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Insight Timer – A Great Meditation App

Looking for a meditation app?  Insight Timer is it!  It is free and has many great guided meditations and useful features.  My meditations are available here as well.  When using the timer, you can pick background music or relaxing sounds (like rain) from their library.

Search for “Diana Warlick” to find my meditations on Insight Timer (http://insig.ht/graceyoga).  This is a great way to listen to them simply because this app was designed for listeners to meditate.  While YouTube is a good outlet for videos, it is not great for meditations because users have to keep their screen on while listening.  With Insight Timer, this is not an issue.

If you pay a monthly subscription, you will unlock some other features, such as offline listening.  However, if you do not want to pay, the free version works just fine.

Insight Timer home page https://insighttimer.com/

Home Ambients

Here are a few stats and facts they highlight:

  • More than 6 million meditators call Insight Timer home.
  • Every 24 hours their community generates over 5 years of collective meditation minutes.
  • Insight Timer has 2,977 of the world’s best meditations teachers and 14,284 guided meditations.
  • Every 24 hours our community meditates to over 110k guided meditations.
  • Insight Timer has more than 4,000 discussion groups ranging from spirituality and humor to compassion and poetry.

Happy Meditating! Namaste.
Diana

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Yoga Nidra Intention Radiance with Tracee Stanley

I am attending a wonderful session with Tracee Stanley and learning so much more about Yoga Nidra.

For example, I learned that I probably need to avoid using the two opposites Pain and Pleasure in my group Yoga Nidra classes and on recordings.  I do agree with her, and that is probably why I have only used it once in a recording, and even then felt pretty uneasy about it.  Those are some serious topics!

Diving in deeper and learning more about Yoga Nidra is so interesting and wonderful.  Yoga Nidra is such a powerful tool, and Tracee is such an amazing person and inspiration.  Thank you Tracee!

I am looking forward to refining my next Yoga Nidra, The Seed, and sharing with you all.

Namaste

Diana

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My Next Yoga Nidra

I would really like my next Yoga Nidra to be a practice that anyone can listen to at night, just before going to bed to help them fall asleep.  I’m really looking forward to working on this one.

If anyone has any special requests for a particular type of Yoga Nidra practice, please let me know.  Thank you!

Peace and Love,

Diana

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Magnesium to Relieve Eye Twiches and Thumping Sounds in Ears?

My Problem

The last few months I have been suffering from a thumping sound in my left ear.  I hear it only when I lay on my left side, and it is a really fast thumping sound just about as loud as my heartbeat  Then I started noticing my left eye twitching.  What was going on with me!?  So I went to the internet to start exploring for answers….

Several forums suggested taking magnesium for the eye twitching, but very few spoke of the ear noise.  So I talked to my chiropractor about it, and she agreed that Magnesium would help.  She let me know that not all Magnesium is the same, and she gave me a list of ones to get and ones to avoid.

My Remedy?

First, let me say my disclosure…. I am not a doctor.  I am only sharing what helped me.  I am also not a sales person, and no one is paying me to say this stuff.  I just want to help others.

  • Best: Chelated magnesium
  • Good: Magnesium citrate, Magnesium glycinate, Magnesium threonate
  • Not so good: Magnesium stearate, Magnesium carbonate, Magnesium oxide.  (Why are these not recommended?  My chiropractor said these are not great because they are like rocks and don’t get absorbed well.)

I went to the drug store, but all I found was Magnesium oxide.  So back home I went, with plans to visit a health food store over the weekend.  Then I looked in my medicine cabinet and found some Natural CALM, which has ionic magnesium citrate.  I had bought this not knowing it was magnesium.  I thought, “I might as well try it.  I have been bothered with that annoying thumping sound for too long.  I have got to try something.” So I poured myself a glass and mixed in 1 teaspoon.  Even though the recommended dose is 2 heaping teaspoons, I only added 1 because I had been warned that it could give me diarrhea and I should start with a little and increase it to the full dosage.

My Results: Vast Improvement with Chelated Magnesium

First, I tried Natural CALM, and it kind of worked.  I took the first dose right after my lunch.  Then an hour later I took a nap, and the noises were gone.  It was so relaxing to just hear my natural heartbeat again.  When I went to bed that night, however, the noises had returned.  I got up and took the other half of the Natural CALM dose, and then I went right back to sleep.  The thumping noises were still there.  Maybe it takes 30 minutes or more to start working.  Maybe I will need to take Magnesium consistently for it to keep working.  Maybe I need a slow release form.  I’ll keep taking Natural CALM and update this blog in about a week.  After a week, I have noticed sometimes the thumping sound sometimes returns. I haven’t given up the search yet!  The next thing I will try is getting Chelated Magnesium instead.  I will let you know what happens!

Next, I picked up some Chelated Magnesium, and that night the sounds stopped completely.  The recommended dose was 4 tablets per day, but I only took 1.  However, on day 3, the thumping sound returned only slightly for a moment.  Overall, I am really pleased with the results of the Chelated Magnesium.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me or leave messages below.

Thanks!

Diana