When to start meditating

Meditation is popular in the press and media right now. This means that many of us will jump to it swiftly, then get very disappointed, and be put off it, and so miss the reals benefits it offers.

So, let’s start with a word of caution. If you want to start meditating, ask yourself why. Don’t just do it because it is the latest fad, or because you are one of these people who don’t like to miss out. Let’s face it, if you are in a good place in your life right now, you may not even consider meditation, but it’s there if you need it. No one can tell you when to start meditating, or if it is a practice you should take on. It is something you will be drawn to or be introduced to for a number of reasons: such as health, relaxation, try something new, or spirituality. You should do a taster and then you will know if this is something you want to make a regular part of your practice.

The best way to avoid getting off to a bad start is to make sure you take it slowly. Firstly, do not settle down to do a marathon sitting first time. Try it for 5 minutes, and the most 10 minutes for the first week. Then review how you got on before deciding to increase the time.Give yourself a try out period. Right now, is a great time to do this – new year, new start. So, January could be your try out month. There will be lots of meditation

New Year – New Start, January could be your try it out month for Meditation

classes starting this month. Have a look online and in your local area.

So, let’s begin:

*Decide how regularly you will mediate: every day, every other day, or two times a week.

*Choose morning or evening

*Choose meditation music or silence.

*Sit quietly in a place where you are free from distractions or disturbances. (The biggest distraction will of course be your mind. It will suddenly become active.)

*Take in a deep breath – breathe out and relax.

*Don’t fight the thoughts – just stick to your plan. Watch, and let the thoughts flow by.

*Gently follow your breathe as you breath in and out. This will help you to focus.

*Watch the time. Calmly open your eyes.

You did it! Namaste! Short and simple, but effective.

For longer meditation sessions and short videos for beginners, go to my You Tube: Meditate and Grow with Zindika.

Happy Holidays


As we hit December and get caught up in the activities of shopping, gift wrapping and later cooking, there will be very little quiet time until the festivities are over. It is during these busy times such as Christmas that we need to meditate.
Remember as it gets closer to the two-day holiday, closely followed by New Year’s Day, you could be forgiven for not relaxing, yet, this is the time to relax. This is especially so for those who find themselves in the kitchen preparing to cook and look after all their guests – please remember to take 10 minutes out every day. The rule of the day should be to relax, breathe and also express gratitude for all you have, whether it is a little or a lot.  When you slow the breath and breathe deeply, that lowers cortisol levels which will be high over those two days and this could avoid a lot of arguments triggered by stress. Avoid alcohol if possible, but eat joyfully. Always remember, aside from the religion, the true spirit and meaning of Christmas are kindness, family, togetherness and sharing. Meditate on this…ooommm!
Happy Christmas

Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra
Orange represents the sacral chakra. It is the chakra for creativity. First creativity is that of life and then we enhance life with other forms of creativity, art, writing, dancing, singing etc. Ways to balance and support the sacral chakra: wear clothes and eat foods with the colour orange: carrots, oranges, papaya. You could have a bedside lamp that glows orange and carry orange stones such as carnelian.

Root Chakra

Root chakra foods; heal, recharge and balance this chakra with red fruits and root vegetables: red potatoes, beetroot, berries, watermelon, red apples, and red beans (aduki, kidney beans).
Look after your root chakra, the sources from which creativity springs. It’s the solid ground from which all chakras flow.

Chakras

Chakras are energy centres in the body. There are seven main chakras. When our chakras are well balanced, energy moves freely throughout the body creating happiness, health, and peace.
When our chakras are blocked or out of balance, it leaves us feeling uninspired. Many experts believe that chakra blockages are the root cause of a number of physical, mental, and emotional ailments.
Meditation is a great way to bring our chakras back into balance.

Awaken your potential

Hey friends, August has come and gone and the Summer is almost over. We are now well into the second half of the year 2019. As a teacher I always followed the educational year and so I see September as my second chance in the year to make a new start. This year I have made so many connections and I thought this month was a perfect time to reintroduce myself!

 I am Zindika, founder of Meditate and Grow. This month I am reviving my blog, sprucing up my facebook page and adding a newsletter to my website.  Reason being I want you all to know a bit more about me and the services I have on offer.

I am an author, spiritual teacher and writing success coach. I work with people who have hidden potential that the world, friends and family have yet to see. Why? Because FEAR has kept them stuck and hidden.  I enable them to identify their fears and find the solutions to managing those fear, thereby allowing their true potential to shine through.

I do this because I believe that everyone has a purpose or a calling in life and my purpose is to enable people to awaken their potential. It doesn’t matter if you are old or young, rich or poor, well or unwell – we all have that super-something that we can give to those around you and the world.

I will help you, to help yourself.

It’s time to stop procrastinating, fight those fears and make it happen.

Are you someone who was never inspired at school and so your dreams took a dive? Did you sacrifice those dreams for others? Was all the inner chatter and self-doubt too much to overcome? Now, you are sitting there and thinking, it’s too late and time has passed you by.

I am here to reassure you that if you are someone who is struggling with procrastination, fear and doubt, I am ready to have a conversation with you. BUT are you ready to have a conversation with me? If you are,

Click on the link below, listen to my FREE meditation video, and let’s make it happen.

                                https://mailchi.mp/0342013cdc23/awaken-potential

Ancestral August

Ancestral August

August is the month to venerate the ancestors and call their names in many different tongues.

Think of your ancestors and what challenges they may have faced in the making of you, what journeys they undertook for you to be in the here and now. How did they triumph? Their journey started with an idea, a dream, and a small step that has taken them to where you are now. It’s up to you now to move on and take the next step.

Sometimes the ancestors come back to us in so many ways. We may have a young baby and we think this baby or child looks like or reminds us of an ancestor in their mannerisms. Sometimes the lineage becomes a circle and comes back to us. An ancestor may return because they left the earth incomplete and need to return to finish something. They may return because they have something to tell you that will give you direction and make live more livable.  They may return because wherever they are, they have learnt something new and want to guide you and present generation with that knowledge. Whatever the reasons, rest assured that their energy and spirit are still with us.

Think about a personal ancestor of yours and consider what traumas, changes they went through. How did they cope mentally and physically? Is there anything they did that you can do better, any traits you carry from them that may help you to embrace change and the times we are living in now.

Now, take a minute or two out of your day to reflect and honour your ancestors. Relax, breathe, and sit in deep reverence of their lives and their struggles so you can be here. Whatever personal challenges you have, draw strength from them. If today is not convenient, choose your own day and time when you can show appreciation. Celebrate them with friends, family, or quietly.

Remember today is not a day to get angry. It is a day to commemorate what we have lost and to celebrate what we have won.

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‘Silence brings the wisdom of the ancestor.’ (Proverb)    

 © Meditate and Grow, Zindika 2019

Managing March

How are you managing this March? Are you managing to be fearless? However, as you think about how you manage your fears, also think about how you manage your strength.

This month is dedicated to the feminine energy rising to the top, and as we do so let us consider how we manage this.

I noticed a lot of the reigns of power being handed over to women in a move towards equality – but when these women take over, it is business as usual. This is not my idea of equality – just replacing powerful men with powerful women.  In his song, ‘It’s a Man’s World’, James Brown sang ‘… man made the cars… man made the trains…man made the boats…etc, but who made man? Along with God and the Universe, it was woman who manifested the physical man to earth. He continues: ‘…it would be nothing without a woman or a girl…’ So, women need to be more aware of their powers and rather than business, as usual, let us consider how we use our power. A careful balance between the head and the heart is required.  Here are some of the qualities associated with women that could and should bring some healing to the world.

Nurturing: Caring. Gentleness. Tenderness. Sensitivity. You can add to this list, I’m sure.

This March, whether you are male or female consider bringing some of these qualities to your daily dealings with other people. When speaking to someone, think, if what you say will help them to grow, or wither.

Nurturing is a grand word. It is about planting a seed and carefully tendering it in a caring and gentle way so that it grows and blossoms into the best it can be. With the right kind of nurturing that seed should eventually bring joy, hope, love and prosperity to the world – not PAIN.

Nature is the ultimate nurturer – that’s why it is known as mother nature. I know this to be true each time I walk and meditate with nature. When nature is cruel it is usually because of the interference from man.

BUY your child a pet or a plant, and as they nurture it, they will watch it grow and flourish and that way they will be learning to share these qualities with their friends, family and others.

MARCH MEDITATION

Begin by grounding yourself. Grounding means, connecting yourself to the earth, your foundation, and the root for all of the natural forces.

Focus on the breath. Breathe in deeply.  Each time you take in a long, slow breath, send it up from the root, through the body, lingering around the heart area for courage, then on up to the head. Hold for a count of three.

Release the breath, and allow it to travel down and around, outside the body – think and focus on one of the qualities of nurturing. Think – caring! That breath is allowing you to build a caring energy field.

Do this three times and each time allow the breath to bring a different energy: sensitivity, tenderness, gentleness etc.

Close this meditation by expanding these qualities out from you to others.

This is a quick meditation to do in times of fear, panic, stress and a general feeling of ‘overwhelm’ with your surroundings. It should help to empower you and bring you back to your true nature.

Happy Women’s Month

©Zindika – Meditate and Grow

Fearless February

You have a thought, you experience this in your body and you react by behaving in a certain way. Fear is a basic emotion and one that we are born with, for example the infant fears loud noises and falling. Very few of us can avoid jumping when we hear a loud noise, even if we might be anticipating the noise. Fear is a basic emotion of survival and an instinct that helped early humans to survive dangerous environments. All other fears come from learnt behaviour and life experiences. However, fear can stop you in your tracks when it becomes our regular response to ordinary everyday life. We exhibit fear through our thoughts, feelings and behaviours that we hold and this is further exacerbated by the physical world and the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

This February is the month to confront your fears and take action to combat those feelings that stop you from moving forward. Be courageous!

Daily routine for zapping fear:

Start to deal with old wounds, old emotions that may be triggering fear. The earlier you start the better.

Do a daily meditation this month focusing on forgiveness. Begin by forgiving yourself for having lived with fear for so long. Forgive yourself for the things you may have missed out on because of fear. While meditating, fear may surface because this is your normal state and it may take a while to subside. However, keep going and let those thoughts go by.  Meditate on your good qualities and that should shift you into a more magical mind-set.

Daily affirmations:

I am fearless

I am magical

I no longer live with fear

Fear is not my master

I love and forgive myself…

Create your own set of affirmations relevant to the fear that you want to deal with this month.

BE COURAGEOUS!

Happy New Month