So many yoga enthusiasts tell me about their challenges in doing a regular meditation or yoga practice. Despite our best intentions, many of us find that life can get in the way, or we get distracted, and our practice is the first thing to suffer. As an example, here’s a typical morning in my house...
For many years we have explored the multitude of the physical benefits of yoga, and of course, the very calming effects of meditation. But maybe you, like me, have also heard whispers of ‘energy’ in your yoga class... Or perhaps you’ve felt something that was a little beyond the realm of the ‘normal’ and physical?
I always experience an upsurge of joy when I see signs of spring, especially after a harsh winter. I’ve been asking myself how to actively increase that feeling of happiness even when life is challenging or when it’s raining.
According to recent research, meditation seems to be an answer, as it seems to be the only activity which resets the brain’s happiness set point. As a meditation teacher trainer and psychology graduate, my ears always prick up when I hear that we can change our minds in relatively simple ways.
Take time to relax and centre your body and mind.
You can use this short, 20 minute meditation to find a place of deep stillness and inner balance. It is particularly effective if you are busy or stressed, or if you need to create a bit more space around you.
When humanity sets out to create unity the results are awesome. In fact when you look at the statistics, 99% of the world is at peace! Humanity has made stunning progress towards building unity, collaboration and health for all in the last 100 years... and when we build on this positivity we help it grow.
So when we hear news of suffering, terrorism or poverty, perhaps the greatest thing we can do in response is to add positivity to the world.
Here are just a few ideas for you - and feel free to add your own in the comments at the bottom of the page.
How to re-start your meditation practice
How often do we tell ourselves we'll keep a daily meditation practice going, but it’s so easy to simply fall out of the habit. Maybe you've had an illness or there's a change of routine like the summer holidays or at Christmas, or another life event we can’t control. We might just be too busy or stressed or upset to keep our practice going.