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Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Mindfulness Meditation: The Vagus Nerve System To Release Trauma

 


Many people are experiencing past and current trauma since the lock down situation. this meditation clears the mind and body whilst releasing trauma that may show up. below is the meditation you can use to release any form of trauma, why not give it a go.....if it's repeated for 30 days there will be no looking back.


What is the vagus nerve





The vagus nerve carries a range of signals from the digestive system and organs to the brain. Extending from it's origin in the brain stem through the neck and the thorax right down to the abdomen.

Stimulating the vagus nerve:

There are many ways to stimulate the vagus nerve in this blog I will be sharing how to activate it through visualisation meditation. You can send a message to your brain / body to let it know it is time to relax and de-stress, this is where this meditation technique comes in.



Releasing trauma through meditation: check out the video below



Wednesday, 2 September 2020

When stereotypes and perception of others gets in the way

 



How you are perceived to be



When I was younger I always wanted to be different, look different or behave differently to others not because I thought other people's style or look wasn't good enough for me but because I saw the creative side to being different and plus I didn't want to be the same as everybody else.

Today this remains the same but it has changed form in the sense that the creativity that I see of the outside of me also shows itself from the inside. With anything that we do or say causes an effect in some way especially when it comes to others.

As an adult I was given the name ( The Sage) from a spiritual teacher, it took me a while to not just embrace that title or label but to love the fact that a person could see the sage within me (which we all have within us by the way) the main thing I feared was other people's judgments as I know the sage that I would became would have to show how I was and the freedom of who I am, which would include my creativity and difference.

Now my fear was getting in the way from being able to grow, me being able to embrace the label and being able to allow the label to embrace the oneness of who I was. I was petrified to use the name and embrace a gift someone gave me because how I thought others might see me, after all I saw a sage to a be a spiritual being that maybe already lived the materialistic life, dressed in robes and at times wore no shoes and wanted to experience transitioning into the wisdom of sharing and loving others by just being and not wanting or needing anything else in their life. This was me to a degree however I still wanted to experience the creativity that would want to show itself from within to the outside and that scared me as we know creativity comes in so many different ways, so I went to the place that I knew best my meditation hub to have a sharing with the universe.

What came out was absolutely amazing, the energy within filled my body with wisdom to understand what freedom and creativity really meant. what it meant to feel free to share, express, love and experience enjoyment in the process, I was a child again embracing the inner child and allowing the inner child to remind me why I am here on earth and why we have labels.


" Being FREE can come with fear, doubt 

and having to deal with the perception of others"

~The Sage~



From that moment a feeling of peace and freedom came over me, it was very clear to me that we all have the sage within us and that labels are words that transforms into energy and creates the experiences that we choose or think we don't choose.

Stereotypes and perceptions will always be part of the human race, something for us to learn from and make the changes that we feel will benefit us. 

So how to get other people's perceptions of us out of the way?

1, whenever it comes our way, see it for what it is and let it move on

2, Don't take on other people's opinions about you, after all they are not living your journey

3, release it through meditation or prayer

4, feel the fear and let it go anyway

5, sending back love and a smile always works

We tend to put things in our way when we are fearful or don't understand, apart from this subject anything is able to get in our way in life, it's for us to be able to shift that energy and continue to move forward, it's not easy at times but taking action is always the way forward.

By the way since my talk with the universe  I never looked back I use the word the sage with pride.


~The Sage~



 


Friday, 21 August 2020

What is a mantra

 



While practising meditation for over 20 years I come across people asking what are mantras and how can they benefit the meditation process so I thought I would share my personal experiences with creating mantras, what are mantras and the benefits. 

WHAT ARE MANTRAS

In Hinduism and Buddhism mantras are classed as a sacred syllable, word or sentence that is considered to possess a spiritual efficacy. Mantras can be embraced in different ways, spoken out loud or sounded internally in one's thoughts. One example of a well known mantra is the Om (which can mean it is or to become, although it can be interpreted in many other ways also.) 


WHY I USE MANTRAS

Words are vibrations which allows energy of words to travel and flow changing our energy and thoughts. I consider myself a flower which needs water to grow and the freedom to have the space for the leaves and flowers to evolve naturally. By creating my own mantras it allowed my thoughts to change from negative thoughts to positive uplifting thoughts naturally.

I started using mantras around 10 years into practising meditation, it reminded me of when I used to write songs when I was younger, I was able to free my mind from my day to day life and use positive words and sounds to change things in my life that was not going to well.

Today I create my own symbols, sounds and mantras to release any thoughts, to embrace my inner being and send blessings to our universe (the oneness of all things.) Words can be very powerful, what we say or think can easily manifest into the physical which can cause an effect of some sort.


THE BENEFITS OF USING MANTRAS

1, It can reprogram the subconscious mind

2, Relieve stress and anxiety 

3, Boast positive thinking

4, Quiets the chattering mind

5, Helps to release endorphins

6, Allows you to focus on one thing at a time

7, Helps to regulate breathing

8, Works on your confidence

9, Works on your patience

10, Gives you a feel good factor


You can also use mantras in poems, prayer, writing songs and drawing, why is this? because mantras are based on repetition and repeating for the energy to flow and change form therefore this can be done in different ways.

This is my personal understanding of how I see and use mantras and they work for me very well however don't just take my word as this is just my perception try it and see if it works for you.

HOW TO USE MANTRAS WHILE MEDITATING

1, sit in a comfortable position, relaxing your body and mind

2, think of a mantra you would like to say - for example " life is good"

3, while breathing in say "life is good" in your mind

4, when breathing out release "life is good" from your mind

5, repeat this as much as you can

6, other thoughts may enter your mind, just let that pass and replace it with " life is good"

7, this could be a mantra that you use for a week, whatever you are doing throughout the day you can say " life is good" by the time you know it you will feel a difference in your energy.


~ The Sage~


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Learning how to meditate for the first time: a simple method


Zoe Pennant (known as the Sage) shares her views on learning meditation




Many years ago life seemed a real struggle, money was tight (only because I wasn't living to my means) I was epileptic, dyslexic and suffered from anaemia, PMT and low blood pressure just naming a few.

My ill health and stressed lifestyle seemed to take over my life, I got to a point where I felt nobody on the outside could help me but myself so I started to search and find other ways to heal self, this is when meditation found me or I found it.

I have been meditating now for over 15 years and it have changed my life in a way that I no longer worry about things that chooses to show itself in my experiences of life, meditation doesn't just relax the mind, body and soul but also helps you to connect with that inner you. Why don't try it today as it might just change your life for the better. 

There are so many different forms of meditation, Sound/Vibration meditation, Walking meditation, Silent meditation, Chakra meditation, Yoga meditation, Tibetan meditation, the list can go on.
Once you arrive on this journey you are able to grow and create your own meditation that will work for you

Below I have made a simple meditation video that anyone can try it is a starting point by where you can start to explore and just maybe you might find the inner you that you have been searching for....




Once you realise in life that the only real person that can change your life is you, you will never look back again as the past can not help you today but can remind you of where you have been. Start today to give yourself the love and time that the YOU is crying out for and remember to have fun and enjoy the process.


A list of things meditation is good for:

Balancing the body
eases chronic pain
anxiety
stress
boasting our mood and immunity
self awareness
and much more....




Friday, 11 October 2019

The Art of breathing meditation: The 1 minute breathing exercise (the yogi technique)


Basic meditation to relax the mind and techniques to give that extra energy to our organs, ideal for beginners
Watch the video below:


Breathing is something that we all have to do however at times we tend to take it for granted as we naturally breath not realising breathing has to do a lot of work to keep us alive.

This 1 minute breathing exercise is quick and allows you to understanding how your breathing works. The yogi's have been doing this technique for many years and realised the benefit of healing the inner you.

Meditation through the nose

Because the nostrils are smaller than a mouth, we are able to create a back flow of air and oxygen into the lungs, this happens as we naturally exhale more slowly through the nose then we do through the mouth.

These are some of the tips that can be of benefit:
1, Calming of anxiety, fear and worry
2, Opens the inner you to find inner peace
3, Gives energy to the digestive system
4, Energies the memory brain and organs
5, Regulates breathing
6, Can give energy to cold, flue's and other internal infections to change form

Why not give it a go, try it for 7 days and you will feel a little difference, try it for 30 days and you will feel a body change, make it part of your daily life and your whole life will change around you.


Books to read that might be of benefit:

Who am I - Sri Ramana Maharsh
Vaster than the Sky, Greater than Space - Mooji
Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy