Updated: Feb 16
In our modern day world we are increasingly living life in the fast lane and are continuously on the grind whether it be chasing our dreams, being a full time mother, wife, partner or pursuing our careers and on and on. So now more than ever, it can seem that we are living on the edge and on the verge of a burn out. That’s why it is important to slow down and go within to connect to our inner calm.
Mindfulness has become a buzzword of late but it is a tradition that has been a practice in various cultures and a part of spiritual practices for centuries. The best way to practice it is through meditation. Now backed by new research findings, Meditation has strong scientific support that suggests that it can have considerable power in helping us to develop stronger self-awareness and self-esteem and the ability to restore balance in our lives.
A number of months ago, I was invited to my first guided meditation group session with the talented meditation teacher and featured female entrepreneur Naomi Louise from Love & Light Meditation. In a very short space of time, she was able to relax me and help me to reach a state of peace and stillness that I hadn't been able to reach myself. If you want to attend a guided mediation session with Love and Light Meditation book a class HERE
"A meditative mind is silent. It is not the silence of a still evening. It is the silence, when thought, with all its images, its works and its perceptions, has entirely ceased"-J. Krishnamurti
This week's Self-Care Sunday is dedicated to introducing and supporting you to begin implementing the practice of meditation into your day to day life. Many people hold the perception that you have to sit or lay down to meditate, however on the contrary, it can be conducted while standing and walking too.
Here's a quick meditation to try:
The Simple Chanting Meditation
Sit in a comfortable, upright position, in a quiet place. Place your thumbs and forefingers together. Now focus your attention on a pleasant-sounding one or two syllable word. Begin by slowly whispering the word PEACE to yourself. Stop whispering "PEACE" and just think "PEACE" You can picture the word written out in your mind, or hearing it in your mind. Keep your attention focused on the word PEACE. Be careful to take a deep Inhalation and exhale the word out.
When you attention strays from the word PEACE, bring it gently but firmly back. Let go of any doubtful thoughts and bring your mind to this word. Keeping your attention on your breathing. Repeat the word 10-15 times.
By Sasha Shantel & Syianne Raemond @Women_Who_Slay_