Special Client Gifts

A gift as my thank you to you for being a great client!

Gift 1 – Getting Started In Meditation

So may people are talking about meditation and if you’ve ever thought about getting started, or have already dabbled, then you will know there is so much information out there.

In face – that is sometimes a problem – there is so much information that it’s difficult to decide how to get going.  If you’ve tried meditation but didn’t enjoy it, then maybe you need to look at some other methods.

After working with many clients about meditation, I decided that an overview of options and ideas was needed…so here we go!

What is meditation and How Does It Work?

There are so many different methods, so which method of meditation is right for me How long should I meditate for?
There will be even more questions once you delve deeper into it!
Here are a few types and what they involve:

Breathing Meditation

To help still the mind from its chatter this meditation is a great starting point. All you need is a quiet place to sit, a comfortable position which keeps the back straight as this helps the breath & prevents you falling asleep. A chair is fine, or cushions on the floor, foam blocks or for the professional a meditation stool or cushion. You literally are then just breathing in and out and focusing your mind on the breath itself. Easy as that! It will take practice, not to mention time but it will come. 

Standing Meditation

The name says it all here. A standing meditation involves keeping your awareness on your body & breath. Find a place to stand, a view helps but is not essential, even a nice painting or poster is good! Focus on the breath & maintain this for about 10 minutes. Many people find this easier than sitting still with their eyes closed but many others do not relax enough so this method does not suit them.

Mindful Meditation

This involves being aware of the breath, the body and the surroundings. You are not in a deep meditative sleep but it is still incredibly beneficial in our busy lifestyle.

Visualisation

Here we use a CD where the narrator sends us on a journey, guiding us by telling us what we should do, where to go etc. These can be harder as you need to ensure the voice is not irritating, the journey is not one you would find stressful, I.E. if they send you on a boat journey & you have a phobia of boats, you are hardly going to relax & enjoy it! It’s a great way to focus on matters other than day to day life. You can record your own on your phone, download then from iTunes or the internet etc.

To help still the mind from its chatter this meditation is a great starting point. All you need is a quiet place to sit, a comfortable position which keeps the back straight as this helps the breath & prevents you falling asleep. A chair is fine, or cushions on the floor, foam blocks or for the professional a meditation stool or cushion. You literally are then just breathing in and out and focusing your mind on the breath itself. Easy as that! It will take practice, not to mention time but it will come.

 

 

Mantra Meditation (Also known as Transcendental Meditation)

With this method you pick a work, phrase or sentence and repeat it through the whole meditation on the out breath. The most common mantra which most people know is Ohm which is the sound the Earth makes. You use your name, a sentence, a sound, a hum. It’s your meditation you pick!

Mandala/Candle/Geode Meditation

This method requires a focus for your attention. It can be a Mandala which is purpose made by the Tibetans for meditation, a candle where you gaze at the flame, a stone geode etc. The idea is for you to lose yourself in the focus and so the mind stills.

I have followed the meditation path that most people follow which is to struggle with it but to persevere. The trouble is we don’t know if we are doing it right or not! I would always recommend a handful of classes with a person schooled in meditation techniques so you can find what works for you. Allow anything from 5-20 minutes each day, it need not be a chore to do the meditation.

I recommend you keep a journal because your mind will bring thoughts to you which appear random yet these may take on significance later, write them down & look back at them later. I tend to find I may have an issue on my mind when I go to meditate, shove it to one side to practice & in pops a solution, this is another reason for having space, it allows the mind to still, sorting out the clutter in there.

Benefits

The benefits of meditation are many; It can reduce blood pressure (always check with your doctor before starting meditation classes), reduces stress, brings inspiration, opens your psychic channel, strengthens your connection to Spirit or Source, reduces blood lactate which reduces anxiety, decreases tension in the muscles, joints & ligaments, increases serotonin levels which can help with depression, increases energy levels and awareness of self!

Gift 2 – Understanding Chakras