With the new month just days away and it being promoted as Mindful May, I was very mindful myself (pardon the pun) to finally complete my online meditation course.
It was started sometime ago, but somehow most of the audio that I recorded for it disappeared into the ether when updating some software.
The next hurdle to overcome was Mercury in Retrograde, noted for issues with electronics and the like…… I couldn’t get rid of the noise of the computer fan that ran in the background. Eventually I found an app that I could use with an iPad and completed the last of the recordings just in time to get the course up and running for May.
If you have never meditated before and are not sure how to or what sort of meditation suits you, then this introduction to meditation will help you work that out.
“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” John C Maxwell
Communication is about quite often about what you are not saying, and this was very apparent during the visit of the German Chancellor to the USA to meet the current president.. to use a well worn metaphor… you could have cut the air with a knife with the attitude in that meeting. It was suggested to me that he IS an elderly chap…. Gentleman is not a word that fits this man….. who possibly has a hearing problem and that this was the problem, but it appears not.
Richard Branson has said “Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess” and went on to say that he relied on it in his business to make his company successful.
Another quote from Mother Theresa is “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
I’ve certainly had the experience of words delivered with a smile on the face to me, but with the deadly intent to strike at the core of my heart…. a mismatch between the energy of the words and the attitude.
…. the inward breath or inspiration is what draws the oxygen deep into your body.
Inspiration is also the ability to take that breath and see it as a spark of the divine within you as you light a fire within your soul.
Allow the flow of inspiration to help you create magic. As you allow this inspiration to flow, allow more love and light into your essential being and breathe new life into your dreams and desires.
When encountering obstacles or difficulties along the way, remember to breathe…. Taking a deep belly breath in to fill the lungs and exhale the stale, used air.
Breathing deeply and with mindfulness will help to take the oxygen to the brain and help you to think more clearly. Take a deep breath in and hold, then let go. There are several breathing patterns and techniques that you can explore, but the one that is most comfortable is the one that will benefit you the greatest. As you breathe in and hold; for a moment take your mind to your staying power, your tenacity and think about any challenges that you have overcome.
Exhale and let go .. of fear; of limitations and feel yourself become lighter. Nurture yourself with the regular practice of breath centred meditation. This is like using the oxygen mask for yourself before others.
As you practice this, you will replenish your energy. When you care for your own body and soul, then there is space to reach out and nurture and inspire others.