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Will Mindfulness Ever Rule The World?

Will Mindfulness Ever Rule The World?

Ever since I started using drums for meditation and mindfulness i always wondered what would happen if the corridors of power were filled with the sound of drumming instead of back biting and vilification.

So I was gobsmacked to read a small piece in the UK press that seems to have quietly bubbled to the surface without any of the roaring fanfare that it deserves.

Last week, the Guardian reported that ministers were to meditate with politicians from Israel, Sri Lanka and Sweden as part of a new initiative exploring the impact of mindfulness on political process.

The group were to meet together and then be led in a series of meditations as a way to increase their awareness and, lo and behold, their compassion.

I can’t disguise my distrust of politicians and how simply delirious I am to hear that such an evolutionary step has been taken. This is a world where ideals and vision get trampled on by egos and self interest. Bypassing the fearful ego voice through the process of meditation has the potential to be a hugely trans-formative step.

Jon Kabat-Zinn who addressed the group reflected on the impact of such a move.

“The UK is way ahead of the curve,” Kabat-Zinn said. “I don’t know of any other country that is doing this, and now you have inspired politicians in many different countries. That is what this event is about. They can look each other in the face and strategise and support each other.

“This is not a weirdo lunatic fringe trying to take over the world, but an oxygen line straight into the heart of what is deepest and most beautiful in us as human beings.”

The other co-chair, Tim Loughton, a Conservative former minister, said: “There is an affinity amongst those who have been through this course and a rather more considered approach to exchanges of differing views.”

It won’t be long before the sound of those drums will become a reality.

You can read the original article here: http://craigcoggle.com/politics

 

The Power of the Fifth Chakra

The Power of the Fifth Chakra

The Mighty Vishudha

The 5th chakra is the throat chakra that sits in the region of the neck and shoulders at the base of the throat. Its Sanskrit name is Vishudha which means pure or purification.

It holds an important position in the ‘chakra ladder’ as it is the first chakra of the higher or spiritual chakras also comprising the sixth and seventh chakras.

The representative colour of this chakra is blue, it has the symbol of a lotus flower with 16 petals and its element is sound (or some references suggest ‘ether’). The seed sound of the 5th chakra is ‘Ham’ and its vowel sound is ‘Eee’.

Expressing Your Creative Self

The 5th chakra represents the gift of pure communication, personal expression and honesty. It enhances your originality and authentic voice as well as your confidence in speaking your truth. It is the seat of your creative expression.

The way of the 5th chakra is standing up for what you believe, saying no when necessary and being open and honest in what you say. To live in balance with the throat chakra is means being inspired to seek and share the truth.

The Fifth Chakra & The Body

The areas of the body governed by the 5th chakra are the throat itself and the thyroid gland. When out of balance the symptoms can include sore throat, mouth ulcers, swollen glands, voice problems, trouble with gums or teeth or even thyroid dysfunctions of a more serious nature.

On an emotional level the challenge of this chakra when it is out of balance, due to either too much or too little energy or chi, is dealing with doubt and negative thinking. This can manifest itself as problems with decision-making, fear of speaking, being critical, being unable to express yourself or showing an inability to listen.

In fact a person with an open and balanced 5th chakra is a genuinely good listener and can thus enable others to experience actually being heard – one of the most profound and meaningful of all human needs.

Learn more about the rhythms of the chakra and how to use them in your energy work by joining me for live tuition here.

Why Happiness Is A Choice.

Why Happiness Is A Choice.

I’ve found that my two boys often show me why happiness is a choice. In fact, what is it about the young?
We are told that they are bundles of unrestrained joy and innocence. Really?
Well, how come I’m looking at a pouty lip from my eldest (6 years wise) on most mornings. How is him waking up and struggling against the family agenda providing evidence of natural happiness?
A better question is, “How does that serve him and what does it tell me?”
On first glance it looks like something called a bad mood. He has all the symptoms. Downturned mouth and gaze lowered to the floor. Apologetic voice, caved in shoulders and chest.
Something is not right. Something has happened.
Yet if you look up close you can see that it is a mask. It’s a persona he’s wearing, as if he’d got one of his superhero costumes from the dress-up box.
It’s a device that he’s using to help manipulate something. That’s how it serves him. And if you can catch it off guard it cracks and you can see him in there. Laughing.
A quick tickle or a reminder that it’s Nutella day usually does the trick.
The game is up and the ‘mood’ lifted.
He wants something and he’s playing the “it’s not fair” game.
But where did he learn such a device?
I know you’re already ahead of me. What a gift we have given them. “Dear children, despite your unrestricted flow of pure joy and smiles let us teach you how to put on a scowl and let everyone know that we are really pissed about something.”
“Thanks Dad, I’ll remember that.”
The hard part isn’t seeing through his mask, it’s realising that we do exactly the same thing. Daily
When someone annoys us we reach for the sulky pout. That will show them! If someone forgets that we were next in line we unleash the full-on “how dare you”. Irritated, impatient, agitated and annoyed.
We bring them out as our tools of communication. To let everyone know that we’re not pleased about things right now!
But as we’ve learned, it works both ways. We can just as easily trigger happiness!
We can choose to be tickled by things. To be amused.
Joy happens first, before the presents arrive.
We have to choose it and it is ours.
Happiness works by us first allowing it to bubble up and show itself. We often get caught up in our own drama that we don’t let it happen and we don’t see that we can choose it. We always think that happiness comes later.
Yet we have the power to make it happen.
We don’t need other people to do things that will make us happy.
We can choose happiness and the joy will flood in anyway.
 
 
 
 
 
Practice is the Key – Why You Have To Replace Dreams With Practice

Practice is the Key – Why You Have To Replace Dreams With Practice

The thing about having a dream, or even just setting a big goal, is that it can stop you in your tracks. You freeze. I’ll show you how practice is the key.

“I don’t know if I could ever do that!”

“That just seems unrealistic. How am I ever going to start?”

A voice that you hear finds every possible doubt that lingers in the energy of your thoughts, (and that’s all that your thoughts are, after all).

The result is that you stay motionless. Motivation deserts you as you look across the dream chasm, unable to move.

“I’ll never manage that. I just don’t have the talent.”

We give ourselves plenty of justification as to why that particular goal or vision is too unattainable and how we should just stay where we are. It’s often because our psyche seeks safety and comfort it prefers staying put and not moving at all.

Inaction.

“I can’t really change this relationship, I should just stay where I am.”

But beware of the shoulds. Mike Dooley often talks about the ‘cursed hows’. Well I’m talking about the ‘loathsome shoulds’.

There is a really good way to tackle them and to move from inaction to action. To render the ‘loathsome shoulds’ impotent.

Through doing the practice.

Doing the practice is making the small steps without worrying about the big G-O-A-L.

Put your helmet on and start doing the thing that will begin to shape the dream. It’s not the final dream vision itself, but the fuel that will run the engine to get there.

If it’s writing, then write; building a website, then start working with code,;meditating then start sitting and following your breath.

I always tell people who I work with that when you practice you are not on stage, therefore practice isn’t the performance. You don’t have to look good and you don’t have to impress anyone or gain approval.

You are practicing, pure and simple.

Work out the kinks, find your voice, play with the line and see where it takes you.

Doing the practice builds your discipline and gives you a path. Don’t look for the top of the mountain yet. Watch your feet and find the footholds in front of you.

Keep moving.

This isn’t being busy for busy’s sake, or spinning your wheels to give you the illusion that you are working. This is building a habit of practice that will carry you almost unnoticeably forward with a quiet certainty.

Each day moving. Each day doing the practice.

How To Stop Working On Yourself And Find Yourself Instead

How To Stop Working On Yourself And Find Yourself Instead

One of the most repeated pieces of advice I give to people is, “You’re not broken.” I say this so many times. And I believe that it’s true.

It’s sort of the opposite to therapy. In that case you look at the damage caused from your past and relive it or express it to relieve the pressure of suppression of emotions.

I believe we all come into this world perfectly formed in our own way. We don’t need to add anything or change anything. All we have to do is allow ourselves to grow and develop and realise our potential.

To become your possibility. To find yourself.

This is a great relief and comfort to people. You are not broken. I’m not even giving you the burden of “you are a genius”. It’s light and no pressure.

Think about it. You are not broken. No need for therapy, you are not broken. No need for guilt, you are not broken. No need for shame, you are not broken.

Well today I caught myself lost in my self-improvement drive – again. And I wondered why I don’t take this advice.

Seriously!

How many affirmations and clearing techniques do I need?

Why do I get stuck in the working on myself loop?

If I’m not broken, then why do I need to constantly fix things?

Do you find the same thing? Must become more productive, more effective, more loving.

It’s part of our self-actualisation you might say, but are we jamming our bandwidth with too many improve yourself to-dos?

Perhaps we need to create more space to just be. When you create space you get to experience your own insight and intuition. What Philip McKernan calls “your Soulset.”

When you create space you can find your inner voice that guides.

So today I started not working on myself.

I started not affirming that I was earning six figures. I stopped affirming that I had perfect health. I stopped trying to clear blockages and shift energy.

Today I started being who I am. Not broken. And no need to work on myself.

I took a day off from self-help.

Today I started to feel comfortable with my work. Not needing to push on and change things. I found myself being okay with my kids behaviour because they’re not broken either. We just need to be with each other.

Today I was being me.

Today I was unbroken.

Today, try being you. Find yourself. Perfect.