Mindful Meditation is the new phrase for the ‘Wellness Age’ which you probably see in the media, what is this ‘Mindful Meditation’ about? Is this something, that is an enigma or mystique, only for a Yogi in the Himalaya mountains to do, or a Buddhist monk in Tibet?
The good news is, there is nothing of an enigma around mindful meditation practise, it is actually accessible to everyone, from any age, in any place and any where in the world. It is a practise that has been around for many years, it has an origin, not just from India, China or Tibet, but also from the Indian tribes in North America, to Siberia and tribes in South America and Africa. The only difference, besides the location, is they used a different way of practicing mindful meditation.
So what is mindful meditation exactly? It simply helps the mind to destress and bring you to the present moment by focusing on your breath, either seated in a quiet place on your own or going for a walk in nature, to relax and calm the mind & body. This can be done from 10 minutes up to 1 hour.
Here are my top ten health benefits of Mindful Meditation:
- Quietens & de stresses the mind
- Helps with concentration and clarity
- Improves oxygen to the brain
- Improves blood circulation
- Relaxes the body and mind
- Can be energising
- Helps with improving our health & wellbeing
- Helps to connect us to nature
- Increases our focus
- Improves relationship with ourselves and people around us
Enjoy your mindful meditation practise, be patient with yourself and you will notice the health benefits, it takes at least 21 days to notice the benefits.
To find out more about mindful meditation and Mindful Meditation Wellness retreats coming up in 2019 contact me at: email@example.com
-Enjoy! words written by, Colleen Lifestyle Coaching
We are in a fast paced modern world, where the more ‘stuff’, more ‘things’ we surround ourselves with, the more we tend to feel a comfort, security or need, desire to accumulate more. However, the mere perception that to posses all these material objects, gives us a long lasting bliss and sense of security is an illusion.
The word ‘minimalism’ is nowadays not just an ancient teaching from Zen monks in the mountains, meditating, it’s becoming more of a ‘lifestyle’ a way of life, to many of us in our modern day world. There are huge benefits to attaining a ‘more is less’ mindset and lifestyle.
Less clutter in our lives, makes things more manageable, really, you agree?
Here I share with you the top 10 tips on the benefits of potentially considering more (ironically) minimalism in your every day life:
- Less objects to manage and move about in your home, your daily hand bags included
- Makes traveling far more easier, travel light, try it out!
- Creating more ‘space’ in your life, clears the mind, focus
- Clearing the old, pass it on, or recycle your objects, very therapeutic
- Clothing and wardrobe, if not worn in ages, years, pass it on, recycle, you shall feel ‘lighter’ for it
- Bring nature back into your home, replace green leafy plants instead of lots of unused furniture
- Easier to manage for dusting, cleaning your home environment, office space included
- Adds a freshness and openness to an environment less cluttered
- Letting go of old things, you no longer need, letting go of the past, to move forwards
- Less is More, it is about quality not quantity, right?
If you can relate to one or two of these top 10 points, then perhaps you can give it a go, minimalism has many benefits and has a positive impact on our health & wellbeing. Including contributing towards a more environmental awareness, by recycling our things, not longer in use.
The Art of Minimalism, can be that easy to do!
– words written by Colleen, Lifestyle Coaching
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Top Five Tips for a Digital Detox:
- Unplug for 2 hrs in the evening to unwind
- Put aside smartphones and iphones in another room, for X1hr chill out break
- Be more ‘present’ with family, friends, pets and loved ones by switching phone off at certain times of the day i.e. during meal time. Agree with friends family all do the same when together.
- Read a book and finish the novel within a time frame
- Meditate before sleep time and not look at your phone, social media etc, to have peaceful night sleep
To find out more on DIGITAL DETOX, see my coaching sessions for doing a personalized Digital Detox, to set you in the right direction!
At times we all need to unplug and be in the quiet silence, being present and reconnect to nature and ourselves.
DIGITAL DETOX 101 –
Unplug Technology Detox, X3 Day On Line De Stress the mind, revitalize, body & spirit:
- Unplug from your digital devices, mobile phone, social media etc, to de stress
- Mindful Meditation for Detox, Clarity and Focus
- Qigong Exercises
- Nutrition & Cleanse
- Skills for Self Empowerment
- How to use the skills for long term
- x3 hours of Lifestyle Coaching sessions with Colleen
DETOX DE STRESS, RETREAT Online X3 Days includes:
- De stress Management
- Mindful Meditation
- Nutrition, Cleanse
- Qigong Exercises
- Time Management
- Skills for Self Empowerment
- x3 hours of Health Coach sessions
During my travels and past life of working within a corporate sector of stock market and financial sector of business, one thing is very apparent. Stress can be the biggest issue and health problem to manage, we forget the biggest investment of our wealth is our health. Without this, our health, we cannot possibly function with efficiency in our every day lives.
Where can we begin to manage our stress levels, so this doesn’t have a negative impact on our health? We are living in an era, where everything is vastly faster, communication, technology, work, business, we are required to keep up with the fast pace of our modern society, to the point of burn out. Yet, the last point we often address, is our health, mental and physical.
“Your Biggest Wealth Is Your Health”
I believe a preventative is better than having to cure an illness.
The top ten hot tips, suggestions, for guidance to maintain your health and well being – (these are just my suggestions, to reflect upon),
- Meditation approx 15 minutes per day
- Exercise at least X3 per week at 45 min per session
- Daily intake included in your food of organic fresh fruit and vegetables
- Drink at least one and a half litre’s of water per day
- Express the act of gratitude daily
- Travel to a place or destination outside of your comfort zone on your own, for a couple of days, take time out, to get a fresh perspective on things
- Write your thoughts down in a journal to express yourself
- Learn a second language at least conversational, to connect with another culture through language
- Surround yourself with people who uplift you, not pull you down, detox the people who bring you down and you feel negative arround
- Spend regular time and solitude in nature and observe the calmness and stillness
Enjoy and hopefully these health tips will give you a clearer and positive perspective towards your health and well being!
Colleen is a Health Coach, she has consulted clients internationally on a personal basis and within corporate companies, to motivate and guide people towards a self empowering and positive change for their personal health and well being.
For an introduction consultation and to book sessions with your Health Coach, Colleen:
Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: +33 972 65 39 93 (Paris, France)
We looking forward to hearing from you.
“Food is thy medicine” – Hippocrates.
We are presently living in a fast pace society, time becomes an illusion, we are constantly, chasing the future into the tomorrow, or remembering a nostalgia of our past history.
The ‘present’ is where we are, in essence, living, breathing, becoming, creating, expanding, growing, learning, in motion ‘being’. Once we begin to trust and be more in the space of being ‘present’ we become ‘in tune’ to ourselves, connected to our internal and external world. Artists, poets, musicians, writers, inventors, visionaries, entrepreneurs, understand the importance of ‘being present’, creative ideas and inspirations are born from the present, fertile mind, within the here and now.
The art of presence connects us to our minds and bodies, the importance of this assists us to listen and intuitively become aware of our physical body. Meditation can be practiced in different forms, through creative means, sport, yoga, qiqong, walking, sitting in lotus position, being present is key. Initially 5 minutes per day for 21 days and build up to x10 minutes per day. Noticed where you keep the stress in your body, this is the first start to understanding the importance of being connected to your physical being.
Our bodies are working for us daily, as a car or vehicle it requires the correct fuel and maintenance to be reliable and run efficiently, taking care of our health and well being is one of the most important priorities. It begins with, the fuel, in our case, the food we put into our bodies, is the result of how our health manifests within the internal and external body.
The Greek Philosopher, Hippocrates once wrote –
“Food is thy medicine”
I encourage you to try this technique of meditation, 5 minutes per day, be present and be aware of your physical body and ask yourself these questions –
Where am I holding stress and tension in my body?
Am I putting healthy fuel, food into my body to go the full mileage and speed I’m currently doing?
Do I eat regular healthy meals?
Do I exercise at least x4 times per week for 30 min each?
Is my health, presently the best it can be?
Can I make small changes to some parts of my health and well being to benefit my overall health?
I encourage you to take the first step towards your health and well being, begin with the art of being present and a daily 5 minute meditation.
For guidance and further tools to begin a healthier lifestyle to benefit yourself and your well being. I offer a 30 min. introduction consultation, as your personal Health Coach, for further information contact me
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An observer and caretaker of nature, the most happiest moments I’ve experienced, is when I’m fully immersed within the present moment with mother nature. Being aware of the breathe and letting go of the ego, in trying to configure the past or future. By just being present, stress and tension is naturally released from the mind and body, gradually a moment of trust and surrender arises.
During my travels, especially through Africa, South East Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia, it is very apparent how many people in these countries, have less externally, materialistically and yet, seem to have more internally, big open hearts and tenacity of the human spirit, they have a strong sense of community life, a philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’ as referred to in Africa.
Daily living and volunteering within these communities taught me and captured the importance of being ‘present’ of survival and daily life, going back to basics of safe shelter, clothing, nutritional food, looking out for the other, working together as a community. Less becomes more, more becomes less, an inner richness and uplifting feeling to the human spirit transforms.
Ubuntu, I am because we are
In further observation, back in the western world, we have more in external things and choices, a click of a button and we can purchase a plane ticket to the other side of the world, which is the basic cost of a 6 months salary for a family living in Asia or Africa. A click of a button, we can order all of our material creature comforts, without leaving our homes.
In reality, in our busy lives, with more things, more busy working hours, more busy social lives, social media, with more distraction, from being focused in the present moment, without having moments of being quiet and still in nature, we’ve become desensitized, disconnected from ourselves, mother nature and one another.
We’ve lost touch of the sense of community, to help the other and continue to feed the ‘ego’ of things, in process, isolating ourselves, building walls and boundaries, frontiers, around our hearts and minds. Internal and external happiness seems to become a self illusion, mirage, a perpetual cycle of the hamster running inside a wheel.
Happiness is a responsibility of our own and to find inner happiness, becomes an art of balancing the external and internal, the doorway can be through the simple things, nature can be a wonderful and powerful way, by going back to our basics, back to the simplicity of nature, it could be a walk in the forest, sitting in a garden, swimming in the ocean, taking your dog for a walk in the park, finding the time to reconnect with ourselves and thus with mother nature.
To live a stress free lifestyle, begin again, by being introspective and find a way, to reconnect with mother nature.
The importance is, how often, do we find the time to reconnect, adapting this into our everyday lifestyle?This adaptation, will eventually become an enjoyable and stress relieving process! Japanese Doctors and scientists, did an interesting experiment on the positive effect of trees’ and how taking a walk in a forest, called ‘Forest Bathing’, or ‘Shinrin Yoku‘ in Japanese, this has a positive impact on people’s well being. The results were astounding, cancer patients, people with high levels of stress, taking a break, by walking through the forest had long term, positive affects on their health and well being.
Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better, inhaling phytoncide, seems to actually improve the immune system function.
See the following You Tube Video clip on ‘forest bathing’ documentary:
If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears, does it make a sound? – Japanese ZEN
This present moment is a perfect starting point to take walk in nature, in a forest or in your garden recharge your batteries, reconnect, the benefits for your well being is worth your while.
Happy Easter, Peace and Longevity!
~words written by Colleen Health Coach
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Committed to a healthy lifestyle of wellness, fitness & inner fulfillment ~ Colleen Health Coach
Happy International Women’s Day!
Ladies around the world and men, today are celebrating ‘Women’s Day’, today is just a simple reminder that women have the right to their liberty.
It was not long ago that women were given the right to vote, Lydia Taft who became the first legal women voter in colonial America. Women from all races and creed have come a long way since and hopefully our voices will continue to be heard and the equality and our liberty continue to grow in strength.
In eastern philosophy the lotus flower is a very powerful symbol, it represents the power and the natural beauty of mother nature. A lotus flower is ‘mud born’, it’s roots originate within the depths of a pond. After a period of time the roots push through the mud, murky water and finally reaches towards the sky and surfaces, the jewel of the flower emerges, the colourful, radiant and beautiful petals, resting calm and zen upon the surface of the water. The lotus flower reminds me of the cycles of a women’s life, her natural cycle and life cycles.
In eastern philosophy the lotus represents the inner mind, for meditation, the murky water our stagnant negative thoughts and the lotus flower, the petals represent the inner jewel of our mind, the purification after meditation comes the clarity of mind, with calmness, wisdom, inner peace and well being.
Today for women, take the time to be still, breathe, meditate for a few minutes and light a candle for yourself and the women in your life and around the world, send them positive thoughts and well being. This day remind yourself how important it is to have time for yourself and be still….
Happy Women’s Day,
Wishing for your well being not just today but everyday…
Colleen, Health Coach
How often in our lives have we questioned ourselves in finding a more harmonious and balanced lifestyle not only within ourselves, but within our personal relationships, family, friends, partners, your pets?
I often remind myself and my clients, there is no general ‘quick fix’ to inner and outer harmony and our yin and yang balance. There is no absolute truths in finding this either. Some people find this through there own vices, whether it be through a hobby, sport, a personal interest, yoga, meditation, walking, nature, freediving, scuba, surfing, reading, dancing, music, the list is endless. The question is, does this action have a positive impact on your inner and outer well being? Does it create a sense of harmony and balance not just for yourself, but for others, animals and nature?
Everything is in constant motion of action and reaction, cause and effect, full cycles, the cycle of life is continuous. We are a part of this cycle, a part of nature, we are nature. Meditation is a simple tool to assist you to get back to your quiet inner centre, back to your inner nature, your inner yin and yang, reconnect and be in harmony with yourself, others, mother nature.
If you are 100 percent present in the moment, with your hobby or sport, you are already meditating, if it helps finds your inner centre, harmony and balance, that is one of the key ingredients to assisting in your well being. Which means less stress and this has a positive impact (cause and effect) for your family, friends, pets, your loved ones around you.
Today, find a quiet moment, just ten minutes, for yourself and reflect on what brings you inner harmony and balance? Is this positive and does it help with your inner and outer health, well being? Begin with a few deep breathes, close your eyes, imagine a quiet, calm, sandy beach and allow stress to dissolve away….
This simple technique every day can be a beginning of creating a healthier, balanced and harmonious lifestyle for you!
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Telephone: +33 972 65 39 93 (Paris, France)
Meditation can be a single drop of water within the ocean, or it can be the entire ocean
Have you had those days where the rain never seems to stop? Mother Nature opens the sky and water continues for days upon end? The sky is grey, clouds are dark and the sun has fallen asleep with no sunrise or sunset… It’s been like this recently in France, for the past week and trying to be motivated to meditate and do my daily practice, (the words from Yoda start to ring true)..and
Back to reality…being ‘present’ is an important focus point in meditation including the point of breath and discipline. Without these three main factors in your meditation practice, motivation to continue can become a challenge. We can always find excuses why we cannot find the time, discipline, inspiration to do something; in this context, I’m referring to meditation. In the next few weeks, I will be posting some guidance on various techniques of meditation practice, how to overcome limiting thoughts and excuses when it begins with your meditation practice. For beginners this will be helpful too.
Practice makes perfect! I shall be including breath work meditation for freediving and an interview…watch this space..
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