Meditation

Nourishing ourselves is about more than making sure we eat healthy food and exercise regularly, the mind and soul element is equally important and we often neglect this.
To experience full health and wellbeing this often ignored part of ourselves needs to be nurtured also.images

Meditation has got a lot of press in the past few years and rightly so as it is a proven method of getting in touch with our inner selves, feeling grounded, working out what really matters in our lives and taking action on that to formulate the life we really want.
Thousands of studies have echoed meditation’s therapeutic value for ourselves, the people around us and our community and world in general.

One of the big stumbling blocks with getting a meditation practice started is that we feel we don’t have the time. In our busy lives, taking precious moments out to focus on working on what we are thinking and why, the feelings and emotions we are experiencing and what loops of negativity we are getting trapped in, is not on our radar. So the situation does not change, it does not improve and month by month we get stuck in the same old habits and limiting beliefs, stuck in a neural rut.

When we haven’t got much time but still would like to benefit from centring ourselves, feeling calmer and starting to look inwards rather than outward for solutions, doing scaled-down versions of practices can really help, here are a few ways you can do that:

  • meditating for 10 minutes instead of 30 minutes
  • beginning a journal of thoughts and feelings
  • lowering expectations of what you can achieve in your day, write a list of what you want to achieve then cut it down by 50% to the absolute priorities
  • treating yourself with kindness and compassion – self love, always a good idea, but particularly important during challenging times when we tend to spiral off into old patterns of dealing with things

There are many excellent sources of different meditation practices available online, youtube and on phone and tablet apps.

Some of my current favourites are as follows:

The Headspace App is a great place to start your meditation practice, download it free on your phone and you get “Take 10” which is 10 meditation practices totally free, all very well explained and very down to earth in approach.
If you like the free meditations you can sign up and pay for the whole package and you will never be without 15 – 30 mins of guided meditation available to you wherever you are.meditation

For mediation with a spiritual element try Tara Brach, here is a link to her pdf on how to meditate
She has videos on You Tube and is also a regular teacher on the Dharma Seed App, which is a fabulous resource on Buddhist teachings, a variety of different meditation practices and an all round resource for keeping your mind calm and learning new strategies for centring and tapping into your inner wisdom.

Another great resource is Pedram Shojai, otherwise known as ‘The Urban Monk” , his new book of the same title has just come out click here for more info. it is a no fuss take on meditation especially suited to fit into busy urban lives.
Here are a few areas covered in his book:
Rejuvenating practices for health and longevity
Tools and exercises for life mastery
Techniques for discharging stuck energy
How to create a sense of calm in a chaotic world
Insights for living with an open heart and a sharp mind
Meditative practices for modern times.

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There are many other resources out there, experiment and see what works for you.

If you would like further information on meditation or are interested in the possibility of coaching and how that might help you, send me a message and we can set up a time for a free 20 min discovery session to see if we are a good fit to work together.

With love

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