Personal development, Spirituality

An introduction to mindfulness and meditation

In my line of work I speak to so many people from all walks of life, some are new to their spiritual journey, others are at a similar point to me and others are far more advanced and I seek their guidance, which I eventually pass to others. One thing, no matter how far into your journey you are, remains the same and that’s meditation… Of course this changes as you change, you can enter deeper states of trance, you can quieten your mind more easily, you can venture further, explore different planes and visit past lives to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, the possibilities are endless.

Meditation doesn’t have to be a long and drawn out process, it’s something that needs to be built up gradually over time, 5 minutes of  focused concentration, is far more beneficial and enlightening than half an hour of meditation where your mind wanders and picks at all the things that may go wrong over the following week, month or year. Trying to jump straight into a lengthy meditation will only drive you bonkers, so start off small and take pleasure in finding your own sacred mental space.

Meditation and setting intentions holds a deep personal power and gives each and every one of us the opportunity to connect with not only our higher self, but our guides too. It is when we can relax into a meditative state, whether that’s sitting or laying down inside, or walking through a place that brings inner calm. For me this is the forest or near any body of water that has little footfall, the quieter the better for this task. It is in this time that we can truly relax and see the beauty of our world and the lives that we are forging for ourselves.

If you receive our newsletter, you will be aware that I have been playing about with YouTube and have created a new channel for recordings. After much head scratching, cursing, testing and countless google searches, I have created and uploaded a short morning shower meditation, which would be perfect for beginners as you don’t need to make time to fit this one into your busy life, simply hit play and hop into the shower and you’re good to go.

The aim of this guided meditation is to help kick start your day with great energy and focus, to cleanse yourself of any residual energy from the previous day and to get a head start on being grounded and centred for whatever may come your way.

Please note that any type of hypnosis / meditation is intended for entertainment purposes and is not a replacement for traditional medical care. Regular meditation can bring about positive change and allows you to get in touch with your higher self.

This particular meditation has 5 minutes of speaking followed by relaxing music, which will give you the time and space to carry about your normal shower routine, although I recommend listening to this recording in the morning, I appreciate that all of our lives are very different and this can be used at other points in the day as you see fit.

 

If you have an idea for a guided meditation, feel free to get in touch, as some of my best ideas come from talking to people just like you.

Brightest Blessings,

Nicky

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Spirituality

A Spiritual Goodbye

May is always a tricky month for me, it’s the month of my son’s birthday, an event to celebrate, it’s also the month which marks my late fathers anniversary, you may have read my previous blog, picking up the pieces from a parents suicide, it’s been a long road to recovery, but in the grand scheme of it I guess I‘m lucky to have recovered as well as I have in the space of 5 years.

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I was sitting down last night and I realised that this year I had the date of his anniversary wrong, I had the 12th in my head, actually it’s the 11th, a small oversight on my part? No, I don’t think it is, this my friends is progress and I’ve made a lot of progress in the month of May.

It all started on a blustery night… Ok I made that bit up, but it did start in the evening, every night at bedtime, we put a meditation on and that’s how I fall asleep, I have been fortunate enough to work out the point that I fall asleep, when you’re awake, but can’t actually function unless absolutely required, or the cat decides to use your head as a scratching post… My cat isn’t allowed in my bedroom any more… It is at this point that I tend to receive the clearest messages from guides, angels and my higher self, I am not always able to remember these conversations in great detail the next day, but when I do, I can be sure to take from the experience in a positive way.

It was on one such night, that my late dad popped by, he often makes his presence known, his death was the start of my spiritual journey, he opened up doors that I could never have comprehended before he passed over. This visit was different to any I have ever experienced, this was a goodbye and a passing of spiritual guides. He told me that he was ready to move on to his next life now, I felt incredibly sad at this revelation, but before it could take a hold, another figure came into focus, as this figure became clearer, I realised it was my uncle, dad told me that my uncle would now be guiding me, I was feeling emotional as I knew that this was the end of our chapter and then I had an overwhelming sense of love and pride which vanished as my dad moved on to his next destination.

Dad made many references to a bridge, my partner feels it’s something to do with his death, or the underlying cause, I’ve felt that it’s a metaphorical bridge and since this experience, I think it was my dad’s way of telling me that he was nearing the end of his stay in the spirit realm, I have a strong sense that our paths will meet again in my current lifetime, in fact 20 minutes after his final call, a friend of mine became an aunty to a little girl… Coincidence?

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The spirit energy has been very different around me since that night. Shortly after my uncle passed over, he popped in to see me and I felt his presence immediately, he has a very strong energy, which leaves me feeling cold and shivery and I haven’t heard a peep from dad, I don’t expect to, surprisingly I’m OK with that. In the space of 5 short years I have healed to the point of being able to let go, to leave the victim persona behind and to actually deal and recover from the trauma that his death caused.

Grounding, Spirituality

Spiritual Grounding

When I first started on my spiritual journey it was a little daunting, I wasn’t sure where to start and then I was told to ground myself… The only grounding I’d ever experienced was being grounded as a child or grounding my own children! Grounding in a spiritual sense is the process of connecting your energy to that of the earth and the universe.

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How do I know if I’m grounded? 

When I’m grounded I feel like i’m in line, everything within me is connected. My mind is clear and focused, I’m able to make decisions quickly, logically and with a clarity that leaves no room for doubt in my mind, I have purpose.

The practice of grounding can be very different for each person, there is no right or wrong way to achieve this state, inevitably your technique will change as you grow in confidence. Here are a few ideas to get you on your way.

Grounding is ultimately being connected to the universal energy as well as connecting with Mother earth. Personally I  imagine myself sitting under a tree and looking up through the branches, seeing the sunlight filtering through the leaves, I then bring that light down to my crown chakra and place myself in a bubble of light. Once I’m in my safe place, I move the light through my body until it reaches my feet, finally I imagine that my feet have roots which connect deep down in the earth’s core. Focusing on your breathing also helps, breathing in healing love, light and peace, exhaling all that no longer serves me, I can feel the energy changes within, it’s a beautiful feeling and as it is so natural, your body is likely to do that deep breathing automatically.

My partner grounds in a completely different way to me…..

“How I ground myself.

As I relax, I focus on my breathing, feeling the air flow in and out of my lungs. I focus on a mental image of myself walking into the centre of a large meadow surrounded by trees. As the sun shines it’s warm rays of energy down onto me, I visualise roots growing deep into the earth from the soles of my feet, spreading far and wide. As I feel the earth’s energy flow up through my roots and into my body, I see myself stand taller and spread my arms out to form branches, as my body takes on the form of a tree, I feel my energy manifest into more and more branches, each one dense with vibrant green leaves. Like a tree absorbing sunlight, my leaves reach out to the universal energy. As my leaves connect with that energy I feel it course through my body, aligning the earth, my self and the universe as one solid flow of energy and surrounding me with warmth and love. When I feel like I can relax no further, I allow myself to come back to the present, all the while maintaining the image of myself as a tree, bringing the deeply grounded feeling into my conscious state.”

As you can see both of our techniques are very different, yet both achieve the same goal, there really is no right or wrong way to ground yourself, as long as the intent is there and you know what you’re trying to achieve, that’s the main thing.

Now you know some of the advantages to being grounded, here is what being un-grounded feels like and the grounded comparison

  • Negative / Positive
  • Sluggish / Energized
  • Unmotivated / Motivated
  • Anger / Peace
  • Frustration / Understanding
  • Tiredness / Energy
  • Impatient / Patient
  • Mental blocks  / Inspiration
  • Brain fog / Clarity
  • Depression in the long run / Inner peace

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There are also an abundance of crystals to help you with your journey, I personally love Himalayan salt rocks for this purpose, along with black crystals, such as Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Nuumite and the list goes on… If you are interested in crystals to aid your experience, simply hold them in your hand, keep them near to you, wear them in jewellery, meditate with them, place them on your chakras…. I’ll cover this topic in much more detail in future posts.

And if all else fails…. Hug a tree.

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