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Western Astrology

Calm Your Mind, Ease Your Tensions

by Marjorie Orr October 02, 2009 07:48 PM EST
Calm Your Mind, Ease Your Tensions
Inner peace is vital to anyone looking for happiness, but calm is a state of mind that attracts some signs more than others. Learn the best ways you can relax with the following guide.

Aries
Being a revved-up sign, peace sounds boring to you ... but hitting burnout isn't fun, either. Your process of winding down needs a tinge of adventure. The martial arts, which combine mind training as well as action, could be ideal; watching sports or thriller movies could also help. Failing that, try simply blissing out in a jacuzzi at a sociable spa.

Taurus
Body-oriented and rather indulgent, massages are a heavenly way to relax your body while keeping your mind in check; breathing meditations also suit you well. And since you're tuned into the natural world's grandeur and beauty, so is being out in nature. Even walking in a city park makes you feel tranquil.

Gemini
Twanging like an overstrung harp at times, you definitely need to calm your monkey mind and wind down your frazzled nervous system. Meditation, Yoga and deep breathing will all help. Reflexology for sore feet and massage for tense shoulders will help you unwind, while lavender in your bath will ensure that you get a good night's sleep.

Cancer
Soothing your feelings is sure to soothe your soul, so create a safe, protective place for yourself at home and in your workplace. Melodious music will help to ease away tensions. Also, massage will help eliminate from your body not just toxins, but also worries and hurts.

Leo
Everything that reassures you in life comes with an audience, so sitting in isolated meditation won't do. Think "group" when it comes to de-stressing activities. Tai chi is dramatic and will do much to calm you, while luscious spas with seaweed wraps and exotic treatments will make you sigh with joy.

Virgo

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Similar to Gemini, you have a monkey mind and too much mental energy. Engage your body to calm your mind: Walking and gardening could be ideal pursuits. Alternately, consider acquiring a pet, since their presence will help wind you down. Find a hobby which occupies your restless fingers -– anything from knitting to model-making. Force yourself to try a massage once in a while.

Libra
Beauty is what you crave, so if you find yourself strung out, find an art gallery for a leisurely amble -- browse through a gloriously illustrated coffee table book, or a sumptious fashion or design magazine. Treat yourself to a facial. Gentle Yoga in an elegant leotard will have you surfing towards nirvana.

Scorpio
Whatever you do, it has to be intense. If it's meditation, it must be Zen. If it's Yoga, nothing other than power Yoga or tantric will do. Massage has to be deep tissue. Just be sure to chill out once in a while in a mud bath to ease your strains. A sexy movie and a cuddle with your loved one will be your best relaxing entertainment at the end of a long day.

Sagittarius
The prospect of travel settles you down better than anything, so load up on holiday brochures and travel magazines and sit yourself down on the sofa. Put on some foreign music and stock up on good travel books -- your mind needs adventure and stimulation before calm descends.

Capricorn
Devise a strategy to take your mind off work, ambitions and any practical problems that may be weighing you down. Getting back into your body will settle your mind and bring peace to your soul. Think about ocean waves lapping against the sandy shore, as they’ve been doing for millions of years. You need to get away from now, and into a more rhythmic flow.

Aquarius
More prone to butterflies and nerves than you let show, your ever-active mind and nervous system need slowing down once in a while. So stop thinking and start feeling by watching a weepy movie. Reconnect your feelings to your body and your mind will start to slow. Comfort yourself with scented oils and lotions in a languorous bath, and stop analyzing why it all works.

Pisces
Music is your peacemaker, so schedule a daily date for a half-hour to listen to your favorite singer or composer. And since movies are the second-best route to calming your soul, cue up something gentle and emotional -- nothing too scary or hard-edged. Losing yourself in a novel can also help. Yoga needs to be low-key and not power-driven for best results.
 
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