Do you feel more connected to the world “out there” than to your own inner self and your own inner wisdom? Is your attention always engaged with your computer, your smart phone or the wants and needs of others? Do you fear being alone with your thoughts and feelings and distract yourself constantly?
In our culture, we are so often taught to measure our worth by what we are doing and how busy we are. We are also taught that our negative feelings should be avoided. We are rarely encouraged to just be and allow ourselves to connect with our body and our emotions. However, taking time to simply be is how we touch into the part of us that is greater than our limited ideas of ourselves as individuals who have to do to be okay.
If you feel like you are stuck on a treadmill and you can’t get off, if you are not sleeping well, feeling stressed (due to health issues or life circumstances), are searching for a more conscious connection to the source of your being, God or true nature, or simply want more happiness, contentment and peace in your life, mindfulness meditation can help.
So, what is mindfulness meditation? It is simply the moment-to-moment being with whatever is arising for you without judgment, without getting caught up in the story your mind is telling you. It is an ongoing deepening into this moment, the only moment that you’ll ever have. Being truly present to what is present allows you to tap into inner resources that can transform this moment from something you want to escape from to a place of nurturing and support.
You can get a little taste of it right now. Just for a moment suspend all thought as you look around you. Notice that you don’t need thinking to take in the colors and shapes that come to you through your eyes. It can all be seen in a space of non-judgmental awareness. The red is no better or worse than the green, the round shape no better or worse than the square one. Notice any sounds in the same way, seeing how you don’t need to have an opinion about them to simply hear them.
Now bring you attention to your breath and let is be just as it is while letting your thoughts come and go without attaching to them. If your attention gets caught up in your thinking, gently bring it back to the breath, again and again without judgment. Try this for a few minutes and simply notice what happens.
If you want to learn more, come to one of my Mindfulness Circles here at Nourishing Journey or check out my website at www.letgoofyourstories.com for all of my offerings that can help you bring more peace, acceptance and clarity to your life.
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A good, hard laugh does more than just make you feel good. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces your level of cortisol, your body’s stress hormone. In addition, laughing increases endorphins, your body’s natural pain killers. Laughing even activates T cells, an important component of your body’s immune system. And get this — it can even tone your abs!
It’s really not so hard to make yourself laugh. Have you ever begun laughing just because someone else is laughing even though you had no idea why they were laughing? This is because laughing is contagious. So one way to make yourself laugh is to seek out other people who are laughing or even a video of other people laughing. Or you can look at silly cartoons or caricatures. You can also read a funny book or a comic strip. Have you ever tried a “stare-down” with another person to see who laughs first? It doesn’t take long for both people to burst out laughing. If all else fails, you can just try forcing out a laugh in a physical way — sometimes this is the jumpstart you need to start the laughs rolling. There doesn’t have to be a reason for the laughter. Just let it happen.
Of course there are times when a situation we are experiencing is so serious that we need to allow ourselves time to grieve our losses and heal emotionally. But even then, we may need a “break” from our seriousness. Humor can be a very effective coping technique that gives our bodies a reprieve from the stress we experience when we encounter difficult times. And like crying, laughing is cathartic, purging us of emotions that can overwhelm us when suppressed for too long.
So next time things are get too serious, don’t hesitate to lighten up with a good belly laugh. It’ll do you good!
I know this has been a rough year and the last few days have been very difficult for many. I’d like to offer a (hopefully helpful and very humble) spiritually based perspective… an approach in dealing with these times of intense 3-D polarity to find our way to internal peace. Take it or leave it – I just hope it helps in some way.
Why focus on internal peace instead of the external situation? Internal peace spreads into external peace when those around us learn to follow our example. When we hold that energy, it provides space and permission for others to do the same.
I was in meditation about all of this, and a vision of a wave came to me. As I analyzed the wave, I observed that the wave could be really great if we are riding on top and seeing all of the beauty and the bigger picture of all-that-is. Compassion and wisdom thrive in that space.
I also noticed that if we are pulled into the undertow of that wave, it can get chaotic, confusing and difficult very quickly and then it takes everything we have to keep from drowning. This is where our limited earthly 3-D perspectives and judgments rule our experience.
Do you ever wonder how other really wonderful people can have such dramatically different points of view? Well, it’s because we have all had very different experiences and have individual perspectives. Literally, no two people see the world exactly the same way. Some perspectives are more extreme than others, but they are all just points of view… mine, yours, theirs… we are creating a group consciousness that has become quite chaotic. This is because we are putting our collective and individual energies into the undertow.
The word undertow means: any strong current below the surface, moving in a direction different from that of the surface current. Higher consciousness, compassion and peace flow in one direction on the surface, and that which prevents it flows in the undertow.
I truly believe that tough things happen for a deep and ultimately beautiful purpose. Chaos is sometimes necessary to spur growth and healing, and it seems that the more healing we need, the more chaos is needed to stimulate that healing. It doesn’t mean that we need to get caught up in the undertow of the chaos and we certainly don’t need to add energy to it. We can keep putting our energies to the surface and rise above the chaos the best we can, helping others to do the same.
So, I encourage everyone to take a look at ways in which you are being caught in the undertow. How are you responding to this chaos? Are you adding chaotic energy by swimming in the under-current or are you helping to neutralize the chaos by rising to the surface? We all have triggers on some level – pay attention to your triggers. That is what needs healing inside of you. This life seems to be more about what the triggers are bringing up to heal than it is about the trigger itself. And, now is the perfect time for this healing to occur for and within all of us.
Let me know if I can help in any way – I am here for you. Energy work is a powerful way to heal the triggers that are being experienced. Meditation and exercise are also helpful, depending on how you prefer to process things. Remember, the undertow doesn’t have to control you.
Reiki is a beautiful modality that can affect your life in so many ways. Jim experienced profound peace with Reiki! How can Reiki help you?
Have you ever used clay to detox? Dr. Mark Sircus discusses how to use clay to reduce toxicity in the body. Clay can be used internally as a supplement to absorb toxins or externally to pull them out through your skin. At Nourishing Journey, I am always suggesting the use of clay to my clients.
When used externally, it softens the skin and pulls toxins out of the body without putting stress on the liver and kidneys. When taken internally, it acts like a sponge to grab toxins and take them out of the body. I have had clients tell me that clay has expelled parasites, cleared up skin issues, helped with speech and learning in children, and improved results of heavy metal toxicity tests. What could clay do for you?
Anyone ready to get muddy?