• 21 Day Meditation Experience - Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit.

    Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey began another of their 21 day meditation experiences - I think now 18 days ago. I had planned on writing it up as I followed it, but life took over, but here is Day 1 and I will try to add the rest. The meditations are available to buy for download to an ipad or phone. They are only about 15 minutes and so really quite 'do-able' for everyone. I have several of their meditation sets which I enjoy and when times feel a little difficult serve as a reminder with regard my spiritual beliefs and values.

    Day 1- Finding the Lightness in Your Life – A personal Journey

    Message of the Day:

    “Lightness and weightiness… are both choices in life.” ― Erik Pevernagie

    “Welcome to our 21-Day Meditation Experience, Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit. We are delighted you are joining us on this adventure to transform all of our heaviness and burdens in life to lightness and fulfillment. Together we will understand that “shedding the weight” is not only an issue for our bodies, but that we are also weighed down with emotional, mental, and spiritual burdens.

    Today we discover that we don’t have to struggle to shed our burdens – all we need to do is expand our awareness. In that awareness we find the inner fulfillment that is our true self. This state of expanded awareness is the lightness in your life, and allows you to effortlessly let go of heaviness that doesn’t serve you.

    As we continue this Meditation Experience over the next few weeks, we will explore all the ways to shed our weight, whether it is physical, mental, or emotional.”

    Centering Thought:

    “My struggle has ended. I am in harmony with myself”

    Sanskrit Mantra:

    “Om Laghu Bhavam – I am lightness itself”

    (Sounds like lah-goo bah-vahm)

    Oprah:

    “When you hear the words, shedding the weight, you likely think about weight loss and cutting back on the food you eat. What I know for sure is that weight takes on all kinds of meanings in our lives and in this meditation experience, shedding the weight – mind, body and spirit, Deepak and I invite you to join us on a path to shed the heaviness that you accumulate in your mind, body and spirit. Together, our goal is to replace that heaviness with vitality and energy.

    In week 1, we explore what hunger means – in the deepest sense. In week 2, we begin to rebalance our attitudes, habits and beliefs that hold us back. In week 3 we complete the transformation, creating space for new perspectives that lead to holistic positive change. Through meditation we begin to open up and recognize what we’re really hungry for, and in that mindfulness we unleash the energy of lightness. We begin to replace our hunger with fulfillment

    Welcome to Day 1, Finding the Lightness in Your Life. Shedding the weight is about the totality of our needs and how to realize them in a positive, lasting way. Listen as Deepak guides us to a new understanding of our burdens. He’ll start us down the path to harmony within ourselves. Then we will meditate together. Lightness! Here we come!”

    Deepak:

    “To be truly effective in addressing weight and it’s connection to self-image and happiness, success lies in taking a broad view. Eating is no longer simple. Food is nourishment and yet eating has come to stand for many other things including our level of fulfillment and general well-being. Many kinds of burdens pull us out of our natural state of balance and contentment. In this 21-day meditation experience, we’ll restore the satisfaction your life is meant to bring. This journey is about replacing any kind of heaviness with lightness.

    Heaviness is more than physical. It’s a theme that can permeate any aspect of a person’s life – heavy moods, heavy stress and heavy work load. Whenever you feel burdened, there is weight to be shed in mind, body or spirit. None of these burdens are necessary. They are created by unhealthy choices and a buildup of toxicity. Emotions and relationships and can be as toxic as the wrong food. This is common knowledge for many and yet, finding a way for shedding the weight frustrates millions of people. Whatever burden you are carrying in your own awareness, there is a way to shed the weight. There are many doors for starting the journey. Excessive weight gain and a poor body image don’t have to be a constant source of anxiety. There are actually doorways to the best journey of your life.

    Looking at eating as one dimensional, ignoring it’s personal and emotional dimensions doesn’t work. We see this all around us in society. Only 2% of dieters take off at least 5 pounds and keep it off for five years. There must be a better way. The key is expanded awareness. When you discover, with the help of daily meditation, what you are really hungry for, you will hold the key to shedding your burdens and ending your frustrations. No struggle is involved. If struggling worked, the battle to be who we want to be would have ended long ago.

    Why do we keep fighting with ourselves when this tactic never worked in the first place? When you give yourself what you really want and need, overeating ceases to be a problem. Instead of fighting against a habit that always fights back, let’s begin a journey of transformation that lasts for a lifetime. Fulfillment is the goal, not filling your stomach.

    As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,

    My struggle has ended. I am in harmony with myself

    My struggle has ended. I am in harmony with myself

    Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the mantra,

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    This mantra means my essential nature is likeness itself

    Repeat it silently to yourself,

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more. Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra,

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    Om Laghu Bhavam

    Now release the mantra. Continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly. When you feel ready, open your eyes.

    As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought

    My struggle has ended. I am in harmony with myself

    My struggle has ended. I am in harmony with myself

    Namaste”

    Day 1 Journal Questions:

    1. “Consider the ways you feel weighed down in your life. Write a list of the burdens in your mind, body, and spirit that you wish to lighten in these three weeks.”

    2. “Write down three things you can do to find lightness in your life. For example, these could be listening to music, taking a walk, or playing with your children.”

    3. “Reflect on what nourishes your inner self, and then describe two things you can do today that nourish your spirit.”

    4. “Reflect further on today’s experience”

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  • Sex Box

    I spent a little while the other day writing my post about The Truth About Cancer and another about Sex Box. Just as I was about to press the publish button for the Sex Box posting my computer mysteriously closed down and unfortunately everything I had written was lost.

    So now to try again. A little while ago I was searching for a tv programme on catch up that I had missed and by chance came across a programme on Channel 4 called Sex Box which I decided to record because I thought it might have some interesting or valuable information which would help with regard my work. I watched the recording in small doses throughout Tuesday - it was difficult to get through to the end - one of those programmes that you think is so appalling that you dont want to watch but think you should keep watching just in case.

    It was hosted by a Steve Jones and Goedele Liekens. Goedele being a sex therapist from Belgium who appeared on our screens last year when she was brought to a school in the North of England to look at sex education within our schools. I blogged about that at the time.

    Looking on google it seems that most viewers poked fun at the programme by comparing it with Philip Schofield's The Cube. However, I found a couple of other interesting postings: -

    'Imagine going on TV to lose your lesbian virginity and having everyone watch?' she tweeted.

    Saulnero was even more horrified, writing: 'It's approximately 10:29pm and I'm currently watching the decline of western civilisation, from my couch.'

    His feelings were shared by SnoozeActive, who said: 'This footage will prove valuable for aliens investigating why our species died out.'

    I am far from being a prude, but if this is the sort of programme, along with too easily available porn and a lack of education with regard life, love, sex, intimacy and relationships, then I am inclined to agree with the comments above. It would seem that even Goedele, a trained sex therapist, fakes orgasm and has little or no idea of the bodies sexual energy and how it affects us and the people around us, let alone how to make, develop and keep an intimate connection.

    It is very sad that so many people are missing out on the amazing sensations that their bodies are capable of experiencing if open to and aware of the possibilities.

    Another viewer left feeling bleak was Blancmangetout who said: 'I feel despair for the human race.'

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  • The Truth About Cancer

    I believe that the figures advertised now with regard the number of people who will suffer cancer at some point during their lives is 1:3. I am fortunate that it is not something that has come into my personal experience. The closest that I have come to cancer is an uncle who died many many years ago - long before I really started researching health and healing. I do however have numerous friends who have experiences within their friend or family groups.

    As a woman of a certain age, I have chosen not to have mammograms. When I received the card for my first appointment, my inner knowing, told me that it caused more harm than good, but I ignored my own feelings and attended because of my daughters and mothers opinions. I left the appointment even more sure that it was not for me. I do not know whether other women's experience of them is the same or similar to my own, but I came out with the feeling that having the delicate breast tissue clamped and squashed in that way was likely to cause problems.

    Our cells are constantly changing. My belief is that depending on the timing of a mammogram, every woman could potentially be shown to have an issues that the medical profession feels needs to be investigated or treated. I believe that many women have gone through treatments for issues that would have resolved through the bodies own natural healing and growth and would not have shown had their mammogram appointment perhaps been a couple of weeks later.

    Experts have been questioning as to whether mammograms are helpful -

    'The toxic effects of mammogram radiation are finally being acknowledged as a significant factor in the development of breast cancer. Several recent studies have clearly shown that breast cancer screenings may be causing women more harm than good.

    A new study published in the British Medical Journal (December 2011) confirmed that breast cancer screening may cause women harm, especially during the early years after they start screening.2 This harm is largely due to surgeries, such as lumpectomies and mastectomies, and other (often unnecessary) interventions. The study highlights losses in quality of life from false positive results and unnecessary treatment.'

    The above is taken from a report called 'Your greatest weapon against breast cancer (not mammograms)' which can be found at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/03/experts-say-avoid-mammograms.aspx

    I have membership of a group called 'The Truth About Cancer. They are re- releasing “The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest” 9-part documentary series starting on April 12th. Here is what they say:

    'Yes, for a limited time we’re going to make it free for everyone to see each and every important episode…

    So do you agree this is the type of health info that millions deserve to see? (Versus, for example, yet another Big Pharma commercial for another drug!)

    Because it is with YOUR help — your “word-of-mouth” — that we’ll be able to achieve our mission and goal of changing the way the world thinks about cancer. :-)

    You see, we want to help move people away from believing that drugs… surgery…chemotherapy…radiation and all the rest are the “best” or “only” answer to cancer.

    And we want to help move people toward realizing there are MANY other powerful (non-drug / non-surgery) ways to prevent, treat, heal from, and beat cancer (and other diseases, too)!

    Yes, we’re finally starting to make a big dent in dangerous belief out there that drugs, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are "the best" or only options out there when it comes to cancer.

    And yes, Big Pharma may not be happy with what we're trying to expose to the world about those options, and all the better, far safer options out there instead.

    But so what.

    Your life, and the lives of your loved ones, is not a “market” for them to toy with and make billions from.

    You, your loved ones, and frankly every human being on this planet DESERVES to know there’s a much better way.

    If you also believe that millions (or billions, for that matter) deserve to know “The Truth About Cancer,” please just take a few minutes to recommend to others that they sign up for the (free) “A Global Quest” documentary series beginning April 12th right here.'

    Here is the link -

    https://go.thetruthaboutcancer.com/?ref=f63a2d58-75f2-4d4f-a01d-ee825d8f1249

    Please pass it on to anyone who might be interested in looking at alternative treatments for cancer or who are just keen to avoid it in the first place.

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  • Similar Life Experiences

    I have spoken to many clients about the energy that we carry as individuals from previous generations. It is unfortunate that we are not generally consciously aware of what that energy is. As anyone who reads my blogs will know my father passed away earlier this year. My father had a huge impact on my life and I have spent my adult life attempting to counteract the effects. In the last few years he softened and I was able to have a few conversations about his childhood experiences. I wanted to try and gain some understanding as to his life. When he became more limited by his lack of mobility I asked him to use his time to write to me about his life, but he refused.

    In the last couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to meet up with my cousin. The second daughter of his eldest brother. She is ten years older than myself and as she moved to Australia when she was 20 to seperate herself from the family, I have not seen her since her last visit here twenty years ago. We were both however struck by the similarities in our lives, although I believe that the abuse she suffered during her childhood was far greater than my own.

    We can only hope that our awareness has meant that our children will not be repeating the same patterns, although we are both conscious of the fact that in spite of our determination that our children would have a different experience from our own, that they all have their own issues that they are working through. It would seem that it is just part of life and growing up and that even with parents with the highest of intentions and conscious parenting skills there will be issues to resolve, maybe through contact with other people - relatives, teachers, peers.

    I do not remember my paternal grandfather. He died when I was 2. My paternal grandmother however lived with my parents from that time. I was always under the impression that she had been frightened of him. Photographs of her showed her looking very much younger after his death than before. My cousin remembers them both and did not find him frightening. However, all three of their children had very troubled adult lives. My cousin said that her father was evil. My only memory of her parents was from my early years before a big family fall out when I used to hide when they visited. He committed suicide. My aunt although dying naturally apparently attempted suicide on numerous occasions and my own father attempted suicide when I was 16 and had a very troubled existance.

    It seems very strange to me that three children from the same parents would all become suicidal and abusive adults. What could have been the cause?

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  • Sex can save your life

    Whether you are single or married, chances are that you are someone who is committed to a healthy lifestyle of exercising and eating organic, non-GMO foods and focused on nourishing your body with things that have the highest-level ingredients. I'll bet you are exercising, possibly meditating and doing yoga.

    What you probably don't know is that there is something that will extend your life for many years, regardless of what you eat, or how you exercise.

    Wanna guess what it is?

    A happy marriage!

    Research has proven that happily married couples receive the benefits of something called The Marriage Effect, which means that they are:

    •More likely to live longer.

    •More likely to be physically and mentally healthier and happier.

    •More likely to recover from illness quicker and with greater success.

    And for men, this is really important to know:

    A 2007 study found that the rate of death of single men over age 40 was twice as high than that of married men. Marriage for men is a lifesaver.

    And for those of you of the generation that would prefer to shack up over getting legally married, you need to know that living together is not the same as being married to each other. It was found that happy couples who are living together in a committed, unmarried relationship don't receive the benefit of The Marriage Effect.

    Harville Hendrix (love expert extraordinaire, whom Oprah calls The Marriage Whisperer) about it, explained that it has to do with safety and security. On the unconscious level, those committed but unmarried couples do not experience the same level of safety that married couples do. Safety is one of our most profound human needs.

    More good news: Sex can save your life! Just as you commit to eating right and exercising for your well being and health, it's important to make sure you are having sex...the more the better. According to leading sex expert and researcher, Dr. Pepper Schwartz of the University of Washington, studies shows that for women, sex provides lower anxiety, more vitality, a higher quality of life all while building immunity.

    For men, sex one time a month or more will reduce his risk of dying by 60%. The men who had sex twice a week (or more) were least likely to die and sex provides protection for men against cancer and heart disease.

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