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
“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.
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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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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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