In Which Katy Wolk-Stanley and Deepak Choprah Spend an Afternoon Playing Video Games — A Giveaway

by Katy on November 17, 2011 · 158 comments

I was sent a copy of Deepak Chopra’s Leela to review. And yes, it is a video game. (For Xbox 360 Kinect and Wii.) I know it sounds counterintuitive to have a relaxation and meditation video game, but I was highly intrigued. (Wait . . . what?!)

When I think of video games, my mind goes to sports, racing, kill-the-bad-guy, and yes, Pac-Man. And although we do have a video game system at home, the only time I’ve ever played it was for, you guessed it, Pac-Man. (Seriously, even at age 43, I am still quite the formidable Pacmaniac!)

But Leela is a video game in name only. There are no bad guys and certainly no crazy adrenaline as you race towards a finish line. It kind of defies categorization. In Sanskrit, the word Leela means “play.”

The game is based on the seven chakras, which are “a way of understanding how the energy flows inside and through you.” The game itself is split into two areas: “Movement and Sequence” and “Meditation and Oracle.” Each area then has a number of sequences that have to be “unlocked” before moving on to the next level.

I had hoped to dabble in all levels before writing up my review, but it would take quite awhile to accomplish this feat. However, I made sure to dabble in each category.

The game aims to help us ” maintain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance,” and who among us is not looking for balance?

Between the two options, I was more drawn to the “Meditation and Oracle” area, as guided meditation was more of a natural fit for me than “Movement and Sequence.” It was nice to have the two different choices of how to get the best out of this video game. Although, as I work my way through this game (which I plan on doing) I may find myself to be more of a “Movement and Sequence” kind of gal.

As a non-gamer, it’s hard to compare Leela to other video games. So I can only say that it was certainly interesting, and I could see myself using and enjoying the guided meditation within the game. And if Deepak Chopra ever makes his way to Portland, he has a standing invitation to play Pac-Man with me, although he’s sure to lose.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

One lucky reader will have the chance to try out Leela on the Wii gaming system, courtesy of THQ (providing Leela) and BlogHer (providing the Wii). To be entered for a chance to win, please answer the following question:

How do you bring peace and balance into the confusion of a busy schedule and your daily life?

Rules:

 

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d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

 

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

 

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

 

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

 

The Official Rules are available here.

 

This sweepstakes runs from 11/17/2011 – 12/8/2011.

 

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{ 157 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather November 17, 2011 at 10:16 am

Meditation. Even if it’s only 10 minutes it can completely change my day. I just have to remember that and prioritize it!

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Megyn @Minimalist Mommi November 17, 2011 at 10:30 am

Breathing. In a dark place. Away from small children. Now, this is a rare occurrence, but when the stars align, it is pure heaven!

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Megyn @Minimalist Mommi November 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

So I don’t know how to find a URL for the tweet link, but I tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/MinimalistMommi

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CindyD November 17, 2011 at 10:37 am

Quiet music, deep breathing, meditation.

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CindyD November 17, 2011 at 10:37 am
Jennifer November 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

My chores end after my 5-year-old goes to bed. Dishes in the sink? I can do them in the morning. Tidying up? Same thing. My energy level is much better in the daytime, and the evening rest period allows me more time with my teenage daughter while she’s doing homework or watching TV. Then book-reading in bed until I find myself nodding off. (Qualifier that I am a stay-at-home mom, so I luckily have the time during the daytime.)

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fae November 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

My cats, particularly my eldest. She takes a lot of extra care, which can be exhausting, but there is something amazingly centering about just sitting with her and enjoying her company while I care for her.

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Jenni November 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

I’ve adopted a quiet hour in the house. From about 2 -3pm. The 4yr old still naps, the kindergartner can read books or have quiet play independently and I get a chance to have a break in the noise and chaos to have some quiet time reading or in thought.

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Mary November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

Love the name of your post!

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Meghan L November 17, 2011 at 11:43 am

I am still searching for a way to bring peace and balance to our lives. Every day I hope inspiration will strike!

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jordan November 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

I like to spend 30 or so minutes prepping lunch or dinner in quiet- no music or radio, just me and a bunch of vegetables or fruit or garlic, chopping.

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Chrissy November 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Sitting in my living room with nothing going on, but hanging out with two my two dogs. One minute or ten whatever I can get.

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Mary Kate November 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’d love to win.

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Tina November 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I try to take 10 minutes to breath and read a section from a meditation book before I go to sleep 🙂

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jen November 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Um, take extra time in the bathroom to just stop and breathe when hubby is keeping an eye on the baby? Hehe.

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Rubymay1029 November 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I take time to do something I enjoy each day, whether it be writing, cooking or doing a needle craft.

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reese November 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I like to bake. Something about making things and then cleaning up the kitchen just soothes me. Perhaps people who eat my confections think of the time it takes to make it too!

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reese November 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I just learned how to get a twitter url. Thank you for this 😀

And I also obviously tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/FindingReese/status/137277874687324160

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Michelle November 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Yoga, early in the morning before the kids get up and sometimes I sneak upstairs after work for a moment alone! I also work in a winery and sometimes enjoy a glass of wine to relax(not at work)!

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ani mia November 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I take long showers. It is the only place I feel calmer after leaving.

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Indigo November 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I brew a cup of tea. In the few minutes it takes to set the electric kettle to heat the water, measure out the loose leaf tea, steep it, allowing the soft sent to waft up I can forget about the day, and look forward to breathing in and savoring that first sip. It is even better if I can steal away a few more minutes to sit down and enjoy the cup. It helps me slow down, refresh, and energize.

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Robin November 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm

A mug of tea after the dishes are done, house straightened up and my husband is putting the kiddo to bed. May involve a book or a movie but it’s my few minutes of peace.

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Stephanie November 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm

My afternoon power nap. I set my phone to go off in ten minutes and lie down, eyes closed. Sometimes I fall asleep, sometimes I do but that 10 minutes of silence and stillness does wonders! I love Chopra…working my way through one of his books now!

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Stephanie November 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm

*don’t, not do* I loathe typos!

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Jenny November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I try to sit with my lap dog Bagby each day on the couch, give him lots of love and “tum tums”, cuddle with a blanket and be calm. If more active, a doggie walk also does wonders for us.

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Carol November 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I love to snuggle up with a cup of hot tea and watch the sunset, relaxing from a busy day into a sometimes equally busy evening.

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Sara November 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I try to read quietly for a few minutes before bed each night, and like to start my morning snuggling with my cat!

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namastemama November 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I go for a walk. Unless it is storming. Even light rain I don’t mind. 45 mins or longer and I”m usually good to go.

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Jackie November 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Walks outside. Walking clears
my head & lets me sort out my thoughts.

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Stephanie November 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I find balance by doing 20 minutes of meditation over lunch hour, whenever I can. – – – and play with our dogs, nightly.

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Megan November 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I work out and while I am working out I find my mind working on problems, ordering my to-dos, reflecting on good friends, all kinds of crazy stuff. I really don’t think my mental health could afford to not work out.

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Jenn November 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I wake up a half hour before my family each morning and work out on my exercise bike. UNLESS I wake up at 5:30 am and go walking with my next door neighbor (then I go back to sleep until it’s time for all of us to wake up!)

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Kacy November 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm

reading calms me as does swimming which helps with being more mindful and peaceful

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susanmcl November 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

By reading my favorite blogs on my computer! Quick, easy, thought provoking, funny and contemplative ~ a new way to relax!!
We would love the wii for Christmas, what a great giveaway! Thx!

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Kristin @ KlingtoCash November 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm

When things get out of balance and negative, I sit and refocus on the positive things in my life. It seems to balance out the negative energy and makes me feel better.

Great giveaway, Katy!

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Lucia Jenkins November 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

The best way for me to relax and bring balance to my life is to take an afternoon and pamper myself. I read in the tub, do my nails, and give myself a pedicure. It is a fabulous relaxing day, and it is free!

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Michele Melendez November 18, 2011 at 4:50 am

I work…a lot. I get a half hour for lunch so I try to make the most of it. I spend about 10 minutes gobbling down a veggie burger, then I take what I like to call a “meditation nap”. I sit at my office desk, set a timer for twenty minutes, close my eyes, focus on my breathing and just relax. Sometimes I fall asleep, sometimes I just enjoy the quiet. It helps me focus for the rest of the day.

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Laura November 18, 2011 at 4:58 am

During my ride to work each morning, it’s dark outside, fresh fountain diet coke in my cup holder, and any darn radio station I want to listen to on the radio. I can regroup, be quiet, not correct any children or respond to husbands requests, I can just drive and think, and reconnect with me.

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Robin B. November 18, 2011 at 5:08 am

I listen to a stress relaxation / self hypnosis / meditation cd some nights. It really helps me to focus on the good things and feel optimistic.

Robin
Cary, NC

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Ann-Marie November 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

I shared this link with my friends on facebook.

I am also commenting that I am in a particularly stressful time and have been struggling with finding ways to decompress. The idea of meditation came to me about a week ago and I have been contemplating how to get started. Was this blog post a coincidence? I think not.

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Barb @ 1 Sentence Diary November 18, 2011 at 7:13 am

Right now my best method of bringing peace and balance — work 4 days a week (80%) and take Fridays off to run errands, cook, organize, lunch with a friend, whatever. Makes me MUCH more sane than when I worked 5 days.

And Katy, I would love to be a fly on the wall when Deepak Choprah comes over to play PacMan. 🙂

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Melissa November 18, 2011 at 8:11 am

Warm relaxation pool at the gym after a good workout. No kids. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the chance!

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Marianne November 18, 2011 at 8:29 am

Horseback riding. Riding mindfully, the barn is the only place I just *am* and don’t think about work or other daily stresses. Even cantering around in a circle all you can think about is you and the horse.

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Leslie @ lifeonmelodyhill.wordpress.com November 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

I’ve been wanting to try yoga for a while now. Maybe this game would be a good place to start. With Christmas approaching it’s the perfect time to slow down and relax.

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Debbie November 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I would love to win this – started doing qi dong recently and need more of that kind of stress relief in my life.

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Pam November 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I walk my dog through the woods.

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Monica Ray November 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I do yoga, meditate, or sleep to reduce stress. I also Tweeted about this at http://www.twitter.com/montanamonica 🙂

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Mrs. Thor November 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I like to take walks on my lunch break at work. It even helps to just walk outside and stand there for a little while – the change of environment really helps me leave work stress behind.

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Shannon November 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I always have a lot going on, so I live with plenty of colorful sticky notes and lists. These reminders allow me to live in the moment, knowing that I will get to my tasks at the right time because I won’t forget. I can relax and be where I am needed, so peace and balance follow naturally.

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Alice November 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm

When I do bring peace and balance in, it’s usually as a result of remembering to pause and listen to myself.

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Roberta November 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Exercise. It’s my alone time, because I exercise at home in my basement. I can’t de-stress without working out!

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Jenny November 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Yoga or a walk. Or curling up with a good book on the couch and shutting out the world.

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Holly November 19, 2011 at 2:57 am

Super hot bath and a cup of tea works like a charm!

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kelley November 19, 2011 at 3:05 am

i like to either take a nice walk or bike ride all by myself. headphones on and no destination. just some fresh air and a little wind on your face – usually solves everything.

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Bauunny November 19, 2011 at 5:01 am

A good up of restorative tea and a book. Heaven

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Kathy M November 19, 2011 at 5:30 am

Breathe!

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Jen November 19, 2011 at 6:52 am

Tea and reading.

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Sarah November 19, 2011 at 9:38 am

Turn off the radio in the car when I am driving.

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Miguelina Salvador November 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

for me is relaxation, walks and meditation
babitababita@hotmail.com

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Miguelina Salvador November 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Leona November 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I really think it’s all about buying out the time. Maybe a little earlier just to meditate or go for a walk before your day starts.

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Susan Smith November 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I try to find balance by having some me time when I read or take a walk in the woods enjoying nature.

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Susan Smith November 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm
Sue November 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Meditation that includes a gratitude list; helps me put things in a better perspective.

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Sherry Worthy November 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Belive it or not, I enjoy puttering arund my house, especially in my kitchen. I enjoy light cleaning or baking, no rush or deadline, just me and my home. I not only unwind, I feel productive!

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Christine S November 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I nap. Of course, that could have something to do with me being pregnant, but its always nice to relax and get a new perspective.

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Gloria November 20, 2011 at 2:54 am

Exercise and reading ( not necessarily in that order, though ! )

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Jennifer R November 21, 2011 at 6:26 am

Exercise is my form of daily meditation, especially when I am running. I can just tune out the world and be left alone with my thoughts. I love it!

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Abbe November 21, 2011 at 8:18 am

I wake up at least an hour before my children so I start my day with quiet, books and tea!

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Hannah November 21, 2011 at 9:56 am

I often do focused breathing to relax. Even just focusing on how you’re breathing can help lower your heart rate.

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Andrew B. November 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

By a cup of Hot Chocolate at the end of the day!

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Andrew B. November 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Tweeted the giveaway at: https://twitter.com/#!/mimir557/status/138813870637719552

Thank you 🙂

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Kristi November 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I am trying to learn to stop and move.

Sounds silly to type, but working an office job that can get stressful for no reason (URGENT URGENT! I THINK I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW) type of atmosphere, I am working to take a moment and stretch. Squats with my arms outstretched. A few stretching lunges at my desk. Stop, and move.

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AP November 22, 2011 at 6:36 am

I thought it was silly to put reading as my “peace and balance” but I see I’m not alone. My book, magazine, newspaper, or newly acquired Kindle help me get absorbed into something other than my schedule and to-do list, even if it’s just the time spent on the subway.

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Colleen November 22, 2011 at 7:16 am

Snuggle time with my cat. 🙂

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Christa aka the BabbyMama November 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Hmm, for me, reading. And sometimes just sitting on the couch, which feels weird but works!

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Dana TM November 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

It’s good for me to walk the dog. Time out from things. Time for the mind to decompress.

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Debra F November 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I have a great husband, and he allows me to have my own time and space. He takes the boys out sometimes for the entire day and I find a lot of solace working in the peace of my garden during that time.

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Marcia Goss November 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm

After a hectic day, I like to go for a walk by myself.

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Marcia Goss November 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm
Krystal R November 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I’m an energy coach so I have a few tools I can use, but mostly, I find balance and peace though asking the right questions, being willing to hear the answers that come up, and letting go of whatever comes up. 

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Jammie November 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I usually take a long walk or relax in a bubble bath. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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Jammie November 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm
Sunshyn V November 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I always have a soak in my hot tub at night. It helps calm my mind and let me sleep better.

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Sunshyn V November 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm
Mary C. November 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I linger over home/garden/cooking magazines with a cup of coffee, admiring the beautiful layouts, the meticulous homes, the manicured gardens, all the while knowing they have no relationship to reality and that my own chaotic cluttered mess has no chance of morphing into such perfection. Yet, I find the process relaxing, and occasionally motivating.

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steph November 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm

dog walks and meditating!

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steph November 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm
Tara Hernandez November 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

Nature!! We have some canyons nears us & love to go up and go hiking just to find some relaxation and get away from everything! It’s so peaceful and refreshing!!

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Lori Jones November 30, 2011 at 8:43 am
Lori Jones November 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

i like to walk

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Sirena Sparklestar November 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Whenever I just sit down, zone out and spend time with my cats, I feel so at ease. The sound of their purring is so soothing and lulls me into a peaceful state. Sounds silly, but it’s so true!

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Norma November 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I remind myself what I have to be grateful for

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LAMusing November 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I take a lot of hot baths

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Valerie December 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I find peace in a good crafting project, sewing without interuption, and would love to add Dr. Chopra’s latest along with a Wii to the list!

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Eileen December 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Well we really dont have much PEACE as far as “peace and quiet” because
life has been constant crazy for years for our family with 6 kids always running for sports and family events. I have learned after becoming ill to pass on perfection and not stress out about having everything JUST SO. My balance is also found with the whisper of little prayers every day…it just seems to ground me. Lately the calm and balance seems like it should be rattled even MORE, with a new live in grand daughter depleting our sleep, but really, cuddling and rocking a tiny angel puts everything in perspective. It takes you out of the rat race and makes you just sit down and see the world with new wonder.

thanks for hosting this!
(mammablestx6)

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Eileen December 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm
Christina December 2, 2011 at 2:25 am

Intriguing concept! I’d like to win to try it out. Thanks for the review and the chance.

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cw December 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I take time for myself and breathe….and do yoga

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Erica Best December 3, 2011 at 12:34 am
Erica Best December 3, 2011 at 12:34 am
Courtney Wallace December 3, 2011 at 3:14 am

There’s such a thing as peace and balance? 🙂 I try to do yoga to relax, and I cuddle with my husband or dog and tune everything out. I really like the sound of this ‘game’!

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Alex@MakesFun December 3, 2011 at 4:36 am

I read or take quiet time.

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Delila December 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

I like to take a ride on a curvy road(s) with the top down, wind in my hair sun on my shoulders and no music. I even do this in the winter sometimes, by wearing winter wear, and the heat on.

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Tabathia B December 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I have started practicing yoga to relax and to stretch
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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Tabathia B December 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm
karen M December 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Take a big breathe, and I ask myself if there is anything my stressing will do to benefit the situation? I grab my bike and head out to the lake and bike the trails, it lets me clear my head… just some quiet time for myself.
karenmed409 at comcast dot net

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Shannon Breen December 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm

My own form of meditation is knitting while watching television. In fact, the lower the quality level of the show, the better. I like something that’s mildly entertaining but doesn’t require me to really concentrate. (Pawn Stars comes to mind.)

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Shannon Breen December 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm
Dana December 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm

exercise and prayer keep me centered

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Dana December 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Donna December 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I make sure to have at least 30 minutes of alone time during the day…usually hiding in my room with a good book.

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Amy December 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Honestly? I pray a lot and when that doesn’t bring me peace, I hide in the bathtub away from everyone else for a while. A video game would be cool though….

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Lisa Under the Redwoods December 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I try to find time for a walk alone. Even a brisk once around the block helps settle me down when I am overwhelmed.

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Stephanie December 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I’m with the commenter above me. I pray… a lot. When I’m driving down the road (eyes open – I promise!), when I’m sitting in class, when I’m cooking dinner… all the time. I just pray. A walk with the dogs helps to clear my mind, too.

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Amy @ Feathered Friendsy December 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm
druiz December 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

driving usually is the best for me.
i sometime actually miss my previous 2 hour (one-way) commute.

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druiz December 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm
Lynn December 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I go on a run with my dog–it helps clear my mind and relaxes me.

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Lynn December 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm
JP December 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I play volleyball! Physical activity calms me.

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Jaime December 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I make my baby giggle. Nothing calms me like the sound of a laughing baby.

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Steph from Scotland December 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Hi Katy, this is my favourite blog on the internets (do love some Hyperbole and a half too though). Just wanted to comment (don’t want to win anything) how much it tickles me that all these people are trying to win a Wii console and game on a blog called ” Non Consumer Advocate”. That’s all really.

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Jennifer December 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

I sit in my quiet living room (no tv, music) and hold my cats everyday after work.

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Kandace December 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

I keep a list and focus on doing one thing at a time. I’m trying to be more present in each task instead of always thinking of the other 12 things I need to do.

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Linda H. December 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

Deep breathing and being with my pets helps me to destress.

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Trish [ modern thrifter ] December 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Ideally, the first thing I do everyday before the kids wake up is to spend an hour reading, praying, scheduling my day, and exercising. I’ll admit, though, it’s hard getting out of bed at 5:30, and some weeks I’m much more consistent than others. I really think that starting my day before the rest of the family is the best thing I can do for myself and my family.

Second, I try to focus on one area of the house to clean up that helps me feel sane. For me, it’s my bedroom, and every day I make my bed and tidy up. Even if the rest of the house is in complete chaos, having my one little sanctuary helps me to not be anxious about the rest of the craziness of the day.

lastly, I try to get at least 30 minutes of quiet in the afternoon (but I love an hour) where the kids are downstairs, and I sit down with a warm cup of coffee or chai. I read, putter around online, or work on a project.

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Kim December 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I try to be very organized in my daily routine. If I have figured out dinner, started the laundry and completed to day’s clean up chore by the early am, them my household runs with a more peaceful rhythm.

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nan December 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm

i try to get outside and work in my garden as much as possible brings me peace and balance
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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Cori Westphal December 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm

You know the old saying ‘just walk away’? That’s my motto. If I’m in a stressful situation or am just having an ‘uck’ day, I like to take a nice long walk to recharge!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

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Cori Westphal December 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Sarah L December 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I get a massage every other week and go swimming 3 times a week.
Thanks for the contest.

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Sarah L December 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Anne K. December 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I run and do yoga and try to eat right. When I stop doing one (or all) of those things, I don’t feel like myself.

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Anne K. December 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm
Erin from Long Island December 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

i run off most of my stress and have removed all the negative people from my life, which wasnt easy!

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Erin from Long Island December 7, 2011 at 12:09 am
Tracy December 7, 2011 at 7:12 am

I would be excited to win the game. My kids would be excited to win the wii. I guess I couldn’t play the game without the console though.

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Mary M. December 7, 2011 at 8:17 am

I have to take a walk if not a nap to find balance during the day.
marybug2@yahoo.com

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Mary M. December 7, 2011 at 8:18 am
Katie Beth December 7, 2011 at 8:48 am

Deep Breathes and Perspective!

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Carmen December 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

I try and eliminate the clutter in my life. Keeping things simple helps to reduce stress

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Lisa December 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

To bring a sense of peace, calm, and balance to my life, I indulge in a period of meditation the first thing each morning. Then I write a page in my gratitude journal. It puts me into a positive frame of mind that usually lasts all day.

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Suebob December 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

Spending time in nature is what brings me peace of heart and relaxation.

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angie lilly December 8, 2011 at 5:35 am

I find balance and peace by practicing snuggle therapy. Seriously! Snuggling with my hubby and 7 fur babies (read house cats) by candle light or the light of our DVD fireplace is so wonderful. It is truly amazing how healing it can be! Doing this on a regular basis keeps things in perspective and makes you ready for the play/work part of your life!

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angie lilly December 8, 2011 at 5:35 am
Renee Richardson December 8, 2011 at 6:25 am

When I find quiet time I grab a book and a cup of hot tea to relax. It really balances out my busy day. Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

Renee
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Rachel December 8, 2011 at 9:35 am

I’ve found that taking even just a few minutes to create something – little bit of knitting, painting, doodling, etc – really helps me relax. If I don’t have enough time for that, a quick cup of chai always seems to calm me down a lot after a long day.

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Mari December 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

I make sure I get my daily jog in before I tackle the day. It’s my alone time, when I can clear my mind and enjoy the outdoors. It sets the tone for the rest of the day.

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Mari December 8, 2011 at 9:51 am
Lee December 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I find balance and peace by breathing slowly.

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Eugenie December 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I love to take walks out in nature to find balance and peace.

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Sand December 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I like to read before going to sleep. It helps me shut down my body for renewal.

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Gigi December 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I find peace by playing with my dog and 4 cats.

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Lindsay December 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm
Janice December 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I listen to a lot of music to relax

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Janice December 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

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