By Jane Elizabeth.
Gratitude is like a magnet, the more grateful you are the more you will receive to be grateful for, and the same goes for the more you complain. The more you complain the more you will have things to complain about.
Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked superpowers that we have access to every day. People who regularly practise gratitude for the things in their life are more likely to be happier overall, leading to reduced stress and anxiety. Practising gratitude doesn’t take much time at all, and the benefits are amazing. While it can be hard to find gratitude in difficult times, acknowledging what we have, no matter how small, is an important thing to do in our daily routines.
A really good exercise I recommend is to keep a daily gratitude journal, listing the things you’re grateful for. A good time to do this is before sleep, no matter how good or bad your day has been. Start with simple things, like having a bed to sleep in, food, water, education, career, salary, friends, family, your pet, or even something as simple as sunshine in your day. Think about what you can be grateful for.
Helping children to understand that gratitude is more than just saying “thank you”
Gratitude can come in various forms, and thanking people directly can not only form ongoing relationships but can also make someone feel like they truly matter, and this expression of gratitude energetically will create more value and matter in your own world.
Gratitude is something that can be taught to children and has many incredible benefits for them. It enables children to have the ability to feel positive in their own lives. It can also lead to promoting family bonds within the family unit.
To open this communication with your child, start by asking what they know about gratitude, and find out what it means to them. A big part of this is helping children understand that gratitude is more than just saying “thank you.”
Show your child what it means to pause and appreciate the things we take for granted, such as: “I am grateful for my teachers,” “I am grateful for mum and dad/family friends,” “I am grateful for my favourite food,” “I am grateful for my favourite toy.”
Another impactful gratitude exercise is to create a gratitude box. Personalize it to suit you, and each day try to add a couple of notes containing things that you are grateful for.
Whenever you experience one of those days when you are feeling low, you can reach for your gratitude box and remind yourself of the good things in your life.
Gratitude meditations are an amazing way to start your journey toward your overall wellbeing
As you go along following the above-mentioned exercises and taking a timeout in your day to give gratitude, no matter how big or small, you will find that your mind automatically starts to feel grateful for the smaller things in life and this will lead to you feeling happier and more content.
Gratitude meditations are an amazing way to start your journey toward your overall well-being because it enables you to perform two of the most powerful happiness practices at the same time.
If you are ready to start your gratitude journey please check out Miracles Dubai’s upcoming meditations and join us in giving thanks and allowing happiness and ease to flow into your life.
To find out about upcoming events, contact Miracles – Self Empowerment & Wellness Center Dubai, UAE.
Meditation and its benefits
The goal of meditation is to connect your mind & body, resulting in more inner peace, balance of mind and body, focus and clarity of plan and action (achieve high levels of consciousness).
Benefits of Meditation:
- less stress
- deeper relaxation
- improved sleep patterns
- improved data retention and focus
- lower blood pressure
- improved blood circulation
- lower heart rate
- less perspiration
- slower respiratory rate
- less anxiety
- lower blood cortisol levels
- more feelings of well-being
How to start:
- Begin in small sets (up to 2-3 minutes, or 10-20 breaths)
- Be yourself
- Focus on your breathing pattern
- Tip 1: 100 breaths meditation (count your breath to 100)
- Tip 2: Timer meditation (use stopwatch on phone for a set of 2-5 minutes and more as you get used to)
Simple types of meditation styles:
Standing Meditation: Standing instead of sitting to meditate can relieve lower back pain and promote a greater sense of internal stability. Stand in a comfortable, straight posture with the feet pointing straight forward, about shoulder width apart. After settling into the position, do a quick full-body “scan,” releasing tension and bringing awareness to every part of the body.
Walking Meditation: In walking meditation, called kinhin in the Zen tradition, practitioners move slowly and continuously while staying aware of the body and mind. For this form of meditation, use good posture (just like seated meditation), take deep breaths, and experience the motions of the body. The walking movement should be continuous, so pick a safe place with space to roam around, like a large park or field.
Dance Meditation: Get ready to boogie—meditation just got a soundtrack! Most people, at one time or another, have put on some tunes and cut the rug to chill out after a tough day. Dance or kundalini meditation takes that release one step farther by asking participants to let go of the ego and surrender to the rhythms and ecstasies of movement. Some classes encourage yelling, jumping, and even hooting like an owl! Dance meditation may not be for the faint of heart—or arm or leg—but it can be a great way to release tension and get in touch with our instincts.
Daily Life Practice Meditation: Does high-energy dance sound a bit too wacky? Bring meditation back to a more reasonable pace with daily life practice meditation, which is also called Samu work meditation in the Buddhist Zen tradition. In this style of meditation, practitioners slow down daily activities to half-speed and use the extra time to be mindful and focus on thoughts. There’s no need to sign up for a class when it’s possible to meditate while washing dishes, taking a shower, walking down the subway steps…
Breathing Meditation: This technique takes those pre-yoga class “Oms” to the next level. Also called yogic breathing or Pranayama, this meditation style is all about controlling the inhales and exhales. Dr. Jeffrey Rubin explains, “Longer exhales tend to be calming, while longer inhales are energizing. For meditative purposes either the ratio of exhale to inhale is even or the exhale is longer than the inhale for a calming effect.” This type of meditation can be done anywhere, anytime (except underwater… for obvious reasons). Other types (there are MANY more; find what works for you):
Concentration meditation: A concentrative meditation technique involves focusing on a single point. This could entail watching the breath, repeating a single word or mantra, staring at a candle flame, listening to a repetitive gong or counting beads on a rosary.
Mindfulness meditation: Mindfulness meditation technique encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises.
Contact Miracles Wellness Dubai for more details on various meditation courses, classes and workshops.
We often find ourselves in life operating from a space of self-doubt and worst case scenarios, especially when we want to manifest our heart’s desires. Soon after discerning our dreams and visions that we have for ourselves, the next thought that often comes up is, “Will I be able to do it?”, “Do I have what I takes?” and “What will people say?” This doubting Thomas often stay with us much longer than the time we spent giving ourselves an opportunity to expand, think outside the box, envision our heart’s desire and set goals to manifest them.
Something not so different happened to me as I was going for a nature walk, awaiting for inspiration and my hearts calling to come to me like a gushing breeze that would hopefully change my life forever. While no such breeze came to sweep me away, I did feel my heart swell up as the thought of wanting to inspire and make a difference in people’s lives suddenly engulfed me. This sweet feeling of fulfilment filled me up for close to 30 seconds; the next thought took over me for the rest of the day. “Is it even possible?”, “How on earth are you going to do it?”, “You don’t have the skills to do it!”, “How will you look after yourself?” etc.
I gave way for these doubts to really see where they could take me and then I did something interesting. I took hold of one of them and starting ‘digging’. I was naturally and obviously scared of the possibility of fulfilling my heart’s desire and so the first question I asked myself “what’s the worst that can happen to you if you don’t succeed in helping others”. “I’m not good enough” was the first thought and feeling that popped out of nowhere. That moment, I felt an epiphany come hurling at from all directions. Not only did I carry these fears and beliefs of not being good enough within me but I also carried the answers of these fears with me! As I started digging deeper I found my initial fear to be lost in the pages of history and what was to come was all the more surprising and shocking. It was my feeling of separateness from the Creator that sprouted from my fear of failure. Not being good enough, lack of trust, faith, self-love, being alone and feeling unsupported ran much deeper than my developmental years and experiences to the germination of the feeling of not being connected, loved and supported by Creation.
This revelation changed my life forever for it changed my perspective to thoughts itself. I then went on a rather relentless search to find a technique by which I could transform these negative patterns into those that could be more empowering, loving, kind and empowering.
Theta Healing by Vianna Stibal literally came knocking on my door step as I was gifted this book by a dear friend who knew of my quest for self-healing and ever since then I have never looked back at my life as an impossibility, as a limitation that I can’t overcome by changing my perspective.
Theta healing is a training method for your mind, body and spirit that allows you to clear limiting beliefs and live life with positive thoughts, developing virtues in all that we do. Through meditation and prayer, the Theta Healing Technique creates a positive lifestyle by changing one’s limiting belief at the very core of our subconscious mind, transforming them to feel more connectedness and love with the Creator of all that is. If there is one energy method you learn, let it be this one![gravityform id=”2″ title=”true” description=”true”]
A series of thoughts…to understand the realm of LBL, Hypnotherapy and Past Life Regression…
By Indrani Sinha Seth
She is the 1st and only LBL Hypnotherapist certified by The Newton Institute (TNI) – USA, full member of TNI, based in the MENA region.
Life Between Lives (LBL) ® Hypnotherapy is a deep hypnotic process which develops with the therapist guiding the client into a space of physical relaxation and the awareness is then guided to one’s inner realm. This enables the client to access his/her subconscious mind and then even higher levels of the mind.
The Newton Method of LBL Hypnotherapy is the result of more than 25 years of initial research by Michael Newton with over 7,000 of his clients – research that continues to build via TNI, the organization he developed to continue his work. It was designed to reconnect you with your soul self, your guiding beings and thereby awaken an understanding of your immortal identity.
Each of us is so much more than the physical body which we can see. Based on the understanding that a soul can experience multiple lifetimes, we believe we are a combination of the energies, experiences and learning’s of countless previous lives; each life a set of contrasting experiences that embody the variety of lessons our inner, eternal self seeks to learn in its quest for development and perfection. That core, eternal self, always searching for growth and new levels of understanding, is our soul self…
Michael Newton’s research enabled him to assemble a model of the spiritual realm. He documented consistent reports from thousands of clients of the existence and incredible support offered by countless Higher Beings in the inter-life; personal guides and teachers, all ready to guide each one of us through and between each life. This session enables us to access the wisdom and insights and gives us further clarity of our present life and the patterns that are unfolding.
This session gives you enlightenment, a more complete perception of who you really are as the sum total of your past lives, the collaboration of your soul with other souls and with its guides and teachers, and what you are learning now. A sense of the eternity of the soul…and an end to the fear of physical death…The beauty of the experience leaves the client with a sense of bliss and wonder…where as you move beyond the physical and experience the unbound and limitless it enables one to get answers for many of their present life issues, clarity about things that overwhelm them and control them, understand their life purpose and join the dots on many of the apparently coincidental experiences of their present journey.
The following is from one of my case studies…its part of the debriefing I usually do after the session. This beautifully sums up what an LBL gives us:-
What did the client gain from the session?
She shared about her realizations, her clarity about many of the questions she had discussed with me during the case briefing. There was much joy and celebration when she finished. The closures she seemed to have received on various issues in her very long and detailed session with her Council made her value this session. The session validated her work as well as her relationship with R___ (names withheld for client confidentiality) her present husband.
The spontaneous hug after the session and the glow on her face said it all!
-What did you learn from the session that will make you a better LBL Therapist?
Being a therapist who has always enjoyed and valued spiritual sessions, LBL sessions give me a deep sense of fulfillment every time I share one…I say share because it’s as much a spiritual learning and healing for a client as it is for a therapist.
In the moments of silence in a session where the client is in a deep inner dialogue with her/his guide/soul family member/Council there is a lot to observe and learn …the art of keeping quiet and seeing healing happen in your presence. Indeed a very blessed experience.
LBL sessions make a therapist realize (over and over again) that healing is between the client and her/his universe…as a therapist one is just a channel…a conduit.
Health & Wellbeing Meditation is a beautiful healing experience that takes you on an inner journey to explore your body and gives individuals an understanding what it feels like to be in a state of natural wellbeing.
This meditation addresses various blocks and imbalances in the body and addresses them from the mental, emotional and energy levels.
Meditation is a word that tends to leave people with a heavy feeling. A feeling as though it maybe very tedious, involves one to be highly spiritual, is only practiced after a certain age or is simply extremely boring. All these perceptions of meditation is what has made humanity increasingly miserable as people live their mundane lives.
We live in a society that is filled to the brim with expectations. Expectations that we put on others as well those that we put on ourselves. In no time we find our selves existing in a target oriented society and we can’t understand why we are so tired and fed-up all the time.
If we stopped for a second, we will realize that we are on a wild-goose chase on finding happiness. No matter what we do (from our seemingly endless list of things-we-need-to-accomplish), deep inside we are still not truly happy or fulfilled. That “stop for a second” is what we call Meditation.
All the things that you are trying to attain, the recognition, validation and acceptance that you believe will make you happy may soon feel insignificant. The reason why is because you realize that you will never completely find it from your environment, because everyone in your environment is looking for the same thing and no one has it. No one is truly happy no matter how much they do.
We live in a world that is very dynamic and ever changing. The expectations will change, the desires will change and the states of happiness will change. So how can we ever find constant happiness, and inner peace when nothing in life is constant to start with? We can do this by realizing the ever-changing nature of our world and how we can find our happiness within it. This unshakeable truth presents itself to you, within you through the beautiful process of meditation.
Where we stop for a while, take a deep breath, close our eyes and observe our internal space. The space which we may have never visited before, a space in which all the truths of the cosmos reside. All the mysteries of our very existence and the world we live in unfold.
When we meditate the mind slows down. When the mind slows and we take in more oxygen through our breath, we become very calm within us and are able to look at things with profound clarity. We may even realize that half the things we are doing in our current life is completely pointless and other more productive and positive alternatives will emerge.
We become aware as we observe stress as nothing but a reaction to something we feel we cannot control. We observe anger as the highest form of helplessness and nothing more. The mechanics of our emotions and our thoughts become one of the more interesting aspects of our existence, as you become aware and yet remain calm, peaceful and unaffected. In this state words cannot do justice in explaining all the things we maybe capable of achieving. How even though we maybe surrounded by all the chatter and noise of everyday living we can still operate with deep calm, clarity and foresight that will help us achieve all that we chose too in a way that is easy, comfortable and fun.
Our mundane lives transform in a way where we experience deep joy, wonder and fulfillment in everyday living.