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Keep Your Beliefs Positive

Your beliefs become your thoughts Your thoughts become your words Your words become your actions Your actions become your habits Your habits become your values Your values become your destiny – Mahatma Gandhi The first weekend in March found me in the buzzing country town of Monto, immersing myself in a weekend of training to be a facilitator in a process called Psych-K. I had a vague idea about what it was before the weekend, but even though my understanding of what was involved was limited, I felt compelled to attend the training when I first heard about it from my friend Tricia. As soon as our instructor Liz from Brisbane began to describe the content I knew why I was there. It was the missing link which connected all my varied skills of meditation and yoga teaching, counselling in life balance and the rest. Robert M Williams, a colleague of…

Mantra Meditation

A lovely way to meditate is to use a mantra. A mantra is a short phrase repeated over and over.  Mantras are used in many religions and its purpose can be quite varied, depending on how it is being used.  The rosary of the Catholic church is a mantra, and mantras are often counted using beads, such as the mala beads.  Because mantras are so widely used, it can be quite complicated to fully expalin their use here. However, in my classes this week, we tried to keep it simple,  using a mantra with a focus on the breath.  This is a great technique for quietening the thoughts of the busy mind. I suggested a few mantras to choose between: So Hum is sanskrit and literally translated means I am that.  As your focus settles on your breath, silently repeat the mantra, in english or sanskrit: as you inhale, say “so”(or, I…

Namaste

How cute is this little guy?  He looks like he is using the Sanskrit salutation used in India and Nepal, and by many practitioners of yoga worldwide: “Namaste” = The divine in me acknowledges and honours the divine in you. For me today, the line created by the joined hands also symbolises the vertical line of energy between mind and body/heart.  So powerful.  However, the first time I heard it in a yoga class, I recall being a little worried about what I recognised as hands held in prayer, but wondering what was that foreign word? What does the Namaste gesture mean to you and do you remember the first experience of hearing this salutation? Please share…

Walking Meditation

In my classes this week , just for a change, we practiced walking meditation.  I offered walking with expanded awareness, taking in all the sensations around you, such as the grass or floor, the sounds, the breeze on you skin;  or combining awareness of each step with the breath, one step or three with each inhale and each exhale. Walking was a change from our sitting meditation, and sometimes you do find that you are too agitated, or experiencing too much pain to sit, so it is a handy option to draw out of your bag of meditation experiences when you need it. The grass beside the CWA Hall on Thursday was deep and lush and free of prickles providing us with a wonderful sensation for our bare feet as we mindfully placed each step.  Some people reported a feeling of disorientation and feeling ‘wobbly’ when taking consciousness to every step, which…

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