Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
Saturday, 19 January 2019
Friday, 18 January 2019
What It’s Like to Visit an Existential Therapist It’s not meant to be comforting, but somehow it is : By Faith Hill
Incorporating animal-assisted therapy in mental health treatments for adolescents: A systematic review of canine assisted psychotherapy Melanie G. Jones , Simon M. Rice, Susan M. Cotton Published: January 17, 2019
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Defuse Anxiety By Asking Yourself This One Simple Question Byron Katie, author and founder of The Work, explains how a simple yes or no question can help you relieve stress : By Nicole Bayes-Fleming
Sunday, 13 January 2019
What is a Sacred Space and Why Might We Choose to Create One?
For Thousands of years, humans have attempted to embody inner peace and/or to connect and communicate with gods and goddesses and other ethereal beings in order to find calmness and soothing in what ails them. Some have strived to find meaning to what sometimes appears to be a meaningless existence. Some have been content to dwell in the wonderment of the universe and all that it has to offer. Many have worshiped deities of one kind or another,
using song, prayer, dance, meditation, personal sacrifice and many other forms of symbolic and ritualistic practice. These practices continue today and probably will for a very long time to come, if not until the end of human existence. Many of these practices have taken place with a physical focus or an alter to aid worship or meditative practice. I frequently build and refresh an alter or place of intentional focus to assist me with my goals and needs while meditating and am not associated with any particular philosophy or religion.
I believe Meditation to be the focus of our breath, our body, physical, emotional, spiritual and earthly sensations, and our immediate presence in this universe. Meditation can be practiced anywhere and at any time with no special props required and no particular mantras or poses essential to get it right. I experience meditation to be a state of mind with a purpose and intention which, at times, can be hard work and takes practice. Thoughts will come and go constantly and we all may struggle at times to let them go. We may also struggle with the outside noises and distractions that seem to invade our space when we try to meditate. Once we learn to accept the cacophony of natural and man made sound as just part of our environment, and let the sounds drift away, like our unhelpful thoughts, we can once again come back to our breath. We may repeat this process many times during a meditation session. (See other posts on my blog about meditation.)
One way to soften the distractions when meditating is to create a routine. Choose a time that suites you best and fall into the practice of meditating at that time every day in the same place in a controlled environment. Within this controlled environment you may wish to build an alter. I have offered on the right a few that I have created for different occasions. Building an alter solidifies intention and by placing objects that have meaning on my alter, you may find that the intensity of your practice deepens and your focus clarifies. In addition to using an alter, play soothing background instrumental music or music with words foreign to you so you am not swayed by the lyrics. Turn the phone off and tell people living you my home that you are unavailable for the next hour or so because I am meditating. Of course, they will continue to live life as usual and their sounds will be part of the cacophony that I mentioned earlier. I advise not to impose silence on the household as this may create a negative energy within the living space, and isn't this exactly what we are trying to rid ourselves of? Let it go and allow your breath be your focus. If needs be, put head-phones on to hear the music or ear plugs in and listen to your heart beat as you breathe.
Alter Offering Suggestions
- flowers, plants leaves and branches bark
- crystals, gems and stones
- Singing bowls
- deity icons
- feathers, bugs (short term), cocoons, bones
- letters, books, poetry
- personal items
- living things like goldfish, pot plants, fresh fruit and vegetables
- musical instruments
- interesting or sentimental cloth
- anything that has meaning for you
Creating your alter can be a meditative practice in itself. Pay attention to your breathing. What do you notice when choosing your offerings, holding them in your hands and then placing them in theirspace? What are you sensing within your body? What is your connection to this offering and what energy does it possess once it is placed on your alter? When it is time to change an offering, and how do you know? Thank the offering for what it has presented to you and either put it back into nature, if that is where it came from, or put it safely away. It may call you again, and have more to offer you at another time.
Creating an alter is not essential to meditation, but it does enhance the experience somewhat. Having a designated space to carry out any task, puts you in the correct frame of mind for the task at hand. A kitchen is purpose built to perform cooking tasks, a laundry for washing tasks, so too a meditation space is built for the task of meditation. I hope this helps you on your way to deeper practice and enhanced experiences.
Live your Bliss
Saturday, 12 January 2019
Why You Should Be Mindless in 2019 Mindfulness and Mindlessness After Trauma : Odelya Gertel Kraybill Ph.D.
Wednesday, 9 January 2019
How to Make Meditation a Daily Habit Six steps to add meditation and awareness to your daily routine. By Jack Kornfield
Tuesday, 8 January 2019
When Mindfulness Hurts Cultivating a meditation practice can be difficult for anyone — but when you have combat PTSD, it’s also painful : By Keith Kearney Follow
10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know For children who have experienced trauma, learning can be a big struggle : By WeAreTeachers Staff
Monday, 7 January 2019
Sunday, 6 January 2019
I would add Caffeine to the suggestion made in Number 10:Think about your alcohol habits and whether you could stand to cut back a little
Saturday, 5 January 2019
Disorganized Attachment - How Disorganized Attachments Form & How They Can Be Healed - Attachment, Parenting, Self Development, Trauma : By Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.
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Positive Hope for Change for Victims and Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse with Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensole - A Survivors First Impressions : By Mairead Ashcroft 31/7/18Yesterday was Archbishop Peter Comensoli's first official day in Melbourne in his position as Melbourne's ninth Archbishop of th...
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