Meditation is a proven way to look after your mind.
Let’s face it: we service our car with an oil and grease change; we vacuum the house. We know to look after the body with diet and exercise.
But how about taking care of the mind, through which we relate to all of our experience?
Meditation is an ages-old technique for mind-care.
Unlike our phones and devices, the inner firmware of meditation never needs updating. It’s as reliable now as it was centuries past.
In meditation, we’re not expected to feel a certain way or attain a certain ideal.
Everyone has a busy mind!
The aim of meditation is not to stop thoughts or banish emotions. We just allow ourselves to be however we are at the time.
Yet instead of getting caught in our storylines, instead of fusing with our thoughts, we learn to step back and observe them from a kind, gentle standpoint.
Because meditation requires staying on track, it is famous for training focus.
And by engaging the soothing side of the nervous system, it effects are calming and enjoyable.
I invite you to join me for 8 Monday evenings in Kyogle NSW starting 15th October 2018 (6pm-7.30pm) for a series of short meditations interspersed with gentle movements, relaxation and some discussion. $130 ($105 concession) phone Shakti 66 33 3208
CAUTION Meditation can be helpful for mental health issues, but should be considered an addition to, not a substitution for, prescribed medication. Meditation is not suitable for people with psychosis.
It matters what we rest our mind on. When we rest our mind on difficult things- hurts, criticism, worries, or lack- the brain gets shaped in a certain way. It becomes reactive, vulnerable to the negative and zooms into a narrow focus on threat and loss.
I’m really excited to be offering a brilliant new take on Mindfulness this term.
It’s called Savouring.
The Savouring practice takes mindfulness to a whole new level. It provides a sparkling incentive, an instant gratification: it is so rewarding! It gives us a really good reason to bother practising Mindfulness.
I promise you will find this practice really enjoyable. Personally, I have found it life-changing.
Want to know how Mindful listening practices could transform your classroom? It’s simple: The very act of mindful listening, or any sensory focus for that matter, strengthens attention. When children stop and focus intently on sensory input, be it seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or touching, the focusing systems of the brain get a workout. The attention muscle grows.