Honour Your Body Morning Meditation

This ones a biggie, guys. Learning to honour our bodies can be one of the most challenge tasks that we face as human beings.  

I know that it has been for me and it has taken years to get to a place where I feel love for myself and my body to the point where this love influences the choices that I make on a daily basis - everything from: drinking enough water to surrounding myself with people who love me unconditionally, to choosing what I want to put into my body and how much.

Through meditation, I have learned to be come aware of my subtle energy and now understand which life situations and people deplete this vital energy, so that I can make the choices that are going to help me to grow, heal and transform.

For those of you who have trouble honouring your body (this includes most of us), who are hard on yourselves or who are suffering with addiction, negative patterns or self-loathing this meditation, when practiced daily will ground, center and draw awareness to the places where you are knowingly or unknowingly harming yourself.

This is one of my favourite meditations to do starting on a new week, for 7 days.

  1. Find a peaceful, space either outdoors or one well lit with natural light.
  2. Sit in an upright position with your spine long, place your right hand upon your heart and your left hand on your belly and begin to breathe deeply into your belly.
  3. When you have connected to your deep, belly breathing focus on the root chakra energy center or the perineum (space between vagina and anus to put it bluntly) and feel the energetic impact of that chakra.
  4. Your root chakra energetically vibrates with the colour red so as you breath, picture how vibrant the colour of your root chakra is.  Is it a pale red or bright and fiery? As you breath, picture the colour getting brighter and more vibrant.
  5. Once you have brightened the colour of your root chakra, feel the healing and empowering energy of it move through your entire body. Be open to your intuition, creative ideas, images, feelings, emotions and revelations.
  6. Feel your heart and body fill with healing and loving energy and feel a deep sense of compassion move through you.
  7. Feel yourself completely surrendering mind, body, heart and spirit to your deep and powerful energy making a promise to yourself to protect it and nurture it and bring this energy into each interaction, creation and exchange of your day.

(image: pinterest)

A magical moment yesterday eve as I walked by my favorite neighborhood Mimosa tree- flowers like fireworks whose perfume wafts sweetly to attract the honey bees! (And me)

BEe like these flowers POWERS
#peaceful #mimosa #amazing #all_shots #macro #savethebees #poetic #tree #ilovetrees #flowers #summertime #fireworks #bee #Loveandlight #plantstrong #mymeditation #inspiring #Gaia

Monday Meditation - Messages from nature

How do you view growth? If you had to draw a graph of growth, how would it look? A steady incline? Up and down? I think deep down, when we are judging our own situations, we find it difficult to accept the declines as growth. 

Let me tell you how Chinese bamboo grows. 

The graph would not even begin for the first four years. But if you remain patient, and carry on watering this seed that seems fruitless, the bamboo will suddenly shoot up in the fifth year. 

This was told to me in the context of meditation - when you feel you are making no progress, perhaps you are just preparing for the real growth to take place.

This can be applied to anything you do. If you persist in whatever you are doing, eventually it will grow. 

Monday Meditation - be cool like an islander

I am sitting in a little hut as the tide leaves the shore and the sun prepares to set. Behind me is a bar, behind which is a very kind Indonesian man called Agung. He has long curly hair, wears a red SnapBack and plays Bob Marley through his computer.

There is a saying in the Indonesian language: “Sing Keng Ken”, which means “no worries”. I am particularly feeling that on this island, and think that Agung embodies this. Observing his way of life has made me reflect upon my own. Here is what I am learning from him:

Do what makes you happy, with confidence. My Indonesian inspiration often sings with his guitar for us; he is not the best singer, but he does it anyway because it makes him happy. He is not shy about it, and sits right in front of us, maintaining a lot of eye contact.

Bite your tongue and stay positive. Earlier today somebody complained about the food in Agung’s restaurant. He told us that nobody had ever complained about the food before, but that he didn’t respond with this, and chose to stay positive. This also makes me think of Gretchen Rubin, who explains in her book “The Happiness Project”, that expressing anger does not release it, but amplifies it.

Be friendly with everybody. Agung always seems happy to see people and greets them with a big smile and hello. This is so easy and has such a big effect on both your own mood, and that of the person you are greeting. It sets the tone for the rest of the conversation.

Don’t take things too seriously. I have a peanut allergy and Agung knows this stresses me out, so whenever he takes my order he makes a joke about it being with peanut sauce/oil which reminds me that he has not forgotten, without making a big deal of it. Maybe a sense of humour is the cure for the big worries in life..

Take care of people. Being carefree does not mean free of care for others… Since arriving here Agung has taken care of us and made sure we are okay.

Take your time. Being on Gili Air Island has made me realise how quickly I normally go. Slowing down for a few days has helped me to take in the present moment more fully, and to feel more relaxed in myself.

Maybe we could all learn some things from the way that Agung lives. I know I could! I will try to take these qualities with me even when I leave the island.

Remember, it is easy to be heavy, hard to be light…

Sing Keng Ken!