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Endilega lta alla vita af essu og srstaklega sem ba tlndum

og tlendinga sem hafa huga slandi og slenskri menningu.


Jkvni er a sem okkur vantar nna!

Okkur vantar fleiri svona frttir sem birtast fjlmilum
t um allan heim. Minna af dauum rollum og meira af
lifandi flki og blmstrandi mannlfi sem ltur framtina
bjrtum augum. Mr finnst a n tti a nta alla athyglina
sem sland ntur, neikv s a mestu, og fara massfa
markassetningu slandi sem spennandi valkost fjlbreyttri
flru feramannastaa heiminum dag. Komaso!

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Hugveisla…(Bjargey mn kallai hugleislu hugveislu, 4ra ra)

Why meditate? On one level, meditation is a tool. It can help combat stress, fosters physical health, helps with chronic pain, can make you sleep better, feel happier, be more peaceful, as well as be present. But on a deeper level, meditation is a doorway into the unknown. It can help us get a sense of the mystery of who we are.
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When you start meditating, you will notice how unruly the mind is. I remember being quite shocked by this! I noticed that my mind was all over the place. Profound thoughts about my past or future jostled with mundane thought clips about what groceries I needed to buy. Some time afterwards I would come too and notice that I had spend 15 minutes running a painful memory over and over. It was like sitting in a crazy cinema!
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So, if youre starting out with meditation, please dont beat yourself up about your wild mind. It is a natural condition. In time you will learn to work kindly with the barrage of thoughts and you will some clarity and peacefulness.
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Here are some simple tips on how to start meditating. Maybe those of you who already practise meditation could please add your comments of what has worked for you.
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1. Posture

Whether you sit on a chair or cross-legged on the floor, make sure that your spine is upright with head up. If you are slumped your mind will drift. Mind and body are intertwined. If your body is well-balanced, your mind will also be in balance. To straighten up, imagine that your head is touching the sky.
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2. Eyes
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Try and keep you eyes open. Open eyes allow you to be more present. Just lower your eyes and let your gaze be sort. If you close your eyes you will be more likely to drift away on thoughts and stories. However, its important to do what is comfortable for you. Some people find closing their eyes much more effective. Its good to experiment and see what feels best for you.
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2. Focus
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In ordinary consciousness we are hardly ever present. For example, sometimes we drive the car on autopilot while being preoccupied with thoughts. Suddenly we arrive at our destination and dont remember anything about the drive!

So, meditation is a wonderful way of waking up to our life. Otherwise we miss most of our experiences because we are somewhere else in our mind! Lets take a look at what focus is. In ordinary life, we tend to equate focus with concentration. Thats like using the mind like a concentrated beam of light. But in meditation, that kind of mind isnt helpful. Its too sharp and edgy. To focus in meditation means to pay soft attention to whatever you place in the centre of awareness. I suggest using the breath as a focus. Its like a natural door that connects inside and outside. Zen Master Toni Packer says:
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Attention comes from nowhere. It has no cause. It belongs to no one
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3. The breath
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Paying attention to the breath is a great way to anchor yourself in the present moment.
Notice your breath streaming in and out. Theres no need to regulate the breath just let it be natural.
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4. Counting you breath
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If you are having difficulties settling, you can try counting the breath which is an ancient meditation practice. On your outbreath, silently count one, then two, and up to four. Then return to one. Whenever you notice your thoughts have strayed far away or you find yourself counting thirtythree, simply return to one. In this way, one is like coming home to the present moment. Its good to return without a backward glance.
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5. Thoughts
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When you notice thoughts, gently let them go by returning yous focus to the breath. Dont try and stop thoughts; this will just make you feel agitated. Imagine that they are unwelcome visitors at your door: Acknowledge their presence and politely ask them to leave. Then shine the soft light of your attention on your breath.
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6. Emotions
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Its difficult to settle into meditation if you are struggling with strong emotions. This is because some emotions tend to breed stories in the mind. Especially anger, shame and fear create stories that repeat over and over in the mind. Anger and shame make us keep looking at past events of the past. Fear looks at the future with stories that start with, What if
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The way to deal with strong emotions in meditation is to focus on the body feelings that accompany the emotion. For example, this could be the tight band of fear around the chest or the hot roiling of anger in the belly. Let go of the stories and refocus on your body. In this way you are honouring your emotions but not becoming entangled in stories.
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7. Silence
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Silence is healing. I know that there are is a lot of meditation music around, but nothing beats simple silence. Otherwise the music or sounds on the tape just drown out the chatter in your mind. When we sit in silence we actually get to experience what our mind is doing. There is steadiness and calmness that comes from sitting in silence. In time outer and inner silence meet and you come to rest in the moment.
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8. Length
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Start with 10 minutes and only sit longer if you feel that that is too short. Dont force yourself to meditate longer if you are not ready to do that. In time you might like to extend your meditation to 25 minutes. Thats a length that allows you to settle your mind without causing too much stress on your body. Most importantly, shrug off any shoulds. Some people enjoy sitting for an hour at a time. Others find that they cant sit longer than 10 minutes. Do what feels right for you!

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9. Place
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Its lovely to create a special place to sit. You can even make a shrine or an altar that you can face when you sit in meditation. You might like to place a candle on your altar and objects that have meaning to you. Its lovely to find objects for your altar as you walk. Maybe you find stones, or seashells, or flowers that speak to you.
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10. Enjoyment
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Most of all its important to enjoy meditation. You might like to try sitting with a hint of a smile. Be kind to yourself. Start sitting just a little each day. Its helpful to establish a daily habit.

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skum llum landsmnnum til sjvar og sveita…

gleilegra jla og farsldar komandi ri. Passi ykkur n kertunum.
g er binn a sj einn ungling fura upp sem snri baki kerti sem var
stasett glugga. Sem betur fer brenndist hann ekki illa.

Biggi Jakims, Unnur, Slborg, Bjargey, kettir og kannur : )


Myrkraverk…

N egar sl tekur a lkka lofti er gott a hafa huga
a vi hlauparar urfum a sjst. Endurskinsmerki eru g
en betra er a vera endurskinsvesti. au hafa fengist t.d.
hj Afreksvrum Glsib og jafnvel EUROPRIS. a er aldrei
of varlega fari essum efnum. kmenn sj okkur ekki ef vi
erum svrtum hlaupafatnai og n endurskinsmerkja. er
voinn vs eins og dmin hafa sanna.

Frkirkjuvegur 11

Kom arna inn einhverntman egar TR var me starfsemi hsinu.
kaflega illa fari me virulegt og sgufrgt hs a lta a vera
skrifstofuhsni. arna mtti vera t.d. einhverskonar sningarhsni,
etta gti einfaldlega veri hluti af Listasafni slands sem er arna rtt hj.
g s fyrir mr yfirlitssningu vatnslitamyndum eftir sgrm etc. A einn
aili eigi etta hs er nstum v eins og a einhver keypti Stjrnarri
ea Alingishsi.

Hlauparar allra landa sameinist…

N er sumari komi og tmi til kominn a skipuleggja
hlaup sumarsins. Hvet alla til a skoa srstaklega hin
strskemmtilegu utanvegahlaup. Stefn Gslason Borgarnesi,
samviska jarinnar umhverfismlum, er einn af okkar
mestu hugamnnum um utanvegahlaup. Skoi endilega
http://www.environice.is/default.asp?Sid_Id=33257&tId=1

Hreinsunartak…

N arf a skoa undir ll teppi LLUM FLOKKUM
og sj hverju er bi a vera a spa undir au undanfrnum
rum. Ekki til a finna skudlga heldur til a endurvinna a
traust sem flokkarnir hafa misst undanfrnum mnuum.
a sem kllu er spilling sumum lndum hefur kannski veri tali
elilegur vinargreii hr landi etc. Skoum ll essi ml ofan kjlinn.

mbl.is Andri httir strfum
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Verndum Smralind og Kringluna!

Svo er veri a tala um a slendingar hafi misst sig.
Vi skulum vona a Smralindin, Kringlan, Krepputorg
og hin ll mollin fi a standa frii. Kannski arfa
tti v flestir slendingar elska allt a sem amrskt er.
a sst best blaeigninni og hinum dreifu byggum
a vi skjum fyrirmyndir okkar miki til Bandarkjanna.
A ekki s n tala um alla tlits- og skudrkunina.
mbl.is Brenndu strmarkai hatursrri gegn Bandarkjunum
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Merkilegur jfur

Hann m telja nokku illa haldinn af tbaksfkn essi jfur
sem lt allt gourmeti vera og stakk aeins sig tbaki.
a er lka undarlegt a honum skyldi ekki detta hug a
troa ekki vri nema einu stykki af saltketi vasann.

Annars m gera r fyrir v a innbrot eigi eftir a aukast
n egar kreppan er a skella okkur af fullum unga og ekki
sta til a hafa hyggjur af v a ryggisfyrirtkin fari
hfui br. Besta ri gegn innbrotum held g a s a
sem vi beitum. Eigum einfaldlega ekki neitt sem er ess viri
a v s stoli. Meira a segja blarnir eru verlausir. : )


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Grafskur hnnuur og jgakennari me MBA gru fr H. Maraonhlaupari, hjlreiamaur og verandi sjsundmaur. Mti alla morgna kl. 7.00 (nema laugard. og sunnud.) Mllersfingar hj Dra foringja Vesturbjarlaugina. Hlaupi fr Vesturbjarlaug mnud. og mivikud. kl. 16:30 og fstudaga kl. 16:30. Stundum laugard. kl. 10:00 og sunnud. kl. 10:10.
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