Attention, Intention and Action

Attention, Intention and Action

Where is your focus on right now? Are you present in this moment? And are you inviting this present moment to unfold beautifully for you?

Creating Space to Hear the Answers You Seek

Creating Space to Hear the Answers You Seek

It's so important for us to leave space for the Universe to answer us. Often we put our questions, thoughts and prayers out into the Universe asking, "What is my true purpose?", or "How can I be more satisfied with my work?", or even asking, "Am I in the right relationship?"

Reboot...how meditation can change your life

Reboot...how meditation can change your life

I was recently moved by watching the documentary movie, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and reading the accompanying book Reboot by Joe Cross, which basically tells the first-hand account of his recovery from a state of excessive overweight and ill health, with auto-immune disorders and heart disease, to one of health and vibrance through juicing and life-style changes. I believe that we all have access to the innate healing of our bodies and minds, but it is taking the time to pause and listen to our hearts and bodies…and to press the Reboot button.

Meditation and the Stress Response

Meditation and the Stress Response

In 2012, Dr. Richard Davidson at the University of Wisonsin tested meditating monks and non-meditating volunteers in their response to pain and the threat of pain. The brains pain centers were monitored as a heat applicator was placed on the arm of the test subjects. The meditating and non-meditating test subjects responded similarly when the heat was applied, but when test subjects were told the heat would be applied in 10 seconds, the non-meditators pain centers reacted, while the meditators pain centers did not react. The meditators stayed in the present moment longer and did not actually react to the threat of pain when it was announced.

This study basically shows us that we can lesson our suffering in this life by being fully present and not projecting into the future, what if this or what if that does, or doesn't happen? As the Buddha said, the cause of all of our suffering is hope and fear.

Why it's worth learning to Meditate

Why it's worth learning to Meditate

When I first set on the course of my meditation teacher training in 2014, admittedly, my goals were somewhat self-serving at first. I had been suffering from anxiety for many years, and although I had tried many methods of alternative therapy to heal this anxious tendency, nothing touched it in the way that meditation did. Within a month of daily meditation I was handling challenging situations better and finding it easier to communicate about my stressors. I was sleeping better and generally felt more energy. It was such a relief,  that I dove with commitment headlong into my meditation practice, and began to train with international meditation teacher and stress coach davidji (www.davidji.com).