What You Need to Know before Starting a Meditation Practice

Whenever we start something new in life there's always obstacles to get over. Giving up smoking, going to the gym, training for a marathon, or losing weight. Starting a meditation practice is no different. It might seem easy enough, sit down concentrate on the breath and then feel relaxed and calm the rest of the day. However, anybody that has tried it for more than 30 seconds know it is not that simple. In fact, it is hard starting a meditation practice. I recorded this video and uploaded it to my YouTube channel with the 3 main problems we encounter when we...

Full Body Healing – Guided Meditation – 14 Mins

Here is a 14 minute guided meditation that takes you through a body scan making you aware of all the different parts of your body. It is this awareness that creates the calmness in the present moment which in turn will give you more peace of mind. It first relaxes you into a deep awareness, then you start to scan your body starting from your feet and ending with your mind. You thank each part as you go. This cultivates an appreciation not only for who you are but also your body and how you are dependent on it....

How To Stop Thinking And Enjoy Peace Of Mind

How to stop thinking and enjoy peace of mind

Whether we realise it or not most of us have become addicted to thinking. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to stop thinking for a few moments whenever we wanted a break? We are addicted to thinking, we fundamentally believe it makes us who we are. And, just like any other addiction, it is hard to shake the habit. I hear it all the time, ‘I can’t to stop thinking’. With regular addictions, we the option of cold turkey. Get rid of it, kick it out of our lives for good and ‘grin and bare’ the consequences. Thinking is...

3 Things You Need to Know before Starting Meditation

In my late 20s and having heard about meditation from a TV programme, I thought it would be cool – the whole essence of becoming a calmer person had massive appeal to me. I made myself comfortable, settled down for my planned 30 minutes and told myself I wasn’t going to move, not even to scratch if I had an itch.  Well, three minutes in, I decided it was a load of rubbish.  There was no hope – my mind was racing more than ever before. I gave up! In my mind I was clearly someone who had irrepressibly strong thoughts, was too intelligent, a supreme...

Cannot Sleep! You are Probably Making this One Mistake

When we cannot sleep, stay asleep or struggle to fall asleep it is quite often because we are trying too hard. When I started the self-improvement growth phase of my life a few years ago I didn’t put much importance on my sleep. I thought ‘burning the candle at both ends’ wouldn’t affect me. Granted, burning the candle both ends for me means watching self-development videos and reading personal development books! I was wrong. Sleep is one of the most important aspects of health, growth-development and our well-being. Without sleep, the body cannot repair itself and the mind eventually cannot function. Even...

Finding Meditation Hard? Try using this simple technique instead…

I first attempted meditation in my late 20s, thinking it would be a cool thing to do. I even thought it might get me a love interest being 'cool and all that!' The lotus position of sitting cross-legged and upright on a cushion was out of the question for me due to being paralysed. Insert link. So I would sit in a quiet place and attempt 'meditation' which lasted approximately two minutes. My thoughts kept coming thick and fast and there was no chance I could sit without thinking for two minutes. I wanted peace, tranquility and blissful escapism. Come on;...

3 Reasons Why You Will Not Meditate

May 2014, I believed the only way I could escape my thoughts and painful feelings would be to completely shutdown and block all my feelings. A breakdown was on the cards and I believed I deserved it. After all, other people have breakdowns for a lot less than what I'm coping with. Why not me? I wanted a break. But I kept going. (I had recently become single which I wrote about in this blog, How I Learned to Forgive.) It was a tough time. Very painful, possibly the hardest time of my life. It does show how much emotional...

What is mindfulness?

What is mindfulness

Mindfulness seems to be the new buzzword around the Internet and it is even creeping into everyday life like some new fad that is going to change our lives and make us somehow happier. I have to be honest, when I first started reading about what mindfulness is and how it can change people’s lives, I didn’t believe it for a moment. The concept is so simple and incredibly easy to understand and practice that it cannot simply be that good. Or can it? First let’s look at what mindfulness is and just as important, we will also look...

The 17 Amazing Spiritual Lessons I’ve Learned

The 17 spiritual lessons I've learned

When things got too much and silencing my thoughts become seemingly impossible, I was left with no choice but to find a way to peace and calmness, which is something that I hadn’t experienced for a very long time. Through my study of the world wisdom traditions and my journey into mindful living, I have learned many valuable lessons which have brought me greater peace, joy and fulfillment. Here are 17 of the amazing spiritual lessons I’ve learned: 1. The world’s wisdom traditions have one central message, in order to live life happier in a deep and lasting peaceful way...

4 Reasons Your Meditation is not Working

For reasons Meditation isn't working

In my mid-20s, I made a feeble attempt at meditating after hearing that 30 minutes of meditation provided the equivalent of nine hours of sleep, so being someone that liked to burn the candle at both ends, I thought a 30-minute meditation would be perfect for me. I also thought it was just a `cool’ thing to do; perhaps even a great chat-up line! Just before you continue you could head over to Zen 21 and download a free meditation (opens new window) that will make a massive difference especially if you are just starting out your meditation journey. After sitting...

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