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If you've been to any of my yoga classes chances are I've offered the class a mudra to get settled in our beginning meditation. Mudras, Sanskrit for 'seal', are symbolic gestures made with the hands and fingers used in many Indian religions. A visual language, this form of wordless communication helps to realign and direct the energy in the body, mind, and spirt for connections and healing. Often used in yoga as well as meditation, you may use mudras on their own or along with pranayama, or breathing techniques, to cultivate a correct flow of prana in the body. Here are 6 mudras you can use every day to relax, reflect, restore and renew from one of my favorite resources, 72 Yoga Mudras of Yoga by Cain and Revital Carrol.
Anjali Mudra-The Mudra of Intention & Reverence
You most often hear yoga instructors speak of this mudra throughout class, hands placed in a prayer position in front of the chest, followed by the word 'Namaste.' Allow the palms and fingers to touch, rest the base of your thumbs on your sternum and hold in front of your heart. This symbolic gesture seals our intention, invokes devotion, and connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Anjali mudra is a beautiful way to cultivate reverence; as symbol of honor to those around you and as well as respect for yourself. During yoga or meditation, use this mudra while tuning into your breath and set a positive intention. Settle into your calm center and connect all aspects of yourself-body, mind and spirit. I often raise my hands and rest the base of my thumbs on my Anja Chakra, or Third Eye for added guidance and intuition.
Shankhavarta Mudra-The Mudra of Inner Stillness & Intuition
Begin with palms in Anjali mudra and hold slightly away from the chest. Keep finder tips connected then press palms away from one another and drop the right first finger towards the center. Invoke inner stillness, holding this mudra in front of the heart. As you allow the outside influences of the world to melt away, open up the heart and the mind to simply be present and listen. Connect with your own inner teachings on what's true in your heart and soul.
Garuda Mudra-The Mudra of Fierceness and Protection
Hold hands in front of you, palms facing the chest. Cross left hand over the right (left hand furthest away from you) and interlock the thumbs. Stretch the remaining fingers out like the wing span of a bird-Garuda is a fierce, eagle-type creature. Relax the shoulders and allow the elbows to sink down by the rib cage. Hands can reach down to settle in front of the space above the navel. This area is know as the Manipura Chakra, a place of personal power. Use this mudra when depleted of energy to spark the fire in the belly and surround yourself with protection. Hold, breathe, and stoke the fire of your inner awesomeness to take on anything.
Panchamukha Mudra-The Mudra of Memory & Healing
Begin in Anjali Mudra, then press palms away keeping the fingertips connected and hollowing out the palms of the hands. This mudra is said to enhance our memory retention and improve our concentration. Close your eyes and begin to sharpen your awareness, noticing subtle movements in the body. Concentrate on your breath, how the body responds as you breathe, and tap into the body's natural healing abilities. Use this mudra before a big test, presentation or to simply keep the mind sharp and offer healing.
Sahasrara Mudra-The Crown Chakra Mudra
Sahasrara is Sanskrit for 'Thousand-Petalled Lotus', our highest self Chakra or energy center located above the crown of the head. Hold your hands with palms facing away from you, join the first fingers and the thumbs to form a diamond shape. Either standing or sitting, hold this mudra above the head and imagine a divine, white light above your head. Our crown chakra is our oneness, our connection to the divine. Connect to your highest spiritual self and draw a sense of calmness into your spirit. This mudra is also said to reduce headaches and improve brain function.
Samputa Mudra-Connect to your True Nature Mudra
Samputa means 'bud' or 'vessel' in Sanskrit. Join the hands in front of the chest with thumbs resting side by side. Keeping tips of fingers connected hollow out a small space in between the hands; like you're holding a baby bird or mouse, gently tuck thumbs in the hollowed space. Gently lengthen through the back of the neck and drawn chin down towards the chest. Use this mudra to help balance all 5 elements, reduce mental and emotional suffering and connect with your true Original Nature.
Padma Mudra-The Grounding Mudra
Start in Anjali mudra, keep the thumbs and tips of pinkys connected the spread the hands and other fingers apart-keep the base of the hands connected. Padma means 'lotus flower' and it resembles a blooming flower. The lotus signifies grounding, and this mudra helps to weaken ego grasping and settles the mind. Use to balance the immune system and ignite spiritual devotion.
Use these tools to help connect with yourself and offer strength and healing. Remember every day that you have the power take charge and renew, giving your soul a peaceful place to dwell. Namaste. Get the full deck of Yoga Mudra cards on Amazon-it's a great resource!
As summer nestles down into a slumber and we get that first rush from a cool breeze, something happens and we begin to shift our energy. Whether we realize it or not, we follow Mother Nature’s lead and sync with her circadian rhythms. She has spent the last season on fire reaching a height of growth and fertility, celebrating the power of the sun. Our energy matched hers, spending time outdoors and enjoying all she has to offer. Some of us may have even celebrated the Summer Solstice by offering 108 Sun Salutations with the rising of the sun. Longer days prevailed, and now they have begun to wane. Longer, regenerative nights lie ahead-and we need to take advantage and set our intentions to match hers.
At the Autumn Equinox we hit a complete balance of light vs. dark, and have now just fallen past that tipping point. Now that we’ve burned off that fiery energy of the sun we can begin to shift to a more reflective, cooling energy of the moon. A season of letting go, we begin to settle under a blanket of reflection to see what hasn’t worked in our lives. Reaping the harvest of our past few months of hard work and investments, it’s time to till the soil and release what didn’t pan out. Our lives mirror the seasons, and if we align our energies properly with can work with the cycles instead of against them.
So as the world is set ablaze with the colors of the fall, here are 6 ways to align your energy with Mother Nature and find magic this season:
1. Let it go Use the elements of Mother Nature to let go of what no longer serves you. Allowing for contemplation, autumn is a time to turn inward for deeper self-healing and take a look at all we’ve worked to build. What do we need to work on? What didn’t work, and we can release? Create your own ritual of letting go. You can write down what you wish to release, toss the paper in to a fire (only safe practices here, a fire pit or other means of outdoor burning) and watch it turn into ash and disappear. You may also bury the list into the dirt and allow it to be consumed by the Earth Herself. Perform these rituals under the full moon to enhance their effects. Gather a sage bundle or smudge stick, used in purification and protection, to cleanse your home of negative energies. You may also use Palo Santo, wooden sticks made from a mystical tree in South America, found in some metaphysical shops. Related to Frankincense and Myrhh, this ‘Holy Wood’ helps to cleanse home and energy, enhance creativity and enhance immunity.
2. Protection Yourself & Your Home Every fall we gather beautiful chrysanthemums to adorn our home with beautiful colors of the fall. But did you know these are known to be flowers of protection? When we get closer to Halloween then the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest this flower is said to keep the evil spirits at bay. Red mums offer love, yellow & orange bring joy & good cheer, purple represent power & passion, white invokes the truth & bronze encourages a loving, happy home. Gather your mums to create a happy, healthy environment for your pets and your family. You may also set out stones of amber for added protection.
3. Make a Feast! Gather friends and family to celebrate this time of harvest. Foods of the season include root veggies such as beets, potatoes and carrots, nuts, breads, corn, figs, honey, as well as apples which are said to be a most magical fruit! Pomegranate and its seeds are related to Greek Goddess Persephone and her return to the underworld every fall season. Cider, beer, wine and mead can be added to the table as loved ones offer gratitude and reflection during this celebratory time.
4. Set Up Your Meditation Altar Create your space to align your energy with the shift in seasons. The colors yellow, orange, red and brown set the tone for autumn and the changing of the leaves as they work to let go and prepare for winter. Some elements to adorn your altar include: candles, herbs of ivy, myrrh and sage, cloves, cinnamon, and stones of amber and hematite to offer protection and grounding. Add photos of loved ones and what holds gratitude in your heart, or write down a mantra you can return to every day during this shift. Offerings of fresh cut flowers, honey and mead can add another element to invoking the creative and nurturing side of nature.
5. Keep a Gratitude Journal Listen to the transition, journal and prepare for self-healing and reflection. You find you can sense, feel and become one with the change happening all around you. Once you’ve released what you no longer need you are more able to sit back and look at all that you have. Cultivating gratitude is very powerful and has a tremendous effect on your over-all health and well-being. You may choose to journal outside in nature, sitting under an oak or maple tree to connect with their energy and wisdom. This is also a nice ritual to be before you go to bed at night. Begin with some light yin yoga poses to offer the cooling energy of the moon and set a reflective and restorative tone for your journaling.
6. Seva-The Art of Selfless Service When we cultivate gratitude we see all that we have, but may also become aware of what many do not. Take this time to practice the art of Seva, or selfless services. Offer to volunteer at a nursing home or hospice, bring offerings and your kindness to the homeless or disabled veterans. Offer some free classes or services to those who may otherwise not be able to afford such things. Join together communities and help to offer gratitude and self-healing to others and match the nurturing side of Mother Nature during this time.
Mother Nature has all that we need readily available at our fingertips, we simply need to know how to apply it and connect with her energy for transformation and change. So let’s work with the currents of the Earth and find a ride with them into beautiful alignment, peace and well-being. Bring a little magic back into your life this fall and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Namaste.
Stress much? Feel like your day to day is often out of your control and you’re just along for the ride? This high octane, crazy train called life can sometimes feel like it’s just fish-hooked you from one task and spun you in two different directions wondering what the heck just happened. And needless to say holding onto our ‘Zen’ proves to be quite the challenge. Work, family, friends, events, lunches, bills, vacations, weddings…..the list can go on and on. And on. Relax, you’re doing a great job rocking out life. But a Chinese proverb speaks truth in saying ‘the people of the West are always getting ready to live’. Our impressingly driven selves get caught up in thinking we need to constantly move and cross all those tasks off of our list, when what we really need to do is stop and smell the coffee. Oh the coffee….. you could revel in the smell of it. So revel.
When we find ourselves in that chaos of never ending to-do lists, responsibilities that sometimes start at the break of dawn and a mind that will not, or cannot, slow down it’s time to redirect our focus, get off of auto-pilot and back into the driver’s seat. So sit down. Relax enough to read through these 10 helpful tips to get back some control in your life and get your Zen back.
1. Start your day off on the right foot-If your crazy day starts first thing in the morning give yourself the gift of waking up a little earlier than everyone else. Try to sneak in a run around the block, maybe sit in the yard with your coffee with nothing but the sound of the birds and the world waking up. Sit in meditation to draw in intention and direction for your day, or do a handful of yoga poses to wake up all of your senses and get into your body and focused for the tasks that lie ahead. Stay unplugged in the am for as long as possible and set a positive, calm & productive vibe for your day.
2. Clear the clutter. Take a look at your workspace, car and home. If these areas are in disarray it can create a sense of chaos and being out of control. Set time aside to keep these areas tidy or recruit family members to help stay organized to keep stress level down.
3. Know your triggers. What stresses you out? Paying your bills, your commute to work? When we can identify out triggers we can more easily work through them and offer ourselves a little extra patience and support. When it’s time to pay bills make a cup of tea, diffuse an essential oil or play classical music to soothe your mood. If your commute is a nightmare get a ‘book on tape’ or podcast you’ve been dying to listen to but haven’t had the time, you won’t want to get out of your car when you get to work!
4. Clear your calendar. Once and a while-learn to say NO! We often feel obligated to accept every invitation from family and friends, but trust when you know you need some ‘me’ time. Your family and friends will understand, and it’s better to respectfully decline upfront then backing out of it later.
5. Reset your mind & body throughout the day. Set mindful alarms on your phone to chime throughout the day. Take this time to check your posture, take some breathing, meditation or stretching breaks. 5 minutes on your breath can be the perfect refresher you need to clear your head and refocus. And if you must get up and get outside, move and disconnect here and there. Your brain will thank you.
6. Stay organized. If your day is stacked with playdates, work, correspondence and running from here to there take the time to get organized and map out your day or week ahead of time. Set your plan of action and create a mantra for each day of the week depending on what you have coming up. If you have a big presentation at the end of the week set a mantra such as “I am organized. I am confident.” When you have a family field trip this weekend with so much to get together set your mantra to “Mother Warrior Goddess” and tackle those challenges with confidence. You can take on anything!
7. End the day with grace. At the end of your crazy day take a moment before you go to bed to set the same attitude you did to start it. Unplug, offer yourself even 5 minutes to meditate or offer yourself a few yin yoga poses to decompress. If you have a hard time ‘turning it off’ and falling asleep keep a journal by your bed. Jot down everything you were grateful for that day, let the good things take precedence. If you must, take this time to make your list for the next day and get anything down on paper that might keep your wheels turning as you retire for the evening. Rest with ease that you’ve done all you can today and have to clear plan on action for tomorrow. And give your permission to rest.
8. Be kind to yourself. Carve out some time to do something you enjoy throughout the day or week, if only for a short time. Find what feeds your soul and offer yourself that gift for being a domestic and corporate bad ass. Buy yourself something you’ve wanted, you deserve it.
9. To err is human, to forgive is divine. Life is hard enough, we don’t need to add self judgements and defeating thoughts to the mix. If we don’t get to everything or even royally mess things up remember we are all human. Take the time to reboot and reevaluate your plan of action. If your busyness is affecting your relationships with others it may be time to look at your schedule and yourself with a new set of eyes. Take the time to step back and reset your default.
10. Give thanks to yourself, for all that you do each day. For showing up to take care of yourself and of others.......for all that you have.....and for all that you are. When life gets us down or stressed sometimes all it takes is a little shift in perspective to show us that everything is ok.
When life is crazy remember to tune into that peaceful space within yourself. Close your eyes and tune into your breath. Let go of the external world and give soul a peaceful place the dwell. With the right tools you can become the eye of the storm of the chaos around you. The calm center. So take a deep breath in and know, you’ve got this.
When life gets overwhelming and we find ourselves stressed and scattered, allow yourself some time (if only a few minutes!) to focus on gratitude and to offer yourself some kindness. Turn off your phone, power down the PC, and for Pete's sake turn off the election coverage! We can too easily allow ourselves to get consumed in the chaos. Find a comfortable spot, make some tea, and take some time to reboot. (I am taking my own advice as I write this blog, CNN has captured way to much of my attention & heightened my stress level today!) Start to settle into a quiet space within yourself & away from the turmoil of the outside world. Allow your eyes to gently close and begin to tune into your breath. Start to connect with the rhythm of your breath moving in and out of your lungs, noticing how the body expands and then contracts. Allow the breath to regulate and hone in on any tension. Smooth over your forehead, soften your jaw. Begin to work with your breath to ease any stress or tension clinging to you or your thoughts. Begin to let the mind settle down, and start to draw gratitude into your heart space with each breath in and out. Start to bring to mind anything you are grateful for from today. A sunny morning, no traffic on your commute, the person in front of you picking up the tab for your coffee....allow the good things take precedence. Think of the people in your life you are thankful for, sending them well wishes. Draw in gratitude for the automatic functioning of your lungs, allowing fresh oxygen to nourish your body. Give thanks for your legs and your feet for taking you everywhere you wanted to go today.....for your eyes for all that they see......for your mouth and your throat, allowing you to communicate with others. Continue to draw gratitude into your heart with your breath, thanking your intuition for guiding you along the way and keeping you safe. Give thanks for your mind and the ability to make decisions and live a full, rich life. And finally give thanks to yourself, for all that you do each day. For showing up to take care of yourself and of others.......for all that you have.....and for all that you are. When life gets us down or stressed sometimes all it takes is a little shift in perspective to show us that everything is ok. :) Namaste.
So if you've dived head first into the wellness pool; exploring meditation, yoga, green smoothies, clean eating, bodywork & other areas of wellness you've probably come across the term Chakra. We've finally dedicated ourselves to taking care of our bodies, our minds, even our spirits.....but now we have to take care of our energy centers? If you're beginning to find there is no end and the whole thing is getting a little too woo woo for you, let me give you some advice.....do yourself a favor and learn about these core aspects of yourself-the woo woo in you will thank you!
So here's the low down on our Chakras.....we have 1000s of them, but to keep it simple we are going to quickly go over our 7 main Chakras. The word Chakra is Sanskrit for 'wheel' or 'disk'. It is said in Hinduism and many other Eastern religions that we not only have our physical bodies; made up of organs, blood, bones and the other things that make us us, but we also have energetic bodies. Auras, Meridians, Chakras & Doshas oh my! A Chakra is an energy center, a spinning vortex of energy located in the body & can extend outward as well. Our 7 main energy centers run vertically up the length of the spine, beginning just below the spine at our perineum and ending up above the crown of our head. Each Chakra has a different frequency, a different vibration. These vibrations radiate a certain color frequency as well, that's why you may have heard that Chakras have different colors. Each energy center helps to regulate not only physical but emotional function, and these can fluctuate throughout our entire lives from childhood until our last days in this physical body.
On a physical level, our Chakras are connected to our Endocrine system, so glandular function may be affected if these frequencies get out of whack. Emotionally, each Chakra is connected to a different part of our selves, such as creativity, self esteem, security and more deeply engrained personality traits. Some of our Chakras can develop at certain times in our lives, and it varies from males to females. Take me for example, my throat Chakra has been very closed during most of my life. I was shy, had terrible anxiety whenever I had to speak in public, didn't know how to express myself. It wasn't until my mid-thirties I finally found my voice! I'm now a teacher, a coach & speak in front of dozens of people at a time (with a smile on my face!). It just took a while for that part of me to become fully developed. Sometimes our Chakras are cool and balanced, all is good. But sometimes they can be overloaded, depleted or somewhere in between. Our Chakras are often envisioned as lotus flowers and they can be in several stages from a closed bud to full bloom. Lost yet? No worries, if you know what these parts of ourselves represent, you can use that information to put more tools on your tool belt to help keep you balanced! Let's get started and break it down:
7 Main Chakras-starting from the bottom up:
1. Root Chakra (Muladara Chakra)-located at the perineum this is our basic energy center, red in color and representing our survival instincts, security & groundedness. This chakra is the foundation of the development of our personality & connected to our adrenal glands & sympathetic nervous system.
2. Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana Chakra)-This energy center resides below our navel by our sacrum, the triangular bone between our lumbar spine and our tailbone. Also known as 'the sweetness', this Chakras regulates our desires, self-expression and intimacy. Residing behind our sexual organs it helps regulate our ovaries or testes as well as our sexuality.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra)-This yellow, fiery, solar energy of the sun sits at the space just above our navel. Here sits our personal power & self esteem-our 'go-getter' attitude. Here's our pranic energy, our life force, is created and distributed to the rest of the body & where our egos are developed. This Chakra is connected to our pancreas and adrenal glands.
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra)-Resonating green in color this center is located in the space surrounding our hearts. Controlling our self-forgiveness, universal loving kindness & compassion this Chakra acts as the bridge between our lower physical self & our higher/spiritual selves. Connected to our thymus gland this energy center is said to be where to soul resides.
5. Throat Chakra (Visuddha Chakra)- Our communication, both with ourselves and others, as well as our inner listening, this Chakra develops our personality, thoughts & our emotions. Offering the color sky blue this center is connected to our thyroid and parathyroid.
6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra)- Located at the space in the center of our forehead our intuition & inner wisdom resides. The color of indigo blue, the night sky, this space is also the 'communication center' & 'commander' of our other Chakras and is connected to our pineal gland.
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)-Our final main Chakra is the highest part of ourselves; our connection to the Divine, our understanding. A beautiful white or sometimes violet colors, this 1000 petal lotus is our purest consciousness, connected to our pituitary gland.
There are several ways to help keep these parts of yourself balanced through meditation, Reiki or Pranic energy healing, yoga, chanting with Bija mantras and more. Simply wearing the color of the Chakra you are working on can help facilitate balance. So there you have it, the low down on our Chakras! If you'd like to learn a little more about these energy centers I will be hosting a Chakras 101 workshop Sunday May 22nd at 6:30 pm. Visit the events page and reserve your spot today. Here we will dive in a little deeper into these energy centers and do meditations to help find balance-with information & meditations you can take home.
Stay cool and balanced, Lotus Tribe. Namaste.
Many who choose to dedicate a space for meditation or ritual create their own area in which to customize for this purpose; I have my 'meditation station' or altar area. A cleared out space where you can be comfortable and relaxed to center yourself is a great gift. Often times you can incorporate what some call an altar with personal photos, photos of family, friend & gurus, fresh flowers, statues of Gods or deities, and anything that gives you peace and inspiration. A cushion, stool or chair for which to sit on is often used. This space is never necessary, but if you want to have that personal sanctuary then create it! It should reflect who you are and what feeds your soul. I love having my own space where I know I can feel relaxed, inspired and allow myself to be free from the outside world. If you choose to not to create a space then maybe your favorite designate spot in the house or your favorite spot under a tree in the park nearby. You'll find that if you create a space for tranquility, the moment you settle in the relaxation begins. Nurture your mind, body & spirit. Namaste.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has grown and in frequency in recent years. This mysterious and complex disorder can be debilitating to most sufferers and a cause has yet to be discovered. This complex disorder is characterized by extreme fatigue that does not improve with rest and often times is worsened with physical or mental exertion. CFS can often times go overlooked or misdiagnosed because it's symptoms mirror so many other illnesses. Fatigue itself may be a symptom of hundreds of conditions. So how do you determine it may be CFS? People with CFS function at a much lower level of activity than they were once capable of before they developed the condition. Many of your personal, social, work-related and other activities show significant reduction and some of the following symptoms are recurring for at least six months:
*Increased malaise or extreme exhaustion after physical or mental exertion lasting more than 24 hours
*Difficulties with memory (especially short term memory) and concentration
*Muscle pain or join pain without swelling or redness
*Tender lymph nodes in neck or armpit
*Recurring sore throat
If these symptoms have not occurred before the first fatigue and persist for at least 6 months or more, you should ask your doctor if CFS is a possibility. They can often rule other illnesses first with diagnostic testing. Although symptoms do not define CFS nor contribute to the diagnosis of, many people also have the following symptoms:
*abdominal pain *alcohol intolerance *bloating *chest pain *chronic cough *diarrhea *dizziness *dry eyes or mouth *earaches *jaw pain *morning stiffness *nausea *night sweats *psychological problems (anxiety, depression, irritability, panic attacks) *shortness of breath, tingling skin sensations, weight loss
Some experts say that CFS may be triggered by a number of factors, ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. There is still no single test to confirm the diagnosis of CFS and the treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms. Other possible causes may include immune support problems or abnormal blood levels of hormones produced in the hypothalamus , pituitary or adrenal glands.
Some factors may increase your risk including:
*Age-most commonly occurs in people in their 40s & 50s
*Sex-Woman are more likely than men to develop CFS
*Lifestyle-being overweight, inactive and overly stressed increase risk
Some questions to expect from your doctor:
1. What are your symptoms and when did they begin?
2. Does anything make your symptoms better or worse?
3. Any problems with memory or concentration?
4. Problems sleeping?
5. Ever feel depressed or anxious? If so how often?
6. How much do your symptoms limit you ability to function?
7. What trWhile there is no single test to diagnose doctors may rule out other illnesses such as:
*sleep disorders (sleep apnea, RLS or insomnia) using sleep studies *medical problems (anemia, diabetes, hypothyroid. etc-using blood tests *mental health (depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.)
You can find out more information about treatment, education and more at www.cdc.gov and www.mayoclinic.com
Some say CFS is caused by Candia overgrowth in the body as well as inflammation & auto-immune illnesses. Candida with is a fungus (yeast) found naturally in the body but if you have a weakened immune systems is can multiply exponentially and cause a damaging effect on the body. Some use a raw foods diet, green drinks, juices, essential oils and coconuts which are natural mold and fungus killers help to control their CFS symptoms.
A typical green drink:
*One young coconut including meat and water
*2 cups organic spinach
*handful of blueberries (optional)
*Blend until smooth
Essential oils that help treat CFS: *Frankincense *Oregano *Peppermint *Thyme *On Guard see how to use these at www.everythingessential.me and search CFS protocols
Diet is important, ask your doctor about trying to avoid sugar and sugar substitutes, anything canned or processed, food colorings, dairy, fungus & yeast products such as mushrooms, bread and cheese. Meats and anything white (white flour, milk, sugar white rice, etc) may also want to be avoided
Please take care and as always Be Well.
Meditation is a mental dicipline that helps you let go of your normal, reflexive thinking that helps your reach a deeper level of awareness and insight which in turn can lead to relaxation and clarity. Meditation has it's roots in several religions, but it is also practiced by many non-religious practioners as well. The goals of meditation vary. As some would strive for a higher state of awareness and spiritual development, others are looking for things such as better focus and creativity, physical and emotional healing, better insight, stress reduction and relaxation just to name a few.
There are 4 types of meditation techniques one can use in their practice, the first involves using a focus. The goal with this technique is leaning to focus and concentrate. We work to train our minds on focusing on an image, whether it be a candle, an object in the room, or simply your breath. In this we can harness the ability to calm and stabilize the mind, recognizing uncontrolled thinking patterns and learning to relax quiet our thinking.
Secondly there is using mindfullness. In this practice we learn to be mindful of both ourselves as well as the world around us. Here we concentrate in things such as the subtle sensations in our body and the content of our conscious thoughts. Throught this type of meditation we can observe mental habits that may create negative thought patterns and hold us back from things in life. We learn to be in the presents moments, letting go of the past as well as the future. In this we can learn to bring that mindfullness with us out into our everyday lives, so we do not travel through life on 'auto-pilot' and live in the present moment.
The third type of meditation is focusing on a topic. During your meditation you simple choose something that you would like to work on personally such as patience, anger, forgiveness or acceptance-or you can choose a topic that would help society such as world peace or clean water for third world countries.
Lastly we can use the senses in our meditation. Engaging the senses we can help harness the mind's power to create it's own reality. Listening to music or the sounds of nature can help bring you into a relaxed, meditative state. Also, we can use voice, being that of your own voice by using a chant or mantra in your meditation or listening to a guided meditation that can help ease you into relaxation and visualize the reality you wish to inhabit.
The benefits of meditation are virtually endless, but we'll go over a few here. Physically meditation can help your body in many ways. Simply by meditating on your breath you can lower your blood pressure, slow your heart rate and reduce anxiety. Meditation can be used in conjunction with traditional or alternative treatments for illnesses such as cancer to help alleviate symptoms and anxiety related to those conditions. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, meditation can also bring you mental contentment, clarity, enhanced sleep quality and longevity to your life. I will be hosting an Introduction to Meditation Workshop at the office Tuesday November 19th-here we will go over the information I've mentioned here, plus more information in packets for you to take home and we'll be doing some of my own guided meditations as well. To get a preview, please visit my 'Meditation Station' on YouTube and see what we will be going over in that workshop-meditating in a group is extremely helpful and enjoyable, as you can share experiences and feel the collective evergy in the room. I hope to see you there, tickets are only $10 and I'll be sure to give you plenty of resources to take with you! Be well and I'll see you to get your 'Om' on!
Known as 'white gold' in the Himalayas, Himalayan Crystal Salt is the purest salt on Earth. It is untouched by pollutants and toxins, found at the foothills of the Himalyan Mountains formed 250 million years ago. Himalayan salt is far superior to traditional iodized salt and contains the same 84 natural elements and minerals found in the human body. Himalayan salt has a unique cellular structure and allows it to store vibrational energy. This salt is so beneficial to our health it's important to know the reasons why!
Standing at the foot of the ocean the cool sea salt air invigorates you, do you know why? The cool salt breeze from the ocean relaxes you and makes you feel more alive because of the highly charged, healthy negative ions released feed your cells. It's said that in the 1800s a Polish physician discovered that breathing pure, iodized air in salt mines was beneficial in soothing inflammation and curing respiratory conditions. People soon sought out 'salt caves' in Eastern Europe to help cure their ailments. In current times our lungs are continually under stress from both indoor and outdoor pollution. A current, popular physician Dr. Mehmet Oz recommended Himalayan Salt Therapy as a way to help relieve asthma, congestion, colds, allergies and hay fever.
While we cannot always be near the serenity of the salt water ocean, we can indeed bring a part of it into our homes and offices.
'Pure Crystal Salt lamps release negative ions into the environment, creating some of the benefits of being in a “salt cave.” The emission of ions is primarily caused by the alternating actions of the salt's ability to first absorb water, and then evaporate it. As the lamp heats, the heated salt crystal attracts water molecules from the air to its surface. The salt goes into a solution as it mixes with the water molecules. Sodium, as a positively charged ion, and Chloride, as a negatively charged ion, are emitted.
Negative ions are electrically charged particles, and in addition to their beneficial effects on our respiratory and immune systems, they help remove airborne contaminates. Negatively charged negative ions help cleanse the air because they attach themselves to contaminates and allergens, which are positively charged. The larger particles formed by this interaction then fall to the ground, and out of the air we’re breathing.' -Solay Wellness Himalayan Salt Lamps.
These salt lamps also help to protect you against the constant EMFs (electromagnetic fields) we are surrounded by everyday from our televisions, computers and wireless devices. The Himalayan Salt Crystals resonate a frequency almost identical to our bodies, helping to counter the excessive EMFs organically. The lamps not only help with our health but are beautiful and serene to look at.
Many other benefits of these salt lamps include:
Nurture your Mind, Body & Spirit
In today's fast paced society we try to add more and more things to our day. It seems between work, personal, & social media we can have up to 3-4 emails to check daily, and our daily tasks would make people from years ago think we were some type of super humans! I know I've mastered the art of multi-tasking & sometimes find myself checking my emails while watching the news, feeding the dogs, doing the dishes & brushing my teeth! I'm the first one to say I wish there were more hours in the day, but one thing I love is going to bed! For some, after a full day at work, picking up the kids, shopping, making dinner, helping with homework & getting the kids to bed I'm sure leaves just enough time to watch the late night news before bed. One way people try to make their days longer is to cut back on sleep. But some don't realize just how important sleep really is for you & the vital functions that take place during sleep. According to the National Institute of Health adults need between 7.5 & 9 hours of sleep EVERY night. Although impossible for some, consistency is the key-and skimping on sleep can have more effects than you know.
Chronic sleep deprivation can effect many things, including your every day waking life. When we sleep our body & mind go through very important processes. Deep sleep renews the body by repairing muscle & tissues as well as build up energy you need for the next day. Alcohol or nicotine before bed may have an effect on whether you experience a deep sleep cycle, so best to avoid those too late in the day. REM sleep renews the mind & plays a big role in learning & memory. According to a research at Harvard University during sleep the brain goes through a process call memory consolidation where it commits new information learned that day to memory. The brain also replenishes neurotransmitters including dopamine & serotonin, which help elevate your mood during the day.
If you miss sleep regularly it may effect the way your body processes carbohydrates and could contribute to weight gain & possible hypertension. Other effects include a decreased immune system leading to frequent illness, our ability to handle stress, plus reduced creativity & problem solving skills, which could effect your role at work! If all of that isn't enough, it also makes you cranky! So when you get sleepy, that is because your body's reaction to the lack of sunlight is to produce the hormone melatonin that makes you tired. When there is daylight your body inhibits melatonin production which helps keep you alert. Your body is smart, people, listen to it! So make your bed a wonderful welcoming place to end your day, if you wish add lots of cushy pillows and a sound machine if that helps you relax before bed. Getting enough sleep is another way to take care of your mind, body & spirit, so be mindful you are getting enough. And don't forget other things like yoga, meditation & massage therapy can help regulate and improve sleep! So sweet dreams and get some shut eye!
Nurture your mind, body & spirit~Namaste
Hello lovelies. I hope you enjoy my journey of discovering my magick and Divine Feminine along with health, wealth of spirit and evolution. I am happy to share my experiences with you to heal, love, and evolve. Namaste-Heather Rae