Are you nourishing yourself?
Listen to the below Mindful Meditation on Nourishment to see!!
Listen to the below Mindful Meditation on Nourishment to see!!
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:
Image CC Rob Van Hilten
Reigning in your mind can be like trying to stop a pack of wolves from devouring a juicy steak.
Our mind can be tricky and we often have no way to control it. We don’t have, or were not equipped with, the tools to reign in our often-faulty thinking.
Many of us get up and get on with our day before we’ve even become present to the day, the light coming in through the chink in the curtain, the feel of the bed soft and warm beneath our body. We rush to do this thing then that thing and oh there is that other thing later too and away our mind goes into a frenzy of thoughts.
What if like a conductor conducts their orchestra, we could conduct our minds? What if we could make it dance to the symphony of life? What if we could pull back on our pack of hungry wolves? Because like it or not, we all do it. We all feed off our thoughts even when they serve to have us crying into our coffee each morning and die inside a little bit more every single day.
We let them rule and rule they do. The thought becomes another thought and then that thought over time becomes a belief. We then begin to act on these beliefs without realising that it was once just a bunch of thoughts.
That can get us into a lot of trouble…
Mindfulness is such a simple yet effective tool to conduct your mind. It doesn’t have to take long to get into a practice and before long it is something you will do quite naturally.
Over the next few months I will be bringing you some simple mindfulness meditations on this blog, which you can download onto your smartphone or computer.
They will allow you to tune into your mind so you can begin bringing in the beautiful music to your life and keeping the wolves at bay.
The first will be next Monday and it will focus on mindfulness for Anger.
Anger is not a helpful emotion when we wish to be less stressed. It has its place but in everyday situations (particularly at work) it can be damaging to yourself and those around you.
Stop by next week to download your meditation.
There is something beautiful about learning. When we feel excited to learn and we get to a place we never thought we would arrive at.
It's been like that for me lately.
I have been learning French since February 2013. There were many reasons I wanted to learn French and like a good girl and coach, I wrote them all down.
However, I found that over the months of learning my excitement waned somewhat. Then it dissipated. I found that the hours I used to spend doing French were replaced with a few minutes playing on my French App on the iPhone.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you started to do something only to find your attention and excitement wavering?
I had a talk with my niece on the phone. Funnily enough, she has been learning French in her first year of high school and she has been finding it difficult. She is good at writing and reading but not so great at speaking it. Actually exactly like moi.
So she was telling me that she just didn't see the point. I knew, because I had been talking with her mother on the phone, that Cerys didn't see the point so I was prepared. She said she never intended on living in France so why would she ever need to speak the language.
I told her it was because she didn't have a why! There was no connection to French in her mind. It we aren't connected with a why then our minds ask: why bother?
I asked her what she saw herself doing for a career or a role when she was older and without hesitation she said she wanted to be a beauty therapist, she said about doing people's make-up.
I told her that Paris France is the centre of the Fashion World. I told her that if she was top of her game, chances are she would be there at some point doing Fashion Week- gotta dream big right?
I said that knowing French wouldn't just be good, it would be amazing!! I told her that learning a language at her age is one of the best things she could do for her brain. I could see her getting more interested already.
We talked some more and I gave her tips of how she could connect with her WHY.
I had done it myself only a few weeks ago. I was actually afraid of connecting with my French teacher after a couple of months absence (she was away travelling). I felt like my French had really slipped and I was forgetting the words I once knew so well, the verbs were going.
I connected back with my WHY. I actually hadn't looked at the notes i had made so long ago. I added new items to it, one that included a month long trip to France next year was a real seller!!I have been delighting myself with my new knowledge and have made daily goals towards learning French. I can now make sentences up in my mind...ah the power of the verbs and pronouns and it feels fantastique!!
So, if you find that you have lost your enthusiasm for something you thought you wanted, perhaps your just not that into it anymore or perhaps you have lost the connection.
FIND YOUR WHY TODAY...
Avoir une bonne journée,