Habits and routines

Habits and routines

 

Meditation Tip

Habits and routines

 

Habits or routines are funny things. We can sometimes think they are unhelpful. And yet without the daily practise of playing a musical instrument for example we cannot hope to realise the full potential of ourselves or of the instrument. It’s the same with meditation. Once a week is better than nothing but for true mastery of our minds we must meditate daily. And that’s where the value of a routine becomes evident. When we meditate at the same time and in the same place each day we get supported by this. So develop a routine or a habit that will help you gain greater insight and understanding.

 

What price peace of mind

What price peace of mind

 

What price peace of mind

Are You Looking for Peace of Mind?

Do you want to know how to Calm Your Mind and Feel Happy?
Are you feeling so busy you can’t stop and take a full breath?
Is your intuition telling you to slow down and learn to meditate?

If you are interested in developing Peace of Mind, and you know that meditation is the way to go… why not enrol in my 4-week Developing Intuition Meditation classes here in Albury-Wodonga, starting on 20 March. Read more…

 

 

more relaxation

More Relaxation

 

Relaxation Techniques

more relaxation techniques

 

One technique is to repeat words or suggestions in your mind to relax and reduce muscle tension. For example, you may imagine a peaceful setting and then focus on controlled, relaxing breathing, slowing your heart rate, or feeling different physical sensations, such as relaxing each arm or leg one by one.

Another technique is to focus on slowly tensing and then relaxing each muscle group. This helps you focus on the difference between muscle tension and relaxation. You become more aware of physical sensations.

One method of progressive muscle relaxation is to start by tensing and relaxing the muscles in your toes and progressively working your way up to your neck and head. You can also start with your head and neck and work down to your toes. Tense your muscles for at least five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.

Visualisation is another relaxation technique. You form mental images to take a journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation.

During visualisation, try to use as many senses as you can, including smell, sight, sound and touch. If you imagine relaxing at the ocean, for instance, think about the smell of salt water, the sound of crashing waves and the warmth of the sun on your body. You may want to close your eyes, sit in a quiet spot and loosen any tight clothing.

 

 

Meditation - It only works if we do

It only works if we do

 

Meditation Tip

 

Meditation - It only works if we do

 

Meditation helps us to create a happy, healthy and peaceful life that is good for ourselves and good for others. It calms and quietens our minds and helps us to be less reactive. But it only works if we do. In other words we have to put in the effort to start and then to establish a daily meditation practice. Once a week is better than nothing but it’s nowhere near enough if we want to truly master our minds. And of course it’s important to find the type of meditation that we’re comfortable with. My personal preference is Vipassana, however you might prefer a guided meditation, a mantra based practice or a visualisation practise.

So long as you’re consistent then the benefits will come. But there is one thing to beware of. Try not to crave after a particular type of outcome eg bliss, divine guidance, or anything else. You’re simply meditating and what comes is simply what comes.

 

 

Meditate, laugh, relax

 

Meditation Tip

 

Meditate. Laugh. Relax.

It almost sounds like a recipe. And I guess in many ways it is.

When we know what we want to prepare we find the recipe that will help us to do so.

A recipe lists the ingredients we need to create the dish we want. It also gives us instructions on how to combine and to cook these ingredients.

We all want to be happy. We all want to be healthy. We all want to have warm, loving relationships.

So what are the ‘ingredients’ that we need to prepare these ‘dishes’?

Meditate. Laugh. Relax.

These are all important ingredients and over the next few posts we’ll look at why they are important and how we can use them to ‘cook up’ the life we want.

 

Take time

Take time to reflect
 on what you’re really here for

 

Take time to reflect

 

Take Time

Take time to think;

It is the source of power.

Take time to read;

It is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to play;

It is the secret to staying young.

Take time to be quiet;

It is the opportunity to seek God.

Take time to be aware;

It is the opportunity to help others.

Take time to love and be loved;

It is God’s greatest gift.

Take time to laugh;

It is music to the soul.

Take time to be friendly;

It is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream;

It is what the future is made of.

Take time to pray;

It is the greatest power on earth.

Author Unknown

 

I love this poem. I recently found a hand-written copy tucked away in my filing cabinet. I can’t remember copying it! So it is probably 30 years old and it spoke to me then as it speaks to me now. Time is one resource that we get to choose how it is spent. How will you spend your time today?

Wishing you a wonderful 2017 and beyond.