Thank you to everyone who made it to the first sun event this morning! It was such a beautiful turnout. To see 400 people gathered for a sharing, ceremony, meditation and song. And so committed to a yoga and Hawaiian flying practice early in the morning. Such a huge testament to the year ahead! 2015 had so much growth for me personally and looking forward to this opportunity to bring in more balance with what is important to me within my life. Thank you all for being a part of it. So so grateful. Hari Om Tat Sat. X #meditate #meditateeverydamnday #newyears #namaste #yoga #soundhealing #sunrise #byronbay @crystalcastlebyronbay @byroncommunitycentre @rainbow_rising_healing #peace
Our first sun at the lighthouse is Recommended in travelmag to be in top ten things in the world to do on New Years. Go natural in byron bay... Come tomorrow morning as Matty, Steph and I guide you through a sound healing, guided meditation, chanting, new year intentions, some yoga and Kahuna flying all at sunrise. Free bus from bottom of hill. Sponsored by @crystalcastlebyronbay @byronshirecouncil and @byroncommunitycentre xxx #soundhealing #namaste #yoga #newyears #meditate #meditateeverydamnday #yogaeverydamnday @rainbow_rising_healing @akshayahealing @natgeotravel
Divine place to receive crystal bowl vibrations by the buddha @crystalcastlebyronbay. I am up there Sunday, Monday's and Tuesday's 3.10pm for the peace experience. And every other day there will be another facilitator there to guide you through it. Totally worth your time X #soundhealing #peacestupa #createdreams #crystalbowls #bliss #meditate
What are you plans for New Year's Day? In our culture it seems more common to do something big the night before but what about starting the day early instead? At the lighthouse this New Year's Day Matty, Stephanie and myself will be guiding everyone through a sound healing, intention meditation and chant for peace. There will then be some indigenous dancing and I will run a yoga class, Matty will lead some Kahuna flying and Steph will guide groups through writing their own new year intentions and gonging them into the cosmos! 5.30am for the first sun to hit AUSTRALIA. There will be a shuttle bus from town. All the details are on the byron community Centre website or the byron echo. Hope you can join us! #firstsun #sunrise #newyearsday @rainbow_rising_healing @crystalcastlebyronbay #intentions #soundhealing #dance #yoga #meditation #kahuna #lighthouse #byronbay @photography_byron_bay #blessings
Happy summer solstice! A time to really honor the light in our lives and light within ourselves. So-Hum- beautiful mantra to remind us of our truth. "I am that I am" I am not this body nor mind.... I am spirit. Enjoy this beautiful day! #summersolstice #mantra #chanting #summer #singyourheartout #light #bliss
Thanks again Mystic Mama...great reminders!
“The Sagittarius New Moon on December 11 is fiery. The Sun and Moon are coupled in Sagittarius…”
“This Moon provides you with the opportunity to expand your consciousness. Boldly go where you have not gone before. Take chances. Be adventurous. Try something new…”
“This Moon is about Freedom. Liberate your mind. Free Your Mind. This is true Freedom…”
“This energy is exuberant and exciting. You could feel high on endorphin. You could bite off more than you can chew. Promise more than you can deliver. You could overestimate your position. You come up short down the road.
“This energy invites exaggeration. People could over promise what they are offering you. The compulsive liar runs rampant with this combination.
“Do not get seduced by promises. Go by behavior. That is walk your talk.
“Be in your integrity. Do not get swept up in the moment. Think then speak.
Bonnie bayley interviewed me on meditation for her next article and i thought some of you may benefit from the info....Start your meditation practice today!
*Why is it so important to have a mindfulness practice like meditation in our lives? These days there are so many stresses that affect every part of our being. A lot of people in this modern world live busy lives, and when they are not ‘busy’ their mind is still active as we are infiltrated by screens. We usually do this to avoid being present and fill our mind with more information or stimulation or we are connecting to social media looking into other peoples lives to ‘distract’ ourselves. Meditation reduces stress. It relieves tension in the mind, which then relieves tension anywhere else in the body. It helps keeps us healthy. I am sure we have all heard about the numerous leading cause of serious illnesses is stress. It also brings awareness of self. This can change our lives! If we can learn to differentiate between what is an egoic thought and what is our ‘divine’ true mind, we are really living life in a different way. More in flow, more trusting, more open, more aligned with where we are meant to be, who we are meant to be with and what we are meant to be doing. And that has GOT to be beneficial right?
*For people who struggle with traditional meditation (sitting still and attempting to still the mind) do they have to do this to get the benefits of meditation? No not all. This type of meditation is challenging for most of us. Most of us are not living in a cave or an ashram in India meditating and chanting all day(unfortunately!) So the most important thing is to not judge yourself for not being able to meditate this way. Because that judgement is steering you further away from the practice. Even if you are doing this type of meditation and feel like you are getting nowhere-it all makes a difference! However there are so many other forms of meditation which are easier for people to try.
*What are a few other mindfulness/mind-calming techniques you recommend that are as powerful as meditation? I was hoping you would ask this one! Sound Healing is powerful where we relax into powerful vibrational sounds of healing tools. ie. crystal bowls, tibetan bowls, flute, tuning forks etc. Listening to guided meditations can be a great way to start off if you are new to meditation or quite a visual person. Mantra meditation is so so powerful. Choose a mantra that resonates for you. Even if it is not sanskrit. Chant it either aloud or in your mind. It gives us something to focus on and eventually the mind will calm. Try this with your mala beads to reach the scared 108 times easily. If you are stuck with a mantra SOHUM is a great starter. It translates to “I am that I am.”
Yoga NIdras are AMAZING, and help to keep our focus and relax the body physically. Once the body is relaxed it is so much easier to let go of the mind. Pranayama-which are many powerful forms of yogic breathing. One that I love is mindful walking. Being present with each breath and step. Nada Yoga-the yoga of sound, where we listen to what is going on around us. Allowing us to attune our minds to the present and hear the orchestra of life around us without giving it any story. Mandala drawing. Remember how much you loved colouring in as a kid? When we colour in a mandala we are focusing on a scared geometric symbol which raises our vibration and also helps us in keeping present for the practice. There are so many more. Get creative! Sometimes we are meditating without knowing it. I know all the girlfriends of surfers will hate this one, but when surfers are out on waves the experience they describe of being present with mother nature and in flow, and the mind feeling calm-that is meditation. Sometimes when my boyfriend is agitated-I tell him to just get out in the ocean and all will be ok....
*Why is it so important to find a meditative technique we actually enjoy? So we do it! And everyone is going to resonate differently with a different practice. Try them all! When I teach my intro to meditation workshops, I introduce clients to at least 6 different types. Not talking about them but giving them a direct experience. Every personality will feel a practice differently. Reflect... are you a visual person? Kinesthetic? Audible? How do you normally like to learn? This will guide you in the right direction….
*Once someone has found a meditative practice they enjoy, how often should they practice it and for how long? Start slowly so you do not push yourself and then just give up because it all seems too much. Try a little bit each day. Build up every week by 5 minutes until you reach 20-30 minutes in the morning or evening-or ideally both! Research shows that it takes 40 days to integrate a new habit… so stick with the discipline. In ashrams, the swamis(vedic monks) always say that the hardest part is sticking to the practice, and keeping our mind disciplined. This is what they call the “tapas.” It is also important to listen to what is right for us in our lives. If your excuse is “I am too tired”, just remember that the more we meditate the less we need to sleep. Namaste!
A family affair. The three siblings and our other halves away for a ridiculously awesome weekend camping on the beach down south. Exploring, kayaking, surfing, yoga-ing, so much sunshine, eating and chillaxing. The best kind of medicine x #camping #summerishere #kayaking #surfing #yoga #family #sunshine #sandonriver #funinthesun #overduebeachtime
I am grounded, calm and at peace . This allows this energy to reflect in my physical world so all flows with ease and grace.... A focus for tonight's yang and yin class finishing with a yoga nidra @yogapeace mullumbimby 5.30pm. May see you there. Xxx #yoga #yogini #yogalove #yin #yinyoga #yoganidra #calming #peace #grounded #relax