Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Meditations To Get Back On Your Feet Again

Yesterday I watched a clip where Jimmy Fallon interviews Deepak Chopra on his meditations with Oprah (amazing btw). Deepak joked that the two get along well. He once told her that if they got married, she could call herself Oprah Chopra LOL.

Jokes aside, meditation is a lifesaver. When I journal, I use the shorthand "meds" for meditation because to me, it is like medicine for the mind, body and spirit. 

Meditation: An All-Purpose Remedy 

Last week I was invited to teach meditation at a conference for cancer survivors in Mexico City. It was an amazing group and I felt really blessed to be sharing my favorite tools with them.

There are dozens of techniques and I genuinely believe that the 'best' meditation is the one you love - what matters is that we are consistent, even if it is only for five minutes a day. 

What Do Meditations Involve? 

What comes to mind with the word meditation? In the past, it might have been a monk sitting calmly under a tree. Is it sitting still, quieting the mind and listening to your breath? 

While it can be exactly that, at this event, I wanted to propose that meditation can also be fun or enjoyable. And that any activity which allows us to bring our mind, body and emotions into a state of peace can be part of an overarching meditation practice. 

And why not have fun with it?

What Makes It Effective? 

Most people meditate with the following goals in mind: 
  • To press the 'pause button' and leave worries aside. 
  • To relax and give the physical body some rest. 
  • To lift your mood when you are feeling down. 
  • To connect with your intuition (inner guide). 
  • To create moments of peace. 

Those peaceful moments become longer with each session and eventually, calm is the rule and not the exception in your daily life. This is accomplished with time, in several steps: 

Step 1) Release The Day

Although I didn't mention it at this conference, I learned to meditate at The College of Psychic Studies in the UK, where most meditations focused on developing our intuitive gifts. 

The first step was to release everything we'd been through so that we could calm ourselves and open our intuition. My favorite way to do this is to sit and listen to your breath for a few minutes before visualizing white light that rains down from the stars, taking with it any energetic or mental energy. 

The light washes through and around your body. You make the conscious decision to release anything that may have happened, how you felt about it, and your To-Do list, etc.  

I like visualizing a sphere of light around my body - you can call it your Aura, or a projection of your mind & emotions. That light flows through this sphere, clearing and cleansing. 

When you're done clearing yourself, surround your body with a color that makes you feel warm, loved and centred. 

Visualizing light and color is amongst my favorites. It helps us the tell the subconscious mind what we want to release. 

Step 2) Channel Your Emotions 

Creative visualizations like the one above make it easier for us to let go of our experiences at the end of the day. The next step is to begin channeling our emotions; essentially how we feel about our life, interactions and about the past. 

Our thoughts feed into our emotional state, and then our emotions trigger thoughts that reinforce those feelings. We need a two-pronged approach to bring peace into our lives. 

There are many ways to channel our emotions, and if you read Chapter 3 from my Chakra Healing & Magick book, I have included creative healing tools that make it easier for us to listen to our emotions and then get them off our chest. 

Before trying them, please follow this intuitive meditation. It will guide you through releasing emotions and dialing down overwhelming ones so that they are easier to handle. 

Step 3) Live For The Moment 

I'm a bit of a book nerd. When I began meditating, I read up on Buddhism {link} and other traditions where meditation is key. Apparently, the ultimate 'goal' of meditation is to take that state of calm to your daily life - not the meditation itself.

We might get in the hang of meditating for 15-20 minutes everyday. But if we walk away at the end of the session without changing a thing in our lives, it doesn't help much. 

The idea is to become just as aware and mindful, focusing 100% of your attention on where you are, what you are doing and how your body feels (the antithesis to multitasking). 

This is known as Mindfulness. Initially, it may be easier to take short breaks and go through the following exercises:  

  • Take 1-minute breaks and listen to your breath. 
  • Ask yourself "How does my body feel right now? 
  • Set an alarm on your phone twice daily. 
  • Ground yourself to feel your body (HERE)
  • Listen to your surroundings. 

The last tip has been the one that works best for me. You know how some people turn off the radio when they are driving down the street looking for a building number? 

There is something in the way our brain works. I can't listen to my surroundings and daydream/worry simultaneously lol. 

Step 4) The Water Metaphor

A few weeks ago I taught Reiki for beginners, a technique that involves hands-on-healing, intuition, and meditation. My students wanted to know how often they could book a session to receive Reiki from a practitioner, when the goal of Reiki classes is to learn to give yourself Reiki. I tried to explain that it would be best if they meditated every day, and/or gave themselves Reiki to release stressful energies. 

It was hot and I had a glass of water in my hand. I held it up explaining that we are the glass, and our feelings and experiences are the water that flows into the cup. 

Easy enough at first. But now, imagine yourself standing with a glass of water in your hand and how it starts to weigh after an hour, after two hours, a day, a week, etc.

When we meditate or give ourselves Reiki, we pour some water out of the cup. A full Reiki or Healing session gives us a good clearing, but it doesn't empty the glass. 

Meditate or self-heal daily to release that weight. And finally, grounding yourself is like poking a hole under the glass. 

Step 5) Find A Style You Love 

Ideally, we'd take turns, meditating to release our thoughts somedays and channeling our emotions on others. The goal is never to completely 'blank out your mind' - that would be nearly impossible. The Buddhist teacher, Sogyal Rimpoche, tells us that meditation is like looking at the sky. Some days will be cloudy (thoughts), others stormy (emotions). Rather than argue with the clouds, Rimpoche suggests letting them go by. And in my experience, creative meditations like the one above allow us to lean on the wind for support. 

Committing to a regular practice is more likely to be effective, so find a style that you love. There are many ways to meditate, here are just a few ideas to begin with: 
  • Listening to your breath, eyes closed. 
  • Counting down from 20 to 1 to calm down. 
  • Visualizing a work of art and stepping in (SEE HERE)
  • Cooking or washing the dishes with 100% attention. 
  • Inhale white light, exhale gold for 2 minutes.
  • Moving meditations like Tai Chi or Yoga. 
  • Mantras (especially with music).

That's all for now, thanks for listening! 

So this was a longer post than usual! But I hope it helps, and please follow the links below for more on energy healing, meditation and complementary therapies for cancer patients. 

Please share your thoughts and experiences below.


Regina Chouza is a qualified Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. A graduate of the School of Intuition & Healing in London, she is developing a new technique that combines natal astrology, energy healing and crystals. Subscribe for an introduction to grounding, clearing and shielding your personal energy HERE.

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