Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside
I would like to thank everyone who has sent me guidance, advice and love. You are all very special, kind and thoughtful. I thank you for taking the time to write, call or visit me at the summer festivals. What a summer it has been so far! WOMAD and Male Tantra to start!
I'm happy in my own company, so initially I decided to turn off my social media for a few days. Are you aware of how much time you spend each day trawling through facebook, twitter and all the other networking and social media? It had become addictive, and what was I gaining from it? I knew who was doing what with who? Who's going where on holiday etc. I'm totally not knocking this, but being without it has been beneficial in so many ways. The constant interaction is really not necessary and making a conscious effort to be away from it and people has been beneficial for me. More...
Did you know that the expression of your genes is modifiable?
The old notion that genes control your life has been replaced by new epigenetic discoveries. For example, when you put stem cells in a petri dish with the conditions that support muscle growth, the cells evolve into strong contractile muscles. However, if you change the conditions in the petri dish, the same cells can become bone cells, fat cells, and even brain cells! When you put stem cells in a petri dish with the conditions that support muscle growth, the cells evolve into strong contractile muscles. I personally find this fascinating. While every one of your cells is genetically identical, their fate is controlled by the conditions around them.
Beyond the petri dish
Today scientists are taking this even further and way beyond the petri dish. They’re exploring the impact of what you eat, drink, breathe and do on your genetic activity. I think the most unexpected discovery is connected to yoga, meditation, prayer, and mindful breathing. Over one hundred studies found that these activities can also influence your genes and the rate at which you get older. More...
Your chakras are amazingly powerful energy centers because they interact with the creative energy around you. When these chakras are working properly, your creative manifesting energy can flow better, leading to more success, happiness and fulfillment.
Here is a simple and effective meditation technique you can use today, to open and activate your chakras for the better:
Part I: Tuning In
1. Find a comfortable place to sit.
Find a place where you will be able to focus without distraction. You can sit on a cushion with your legs crossed on if this is comfortable for you. If you prefer, the meditation can be done while seated in a chair. Make sure that your feet are placed firmly on the ground.
2. Align your posture.
When taking your seat in meditation, bring your attention into your body. Straighten the spine, the main energy highway of the body. Lift your head so that the crown is pointed towards the sky. Tuck your chin. Roll your shoulders back. This ensures that the spine is in a neutral position. Neutral alignment of the spine allows your energy to flow freely through the body. More...
Top 5 Ways to Clean Your Aura
Your aura is a soft, ethereal glow that surrounds your body and this glow is made up of faint colors. The glow itself flows through 7 key points in your body called your chakras.
The chakras run all up and down your spine and each chakra directly corresponds to a different part of your being. For example, there are chakras that correspond to your physical self, to your emotional self and to your spiritual self.
Your aura should always be a healthy, radiant glow. You don’t want the colors to be too faint and you don’t want any breaks, tears or misshapen spots marring your aura. If your aura is always in a healthy way, then your emotions will be balanced and you will likely be in a positive mood most of the time. This is crucial because the law of attraction states that like attracts like. This means that whatever energy you put out into the universe you will attract right back to you. So, if you put positive energy out into the universe, you will attract positive and healthy people and situations back to you. This is all key to your manifestation work. More...
This is a one hour movement meditation, using an ancient Sufi technique.
"Whirling is one of the most ancient techniques, one of the most forceful. It is so deep that even a single experience can make you totally different. Whirl with open eyes, just like small children go on twirling, as if your inner being has become a center and your whole body has become a wheel, moving, a potter’s wheel, moving. You are in the center, but the whole body is moving." Osho
First Stage: 45 minutes
Keep your eyes open and feel the centre point of your body. Lift your arms to shoulder height, with the right hand palm up and the left hand low, palm down. Start turning around your own axis. Let your body be soft. Start slowly and after 15 minutes gradually go faster and faster. You become a whirlpool of energy – the periphery a storm of movement but the witness at the centre silent and still. More...
It’s true that stress is always present in our life. It’s there everywhere we look, everywhere we go, and in everything we do. Even sleeping and doing nothing can become stressful at times. But stress doesn’t have to dismantle our life and prevent us from being happy and healthy. With the following easy techniques, you can cope with stress effectively and live life to the fullest!
Stretch it out.
Headache, fatigue, stiff neck, and cramps are all signs of stress. Chronic stress makes our muscles so tensed that they get swollen and become painful over time. This leads to undesirable symptoms, including pain. Stress also undermines blood circulation, which in turn makes your body more vulnerable to disease. Stretching out is a very convenient way to ease stress when you’re in the middle of a paperwork. Getting familiar with basic stretching techniques can significantly improve your blood flow, relax your tensed muscles and give you great relief. More...
Nadabrahma meditation lasts for one hour and has three stages.
It is a sitting method, in which humming and hand movements create an inner balance, a harmony between mind and body. Suitable for any time of the day, have an empty stomach and remain inactive for at least fifteen minutes afterwards.
“So in Nadabrahma, remember this: let the body and mind be totally together, but remember that you have to become a witness. Get out of them, easily, slowly, from the back door, with no fight, with no struggle.” Osho
First Stage: 30 minutes
Sleep is essential to good health. Poor quality of sleep has been linked to a wide range of problems, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It is also a risk factor for mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, according to statistics, 25 per cent of the UK population suffer from some form of sleep problem which usually results to excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue and the big word: STRESS.
While sleeping pills are always available, these medications are addictive and have side effects. Long-term use of sleeping pills has been found by experts to be potentially harmful to health. Good thing, there are natural sleep-inducing ways that are safe and effective! Here are some of them:More...
This meditation lasts for one hour and has four stages, three with music, and the last without. It can be performed at home, or here at al Covo, as part of a Music Therapy or Meditation session.
Kundalini acts like an energetic shower, softly shaking you free of your day and leaving you refreshed and mellow.
“If you force it will become an exercise, a bodily, physical exercise. Then the shaking will be there but just on the surface; it will not penetrate you. You will remain solid, stone-like, rock-like within. You will remain the manipulator, the doer, and the body will just be following. The body is not the question – you are the question.“Allow the shaking; don’t do it. Stand silently, feel it coming and when your body starts trembling, help it but don’t do it. Enjoy it, feel blissful about it, allow it, receive it, welcome it, but don’t will it.More...
Music Therapy for People with Dementia: Why it Works
What they say is probably true – music heals our soul. Listening to music is a very relaxing experience. It has a very special ability to move us, stir our emotions, and make us feel comfortable and at peace. But for people with dementia, tuning in to their favourite songs does more than relax their mind. Both anecdotal and clinical evidences would say – music is an effective therapeutic intervention that may improve their quality of life...hence the term Music Therapy.
The use of music in the treatment of dementia is not new. In many healthcare facilities, older adults with memory problems are given access to music as a therapeutic intervention. In fact, many music students and experienced musicians throughout UK now regard care home visits as part of their learning experience. Even charities organise shows in home care centres, featuring professional and amateur singers trained to deal with the elderly and memory-impaired audience. More...