All that a human can do, why Meditate?

Wednesday 14th August 2019, I am writing this on my mac from the dining table, that looks out onto the garden, it’s currently raining, the sound is gorgeous, apparently it’s Summer, but it feels like a lovely autumn afternoon.. It’s nice and calm in here, my brother and his girlfriend are sleeping, my sister is at work and my Mum and Step Dad are chilling in their motor home..

I’ve got a real nice track playing on my UE Boom, it’s called ‘Summer Taste’

I woke up to my alarm around 07:30am today and I did the usual, brush my teeth, cleanse my face with rose water and moisturise with olive oil, I drank some lemon water and practiced 20 minutes of Yoga.

I headed out into the garden and the rain, to teach an online facebook meditation session, you can watch it back here..

I suppose, the reason I decided to blog this blog that i’m making, is because, I realise so many people in life are suffering, whether that be suffering from an illness, a breakup, financial hardship or stress, most of us have suffered something. But, what I have learned in my life recently, is that, if you go out of your comfort zone, pain is inevitable, however, suffering is a choice.. so just because you go through a breakup, like I did this year, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Pain is physical, we feel it, but suffering is in our mind, our perception, how we view things. What i’ve also learned, is that, it is extremely important to grieve, rather than suppress, so this is not about positive thinking “there’s plenty more fish in the sea”, this is about, dealing with our pain head on, this isn’t time to go fishing..

After my realisation of understanding peoples sufferings back in 2017, I quit my London management role and I set up on my own a Meditation class, to help relieve peoples stresses and to teach what i’ve learned, in the hope that it would help.

What I figured in my own life, is that, i’d tried the “retail therapy”, alcohol, smoking weed, relationships with men (and women actually), coffee, holidays, a management job that takes over your life, the gym, being a Vegan, being a Vegetarian, going clubbing etc etc but nothing, none of the above has been sustainable, none of it lasts. The one thing, that I tried 4 years ago and still to this day practice, is meditation…

I tell you why, and that’s because you don’t have to go to it, like you have to go shopping, or go clubbing, or go on holiday. Meditation happens, right here, right now, wherever in the world you are.

Our theme with this weeks Meditation classes is; “The Universe has your back” which is a great book written by Gabby Bernstein. I refer to the universe as a force greater than me, if you do not believe there is a greater force than you, then please make the sun shine and the rain stop 🙂

In Yoga & Meditation I speak about the chakras in the body. A chakra is an energy point, literally translates as wheel, it’s been said that there are 114 chakras in the body, however 7 major chakras situated from the bottom of your spine, up to the top of your head;

Muladhara (Root)

Svadhishthana (Sacral)

Manipura (Solar plexus)

Anahata (Heart)

Vishuddha (Throat)

Ajna (Third Eye) &

Sahasrara (Crown)

As our theme this week is about ‘the universe has your back’, I decided we would work with the Sahasrara chakra. Some say the Sahasrara chakra is the ‘Gateway to God’, for me, God is another word for universe or that force greater than me…so when I say ‘the universe has your back’ this is trusting in that universal energy/ God.

In meditation, many people, myself included, use crystals to interact with their chakras and to help with the healing process/clearing blockages in your chakras. This week we have been using Amethyst, which has actually been my favourite crystal since I was a little girl. Here is a piece of my Amethyst one of my lovely clients captured at class on Monday….

People meditate for different reasons, some meditate to relieve stress, some meditate for religious reasons and some meditate for ‘spiritual’ reasons if you like. I teach meditation to help people relieve stress, but what they gain is so much more beyond this.

If you too would like to further your meditation practice, totally free, you can watch daily facebook live guided meditation videos on my facebook page.

If you live in Welwyn Garden City or surrounding areas and would like to join us at group meditation classes, you can email me on louise@stresslessandrelax.com to book on.

I hope you have found this blog useful,

Love Louise

Founder & Director

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