Meditation – a Key Self-Mastery Practice

There are many reasons for maintaining a meditative practice. Taking time out to still your mind is essential for your health. During meditation you nourish, cleanse and re-energise yourself. Meditation is your time to go within and tune into your intuitive inner guidance. You can clear yourself of your day, cut cords, practice peace-making and let go of the issues on the mind. During meditation you set your intentions for the day, the week and the month ahead of you. That way, you run your own life in a magical and powerful way. Meditation is your time of creation, restoration, healing, connection and inner-tuition. This month we start a series of new meditation courses. So why would you want to join this simple practice of just sitting still?

Why is Meditation so Important?

Too often people say they are too busy to meditate. In fact, the busier you are, the more you need meditation. If you’re constantly on the go, most likely it’s stressful in ways that are obvious and not so obvious. Mental and physical stress over time can lead to health conditions such as:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Digestive problems
  • Emotional imbalances
  • Various bodily ailments

Integrating meditation into your schedule can be an investment in your health. The benefits are life changing. You may take for granted your own ability to heal, and by reconnecting to yourself in this way, you can ignite some of the magic within. The nervous system calms down and the mind and body restores itself.

The Many Benefits of Meditation

Studies have found that meditation is a fantastic resource for reducing stress and increasing happiness. Meditation has proven to:

  • Relieve depression
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Reduce anger
  • Enhance self-awareness
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Energise you through focused breathing
  • Speed up healing of any illness
  • Sharpen your attention and concentration
  • Improve memory
  • Help you to sleep better
  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Improve productivity and creativity at work
  • Bring insight and wisdom
  • Align body, mind and soul
  • Cultivate calm, compassion and empathy
  • Help us enjoy more satisfying, positive, harmonious relationships with others
  • Make positive changes in the brain, increasing neural networks related to well-being.

Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hansen is a useful resource that draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate and strengthen your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth.The author explains how you can activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger through mindfulness and meditation.

People who meditate regularly:

  • Have more energy and awareness
  • Are generally happier with their lives
  • Are more compassionate and empathetic
  • Are more caring and feel connected to others.

Meditation can save us money. How?

  • It’s easy and can be done anywhere
  • It can help overcome addictions
  • It helps develop healthy lifestyles.

Time to Meditate

The length of meditation is not as important as the discipline of a regular practice. If you only have five minutes, that is fine. You will still benefit. Every time you tap into the stillness within, you bring some of that peace with you into your day. People who meditate actually experience that they create more time in their lives. How is that possible? Well, when you’re rushed or stressed, you don’t think clearly and you end up making mistakes and doing things twice. When you’ve invested in stillness, your mind is clearer, you are able to work more efficiently, you have more energy and you think more creatively.

Over time, you may find yourself naturally enjoying longer meditations.

How do I Meditate?

There are many enjoyable ways to meditate:

  • Reflection – reflecting on your day to gain wisdom.
  • Daydreaming – just letting the mind wander, make new connections and create fresh ideas.
  • A mindful walking meditation – being in your senses, listening to the bird songs.
  • Breathing – just sitting and breathing
  • Stillness – doing nothing for a while.

Transformational Meditations

In my line of work, meditation is a therapeutic, healing and personal development tool. Over the years I have developed powerful transformational meditations for healing, energising, empowerment, manifesting/creating, enhancing intuition, promoting wholeness and connecting with your inner guidance.

I incorporate these in my work, my books and meditation courses. This month we are starting new series of meditation courses. Join us now and experience the amplified effect of group meditation. It’s so powerful and transformational it will change your life and your world for the better right from the first session. Visit the Events Calendar for full details.

Resources

Meditations:
Listen to Guided Meditations 

Meditation Courses Starting this Month:
Lifting the Veils of Illusion, Preston
Self-Mastery, Lancaster
Self-Mastery, Preston

Books:
The Foundations of Mastery, 12 Steps to a Fulfilled Life
Lifting the Veils of Illusion, 7 Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment 

Living Fully



I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Autumn. Autumn is a great time for slowing down and reflecting, coming into the moment, wakening the senses to the beauty around us during this glorious golden season. Make this a time to invest in your own health: Physically, mentally and emotionally. This is a time for self-care and there is so much you can do for yourself.

Slow Down

Our continuous busy-ness can create stress and overthinking. Our minds become cluttered, forgetful and confused. Taking time to just be, can be very nourishing and refreshing. It is like a reset for the mind and brings much needed clarity. With the left thinking brain quieting, the right creative brain can open up. Daydreaming is a great way of just being. As you daydream, you just follow the natural trail of your thoughts as they flow into new creative ideas and perspectives. In the relaxed state of daydreaming, the mind opens up to the subtlety of intuition, inspiration and inner wisdom – the seat of creativity.

Letting go

Autumn is a season for letting go. Just as the house needs a declutter, so does the mind. Let go emotionally, of any unsettling emotional feelings and mentally, of all excessive thoughts. Set the intention to let it go, much like the trees let go of their leaves right now. Releasing brings relief and makes space for joy to return.

Let go of the need to control too. A major source of suffering is wanting things ‘my way’. Everything happens for your own learning and growth. Let go of the importance of other people’s opinions too. They are just opinions, not truths. When you attach too much value to their opinions, you are giving your power away. Liberate yourself from others’ opinions and give yourself the permission to just be your true self. That brings freedom and happiness.

Mindfully

Present moment awareness is a great mastery practice. Most people go through life and their daily routine in a trance, asleep, unaware, on automatic pilot. When we are present in the moment, we are truly alive and awakened.

Living Your Life to the Full

Bonnie Ware, a palliative care nurse in Australia, routinely asked her patients about their regrets. In her book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, she records the following common regrets:

  1. I wish I’d dared to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me (pursuing your own dreams).
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard (work-life balance).
  3. I wish I’d dared to express my feelings (honouring and expressing your feelings positively impacts your health and happiness).
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends (personal connections make life meaningful).
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier (happiness is a choice regardless of circumstances).

Open up to the magic of life this November by enjoying the simple things in life. Get out, join the spirit of nature, kick some leaves, refresh and brighten up your own spirit. Meet up with friends, express your feelings and welcome joyful and happy moments into your life.

Resources

7 Holistic Self-Care Practices for the darker nights
Meditation: Loving Kindness in Autumn
Meditation: Gratitude Mindfulness Meditation
Plan ahead, book your space on our Meditation Courses starting Spring next year.
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