Partnerships flow in and out of our lives. They can also last a lifetime. For example, we partner ‘money’ for life in the hope it will give movement, choice and freedom to explore new horizons. The ability to achieve is a drive. We have it within us to create new and more relevant experiences. To do this we partner our self in ‘choice’, a mentality that aligns with manifestation.
However, partnerships we have with the right people in life allow us to flourish, grow and never feel alone. These special people may be family, for others they can be friends, colleagues and romantic partners. There are many choices we partner in life, which can rule our lives. Either consciously or sub consciously, for better or worse.
We are often ruled by the subconscious rather than by the conscious and we partner choices based on the opinions of others, social media and society at large. Partnerships, whether they are business or personal are generally strengthened by our own self-awareness.
Therefore, one of our most precious partnerships is to our higher self. We call this unity, being complete, centred.
What makes a great partnership to you? I would love to hear your thoughts.
"The best partnerships aren’t dependent on a mere common goal but on a shared path of equality, desire and no small amount of passion". ~ Sarah MacLean
What is mindfulness?
How can it help our lives?
Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts and physical sensations. Mindfulness has its origins in ancient Buddhist meditation practices and has grown in popularity in recent years as a therapeutic technique in western psychology.
However, our modern lives are a frenzy of work and family balance, financial pressures and complex relationships. We can often fail to see the positives in life. We can be guilty of being over analytical of past events, self-critical and at times too caught up in what the future may hold. There can be too many rules, guidelines and routines that can become barriers, which limit us from reaching our true potential. We do these things without pause to enjoy the present, to live in the now.
For example, after a day at work have you realised as you pull into the garage you don’t recall the drive home?
Have you sat down to enjoy your cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit to then notice you have finished the packet?
These types of actions are things we do on autopilot without thinking, without being mindful of the present moment, our emotions or the signs our bodies gives us.
The benefits of practicing Mindfulness may include:
• Lower levels of stress.
• Greater clarity and self-acceptance
• Better control over our emotions and behavior in challenging situations
• Increased creativity
• Weight loss
• Improved sleep patterns
• Mindfulness may even improve your golf swing or yoga pose
So stimulate your mind to be thoughtful in what you express and how you feel, colour as an example has an amazing vibration of expression. We are surrounded by colour every day, the food we eat, home furnishings and even the clothes we wear are an expression of our mood or emotions. But do we notice what emotions or sensations we experience when selecting a t-shirt or eating a particular food?
Everything that feeds Mindfulness has expression. Enlightenment is Mindfulness. It is the key to love. Love creates fulfilment in your journey, it dissolves emotions including guilt, grief, fear and anger. Love is an expression of health and harmony.
Therefore, Mindfulness is not just achieving a calm and self-aware state of mind; it is feeding your thoughts with desires and a new approach to living. My guides view it as a natural respect to you and others, which in the end promotes your creativity, intuition and personal growth.
If you have any comments or tips on how you practice Mindfulness I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Meditation is a wonderful way to restore and enjoy inner peace. It is food for the soul and creates renewed balance and clarity. Meditation is incredible in strengthening self-awareness and acceptance.
The benefits of meditation are many for it calms, soothes and provides mindfulness. My guides believe it's a form of 'medication' as meditation supports our mental clarity in helping to prevent stress, anxiety, sleep related issues and supports everyday life.
For example, mindful breathing with meditation lowers the heart rate and improves the circulatory system within the body, stimulating self-healing. There have been studies, which suggest the regular practice of meditation lowers blood pressure by making the body less receptive to stress hormones. These, along with other physical and spiritual benefits are why you should consider adding meditation to your daily routine.
We are told meditation is finding a quiet space to sit and stilling the mind for a period without any distractions from our surroundings. There are so many ways to meditate, it can be 10 minutes to gather our thoughts and focus on our breathing. Some choose to listen to peaceful music while they do this. Set rituals can be followed that make use of mantras or visualisation techniques to stay focused. How you choose to meditate is up to you. Experiment with different techniques, you will find one that works for you. Meditation is an easy, inexpensive tool to improve your general health and spiritual well being. It also complements other alternative or medical treatments.
However, my guides say that meditation can be actions like Yoga, Tai Chi, bush walking, star gazing, bird watching. These things can give people the same benefits as it does for those who practice traditional meditation.
I have practiced meditation daily for over 15 yrs. Meditation has made a huge difference in my life in spiritual development and how I deal with everyday stress and the challenges that we face in our busy lives.