Meditation is THE thing to be doing to help you-no matter what it is you actually need help with. Firstly, I am a big promoter of meditation simply because it has ‘scientifically’ proven health benefits and people never argue with science (I actually always do argue with ‘science’ but for once I’m not disagreeing!) Apart from it now being ‘scientifically proven’ to be beneficial it has been recommended by many successful people over the years and in most books on mindfulness, spirituality and success, meditation come up time and time again. There is even an amazing book called The Silva Method and it’s whole basis for success is meditation. It honestly  can improve your life in so my ways it’s hard to know where to begin and explain some. Firstly meditation is something for ANY age group. Young or old, everyone can benefit. Sometimes if things get to much in our house and the kids are blowing up and they are full of too much energy we sit and we meditate. Sitting for even 5 minutes and practising deep breathing and mindfulness will have a positive impact on the whole family. My children will always be calm and back to being centered after some time being still. 

Children’s Meditation Practice 

If you find your children are angry or in a bad mood and/or behaving out of sorts it’s good to sit them down and ask them to close their eyes and breathe with you. 

Ask them to imagine a ball above their heads. Tell them they need to try and fill that ball with all their bad/mad/sad energy. 

Sit with them and blow all of your bad energy (yes yours too) and thoughts and feelings that are bothering you into that ball. 

When it is full you can all blow the ball up and out of the window and watch all the bad stuff float away. 

Tell the children that once the ball has gone so with has their problems. Let them wave goodbye to it. They will feel lighter and happier, leaving you all to get on with a better day. 

This is a good practice to do especially around the full moon when everyone has a lot of extra energy. 

Meditation for Grown Ups

For adults there are a variety of things that meditation can assist. It lowers stress, improves our sleep, helps our heart and refreshes our minds. More recently it has been discovered to improve your immune function. ( http://mobile.journals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/_layouts/15/oaks.journals.mobile/articleviewer.aspx?year=2003&issue=07000&article=00014#ath) function too AND can decrease ( https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/feeling-it/201309/20-scientific-reasons-start-meditating-today ) inflammation in our body. That’s a massive discovery and means meditation can help people suffering from inflammatory problems such as Crohn’s disease and arthritis. Stressed at work? Meditate. Can’t sleep? Meditate. Can’t focus? Meditate. Think too much? MEDITATE! There really is not much that can’t be solved with someday stillness and good breathing. Meditation can become addictive but in a good way as the ‘high’ feeling you get during and afterwards afterwards keeps you wanting more. 

Bare in mind that meditation may not come easily at first to all that try it and everyone meditates at different levels. What’s important here is that you are trying. You probably won’t sit for your first time and reach nirvana however you will feel super relaxed and be training yourself to eventually reach nirvana. Reaching that desired altered state of higher consciousness can be difficult at first especially if you have trouble calming your mind. I literally have about a million thought every second and it’s hard at first to ‘stop’ them. However with time it becomes easier to quieten your mind and will benefit even more generally from this ancient exercise. You can use meditation to manifest or you could simply use it to reduce stress. Whatever you use it for if you are suffering emotionally or spiritually in ANY part of your life please try this, as I think you will be pleasantly surprised. 

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Guided Meditation

Create a warm, quiet space and light a candle. Make sure you won’t be interrupted. Sit cross legged with your back to something if you need to. 

Begin by taking a very long, deep, breath in through your nose. Make sure the air goes into your stomach and not your chest. You may need to spend some time practicing this as most of us breathe from our chests, but take some time and make sure your stomach is filling up. Breath out through your nose, again slowly. You want to hear a sort of ocean air noise as you breathe. 

Repeat 3 times. 

Next as you breathe in, imagine a beautiful white light pouring in to the crown of your head. Imagine this light is filling you with love. As you breathe out, imagine you are breathing out anything negative in you. Any stresses you have just blow them away and feel them leave your body everytime you breathe out. Keep breathing in the white light through the top of your head and imagine your self over flowing with love and happiness. 

Any thoughts you have, acknowledge them and let them pass, do not dwell. Once you truly stop observing your thoughts, you will start feeling very floaty and detached (this may take days/weeks/months to properly achieve so do not worry). Enjoy this place of calm and just breathe and bathe in the love of the universe.

When you feel ready, slowly open your eyes and start to focus back on this world. 

Once you a comfortable with this, you can start to develop what you do and how you do it. You can add in chanting or visualisations, burn sacred oils, there is so much more to meditation than just breathing. However for beginners it’s best to keep it simple. 

Even a little bit helps

I don’t meditate alone as much as I’d like as I simply have don’t have the time at the moment but I do it with the kids whenever we need to as the difference it makes is priceless. Even a small amount of mindful time with your children will be enough to change EVERYTHING. 

If you have any questions or need any help with anything, email me tamara@notdrtamara.com