Connect with your body and feel it come alive.

Connect to your body and feel it come alive.

  Most of us seem to be very connected to external devices and very disconnected from ourselves. We have aversion to any discomfort, looking for an instant fix rather than investigating and finding the cause. Discomfort and small amounts of pain are good as it tells us something isn’t right, if we care to listen that is. A headache might mean we need some water or a stretch or some fresh air before we pop a pill or two. If something doesn’t feel right, it usually isn’t. The body doesn’t lie; it’s screaming for attention for a reason and meditation … Continue reading

Don’t be afraid to tell people you love them.

Don't be fraid to tell someone you love them.

Tell people you love them, tell them often. Tell you partner, your family, your friends, your pets. Tell them just because. It might just make their day and it will definitely make yours. Say it, send a quirky postcard or a beautiful card, send a text, leave a love note for your nearest and dearest, make a rap, a rhyme or a video, be creative, make it fun and from the heart. It’s coming up to two years since one of my best and closest friends of more than 20 years, took her own life. For a woman who wrung … Continue reading

5 things you need for a Mindfulness Practice

5 things you need for a Mindful Practice

Intention Presence Awareness Kindness Compassion Mindfulness requires intention, presence, awareness, kindness and compassion and there are a lot of ways to cultivate these qualities. Intention is an aim or a plan to do something and it is the spark for the flame. Awareness means you notice the distracting thoughts, feelings and emotions as they come into your mind and you consciously and gently, bring your focus back to the current moment. Presence is exactly that, present in body and mind. Set aside some time each day to practice being Mindful. It might be eating breakfast, your commute to work or … Continue reading

Why I meditate – meditation is something I can do for me.

  Meditation is something I can do for me. It doesn’t cost me anything, I can do it anywhere at anytime and the benefits are numerous. I started at a time when I was very stressed and mole hills were quickly turning into mountains. I knew I had to do something and a drop in meditation class, it was called deep relaxation back then, came along and off I went. That was the best thing I ever did and I was very lucky that the first class had a huge impact on me. I felt so good that I was … Continue reading

What is Mindfulness and how does it help you?

what is mindfulness and what are the benefits

  “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn I think of mindfulness as being in the moment, being aware of what I’m doing and what I’m thinking.  It’s so easy to slip into autopilot mode and eat, work, sleep, repeat, day in, day out and what do you know, you can’t remember what you had for dinner last night. I don’t want life to pass me by. “It’s the not the Destination, It’s the journey.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson How hard can it be? Well, it is hard to … Continue reading

Positive Thinking versus Mindfulness and Mindset

Why positive thinking doesnt always work and mindfulness and mindset does.

I used to be a positive thinker, setting goals and reciting positive affirmations over and over and that was great … for a while. Positive thinking can only get you so far. Vipassana Meditation or Mindfulness has helped me to embrace living life in the moment – all the moments. Vipassana means to see things as they really are. Negative thoughts, feelings and emotions don’t decompose when I bury them, they keep coming back like a sticky fly that won’t go away. Trying to change them into something positive and wonderful is denying my natural humanity. It’s normal to have … Continue reading

3 ways to connect, say thanks and feel great!

sayimg thank you in a busy world

1.   Say thanks and give praise where its due, make sure you mean it 2.  Acknowledgment and exchanging a smile can really brighten someone’s day. 3.  Go higher. Pass complimentary comments up the corporate ladder and tell management                                                      by phone or email, hopefully it filters back down.   Last week I had three interactions at three different counters in the same Department Store and each one was great. All three women were friendly … Continue reading

Is selfcare selfish?

self care- looking after myself

SELF-care is really important and it’s our responsibility to look after our SELF and there is absolutely nothing SELF-ish about doing this. We have 4 bodies. We have an Emotional Body, a Spiritual Body, a Physical Body and a Mental Body and these bodies can require different care at different times. This is a good time to use our inherent intuition and feel into and honor our bodies wants, needs and desires. It doesn’t take much to reboot our bodies but ignoring the signals for too long can lead to ill health and exhaustion in our whole body. When my … Continue reading

Gratitude

Just a few weeks ago I was brushing my teeth and I felt very grateful that I am able to clean my teeth, every day, in clean running water in the privacy of my own bathroom. I began to think that this simple thing that I take for granted would be a luxury for some. People in war torn countries, refugees and homeless people right here on the streets in my city, might not be able to clean their teeth every day. This basic task, that I have taken for granted for so long, got me thinking that there is … Continue reading

The Fine Art of Detachment

Have you ever flicked through a magazine or surfed the TV channels and nothing is grabbing your attention? This is non-identification. Identification is when something grabs your attention, you watch a show for a few minutes and suddenly you are hooked until the end or the graphic or title in the mag strikes a chord and you read the entire article. Social psychology studies show that it takes approximately 30 seconds for someone meeting you for the first time to form an opinion on your character and abilities. “People will love you, people will hate you, and none of it … Continue reading