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Friday, July 20, 2018

Mindful Relaxation Meditation

Mindful Relaxation Meditation is similar to the carefully designed steps of Yoga Nidra as conceived by Swami Satyananda. This practice involves total body stillness in the supine position, to help relax all the layers of the mind. First the BODY (the physical mind) relaxes, then the THINKING mind, and finally the EMOTIONAL mind.  It is practiced with an appropriate covering for warmth, or soothing, with head-phones on a low volume.

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Rest the body down into the pull of gravity, settle the body and become still.
Stillness starts the magic.

To begin the practice lie down and allow your muscles to soften to the floor; eyes & mouth closed softly; and gentle, easy breathing, through the nose.

... and like this the simple, subtle (and so very practical) process which leads to joyful, healthy living, begins. Wonderful for everyone. The general public would do well to practice MRM as often as they have a shower.  Relaxation not only calms but also strengthens the central nervous system, and therefore, the body and mind.

Specific techniques are used to progressively deepen relaxation. First the body is addressed, then the conscious mind, sub-conscious mind and finally the unconscious mind, inducing immediate relaxation, at the time of practice, but working very deeply over months and years, gradually and softly, easing tensions which we may not be able to identify in everyday life, but which we can feel affecting us, influencing our behaviour. Slowly, but surely, one grows lighter and happier.
According to yogamag, in a 1979 article by Dr. Karel Nespor, Czechoslavakia

"Yogic relaxation is a concentrated form of rest. It has immediate effects upon one's vitality and production during the working day. Some people I have met have the ability to stay relaxed throughout the day. For example, one of my university teachers appeared to be carefree and loose to the point of laziness. It surprised me to learn from a doctor collaborating closely with him, that he was actually a highly productive, active man."

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thoughts,Emotions,Self-awareness & Meditation

Thoughts are related to how we have conceptualised something, and from that emotion can be triggered. For example, if we have conceptualised that it's okay to smack children, no emotion will follow when we see it happen. If we have conceptualised that it is not okay to smack children emotions of grief or anger (two sides of the same coin) will occur.

Once emotion is triggered, that can easily trigger a whole swathe of memories and concepts, which in turn trigger more emotion - keeping the whole emotional thing going. All of this activity is taking place in manomaya kosha. The part of the mind responsible for 'expressing stuff'. Eventually, the triggering and the emotions, subside, manomaya quietens. 

Thoughts, according to the ancient yogis, may be categorised into five types. These are:
Thought comprising correct data. Actually correct, not just believed to be correct.
Thought comprising incorrect data.
Thought comprising as yet uneventuated data. Wishful, imagined past or present, ideas, etc.
Thought comprising memory data. Experiences stored as perceived, although perception can alter.
Thought comprising no data. Drawing a blank, inability to retrieve data due to shock, shame, hunger, etc etc.

Any one of the five categories can trigger emotion. Some correct data will activate joy, some will activate deep pain, or wounding. That is to say thought in each category can be pleasant or unpleasant. If it is neutral it is considered to be pleasant.

A thought from one category, can then trigger thoughts and emotions from other categories. Depending upon the intensity of the experience this can cause emotional outbursts which go on for many minutes/hours. The manomaya becomes enthralled by the experience and gets right into it. Eventually though, manomaya tires of it, and the outburst slowly subsides. 

How nature created all this is a mystery, superb, daunting and thrilling!  

The expression of thought and emotion comes from a part of the mind known ads manomaya kosha. Also referred to as the lower mind because it is not the part of the mind which contains the material, it is the part which expresses it. The container of experiences is known as vigyanamaya kosha, and as the higher mind.

Meditation such as antar mouna, taught for decades by Swami Satyananda, encourages greater self-awareness through knowing thoughts are subject to change, and do not represent the Real us. The Real Self. All yoga is actually a means to self-awareness. All yoga is meditation. If, that is, it is practiced mindfully.

Asana practiced with kindness or harshness can trigger contentment, or sadness, The response in the mind, to any yoga practice will NOT always be the same.  An asana one day can trigger profound affection, the next day tears of loss, irritation, and so on. Mudra, bandha, pranayama, kirtan, meditation, asana ... they act on the mind afresh each day. 

Just as the river is not the same river every day, nor is the mind. The ebbs and flows, the circumstances and responses, all stir the mind, just as the weather and debris stirs the river.

Thought is an amazing construct of the manomaya mind, but it is not the mind. Mind is something most of us cannot imagine. It is the field of pure potentiality. Many of us have learnt to leave some things behind and embrace other things. Some people have learnt how to activate greater potential within themselves, others barely at all. The same is true with emotion some have learnt how to master it, others have not.

Try not to take your thoughts for granted, nor believe they represent you in any permanent way. They need you to master and shape them.

Deeply quiet meditation activates a part of the central nervous system called the insula, this is responsible for increasing self-awareness. Self-awareness provides endless opportunities for self development. Out of the extreme calm of meditation comes wisdom and happiness, better quality thoughts and emotions. A happier you.

All meditation is mindful.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Personal mentoring

The great thing about the human being is that we can improve our lives by creating new neural pathways in the brain. We can change our frame of mind. We can deliberately create new paradigms for ourselves, we can create success, we dont have to wait for it to 'happen' to us. Improving our lives is not so much about making mountains of money and more about becoming happier, stronger, more creative, inter-dependent and more contented. 

Chances are that even though you are intelligent, motivated and independent, you may come across unexpected pitfalls and problems in life that cause you to lose heart, focus or motivation, you are just too busy coping with daily life as it is presenting to you.

Yoga practices, it may surprise you gradually strengthen the mind and nervous system helping you systematically reduce fears, addictions/cravings to alcohol, drugs, unhappiness, anxiety, depression, PTSD, unwellness, etc, etc, and increase the behavioural potentiality in each chakra.

Common situations that can be eased and transcended, are:

  • Personal issues solved more effectively with yogic insight
  • Design, plan and implement successful strategies for any aspect of life 
  • Learn how to deal wholesomely with a recurring emotional tensions, problem or situation
  • Discover and change negative, subconscious, habitual thinking or actions 
  • Clarify your goals/desires - see what is blocking you from achieving them
  • Understand how pitfalls, failures and detours are gifts or opportunities
  • Increase your focus, action and playfulness in areas of interest in daily life
     If you are STRESSED and in need of a personal set of yoga practices help strengthen your nervous system and body. TEXT me for an appointment. A brief text gives me instant clarity. Personalised yoga addresses body, mind and soul in a very profound way.

There are times when life is overwhelming and it can seem impossible to get out of the situation or pattern of thinking you find yourself in. If you feel you are hitting the same brick wall with the same outcome and are experiences, have the urge to ask the doctor for drugs, or take illicit drugs, or have decided you want to make your way beyond these, then contact me.

While it’s nice to talk to family & friends about your issues or concerns, it often doesn’t help because friends or family may be perceived as biased, or uninformed, or telling you what you want to hear rather than challenging your way of thinking.

YOGIC COACHING is very different to other coaching because it utilises yogic  techniques and yogic wisdoms which have stood the test of time. Practices might include deep relaxation meditation, mindfulness meditation, creative breathing techniques and asanas which make the body and the mind, clear and strong.

Breathe new ideas into the way you live your life. Yoga may be a far more savvy, wise and beautiful creature than you had previously thought.  

Text me now, give yogic mentoring a try.    0470 522 593
Cost is $1 per minute. First appointment one hour.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The individual Creates their Own Reality

Being immensely creative beings, we create our own reality. We create our own messes and our own brilliances as a result of our total mindset. The mindset can also be called a paradigm. Living inside a paradigm is the result of all experiences and how they have been, or are currently, perceived. One begets the other, gradually as the mindset changes, so does the paradigm.  

Do we really have free will if our chakras are not awakened? Can we really make enlightened choices until we have awakened the chakras?   Within the chakras is where great wisdom and love lies. This awakening happens, in everyone, only gradually. Noticeably, or not, in this lifetime, but eventually. 
We may not know it, or like it, but we are all in the right place at the right time having the right experience which will help awaken us further.

Rudolph Steiner’s writings on the metaphysical and the physical teach that the human body has been perfected in terms of creation – what makes it imperfect for the individual is the impression their past lives imprint on the mind.  It is these imprints on which the newly forming embryo and foetus builds itself, imprints which accord with, or distort the DNA, causing illness even in a newborn.

Louise Hay entered the world scene, awakening mass consciousness with her book You Can Heal Your Life – a book which is still valuable today and one which immediately helps the reader to get a clearer picture of the metaphysical.

To aid you in the understanding of your life and the building of your body there are two basic but essential things the spiritual aspirant must reflect and act on. These are self-study and compassionate love.

In regard to self-study, consider:
a)     where am I at right now?
b)     where have I journeyed from ?
c)      what do I need to experience?
d)     what do I need to express?
e)      what do I need to change?   
f)       what shall I achieve right now?
g)     who do I believe I am?

In regard to compassionate love, consider:
a) how much kindness do I have in my mind (for myself and others)? 
b) I will develop compassion and tenderness for every single person and being. 
c) what is causing me to be hard-hearted, heavy-hearted, light-hearted, faint-hearted?

As you increase tranquillity and compassionate love in the mind it translates over to the body and into all relationships. It is not easy to address all the quirks in the mind and eradicate all body problems, but some headway at least can be made. 

Quirks which provide enjoyment for all concerned, are truly delicious, keep those ones!