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Cherish Healing goes live on BBC radio | Taking About Meditation in schools

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Cherish Healing goes live on BBC radio | Taking About Meditation in schools

I was massively delighted to read that Robert W. Coleman Elementary School have been offering Meditation instead of Detention with some remarkable results.  I was equally excited to be invited to talk about this on BBC radio.

Now to some people meditation as a alternative to detention seems like a cop out. Do something bad and get let off by chilling out in amongst some soft furnishing.

Well actually if you're thinking about a long term solution, is punishment by sitting in a class staring at a wall or doing line the best answer?

Wouldn't it be better to help get to the core reason why the student is acting out and give them some tools to help with their state of mind? I think so, and the results are speaking for themselves.  Suspensions have dropped to zero since this initiative has been taken up.

By teaching mindfulness and meditation we can empower children to find their own space and calm.  They can cultivate a deeper connection to themselves  and in turn others.

Now with supervision and support this can be a really transformation idea and I pray it will be taken up by schools in the UK!

If you would like me to teach meditation at your school please get in touch and email me today on info@cherishhealing.com

 Thanks Ajmal Hussain for having me on the show and Ruchi Tandoon for setting up the interview 

Thanks Ajmal Hussain for having me on the show and Ruchi Tandoon for setting up the interview 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can Meditation Help Pain After Surgery?

As you know i'm a massive advocate for meditation.  So you can imagine my glee coming across this article in the Wall Street Journal.  I love the fact that medical professional are looking at a more holistic approach to healing and patients are looking for an alternative to addictive pain killers.  

'Patients who have back surgery, a procedure that can cause severe pain for weeks, may have a new relief option beyond narcotics: meditation.

In a study at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, a neurosurgeon has teamed up with a geriatrician who leads meditation classes to test whether the technique can lessen pain in spine-surgery patients and reduce the need for opioid painkillers, which can be highly addictive. The randomized trial trains patients in a simple form of meditation and asks them to practice it starting two weeks before their surgery and for six weeks after, using audiotapes to guide them.

Results of the study might not be available for at least a couple more years, as the researchers have so far signed up about half of the 50 participants they aim to recruit. Some of the patients who have tried meditation say it seems to make their pain more tolerable than they expected.'

 

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Shining a light on Migraine pain | Harvard Article

I have a partner who has migraine, and two cousins who would I saw literally be knocked out for days with migraine growing up. Although I have only experienced them second had I have seen how debilitating they can be.  This is why when I cam across this article I though it may be the start of some really positive support for people who suffer.  Please see below for the Harvard Article.

' It’s hard to ignore migraine pain. This throbbing headache can last for hours or even days. Although it affects more than 36 million Americans between the ages of 15 and 55, the exact cause of migraines is still largely unknown.

What is a migraine?

Migraines are different than regular headaches. Headaches can cause mild to severe pressure and aching on both sides of your head, and they can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week. “A normal headache feels like someone put a belt around your head and is pressing on it,” says Dr. Carolyn Bernstein, a neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. “You can usually work through it but they’re pretty annoying.”

The three most common types of headaches are: sinus headaches, cluster headaches, and tension headaches. Of these, tension headaches are the most common and are typically caused by stress, muscle strain, or anxiety.'

For more on the article click here

For ways you can reduce stress and learn some relaxation techniques get in touch today and click here

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Yoga May Be The Medicine Aboriginal Communities Have Been Looking For

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Yoga May Be The Medicine Aboriginal Communities Have Been Looking For

A lovely article that shows that yoga is for everybody and has lasting benefits for those who practice it..

"One night, “a spark went off” in his head. “I didn’t have the courage to kill myself, but I didn’t have the strength to live,” Terrance told The Huffington Post Canada in an interview. “I thought ‘OK, I need to do something about this.’" Terrance was...."

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Create your own Meditation Sanctuary

Create your own Meditation Sanctuary

 

If you want an enhanced meditation practice, one way to tilt the odds in favour of is to do so in a peaceful serene space.  There are some really calming energies in places of worship be it a church (I recently visited the Rosslyn chapel in Scotland – it was lush) or a beautiful park. However in a world where time is hard to find for such visits and to build meditation into your lifestyle why not create an environment that suits you, in your own home. 

Inside the Rosslyn Chapel

 

Here are my top 5 tips for creating the perfect space for meditation

 

Pick a spot, any spot

And stick to it.  If it is in the corner of your bedroom, spare box room or even your empty attic, let this be a consistent place for you. Best to de clutter an area you find most peaceful, and let others you share the space with know your intention. This helps to reduce distractions and build a connection to your daily practice.

 

Can you think of a place in your home?

 

Sit on it

When I studied yoga in India my guru gave me a small red felt mat. Big enough for me to sit crossed legged on, whilst having all my person on the mat.  I roll it up and place in a special bag when I’m done, and it as since travelled with me across the country.  You may have a favourite cushion, or even a chair if that suits you better when aiming for a tall spine.

 

Accessorise

If you like incense or candles, maybe you can start your own ritual where you light a candle and gaze at the flame for a few moments to help get you in the zone. If you are going for an aromatherapy candle, sandalwood or frankincense are fragrances that lend themselves to a meditation state.

 

Are there any scents that you adore?

 

Tuning in

You may wish to use a meditation CD, or have some soothing sounds to start you off. Be sure that the music if you choose to have it helps your practice, and doesn’t add another distraction or disturbance. I sometimes like the sound of the sea to help synchronise my breath to.

 

What sounds help you relax?

 

Kindness

You can help to create a sense of your own connection by selecting a few joyful items.  An inspirational picture or a shell found on your favourite beach.  When we approach our practice with a sense of kindness and love we get deeper and more powerful.

 

Do you have any objects that help you feel this way or cherished items that you have positive memories attached to?

 What ever works for you

What ever works for you

 

 

 

 

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The Mantra Method

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The Mantra Method

Mantra's were my in to Meditation with a mother who was keen to keep me sleeping. when I would awake she would ask me to do 108 mantra repetitions and if I was still awake then I could join her down stairs.  Needless to say I would get engrossed, feel calmer and go to bed! Here is a group of us sining a mantra I learnt on the yoga teacher training I did in Rishikesh, India the birthplace of yoga.  

See below for a sound description of Mantra, and also some ancient mantras I came across.

A "Mantra" (/ˈmæntrə, ˈmɑːn-, ˈmʌn-/ (Sanskrit: मंत्र) is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers. A mantra may or may not have syntactic structure or literal meaning.

The earliest mantras were composed in Vedic Sanskrit by Hindus in India, and are at least 3000 years old. Mantras now exist in various schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Similar hymns, chants, compositions and concepts are found in Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Christianity, and elsewhere.

1) Mantra: OM

Translation: The sound of the universe. It's the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.

Modern adaptation: Chanting the sound OM brings us into harmonic resonance with the universe – this is a scientific fact! OM is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz, which is the natural musical pitch of the Universe, as opposed to 440 Hertz, which is the frequency of most modern music. 

Decreasing your frequency to coincide with that of the Universe stills the fluctuations of the mind, allowing you to practice yoga through sound. OM is an idyllic way to begin and end a yoga or mediation practice, and also comes in handy when you just need to chill out.

2) Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya

Translation: I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self.

Modern adaptation: In the book Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert is given this mantra by her Guru, which she lovingly refers to as the “Amazing Grace of Sanskrit.” Her interpretation is, “I honor the divinity within myself.” This is a great mantra to help build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves accordingly.

3) Mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all 

Modern adaptation: Most commonly associated with the Jivamukti Yoga School, this mantra is a powerful way to dedicate yourself to living a life of non-harming and being of service to the greater good. This mantra encourages cooperation, compassion and living in harmony with the environment, animals and our fellow human beings.

To read more about these mantras and for the full article click here

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Meditation classes introduced into timetables

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Meditation classes introduced into timetables

Hundreds of primary school children in Berkshire have had meditation classes introduced into their timetables. As Nikki Mitchell reports, the 'mindfulness' teaching aims to help them manage their own behaviour and anxieties, and improve their concentration

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Kobe Bryant, The Beatles and a Child Chess Prodigy  All Have the Same Habit

Meditation is linked to success and stress release for some hugely popular icons out there, see article below for my juiciness!

' What’s the evidence that meditation works?

If you listen to interviews of “successful” individuals like Arnold Schwarzenegger(successful Actor, 7 x Mr. Olympia, Former Governor of California), Rick Rubin(producer for some of the greatest artists in the world such as Jay-Z, Eminem, Johnny Cash, Adele, The Beastie Boys, etc.), Josh Waitzkin (Child Chess Prodigy and World Champion Martial Artist) or Tony Robbins (motivational speaker and coach to CEOs and World Leaders), you will notice that all of these people practiced meditation at some point in their careers, and attribute it to their success.

Other, more popularized success stories like Elvis Presley (the best selling solo-artist in the world, second to only The Beatles in certified album sales) built his own Meditation Garden at his home in Memphis.

Not to be outdone, The Beatles practiced daily transcendental meditation, citing increased energy as one of the key benefits of the practice.'

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Tips for teaching children meditation

I recently taught a Meditation inspired class to students who wanted to to tackle their exam stress.  It has always occurred to me that all people o matter how young or old can learn and benefit from meditation.  

 

I came across this article and hope it can help give you a few ideas about how to support your young one too.

 

'Healthy kids are generally bombastic blurs of energy. I’d bet everyone a stack of pancakes that it would be unreasonable to expect their kids to sit still, unstimulated, for five minutes. But teaching children meditation isn’t impossible. My five-year-old daughter Sky, who is like a walking Broadway musical, does it twice a day. If she can do it, your child can, too.’ Click here to read more of the article

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What Is Meditation ... And What It Is Not

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What Is Meditation ... And What It Is Not

Meditation can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. There are many benefits to meditation and it is not a religious concept but simply a finding an connection with oneself. Meditation is a form of stress relief and a chance to take a break from the stress in your life.

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Nature And It's Beauty

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Nature And It's Beauty

Run through the leaves. Jump in muddy puddles, bathe in the sun and enjoy all aspects of nature and all its rejuvenating power of natures energy.

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Empathy V's Compassion

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Empathy V's Compassion

Don't burn out, read this article to allow you to be empathetic to the world around you whilst protecting yourself from an emotional burn out.

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