Meditation Contest #1 "Smell the Roses"

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The Why Of It

I've participated and even won a few different contests here on the Steemit platform and boy does winning sure feel good. In the process, I have also have made a ton of new friends, gained many new followers, and received tons of upvotes just by participating. I would like to give back to the community and help make us stronger and more connected by creating content that doesn't just revolve around cryptocurrencies. A place here on the platform where you can take a break from the FUD, falling prices, and all that stuff to just breathe and unwind. I want to help create a balance here for you and maybe even inspire you enough to share it with all your friends currently not on Steemit. That being said, I am throwing my hat into the ring and creating a contest about a topic that is near and dear to my heart......meditation. Meditation is such a powerful and often underutilized tool in our busy fast paced lives. I plan to introduce you too different forms of meditation and create a contest around them. I ask that if you have any ideas, feedback, or suggestions don't be shy and please do share! My aim is to leave you feeling like a winner just by doing the meditation even when you don't win the SBD prize. Just remember to have fun and enjoy the process of discovery dear Steemfam! So here we go with our first contest.

Stop and Smell the Roses

This first meditation will be a "walking meditation". Yes, that's right I said walking. We won't be sitting in the lotus pose trying to empty our minds and clear our thoughts. No chanting mantras or doing yoga poses. Instead, we will be doing a meditation that happens at brief moments throughout the course of your daily routine. Most of have a routine and are working mostly on autopilot checking the price of Steem, answering text messages, or just in our head about our problems. Meanwhile, nature is happening all around us and is often going unnoticed. This meditation is about getting present to your life. Your surroundings specifically, that's why I'm calling it "stop and smell the roses". We will take a moment to enjoy the early signs of Spring blooming. Make no mistake, Spring is here. You will find all kinds of evidence of nature waking up from a long winter. It is your meditation this week, to get present to it. Stop and make a conscious decison in your car on the way to work, or on your walk into the office. I'd even suggest doing this at the time when you are taking out the garbage or at any point during your daily routine. I invite you to look, listen and smell Spring in the air! Snap a quick photo of that moment and write a post about your experience. We want to increase the amount of quality content here so let your light shine Steemfam. Be bold and vulnerable you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. I look forward to reading all of your posts, comments, and picking the lucky winners!

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Prizes

The top ten posts will receive 5 SBD. I will be looking for quality posts and will be considering the upvotes you guys give to help determine the winners.

Contest Entry Rules

The title of your post should read like this: Smell the Roses-Week 1
The first tag on your entry post must be: steemfam.
Please upvote and resteem this @ground2feet post. THIS IS NOT MANDATORY TO ENTER but is greatly appreciated as it serves as great feedback for me and helps spread the word to your community! Also be aware if you follow me I will follow you back!
Your post must have a photo of what it was you got present to and talk about what your experience​ was like in that moment.
Only one entry per person.
Contest ends the moment this post pays out.
Results will be published and winners will be paid out three days after the contest is closed.
You must have fun and stay light hearted
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Smell the rose - thats not so interesting to me . But many people will love it for sure . I will support any contest that brings more interest and contents into steemit.

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I know it's not for everyone. But it was meant to bring people together on the platform so I appreciate your kind feedback. I plan to do more in the future and my hope is one of them inspires you to join!

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This is so cool thank-you! Can you help me learn how to post a GIF photo in my posts? I want to try them and I can't seem to get it right. Have a great weekend!

@tipu upvote this post with 0.02 sbd :)

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Thank-you for the tip! Very thoughtful​! I hope to see an entry from you!

This is incredible, I practiced yoga years ago, now recovering from cervical hernias surgery and just can do some therapy and meditation right now until I fully recover and can come back into yoga again and as a doctor I love meditation and your post and contest is awesome in my opinion.
Keep the good work, you ROCK my friend, I will follow you and will add the smell of roses into my daily meditation routine.

Thanks a lot friend.

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Wow, I am sorry that you have hernias! I know those can be painful and take a really long time to heal. I too have that issue and have been working on healing it as well! Thankfully I can still do my hot yoga practice but I do need to modify or sit out on some poses. I know it can be hard to go without yoga. I'm glad I could inspire you to take on a new form of meditation! I look forward to reading your entry!
Blessings and a warm healing hug to you my friend!!

Here is my entry. I just 're read the rules and now I am worried I wasn't light hearted enough!

https://steemit.com/steemfam/@riverflows/meditation-contest-1-smell-the-roses

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Oops I forgot to resteem but I have now.. hope not too late x

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No worries that's not the important part! I want to hear about your experience​ that's​ what matters!

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Great xx

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Thank you @lavanyalakshman! Can't wait to read it! Have a fantastic​ day!

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Thankyou very much

I like this contest..love taking pictures and meditating...Great combination!!...Resteemed

Hey@ground2feet! This is a really great contest and i am totally going to enter it!! But, before i get into it and forget i just hope you consider checking out the contest rules a little closer. @simplymike put together a great post recently that outlines the info and i think it's really good to have a certain means of everyone having fair participation in these things. Since this is our first introduction i venture to guess you had no idea this structure was even a thing. I didn't and was inspired by what i learned. Like you, i love contests! I have won a few actually and feel so greatly blessed by them! Meditation is a way of life! I have been practicing over 20 years now. Thank-you for this opportunity to play 🤞🙌✌

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Hey @yogajill! Thank-you for the heads up! I have found and read the article you mentioned and have found it extremely helpful. Although my intent is not to spam people for votes to join the contest I totally see how and why that rule is in place. I will edit the rules to reflect this change and I am grateful to you for pointing this out to me! I have learned a lot from the community on my first contest and it just goes to show what a great group of people we have here on steemit.
I hope you post an entry in the contest because you no doubt have a lot of experience with your 20-year practice that others would benefitt from (which is my biggest goal by doing this contest). I look forward to reading your​ posts and getting to know you better moving forward!
Much love and gratitude​!!

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It feels good to be finding my people. My entry is in!! I honour you🙏🌸🙏

Hello friend this is my entrance to the meditation contest # 1"Smell the Roses"

https://steemit.com/contest/@maribelquere97/meditation-contest-1-smell-the-roses

Dear @ground2feet,

Thank you for this great contest!

Here is my official entry:

photographer: @eaglespirit
location: Colorado

Original Contest Link

Respectfully submitted,
@eaglespirit

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Thank-you @eaglespirit! I can't wait to read all about it. Good lick in the contest! Blessings to you!

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thank you and blessings!

Meditation a true success of inner self. What a lovely idea! Can't wait to drop my entry. Thank you

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Thank-you! Can't wait to read it! Have an amazing weekend!

@ground2feet I love this contest because of the chance to share the benefits of meditation across our community and promote sharing the experience! We will help fund the contest with an upvote via @postpromoter along with a vote from my bot to help promote the contest and provide the payouts for the participants!

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I am truly blown away by your generosity and support! My aim was to bring people together on the platform and inspire the community to share with friends! Looks like a success so far and I am so inspired to keep going! Thank-you brother and blessings to you!

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Thank-you for your support and cool idea! Is there a way to use your service even if you don't upvote me? Also,​ how can I share your service with others?

this is definitely one of those contest which you'll feel great no matter if you win or not! meditation made my life so much better. im in!

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Awesome man! I can't wait to read your post!!!!

this is pretty awesome @ground2feet . I saw your post from a resteem in my feed. I absolutely loved the pic because outside of my apartment building there is a bunch surrounded by awesome purple flowers and I stop there every morning to breath and gain clarity before my day. I treasure that moment

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That's amazing! I really love finding random flowers this time of year! I hope you write a post about your experience​ and enter the contest as I'd like very much to hear more from you!

the flower is kind of dengen this flower. that flower is very beautiful.
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But I'm in Africa, and we dont have spring as a weather here what do I do?

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No problem, @josediccus. I'm in Jamaica, so same thing....we both enjoy 'spring'-type weather year round.

Just take a walk as explained in rules and post, enjoy and allow Nature to call to you and reveal Herself to you. Experience the fullness of that intimate moment, take a picture afterwards of the beautiful aspect of Nature that triggered your experience and then share it all in your entry post.

Good luck to you!

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You so get it! Thank-you for helping me explain! I can't wait to read your post too! I can tell you are my kind of people from your title page!
I spent a lot of time in Jamaica in my early twenties....I can't wait to see your pictures and reconnect to this wonderful country!
Stay blessed!

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Thank you. You're so kind. And it's wonderful that you spent so much time here in Jamaica. Consider yourself reconnected. ;)

So happy you are Blessing Steemit with this meditation contest. Bless you!

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You are so right! How could I be so northern hemisphere minded? The idea here is really yo tune into nature so please find something of beauty you may not have noticed before or a beautiful sunset! I am more interested in hearing about your experience anyways!! Please post an entry dear friend I can't wait to see what you come up with!


listen to this Gilbert becaud' song

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Awe this is so cool! Thank-you for sharing. I wish I studied french better in school so I could understand the words. Blessings to you dear one!!

This is nice I want to join☺️

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Please do!! Thank-you for your support and helping me realize my vision of connecting the community to the great power of meditation!

This is something I do multiple times a day, a step into nature and the moment of Being there.

I am excited for the opportunity to share the wonder of one if these meditation adventures.

Its on my List...

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I am super excited to read your post! I have a feeling it's going to be a great one!! I really appreciate your support and am inspired to keep going with more in the future!
Blessings and cosmic hugs to you!

Your friend post is great, my friend help me, I want to be great like you in this steemit problem, thanks

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Thank-you kindly! I appreciate your lovely words of encouragement and I hope you plan to post an entry so I can see your greatness! Blessings to you!

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He was my friend, equally, a blessing also for you, that we will always be successful.

"L'important, c'est la rose"
gilbert becaud, french singer and songwritter.

This is wonderful post my dear friend
@ground2feet

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Thank-you so much for your support​! I can't wait to read it and I wish you luck in the contest!
Have a wonderful weekend and sending you love @thelovejunkie!

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Hipeeeeeeee, thank you sir @ground2feet

I'm gonna try this. :) thank you for giving us opportunities. :)

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You're most welcome! I'll be looking for your entry. Good luck and have an amazing weekend!

Spring energies have been hitting me hard! What a wonderful idea for a contest. High probability I will enter.

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Are hitting you hard in a nice way or is this a time of struggle for you? I really hope you enter as I'm excited to hear what you have to say! Either way, I appreciate your support and kind words. Sending you love, light, and blessings!

@ground2feet,

I LOVE your wonderful meditation contest idea.

Thank you so much for not only coming up with the idea but running with it and making it happen too. It will bring much joy and increased inner alignment to participants and our SteemFam commUNITY at large.

Many Blessings!

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Thank-you again! Good luck in the contest and I look forward to getting to know you more in the future!

Great contest idea! Wonderful way to to incentivize people to meditate more, and analyze how they feel in that moment. Keep making these

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Thank you for the acknowledgment! I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement I have received so far. I will be doing more and creating more content and continue to be a light in this area for others!
I hope to see an entry from you as well! Sending you blessings and love @scraped!

Para mi, meditar, es sumamente importante, ya que me permite conectarme con mi interior y con el ser que yo soy verdaderamente, es sumamente favorable, meditar para poder mantenerme en mi centro. Gracias por tener esta iniciativa , solo espero el día de mañana para conectarme con mi rosa...

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@benavides54, me encanto de que meditaras y que te podria encontra en tu centro. Para mi asido un cambio muy grande.. asi como el dia y la noche. Ojala que te encuentres con tu rosa... dejame saber como te fue y comentame en el concurso :-)

namaste!

Mucho gusto amigo, soy nuevo en la pagina y tu articulo es el primero que leo, fue agradable encontrarme con un texto tan lleno de actiutd postiva en el primer Post que abro en esta excelente red social. En lo personal rescato la idea de la independencia personal desde la juventud y la disciplina que esto requiere, es necesario aprovechar el tiempo, la energia y la fuerza con la que nos dota la bella etapa juvenil ya que esto, mas la constancia, son clave para garantizar el futuro. Eso no quiere decir no disfrutarla, divertirse o salir con amigos, pero es necesario balancear el uso del tiempo entre lo productivo y lo ocioso. Es bastante lamentable ver a jovenes que no se dan cuenta que la juventud no es una fiesta eterna y que es un "bonus" que da la vida para construir un camino hacia nuestras aspiraciones. Por otra parte te doy un 10 con la idea de " ampliar la Network". Un gran amigo dice que lo uno quiere no se alcanza solo con dinero ( lo que yo llamaria "capital monetario"), si no tambien con personas que te ayuden alcanzar tus objetivos y metas ( capital humano ). Mi apoyo hermano! mucho exito

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@majharul Bienvenido a Steemit! Que gusto verte aqui.
Yo mismo comense ase solo 60 dias, y me encanta la comunida que e encontrado aqui. Esto agradecido de que te encontraste con mi pagina. Y te quiero invitar a mi concurso "Stop and smell the roses" asi podria aprender mas de ti! Perdoname el poco lenguaje, el espanol no es mi primer lenguaje ni el segundo jajaja. Te deseo, amor y mucha luz. xx

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You're awesome! I can't wait to read it!
Blessings and good luck on the contest!

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Thank you. Everyone loves your posts and contests. Look at the response. I love your pics. They take me somewhere...each thumbnail. Great camera I guess...lol. Thank you!!!
Joy

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Thank-you @sweetjoy! I am deeply humbled and grateful for the larger response and support I have received! This platform has so many awesome people that are a blast to interact with. I'm glad to be a part of bringing everyone together for good cause!​ I hope to see an entry from you soon!
Following you now and leaving you with love and blessings dear friend!

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Aww. :). Ditto!!
Joy

Thank you @ground2feet for this amazing and exciting contest..I love you..
I already posted my #entry.. thank you ..hope you enjoy. :)

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Awesome! I can't wait to read it. I'm inspired by your feedback and participation!
Blessings and love to you!

Wow sungguh indah ciptaan Tuhan yang maha esa

Thank you for being a light worker among of us.
I just have suggestion for you to be judge on your own or to have group of people, as spamers can ruin upvoting.
Namaste.

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Thank-you for your suggestion! I do plan to read and personally give the most weight to the entries. I was trying to create a space in the contest for fellow members to read, comment, and vote amongst one another. That kind of feedback would be the one that would help guide me not an upvote bot type of situation.
That being said.....I hope to see and read what you have to say about meditation and your experience doing the exercise. It looks like you are a fellow lightworker and your input is greatly appreciated!
Blessings and light my cosmic sister!

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For sure I will do that as my path is to help people to rise :) Thank you very much for appreciating. It means to me! And finding the same mind people. Im happy. We will be in touch. Namaste!

May people in the southern hemisphere participate? We are transitioning to Autumn. Please dont forget us xx

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Firstly, I love love love your name @riverflows! I really messed up on including areas around the equator and the southern hemisphere! No worries however as the idea is not about spring per say... it's about stopping and taking in nature in some way during the course of your day! So please submit an entry and let your magnificent self-shine!!

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Aw thats sweet. Its easy to forget the hemisphere thing! ;)

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