SILENCE YOUR MIND
“Spending time with yourself, your Soul will provide direction, clarity, and spontaneous fulfillment of your desires.” Gene Black/Edward Muhammad “From Alignment To Enlightenment.”
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a technique for encouraging and developing concentration, clarity and emotional positivity. It is all about learning the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of Being. With regular work and patience, these healthy, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energized states of consciousness. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life. Helps with BEing present, which is the most fabulous thing.
“Your entire life consists of the present moment.” Eckhart Tolle
People have been meditating for thousands of years. While the practice isn’t new, science is just catching up to its benefits. Just as there are so many different people in this world, there are different ways to meditate. You don’t have to be sitting in the lotus position (cross-legged, with fingers touching) to get into that meditative state. I find adult coloring books are amazing, mowing the lawn, walking, whatever works for you.
How can you Learn to Silence your Mind?
There is an app called Headspace, which I strongly recommend you try out. Practice the basics of meditation and mindfulness with Take 10; Headspace’s free introductory series. With 10 sessions of 10 minutes each, you’ll learn how to train your mind for a happier, healthier life. Headspace is your very own personal trainer to help you to train your mind.
Benefits of Meditation
In scientific studies meditation has been shown to have a myriad of benefits. Not only is it an opportunity to silence your mind and take some time out from your crazy stressful life. It also has the following benefits:
What Could You Do Next?
Download the Headspace app and give mediation a try for free for 10 days: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app
“I am very health conscious individual and heard about meditation and the associated health benefits for years be but I never delved into it for some reason. Along comes Denise and not only does she reintroduce me to meditation but explains many of the true benefits on a much deeper level. Here I am years later a devoted meditator and reaping all of the wonderful health benefits from it. I cannot express how truly grateful I am for Denise opening my eyes to one of life’s extraordinary gifts.”
The Five Minute Journal
The Five Minute Journal is your secret weapon to focus on the good in your life, become more mindful, and live with intention. With a simple structured format based on positive psychology research, you will start and end each day with gratitude. Side effects may include: increased happiness, better relationships, and becoming more optimistic. You have been warned.
The Five-Minute Journal website is https://www.intelligentchange.com/products/the-five-minute-journal
The simplest thing you can do to start your day happy
A daily journal can help you to recognize the joy in everyday life. Other benefits include:
Begin the day right: When you start the day on the right note, things automatically start to fall in place every day.
Cultivate Gratitude: Gratitude is the opposite of depression and anxiety. It’s the conscious experience of appreciation of the gifts in our lives and the results are tangible.
Reflection: Ending the day on the right note can be essential to a good night’s sleep, eliminating negative thought loops and learning more about yourself.
The five minute journal is a structured format to boost your happiness in 5 minutes a day.
Here are the questions in the journal and some examples of my answers:
1) I am grateful for…
Example of my answers a) Quiet time in the morning b) Breath c) A comfortable bed
2) What would make today great?
Example of my answers a) Having an mutually amazing session with a client b) Swimming c) Writing
3) Daily affirmations. I am…
Example of my answers: I am love, I am happy, I am faithful, I am inspiring, I am obedient, I am determined, I am helpful
Even if you just go through the exercise above in your head, it is such a wonderful way to start the day. Then at the end of the day, here are the questions:
1) Three amazing things that happened today…
Example of my answers: A new client has signed up to work with me, had a big, long hug, finished my envisioning board.
2) How could I have made today even better?
Example of my answer: Planned my day the night before, reduced my time on social media.
What a great way to end the day, focus on the positives and think about how you could have improved your day, so you learn from things that didn’t go so well.