Mindfulness is all about feeling and sitting with the emotions and thoughts that come up moment to moment.
Feeling uneasy may not be your idea of fun yet if we can learn to sit with unease it can teach us...
Please watch the video below and listen to the words.
I record all of my meditations in the moment and it is not rehearsed in any way. This way it is more authentic and true, in the moment.
This meditation was part of the Beginner's Meditation Course so it will not go onto the Heart Meditation as it says at the beginning but I do hope you enjoy this short mindful meditation on Evoking Love.
Kindness can go a really long way. We forget to be kind to others and sometimes we even forget to be kind to ourselves...
To begin living a kinder life, to create peace in our world through kindness is such a gift for ourselves and for those around us.
Below is a short mindfulness meditation which centres on Kindness and how you can integrate more of it into your life.
How many times have you looked at someone else's life and felt real jealousy?
Perhaps it was a friend or perhaps it was someone you don't know. Maybe you aspire to be everything this person is and you find yourself lacking so jealousy creeps in and clouds your head with silly thoughts like:
"My life is worthless."
"If I don't have the same life as..............then I will have had a wasted life."
"I will never be as good as....."
"............has everything, it's not fair."
Maybe some of these are things you have uttered at some point, maybe they aren't but I would be really really shocked if you told me you have never, in your entire life, felt some jealousy towards another human being.
So with this in mind I have put together a short minful meditation on what you can do when jealousy takes hold of you. Remember next time jealousy is creeping in, be present to what it is that is actually going on for you.
Illuminate your life!
Today we're diving into intimacy.
This mindfulness meditation will help strengthen your intimate connections and allow you to Be Present when with your significant other.
So I am not saying you are mindless. Well, ok I am not saying you are mindless all the time but all of us, myself included and I teach this stuff, can fall into a mindless state at times.
We get caught up in the everyday life stuff, the work stuff, the home life stuff, the parenting stuff, the relationship stuff and we can become rather mindless when in the midst of all that STUFF.
So as you may have guessed by my previous posts, I have been going through the alphabet and picking a topic to get mindful about. This week it is E for emotions.
When we do find ourselves in the middle of something we are sure we have been in before, we recycle the same arguments, the same thoughts and we realise we've been here before.
That's all I wish for you to notice this week.
When you are engaged in any conversation, situation or thought, tap into your emotions.
What stuff is surfacing for you?
What emotions are rising to the surface?
What emotion are you choosing to engage in? I say choose here because we are choosing...totally unconsciously but there you have it.
When we can choose to go from mindlessness to mindfulness we can then begin to see that we can consciously choose a new way to be so that each old and repeated situation we find ourselves in can be viewed through a fresh new lens. One which is focused on mindfulness and all its gifts.
Try it for yourself this week. I would love to hear how you get on with it!!
Love, Yvonne x
Today's meditation will be a written meditation that you can read to yourself a couple of times and then sit and close your eyes and think about.
This will help you become mindful when making decisions. Have a piece of paper and a pen or your smartphone or laptop ready with a blank page to record any thoughts you have afterwards.
Please sit comfortably.
Notice how your body wishes to sit.
Allow it to be comfort. Allow it to be.
Notice your breathing in this moment.
Actively aim to lengthen your breathing so you are taking slightly deeper breaths that lift your abdomen and as you exhale actively release any tension you are holding in your shoulders, jaw, arms, legs.
You will have other thoughts come and go, allow them to fade into the background as you think of a time when you had to make a decision about something...big or small...significant or not, that turned out to be a good decision.
So now I invite you to think through what you did that lead up to making up your mind.
Did you talk to others?
Did you think about it for a long time?
Did you gather everyone else's opinion?
Did you go on your own intuition...your gut feeling?
Did you make a snap decision?
Did you consult a spiritual guide, mentor, guide?
Think about it now and please write down what process you went through. You may have talked to people first, then had a think about it on your own then....(you get the picture). Record it.
So now think about a time you made a decision that turned out to be a really bad decision. One that didn't turn out so well for you.
Again, go through the decision making process asking the same sorts of questions as above.
Ok so on another side of paper or side of blank document, I invite you to write down what led you to make that decision.
What you may find is that you went through a completely different process for the good and bad decisions.
Next time you have to make a decision, aim to go through the same process that you came up with during the time you meditated on decision making for good decisions and use this process again. It ought to serve you well.
Sit and be mindful of decisions you have to make now and tune into the feelings and sensations in your body.
Take the time to go through this process as many times as you like with as many decisions as you wish. You may see a pattern emerge...or not.
I know that when I go with my intuition it serves me every time yet when I make a decision based on monetary value or gain in any way and it doesn't FEEL right then it almost always turn out to be a bad decision on my part.
Get to know yourself. Be MINDFUL and your experiences of life will be enriched. x
Anger is seldom our friend. It is often a wasted emotion. Yes there are times when it is good to release your anger but it just isn't appropriate for certain situations such as at work or in the middle of a difficult conversation.
Often anger can get us into trouble and so this week (the first in a series) I will be gifting you a free mindfulness meditation to calm anger-filled times.
This guided meditation is just over 6 1/2 minutes long. You can download it onto your device and listen to it whenever you feel yourself becoming angry and after a while you can use the techniques even without listening to the meditation over and over.
I hope you enjoy it and hears to curbing and calming our anger-filled moments...
Tips for controlling anger: