Get Back

In this morning's meditation class (Meditation & More - held monthly) I invited everyone to become aware of their back. An often overlooked area of the body. So much of our lives are spent 'forward leaning'.

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Eat, Pray, Unplug & Unwind

(Above image Convento del Carmine)

 

"Maybe I would move to Italy, after all..."

(Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert / Bloomsbury Publishing plc)

 

The above is taken from one of my favourite books and one that has become something of an icon amongst those who've read it. Whilst not suggesting you consider moving to Italy...well, not unless you really want to, why not consider the next best thing - a yoga retreat?

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Look at the world with quiet eyes

(Image copyright: Hazel Haddock 2015)

 

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Flexing the Meditation Muscle

Today was the March offering of Meditation - Practice Made Simple.  Over the last few months, those attending have been trying some different approaches and techniques in order to learn how to not only focus the mind, but keep it focused.

 

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"Yeah, but..."

Generally meditation is viewed as one of those things that someone we know has done, or something that we’ve tried a few times, but for various reasons ‘it didn’t work’.  People come to meditation for a variety of reasons, but unfortunately, the number that continue a regular practice after that first flush of excitement has gone declines quite quickly.

There are a few reasons that meditation is either avoided or dropped...

 

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The Power of 5

Just 5 minutes...


For those who attended January’s Meditation – Practice Made Simple you may now be on the week 2 practice guideline (if following the prescription) of sitting for just 5 minutes and being aware of the breath.  For those of you who may be interested, you can try it for yourself, there's not much to lose (just 5 minutes!)


5 minutes is such a small amount of time – anyone, even the busiest person, can find 5 minutes.

 

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Motivation in Meditation

Life occurs at the very tip of motivation – Joseph Goldstein

 
Last week was the first session of the year in supporting others to get started with a meditation experience – Meditation – Practice Made Simple.
 
The main focus to begin with is that of knowing why you want to meditate.  This comes down to motivation.
 
Unusual to see motivation ahead of methods of practice perhaps, but really, it is essential in order to have a chance of creating a practice and being able to maintain it.
 

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Visual Noise

I was recently introduced to a term 'visual noise', which in essence is used to describe everything around us that we see, which in turn creates some sort of feedback, whether pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.

 

Taking time to consider this further, it would make sense that our outer world is, to the best of our abilities, visually appealing, irrespective of where we may find ourselves.  We may not be blessed with a garden, but we can bring colour into the home through the use of fabrics or houseplants.

 

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