that it is submerged in water? Are fish able to enjoy the sensation of water, or have they become numb to it for being surrounded by it constantly? Do fish...

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Please Meditate: Shifting Focus to Trust (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 3:24 PM

What are we? Are we bodies? Brains? Pure energy? But then what is pure energy? I was having a stimulating conversation with a friend who is not only a mystic, but a highly-regarded scientist. She told me that physicists had proven that sensual reality is real, but the rest of...

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Please Meditate: Shifting Focus to Beauty

(12) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 4:03 PM

George Harrison was the first meditator I'd ever met. I'd heard about meditation in books, but I had no idea what the word really meant. George asked me if I meditated, and I told him no, bashfully explaining that one day I planned on trying it. He told me it...

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Please Meditate: Need More Brain? (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 1:17 PM

What's in it for you? Well, in a recent study, 13 regular practitioners of Zen meditation were not only studied, but had MRIs taken of their brains regularly. What is particularly noteworthy about the findings was that the putamen, the area of our grey matter associated with attentional...

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Please Meditate: Revealing Love

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 4:54 PM

What do we know of love? How often is love thought of and carefully considered? And how important is love? We use the word a lot, but what does love truly mean? "All you need is love." "Love is all there is." It's a powerful word, and easy to plug into many contexts. But from an experiential point of view, what is love? Is love always gentle and kind? Is loving the same as dominating or controlling others? Is love possessive? Is love desire? Is love pleasure? Is love compassion? Is love chemical, or perhaps genetically influenced? Are there different kinds of love?

"Love," only a word, is thrown around by humans in the most amazing ways. It's far too multi-purpose to be clear what one means when they say it in the English language. Just as we have the one word to describe snow while the Sami people of the Arctic have many different words to describe different kinds of snow (bieggagaikkohat, bihci, bulži, deamádat, among a total of about 200 others), it seems that the word "love" is used rather frequently for all types of variable meanings. I feel strongly that the English language could stand to create a few new words for the multitude of different purposes for which the word "love" steps into play. I am hesitant even to use the word, for fear that it may conjure some completely different meaning in you than the one I intend. For that reason, I will clarify my understanding of the word "love."

In meditation, the purest kind of love dwells in your heart, and it seeks neither to dominate nor control. In yoga, the heart chakra is called "anahata," which translates from Sanksrit to mean "unstruck." Imagine how you might feel, or perhaps have felt at some point in your life, if you'd never had to endure the slings and arrows of any variety of hurt. To have never been hurt is to know no fear of being hurt, nor suspicions of your own malice or that in others. It is a very open state of being, like an infant child sleeping safely, arms open, heart open, fully trusting that every need will be met, loving arms waiting at the slightest, softest murmur. Love is "unstruck," and flows most powerfully in a heart that has discovered the openness of loving fearlessly. This kind of love is most clearly described not as a type of "doing," but rather as an "undoing." Because once one has released their negativity, usually from the pain of the past, what is revealed is the natural flow of limitless love, the original condition of the human heart. The onion is a perfect metaphor: The doing aspect of revealing love is the pulling away of layers of stagnant negativity. In the center of an onion is emptiness, and it is from that seemingly empty spaciousness which love invisibly flows in infinite abundance.

I've heard the kind of love which dwells in the heart and wants to flow freely from the heart described as the love one feels for an adorable puppy dog, a kitten or a baby. It is that feeling of tenderness, wanting to give, to nurture, to be gentle, kind and playful. It is a love free from expectation, and it seeks only joy. It is a love that forgives and adores the faults in the other, correcting only to sidestep pains. It is a love in which what is mutual is correct and honored.

The kind of love I'm speaking of here is present in us all of the time, and it doesn't require "another" to flow freely, because we can be our own recipient of this kind of love. However, its natural flow is impeded by resentment, grudges held from the past, old angers -- esentially any kind of negativity that has been held onto. I am not against negative emotions, because they are naturally part of life, an essential part of the balance in duality that gives us the true experience of positive emotions. How could we truly know light without darkness? However, holding onto negativity longer then necessary can be unhealthy and unpleasant for everyone.

An essential skill for a life full of love is to know when to put your baggage down. Releasing one's grip on negative stories and thoughts may not come naturally to you, depending on your origin, and in many cases, it may need to be learned. But there's no better feeling than dropping a heavy load of rocks after carrying them for a lifetime. You can drop your anger, sadness, resentment, judgements and unmet expectations as certainly as you can drop a bat after you've hit a home run or as soon as your three swings are over. You just let it go. And then love flows from the heart effortlessly, abundantly and naturally. Meditation can be your method of dropping hefty passengers of negativity that have found their way into your consciousness. You can let your mediation be a the last bus stop, the end of the line, where the heaviness of mental darkness is dropped off, revealing love.

"Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul." -- St. Aurelius Augustine

Please join me in a guided meditation to release the impediments in your heart, revealing the love that is within you and longing to be realized.

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