MEDITATE AND GROW
FEAR TO COURAGE
HOW TO WAKE UP JUBILANT (PART 1)
HOW TO WAKE UP JUBILANT (PART 2)
Fearless February is here
Fearless February is an invitation for you to face up to your fears, be they major, minor or gigantic. Regardless of the size of the fear – the solution is always the same – it always starts with one-first step. This requires you to confront the problem, start the journey step by step, stick to it and get results.
Whenever I experience fear or have any worries – I turn to meditation. Why? Because it works. Fear activates your nervous system. Your nervous system is made up of two parts, the sympathetic nervous system – also known as fight or flight, and the parasympathetic also known as rest and digest. If you are regularly in a state of fight or flight, then it means your sympathetic nervous system is always in charge and you are not giving your body enough time to rest and relax. One way I deal with this is by breathing deeply. As soon as I breathe deeply, the breath tells the body, it’s OK, calm down! Focusing on the breath is an integral part of meditating. There are other natural ways you can strengthen your nervous system such as eating the right foods, or drinking a calming cup of chamomile tea.
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.
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!
Root chakra – grounding, connections with the earth and ancestors
Living in survival mode – root chakra requires healing and balancing
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 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 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!
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.
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.