Mental Health Mantra 17/365
It has been a fatiguey day today, tiredness pervades me. This feels familiar, making me feel a tad jittery because I was so incapacitated when in my 20s with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. I made my way through that tunnel by the time I was 30 but it was a decade's long haul. I find that all that I learnt then, about healing, wellness and holistic health has been the foundation pillar of my journey these past 32 years and I built upon these pillars to support me through my life.
Today as I was finishing off this 17th Mental Health Mantra, the phrase kept coming through "Your light makes a difference." Lorie Ladd on You Tube who I adore, reminds me of this often, especially in these times.
It made me recognise that even feeling fatiguey today I can choose to be light and sit in that space for a while. For me, it was about turning my attention to light, being outside in nature, in the garden, watching the seagulls circle me, we have a crowd of them that hang out in south Liverpool / considering we're really only 4 miles from the River Mersey, they're never that far away.
I realised that my light can make a difference. Even when I feel fatiguey and tired.
I made a lovely lentil shephard's pie early in the day, so that I knew it was ready and I could settle into the day. I played crazy tennis ball games with the girls who just loved it, lots of waggy tails.
In my meditation practice I can beam my light out on to Planet E and beyond, I can channel Reiki healing blessings to all. It only stops when I stop.
I will continue to keep that focus and keep that relaxation meditation practice so that I can send light beams out. We all need that right now. To step back into our bodies and connect to our soul, to raise the light and vibration and send that out to all - that does mean me too. I need this too.
What I know for sure .... is that you don't need to be some meditating guru and sit cross legged, what you need is the commitment to sit. In a chair. On a bed. Inside, outside,. Just a commitment to sit and connect to your breathing. Start there. It really is all that it is.
You will find your light, and yes, it makes a difference.
I was introduced to this quote back by Peter Russell who I met in New Mexico in 2004 on my adventure.
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience."
I loved that when I heard it, made complete sense to me.
My commitment to sit is here.
Sending out oodles of light to you whomever your are, reading this. Trust your intuitive intelligence.
"Art with Heart - Calm your Mind, Soothe your Soul."
Mental Health Mantra 11/365
I took my husband in to hospital this morning for his radio iodine ablation treatment, he'll be there for 4 days as he has to be in strict isolation. Dropping off this man who has been through so much this past year makes me upset, he has seen such a lot in his life, especially in serving in the British Army, my heart goes out to him as he becomes the ready brek man for a few weeks. We have to laugh, it's the only thing that is keeping us going.
On being back home surrounded, by my the two Jacks, they keep me centred and sane. If there is one thing that this whole process is teaching me is to trust my own intuitive messages that I hear, feel, sense. I began listening to intuitive intelligence over 32 years ago when I was diagnosed with M.E Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and it is in listening to these messages that I healed into good health after 10 years of navigating that disabling path.
On this day in January 2021, I sat quietly on the couch, listening.
Breathing, hands over heart and chest.
I knew I needed to deeply relax my body mind and spirit.
This called for a big body relax.
Switching off from all mediums.
Deep breaths, deep exhales.
oh... and a huge pot of rooted vegetable soup. Always a winner for me to ground and relax.
Do you sometimes get a real gut feeling that gives you a sense of 'this doesn't feel right!'
If so, go quiet, remove yourself and get some space between you.
Breathe, hands on heart.
Trust your own message.
It's usually pretty spot on. If you then need to do more research to support your gut feeling.
Rely on your self.
Keep shining starbeams.
Trust that intuitive intelligence.
'Art with Heart - Calm your Mind, Soothe your Soul'
In all of this external drama I have had to choose one thing to keep me sane and so I made meditation a priority, connection to spirit, quietness, stillness, amongst all the other stuff I have integrated over the past 32 years.
The mental health anxiety I am witnessing in others and snapshots in myself the breakdowns of what is going on, means it has to be a daily practice otherwise I will go under.
I hope it helps you to soothe any anxiety about what is unfolding and can help you calm your mind and soothe your soul.
This is for you who who want to rebalance your chakras and feel less anxious about all the external stuff happening.
I am planning to do some videos of me doing this self soothing meditation, which could be super cool if we do them in a group, so let me know if you'd be interested and I'll keep you posted.
Take one of these slides and place your hands in the positions illustrated and repeat the mantra to yourself for 3 minutes.
If you want to focus on all 9 of these hand positions, this will take you 27 mins (yep I can count lol).
Sending you oodles of love on this wintery day.
Keep shining your light and trust your intuitive intelligence.
Art with Heart ~ Calm Your Mind, Soothe Your Soul.
When we make decisions and take responsibility for our own wellbeing, we try to create systems that support us, whether that's eating a different diet, moving much more, bathing more, taking time off.
Over the past six months, clients have been coming forward to discover more about getting clear and listening to their inner compass. Meditation and quiet time practice has become part of the journey for them.
For me, having a consistent 'quiet time, be still kinda practice' (call it meditation, call it relaxation, call it being still) is just as important and is a vital system to support, nurture and ground me, especially as I'm working with clients.
However meditation seems to conjure up all sorts of feelings for people.
They try it and it doesn't 'work'.
People have a go at trying to empty their mind of all thoughts, which is actually a reeeealllly difficult thing to do, and so when it doesn't happen, (**hello thoughts**), they believe they 'can't meditate', they give up and don't bother.
Here's the thing, meditation means setting aside some quiet time every day to sit still
What you do during the 'sitting still' can be up to you.
* Some people just focus on being mindful of their breathing.
* Some people count their breath, hold it and then exhale.
* Some people use a prayer or an affirmation and say it in their mind.
* Some people use a Sanskrit mantra to help the mind to stop whirring.
* Some people will look at a candle flame.
* Some people will listen to music and lie down/sit in a chair/on the floor.
Meditation is code for 'Stopping.'
It will be different for everyone however the gem of meditation is finding the time and setting this aside as part of your daily practice.
One of the ways that works well to soothe the mind is to choose a particular mantra or phrase.
Saying this over and over to yourself, you'll find that you may suddenly remember an item for your shopping list! if you do, say 'thank you' and return to your mantra/phrase.
If you remember that you need to call a family member, say thank you and return to your mantra/phrase.
Sitting still is an accumulative practice, it builds up within your body, mind and spirit and you suddenly find, after a month of doing it, that if you miss one day, you'll miss it.
Plus add in a Mantra, your unconscious will thank you.
I am feeling Calm
I am feeling Confident
I am feeling Courageous
So Hum (Sanskrit for I am )
Time out in your day, every day, is taking responsibility for your own well being.
Whether you choose to meditate every morning before your day begins, or whether you meditate early morning, find somewhere in the morning space to sit still for 3 minutes.
You will find your own way.
But you have to practice.
Make the space every day to sit and invite quiet time in.
Try this ...
Find a chair that feels comfortable for you, somewhere you won't be disturbed, wrap yourself in a blanket, feel warm and cosy.
Turn off your phone sound and set the clock timer for your desired time.
Choose a gentle reminder tone. I love 'slow rise'.
Start with 3 minutes and build up every week until you get to 13 minutes.