Walking mindfully through October

01/10/2020 at 10:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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October, with its mists and mellow fruitfulness, is a fantastic month to take a daily wellbeing walk. I could motivate myself for this challenge by imagining a healthier me by the end of 31 daily walks, but that would be ‘end-gaining’ – I would be focusing on the goal rather than the many enjoyable moments in between.

Wellbeing is not actually about hard work or duty. It’s not about struggling or depriving myself now in order to enjoy some future goal. Rather, it’s about being open to the countless small moments of happiness that add up to a happy life. 

So my wellbeing walks are not long, or arduous. But I aim to be fully present during each one. Have you ever walked or driven somewhere, only to arrive and realise you don’t remember the journey because while your body went through the motions, your mind was elsewhere? 

During a wellbeing walk, I mindfully focus on the natural world. This month, that means I witness the colours of autumn: exactly how would you describe the rich red of an acer tree’s leaves, or the polished brown of a conker lying on green grass? I pause to notice the stunning, concentric pattern of an autumn flower such as a rosy petalled dahlia. I look upwards and sideways and all around to observe changing patterns of sun and cloud. I listen to an incredible natural orchestra of bird song that radiates outwards into infinity. Such moments pause the mind’s busy thoughts, bringing a fresh sense of happiness. 

This is what life after brain surgery is like

27/08/2020 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Nine months after surgery, this is what I’ve learned about brain injury caused by an acoustic neuroma…

Being alive is wonderful and to be appreciated for the miracle it is. Being alive is also often overwhelming. When I get tired, there’s no choice – I have to rest. Overall, I do less, but focus well while I’m doing it. The small daily achievements lead to progress, they really do. Being mindful has become a powerful necessity – it’s essential to stay focused to keep my balance, and also to hear better.

Simple pleasures, like cooking veggie casseroles, or cultivating lush jungle indoor plants, bring sheer enjoyment at my new, slower pace. Patience is a daily lesson, as I understand it takes many months – years – for nerves to mend and new neural pathways to form. Life is sweet and never to be taken for granted.

Rose petals – a (free) audio meditation

09/06/2020 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Recently a small group of us met up in my garden – the first get-together since lockdown began. From our conversation – and it was so nice to see each other, albeit at a social distance – we developed this meditation, which I’m pleased to share with you today. It’s based on the idea that what the world needs now are love and blessings, and that sometimes the heaviest of problems can be helped in the lightest of ways. So without further ado, here you are; Rose Petal Meditation.

 

Rose Petal Meditation

Mappa mundi – a (free) audio meditation

05/05/2020 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Mappa mundi

 

This week I’m sharing with you a (free) audio meditation called Mappa Mundi. This was a lovely and insightful project created by a group of fellow meditators in my Studio some six years ago, and published later in Kindred Spirit Magazine. Mappa Mundi refers to the old illuminated  maps of medieval times. In those days, landmarks on a map might be actual, or mythical. The size of the landmarks on each map depended on how important they were in the map maker’s eyes.

In the Studio we used these principles to create our own life maps – a way of painting or drawing whatever places, work and interests we felt to be significant in our lives. You can see a detail from my own personal map in the picture above. I found some of the results surprising, and it helped me to  understand what projects were likely to be important in the future.

The truth is, we all hold unconscious knowledge about our future path. Letting the mind relax through meditation is a fantastic way of bringing this to the surface. So listen to this meditation now. Let my words guide you to create your own mappa mundi in your imagination. Afterwards, if you choose, you might like to draw or paint your own map, just as we did in my Studio six years ago. The resulting wisdom of your map will be completely unique to you, and may even be a useful guide to your future path.

Mappa Mundi meditation

 

The Healing Power of Calm – a (free) audio meditation

28/04/2020 at 6:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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This week’s (free) audio meditation offers an imaginative journey to visit a healer in a temple. Your healer has the magical ability to ease away stress and encourage your body’s own innate self-healing mechanisms. Especially in times of worry it’s good to remind ourselves that the energy of calm is only a breath away.

This nine-minute guided meditation was originally shared with meditators in my studio six years ago. The incredibly relaxing atmosphere may have resulted in the odd sleepy snore – it’s definitely not a party tape, but I can say it’s a tried and tested relaxant, and it works quickly too. So without further ado, here it is: ‘The Healing Power of Calm’. Enjoy.

Image by Okan Caliskan from Pixabay.

 

Spiral – a (free) audio meditation

21/04/2020 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week’s meditation, from a session seven years ago in my Studio, is an invitation to travel through a stone circle portal in your imagination, and into the spiralled beauty of the universe. Deeply relaxing, our meditation pays homage to the importance of spiral patterns in the natural world, from the humblest of snail shells, to cosmic formations that shape and reflect patterns of movement, learning and expansion in all our lives. I hope you enjoy Spiral Meditation!

As always, please do join me in listening to the meditation at 1 pm Thursday, or any time that suits you. Have a lovely week.

Image by beate bachmann from Pixabay.

Spiral meditation

Haiku – a (free) audio meditation

14/04/2020 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Here is your meditation for this week. I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in this one (although listening to my own voice is always going to be a little odd!)

This one is called ‘Haiku Meditation’. It’s from the Studio seven years back. It was inspired by possibly the world’s most famous haiku, a three-line poem written by the 17th Century Japanese poet Basho. Like all the best haiku, it references nature, and the messages that nature may bring us. The pond succinctly described in the first line can be viewed as the ‘old order’, stagnant and in need of the oxygen of change, which is brought about by frogs jumping in, creating sound and movement. The frogs produce a splash, leading to the widening ripples of change. Here is Basho’s haiku:

Old pond

Frogs jumped in

Sound of water

And here is the meditation. I hope it brings you peace and relaxation,  and perhaps even a serene acceptance of the sudden nature of change. As always, I will join you in listening to this meditation at 1 pm on Thursday, or any time to suit you.

 

Stone Age – a (free) audio meditation

07/04/2020 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Here is your (free) audio meditation for this week. Again from the Studio seven years back, it’s a Stone Age visualisation, giving you an opportunity to imagine yourself living a truly simple life, in nature, bathing in refreshing water and breathing the freshest of air. I hope you enjoy it. I will join you listening to it in spirit this Thursday at 1 pm, or any time to suit you. So sit or lie down, relax and enjoy!

With love

Suzanne x

 

Stone Age Meditation

Healing Plants – a (free) audio meditation

31/03/2020 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Wild garlic, known for its immunity-enhancing properties, is widely available in neighbouring woods right now.

This week’s (free) audio meditation again comes from The Intuition Group, seven years ago.

I’ve always believed in the healing power of plants and have often noticed that the plants I need most at any particular time have a habit of growing in my vicinity. Right now, of course, that means lots of immunity-enhancing wild garlic in the neighbouring woods which I wilt down like spinach, or eat raw in pesto; vitamin-rich ground elder– the young shoots are delicious stir-fried; and quantities of refreshing lemon balm leaves emerging, full of relaxing properties that make an excellent herbal tea.

This week’s meditation celebrates the healing beauty of nature, which brings us therapy in so many different ways. There’s the colour therapy of uplifting yellow daffodils and deep blue hyacinths. There’s the fresh, subtle fragrance of unfurling willow leaves. And there’s the nutritional medicine of spring vegetables and greens. 


I hope you enjoy this meditation. As always, I will be doing this alongside you at 1 pm Thursday, or any time that suits you.


Wishing you a wonderful week,

Suzanne x

Healing plants meditation

Mother Earth, Father Sky, a (free) audio meditation

24/03/2020 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week’s audio meditation that I’m sharing with you is called Mother Earth, Father Sky. It’s a reminder of nature, and your own creative role within nature, even while Gaia nurtures you.This one’s from a meditation session in my Studio, seven years back. So, without further ado, here it is. I hope you enjoy it. Stay well.

Mother Earth, Father Sky

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