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Why Can’t I Sit Down and Meditate? 5 Tips to Help.

There are a number of reasons why we don’t meditate. Sometimes we feel we can’t or don’t know how and other times we plan to, but it just never seems to happen. Despite good intention, we get side-tracked with procrastination, fear, priorities, time constraints, busy schedules and forgetfulness. Firstly let’s acknowledge that these are merely excuses not actual reasons – gulp. Nonetheless this is where we are at.

Meditation can feel daunting because so many of us think that the intention is to ‘clear the mind,’ ‘empty your mind,’ or ‘be still and quiet.’ This is enough to already turn us off. So let’s start with Top Tip #1:

Top Tip #1: Stop Trying!

Don’t try to meditate. Don’t try to empty your mind (it doesn’t work anyway). Just be. Just sit, or stand, or lie down. Just BE. Don’t worry about thoughts racing but rather accept the mind for where it is. That is the point – Acceptance, Non-judgement.

We cannot fail at meditation. If we intentionally sit for just 5 minutes in silence, even if the mind was in a spin, but we continued to sit in that space – then we successfully meditated. This brings us to Tip #2.

Top Tip #2: Congratulate Oneself.

When we continue to stay in the space of sitting, standing or lying for two minutes, five minutes or thirty minutes, congratulations is in order. Yes, even if the mind was busy! Maybe we felt distracted or ran through the day’s to do list, BUT If we intentionally stayed present in that space, despite the noise of the mind, then we must congratulate ourselves. Why? Because it is hard, and we stayed there anyway.

Too often we try meditation and then say, “I can’t do it,” or “I don’t know how to quiet my mind,” “But I’m still thinking” or “I’m not doing it right.” This self-talk only stops us from sitting down another time. Few people when they begin meditating for the first time(s), just sit quietly and meditate. It takes time and practice. We are learning a new thing. If we want to be a marathon runner, we don’t just become one, we need to stretch and practice running first and congratulate ourselves every step of the way –I ran 1km, or 2kms or 10kms, which takes us directly into Tip #3.

Top Tip #3: Start Small.

If we are new to meditation (or coming back from a hiatus), start small. For many, turning up to a 60 or 90-minute meditation class once a week can create more frustration and disheartenment than peace and calm. This completely defeats the point. So start small. Small can be one-minute, five minutes or ten-minutes and increase as you feel more comfortable. This is also a great way to get us to actually do it. The excuses of time constraints, busy schedules and even fear and anxiety can go away when you set ourselves just five-minutes. Anyone can do anything for five minutes.

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World Mental Health Day

This Sunday is World Mental Health Day and I will be giving a free talk on understanding mental health in COVID times and looking at coping strategies.

Join us at Marketplace by SOS on Sunday 10th October for the first in our Wellbeing Workshops, to raise awareness of World Mental Health Day and meet with resident counsellor Romi Grossberg.

To mark the event Romi will be sharing simple take-home tools we can all do for ourselves to keep our family, friends and community safe and emotionally healthy.

COVID has been really tough for many and has increased our levels of stress, uncertainty, depression and anxiety.  The greater the number in the community who understand the impact of mental health and with the skills to relieve some of these emotions, the more we can support and help each other from things like ‘collective anxiety’ or ‘contagious anxiety’.  So let’s come together, learn together and support together.

We’ll be providing complimentary tea and homemade cupcakes donated by the lovely Moran.

Only 20 spots available.  So register early to save your seat.

Date:  Sunday 10th October

Time:  10:30am – 12:30pm (includes morning tea break)

Location: Marketplace by SOS, behind the Buffalo Steakhouse (Chaweng Ring Road).

Cost:  This event is free to attend, but a small donation on the day to Sisters on Samui would be appreciated.

 

More Info and Registration here.

Battling COVID frustrations

Battling COVID frustrations. What can we do? Thrive Global

Covid Frustration.
“Many of us at the moment, are feeling frustrated and even out of control. In this new world of restrictions being put in place and then lifted, students being taught in the classroom then online, over and over again, going to work, staying home, being let out, and then arguing about it all online or in the home – we can wind up feeling powerless. Frustrated. Overwhelmed. Angry.
 
So what CAN we do to help bring back a feeling of control? To let go of of this Covid frustration. Whether you are living with restrictions or not, there is always something you can do for yourself that doesn’t involve anyone else making decisions on your behalf.

First and to be clear, you are not really out of control, you feel out of control. So how can you come back to feeling calm and in control? To help with communication (less fighting) and make better decisions? To better regulate your emotions? How you feel, act and react. What you say and don’t say, how you say it or choose not to. Whilst sometimes our emotions may feel out of control, they are actually withIN our control.

Let’s understand this better.

The goal with emotions is not to just be happy all the time. What we are in fact looking for is balance. Balance of emotions. Being able to deeply feel an emotion whilst keeping it in balance with all of the others. Frustrations and even anger usually build up over time before we have that exploding moment – but there are signs, often many signs that the level of frustration or anger is building up.”

Read full article to find out what you can do for yourself today.

‘How to Clear the Chaos of our Minds simply by Journaling.’ Elephant Journal.

Clear the Chaos of Our Minds Simply by Journaling?

The simple answer is yes!

“For those yet to discover journaling, are apprehensive about it or basically think it’s a whole lot of bullshit – Let me try a different tact.

Imagine we all have a whirlpool swirling just above our heads. Inside are our thoughts. Half thoughts, full thoughts, bits of memories, a couple points from the to do list, an annoyance from earlier on, a flashback to something last year, a millisecond of feeling we’ve forgotten something, a worry about something next week, a nanosecond from a recent dream, some uncertainty about the future, mixed with the shopping list and what’s for dinner.

These thoughts, memories and fears flash and jump, sink and disappear, reappear, whirl and swirl until we are not sure if we have remembered or done anything today and all we know is that we feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious and can’t quite focus.”

So how can journaling help?

Now imagine a funnel that runs from this whirlpool above our heads straight to our hands and into the pen. Now obviously we can’t write 20 things at once, so luckily, this funnel is just the right size to deliver us one thought at a time. Just one.

And if it is a half-thought, a flash of something, or an “I don’t really know what this” thought, we start with a couple of words or maybe a sentence. Just one. A complete sentence. Easy because our brain isn’t satisfied with a half sentence, and so we will naturally finish it—finish the sentence, finish the thought, make sense of what it is. Then another sentence. And if we want—another. Until that particular thought has reached its conclusion. Now the next thought can slide down the funnel. One at a time.

Full article published in Elephant Journal,

Gaining Clarity & Trusting Your Gut – Podcast interview on Sanctuary Wellness, Thailand

‘Gaining Clarity & Trusting Your Gut’

I was honoured to be invited by good friend, colleague and host Faith Hill to speak on Sanctuary Wellness podcast. Faith interviews a variety of healers and therapists from around the world to hear their stories.

“Welcome to the Sanctuary Wellness Podcast featuring inspiring and informative interviews with wellness experts in a huge variety of mental, physical, and spiritual practices.

In each episode, your host & life coach, Faith Hill talks with a different guest who shares their expertise and knowledge on a valuable wellbeing practice. In addition, each guest shares a personal insight into themselves as people;

what inspires them, what drives them, what fascinates them. In this interview we will discuss a range of topics including gaining clarity – listening to yourself, trusting yourself, self-enquiry, self-awareness, making decisions that are right for you once you drown out all the external noise and voices of others.

This podcast is brought to you from the Sanctuary Thailand Wellness Resort on the tropical island of Koh Phangan. 

Wellbeing, health, life balance, mindset, alternative therapies, vitality, happiness, detox, yoga, meditation, nutrition, positivity.”

Faith also published a 10-minute Mindfulness Meditation of mine a few weeks ago.

Mindfulness Meditation, Sanctuary Wellness Podcast

Bonus: Mindfulness Meditation with Romi Grossberg

Sanctuary Wellness Podcast, Feb 2021.

Calm your mind and body with this 10 minute mindfulness meditation led by holistic counsellor, Romi Grossberg.

PLAY 10-minute Mindfulness Meditation

 

Every second week host Faith Hill posts a short meditation.

Every other second week host Faith Hill interviews a different therapist or healer. In March we had this interview together too.

‘3 Ways to Step into 2021, Without the Weight of 2020,’ Thrive Global.

3 Ways to Step into the New Year!

“2020 felt like a pretty horrible year to most people no doubt. Understandably, we just want to walk (or run!) away from it.

As much as we would like to switch off the memories, we can’t. Carrying the feelings, fear or anxiety of the past year into 2021 won’t benefit us as individuals, or as a collective.

So how can we prepare for 2021?

The reality of the world right now is that many of us will be spending what is normally a huge celebration – New Years Eve, alone or in small groups. Here are 3 things we can do on our own, with a friend or with a family member on new years eve itself, or during this week.

Grab a pen and 3 pieces of paper and let’s begin.”

  1. Saying Goodbye

Write down what you would like to shed. Think about your emotions, thoughts and feelings. We can’t get rid of what actually happened, the loss or the pandemic, but we can shed the anger, frustration, sadness or despair. Layer by layer, a little at a time, we can let go of the feelings associated. Write them down, find your words, express, process, let go.

With 2020’s pandemic spilling in to 2021, all we can control right now is us. Our thoughts, feelings, actions, reactions, behaviour and style of communication. Whatever did not serve you in 2020, now is the time to make peace with it. 2020 is over and it is time to let go.

Burn that letter as you release it from your mind, body and soul.

Photo by Anthony R Turner, Art of Love Photography.

MASTERCLASS: ‘The Art of Saying No.’

MASTERCLASS video here: ‘The Art of Saying No.’

Practical information and things we can do in Setting Boundaries.

Empath’s find it particularly difficult to not only set boundaries, but to keep their boundaries. In this workshop learn to understand why we all need boundaries. Learn how to say no without guilt and stress. Boundaries are empowering and keep us safe. Whilst many put a negative connotation on the word, boundaries is not a dirty word.

I was fortunate to have been contacted recently by the lovely Cassandra Michael, a Positive Psychology & Mindset Coach for empaths and highly sensitives. After a Zoom meeting and some emails back and forth she has invited me as a Guest Presenter on her online course. I will be facilitating a workshop on boundaries.

Positive Emotional Health & Well-Being

The ‘Positive Emotional Health and Well-Being’ online course aims to support you to live a socially, emotionally and mentally healthy life. It covers a range of topics over six videos offering practical and actionable tools and techniques to help you step forward and lead a confident, empowered and balanced life.

1. Free Your Mind

2. Letting go

3. Breaking Free of Negative Thoughts

4. Intuitive Decision-Making: Making choices that are right for you

5. Perfectionism, Success and Failure

6. Combatting Anxiety

Also check out my course on Effective Communication.

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