MINDFUL PRACTICES TO BOOST ENERGY

I’m tired, I have no energy, I’m not sleeping well, are common       complaints from mothers and the 48+ female demographic. As strange as it sounds, keeping energy levels high is a priority to combat lethargy. Regular exercise for body and brain definitely improve the quality of sleep. Our bodies are designed to move and moving keeps the energy flowing. “Where energy flows, life flows.” The bodies lymphatic system transports lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. Unlike the heart or the lungs the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump and its movement that keeps the … Continue reading

Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness for body and mind.

Definition of restorative adjective – having the ability to restore health, strength, or well-being.  noun – a thing that restores health, strength, or well-being, especially a medicine or drink. Life is a degenerative condition, we wear out in body and mind and that’s just the way it is. In the Western world hips, knees, the back neck and shoulders seem to be the most common problems that aging bodies face. These problems don’t happen overnight, it’s an accumulation of bad posture and neglect and then one day some simple movement is the straw that breaks the camel’s back! Then once the damage … Continue reading

MINDFULNESS Q&A with SARAH DUNCAN

This month I’m delighted to interview Sarah Duncan. Sarah is a writer,travel blogger and online blog course creator who spends some of her time here in Queensland and a lot of her time travelling in Colombia. Sarah’s travel blog Sarepa.com has recently been named Favourite  Expat Travel Blog by Flight Center UK! how fantastic is that! I’m very appreciative that Sarah could take the time to share with us how she fits Mindfulness into her busy life.  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a writer, travel blogger and a closet reality TV watcher from Brisbane. I’ve spent … Continue reading

MEDITATION FAQs and ANSWERS

MY mind is too busy to Meditate. Yes and??? We all have busy minds, that’s an excuse not a reason. The object of Meditation is to observe the thoughts, watch them like clouds moving across the sky, we aren’t trying to stop the thoughts. Picture a snow globe, give it a good shake and see the glitter floating around. This image is a good scenario for a busy mind. Over time just like the glitter the thoughts in your mind will slow down and settle. I don’t have time to meditate. Make time. Get up 15 mins earlier, forgo that … Continue reading

Mindful Reading – Sex, Drugs and ….

Reading is a wonderful! Weather you read for information or pleasure it can be a mindful practice. It improves comprehension, vocabulary and imagination. Does reading improve spelling? That seems to be debatable. Why is reading mindful? Reading is a mindful practice because it keeps your attention in the moment, it’s hard to think of other things if you are engrossed in what you are reading. If your attention is wandering then whatever you are reading hasn’t engaged you. This happens to me when I’m reading a boring non fiction book or manual and it is good mindful practice to bring my attention back to … Continue reading

Mindfulness and the Year of the Monkey

Kung hei fat choy! The Chinese New Year is looming and 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. It is a Yang Fire year so there will be plenty of spark, action and excitement around. This cheeky animal is very intelligent, bursting with exuberance and strong minded. The term a monkey mind is often used by meditation teachers and students to describe an active, energetic mind that jumps from thought to thought. We all have busy minds, thoughts continually come and go, and it is normal and natural. We give these thoughts life by holding onto them, usually thoughts from … Continue reading

MINDFUL RELATIONSHIPS and a happy family life.

Being a mother is a big gig! Once a mother always a mother and its hard work juggling life and constantly changing caps. Mother, wife, friend, daughter, worker, boss, chef, problem solver and the list goes on and on… Mindfulness is beneficial to all aspects of life and there is nothing more important than being with your family. Life is busy and it’s hard to find the time for relationships, that’s for your husband or partner, friends, children, family and yourself. People say the same thing about meditation, “I don’t have time.” Well, make the time. A small investment of … Continue reading

MINDFULNESS and CH-CH-CHANGES

Such sad news last week with the passing of two incredibly creative people. First David Bowie and then Allan Rickman. Two people who lived a life doing what they loved. I didn’t know that either of them had cancer. David Bowie’s music is immortal and so are the roles that Allan Rickman made his own. Every year around Christmas I watch “Love Actually” and his performance as Severus Snape bought the character life. With my family I have watched the Harry Potter movies over and over and over again. I thought these men would live forever and they will through … Continue reading

WHY CAN’T YOU PRACTICE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION?

I hear plenty of reasons why people can’t meditate and most of these are excuses not reasons. Here are the most common reasons I hear and why they aren’t valid. I don’t have time – Everyone seems to be in a hurry and there is no time for anything. Here’s the thing, make time. 15 mins a day is all you need, step away from devices for 15 mins, get up 15mins earlier or go to bed fifteen minutes earlier. The key to having a successful meditation practice is consistency so make it a regular 15 minutes. Like anything repetition … Continue reading

MAKING MINDFULNESS EASY

“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. I don’t want life to pass me by. 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. How hard can it be? Well, it is hard to be fully in the moment. We live in a hectic world where … Continue reading