MEDITATION & SLEEP Last week I talked about toxic free home and personal care and how it was the second lifestyle-change that my family and I made to achieve more vitality and energy. I also listed ingredients to use more of and ingredients and products to use less of (and even better […]
In my previous post I shared what saved me postpartum and you can read it HERE if you missed it. When I enrolled in Belinda Davidson’s School of the Modern Mystic (SoMM) level 1 course two years ago, it was out of desperation. I was […]
Meditation doesn’t have to be sitting in lotus position in beautiful surroundings 😃 as on this flight between Copenhagen and Venice. We’re having our first holiday without our son as we’re going to La Biennale in Venice. My partner edited the feature film Hounds of Love, which has its premiere here at the film festival.
I’m not the type where meditation comes easy. I’m the always-on-the-go type of person, which is probably why I really needed meditation to thrive.
I wasn’t good to begin with and still after meditating every day for over two years, there’re days where I find it hard to meditate. I started with guided meditations through an app I downloaded on to my phone and now I meditate self-guided focussing on my inner body. My inner body is the name Belinda Davidson and Eckhart Tolle use for the inner energy field of your body. You can also call it chi, life force energy etc. Because I’m mostly on the go, I would never “check in” with my body. I was always “in my head”, avoiding feeling the emotional feedback in my body.
Postpartum, I was forced to change my way of living and thinking. There was no way I could keep it up also caring for a baby and being sleep deprived. It took me time to realise what was going on and what I was trying to tell myself but one thing was sure I was struggling and not feeling great at all. The first thing that was clear to me was that it wouldn’t be helpful to talk about my problem like in therapy. I had to connect with my body but the only words that came to me then was that I had to connect with my feminine energy.
I tried different kinds of healing/ breath work but it didn’t feel quite right. I didn’t realise it at the time but it was too much “digging” in the past and understanding past hurts. When I stumbled over Belinda Davidson’s School of the Modern Mystic and joined her Level 1, I learned that you don’t need to look back. You can start here and now by working on your energy and WOW did that change everything!
If you want to change your life, you must first change your energy. For only by working with your energy – your energy-field and chakras – is it possible to permanently and positively change your life! (Belinda Davidson).
Belinda’s course involves building a strong meditation and mindfulness practise and it really helped me to turn my life around. I feel so much more alive and aware today. I don’t avoid difficult emotions but instead I bring them into the light, into my awareness and they miraculously dissolve. Of course things keep coming up, that’s just life right 😉 but it’s less frequent and because I know how to deal with it, life feels much easier than what it used to be, also than before I became a mum.
Belinda’s course starts on 10 October but if you want to get started here and sign up to receive several free informative videos and you can get to know Belinda, who’s quite something 🙂
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THE HARDEST STEP TO GET ENOUGH SLEEP
For most of us it’s buying into why you need to prioritise sleep so we can get deep restorative sleep. In this post I’ll take you through WHY and HOW to prioritise sleep.
Now you might think; WHY is it so important? I function just fine on four hours sleep. There are a very very small percentage of people who only needs little sleep compared to rest of us so don’t assume that you are one of them J I would also like you to honestly look at how well you’re functioning. How often do you pop a pill (over the counter or prescription medication)? Do you’ve aches and pains? Do you suffer from frequent migraines and headaches? How is your mood during the day? Do you easily explode or feel sad? How is your brain function through out the day? Do you need coffee, black teas or other stimulants to get through the day?
Experts still don’t know why we sleep including animals but they’ve shown again and again how important sleep is.
If you want to make an animal (including humans) insulin resistant, all you’ve to do is to sleep deprive it and a study has shown that 4 hours a night for 14 days was enough to deteriorate the subjects’ insulin resistance with 50%. Another study has shown that just one night of poor sleep can set off insulin resistance. Scary right!!!
And further more, sleep deprivation has clinically and statically proven links to
- heart decease
- memory loss (brain function)
- a study has shown that it makes it harder to loose weight
Most of us know that sleep is important so why is it so hard to prioritise sleep and HOW do we start prioritising sleep?
If you want to live a long life with little aches and pains and a hight level of energy and vitality, you need to sit down and find a way to prioritise sleep! Could you cut down your screen time or you can’t put down your book at night? Or do you keep working all night? It’s hard to give up something that we love or something we with our intellect know that would be better for you.
So how can you make sleep more joyful? I suggest that you try to prioritise sleep and that you make the last minutes of your day, time to “check in” and give your soul or core desires some love and attention.
My four steps to enjoy bedtime:
- You prioritise sleep for a week or even better for a month. Do you feel any changes during the day? More energy? Better mood? Less aches and pains?
- Visualisation. Give yourself extra attention at least 5 minutes when in bed by closing your eyes and quiet your busy mind. How does your “inner-body” feel? Any areas of your body that feels heavy? Keep focusing on the area until it feels lighter. Another option is to visualise your happiest life or a perfect day.
- Gratitude. You can also think about all the things you are grateful for – that day or in general. You can even try to ask the universe or Good for help with certain things or situations.
- Inner wisdom. Another reason why we stay up late is for many of us because we look for knowledge and answers externally. Giving yourself time to slow down and rest, will allow time and space for inner wisdom to rise. The online knowledge bank can easily become a trap for me keeping up late at night.
Stop using time as an excuse. We all have the same amount of time. It’s all about what we do with the time we have. It might not be time that keeps you from doing the things you really care about and what gives you joy but could it your low vitality that keeps you from doing the things that you love and care about?
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