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This course is for you if you feel a bit knocked off centre, find it difficult to get to sleep or wake up during the night, can't switch off your racing mind, feel panicked and/or fatigued, difficulty concentrating or have a lack patience with your loved ones. It's also for you if you are on a path to connect deeper with your true self. Meditation is a wonderful tool for revealing reality and making space for personal growth and development as a result.
Meditation can help to support your journey of healing or self development, sometimes straight away. The more you practice the better you'll feel and the easier it will become to deal with lifes challenges as they arise. Once meditation is embedded as a habit in your daily life, you'll have the added bonus of knowing that you have invested in an effective tool to deal with stress ... even just knowing that fact is comforting.
In this course you will learn a variety of meditation tools so that you can return to a sense of peace and clarity. Try all the meditations, there's bound to be a couple of approaches that you'll warm to.
Activate your inner peaceful warrior, confidently take your place in this moment, reconnect your body and mind, let go of stress held in your body and navigate peacefully through your thoughts and challenges and come home to your 'self'. What you learn during meditation practice can be applied to daily life situations, love and business, giving you a sense of confidence to deal with what life brings.
Materials included in this course :
A selection of 2 or 3 minute guided meditations are given. I suggest you work through them in chronological order, one per day. You can repeat the same meditation several times a day if you wish or do the meditation without the guidance to increase your meditation time.
Once all the meditations have been completed continue every day to embed the practice into your life habits.
Repetition, discipline and embedding meditation into your daily life practice is how it becomes a trusted tool in difficult times.
How long to complete this course
There are 7 guided meditations. I suggest to do one per day and then repeat until you have done 21 days of meditation practice. 21 days allows the development of a new habit. After this you can meditate alone, or source longer guided meditations.
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|Section 1: Welcome To Your Meditation Course|
Hello and a very very warm welcome. I'm so delighted you are here and I look forward to introducing you to the joy of meditation. I hope it will have the same positive life changing impact on your life that it has had on mine. It will help you to feel calm and clear, navigate through challenges in a more positive way, learn from your experiences in life, feel more compassionate towards yourself and others, and generally enhance your physical and mental wellbeing.
Lets remind ourselves of some of the many benefits you can expect from committing yourself to a daily meditation practice. HUGE incentive, yes?
Commit now to one 3 minute session per day. Two sessions are even better.
The secrets to success are -
To embed your practice so that the benefits filter throughout your life, on and off your meditation mat, try to commit to meditating daily.
Did I mention ... it's ok for your mind to wander. This will happen. It doesn't mean you can't meditate. As soon as you notice your mind has wandered gently bring your focus back to the meditation, and this is important ... without giving yourself a hard time that your mind wandered.
|Section 2: Preparing To Meditate|
How to sit in alignment on a chair for meditation. This is important to provide space for breath and energy to flow freely during your meditation. The correct alignment also helps to improve your posture and maintain the position in comfort for the duration of your meditation. Make sure you are seated correctly to ensure you are not distracted by discomfort.
If you find sitting a strain then lying down might be a better option. The advantage to a sitting posture is you are less likely to fall asleep, but if you are meditating at bedtime, this can be a good thing!
How to align and support your body lying on a yoga mat or bed for meditation. The golden rule is, be 100% comfortable.
This can be the best option if you find the sitting postures uncomfortable to hold for the duration of your meditation. Just keep in mind that meditating is a 'letting go' of your physical body but your mind stays alert and focused. You are most likely to fall asleep if you choose lying down for meditation. If you persistently fall asleep while trying to meditate it's a sign you aren't getting enough sleep at night. Try to get more sleep, magically, meditation will help you with that. Do your best to stay awake until the end of your meditation and if you're in bed ready for sleep afterwards, its a great way to ease into sleep at the end of meditating.
Alignment of -
Various options for sitting in alignment on the floor for meditation.
If you find it difficult to maintain the sitting posture, try the lying down or sitting on a chair version. Slowly build strength for sitting over time.In fact, the Sutras say that the purpose of Yoga is to build our physical strength in order to be able to sit for long periods for meditation. This is because meditation will calm the thoughtwaves, allowing us to see clearly our true self within, without distortion. This reality is Enlightenment ... but we're not quite there yet. We are at 'how to sit', for now :)
Floor Sitting Variations -
|Section 3: Meditation Practices|
In This Lecture -
Fully guided meditation of the Nostril Breath with an audio download option.
How to observe your breath with a focus on your Ribcage.You will -
Observe your breath fully guided meditation with audio download option.
In This Lecture -
Fully guided meditation for Counting The Breath method and an audio download option.
In This Lecture -
Fully guided Mantra meditation with an audio download option.
In This Lecture -
Fully guided meditation for the Belly Breath, or Full Yoga Breath with an audio download option.
Lets use the Five Senses.
Guided meditation for the five senses.
Where to find The Gap in your meditation.
Guided meditation to observe 'The Gap'.
|Section 4: Developing Your Practice|
Bringing meditation off your mat and into your day
Embedding a daily practice
|Section 5: Closing Ceremony|
Farewell & Thank you
Bonus Lecture : Support Group & Future Courses
Meditation Can Change Your Life
Reduce stress, sleep better, balance hormone levels and blood pressure. Develop an enhanced sense of wellbeing and manage challenges confidently.
How Meditation Changed My Life
I first discovered meditation at the age of 12 when I was intrigued by a leaflet on the subject. My parents had separated and meditation helped me to find a sense of peace and understanding about it. I remember that the calm I experienced was such a relief.
I returned to meditation time and time again throughout my life. It helped me to keep an even keel when both my parents were ill and passed from cancer. It saved me when my marriage broke down.
In the last five years I have embedded meditation as a daily practice. Both my Shiatsu and Yoga Teacher courses included meditation which reaffirmed my beliefs in it's potential to support and heal.
Meditation has made such a huge difference, the unmanageable has become manageable, confusion has been replaced with clarity, pain has evolved to joy, isolation is now connection. I have travelled well through emotional storms.
Find Your Sparkle
I want others to have the opportunity to experience the benefits of meditation. I want others to have the power of meditation percolate throughout their lives and the lives of those around them.
I feel that we can all benefit by rekindling our sparkle. To do this search inside, look into your heart. Use meditation as a way to calm the ripples on the pond, so you can see clearly into the depths and reveal your true self.
Meditation is simple, yet powerful and is accessible to all.
I am still journeying, still learning. Journey with me?
Environmental Science, Honours BSc 1994
Marine Science, MSc 1997
Reiki I 2003
Shiatsu Massage Dip 2012
Holistic Massage 2013
Yoga Teacher Training 2014 (200)
Pregnancy Yoga Training 2015
The Daily Me!
I live in rural Ireland with my daughters. As a busy Mum and business owner I make sure to find time for fun, adventures, my own yoga, meditation and eating as wholesomely as possible. I adore home grown and home made food, foraged wild foods, smoothies, juices. I've a hot passion for homemade probiotic food and drink too. I like to draw and paint with watercolours, I find it very therapeutic. I do enjoy a glass of fine red wine, an excellent bar of raw dark chocolate and toasting my toes by the wood fire, cuddled up with the kids.