Would You Like Me To Include You In My Meditations?

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“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” 
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation is the cornerstone of my life. It is the first thing I do when I wake up each morning. It is the last thing I do before I go to bed.

I don’t just meditate to find stillness and peace. I also use meditation for shamanic and mystical work. I use it to connect with and help my students, I use it to access healing, and to share and support energies.

This week I’m working on some very specific areas for emotional and spiritual healing that may also have an impact on physical well-being too.

For the next few days I am focusing on supporting you to move through and begin to resolve feelings of loss, fear, anxiety, overwhelm, emotional isolation and powerlessness. My aim is to find the places where emotion has become stuck inside you, causing you to become out of alignment. I am also looking for the old stories, traumas and memories which are subconsciously shaping you in opposition to your soul’s true nature. In my meditations I will dissolve these outmoded energies and stories, returning them to love and releasing their patterns from your energetic field.

As your energy comes back into alignment with your true nature, your vibration will rise and you will be more easily able to express yourself creatively and emotionally. It will increase your sense of self-awareness and self-trust.

I meditate twice a day, morning and evening. I also connect with some people during my night-flying practices. If you’d like me to include you or a loved one specifically in my meditations just let me know in the comments below.  And, of course, I love getting feedback about anything you notice as a result of my meditations.

Much love, Nicole xx

A Simple Breath Meditation for Stress, Anxiety and Fatigue

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated or long.

This is a soothing and energising technique that is simple to understand and that can bring a sense of increased calm and peace in as little as a few minutes. It really helps to ground you and get you back into your body.

Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Stand or sit in a relaxed way, with your feet firmly on the ground. Become aware of your feet, and of the front of your body. Breathe through your nose.
  2. On your next in-breath, imagine that you are drawing the breath up from the earth, through your feet and all the way up into your head. Imagine your breath like a wave running up onto the shore.
  3. On your out-breath, exhale through your mouth, feeling the air travel down the outside of your body. Imagine your breath like a wave rolling away from the shore and back into the ocean.
  4. Keep breathing in and out with this awareness. Really feel the energy run into and up your body and then out of and down again.
  5. Follow your breath. Let every in-breath energise and restore you, and every out-breathe relax and cleanse you.

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Image from pichost.me

Catching My Breath

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Image from ScienceLakes

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” 
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

 

The past few days have been a bumpier ride than I had expected. I’m off my Lyme drugs while I get all my various tests done, and I’d hoped it would be a picnic.

I was wrong.

Some of the symptoms I thought I’d done with came back with a vengeance. The severe pain I endured last week abated, only to be replaced with a different kind of pain.

Meditation. That’s what’s gotten me through. Again. Thank goodness for my daily practice, for that life-saving place of calm and peace.

I know this will all ease eventually, if I just stick with the treatment protocol. In fact, I already feel better than I did a few days ago.

Problem is, I don’t ever get a proper break from Lyme. I can’t take the weekend off from being in my body. This is the poor broken body I’ve been living in for years. I love it, and I’m grateful for it, but sometimes it all gets too much and I wish I could run away and be someone else for a few days, or me, but in another better-working body.

That’s the truth of it.

But we all feel like that sometimes, don’t we?

One thing I know for sure – meditation helps.

Here are a few guided meditations I recorded earlier. Perhaps you might find them helpful for you right now. Follow the post links to access the recordings:

  1. ♥ Guided Meditation for healing Inflammation and Dis-ease
  2. Bee Breath Meditation for reducing stress and opening and healing the Throat Chakra
  3. Tibetan Singing Bowl Healing Meditation
  4. Guided Meditation for Emotional Support

Know that you’re in my thoughts, prayers and daily meditations,

I’m wishing you peace in your heart today.

♥ Nicole xx

And if you want to know more about Lyme, this terrific documentary, Under Our Skin, is a great place to start. It’s movie length, but well worth it. That’s my life, people. That’s my life…

6 Simple Meditation Techniques for Beginners

Green Turtle by © Marty Wolff

Green Turtle by © Marty Wolff

“There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.” 
~ Dave Barry

Meditation is what’s keeping me sane right now. In fact, for most of my life it has been a touchstone for me; a practice that allows me to fill up, to reconnect, to gain wisdom and to access healing.

The practice of meditation always reminds me of sinking beneath the sea. It’s hard to do when you start out – all sorts of thoughts crowd in on you, you worry about your breathing, if you’re doing it right – your focus is on technique. But as you become comfortable, as you get used to showing up in this quiet space, this whole otherworld, you’ll find that it is a practice that changes you from the inside out.

All of the meditations I’ve listed below are easy, but it doesn’t mean they’re not capable of transforming you. Even a few minutes a day is enough to bring about change.

Click on the links below for full instructions on each technique.

Bless ♥ Nicole xx

1. Easy Walking Meditation – If you have trouble with seated meditations this could be just the thing. A short walk where the focus is on breathing and mindfulness. It’s both relaxing and energising so it’s great for people who get stuck in their heads.

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Image from Enjoy Vitality

2.  Tonglen Meditation – A beautiful method of using the breath to bring healing to self and others, and to help take pain and suffering away. When I don’t know how else to help or what to do, Tonglen provides a path for me. Even if your focus is someone else during this meditation, you will also benefit.

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Image from HD Wallpapers

3.  Bee Breath Meditation – This sound-based meditation is based upon a yoga practice called ‘Bhramari’ where you hum like a bee! It opens and clears your throat chakra, oxygenates the body, and reduces inflammation and the body’s stress response. Useful for dealing with fatigue, anger, depression and anxiety.

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Image from Pics To Pin

4.  Pebbles for your Pocket Meditation – I love this one! You choose four stones or pebbles, and then do a short focus exercise of thought and feeling for each pebble to bring the energies of Freshness, Stability, Stillness and Space into your day.

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5.  Simple Technique to Boost Energy – When you’re feeling tired, frazzled, being drained by people, or you want to make a nice strong energetic barrier between you and the world, this is the meditation for you! It involves opening and closing energetic circuits within the body by simply using breathing and posture.

Image from Krinica

Image from Krinica

6.  Eating the Sun Meditation – Taught to me by some Aboriginal Elders, this meditation technique is grounding and cleansing as well as profoundly nurturing. Wonderful for reconnecting us back into nature and ourselves.

Malcolm Jagamara - "Inapaku dreaming"

Malcolm Jagamara – “Inapaku dreaming”