Who are we choosing to be?

IMG_4890We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves.
We need to start giving more to receive more.
Find peace within before expecting it outside.
Learning to love ourselves so we can love others.
Be ready to question our system of beliefs to create a new society system.
We can be all, create all, become anything.
What are we doing?
What are we choosing?
Who are we choosing to be?
K. Wilson

Stressed Out? Try Some ‘Mindfulness’ Practice

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Contribution from freelance writer Sally Writes

Stressed Out? Try Some ‘Mindfulness’ Practice

The word mindfulness has become a prominent fixture in western vernacular in the past couple of decades. It is a direct translation of the pali word ‘Sati’ which literally means to ‘keep something in mind’. So then, what exactly does this practice entail? In brief, we should understand that mindfulness is essentially a ‘centering’ practice that aims to make users more aware of how their bodies and minds function.

For example, a common method for being more mindful is through the observation of one’s breath. While this may sound like an easy task, it is much more difficult than you might think. For starters, you can begin with five minutes a day of watching the ‘in and out breath’. This steady awareness helps us tackle difficult emotions more efficiently and allows us to have a better perspective on things, as and when we are faced with them.

Some handy mindfulness techniques..

  • Walking awareness: this technique was widely propagated during the time of the Buddha as it is highly portable and can be done on the go. The method entails the user being aware of his/her footsteps so that the attention is focused on the pressure sensations on our feet.
  • Mindful Eating: this is another potent method that is highly useful to make ourselves more aware. While this might be difficult to practice during work hours, it can definitely be a handy tool when eating at home or when on a mindfulness meditation retreat.
  • Visualisation: this is another method that has been propagated for centuries by various Hindu and Buddhist meditation practitioners. It involves us focusing on a visual image (candle, photo) and centering our awareness on the object for a certain period of time. This technique helps gather our awareness and allows us to feel refreshed in a small period of time.

How does mindfulness help me in real life?

Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between mindfulness and lowered levels of stress. For example, people with a 15 minute daily practice were on average seen to be 46% less likely to face issues related to stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. These numbers are quite startling as they reveal that a practice this simple can greatly influence the way our mind works.

Where to get started?

There are many useful books on this subject that can help us get started into a regular practice. Other than that, it is also beneficial to check out local teachers who have had prior experience of meditation and mindfulness. Lastly, users can also go online and find a teacher that connects with them.

 

www.awakenmeditationretreats.com

 

Why You Need To Go on A Spiritual or Yoga Retreat

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By Guest blogger Sally Writes

Going on a spiritual vacation is one of the best ways to clear the mind, get in touch with one’s inner self, and achieve enlightenment. Every year, thousands of people go on a spiritual or yoga retreat to refresh their minds, with many travelling all the way to New South Wales to learn meditation techniques and reconnect with nature for a better quality of life.

With most people living a fast-paced lifestyle, it seems that the proliferation of mindfulness retreats seem to be timely as more individuals are seeking positive ways to reduce the stress of everyday life. Visiting spiritualist destinations around the world provides many benefits for those in need of spiritual, mental, and physical healing. Moreover, taking a trip to these vacation destinations can contribute to a person’s overall health and happiness as they learn to go on an inner journey and discover deep truths about themselves. Here are all the reasons why you need to go on a spiritual or yoga retreat.

You get ample time for self-care

Most people eschew self-care as they take on the demands of work and family, but taking some time to care for yourself is crucial to avoid burnout and restore your energy. Just having the time to meditate, pray, read, walk, or do nothing at all can do wonders to help you unwind and reflect on what’s truly important.

The Awaken Meditation Retreat in Byron Bay is a fantastic example of a spiritual destination that promotes mindfulness and self-care. The serene vacation spot holds mindfulness and meditation workshops as well as daily yoga lessons to help you quiet your mind, reduce stress, and have inner peace.

You become more mindful

Going on a spiritual or yoga retreat helps you become more aware of how your actions impact the environment and the people around you. As you grow mindful, you focus on the people around you and you find ways to improve yourself every day.

You’ll make healthy choices

Some yoga or spiritual vacation destinations provide healthful food during your stay, so your body becomes well-nourished as you feast on fresh food every day. Most retreats also prohibit unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking, and some even require you to go on a technology detox to get the full benefits of the retreat. By going on this type of vacation, your body and mind get a break from all the pollutants and toxins that you get from your daily environment and lifestyle.

You’ll look and feel better than you ever did before

Doing yoga, meditation, and eating healthy food will make you feel physically and emotionally better. You may find that your muscles don’t ache as they used to, and even your skin glows as your appearance reflects all the tender care that you’re giving your mind and body during your stay.

These are all the reasons why you should opt to go on a spiritual or yoga retreat for your next holiday. You’ll find that taking some time to reflect and care for yourself will give you the priceless gift of peace of mind, health, and happiness.

 

Next retreat in Byron Bay from the 18th to 23rd of February 2018. Book now on www.awakenmeditationretreats.com 

 

Magnesium and happiness.

Just a quick reminder that magnesium is essential to our wellbeing in general but to our mental health in particular. It relaxes and calms the nervous system and is important for people with mental health issues.

We need to remember that nowadays most of our soils are depleted in minerals and we are not getting enough magnesium through our food as it should be. So a supplement is highly recommended whether internally or as a physical application.

Personally I like sprays better for immediate relief and direct body absorption especially when like me you have a sensitive digestion.

Our happiness is what we do to ourselves.

www.caim-able.com

 

The Power of the Mind and Meditation

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Originally posted on http://www.yourzenlife.com

Our mind is a powerful tool. Most of the time, we tend to believe what our mind is saying. We hear a voice in our head and we tend to identify with it. Yet whatever is being said isn’t always true. But if we believe all that we hear in our head then our happiness will only depend on our positive thinking. It is great if we are a naturally born optimist but challenging if our mind is wired on fear or self-criticism.

Also our emotions are strongly linked with our thoughts. If our mind tends to worry about something in the future, we then tend to experience fear in the present moment. It does not mean that this worry will actually happen, it may or it may not. But in the meantime we have created stress for ourselves by listening to those thoughts.Whatever the mind is saying, it will create an emotional response in our body.We have a tendency to spend most of our life reacting and responding to our thoughts without questioning. Yet what if it could be different?

We hold the power within ourselves to change our thoughts and even to stop our mind at once.And when we become able to control our mind, we also become in control of how we experience life.The best tool I know that can bring us this new quality of life is the practice of meditation.

With regular practice, we slowly start managing our thoughts. We become more aware and conscious of all the incessant chatter inside our head. And then we can learn how to completely stop it. Of course it takes time but the peace and happiness that result are definitely worth it.

With meditation regular practice is essential. We can learn different techniques and practice the ones that suit us best. We can join a meditation class in our neighbourhood or enrol in a meditation retreat for a quantum leap in our practice!

Here are 7 Reasons why meditation is good for us and we should start today!:

Health: A stress-free body will repair and heal itself quicker than a stress-full body. Meditation is like fresh air, like healthy food, like physical exercise. It keeps our body and mind in perfect shape and condition.

Happiness: If we learn how to control our mind, then we know how to stop our negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. We then have the power to choose happiness over unhappiness.

Freedom: Meditation will free us from the illusion of the past or the future. It keeps us in the present, the only reality.

Power: Meditation empowers us. We become our own master and we discover the power to create our reality.

Peace: A quiet mind. A peaceful mind. Peace. We can be peaceful no matter what our outside circumstances are.

Charisma: It changes our energy. Our light radiates. We attract and empower other people.

Life: We can start living, really living. We become present. We enjoy life here and now.

Here are a few tips for starting a meditation practice:

Daily practice: This is very important. A minimum of twenty minutes at the beginning is good. But if we have time the longer the better!

Discipline: Doing it at the same time every day can help with the discipline.

Will power: Not listening to all the excuses that our mind will try to bring forth to get out of the meditation. We should do it no matter what!

Right place: It is good to find a quiet place for our practice at home or outdoors and it is better to switch off all our mobile and wi-fi devices.

Persistence: Not giving up! Like everything in life, it can take time before we start experiencing results but as always when they come we are glad we persisted!

Basic technique: A good technique to start with is putting all our attention on our breath. Taking long and deep breath-in and breath-out and just watching it. Becoming conscious of the air entering our lungs before escaping again. And every time we notice ourselves caught in the stream of our random thoughts we just have to come back to watching the breath.

Enjoy!

K.Wilson

Quinoa salad

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This recipe is really easy and REALLY good 

. 1 cup quinoa ( cook in 1 1/2 water)
. 2 tomatoes , cut in small dices
. Half a zucchini, cut in small dices
. Small block of feta cheese ( cut in small cubes)
. 1 grated carrot
. Fresh snow peas
. Lots of fresh herbs: coriander, parsley, basil, chives

In this one I have added some grated beetroot, and half an avocado

Season with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and juice of 1 lemon

Enjoy!

 

K.Wilson

People Power: Our Health, Our Planet

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Natural, Organic & Sustainable

Why are we still buying and covering our bodies with beauty products which are as detrimental for us as they are for the environment?
We have great power in our society as consumers. Indeed this is pretty much the only power we have left. Media, lobbyists, big companies are always trying to control us into buying and doing what they want us to do, so they can become richer and more powerful. But only few have got our best interest at heart even though they always claim their latest beauty product is revolutionary and will finally stop us from ageing and makes us look like a top model! As if! It’s always the same products only with new packaging and new media campaign. Truth is they are still full of chemicals that are causing cancer, loaded with palm oil which is destroying our rainforest and killing orang-outans and instead of making us younger they are making us ageing faster. The skin is the biggest organ of the body. What we put on our skin goes into our bloodstream. Then our body is trying its best to get rid of all the toxins, heavy metals and chemicals. But it doesn’t really have time for it as day after day we just put more layers on ourselves. Then we get sick as our bodies can’t cope any longer.
Yes these products are ‘cheaper’ on the shelf, but really what is the real cost?
How much our health is worth? How much is our planet worth?
We have the power to change things. As consumers it is our choice and responsibility where and how we spend our money. If we stop buying crap they will have to stop selling us crap. Our society is profit oriented not people or planet oriented. But if WE, the people who actually care, decide to only support companies that also genuinely care for humans and the environment, they we can change the status quo. Money is power. Who we give our money to is who we are choosing to represent us. And it also represents who we choose to be and what kind of future we want for ourselves and the next generations.
It is time to move from destructive habits and low quality products towards healthier choices, healthier products and companies who are in harmony with nature and our bodies.
K. Wilson