meditation helps mental health
Journeys, Meditation

How joining online meditation circle could help you cope with the mental effects of lockdown.

Why Online Meditation?

Like you, I hear and read the news and know that so many people are struggling with loneliness and mental health issues during this time of enforced isolation.  These issues are not new but the lack of human contact, mental stimulation and concern over the virus are often bringing them to the surface.   If this is you, then you are not alone and joining an online meditation circle could really help.  There is a sense of group, of community in a meditation circle despite the fact that I am the one doing most of the talking by leading the guided meditation.  The small detail of our being in our own homes and many miles apart, also has no bearing on the sense of togetherness that practicing meditation in a group can bring.

It is a year or so since I ran regular meditation circles in my sitting room.  However, my concern for people’s mental wellbeing as they became more isolated from society, was one of the main reasons I decided to bring the circles back.  Of course it’s now in an online format, but you can join me every Monday lunctime and Thursday evening (we’re finished in time to clap for the keyworkers) and I’ll even send you a reminder that morning so you don’t miss the sessions.

There are other things that meditation can help us with, particularly at the moment as we are learning to accept change and dealing with an emotional rollercoaster or new emotions as we come to terms with what is going on with the world and the virus.

  • mentally stepping away from the difficulties we are facing at any point

  • show how sitting with our emotions can help us accept and deal with them in a  kinder fashion

  • bring focus and clarity to the thoughts we really need to focus on, rather than being constantly distracted

I want to introduce,  or re-introduce, more people to meditation and to these benefits.  So if you’ve never tried meditation before, but have maybe heard it’s a good thing, then this could be your time to give it a go – half an hour of your time and your don’t even have to travel anywhere.  You might find that the quiet of a guided meditation is just what you need.

You’ve tried it but don’t think it’s for you,

A lot of people say to me that they have tried but can’t do meditation or that it wouldn’t work for them because their mind is too busy and my answer is always the same – you have to try it, I mean, really try it and you have to practice regularly.  You wouldn’t take up a new hobby, sport or musical instrument and expect to be perfect straight away.  You would expect to have to practice and to strengthen certain muscles, you would expect to start at the beginning and make mistakes along the way.  Meditation is no different.  We are training the brain, like a muscle, to undo what it has done all our life, over think.  We have to learn to do things that are different and don’t come naturally, we will have days when we can do it and days when we can’t – and that’s ok.  In fact the journey of learning and recognising your reaction to what happens on your journey is what it is all about – that is meditation.

I’ve done a lot more meditation than usual during lockdown and at first I thought it was the escapism I was enjoying, but actually it’s the space I’m loving. The space in my mind between the thoughts. The space when it all stops. It doesn’t happen easily or all the time but the more I practice the more often it happens. Funny that, isn’t it?

And if it’s not for you, do you know someone who could use one of these benefits – even if they don’t realise it themselves.  Then please forward this blog to them or send them my email address meditation@medulla.space – you could be doing them a huge favour!

Would you like to try the session first, here is a link to my You Tube channel where I have uploaded a few meditation videos that you can use at any time.

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Have you tried Distance Reiki Yet?

The wonderful thing about Distance Reiki is you can wear your comfiest clothes (or pyjamas) and sit or lie on your own bed, sofa or yoga mat.  You can have your treatment without having to leave the comfort or safety of your own home.  And if you’re feeling a little drowsy afterwards, you don’t even have to drive home.

Distance Reiki has always been taught in the second degree of Reiki and is something we practice during our training, potentially on a few friends and then maybe put to one side just bringing it out occasionally; I know this is what happened for me.  It can be used across the room to someone who doesn’t want to be touched or to animals across a field, when passing an ambulance or sent to those experiencing hardships on the other side of the world.

Reiki is the Universal Life Force energy

It is the energy that runs invisibly through our bodies and keeps our mind and body in balance, it makes trees and plants grow and flourish and it is also in the air around us.  It can pass through skin and bones, through clothes and blankets and also through bricks and mortar.  And if it can travel through these solid things then why not through space and distance too.  In fact, it can.

All it takes, as with any Reiki treatment, is the intention and dedication of the practitioner and the open-mindedness of the recipient.  These will allow the Reiki to flow to the desired destination, but it is the experience of the Reiki practitioner that will be used to make the emotional connection and uncover the way the body wants to work.

It is obviously a very different experience from the one you would receive in my treatment room. 

In the treatment room I will have energetically cleansed the space, have a nice oil blend in the diffuser, I play soft music (which doesn’t come across well over the video call) and will try to ensure we are not disturbed.  I can also give you a bit of space to ‘come round’ after your treatment whilst I go and get you a soothing drink and a glass of water.

However an experience like this isn’t possible at the moment as the nation enters another week of lockdown, in an attempt to manage the spread of Covid-19 in the UK.  It goes without saying that following the Government’s guidelines and staying at home is the right thing to do, however at this time more than ever, you might be in need of a little holistic treatment.  Maybe you had previously come to me for regular Reiki or even reflexology treatments and are missing the positive impact it has on your mind and body.  Or actually you might just be in need of something to help ease the emotional tension you find is building up as you come to terms with this new way of life.

There are many other reasons why you might be in need of a Reiki ‘top-up’ (as many of my regular clients call their treatments)

  • You might be front line staff in the NHS or care professions facing the true horrors of this disease on a daily basis
  • Your work might see you on the front line of trying to get supplies to the nation – in supermarkets or delivery drivers – but with new restrictions and protections that make your job more difficult
  • You might be trying to cope with working from home, home-schooling your children and caring for the elderly or vulnerable
  • You might be grieving, sick or worried about someone who is
  • You might just need some respite from whatever your situation is.  This is a challenging time for all of us in our own lives

Allow Reiki to ease a little light into your body and mind. 

It can feel like slipping into a hot bath at the end of a tiring day or as refreshing as stepping from a cool shower on a hot, dusty day.  It can be like balm poured onto dry, itchy skin or an all-enveloping hug from gentle, invisible arms.  You can feel this in the mind as well as in the body.  And it works just as well by distance (some are saying even better!).

So, how does a Distance Reiki session work?

  • I call you by video call (Whatsapp, Facetime, Messenger etc)
  • We have a 5-10 minute consultation
  • You make yourself comfortable on your bed, sofa etc
  • I talk you into a relaxed state and make my connection to the Reiki energy
  • I use a substitute for your body (usually my upper leg!) and work down the body and chakras as I would with a hands-on treatment
  • At the end I talk you back to the present moment
  • We finish by talking over what we experienced.

 

If you’ve had a Reiki treatment before, you may wonder how the connection can happen and whether you get the same warm relaxation.  I can assure you it does happen.  All those who have experienced Distance Reiki with me have felt a sense of peace at the end of the treatment.  They talk about a feeling of calm that seems to stay with them longer as they don’t have to drive home afterwards.  We often experience heat in the same areas and we are still able to discover and work through emotional issues, just as before.

Retro Styled Image Of A Hidden Sign For A Spiritual RetreatIt is still a wonderful way to explore what’s going on for us and learn how to connect up body, mind and emotions.  On top of that it’s super relaxing and peaceful, just the anti-dote to the stresses caused by Coronavirus and the lockdown situation put in place to protect us.

If this is what you need in your life at this time then please contact me to book an appointment or even just to find out more.

Summer Solstice Sunrise from the behind the hedge
Journeys, Lifestyle, Meditation

Summer Solstice 2018

Getting up at 4.15 in the morning to watch the sunrise, even for the Summer Solstice will always be a hard thing for me – I am definitely NOT a morning person.  But this year was much easier because I was doing it for me, it was more about the way I live now.  So I crawled out of bed and pulled on some warm clothes and walked down the road to a point that would give me the best vantage point.

The top of Robins Folly is on top of a hill and my view would be less blocked by full summer trees and hedgerows.  En route I took a video of the pre-dawn sky, the colours were beautiful and the dawn chorus uplifting!

After walking up and down  to find the spot that would give me the best photos I took a couple of early images and then technology got the better of everything – my phone died despite having a sufficient amount of charge.  I restarted it tried to load the camera and then died again and now was completely dead!  My first thought was aaargh – failed by technology but then I realise that maybe I wasn’t meant to share this moment, maybe this is what I needed to do – for me.  Maybe that was the object of getting up at this ridiculous hour, not being here only to share it with others but to give it my full and undivided appreciation.  So I enjoyed the sunrise, on the edge of the field in middle of nowhere, on my own – a proper mindful moment.

I enjoyed the early signs of sunrise seeing, the light coming up through the clouds, peeking over the trees in the distance.  It was quite magical and I felt honoured I felt alive and I stopped to marvel at this beautiful day and what it meant for me. For me, it was all about reflection on how the last half year has been, and for those of you who know me, what a half year has been – giving up my job, starting my business and watching it develop.  A rollercoaster no doubt, but some of the happiest months of my life.

This time of year is a chance to reflect on where you’ve come so far, so I thought about the goals that I’d set at the beginning of the year and I thought about where I’ve come, what’s happened, what hasn’t happened. And I felt grateful for all the wonderful things have happened, that I’ve achieved and for the opportunity to review and refresh as I looked out across the fields of newly growing barley.  I felt grateful for the new life that will come from that barley, the gift of a new day, the gift of beauty and food that mother Earth gives us and real sense of delight in being alive.

I really enjoyed this moment for me and realised that getting up at 4:15 was not about just taking photos for social media, to share with you all, but it was about it was about doing it for me.  And that is what meditation and gratitude is all about – not because someone says it’s a good idea or because you feel you ‘have’ to but because of the sense of self you get when you practice, even for a little while.  And the more aware you are of your own self then the better you can cope with what life throws at you.

Once I’d enjoyed the sunrise I headed home to put some charge in the phone and get some photos from the back of the house where I know the trees are a lot higher but at least I would get some lovely pictures to share

My original thought had been to go back to be, well, that’s what I did last year, (although last year I had to go and do an office job for the day) but as I walked back along the road this morning I decided I wasn’t going to waste the day so I made tea and toast and brought my laptop through to the kitchen where I can enjoy the warmth of sun’s rays and get on with some work.  Then enjoy the rest of day which will be packed with meeting lovely people, getting my new broadband sorted (which will mean I can start uploading guided meditation videos for you and sharing things that I want to share including Facebook live, Instagram live, YouTube live…………..this evening I will share the sunset on the longest day with a friend as we walk again across the fields.

Thank you for sharing this with me I hope you too have enjoyed your summer solstice, the longest day.  Don’t be sad that the days are getting shorter but enjoy what we have now be present to each day. Each season has their own particular beauty – be part of this one – NOW.

Namaste

Journeys, Meditation, NYRO, Reiki

So I’ve finally done it!

After months, no years, of talking about it I have finally handed in my notice and will be leaving the construction industry and the job that sucked so much out of me.

I can’t believe how much I have changed, just in the few days since the seed of the decision has been sown, before I acted on it.  I feel lighter, free-er, happier than I have in years.  This is a new type of happiness, the happiness that comes from regular meditation and Reiki practice.  I have had glimpses of it in the past and read much about it but it always seemed elusive.  I now realise that it was hidden behind the job – poking its head out occasionally to tease me but hiding again until I was ready to drop the veil of the job.  A job I thought I needed so badly, the income, the travel, the flash dinners, the confidence of winning the latest contract.  But over the last few months I had begun to see it for what it really was, fake, superficial and so much of it utterly pointless.

But those of us who have to go through a period of loss to gain more (and this is not everyone’s journey) will know the feeling when enough is enough, now is the time.  For some it is forced upon them – redundancy, divorce, bereavement, losing the house.  Then for some they are lucky enough to get to choose.  Lucky?  I’m not sure about that now that I’m writing this.  The pain of the dilemma, weighing up the pros and cons, is this the right thing to do?  Is this the right time to do it?  It goes round and round your head.  Aaaargh!

But then some small thing triggers the decision and makes it feel right – for me it was a conversation with my boyfriend’s sister – who said of the job “if it’s making you ill then you HAVE to get out”.  Whilst I knew my health had suffered slightly (here I am playing it down again!) it took someone else to switch that light bulb on.  But now I’ve got back to yoga classes and walks in daylight, getting in touch with friends again and already feeling creative again – the things that make us feel happy and help us enjoy life.

I know that now the hard work really begins though.  I will probably need to get a part time job but for now I can concentrate on building my practice to help others.  Introducing others to the benefits of meditation and Reiki (and soon reflexology), encouraging them to develop their own meditation practice and using the Reiki and reflexology to help them on their journey and to aid their bodies in healing.

I can also use the time to grow my knowledge of Neal’s Yard Remedies beautiful products and share these with others through parties and open days.  I love the enthusiasm with which they create these divine skin and body care products and then share it with others – “one blue bottle at time”.

So if you are in need of a social way to discover gorgeous plant-based organic products, are in need of quiet space for meditation or would like to discover the balance or energy of Reiki, then please drop me a line.  The easiest way is on 07779 088281 but there are other ways too which you can click here to find.

For the first time in a long time I really feel positive about my diary, not threatened by it……..and it is such a beautiful diary this year!

Love and light

Anne x