Have you ever wondered how to stay focused during your meditation practice? – Kundalini Yoga

Have you ever wondered how to stay focused during your meditation practice? – Kundalini Yoga

If you struggle to stay with a meditation then you are not alone. Our minds are very quick to wander off and start a whole lot of mind chatter.  I know that I can create a large  list of tasks that need to be done, while in my meditation practice.  When our mind does canter off  like a free-roaming wild brumby we are not receiving the delightful ‘pause’  that we want to feel through practicing meditation. 

So how do we find the pause? 

This is one way…

Nose tip gazing.

 

A meditation drishti point or gaze point in Kundalini Yoga is staring at the tip of the nose.  This eye point allows you to quieten your mind and opens sensitivity to the third eye point. 

Our optic nerve can send a mulititude of messages to our pineal gland and we can become over stimulated and not notice the messages that we receive. 

If your mind is roaming-free then you can try this method to quiten it, so that you can focus during your mediation practice.

 

Nose Tip Gazing

  1. Sit in easy pose or in a chair.
  2. Hands in a mudra of choice or on your knees.
  3. Back straight.
  4. Shoulders relaxed.
  5. Breathe normally.
  6. Look along the bridge of your nose to the tip.
  7. Eyelids are light and relaxed, leaving a small opening between them.
  8. Start with three (3) minutes then over the months the duration can be increased.

As you hold the gaze at the tip of your nose notice how your mind slows down.

TIP: Put an object in front of you as this can help keep the gaze in position.

Like with other Kundalini Yoga practices it  does take some practice to master this eye gaze, so just know some days it will be easier than others. 

Sat Nam!   

Sound Healing – Gong Meditation

Sound Healing – Gong Meditation

Gong sound healing meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using calming gong sounds and vibrations to bring about healing. This practice is sometimes known as gong bath as you are bathed in the gong sound waves. A gong meditation is thought to be therapeutic.

The gong practitioner will guide you through the session. Initially the gong is played softly, as the session progresses the volume is gradually increased. The gong sound is changed frequently to avoid producing a fixed, monotonous rhythm. The auditory stimuli or the gong bath process lead to entrainment, modified brainwave frequencies. As you relax into the gong bath the brainwaves states are reached, the first is alpha, which is defined by frequencies between 8 and 12Hz. Alpha brainwaves are associated with creativity and feelings of relaxation. When in this state, people often experience daydreams and animated imagination. The next brainwave stated is Theta brainwaves, which fall between 4 and 7 Hz. This level of brainwave activity is associated with deep meditation, hypnosis and REM sleep.

 Personal comforts to experience a gong meditation

It is recommended not to eat a heavy meal an hour or so before you attend the sound healing session. Wear loose comfortable clothes that you can relax in.  If you have a yoga mat, then this is a good resource to lay down on. You can also add a pillow and blanket if you would like some further comforts. If you have a fold back chair (camping chair) that you can lock into position this can be used instead of the yoga mat. Some people even take their level of comfort to blow up beds.

A gong sound healing class layout

We start the class with breathing exercises (pranayama) before laying down on your mat or sit up for the sound meditation.  Then you gently close your eyes and allow the sounds of gong to vibrate around you. When the meditation is completed you will have a few minutes of silence before you are guided out of the practice.

Here is a list of possible gong meditation benefits

  •  Liberate emotional and physical blockages
  • Promote vitality and healing
  • Enhances happiness
  • Improves sleep
  • Conducive to healing and transformation
  • Reduces the internal dialogue
  • Induces a state of meditation by calming the mind
  • Helps to recover after illness, traumas and invasive medical treatments
  • Creates a state of relaxation and release of tension
  • Physically, it releases blocks and tension in the body and stimulates the glandular, nervous and circulation system. It also increases our prana, our life force.
  • Strengthening of the immune system
  • Helps to stop the constant “chatter” of our minds
  • Regenerates the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Awakens higher levels of consciousness
  • Bathes you in a cascade of healing sounds 

“Gong On”

Why Dogs Live Less Than Humans

Why Dogs Live Less Than Humans

A lovely 🐶 story…

WHY DOGS LIVE LESS THAN HUMAN

Here’s the surprising answer of a 6 year old child.

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that dogs’ lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said, ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay for as long as we do.”

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

• When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
• Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
• Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
• Take naps.
• Stretch before rising.
• Run, romp, and play daily.
• Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
• Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
• On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
• On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
• When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
• Be faithful.
• Never pretend to be something you’re not.
• If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
• When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

That’s the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog.

Grace & Joy Wellness as a part of Toowoomba’s Chinese New Year Celebrations

Grace & Joy Wellness as a part of Toowoomba’s Chinese New Year Celebrations

Toowoomba has welcomed the Lunar New Year, celebrating the best of Chinese culture. Asian cuisine, dancing and traditional costumes were the order of the day, but the lion dance was the biggest drawcard.

Founder of Grace & Joy Wellness, Jenny Wren attended on the day and performed demonstrations for the Gong and Sound Therapy for the attendees. Here she is featured on 7News Toowomba.