I’d never heard of Ho’oponopono until a few weeks ago, when it was mentioned in some coaching videos I was listening to as a tool for bringing more peace, love, connection and gratitude to one’s life. Well that sounds nice, I thought, we all need more of those things. So I looked it up and read a little more. I’ve started practicing in my own life and I can say, I can see that indeed Ho’oponopono fosters peace, love, connection and gratitude. [Read more…]
It’s been a couple of months now since I took my class in Transcendental Meditation, so as promised, I’m giving you my 60-day Transcendental Meditation update! I have to say it’s become such a wonderful part of my day, and I have no regrets in learning the technique.
One of the things that really appealed to me when deciding to learn, was the analogy I heard of the waves and the sea – that our conscious mind is like the surface of the ocean, lots of waves swishing this way and that way, little boats getting tipped around, trying to stay afloat. And yet, at the bottom of that very same ocean, just one mile down, all could be quiet and still. Ahhhhhh that sounded nice – quiet and still. I want quiet and still; but my mind felt more like the little boat going up and down on the waves, always in action and always moving. There wasn’t a lot of quiet and still. To some extent, that action is what allows me to get a lot done, to be productive and to stay in action. It’s just tiring to be there all the time.
What TM has given me is to be able to experience the stillness, the peace, the tranquility, that I imagine is not dissimilar to the bottom of the ocean. In that 20-minute period, my thoughts do quiet down and it’s very peaceful and very relaxing. What I especially notice is my body feels like it’s melting into the chair. I never knew how much tension my muscles held until now – I can feel the tiniest little facial muscle just relax and let go, it’s quite astonishing.
Even when I have a hectic day ahead and I’m excited to get into my projects, or I’ve had a busy day with patients and my mind is turning over all the cases, I am able to get to that place of deep relaxation. About 10 minutes into my 20-minute session, the thoughts slow, my body relaxes and I have 10 minutes of the calmest, most peaceful time.
I won’t lie though, I find the twice-daily part quite challenging, and I have definitely missed the second session quite a few times. But I do the best I can, and that has to be ok.
Have I seen the benefits spill over to the rest of my life as I hear long-term meditators talk about? Well, I do feel that I’m calmer at home and have better tolerance and patience, especially with my daughter. I think it’s still early days for me in the grand scheme of things, so I’m looking forward to seeing what else is to come. I can’t say that I’ve had any experiences of “transcendence” yet, but I for sure know a depth of relaxation I haven’t known before.
I see enough benefit to know that TM is good for me. I know other kinds of meditation bring similar benefits for other people, but for me the structure of TM has been great. I have my mantra to come back to, and it’s starting to feel like an old favorite teddy bear – familiar, comforting and always there.
I would definitely recommend TM to others who have tried to meditate but just couldn’t get it! That was me, and I’m happy that now I’m “getting it”. I love that it’s so simple, I love that I don’t have to try to resist thoughts or not have thoughts, and that thoughts are an accepted part of the process.
I’ve loved it so far and have no regrets at all in learning in, and I’d definitely recommend it to others. If you want to learn more, just go to www.tm.org and find a local chapter.
I wrote a post a few days ago about the importance of daily actions that contribute towards our goals, and keeping the balance between our dreams and visions, and the actual daily actions that will bring us to the things we desire (you can read that one here). I found a planner recently that I think is so helpful in bringing that to life and helping us to walk it out – it’s called the Panda Planner for Productivity, Time Management and Happiness.
The Panda Planner has been designed to help with those three areas – productivity, time management and happiness. It is founded in positive psychology, but has also been designed by someone who has had Lyme disease and cancer (that’s a true double-whammy), as well as a traumatic brain injury, and needed something himself to help him with emotional hurdles while still facilitating being productive and accomplished. [Read more…]
When you plan your goals and visions, how much time do you spend on the vision part, and how much do you spend on the every day/action part? I’ve always thought that vision boards are a good way to create a vision in our mind of what we desire, with the intent of programming our subconscious that we actually have it, and thus our mind will nicely go ahead and manifest it for us. And while I’m not actually saying that is not true, or that there’s not value in creating a vision board, I did hear an interesting perspective at a seminar last week that had me rethinking that approach, and realizing the importance of balancing vision with action. [Read more…]
I have shared with you all how I started a meditation practice before Christmas (read about that here), learning Transcendental Meditation (TM). Well, I can honestly say that I am LOVING it. And … I’m realizing the importance of creating a meditation space, to facilitate and foster the practice. If you have made a conscious choice to meditate, then the next step is to take action and create a physical space. If you have chosen to meditate at home, then you will need a space where the magic will happen. [Read more…]
As we head towards the end of 2016, I naturally reflect on the year, and I think, holy cow, really? No wonder I feel so frazzled. Between running an integrative practice, seeing patients 3 days a week, publishing a book, writing another 25000 words in an 8-week period for a textbook chapter, teaching my doTERRA classes and leading my doTERRA team, doing 2 rounds of IUI and 2 rounds of IVF, and raising a toddler … I’m exhausted. Deeply exhausted. So I decided to give myself a gift to facilitate a healthier and calmer 2017 – Transcendental meditation. For me, beginning Transcendental meditation is the best Christmas gift I could give myself, and ultimately my family, patients, employees, team members and friends too. I’m only 3 days in and already I am feeling the benefit.
I would like to take a moment to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays – having spent most of my childhood and teen years being completely fascinated by the United States and the American culture, to experience Thanksgiving each year reminds me of how fortunate I feel that a path emerged that allows me to live here. If someone had told me at age 15 that I would settle and live in the States, I probably wouldn’t have believe them! Yet here I am and I love my life here.
Having said that, as I look back I’m thankful for the wonderful upbringing I had – both in the country fields of England and the beachy shores of Australia. I’m grateful for a loving family who I am still very close to today.
Then I look at my life here. I am thankful for my naturopathic practice where I get to help people every day and make a difference in people’s health and their lives; I have a cosy home in a great neighborhood where I can walk to work, walk my daughter to the park, and walk to a multitude of great restaurants and cafes just a few blocks away. And most of all, I am thankful for my husband and my daughter who really truly make my life complete, and bring me profound joy every day.
I’m also thankful to you, my readers, for your ongoing support and positive feedback.
So may you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving – may your day be filled with love, community and great food … just don’t forget the digestive enzymes!
Does your life feel completely chaotic? Like, you’re always running, you’re always feeling somewhat frantic, you’re always feeling like you’re not doing enough, not far enough through your to-do list, or that you’re always letting someone down? I feel like that sometimes. I guess if I was being really honest, I feel like that most of the time. And I know I’m not alone in that – many people I can think of who are in my close circle feel that way, and I’m sure many of you do too. I was recently told about a wonderful book called Present Over Perfect – it’s by Shauna Niequist and it speaks to this exact dilemma. In fact, Shauna was living that dilemma and the book talks about her journey back to peace, connection and a more soulful way of living. I’m seeing myself in the words of this book, and if you are reading this and feeling that your life is kinda frantic too, I highly recommend giving it a read. [Read more…]
Do we as women use the word “just” too often? How did we get into the habit of saying “just” in so many of our sentences, and do we even notice that we do it? A friend of mine brought an article to my attention yesterday – it’s an article written by ex-Google employee and LinkedIn Influencer Ellen Petry Leanse. The post was originally published on LinkedIn, but was reposted on Business Insider. You can read the full article here. In a nutshell, it proposes that we just need to stop saying “just”.
Sitting here today I was going to write on a health-related topic, but the truth is that today I’m getting a big lesson in resilience so I’m just going to talk about that. Maybe I’m processing out loud, maybe I’m asking questions, and maybe I just need a little moral support. [Read more…]