In this excerpt from her Conscious Living blog Jillian shares the importance of meditation as a way to connect to that infinite aspect of ourselves that is beyond time and space and the practical benefits of that experience…
A very wise man recently said to me, “It is only time that makes one feel stressed”.
Have you noticed that whenever you feel worked up or overwhelmed, everything in your body speeds up? Your heart rate increases, breathing becomes more rapid and the body heats up as molecules vibrate more quickly throughout your system. Studies on the aging process show that more stress leads to more rapid aging as the body races to keep up with the demands of life.
As everything cranks up on a physiological level, your mind is also filled with a multitude of thoughts and waves of anxiety may cloud your emotional state. There is a sense of pressure that time is running out. In this state we can easily slip into a kind of “last chance” mentality where it feels like time is racing by.
“I’m X years old and I still haven’t done ABC”
“I’m at X stage of my life and I still haven’t acquired DEF”
“I can’t believe it’s 2012 already”
“I don’t have enough time to…”
In this inspiring talk by Robert Holden he shares how one doesn’t need to try to be a ‘good’ or ‘nice’ person, in fact that is the natural state of our being. All that is required is for us to surrender ourselves constantly to that higher aspect of ourselves to allow those qualities to naturally emanate from our being. The world renowned Robert Holden will be joining us later this year for a talk – Shift Happens! with Robert Holden – 11th April
In this excerpt from her Conscious Living blog Jillian describes the importance of taking rest, something which is so often neglected and seen as ‘a waste of time’ in our current society. It can often be that during the most intense periods of transformation our bodies needs deep rest to process all of the changes that are occurring, and the more we resist the more signals the body gives until it gives up and manifests illness of some sort. Often it is that we are avoiding something by constantly ‘doing’, avoiding looking at what lies within, essentially avoiding our truth. Enjoy this very practical article from the renowned meditation teacher Jillian Lavender…
The other day I overheard someone talking on her phone. She said, “I’m not doing anything – I’m just resting”. It reminded me of how easy it is to undervalue the importance of taking time out to rest.
In our fast-paced, hectic lives we can easily get caught in what I call ‘Busy Doing’. Busy Doing is when we are so busy ‘doing’ we have actually lost track of what, why and how we are ‘doing’.
I will close this blog with some observations over the last week. Through going through the process in the last 6 weeks, I have felt my commitment to my practice increase. I feel steady in it, I feel supported in it. And that has been a great gift. I have felt in many ways my relationship to my own states of being changing. The way I react to difficult moments, troubling emotions, my own energy and exhaustion and even more so to my own thoughts. (more…)
I am nearing the end of the 28-day programme (ok, so it has been a few more days than that). I have done my meditation every day, and it has definitely deepened and shifted in that time.
This morning, my practice was filled with a sense of open heartedness – I have been noticing this energy of heart expression inside me that seeks expression in the world. It comes out in my work, it comes out in my relations. (more…)
This is a different kind of reflection on the meditation. The last chapter of the book for me is a different type of meditation. More based on life, being in life and engagement with other people.
I had this experience the other day where someone was speaking to me about something that she wanted, but she kept saying you – something that makes you feel a certain way. (more…)
‘Give Yourself New Life’
If you do it for 40 days you can rebuild the molecular structure of the body. This meditation must not be done for more than 9 minutes total.
How to Do It:
>Tune in with Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo x3 (more…)
Day 14 – End of Week 2
It is amazing how the perception of experiences changes the experience. I was filled today with a kind of vibrant energy, the kind that loves to do and get things done. To write and create, tidy and organise, move and do. And so when I sat, I was filled with a kind of vibrancy of thoughts. The mind wanted to think through the events of the day, to plan and anticipate and all of those delightful things. (more…)
Day 8 -
This week starts a new phase of the practice – turning the concentration to the sensations in the body: moving sequentially through the body and feeling deeply each area in succession. The suggestion today is to do the practice lying down. It used to be that when I lay on my back, in savasana after the practice or otherwise, I would quickly drift off into a kind of semi-consciousness/semi-sleep. Recently, that has not been the case, although I am aware that meditating lying down is definitely less alert and clear than seated meditation. Today was not dreamy at all. (more…)
Day 7 -
Last night was a fitful night of sleeping. One of the observations I have had in the last few months is that I hold some anxiety inside, which underlies many of the outward difficulties that arise in my life. It is like worries about particular circumstances: finances, my future, etc. show up when the underlying anxiety inside flares up. So with a bit of insecurity and social unrest in the air, I did not sleep well. (more…)