I was working today with a friend of mine. We were both at a company to offer wellbeing services to their staff, namely massage and Reiki. My friend, June, was giving massage and I was offering Reiki. The reactions of the staff varied. Some people were completely opposed to the idea of having Reiki whilst some were very open to it.. My first experience of Reiki was back in 2002. I was studying International Business in Hong Kong and my friend, Felix, had been off on a weekend retreat to learn it. He came back and placed his hands on my back. I remember feeling this intense heat. “Wow, whats that?” I asked. His reply? “Reiki” I went back to uni, got my degree and forgot about it. In 2008 I split up with my boyfriend, failed a job interview for my own job and felt stuck. What do I need? I don’t need a massage, I need something more. I then remembered Reiki.
My first Reiki session
I found a lady in Peterborough and went off to her house for a session. I had no idea what to expect. I lay down on a couch with blankets over me, fully clothed I may add! ( I often get asked if you need to be naked for Reiki. Personally I prefer you keep your clothes on! There is no need to be naked) She placed her hands on and around me, then spoke to me about fairies and angels. “Crazy lady”, I thought. I didn’t feel anything at the time and left thinking what a waste of money. However, what I didn’t realise at the time was how Reiki works on our energy bodies. It takes times to work and sometimes it can be quite subtle.
A couple of weeks later I noticed that I felt calmer. She emailed me later to ask if I wanted to learn it. I was intrigued so said yes. Even when I first started practising Reiki I felt like a fraud, as I couldn’t feel anything in my hands. Clients would often say how they had felt heat or tingling, so it was obviously working for them. It took me a while to learn how to feel and see energy.
Over the years I have become much more in tune with others energies. I recognise what sensations are in my hands and what they mean for myself and my client. With a massage we can feel straight away the benefits of the physical touch, of our muscles relaxing and feeling ‘better’. Having a Reiki session differs as it works on our energy fields. Sometimes people hold onto their emotions, afraid to let go. Reiki opens up that space. I remember one client ten years ago sobbing on my treatment bed as she had held so many emotions in for so long. When I offer Reiki to clients my intention is to hold the space for them, to allow their emotions to rise to the surface and be released. When we repress our emotions it can make us feel physically unwell. Reiki can bring those emotions up to be healed.
Reiki has many benefits and I often see clients for only one session. In today’s world many businesses talk about client retention. If I saw someone 12 times a year for Reiki I wouldn’t feel as if I was doing my life’s work. I would rather see them once or twice then they either continue their healing path with other modalities or they choose to learn it for themselves. Taking responsibility for their own wellbeing and spiritual path. Reiki can help us to release ‘stuff’ that we no longer need.
If you have had Reiki or have an experience you would like to share then please do let me know using the form below
How I ended up in a sweat lodge
I truly believe that the Universe conspires to put you in the right place at the right time for what you need. A Facebook post by a friend went out last Sunday saying that some Mexican shamanic healers had arrived at the Sanctuary they run. Did anyone want some shamanic healing for a donation? I posted it into my Facebook group, Consciousness Arising and several people said they were interested. On the Monday I had arranged a physical meet up for said group. It was going to be in a central location in town. One of the guys in my group, Paul, suggested we meet at the Sanctuary instead. Great idea!
On a fairly warm Monday evening we arrived at the Rising Dawn Sanctuary. A fire had been lit in the grounds and we sat with a cup of herbal tea chatting. Several members of the group went for the shamanic healing whilst we chatted about synchronicities and the Universe. Nam Prakash, who runs the Sanctuary, asked me if we would like to stay for the sweat lodge ceremony which was happening later that evening. Several members had to head off. Five of us said yes we would love to. After about an hour finally one of us asked what is a sweat lodge and what do we have to do.
Entering the sweat lodge
Tai, the Mexican shaman, had built the sweat lodge with natural twigs and thrown blankets over the top. It looked like a short domed hut. We were standing in the kitchen drinking tea when we found out that in a sweat lodge it was too warm to keep your clothes on. Luckily there were some towels to protect our modesty as some of us weren’t quite prepared to be half naked in a tent full of strangers. A fire had been lit not far from the sweat lodge. Tai and his daughter, Sunflower led us through a beautiful ceremony thanking the four elements, Earth, Wind, Air and Fire. The women were invited into the lodge first.
It was dark outside so we undressed, placed the towels over certain places and headed in. As you enter you say an ancient Toltec phrase to give a blessing. There is a hole dug in the centre where the hot rocks would be later placed. We crawled around the hole, slightly ungracefully. There was lots of ow’s and ouches as we stood on twigs and rocks. Thankfully I had brought my cardigan in which provided some cushioning for my bum on the hard ground.
The men were invited in following the women. We sat in the darkness whilst the rocks were gradually brought in and filled in the hole. A herbal blend had been stewed which would later be poured on the said stones to create the steam. As I sat half naked in this dark tent, I was giggling to myself. The members of my group will never want to come out with me again! Eventually the last rock was placed in the centre. The makeshift door was closed. Pitch black. Tai started chanting and warbling, using his throat to make these beautiful sounds which resonated within and around you.
Feeling the steam!
As the herbs and water were placed onto the hot rocks the steam hit your face. It was quite intense at first and caught the back of my throat, which made me cough. As it subsided and the next lot of steam hit my face I became more used to it. We were encouraged to deep breathe and you could feel your sinuses clearing. In my mind I could see my Native American guide standing with me on a cliff edge pointing at the land and telling me to claim the unclaimed land. I could feel my body and my face dripping in sweat which made me feel cleaner and more purified. The basic idea behind sweat lodges are that they are to help purify the mind and body.
I lost track of how long we were in there but by the time we came out and got dressed it was after 11pm. We gave thanks by the fire and everyone said how they had felt. There was a Full Moon bright in the sky and I truly felt as if I had been part of something special. I told the guys in my group how proud I was of them for saying yes to something that they had no idea what it was and for joining me in my crazy adventures!
The Universe knows where you need to be and when so listen to your intuition, let it guide you, for you never know where you may end up. To see me chatting with guests about their spiritual journey head over to YouTube. If you like it please like and subscribe https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxtIoMYTXPLh2Y3zLYqGVxw?view_as=subscriber
Have you ever taken part in a sweat lodge ceremony? I’d love to hear your thoughts
What is Qoya?
What is Qoya? Every now and then I happen upon something new and different that I have never experienced before. This was the case with Qoya. During a summer play date with some friends we were sat in the garden, in the beautiful sunshine, the children playing happily. My friend, Will, mentioned that she was going to be running a Qoya class at a festival a couple of weeks later. She mentioned she needed some guinea pigs. Let’s do it now then, several of us said. We had no idea what it was. Will said was that it was
“An embodiment practice about becoming more and more able to listen to the wisdom within your body and tuning into your true essence which is Wise Wild and Free…. and being able to use that wisdom to guide you through life”
Will put some music on and we started dancing, 6 of us, in the garden. The kids joined in, we had fun and we laughed! When Will mentioned that she would be putting on a Qoya class in York I was excited. I am not a fan of gyms.
Eight of us came together on a cold Sunday morning. We were greeted by a beautiful mandala mat, with positive affirmations and a variety of oracle cards. Yoga mats and blankets were provided for those of us who forgot to take one, yep that would be me.
We sat down and did some breathing work, picked a card and chatted to our neighbour about what it meant for us. my card was the Black Madonna. The guide book stated that , “It helps us to become conscious of the light in the dark, of the intersection of sexuality and spirituality. The darkness we sometimes feel is potential. It’s crucial that we all go through this to create new or more life. She is the promise of what doesn’t survive the fires of suffering was never meant for us.” I felt that was very apt as having gone into the Full Moon in Pisces it does ask us to face our shadow.
Opening of the chakras
We did some heart opening exercises, designed to open the chakras and hip opening exercises too, where a lot of tension can be stored. We could keep our eyes closed if we wanted to or leave them open. The music that was played fitted exactly with each type of movement we did. What I really liked about this class was that it wasn’t like an exercise class to get you physically fit. We were often checking in with our bodies, how does that feel? Listening to our bodies, how do our bodies want to dance. A shadow dance felt extremely different to the free dancing at the end where you could go wild.
Each class has a theme and this one was ‘Breaking Free’ Following the shadow dance we did some body shaking whilst Will told us a story of a gazelle and a lion. I didn’t even hear the end as I was in tears after several minutes. I cry a lot as a way of releasing what no longer serves me, so this didn’t come as a shock to me.
For me Qoya works as it allows us to tap into our emotions, our intuition and truly feel the energy of the movement. Will held the space for all those in the circle very well and you truly got the feeling that she embodies the spirit of being wild and free in her heart. I will definitely be going again!
For more information on Qoya contact Will at https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Soul-Be-160132147876850/
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Heading to festivals at 38!
Glastonbury Festival has been on my list of places to visit since the summer of 2016 when my husband and I were in the process of divorcing. I was sat at home watching Glastonbury when the Killers came on. I had first seen them performing back in 2002 at a small venue in Manchester. There was maybe 50 of us there. It was small but awesome. Seeing them perform at Glastonbury I danced around the room singing Mr Brightside. I posted on facebook asking if I was too old to go. No came the resounding reply.
Fast forward to 2019 and I was gifted a ticket, last minute, by a friend of mine. Did I want to go? Hell yeah! The Killers were headlining. I arrived at the festival with no idea of what it would be like. In my 38 years on this planet not once had I ever felt the urge to go to a festival. But this was Glastonbury! I had to go. It was hot when I arrived, and I hadn’t realised it would take me a good 45 minutes to the tent from my car. I was hot, sweaty and had heat exhaustion by the time I arrived at the tent. My friend had already arrived and kindly put it up for us. I was extremely grateful for this. We quickly met and off I headed with a small map in hand. No idea really where I was going. I located the main stage, found some shade and sat down to listen to Janet Jackson. Personally I wasn’t feeling it so headed off on a wander.
As a newbie to festivals I loved it! I had no idea who Stormzy was, or Lizzo or even Slim Thai ( I think that was his name, a rapper who recently was nominated for a Mercury Prize Award. Even though I didn’t know the songs the messages from these guys were soooo powerful! Stormzy had a way of bringing people together through the content of his music, his passion and his drive. Lizzo was all about self love and self beauty. In the crowd we were all telling ourselves I love me, then turning to our neighbours and telling them I love them. Slim Thai organised a mosh pit and at the end told everyone we never leave anyone behind.
I told my friend that I liked how he was channelling his anger in a productive way and that I was pleased our younger people had some inspiring role models. When I said this it did make me feel old! There were so many people there though, different ages from babes in arms to those in their 70’s. They were all connecting through the music at this festival. Not only is it a showcase for musicians and talented artists but it is also a space where you can leave your life behind and escape into a magical world of love, peace and music.
Fast forward a few months and I was lucky enough to attend the very first Dawnlight Festival in North Yorkshire. Nam Prakash Kaur had a vision of bringing people together. Working alongside her four sons, this festival had a completely different feel to it. I can imagine this is what someone who attended the first Glastonbury Festival might have felt. It was magical, special and something that I had never experienced before. There was maybe 100 people there. With workshops on through the day, time for reflection with sharing circles, stunning food and a cafe serving amazing chai lattes, singing and dancing, sometimes impromptu, you felt as if you were part of a loving and supportive community of like minded people.
I arrived on the Friday and instantly felt relaxed with a nice cup of chai latte. Some people had arrived the day before but that didn’t stop them from welcoming me in. The standard greeting was a hug. And sometimes long ones. I attended a Moon Energy Centre workshop held by Nam Prakash. I had never even heard of these before. Men have 1 located on their chin. Women have 11 and we move through these centres every 2.5 days. We did an internal check in as to how we were feeling. I felt sunny and sociable. Later on when I checked which centre I was in, it turned out I was in the clitoris energy, which is sociable! Going through these energy centres every 2.5 days can explain why we can feel so up and down at times.
I didn’t feel as if I needed any healing or massage whilst I was there but if you wanted it there was some on offer. The tantric speed encounter workshop was amazing. It made me realise how little I dance, and I love dancing! We danced silently for the most part, connecting with people and looking in their eyes. Making great eye contact can be a struggle for some at times, but the more we practise the better we get. We paid compliments to others about what we noticed in them and how it made us feel. We learnt to set boundaries by saying no when others asked if we wanted to connect with them.
The atmosphere was extremely energised, especially at the end when it was freestyle dancing to some very energetic music. I bounced on a trampoline with a couple of other ladies until I finally ran out of energy and headed home at 830pm. When I got home rather than checking my phone and switching on the laptop I sat outside under the stars. I saw a shooting star and a baby hedgehog scuttled by.
Spartan Warrior training!
Unfortunately I had prior work commitments on the Saturday but headed back on the Sunday. I bumped into my buddy from the sharing circle on the Friday so we had a cup of tea together. I had spotted on the timetable something called Spartan Warrior Training. After the softness of the workshop on the Friday I felt like I needed something more intense. I wasn’t disappointed. We started off running on the spot. 12 men and 4 women. We then did a short visualisation where we imagined carrying a sword and shield. Tools in life to defend ourselves. We made warrior style sounds coming from deep within and the grunts resonated around the tent. We were split into 2 sides and we had to run towards our partner on hands and feet and back again. Being fairly unfit I adapted my particular posture, mine was more like a monkey running. Whenever the chap in charge shouted Spartan we had to sprint out to a field, bang a drum and back again. There was lots of squatting and hi fiving.
I can imagine these workshops going down well in the workplace to bring everyone together. To say it was intense would be an understatement. My thighs are killing me today. At the end we were hosed down, much needed after an hour session in the heat. Thinking it was finished I grabbed a cup of tea. Some of the guys started wrestling so I sat down to watch. A couple of the ladies had a go. I thought I have never done that before, I’d love a turn. I was paired up with Sarah. Before we started we gave each other a hug. Then…she took me down! I did try as hard as I could to get out of it but she had me. I was exhausted after all this so went and lay in the cool shade of the trees to chat and relax.
After a fairly busy morning I thought I would head to a meditation class led by Jonny and Olivia. It was a beautiful class but I was very distracted in my own mind and kept wanting to laugh at the geese in the next field which sounded as if they were laughing.
When Lisa came to visit
I then attended Ryan’s Playful Mindfulness session. My mind again was distracted but this time I got a shock. A very close friend of mine, Lisa, passed away on my 36th birthday in 2016. I’ve heard very little from her except when she turned up once in a circle and told me off. As I was sat listening to Ryan’s voice I could feel her next to me. She was a very playful character anyway. She brought up some memories and told me some stuff I needed to hear. I left the tent as Ryan was still talking. I knew I couldn’t sit in the space any longer. I walked away sobbing. Thankfully I bumped into Kitty, a beautiful soul, who took me into her tent and calmed me down. For me this was one of the things I loved about this festival. There were a lot of tears, a lot of releasing and processing ‘stuff’ going on in the camp. If you wanted someone to hold you, be present for you, hold the space for you there was plenty of people there to do that.
The closing ceremony involved singing, music and everyone standing together holding hands. A few words were said by Nam Prakash. The connections that were made at this festival, the openness, the honesty, the fun, the laughter, the tears, the authenticity, the friendships will truly stay in my heart and in my soul forever. This festival started with a vision and the reality was in my words? Awesome. Can’t wait for next year!
For more information on the Dawnlight Festival and the Rising Dawn Sanctuary head to their Facebook Page
To join a group of like minded individuals I do run a Facebook group called Consciousness Arising which you can find here https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConsciousnessArising/
I’d love to hear if you have been to any festivals this summer and how you found them?
Boris Johnson and Ladies with Lollies
Channelled piece of writing following this song
What signs & symbols can you look out for?
Feathers often symbolise that Angels are nearby. Pennies can be reminders from loved ones. I’ve also heard of buttons from our dearly departed. But what signs and symbols can you look out for? Why are they important? I am sure many of you would agree that you know what is best for you and you know where your life is headed. I am reminded of the song by Swedish House Mafia, “Don’t you worry, don’t you worry child, cos Heaven’s got a plan for you” We are a small piece of this vast cosmos and even though we do like to think we know best and where we are headed, there can be a bigger plan at work. Bigger than we can often imagine. This is where the Universe signs come in.
I was driving back from Glastonbury last week and the main A road was closed. I got diverted and is often the case all I had to rely on was my sat nav. As I drove along the solitary, single land roads I was questioning if ‘it’ knew where we were going. I had nothing else. No road signs. No maps. I had to trust it. The sun was setting and 2 baby deers ran across my path. Two hares appeared and ran across my path. As I drove slowly along another hare ran alongside my car with me. Note you will have to zoom in. It was on the right hand side!
When the sign appears more than once
Sometimes if we aren’t listening or noticing the signs we see them more than once. I finally got home about 20 minutes later than expected. I thought nothing more of it until a friend posted on her Facebook page that she had been out walking and seen a hare. Bare in mind, I have never in my life seen a hare! I looked up the meaning of it. The basic meaning of it was rebirth. If a hare crosses your path it means prosperity and abundance in the future. Wow that’s cool I thought. A week later I was doing my cards for the week and pulled this card:
Another hare! The message was very similar. A time of rebirth and to see all of the seeds that I have planted to be sown. How cool is that? I have also been craving water over the last couple of weeks. Drinking it and bathing in it. So much so that I went for a full immersive swim in the North Sea last week. Something I have never done before. It felt amazing! It was effing freezing but afterwards I felt tingly and super proud of myself for taking the plunge!
What signs should I look for?
The Universe sends you signs in different forms. Animals, numbers, symbols, people. Several people may mention the same word or name or comment to you. Take note. The Universe has your back and wants to help you forward in the right direction. To live your life on purpose. When we face resistance and have to battle or fight, it can sometimes be because we are going the wrong way, or we aren’t quite ready for it.
Look out for the signs and symbols for you. Look up what they mean and see what message the Universe has for you today! Be open to receiving the signs and they will appear. I’d love to hear what you see so comment below!
I got into an argument with the Universe the other day. I decided I had had enough. I wanted off the spiritual train and wanted a ‘normal’ life. I told it that I didn’t want to be a conduit. I didn’t want to be a messenger. I didn’t want to tell people about all of this ‘out there’ stuff that I have been learning recently.
Who am I that they will listen to me? I don’t want to be the weirdo. The odd one out. The person that people might think has gone slightly crazy. I wanted the learning and knowledge to stop. I felt out of my comfort zone, which I am prone to do. I felt overwhelmed by the knowledge I was gaining. I felt like I couldn’t handle anything else the Universe was throwing at me. I cried. Seriously. Going beyond Reiki and crystals and stepping into this unknown voyage towards multi dimensional beings and life on other planets freaked me out. I had a moment on the stairs whilst I was singing my kids to sleep when I thought, I am such a small part of this world that goes way beyond this earth.
In a nutshell these past few months have seen me learning about different types of multidimensional beings such as Pleidians, Andromedians and Arcturians. I have been guided towards channellers, who communicate with these beings. Watching them is fascinating. Check out Rob Gaulthier on YouTube or Gaia and Barbara Marciniak on YouTube. They both have these interesting voices when they channel. Watching them I wondered who is it I am channeling? When I write following a meditation? I always thought it was the Universe or Source. I have asked but they are yet to answer me. It’s weird, not weird, because when I listen to them and see them, I don’t question their authenticity. I believe what they are saying and the beings they are channelling. Reading Barbara Marciniak’s book “Bringers of the Dawn” was eye opening. As I was reading it I kept saying, “I knew that” or “I said that” AN example being last year I remember telling several people that the word ‘should’ needed to be eradicated from the dictionary. The reason for this? If we stopped saying I should, it would make people feel less guilty for not doing something that they don’t actually want to do, but feel they should based on others expectations. When I was 18 I remember having a conversation at school about how the world began. Was it evolution or the big bang? Neither I replied, we are here as part of an alien experiment. I was being deadly serious. The class laughed.
I can’t stop the path that I am on. I can’t choose to unlearn everything I am learning. I can’t argue with the Universe, well I can and it may hear me BUT I love to share my knowledge with others through writing and speaking. That is my path. I may be able to pause the train sometimes but I have to keep going. If you read this and think I’ve gone crazy that’s fine. I have to speak my truth. And it might sound a bit out there but I chose this path so on I go.
I’d love to hear if you have had any experiences of multidimensional beings. Let me know below!
I recently arrived back from the U.S. I have jetlag, so am currently writing this at 2am. My America trip came about through manifesting. I wrote down on Facebook that I wanted to go over there and 2 weeks later I was invited. I headed out to Denver, Colorado to stay in an Airbnb with Nicole for 4 days. ( I honestly think Airbnb is the new way forward in terms of staying in other countries) On arrival we headed out to Denver Botanical Gardens with another girl staying there, Bella.
During a thunderstorm the three of us were sat under some trees. Nicole started to tell us her story. She was running late on September 11th. As she was on the ferry heading to work she noticed that there was smoke coming from the tower next to where she worked. She thought that maybe a helicopter had clipped the tower. Apparently that was quite common! As she got off the ferry and started walking towards work in her $400 pair of shoes, she noticed what looked like a huge dust cloud. She felt an arm grab hers and turn her around to face the other direction. The next 5 hours were a blur. She somehow made it back onto the ferry, covered in dust and dirt. At the other end she was hosed down. She didn’t know what to do, where to go or even what was happening as all communication was down. A kind elderly gentleman approached her and offered her a cup of tea at his apartment. She went with him. He tried calling her mum several times on the phone, gave her numerous cups of tea, fed her and gave her some clean clothes. As she drove to her mum’s house she said the highway was eerily quiet. What should have been a 10 minute journey took her over 3 hours. Flags started to be hung from apartment windows. She got to her mum’s house who finally told her what had happened. She then went to collect her son from daycare. When she got there there were still children whose parents worked in the towers, who hadn’t yet been collected. She picked up her son and took several other children home with her to look after until their parents came back. The next day she realised she wouldn’t be going back to work. The second tower she was heading towards had collapsed. She didn’t have a job to go back to. She retrained as a teacher and worked for several years in some of the toughest schools. She currently works as a social worker helping homeless ladies and is an online entrepreneur. Hearing her story, I felt sadness but I also felt inspired. She was part of a hugely traumatic event and she decided she wanted to help others. That life wasn’t about owning a pair of $400 shoes. It was about helping others and living life to your fullest.
Whilst in Denver I visited the Molly Brown house Museum. If you have seen Titanic you might remember this character. She was quite loud and formidable in the movie. Born to Irish Catholics in Missouri, she decided to move to Colorado at 18 to live with her siblings. She married James Joseph Brown and had 2 children. Her husband struck gold and they became millionaires overnight. Margaret Brown spent a lot of time giving back to the community. She ran for Senate several times but didn’t get in as women didn’t have the vote at that time. She was instrumental in helping women achieve the vote. Colorado was the first state where women got the vote. She taught herself several languages and was fluent in them. In 1909 James & Margaret signed a separation agreement. In 1912 Margaret Brown was travelling in Egypt when she received a telegram to say her grandson was ill and she needed to get back home. She boarded HMS Titanic. When it began to sink she was annoyed at how few people were in the boats and started telling the crew they needed to fill them. Apparently, two men then picked her up and dropped her 4ft over the edge into a lifeboat. She was with 22 women and 2 men. She told them that in order to survive the night they would all take it in turns to row the boat to keep warm. When RMS Carpathia came to rescue them, all of the passengers in her boat were alive. Once on board she helped translate for the 3rd class passengers and organised a fundraiser for the survivors of the ship. She wrote down the names of the families who were donating money and a list of the families who weren’t. She then left this list in the dining room hall. Eventually those who weren’t donating decided they wanted to and their names were crossed off the list. Margaret Brown raised $10,000 from this. When she arrived back in New York she raised another $10,000 and was made president of the Titanic Survivors Association. She decided quite late in life that she wanted to be an actress and went off to train in drama. She became the actress that she had always wanted to be. In 1932 she passed away in her sleep.
Having visited the house and reading what little I did about her, she came across as a strong and independent woman in her time. A women who wasn’t afraid to rock the apple cart. A woman who spoke her truth, in a time when most didn’t like to hear the truth. A woman who refused to wear a corset and instead took up boxing in her garage! A woman who I believe inspired many and continues to do so to this day. I left the museum feeling inspired. If Molly Brown could do what she did in the early 1900’s what can we do now?
We can speak our truth.
We can rock the apple cart.
We can inspire.
There are even more inspirational stories that came out of the U.S but I’m going to save them and include them in book number 2! Who inspires you? Do you inspire others? I would love to hear your inspirational stories!
Happy World Meditation Day!
I organised my first pop up meditation in the beautiful city of York. I got my dates wrong but it didn’t matter. The sun was shining and we had 54 people turn up. There were 4 guided meditations on offer, so for those who have never meditated before it was a case of sitting and listening to the meditations. We had a variety on offer. I started with a chakra cleanse meditation. This helps people to become aware of their chakras, or energy bodies within and around them.
Jote Prakash from the Rising Dawn Sanctuary then led a meditation based on the breath and Kundalini teachings. We had Katy Garner, the Stress Less specialist, leading a meditation around focusing on a mantra. Julie Wrigley from Smooth Moves Lab then had us standing up and focusing on our bodies and awareness around them. They were all very different meditations which I hope showed people that there is no right or wrong way to meditate. It was the first time I had done a standing up meditation so a new experience for me! The feedback was fabulous and I have been asked to organise another one.
I first sat down to meditate 10 years ago after buying myself a book called Teach yourself to Meditate. I remember reading it then sitting down on the edge of my bed to quiet my mind. After 2 minutes I gave up and threw the book across the room. How was I meant to quiet my mind? I was a manager in a large retail store and would often work 12 hour days. My mind was full of work stuff, me stuff, emotional stuff. There was no way I could do this.
I dabbled in and out of meditating for a few years when I would go to spiritual workshops. It wasn’t until I faced my own challenging time that I realised the importance of meditating. It was my time. 15 or 30 minutes of no distractions, of focusing on my breath, of clearing my mind, of being present and not worrying about what could happen or what had happened in my past. It was mindful and it helped me stay calm. When I learnt Access Bars and had a treatment my mind finally, finally became clearer. It was much easier to sit in silence and appreciate it. I have 2 small children so silence isn’t something that is easy to come by in my house. When we put down our digital devices and spend time breathing and by ourselves it not only brings calm and stillness but it can help bring focus and clarity.
How to Meditate
Just making a start is progress. There are a variety of meditation tools available now which can help. If you look on YouTube there are tons of guided meditations and you might feel overwhelmed. Listen to a few just to see whose voice you like, which ones feel calming for you. You can download Headspace on your phone. I have personally never used this but have heard great things about it. Or if you want to begin with silent meditation start slowly and build yourself up. Meditation is a practise. Spend 5 minutes with your eyes closed just breathing in and out and focusing on your breath. Switch off all distractions, TV, tablets, mobile phones etc. You can do this at home, in the garden, when you are out walking. If you are wearing sunglasses you can sit with you eyes closed on a bench and noone will notice 🙂
The more you spend time out meditating the calmer you will start to feel. Meditation has many benefits including reduced anxiety, gaining clarity, feeling more focused, more present, better sleep. I wish you every success in your meditating journey. Namaste.
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