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.

 

That playful spark

That playful spark

That playful spark

Play is serious stuff: it teaches us about freedom, fairness and fantasy, about boundaries and honour, rules and ruthlessness, about each other and everything else.

Friedrich Schiller once said that man “is only completely a man [or woman] when he [or she] plays”.

And yet as we grow up we move away from playfulness. We become too serious, too self-conscious, too busy to play. The challenge isn’t to become playful. It is to remain playful.

We were all born with that playful spark, that wonder, that capacity for spontaneity and delight. We are still able to become playful, at the drop of a hat, given the permission, the opportunity, and the hat. One of these hats is of course laughter yoga.

So get in touch with your inborn ability to be playful.

 

Tired Woman's Tonic

My Tired Woman’s Tonic!

 

That’s right.

If you are stressed, tired and/or in poor health these 3 techniques, my Tired Woman’s Tonic, take less than 5 minutes a day. They are JUST what you need.

 

Tired Woman’s Tonic:

1.  Brain Tapping
This technique is used on crash victims in some countries as it stops someone going into shock. It will improve brain function and activate your innate healing wisdom.


2.
 Abdominal Breathing

I first learned this in yoga classes 40 years ago. It will relax and energise you.


3.
 Gratitude Practice

My Dad often suggested that I “count my blessings”. Gratitude can lift our mood and change our vibration so that miracles can pop into our day. Give it a try!!

You too can get back to living a life of purpose and enchantment.

 

 

Laughter and mental health

 

Laughter and mental health

 

Research has shown that Laughter Yoga is a great exercise for both body and mind. It reduces mental tension and increases energy, enabling us to stay focused. Both sides of the brain are stimulated during laughing, which helps to increase clarity, creativity and problem solving ability.

Laughter Yoga has been recommended for people experiencing depression and other mental health disorders because of the mood lifting effect of laughter due to the release of endorphins. “I feel better.” This is the most common answer we get when we ask how people feel when they laugh. The reason is because there’s magic in laughter. Psychologically, it builds our resilience and helps us deal better with life’s challenges. It improves mental health and gives a more positive and optimistic outlook.

Another major cause for mental ill-health is loneliness. Laughter Yoga is a great way to connect. It fosters feelings of sharing and caring and establishes lifelong relationships. Group activities in a Laughter Yoga club not only keep us energised and playful; they also keep the mind away from negative thoughts, thereby promoting our mental wellbeing.

 

 

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.