The Beauty of Morning Practice

Do you have a morning practice?

Why? Why not?

I’ve always been a big fan of mornings. They seem to have a clear and majestic feel to them. And, over the years, I have found that having a morning practice sets the “tone” for the day ahead.

Now, before I explain the details of my morning practice, I want to say 99.999% of humans are morning people, or “diurnal”, which is the fancy biological name for daylight creatures.

We are biologically wired to be daytime creatures – it has little to do with personality or psychology. It has everything to do with biology.

As soon as the sunlight hits our eyes and bounces around our brains, it triggers one of the most powerful glands in our system, the pineal gland, which floods our system with chemistry for awake, conscious, activated living.

These chemical systems trigger rhythms in our physiology. Our brain waves, our heart rate, and our breath respond to daylight and the lack thereof.

If you were to dig into the health of any long-term shift worker and people who stubbornly work against daylight living, I bet they have a smorgasbord of complicated health related conditions from anxiety, to insomnia to blood pressure issues and everything in-between. And most, if not all, of these health related conditions are largely contributed by their going “against the grain” of their natural biological systems.

It is ok to have a late night every now and then or have a phase when you go out of sync for a while; however, I would never advise living a night focused lifestyle for longer than a few months at a time, because after just a few months, things will usually go out of sync.

 

If one comes to be naturally waking early in the mornings, it is usually a sign of good health, good internal chemistry, and good internal biorhythms.

 

What happens to us when we sleep is another, somewhat complicated story. However, I will just summarise a few main points here. Each night when we sleep, we leave the body and enter the energetic realms. In these energetic realms, we can travel and receive insights and vast amounts of information. Many sources say we receive a “download” from our soul each night we successfully enter these energy realms.

So, when we come to wake into conscious awareness each morning, we are in a state of transferring the information and insights from the energy world into the physical world and throughout all the cells in our bodies.

Each morning when we wake, we move through an “afterglow” state as we transition from the energetic realms to the physical realms.  This “afterglow” is a similar state that every newborn baby experiences.

 

And, like a newborn baby, how would we treat it and nurture it as it enters this world?

With news reports of terrorism and homicides? With alcohol and drug use? With loud noises and arguments? Would we thrust a newborn baby into the rush hour of an urban environment first thing out of the womb?

Of course not.

Any sane person would provide a gentle, nurturing and quiet space for a newborn baby to feel safe and at ease. A safe, nurturing and quiet environment allows a new born baby to relax, play, grow and develop at their own pace.

This is the same approach we should take with ourselves each morning when we wake. Be gentle with yourself.  Slowly and caringly welcome yourself into your body and into the new day.

Listen to gentle, loving music. Take your time. Meditate, do yoga stretches, read some inspirational works, use affirmation, and even say a prayer. Treat yourself to a healthy and nutritious breakfast. When eating, eat mindfully. Minimise talking for the first hour and avoid the news or anything that may generate stress or unnecessary tension.

There is plenty of time left in the day for stress if you still crave it, so why burden your mornings with it?

 

Over the years, I have always had a morning practice that usually involves meditation and listening to music.

This is my current morning practice, which take around 10 minutes:

Current music choice: Snatnum Kaur channel on Pandora.

1. Nadi Shodhana Breathing for 5 minutes (single nostril breathing)

 

Breathing is, by far, the fastest way to adjust your chemistry and balance the nervous system. Learning to work with breath is essential for anyone interested in enhanced health and wellbeing.

2. Sound work – Chanting “A-O-M” at least 7 times.

Sound is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. A-O-M touches each of the fundamental tones that the universe resonates at. Activating these tones, helps to bring your own vibration into alignment, relaxes tissues in the body, warms up the vocal chords, and enhances the depth of breath. It is also amazing at “nulling” the mind into pure vibration.

3. Hands into prayer – 3 x Thank You

This sets up the energy field of gratitude, which is another powerful vibration to set yourself on.

  • The first thank you is for something very simple – like, thank you for the bed I slept in last night, the shelter over my head, the wind on my face, the warm clothes I have on.
  • The second thank you is for the life force that courses its way through my body and being. I become aware of the blood and energy flowing through my body and system, and I give tanks for such a gift of life.
  • The third thank you is for having such an awesome day. With this thank you, I get into the feeling of having a great day, making new friends, having a good flow of events, and being productive. I give thanks in a way that allows me to feel like it is inevitable.

After that, I bow and relax my posture and practice.

 

This 3-stage morning practice takes around 10 minutes. I seem to adjust my practice a little every few months as things shift, yet I rarely miss a day, and the average time for this practice can be anywhere from 10-30 minutes.

 

What does your morning practice look like?

 

 

What is E.F.T.?

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E.F.T. (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a form of mind + body + energy psychotherapy.

Traditional psychotherapy focuses on the mental layer and uses talk therapy primarily. Whereas the E.F.T. approach uses talk therapy while also working on the physical and energetic layers at the same time because an E.F.T. therapist sees them as intrinsically connected. We can access the extra layers of the mind, the physical and energy bodies by working with the acupuncture meridian system.

Acupuncture points are little pools of accumulated energy that are located on the meridians that run throughout the body. The meridians are described like rivers that distribute energy and life force around the body. In Chinese medicine they are called meridians, and in the yoga’s of India, they call them nadi’s.

With E.F.T., we can trigger healing by tapping on the acupuncture points which triggers a flush of energy and blood throughout the meridian system.

What makes E.F.T. unique compared to acupuncture or other energy medicine techniques, is that it has a conscious mental/emotional component added. Therefore making it potentially an effective treatment in a counseling and psychological context.

When a stressful state occurs in the body due to a traumatic event, the bodies energy systems can easily become “programmed” into a stressful state. So when the thought of that traumatic even is brought up again in the present, the body returns to that same programmed state. That’s why when we think of a past trauma, we instantly re-live that same stressful feeling.

Talking about a trauma, without addressing the underlying physical and energetic imbalance in the system, is often unfruitful and progress is slow.

However, if we address the physical and energetic imbalance in the meridians that is related to the traumatic event as soon as possible, the emotional intensity of that stressed state tends to dissolve and all associated unpleasant feelings, emotions and negative thoughts tend to disappear very quickly!

How does this happen?

  1. Firstly, we bring to mind a stressful thought or feeling which will quickly trigger an unpleasant energetic state in our body and meridian system.
  2. Then, we acknowledge the unpleasantness, and start to tap on the key acupuncture points.
  3. Then, we use some very focused words and sentences while we tap on the acupuncture points to help dissolve it and clear it from our system. (A trained therapist, like myself, can help you with this.)

What we find is that after following this procedure over a number of minutes, the intensity of stress around the stressful thoughts or the past traumatic event dissipate dramatically. In some cases all emotional intensity around the event dissolve completely, right there and then.

When we tap on the acupuncture points while holding a trauma in mind we are stimulating and re-organizing the meridians system to restore energetic balance, therefore “snapping it out” of its unbalanced, stressful program. After a series of sessions working with the E.F.T. technique, it has been found that same person brings to mind the previous traumatic event, there remains little to no emotional intensity or stress around that event.

This approach has been found to be very effective when working with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Body aches and pains that are still present after traditional medical testing and treatment have not provided relief

 

If you want to see if E.F.T. can help you, please book in a 30min Free Clarity Call with me by clicking here.

 

Here is a great video about E.F.T.

Speak soon 🙂

 

How to Treat Depression Without the Drugs… Let Me Explain

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(Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace advice from your preferred medical practitioner.)

Depression is spreading throughout the world at an alarming rate. Over 10% of the population in the USA, UK and Australia are now popping anti-depressant medications and the numbers are on the rise.

Current modern medical approaches, primarily using pharmaceutical drugs and counseling methods like cognitive behavioural therapy (C.B.T.), are providing only average results. While treatments seem mostly ineffective or in some cases actually make people worse off, more people are being diagnosed with depression every day.

Indeed, it seems that we have a big problem on our hands… so it’s time to look for new (and old) approaches.

Well, I’m here to break up some myths and drop some serious bombshells about depression. 

I’m here to shine light onto a new approach to understanding mild to moderate depression and how to go about treating it more effectively.

I experienced depression myself for a number of years yet I successfully came out studying and practicing yoga, psychology and traditional Chinese medicine. Now, I come with good news!

I’m here to share with you an approach that is grounded in traditional Oriental medicine. Traditional Oriental medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine on the planet, which comes with over 2000 years of field-testing experience.

Now, before we get into it, I kindly request that you read the full article before sending me angry messages or posting comments – because I know there are going to be a few. Any new idea that challenges convention tends to cause tension – hey, I get that, however somebody’s got to do it…

 

The first bombshell ~

Depression has little, or even nothing, to do with a chemical imbalance in the brain.

This is complete nonsense because firstly, there is much more to it than that (from environmental factors, to genetics, to nutrition, to exercise, to inner attitudes, to the energy fields one spends their time in, and more to which require a lot of time or even a book to fully explain) and secondly, most of the dopamine and serotonin they refer to as “the happy chemicals” are actually located in your guts, not your brain!

brain chemistryNow, this whole “chemical imbalance in the brain” was just a loose scientific theory to try to explain what depression was caused by. It’s still just a theory that was never fully proven or confirmed, yet it seems to have stuck, and hence we are now popping more and more chemical pills to try and plug up this so-called chemical imbalance.

 

The second bombshell ~

Mild to moderate depression is very easy to treat.

Let me first be clear here that we are talking about mild to moderate depression – not severe depression or clinically diagnosed mental illness.

The symptoms of mild to moderate depression I’m talking about are most commonly: moodiness, easy to anger or frustration, lack of energy, feelings of being lost, confusion, boredom, mild to moderate drug abuse and easily putting on weight.

So, how and why is this mild to moderate depression easy to treat?

Because in most cases, mild to moderate depression is usually due to, a word and concept that we never use in western medicine or psychology, “STAGNATION”.

Stagnation is used all throughout traditional Oriental medicine as well as in the field of yoga and Ayurveda. It is mentioned so often in these disciplines that it is one of the leading causes of most diseases.

Ok, great, so what does stagnation actually mean?

Stagnation means that the energy and blood of the body (and mind) has become sluggish, impaired and/or “stuck”. The ideal state for the human being to thrive in health and wellbeing, according to traditional medicines, is when the body and blood flows smoothly and efficiently through the system.

feeling stuckWhenever the flow of energy and blood becomes impaired, it starts to impair the body’s physiology, from blood pressure changes, muscle atrophy and sluggish digestion, right through to mental sluggishness, tiredness and yes, depression.

Could it be that simple? Yes.

 

The third bombshell ~

Feeling shitty and uncomfortable every now and then is normal and part of the human condition.

I think that mainly through advertising we are often painted a picture of the “ultimate happy and successful person” and told that being surrounded by comfort and pleasure is the sign of success.

Yet in truth, every successful person is successful because they have learned to manage and deal with feelings of being uncomfortable every now and then. There are times when being uncomfortable is just they way it is, for a short while anyway.

Meditation teaches us how to deal with feeling uncomfortable every now and then. Dealing with uncomfortableness is a sign of maturity and life wisdom. I’m not saying here to “put up with feeling like shit” or “shut up and deal with it”, I’m saying that sometimes you will experience feeling crap, and that’s normal as everyone experiences this. The key to moving through those occasional states is to watch it come up and then let it pass. What will tomorrow bring?

However, if these states don’t pass within a day, a few days or even a week, then you are most likely experiencing “stagnation,” and it’s time to get things moving…

A major point I want to make here is:

The sooner you catch onto “stagnation” and go about clearing it, the easier and quicker the body and mind is able to respond to it and clear it from the system.

The longer we ignore the “stagnation” or try and bomb it out with drugs, alcohol or incorrect treatment, the deeper the stagnation gets, and the more complex the depression becomes.

If we leave it for 6-12+ months, the depression will start becoming more complex and harder to treat, and there is the risk of it becoming “severe” depression, which would involve more inclination towards psychosis, clinical-level mental illness, insomnia, heart problems and so on.

Essentially, we want to prevent it getting this far, however if already at this level, we definitely need to seek advice, help and support from the best that both western and eastern medicine has to offer.

 

So there you have it. I’ve been dropping bombshells all over the place.

How does it feel? Does this approach make sense?

 

Time for a summery ~

Mild to moderate depression is likely be due to “stagnation” and not due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.

If you are experiencing “stagnation” triggered depression then:

 

Step 1 –

Exercise more

Find a movement-based exercise you enjoy. It could be yoga classes, tai chi or even dancing the tango. Whatever it is, do it at least 3 times a week to give that stagnation a good kick up the butt. To supercharge your stagnation-busting approach, get 3-10 sessions of acupuncture. This will massively speed up your progress.

 

Step 2 –

Mentally, intellectually and emotionally challenge yourself

If exercise doesn’t work or you are already doing lots of exercise, then it’s more likely you are experiencing stagnation on the mental (and emotional) level. Are you being challenged mentally and emotionally at your job and in your relationships? Do you feel like you’re growing and expanding the way you want to? Do you feel like the smartest person in the room? If so, maybe it’s time to find another room.

If not, it may be time to read more books, take on a new creative project, find a job that challenges you more or maybe start to reconsider who you are hanging out with. If you have a romantic partner, do you feel like you’re evolving and growing into a better, more aware, person because of it?

 

Step 3 –

Ask the big questions. Spend time in self inquiry.

If none of those prove helpful, it could be stagnation on the spiritual level. This involves asking yourself bigger questions like, “What is my relationship with God or the universe”, “Who am I?”, or, “What am I designed to do here on earth?” It may also be helpful to seek counsel from spiritual advisors and teachers to help you move your energy in this direction.

If the mild to moderate depression is due to stagnation, and you do go about clearing it with the suggested strategies, you will find that the depression will simply… DISSOLVE. This will result in all associated depressive thoughts and feelings simply disappearing of their own accord.

In fact, any disease triggered by stagnation will naturally dissolve whenever the stagnation is removed… it’s that easy.

Want a Step-By-Step System to Help Clear Your Depression?

 

If you want more support and guidance, I am offering a FREE 30min Clarity Sessions via Skype.

This 30min Clarity Session will help you identify what area of your life needs attention and what you can do right away to get it going in a more favourable direction.

Click here to learn more.

 

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Speak soon,

Michael H

5 Lessons From Kung Fu Training

As my final days of training in the Tienmeng Kung Fu academy, in the hills of Shandong, China, come to a close, I’ve been reflecting on some key lessons that  I’ve picked up from my short, yet intense, time here.

And this is what I’ve come up with…

1. If you don’t have strength, use speed

The good news is it is possible to defend yourself against a 6 foot 5 inch monster built like a tank. How? The key is speed. A quick jab or flurry of jabs to the neck or balls, and it’s game over, monster man.

This teaching comes from the Wing Chun school of Kung Fu, which emphasises speed and efficiency over strength, especially in close combat situations. The story of the origins of Wing Chun is somewhat fairytale and epic.

It is said that a group of martial arts masters gathered to work out a super-efficient and effective martial arts style that could be taught quickly to the monks of the temple, because they were increasingly under threat from foreign invaders, local warlords, and bandits. After the local warlord heard of the meeting and new potential threat, he sent in his troops and wiped out all masters, except a female nun, who escaped. She took shelter in a nearby cave, where she continued to work on and develop this new style. After some time, a local village girl discovered this nun and, realizing her background as a martial arts master, sought her help in defeating a terrible man forcing her to marry him. The nun went to the man with a challenge; if this girl with whom he wanted to marry could defeat him in a hand to hand fight, she would not have to marry him. Laughing at the challenge, he accepted.

The nun then trained the girl in effective techniques, and when the time came for the duel, the girl had the man flat on his back in just a few seconds. This girl became the first student in the lineage of Wing Chun Kung Fu, which then got handed down from generation to generation, eventually reaching Bruce Lee many centuries later.

The full story is told in this video I recently recorded – check it out…

A well-trained wing chun martial artist can unleash around 8 punches per second! Wow!

 

2. Stretch every day

If you want more flexibility, it requires stretching every single day. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to this.

In a conversation with another student, who is a trained physiotherapist, it was revealed that it’s not the muscle that is tight; it’s the neuro-muscular receptors at the muscle that is registering “stress” and therefore telling the muscle to lock up for protection.

Therefore, the stretching is a way of teaching and re-programming the nervous system that it is “safe” and the muscle can be released.

 

3. Repetition, repetition, repetition

Whenever you learn a new movement, whatever it may be, there is an engaged mental “learning” process involved, which takes a lot of your attention. Then, after repeating the movement again and again, eventually it will get embedded into your system, and then the mind that was previously occupied with the learning process will be freed up and be able focus on other things.

If you want to get good at anything, repeat, repeat, repeat until it becomes a no-brainer.

 

4. All kinaesthetic training helps

This refers to the observation that all movement-based training contributes to other movement-based Kung fu in Chinatrainings. When I was 20, I practiced Capoeira for 4 years, yet I haven’t practiced it for 10 years. However, for some Kung Fu kicks, the capoeira training re-emerged without effort and gave my kicks a lot of unexpected power. It is the same with the yoga; some of the yoga training came up in my Qi Gong and so on.

Therefore, all physical, kinaesthetic training overlaps and will benefit all other forms of training. Therefore, training is never wasted, so keep building up your physical movement dynamics – It all helps.

 

5. A relaxed body helps qi, speed, power, memory, and learning

When you learn new things, if you can relax your body and mind, it’s much easier to pick things up. It also helps your Qi move more easily throughout your body, offering better blood circulation and overall body relaxation. In Kung Fu, you go from hard “active” movements, followed by soft relaxed movements. When both are present, the practice becomes powerful, yet relaxed. Explosive, yet controlled.

In this way, your practice becomes dynamic, yet nurturing. Moving from intensity to relaxation and back again repeatedly is one of the keys to good health and vitality.

 

 

I am seeing how this training is already carrying over and expressing itself into my yoga practice. There is a feeling that my yoga will naturally take on a more martial arts dynamic which I think is exciting and is  something that my students will likely see in the coming months!

So, if you are looking for a good “kick up the butt” to gain more flexibility, discipline, and feel more capable of defending yourself if any self-defense situation arose, then consider studying Kung Fu in China.

It’ll rock your world!

 

The Energy Shift Summit Is Coming

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Want to learn more about how energy medicine works?

Then, check out this special online event that’s coming up…

The Energy Shift Summit (Starts Nov 7)

One of the goals of this summit is to help de-mystify energy medicine and energy healing so that we can all have a better understanding as to how it works and therefore, be able to use it in a way that enhances the healing process.

The Energy Shift Summit is a FREE online event where a good friend of mine, Sonia, has interviewed over 20 experts in the field of energy medicine, energy healing and transformation.

(I’m one of them ~ Yes, that’s a shameless self plug… )

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If you want to be involved just visit http://theenergyshiftlive.com/MichaelHetherington and enter your info. Then, from the 7th of November you will receive an email, every day, with one exclusive 30-minute expert video interview.

Each of our extraordinary experts will share inspirational stories, practical tips and resources, and they will also share a FREE gift with you to help you make positive changes in your life right away!

Energy medicine is the new frontier of medicine and I can say that it has changed my life. Energy medicine acknowledges the Human Energy Field (HEF) and how it plays a major role in health and wellness.

In the interview we talk about PAIN, what it is caused by according to Oriental and energy medicine, and how to go about treating it without using pain killers.

Generally, the more you know about how energy medicine works, the easier it becomes to work with it and manage your health.

 

If you want to learn more about energy medicine, then The Energy Summit is the perfect event to check out.

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How to do Chakra Meditation & Enhance Your Body’s Healing Ability

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The technique of chakra meditation itself is very simple

It involves placing your attention on one chakra at a time while using an internal sound on the in breath, and on the out breath.

Why do Chakra Meditation?

  • Calms the mind
  • Enhances relaxation & improves sleep
  • Enhances the bodies healing capacity
  • Assists in regulating hormone balance
  • Improves digestion
  • Calms the nervous system
  • And much more..

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Preparing for Chakra Meditation

Ideally, you should practice chakra meditation while seated in a comfortable position with the spine fairly straight.

Sitting on the floor in a traditional lotus-like position does enhance the practice and one’s ability to concentrate, but it is not absolutely necessary. Sitting in a comfortable, supported chair is also fine. Lying down is also an option for those who have real difficulty sitting upright, or who are bedridden due to illness or injury.

Generally, we tend to discourage lying down during meditation practices as it is very easy to fall asleep, but in cases of sickness or injury, it is fine. Just try to remain awake during the practice. If you fall asleep, don’t worry; try the practice again later when you feel more alert.

For those who have tight hips or stiff backs and are therefore unable to sit comfortably, then the practice of asanas (postures) is also recommended to help relieve the body of its stiffness, and to enable one to sit comfortably with little to no discomfort.

 

The more you cultivate the ability to concentrate, the easier it will be for you to focus on chakra meditation.

 

Some days will be easier than others to focus your attention, so don’t be too discouraged if one day you feel like you get nowhere with it. Simply try again later that day or the next day when you sit for meditation.

 

How to Practice Chakra Meditation

The actual chakra meditation practice takes about 10 minutes to complete one round. When you add the initial concentration practice of breath awareness (10 minutes), we now have a meditational practice that will be about 20 minutes in duration.

If you have the concentration and durability to go longer, then just spend more time on each of the chakras. You can expand the time into as long as you like, as there really is no time limit to it. If 20 minutes is too long to commit to, then try 5 minutes concentration with 10 minutes chakra meditation. Or, if you have difficulty with it, then just stick to concentration meditation for 10 minutes in duration.

Anything less than 10 minutes I find doesn’t really do much because it takes a good 10 minutes just for the mind just to start settling down.

For chakra meditation, we use the mantra “Huummmm Saaaaaa”, which is an easy mantra to work with and literally means “I am”.  We can use any simple mantra really, yet I have found this one to be simple and very effective. After you get established in the technique, feel free to use other mantras if you wish.

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After sitting for the initial period and focusing on simple breath awareness, we are ready to begin chakra meditation:

 

1. Place all of your attention on the base of the torso where the base chakra resides. Another way to describe it is where you are in contact with the floor through the sitting bones and the bottom.

 

2. Keep your attention fully on the base of your torso and as you breathe in, say to yourself inside, “Huummmm”, and as you breathe out say “Saaaaaa”. Get the sense that the mantra is resonating from the base chakra.

 

3. Continue this mantra with your attention on the base chakra. This allows your breath to move easily without force or effort. The mantra will help to dissolve any thoughts or distractions as they arise. Keep coming back to the mantra with your attention on the base chakra for a few minutes, or for about 10 inhales and exhales.

 

4. Then we simply repeat this process moving up to each of the chakras. So now, move your attention up to the 2nd chakra (sacral chakra), placing all your attention just below the navel. As you breathe in you say internally “Huummmm”, and as you are breathing out you say “Saaaaaa”. Repeat for a few minutes, or about 10 inhales and exhales.

 

5. Move your attention up to the 3rd chakra (solar plexus), placing all your attention in the upper belly region. As you breathe in you say internally “Huummmm”, and as you breathe out you say “Saaaaaa”. Repeat for a few minutes, or about 10 inhales and exhales.

 

6. Move your attention up to the 4th chakra (heart), placing all your attention in the center of the chest. As you breathe in you say internally “Huummmm”, and as you breathe out you say “Saaaaaa”. Repeat for a few minutes, or about 10 inhales and exhales.

 

7. Move your attention up to the 5th chakra (throat), placing all your attention at the front of the throat. As you breathe in you say internally “Huummmm”, and as you breathe out you say “Saaaaaa”. Repeat for a few minutes, or about 10 inhales and exhales.

 

8. Move your attention up to the 6th chakra (third eye), placing all your attention between the eyebrows. As you breathe in you say internally “Huummmm”, and as you breathe out you say “Saaaaaa”. Repeat for a few minutes, or about 10 inhales and exhales.

 

9. Move your attention up to the 7th chakra (crown), placing all your attention at the top of the head. As you breathe in you say internally “Huummmm”, and as you breathe out you say “Saaaaaa”. Repeat for a few minutes, or about 10 inhales and exhales.

 

10. To finish off, it is best to repeat one of the lower chakras to ground the energy down. Move your attention up to the 2nd chakra (sacral chakra), placing all your attention just below the navel. As you breathe in you say internally “Huummmm”, and as you breathe out you say “Saaaaaa”. Repeat for a few minutes, or about 10 inhales and exhales.

 

11. When you feel you are ready to come out, simply start to open the eyes and relax your posture. Take your time getting up, and be sure to have a drink of water at the end.

 

That’s it! 🙂

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share.

 

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Meditation Can Be Messy – Let’s Talk About It

These days, it seems that everywhere you look meditation is being sold as “the silver bullet” that will fix all our problems.

However, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Real meditation can be messy and no one’s really talking about it.

So, let’s talk about the messy stuff.

This information is not to discourage you towards the practice of meditation, but to forewarn you that it can be a rocky path, and to help support you through those messy patches that you may encounter. The good news is, “the messy stuff” is actually A GOOD SIGN because it’s a sign of progress.

 

3 things you will likely experience when you go deeper into the practice of meditation.

1. You will become more sensitive

This occurs because the mind becomes more “subtle.” We will start to notice how our bodies react to certain things like images, movies, music, people and places. We may start to have a stronger negative reaction to those things, whereas before, it wouldn’t have “shaken” us as much.

 

2. You will start to withdraw

There will be a tendency to withdraw from the usual situations. As you become more sensitive, things will start to feel different to you like music, people, places, food and so on. This is also a period when you will start to question everything and re-asses your behaviour and your lifestyle.

This is usually the messiest phase we experience.

A lot is going on here as we begin to naturally re-asses, process and then start to re-align ourselves to those things that are more in sync with your new way of seeing and feeling. A large component of this phase is the “clearing out” of the backlog of suppressed emotions, feelings and attachments through the “letting go” practice that is always a part of any real meditation.

How long will this phase last?

Everyone is different – yet the general principle seems to be that the more you have avoided and suppressed your previous emotions, traumas, events and life experiences, the more there is to process and therefore the longer it will take. For a rough estimate, it will take 1000 days of practice.

 

3. Your vibration will become clearer & more steady

After a good amount of time in the “withdraw” phase, your vibration, the feeling inside, will start to become a lot more clearer, cleaner and steadier as you align towards those things that feel more true, worthwhile and authentic to you. As you begin to gain this clarity, the world won’t “shake” you like it used too and you may even find your personality is quite different. You will feel much more clearer and more grounded in your life direction.

From here, you will likely be drawn back into the world with a new sense of energy and clarity. Because of your steadier state of being, work won’t stress you out so easily, you won’t get so affected by the world and you will become more playful and fun with it.

This is a great phase and will likely last for the rest of your days. It is assured to continue if you persist with the practice of any meditation or life practice that assists you in the art of “letting go.”

 

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30 Zen Quotes to Blow Your Mind and Open Your Heart

Zen sprouted up in China in the 6th Century AD and took root in Japan some time later. It is thought that the early teachings of Taosim, around 800 years earlier, and teachings from the Mahayana Buddhist tradition from India, laid the foundations for the teachings of Zen to originate.

The word ‘Zen’ is a Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word ‘Chan’ which was derived from the Sanskrit word of dhyana. Dhyana means “a meditative state.” japanese-zen-buddhism

The unique thing about Zen is that the teachings de-emphasizes the practice of studying and memorizing scripture and instead prefer the simple practices of zazen, or sitting meditation, and contemplation. The teachings and practices of Zen allowed for common people, and not just monks, to be able to reach stages of enlightenment. It was understood that enlightenment was available to all people, at any moment, one just needed the veils of illusion to be removed.

A large part of Zen practices focused on koans, sayings and Zen master’s teachings. Many of the quotes seem paradoxical or illogical. This is the purpose of such tales as the comments are designed to break down mental conditioning so the truth of enlightenment can be revealed.

Here is a list of 30 unique zen quotes to help you come out of the mind and into your heart…

 

If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won’t see the Buddha.

~ Bodhidharma

 

A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.

~ Bodhidharma

 

Buddhas don’t practice nonsense.

~ Bodhidharma

 

It is better to practice a little than talk a lot.

~ Muso Kokushi

 

If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

~ Dogen Zenji

 

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.

~ Dogen Zenji

 

A flower falls even though we love it and a weed grows even though we do not love it.

~ Dogen Zenji

 

No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease.

~ Dogen Zenji

 

To escape the world means that one’s mind is not concerned with the opinions of the world.

~ Dogen Zenji

 

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.

~ Lao Tzu

 

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

~ Lao Tzu

 

Let it be still and it will gradually become clear.

~ Lao Tzu

 

Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.

~ Lao Tzu

 

To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.

~ Lao Tzu

 

He who talks more is sooner exhausted.

~ Lao Tzu

 

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

~ Chuang Tzu

 

A path is made by walking on it.

~ Chuang Tzu

 

The purpose of a fish trap is to catch fish, and when then fish are caught, the trap is forgotten. The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.

~ Chuang Tzu

 

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

~ Zen saying

 

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.

~ Buddhist saying

 

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

~ Buddha

 

You only lose what you cling to.

~ Buddha

 

Enjoy your problems.

~ Shunryu Suzuki

 

You should rather be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practice.

~ Shunryu Suzuki

 

When you can do nothing, what can you do?

~ Zen Koan

 

Here it is – right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it.

~ Huang Po

 

Since it is all too clear, it takes time to grasp it.

~ Wumen Hukai

 

Let go or be dragged.

~ Zen saying

 

Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom.

~ Zen Proverb

 

Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon.

~ Zen proverb

 

Don’t seek the truth, just drop your opinions.

~ Zen saying

 

Want more? All of these quotes and more are available in one of my quote books “Simply Zen Quotes” which can be found in the Barnes & Nobles online bookstore. Click here to check it out.

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