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Meditation and Mindfullness

May 27, 2017

I wanted to write this post because it’s something that Im passionate about, and it really does make a difference to my whole being. I used to stress and worry about things that took my energy, but that worrying was of no benefit at all. Now I dont! I still obviously  have stress and worries, but I process and deal with them in a different way now.  Life is busy. Whether you work full/part time, have kids, run a home, or whatever your lifestyle is, I bet you that it always feels busy. Always manic. The craziness of our lives means we can often forget to just Be. We forget to connect with ourselves and our loved ones. We all see people walking around on their phones, oblivious to whats going on around them. Think of how many times you have been in a restaurant and half the people at the table are heads down, checking/on their phones, only half there mentally. We can be too distracted and miss the joy of what goes on around us. If you have ever had a “moment of mindfulness”, (when the whole of your surroundings come sharply into focus, and you actually SEE what is around you, the beauty of your surroundings, everything seems clearer, you can smell and hear everything better), then you will understand what Im talking about and how amazing that is. Mindfulness in simple terms is paying full attention.

Mindfulness – it isnt a trick or a gimmick. Its being present in the moment. When Im with you, Im with you. Right now. Thats all. No more. No less. 

Will Schwalbe

The beauty of nature (plus I have a bee obsession)

A previous post I wrote on 12 things you may like to know, told you that I meditate, and no, I am not a throw back from the hippy-tree-hugging days of the 70’s. (although I would have probably loved that time) For some, you say the word meditation and they think a bunch of tie-dye clad, unwashed people sitting around chanting in an incense induced haze. People don’t get it, and I can understand that. I probably didn’t until I discovered its benefits.

Candles and mala beads, mine, but not compulsory for meditation 🙂

I was introduced to meditation about 12 years ago on a course that I attended for my work. It was a course on exploring holistic health and beauty, which basically meant treating the client as a whole, rather than just focusing on their skin complaint/bad back/relaxation need etc.  I found it so interesting, and started reading up and looking into it. It made perfect sense to me that a persons wellbeing could affect how they thought, slept, relaxed etc, therefore sometimes throwing up side effects such as aches and pains, skin problems, and the inability to relax.

Meditation has now become a normal part of my day. I usually try to start my day with about 15-30 minutes. When I had my salon, I would usually get to work, set everything up for the day, then take myself off into one of the treatment rooms and do my meditation. I loved that quiet time in the morning before my staff arrived and the hustle and bustle of the day started. Now I don’t have my salon, I currently use my bedroom or lounge, but am hoping to create a little dedicated space, perhaps within my new office.

 

Three of my favourite books on the matter

If you fancy looking into meditation and mindfulness a bit more, I have put some links to three of my favourite books below, that I think are great at helping get a better understanding. I would also recommend trying guided meditation if you just don’t know how to start. There are loads of fantastic apps available on your phone that could be a good starting block. “Headspace” is a great one to try.

The New Meditation Handbook – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

The Mindfulness Revolution – Various authors

Mindfulness For Life – Oli Doyle

In basic terms, meditation is just being connected with you, and working towards inner peace (ok, I admit that sounds hippy). When our mind is peaceful, worries ease and you feel happier.  It is listening to and being aware of your breathing, trying to quiet your mind, and being totally in tune with what you are thinking and feeling. It dosent mean you have to have no thoughts, (I would find that impossible), but you let those thoughts come and go, without letting them take up residence in your mind. While meditating, I tend to think of my thoughts as flowing in and out like a wave. Gently rolling in, then flowing out. If I find my mind wandering, I just concentrate on the rhythm of my breathing. It is a powerful practise. It has honestly changed how I think, and how I deal with crappy situations. It has helped me keep calm in the toughest, most stressful times, it has helped me find some peace when I’m struggling or conflicted, it has even helped cure my chronic travel sickness! (I literally meditate the shit out of take off and landing)!

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks everyday

Deepak Chopra

 Even if meditation isn’t your thing, I promise you, with every ounce of my being, that trying to be more mindful will be a good thing. Just try it, even for half an hour a day. Put the phone down. Go for a walk and just take in your surroundings. Recognise the beauty around you that nature has given us (Autumn walks being my absolute favourite) Don’t worry about trying to get an Instagram story, perfect picture, facebook check in. Don’t talk on the phone as you walk. Just. Be. Present.

The beauty of nature – It had to be an autumn photo as its my favourite time of year

I hope I have explained a little about mindfulness and meditation. I promise that Im not sitting here “smudging”  the room with sage, chanting. (Im actually sitting here with a lovely Hendricks Gin and Tonic, yum)

If you feel inspired to try it out, fab! Id love to hear if you try!

 

 

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12 responses to “Meditation and Mindfullness”

  1. highstreetbeauty11 says:

    I found this really interesting, Kerry. I do already benefit from walking daily with my dog and trying to notice the changing seasons around me but I haven’t tried meditation at home. I will definitely give it a try and let you know how it goes xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Thats brilliant that you are already taking in your surroundings, we live in a pretty beautiful world eh? Yes Id love to hear how you get on, let me know if I can help at all xxx

  2. Julie says:

    What an interesting post. I really didn’t get what mindfulness is but your explanation makes complete sense. I’m going to download the headspace app right now. Thanks Kerry.
    Julie xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ah thank you Julie for your comment, Im so glad to hear that it made a little sense! Headspace is a great one to try. Books are also amazing and I still read lots even now. Enjoy xxx

  3. Amanda says:

    Hi Kerry I love to meditate daily it helps my anxiety, I would love to get some beads where are they from please? 😊
    I’m a passionate person so do tend to tell all my clients and friends about it, and including it in my blog posts, I think as meditators it’s our job to ‘spread the word’ 😘

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Hi Amanda, thanks for stopping by xx Yes I agree, Iv always said we should be teaching primary school children meditation. Im sure it would benefit them. My mala beads were from Elizabeth Caroline London, but I know there are lots on ebay and I bought another set more recently from there. Hope that helps xxx

  4. Great post Kerry. My mind works overtime, it never stops and I worry about every single thing, the tiniest thing!!! Just can’t help myself. I really think some sort of mindfulness, meditation would benefit me but I worry ‘I won’t be able to do it’ as my brain just won’t quieten down, see there I go worrying again!!!!! 😀 I might download the headspace app and see how I get on! Thanks for making me stop and think.
    Steph
    x
    http://www.pricelesslifeofmine.com

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ah Steph, your welcome. I know exactly what you mean, my mind is a hundred miles an hour too. There is a saying, “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes per day, if you are too busy, you should meditate for an hour” I know an hour is pushing it, but the message is clear lol. Just remember, if you find your mind rushing with thoughts, just go back to concentrating on the breath. Message me if I can help xxx

  5. Great post, really enjoyed reading it 😄

  6. Zoe says:

    Hello, I have only just read this post and really enjoyed it. I want to start a mediation practice as for most of this year my mind feels like it’s in overdrive, always busy with thoughts and feelings. This then impacts my sleep. Thank you for explaining it all and one of my goals this month is to start a few times a week building up to every day, even if just for 5 minutes. I am hoping this will calm the noise.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Zoe I am so pleased you found it useful. Meditation really is a fantastic thing to get into. Dont put too much pressure on yourself to empty your mind.Just let thoughts wash in and out. Starting with 5 mins is a great way to start. If I can help with anything, feel free to give me a shout xxxx

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