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Meditation during times of immensely stressful situations – am I turning into a snail?!

So …. once again, a long time since I posted anything. What can I say – it’s sad that when big stuff happens you either get inspired and create through your pain, or turn inwards, like retreating into a shell – and just cope! I have done the former in the past, but when things are too big it is far easier to do the snail thing – and that is where I have been lately – popping my head out every now and then, but more often retreating into my safe shell house!!

However on the plus side, during this on-going stressful time I have completed a Mindfulness Meditation course – very interesting – for a long time I have been aware of and attempted to spend more time in the ‘now’ – or the ‘present moment’ and if you can switch the mind off long enough and really ‘be’ in the moment it does feel ‘special’ and can be very calming. As I have discussed before, our thoughts of the past and the future can totally take us away from actually experiencing what is actually happening in that very moment. Whether it is missing a truly enjoyable moment while too busy planning the next thing, or supressing a very powerful negative feeling to prevent feeling the pain or dealing with the issue.

How does it compare to my normal meditation methods of Creative Visualisation?

Hmmm that has been very different because while ‘visualising pictures or colours’ or ‘changing feelings’ one is still using the mind to do something – it is busy and still ‘doing’ rather than ‘being’! Mindfulness Meditation involves focussing on the breath and returning constantly to the breath (this is the basic Meditation – there are other aspects which involve feeling and sending loving kindness and working on stressful physical and emotional feelings – however ultimately it comes down to constantly bringing thoughts back to the breath). THIS IS SO HARD!!! However once mastered (this could take your whole life – I am 2% of the way there) bringing awareness to the breath and the felt sense (feelings within the body) creates an amazing self-awareness, self acceptance and a healing transformation starts to permeate the mind and body. Every time something hurts whether physical or emotional, bringing ones attention to the feeling and the breath and the present moment helps to heal….amazing…..

Is it helping during my times of immensely stressful situations – YESSSS!! I would highly recommend it!!

p.s I’m not giving up the creative visualisation meditations – they will be back!

Love to all
xx Nicky xx

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Chakra balancing

Hello Hello, fellow bloggers, friends and family!!

Don’t worry I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth! I am busy writing lots of lovely relaxing, uplifting and positive visualisations and meditations, ready to then record and get out here online for you to listen to and feel the benefit of daily relaxation, rebalancing and de-stressing!!

For the time-being, if you want to learn more about your Chakra Energy centres, check out the websites below: if you know of other good ones, let me know!

http://chakraenergy.com/

http://sacredcenters.com/the-chakras/chakra-basics/

Happy days – until next time!
lots of love
Nicky xx

Simply Breathe!

Something we all do as humans is breathe. As focussing on the breath is a main constituent of meditation, it means we can ALL meditate! The simplest, however hardest method of meditation is to focus on the breath and be in a state of ‘no thought’. Because most of us have thoughts running constantly through our minds, it can take perserverance, practice and focus to come to a place of ‘no thought’. However, the more you do it, the easier it gets!

What are the conditions most conducive to meditation?

Everyone is different, but it is important to be somewhere that you won’t be distracted.

Some people like to listen to relaxing music, others prefer not. Apart from music, it’s best to have minimal exterior noises going on.

It is best to be sitting comfortably upright, or lying down. Ensure the upper body is straight so breathing is easy.

Some people like to sit in a particular posture, like the lotus position or half lotus. It is up to you. Comfort is important.

Meditation can take anything from a few minutes to an hour, however most find 10-30 minutes is the amount they can fit into their day and the most beneficial.

  • When you are comfortable and the conditions are just right, take some initial relaxing breaths.
  • Close your eyes and relax into the position you are in.
  • Be aware of the breath entering your nostrils, to the back of your throat and moving down into your lungs. Then follow it’s passage back out again.
  • With every breath, feel your body and mind relax, letting go.
  • Keep your awareness with your breathing, following it in and out, noticing how your ribcage expands and falls.
  • Any time a thought comes into your head, acknowledge it, don’t judge it, let it go and bring your awareness back to your breath.
  • Have an awareness of your body and mind relaxing even more on every breath.
  • If you like, you can have a sense of your breath moving up and down your body, following it up as you breathe in and down as you breathe out.
  • If thoughts come in, let them go again and follow your breath up and down your body.
  • Continue for as long as you want. When you want to return to consciousness, hold over your naval, take a nice deep breath into that area and open your eyes when you are ready.
  • Enjoy and until next time!
    lots of love
    Nicky xxx

    Accessing the Power Within YOU

    Many of us go through life feeling frustrated and unhappy due to feeling a ‘lack’ of something. We often see the problem being down to needing more of something from someone, or a solution from outside of ourselves, whether it is more love, more appreciation, more success, more fulfilment, more motivation, more confidence, more trust.

    What are you NOT experiencing in your world that you want to experience?
    What are you NOT getting from the people around, your job, your life, that you feel you deserve?
    What would make you feel happier and more content and at peace?

    The wonderful thing is that we can CREATE these feelings for ourselves, we are incredible creative beings and are capable of giving ourselves everything that we need to be happy and content.

  • Find a quiet place to sit or lie down listening to relaxing music.
  • Take some nice deep breaths and feel your body relax and let go of any tension.
  • Spend a few moments thinking about what you feel you are missing from your life right now.
  • Once you have decided what it is (best to stick with one at a time), just be aware of it and acknowledge it.
  • Take your awareness to your breath and follow the rise and fall of your abdomen as you breathe in and out.
  • For the next 4 breaths, when you breath out, squeeze as much air out of your lungs, using your rib muscles to assist with this. Notice the breath in becomes much longer as you draw more air into your lungs.
  • Return to normal breathing and get a sense of a tingling vibration throughout all your cells.
  • Your cells are now creating, bring the awareness of the positive feeling you want to experience into all your cells, saying the word over to yourself.
  • As you repeat it, see this feeling growing and multiplying, growing and multiplying within all your cells, filling your body entirely.
  • You are now brimming with this feeling, it is overflowing out of your body and completely surrounding you like a bubble.
  • Have the intention to stay tuned to these feelings from now on and say it as an affirmation to yourself: ‘I am filled with …….
  • When you are ready, come back to the room, open your eyes and notice how much better you feel.
  • It is beneficial and reinforcing to repeat this for 21 days. You can add other positive feelings you wish to bring into your experience using the same exercise.

    Good luck and enjoy!
    Until next time
    lots of love
    Nicky xxxxx

    Coming soon as MP3 recording.
    © Meditation Moments. Nicky Minter 2013.

    All you need is ‘YOU’

    Much of the time we look for comfort, love, fulfilment and happiness from experiences outside of ourselves. Unaware that actually we can create ALL of the feelings and experiences that we wish for within ourselves, we are a whole universe of every feeling that ever was and ever will be – waiting to be tapped into.

    Fair enough… to experience LIFE … to be part of LIFE, rather than a hermit living in a cave, we interact with people, with nature, with everything going on in this planet, and can gain much happiness from the experiences we have. However, if our LIFE situation is such that we aren’t feeling loved, we aren’t experiencing positive things, we aren’t feeling appreciated or valued, it IS POSSIBLE to go inside ourselves and tap into the energy of positive feelings and create them for ourselves.

    Check out this relevant parable from the start of Eckhart Tolle’s book ‘The Power of Now’:

    “A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. ‘Spare some change?’ mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap. ‘I have nothing to give you,’ said the stranger. Then he asked: ‘What’s that you are sitting on?’ ‘Nothing,’ replied the beggar. ‘Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.’ ‘Ever looked inside?’ asked the stranger. ‘No,’ said the beggar. ‘What’s the point? There’s nothing in there.’ ‘Have a look inside,’ insisted the stranger. The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.

    I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere evern closer: inside yourself. ‘But I am not a beggar,’ I can hear you say: Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfilment, for validation, security or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”

    Follow my next blog for a meditation to help you tap into The Power of ‘You’.

    Until next time!
    lots of love
    Nicky xxx

    Achieving Goals and Fulfilment in your Day!

    How many times do we wake up with a whole list of things to do – goals we want to achieve, and then the day happens and by the end of it we have been distracted, mis-directed, indecisive or confused? The day ends and we feel unfulfilled and frustrated.

    We may not always know exactly what our goals are, or many of them may be general chores, work-related, some may be deeper life direction plans, whatever they are, you know that it feels better at the end of your day when it feels like it has been purposeful!!

    Early in the day or any time you feel confused.com, it can be really helpful to spend a few moments connecting to your wisdom and truth and set an intention for your day. Here’s a visualisation to try:

  • Find a relaxing place to sit or lie, listening to music if you wish and close your eyes.
  • Take some nice relaxing breaths and follow your breath, relaxing and releasing any tension from your body and mind.
  • Now place your left hand over your heart and your right hand over your naval.
  • Breathe into these two areas feeling the connection between the two. Keep them here for the duration of this visualisation.
  • Say the statement to yourself ‘My intention is to have a fulfilling and enjoyable day’. Breathe with that for a moment.
  • Then say ‘I am connecting to my wisdom, clairty and truth’ and breathe with that for a moment.
  • Then say the statement ‘I am having a fulfilling and enjoyable day’.
  • Now see an image of yourself at the end of your day, and how you would look and feel when you have achieved your goals.
  • So you may see yourself as calm, relaxed, relieved, excited, happy and fulfilled.
  • Now bring that image and those feelings into your body and experience those feelings as if your fulfilled day has already happened. Breathe with that for a moment, connecting the feelings throughout your whole body.
  • When you are ready, open your eyes and start your day with purpose! If appropriate write down your ideas for your day ahead, make a list, a plan and then just DO IT and ENJOY IT!!
  • You will now find that you feel purpose and fulfilment in everything you do, even the mundane things!

    Happy achieving!
    Until next time
    lots of love
    Nicky xxxx

    Inner Guidance and Peace

    Are you following what your heart and soul really desires? Or are you distracted by busy lives and a crammed mind? Do you feel overwhelmed and stressed and in need of some inner guidance and peace? Maybe you have the intention to meditate, but you forget or you don’t make it a priority?

    There is so much written on these subjects now with many wonderful books, movies and trainings, teaching you how to align to your purpose in life, encouraging you to release your stress and feel various enlightened emotions, so I urge you to read, read and read.

    However, what I am offering you here is a SIMPLE experiential way to connect daily to your inner peace and guidance through Relaxation and Meditation.

    In due course you will recieve recorded MP3 meditations daily, reminding you to make that connection every day with your inner self, intuition, your heart and your soul, enabling you to feel a greater sense of DIRECTION, FULFILMENT, HAPPINESS and PEACE with yourself and life.

    For now, follow my regularly updated suggestions to start this journey connecting with your inner knowledge and calm, or for those of you already on this journey – it’s a gentle reminder to keep connecting to stay true to yourself.

  • Find a quiet place and make yourself comfortable. Listen to relaxing music if you like.
  • Follow your breath as it enters and leaves your body, continue doing this for some moments, bringing your attention back to your breath.
  • As you breathe feel relaxation flowing through your body, and feel all your muscles and any tension releasing.
  • Take your attention to your naval area. Imagine a yellow light there and in that light is the word PEACE.
  • Keep saying the word ‘PEACE’ and as you do feel the yellow light expanding and expanding and filling your whole body.
  • You feel filled with PEACE. Stay with that for as long as feels appropriate.
  • Allow that yellow light to surround your whole body, have the intention that it is supporting and protecting you.
  • When you are ready, bring your attention back to your naval, open your eyes and enjoy the Calm and Peace you feel.
  • I hope you enjoy. Until next time!
    lots of love
    Nicky xxx

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    © Meditation Moments. Nicky Minter 2013.