Peace, perfect peace.

This is for Debbie Roth’s fabulous ForgivingConnects  post on peace of mind.


Lately, I’ve been saying this affirmation/prayer before meditating.  These 4 things (restlessness, delusion, judgement and impatience) are big old habits for me to relinquish if I’m ever to experience lasting true inner peace.

I hope you experience inner peace at some point today.  Make the time….it’s worth it!  Much love, Anita.😘

Sit in inner stillness.

“The quieter you become,

the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi

 

Isn’t that so true!  Certainly where meditation is concerned, when we still the breath through the practice of pranyama, the body and mind gradually become still.  We find ourselves no longer enslaved to all the bodily sensations but can start to focus within.  This turning inwards of the senses is called pratyahara and this practice allows us to be in the silence.  As we sit in this silence, we can chant Om (or your preferred sacred words) inwardly or outwardly, almost like a foghorn sounding through the mist.  Feel the vibration of the words in your head and concentrate on their meaning.

Listen:

And we listen for a response.  We may hear the noises of our body (pulse, heartrate and so on); we may hear one of the sounds associated with the chakras in the body (buzzing bee for root chakra, flute for sacral chakra, harp for solar plexus, bell for heart chakra, rushing water for throat and a conglomeration of all the sounds at the spiritual eye).  You may hear static.  Concentrate on whatever you hear.  You may hear nothing (which in itself is great – no restless thoughts!).  Don’t force it, just be in the stillness.  Pray, chant an affirmation, or be silent.  You will find an amazing sense of peace comes over you if you simply surrender to the quietness, to a state not of doing, but of simply being.   For some people, this is a wonderful relaxation and de-stressing technique.  For many others, it is in this peace and stillness that we connect with God / Source.  And it is wonderful!

Benefits:

Recent studies have demonstrated the numerous physiological benefits of meditating (sitting in inner stillness), with spine erect to allow the life force to flow upwards in the body:

  • brainwaves shift from beta (processing information and external stimuli) to alpha (relaxed state) so the nervous system can rest;
  • relaxed muscles decrease tension headaches and other tension-related pain in the body;
  • regular use can lead to a reduction in anxiety;
  • increased peace and joy felt in meditation overspills into our relationships with others and improves our self-esteem and happiness.

The list is really endless.  For more information, visit www.artofliving.org.  Whatever you do today, try to find a few minutes to become quiet.  Who knows what you will hear!  Much love, Anita. 😘🙏

Are you present?

Being present:

I remember from my school days the register, or roll call, being taken every morning before class began.  You were expected to answer to your name being called with “Present Miss/Sir”.  Often times, I’d be busy day dreaming, looking out of the window wishing I were out there too.   That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy school, I did.  I loved the challenges and was fiercely competitive but also easily bored with work which was too easy for me.   In any case, if during daydreaming, I didn’t say “Present Sir/Miss”, this would be met with a palpable silence and then that feeling of all the faces turning to look at me with heightened interest.  “Was she daring to ignore the teacher?”  Was this what my fellow pupils were wondering as their necks craned round?  Then I would hear the teacher’s booming voice laced with sarcasm, “Miss B_____, are you present?”

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 What is consciousness?:

I guess I wasn’t really consciously present in the sense implied.  I was in another ‘present’ of my own making.  I was sailing in my imagination, oblivious to the ‘real’ physical world all around me.  When we experience the joy of this inner world of the imagination, we are actually bringing our subconscious mind to the fore, which is the same part of our mind used in the dream state.   We are ‘present’ but not in the physical world, not in the world of the conscious mind ruled by our senses and restless thoughts.

This is the state I enter when I write.  I take myself out of the physical world and into the different reality of my imagination.  I am fully present in this world where time can seem to stand still or speed by, where tasks are completed seemingly effortlessly, where joy is felt.    Call it “being in the flow”, “being fully present” or “being mindful”, it signifies a calm state of active concentration and can be highly conducive to productivity and creativity.

How to put this into practice:

Try this relaxation practice to disengage your mind from the conscious reality of logic, reason and restless thoughts and allow you to access the subconscious mind.  It will take perhaps 10 minutes.  Sit quietly ideally where you won’t be disturbed, feet on the floor, hands on your thighs, spine straight.  Say an intention or mantra, eg. “I am calmly relaxed, ready for any task.”  Take a few long, deep breaths, trying to equalise the in-breath and out-breath.  As you do so, visualize a current of gentle heat rising from your feet very slowly up through the legs, your torso, the arms, chest, neck, head and face.  As this warmth rises, concentrate on the muscles and will them to relax.   Now, see, and feel the warmth of, this ball of white heat in the centre of your chest and watch it expand outwards as you breathe.  Fill the room with this white-hot ball of light and bask in its warmth and energy.  Sit quietly, slow your breathing and keep concentrating on the light and the sense of warmth and peace it brings.  Imagine it expanding even more to encompass the room, then outwards into your town.  Send this light out to everyone who needs its comfort and energy.  Repeat your intention or mantra.  You should be feeling pretty amazing by now!  Open your eyes.  You are ready to get started on your task!

 

Being Lydia! fabulous review of Acts of Kindness from your Armchair.

What a lovely review of my book from the fabulous https://beinglydia.com. Why not check out her blogsite. It’s so uplifting!

“Acts Of Kindness from Your Armchair” (RAOK) by Anita Neilson is a very easy read. At the same time, it is full of practical and easy ways to show kindness to yourself and those around you.

Anita is writing for those of us who, like herself, are mostly housebound due to chronic illness. How can you feel kindness toward yourself when you are isolated and not feeling well? How can you reap the benefit of helping others to feel better about yourself if you aren’t able to get out amongst other people? This book shows you how through suggestions and practical applications.

Part one is dedicated to learning to be kind to yourself. Anita talks about …….”

Click on the link below to read the full review.  Thank you Lydia!

Book Review – “Acts Of Kindness From Your Armchair”