Category Archives: Meditation

Yoga Meditation: start changing your life today

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“Yoga meditation is about quieting a busy mind,’ says Wade Imre Morissette,” [Best Health]

When I started yoga a few years back, I envied  my instructor SO much. He had this aura of absolute calm around him. He spoke softly, slowly and seemed in total control of his thoughts. I would glare at him with green envy while he went serenely about the business of teaching a bunch of old ladies to bend and stretch the old limbs into weird positions.

My mind has NEVER been quiet. I always have a thousand things running through it: what to make for lunch/dinner, where to buy wool for my crochet group, what to tell my next client, how to get funding for my charity. On and on, a constant rumble of ideas, memories, reminders, not to mention those ‘eureka’-thoughts that popped up now and then. In the end it turned out that calming all this chaos in my head was the more difficult part of yoga class. The bending and stretching I did without trouble (oh, I did fall over a few times), but that meditation part…eish!

After much giggling (mostly me), frowning (the rest of the class) and sighing (my ever serene instructor), I finally got it right. After about 6 months (YES SIX!). And boy, how it changed my life. I learned to treasure those moments of utter stillness. Meditation is like cultivating a ‘dream garden’ to which one can return to once in a while to recharge your ‘batteries’.

I noticed that, after half an hour of meditation, sometimes only 15 minutes, I can make sense of all those thoughts and ideas rushing through my mind. It is almost as if meditation causes the thoughts to behave, to stand in line, so that I can tackle each one in turn. These days, if I feel overwhelmed by the craziness of life, I switch off my computer, put my phone on silent and breathe. For just a few  minutes I take a quick stroll through my dream garden. It works like a charm.

Being a lifelong sufferer of insomnia,  I decided to put aside some time for meditation at night, just before bedtime. I’ve been sleeping like a baby ever since. I wake up rested and feeling in control of my life and my thoughts.

I don’t think I will ever be able to achieve my teacher’s serenity, but through his example and calm instruction, I’ve managed to change my daily life from a wild dash to a gentle trot.

Feel like giving it a shot? Why not have a look at this brilliant article, published in Reader’s Digest’s Best Health Magazine? Don’t worry, they explain everything in great detail and you will see, you CAN do it. It may take time, but the article shows you how to begin slowly and, after a bit, you will find yourself wandering your own little ‘dream garden’! I challenge you to try it.

Remember: “Considering that serious yogis spend a lifetime honing the art of meditation, there’s no sense in pressuring yourself to perfect your own meditation technique after just a few sessions.” [Best Health] You see! All you have to do is keep on trying and you WILL reap the benefits. I can vouch for that. So, why wait! Read the full article here.

SOURCE:

Best Health Magazine.  Yoga meditation: A beginner’s guide.  [Web:] bit.ly/2sSLDEP  [Date of Access:]  June 21, 2017.

* Image source: Best Health

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How to Practice Mindfulness – 5 Tips No One Has Told You 

Via @PsychToday by Ryan M. Niemiec

[Excerpt only. Read full article here.]

Mindfulness is a paradox. It’s the easiest thing in the world and the hardest thing in the world. Let me explain.

There’s an easy way and a hard way to practice mindfulness.

5 tips to cultivate mindfulness:

Tip #1: Start with the easy stuff – build your mindfulness “muscle”

Tip #2: Don’t meditate for 1 hour a day – start with what you are willing to do to establish a routine — perhaps 5 minutes a day

Tip #3: Practice ANY type of mindfulness you wish – go where your motivation is highest.

Tip #4: Forgive yourself, repeatedly.

Tip #5: Use your natural energy sources.

Want to know more? Read the original article here.

Source:

How to Practice Mindfulness – 5 Tips No One Has Told You | Psychology Today

Impulse vs Intuition – Deciphering Between Your Inner Guidance

Via @collectiveevol @angie_gnc

[Read full article by Angela Norambuena here.]

“Intuition. Your inner voice. Your gut feeling. The voice inside you that somehow knows which way to go. It’s the inner map we have that guides us on a path of happiness, love, peace and fulfilment. It’s an example of the pure magic we have within ourselves which can be so easy to ignore in our busy everyday lives full of pressures, deadlines, expectations and bills.

When you start to try and listen to your inner voice, you might come to a fork in the road. How can you tell if the voice inside of you is actually your intuition speaking to you, or if it’s just impulse?”

What is  Impulse? And Intuition? What is the difference between the two?

Find out answers to these questions and more here.

Source:

Impulse VS Intuition – Deciphering Between Your Inner Guidance | Collective-Evolution