There are numerous things I've learnt through the practice of Yoga and meditation. But there is this number one thing that I consider the most beneficial of them all... I have learnt how to release my critical inner chatter, and tune into my deeper loving wisdom of my soul. Through meditation I leant acceptance, forgiveness and unconditional self-love. I have come to love who I am, and my story, the body I have been given, my flaws, my weaknesses, and everything that makes me uniquely me.
A deep sense of being alive, savouring all the moments, all the up's and down's in life, this awareness of experiencing life from a whole new perspective.
I learnt that the yogic path is an opportunity to realise more our- self than ever before, we invent the absurd possibility that getting in touch with our very own Self will turn us into someone else! As long as we do not know the Self, Yoga advises us, we are suffering from the most miserable affliction ever visited humankind.
The Ignorance of the True Nature of our own being and the nature of everything around us. Self- realisation makes the perceiving consciousness within us become completely unveiled. The pure light of Consciousness projected by such being is powerful enough to pierce all the veils of creation, penetrating right through the essence of everything. If it's really growth what we are looking for, spiritual science advises us to forget all our " self-improvement" courses and start meditating.
The Self cannot be improved; it is already perfect, all we have to do is go inside and find it!
Mother Nature has the power to inspire us, re-energise us and teach us things that can not be heard in the sometimes noisy and over cluttered world.
Here I would like to share a few mindfulness practices that you can take on board to connect to your inner power, a world of new possibilities.
1-)Pay attention to your needs: check in with yourself regularly and ask “How am I feeling?” or “What do I need right now?” or “What do I really want?”. Find out what it is and then love yourself enough to give it to yourself.
Do you ignore what you need, dismiss that niggling feeling in your belly, or sideline your dreams? Instead, begin paying attention to what you want and need in every moment.
2-)Practice some conscious breathing exercises: Your breath can help anchor you into your body and draw you deeper into yourself. You can do this anywhere, anytime. Just bring your awareness to your breath and follow it with your attention. Feel it moving into your nose and follow your inhale, all the way down to your belly and then follow it all the way up and out. Take 5 minutes to practise this as often as you can.
3) Create Sacred Morning Time: Even if all you can find is 5 minutes, make time in the mornings before you begin your day to sit and tune into what you want to experience and create. Visualise your day unfolding how you would love it to. Set some key intentions about how you want to feel, how you want to take care of yourself or what you want to achieve. Even this small practise will help your day unfold more consciously and deliberately.
4-)Spent time in Nature and don't just be in nature, but fully feel nature. Take your shoes off and get your toes amongst grass or sand. Get in the water. Run in the rain. Use all your senses to touch the plants and trees around you. Get completely lost in a sunset. Do it all in silence and pay attention to how you feel. Immerse yourself in the full experience of what surrounds you and breathe it all in.
5-) Listen (Lovingly) to your discomfort: Connecting with yourself is not just about listening to your desires, but also listening your discomfort. Your uncomfortable emotions have messages for you. Listen to them. Find the courage to dive into uncomfortable feelings, face your fears and uncover you murky bits. When hurt arises, feel it. Let tears flow and use your breath to support you to move through whatever arises.
6-) Get In touch with your Body: A beautiful way to begin this is to practise doing daily body scans. Close your eyes and begin at your feet, placing all your attention there. Then, move your awareness up through your legs, hips, belly, chest, shoulders, arms, head etc.. Don’t rush this. Eat each point, stop and place all your attention on that part of your body. Ask “How does this part of my body feel today?” “It is tight or relaxed, heavy or light, free or constricted, at ease or uncomfortable?” This simple practise will bring you into much deeper connection with your body and yourself.
7-)Nourish Yourself with the Good Stuff: When we feel nourished, supported and physically vibrant we naturally feel more calm and supported. Simple things like a good night’s sleep, lots of fresh air, several litres of water and lots of leafy greens can work wonders in shifting you out of a negative funk and clearing your head. See these practices as a form of self-love and show a deep respect for your body as being the sacred home that is carrying you through this lifetime.
8-) Create a Meditation practice: I began meditating by listening to guided meditations while my babies were having their naps. I remember setting the timer for 5 minutes and that was all! Learning how to meditate will be your most powerful self-connection practice. Now I can sit for an hour. You don’t have to sit in silence, In fact you don't even need to sit, you can lay down and practice some form of relaxation, if you want some guidance and music to accompany you can always be a great starting point.
10) Explore The Depths Of You: Begin a journaling practise where each day you write about your thoughts and feelings and explore the inner depths of yourself. You may begin this practise each day just writing about what is going on in your mind. This practise can also be used to explore what you feel is holding you back, your fears, your limiting beliefs, or the challenges you are facing. You may also want to explore your dreams, desires, hopes, wishes and what you truly want for yourself. Perhaps you want to go even deeper by ponder big life questions like “Why am I here?” and “What is my purpose?” and seeing what answers flow onto the page.
11-) Tune Your Eyes To Your Beauty: Each time you look in the mirror see if you can find one thing about yourself that you love or can appreciate as being something that makes you unique, special and beautiful. Make it your practise to acknowledge your beauty and compliment something about yourself each time you look in a mirror. When that negative voice arises, stop it in it’s tracks and replace it with something loving.
12-) Treat And Pamper Yourself:
What makes you feel super special and totally pampered? Be attentive to yourself and focus in on the small details. Get a manicure, give yourself a coconut oil massage, or book in for a facial. Buy yourself something beautiful, or expensive. Treat yourself to something you really love. Put fresh flowers in your home and light your favourite smelling candle. Whatever makes you feel luxurious, decadent and pampered is a way of showing love to yourself.
Retreats are powerful settings for profound healing, deep relaxation and transformation, where one can experience themselves away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life stresses.
13-) Unplug from the every day routine:
Retreats take us away from the usual distractions such as cell phones, computers, work and family. Letting go of distractions, gives us a whole new perspective where we may reflect on how we are living our lives and what is truly our heart’s desires.
Since you are the focus of your retreat, it is a great opportunity for you to strengthen the relationship with your body, mind, spirit.
A retreat gives you time to harmonize and balance all the aspects of your whole human being.
You can enjoy different activities, and there are many different type of retreats for all different type of people. Many offer gentle yoga classes, relaxation and meditation techniques.
You get to nurture yourself in which ever way feels right for you. There is no obligation or expectation from anyone, except yourself that is. Sometimes we feel guilty or ashamed if we take time out to pamper ourselves because it takes time away from our loved ones. A retreat is a great way to practice self- care, self-love and self-nurturing.
There are many places with powerful settings for profound healing, deep relaxation and transformation, where one can experience themselves away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life stresses. Sitting, walking and hiking in nature all bring about a sacred opportunity for one to rekindle our inner connection. Swimming at the base of a natural waterfall and river bring us back to our truest nature and flow.
The different activities, places and people you will interact with during your retreat will all expose you to a new way of being you. This experience will leave you feeling calmer, more present and connected to who you are.
I highly recommend you join us for our upcoming Soulful winter Getaway a weekend away in July - 26th to 28th at Uluramaya Retreat Cabins. This retreat includes healthy and delicious meals daily, daily yoga and meditation class, and transformational workshop all designed to teach you how to attract more peace, abundance, and balance in your everyday life.