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Olivia Rosewood
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Olivia Rosewood is the Founder of the Portable Sanctuary, a meditation resource and learning center. She is the Director of College of Tao. Olivia Rosewood authored of Illuminate: Adventures of a Modern Meditator and Please Meditate: It's Good for You. She is also a Tai Chi gold medalist, most recently medaled in gold at the 2014 and again at the 2016 International Chinese Martial Arts Championships.

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.

Illuminate: Adventures of a Modern Meditator 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.

Being released in March, 2015 is Olivia's much anticipated Elegance 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.

Entries by Olivia Rosewood

The I.E.P. Adventure

(10) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 11:21 AM

Would you like to come to an I.E.P. meeting with me? I know, it sounds like fun. What is an I.E.P.? It is an Individualized Educational Plan, and it is every differently abled child's right in the United States of America. However, it can be quite a...

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The Sense of Scents

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 9:26 PM

Yes, for me it was love at first smell. It was called aromatherapy, and without science, without logic, I was in! I was eight years old, and my aunt was studying massage therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. When I regarded her kit of essential oils, I couldn't help but dive...

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Practice Meditation, Then Repeat Daily

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 6:27 PM

Let's talk about the stuff you might do every day: brush your teeth? Change your underpants. Make the bed. Eat. Brush your hair. Wash dishes. Most daily routines are of necessity, it seems. But are they really? In our human history, there existed periods of time in which a person...

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Dean Potter's Spiritual Practice

(3) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 9:04 PM

I was taken by surprise when a spiritual friend of mine said, "How could Dean Potter call what he did a spiritual practice? Where's the compassion? It took his life! I just don't get it. How can that be considered spiritual?" It wouldn't be the first time I'd...

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8 Tips to Help Boost Your Immune System

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 8:26 AM

Being asthmatic, I spent a large portion of my life catching whatever sinus infection or flu was floating around. Why is it that I wouldn't miss the treasure of my good health until I had momentarily lost it? As soon as I was under the influence of my cold, flu,...

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Coming Out! (Of the Meditation Closet)

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 12:00 PM

It's true that at one time meditation was not something spoken of in mixed up company. There were those who saw its existence as wonderful, and then there were those who judged it like they judged sprouts, hippies, and anything else vaguely foreign and/or threatening to status quo. I'm happy...

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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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