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5 Top Tips for a CALM Christmas…

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Christmas is just one month away, and with all the planning, preparation, shopping, wrapping and deadlines that will fly by.

We are supposed to love Christmas right? Good will to all men yes? Cosy family gatherings filled with love and warmth?…..

Hang on – reality check. Fact: Christmas is the most stressful time of year for many, and often leads to a toxic festive cocktail of fears, fatigue, guilt, comparison and self criticism…An emotional hangover. Not to mention the need for a harsh New Year regime to remedy all those perceived wrongs, shortfalls and excesses.

So here is my guide, or to be more accurate, here is my suggested approach with 5 Top Tips to help you cultivate the best inner environment to make space for some festive joy and Christmas sparkle.

#Gratitude

We focus so much of our thinking, time and energy on to what / who we DON’T like, what we DON’T want, what we DON’T have and what we CAN’T do – Negative mental activity. And this is a major cause of stress, dissatisfaction and a busy mind which just will not slow down or switch off.

So SWITCH your focus, RE-DIRECT your attention to what you are grateful for, and appreciative of. Instead of comparing yourself and your circumstances unfavourably, CHOOSE to nurture and cherish what is good. There is always something to be grateful for. Wake up each morning and fairly early in your routine write 3 things that you are grateful for that day….A car which gets you from A to B – A friend who listens – A warm cardi on a cold day – A smile from a family member – 2 legs which carry you around – A hot shower – A beautifully wrapped pressie – A hot meal on the table……..Anything, large or small.

#Love

For centuries we thought our brain was the body’s command centre, but recent research suggests that the heart has much more influence than we thought. For example, did you know that your heart connects and communicates with other organs not only through blood circulation but also through an electromagnetic field? The heart’s electromagnetic field is 60 times more powerful than the brain’s.

The Institute of Heartmath are a group of dedicated scientists who are researching the heart, and it’s role in emotional and physical wellbeing. Their research has shown that our hearts can help us overcome depression, anxiety, insomnia and many other physical and mental illnesses. And interestingly, we can connect to other human beings by the frequencies sent through our hearts!

  • Direct your attention in to your heart centre ( just like if I asked you to direct your attention to your right foot, you would suddenly be more aware of your right foot, even though it had been there all along )
  • From here, imagine someone you love or who is dear to you, it could be a pet or a person ( just get a sense of them, you don’t have to actually fully visualize them, as some people are not so visual – it is the INTENTION of imagining the person which is the most important. It might help to close your eyes )
  • Allow yourself to notice your sense of connection to that person whilst keeping your attention in your heart centre. Almost like you are observing them from your heart
  • Send your loving intention to them, imagine you can radiate your love for them outwards from your heart
  • Envelop them in this love, and as you do this, notice if this love has a colour
  • Notice what you can be aware of in the other person as they absorb all the love. How do they look?

This tip can help us to produce the feel good hormone Oxytocin, which makes us feel connected and calm and is a great antidote to stress. Oxytocin also opens up our blood capillaries, which reduces blood pressure and inflammation in the body, and in turn boosts the immune system ( ref: David Hamilton PhD’s book ‘Why Kindness is Good For You’ ). Do this daily.

You can also do this with eyes open when you are actually with a person, it can help to strengthen bonds and a mutual sense of connection. It can also help us to accept and be less judgemental if there is something that person does or says which annoys us. In fact, over the festive period, if you anticipate someone will stress you out, you can practice this exercise in advance and it will subtly but powerfully adjust your energetic communication towards them for the better.

#Meditation

Spend 5-10 minutes twice a day practicing this simple meditation to help you still your mind, master your attention and calm your nervous system

  • Direct your attention into your heart centre
  • As you breathe imagine that each breath is coming directly in to your heart centre, and out of it as you breathe out
  • Breathe in fully and slowly
  • Breathe out fully with a long, slow out breath
  • Stay focused on your breathing, you can even make a count of one, each time you finish an out breath
  • If you lose your focus or your mind drifts off into activity again, simply start over again and return your attention to your heart centre and to your breathing
  • Your mind will wander, that’s fine and normal, so there’s no need to berate yourself or get frustrated, just keeping gently returning your focus
  • It is like a mini ‘training programme’ for your attention – each time it wanders off and you have realized, you just guide it back. A little like puppy training for your mind. Gentle guidance

#BeKindToYourself

Become aware of your self-talk. By being more aware and waking up to our inner dialogue, we can become conscious OF what we used to be unconscious TO! We may discover we talk to ourselves in a way we would be ashamed of talking to someone else!!

“What we are aware of we can control. What we are not yet aware of can control us” – Anthony De Mello

  • Take on the role of your own mentor or coach, someone who loves and unconditionally supports you. Maybe a little like how you would be with a younger brother or sister
  • Catch yourself talking or commenting in an unsupportive way and STOP
  • Direct your attention to your heart centre, practice a little slow breathing into your heart centre
  • Allow the coach / mentor / supporter to speak. Be gentle, encouraging and kind

Resolving stress and choosing a calm response is simply about breaking some old patterns, and collapsing down the old neurological pathways which used to run that stress pattern for you unconsciously. With a little intention and commitment this is surprisingly easy, and with regularity and awareness it acts like a re-wiring of the brain, with the new wiring being more supportive and calming.

Be kind to yourself every day as often as you can, when you realize you were about to criticize yourself, compare yourself unfavourably or beat yourself up.

#ChangeChannel

In the same way as we can re-wire old neurological pathways of negative self talk, we can actually learn to have fingertip control of our emotional state. A bit like having a magic remote control, we can change channel and choose which emotional programme we want.

  • Immerse yourself in an emotional state from the past, from a memory – let’s say a time when you were calm, or confident or happy. Really take in the moment through your senses as if it’ s happening right now.
  • Notice what you can see, hear and feel
  • Set an anchor point on your body, maybe squeezing finger and thumb together, or touching your thumb inside the palm of your hand
  • Use this anchor point when you are in the calmest, or most powerful parts of the memory, in the sensations in your body – you will know when that is. Don’t try to figure out how to do it right, just allow your imagination to do what it is designed to do
  • Your brain will make neural connections, it will learn this state of calm or confidence, it does not differentiate between a real event or an imagined one. Neurons in the brain will fire together, and will then wire together ( re-wire ) regardless of whether this event really happened or not. Clever eh?
  • Practice, practice, practice – getting in to these useful imagined states. Practice squeezing your fingers or palm in the same place as you immerse yourself. Within a short space of time, just like Pavlov’s famous dogs who were ‘conditioned’ to salivate at the sound of a bell. You can recreate your useful state just from the squeezing, it sets off a neurological short-cut, just like a button on the remote. Fingertip control!

This will allow you to sail through Christmas, to navigate through New Year with ease. You can choose your emotional state, and any time you need a little boost, a little more calm or confidence, you just get out your remote control, squeeze the buttons and you can simply flood your neurology, and your physiology with more of what you want.

Remember, Christmas is really just your life under the microscope – relationships – deadlines – expectations – money – organization – lifestyle – self  talk……

If you adopt my CALM approach for LIFE, not for just for Christmas, who knows what Christmases of the future may hold….?

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Rumination causes Stress, Anxiety & Depression – It’s official!

The UK’s biggest ever online test into stress

The BBC’s Lab UK and the University of Liverpool, have revealed that rumination is the biggest predictor of the most common mental health problems in the country.

It’s official! Dwelling on the past and predicting the future can predispose you to Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

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The BBC News Magazine online, reported the study last year. Whilst psychologists agree that a little self-reflection can be a good thing, it has now been shown that when introspection goes awry and thoughts get stuck on repeat, playing over and over in the mind it leads to emotional and mental health issues of all kinds.

The new research has demonstrated the scale of negative impact which the ruminating thinking style carries.

Psychological response

The ground-breaking study, published in the journal ‘PLOS ONE’, suggests that brooding too much on negative events is the biggest predictor of depression and anxiety and determines the level of stress people experience. The research even suggests a person’s psychological response is a more important factor than what has actually happened to them.

A total of 32,827 people from 172 countries took part in the online stress test devised by the BBC’s Lab UK and psychologists at the University of Liverpool, making it the biggest study of its kind ever undertaken in the UK.

Peter Kinderman, who led the study and is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Liverpool says “We found that people who didn’t ruminate or blame themselves for their difficulties had much lower levels of depression and anxiety, even if they’d experienced many negative events in their lives”.

“Dwelling on negative thoughts and self blame have previously been recognised as important when it comes to mental health, but not to the extent this study has shown. The findings suggest both are crucial psychological pathways to depression and anxiety.”

Life events

Traumatic life events, such as abuse or childhood bullying, were the biggest cause of anxiety and depression when dwelled upon. But importantly, these events in themselves do not cause depression and anxiety. The influence that these events bear on future mental health and emotional issues, is in leading a person to ruminate on what has happened.

These findings show us how psychological response styles in themselves are causal and integral to the development of problems or later diagnoses, and that people do not merely become ill and then show changes in their psychology as a result.

Is there something we can do to stop rumination?

Indeed there is….

Meditation is a simple practice, which teaches us mastery over our own attention. If we ruminate and over-think, we are unconsciously giving all of our attention to our minds. In brain terms the area of activity is in the Posterior Cinglate Cortex – which is like our ‘self-referential’ thinking default network.

Unbeknown to most of us, our brains can easily be trained, in fact totally re-wired, to quiet down this area of the brain, in order that we can experience ‘effortless awareness’. Our minds can be the most brilliant tool, but sometimes we can end up getting used and abused BY our minds. Meditation helps us to train our attention and reclaim our power over our attention and our thoughts.

Scientific research into people who meditate discovered there were dramatic physiological changes versus non-meditators. MRI scanning has allowed science to look at the brain in a way which was not possible previously. Modern research has looked at how meditation changes the structure of the brain, something which it has always done since it’s origins, but which had not been measured until the last decade.

What goes on in the brain?

The amygdala is the part of the brain which produces the Stress Response. Recent research by neuroscientist Dr Sarah Lazar, Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and associate researcher in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, has shown that with regular meditation, the amygdala gets ‘turned down’ and shrinks, it gets quieter in a way which is consistent with decreased arousal and greater feelings of peace.

What’s interesting is that in the study the external life of the participants had not changed at all, it was simply their response to their external ‘stressors’ which changed. Reducing stress and anxiety need not be about changing your life, it is about changing your relationship to your life.

Mind Calm Meditation

If you would like to learn Mind Calm Meditation with me, get in touch. It is a simple, modern and highly effective technique created by best selling author, acclaimed meditation teacher and award winning trainer Sandy C. Newbigging. I have been trained personally by Sandy to teach this method and I offer it as one to one coaching or in group workshops.

Take a look at these pages of my website for all of the information you will need. Or book onto one of my UK Mind Calm ‘Serenity & Success Workshops’ – These ever more popular events have been selling out all over the UK since June 2014, with a growing audience and word of mouth spreading the tangible, achievable and LIFE CHANGING benefits which clients experience within a matter of weeks of being taught this transformational technique. READ MORE OR BOOK HERE:

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The Science of Stress: How to Resolve It….Without having to Change your Life

Some of us wear Stress like a badge of honour

stressStress has become such an overused word in our day to day language, and this normalisation has distracted us from the inconvenient truth about its physiological, psychological and emotional toxic load. It’s time to wake up…..Ignore this at your peril!

 

I wrote this article for National Stress Awareness Day last year, 5th November 2014. It presents you my take on the modern Science of Stress – and the latest research which supports how a practice  which has been around for centuries is increasingly being seen as ‘cutting edge’  solution….

 

What is Stress?

Stress is caused by the activation of the Stress Response also known as the Fight or Flight Response, it is designed to get us out of danger – it can be thought of as a turbo boost of energy, like the body going into a different gear to prepare us to have the strength and energy to fight, or to flee from threat. Our ancestors would have used it to survive from predators or danger. It revs up the body like this:

 

  • Increases heart rate and blood pressure
  • Dilates blood vessels to muscles to pump through sugars and fats
  • Kickstarts the respiratory drive so we start to sweat to keep ourselves cool
  • Thickens the blood
  • Pumps out inflammatory chemicals to activate our immune cells ready for tissue repair if we get wounded in fight or in escape

It is a major physiological, neurological, immunological and metabolic event! It effects changes throughout our whole system.

Clearly, it is an evolutionary adaptation designed to help us respond to a clearly perceived present moment threat, to save our lives….

So what’s gone awry?

Well put simply, as modern humans we are too ‘clever’ for our own good. Now what happens on a weekly, if not daily basis, is that our cognitive function works against us. Our ability to think, to analyse, recall the past and predict the future is what causes us stress.

Our everyday thoughts cause our stress. They do so in a way that physiologically is as ‘real’ as if we were genuinely having to escape a wild, hungry tiger, an axe wielding intruder, or a high speed bus with failed breaks…

What drives or produces our stressy thoughts?

Let’s look at some Psychology. If we break the human experience down into very simple terms, we have three important ‘need systems’ which we are driven to meet.

  • 1/ Safety – This is the drive to feel safe and secure in order that we can experience peacefulness.
  • 2/ Satisfaction – This is the drive to seeking rewards in order that we can experience contentment.
  • 3/ Connection – This is the drive to seeking attachment in order that we can experience feelings of love.

These three need systems and their respective drives influence our behaviours in two ways….Firstly ‘avoiding’ behaviours so we can avoid pain, harm and danger. Secondly ‘approaching’ behaviours so we can illicit rewards and pleasure.

If one or more need system is not being met, we activate the Stress Response.

We might consider the constant activation of the response as a modern violation of the evolutionary model, where the Stress Response was designed to come in short bursts. Today, sadly it has become a chronic and ongoing reaction.

So how does this effect us?

Well the emotional and psychological effects are broad ranging, any of the below might be what you would notice in yourself or others:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Poor decision making
  • Creative blocks
  • Worrying
  • Negative thinking
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of motivation
  • Frustration and irritability
  • Tearfulness

We have all been there!

Physically there’s a whole other batch of symptoms, due to what science terms the Allostatic Load, this is the bodily wear and tear that becomes a burden on our physical as well as mental health due to our natural ‘Adaptive Responses’ to external perceived stressors getting worn out, and simply shutting off.

  • Aches and pains
  • Muscle tension and teeth grinding
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Allergies and skin irritations
  • IBS
  • Weight gain
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Dizziness and palpitations
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss due to shrinkage of the Hippocampus
  • High blood pressure

All in all it’s rather unpleasant, but more importantly in the long term this toxic load causes inflammation in our internal environment, and taxes the immune system very heavily meaning we succumb to illness and chronic disease as the body’s self healing mechanism gets switched off.

Please say there’s some good news!

Indeed there is….What science has now shown us, is that once we learn how to switch off the Stress Response, when it is not necessary, we can reverse all of the effects of stress right through the body, at a cellular level, and throughout the brain as well.

The major breakthrough in this understanding came from Herbert Benson MD, who discovered that the body has a capacity for an opposite response to the Stress Response, which works as an antidote to it, it is called the Relaxation Response.

Ok, how do we do it?

There’s a really simple solution which will only take 15-20 minutes of your day, and it has been around for over 2000 years! Meditation is the answer

Scientific research into people who meditate discovered there were dramatic physiological changes versus non-meditators:

  • Decreased metabolism
  • Quieting of the body
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Slower breathing rate
  • Slower brainwaves

All of the above are integral to the Relaxation Response, and these studies allowed it to became recognized by science, it was measurable, predictable and reproducible.

MRI scanning has allowed science to look at the brain in a way which was not possible previously. Modern research has looked at how meditation changes the structure of the brain, something which it has always done since it’s origins, but which had not been measured until the last decade.

What goes on in the brain?

The amygdala is the part of the brain which produces the Stress Response. Recent research by neuroscientist Dr Sarah Lazar, Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and associate researcher in Psychiatry at Massachusetts Genera Hospital, has shown that with regular meditation, the amygdala gets ‘turned down’ and shrinks, it gets quieter in a way which is consistent with decreased arousal and greater feelings of peace.

What’s interesting is that in the study the external life of the participants had not changed at all, it was simply their response to their external ‘stressors’ which changed. Reducing stress is not about changing your life, it is about changing your relationship to your life. Simple!

Mind Calm Meditation

If you would like to learn Mind Calm Meditation with me, get in touch. It is a simple, modern and highly effective technique created by best selling author, acclaimed meditation teacher and award winning trainer Sandy C. Newbigging. I have been trained personally by Sandy to teach this method and I offer it as One to One coaching or in Group Workshops.

Take a look at these pages of my website for all of the information you will need. Or book on to one of my UK Mind Calm Workshops which take place most Saturdays all over the country:

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Your attention wants to go somewhere….Would you like to reclaim your power over it?

There are only two places your attention can actually go….

The first is where it usually goes, through habit – to your MIND

Having all of our attention, all of the time, on the movement of our minds causes us stress and angst. The more we get sucked into the movement, the more movement we create, the more movement we create, the more we get sucked in. It’s like we are constantly throwing fuel on the fire and trying to keep it alight.

This old habit is unconscious, we don’t realise we are doing it, we have no idea there is actually a choice, another option. We are not failing because we don’t know, it is just that no-one taught us yet.

The alternative is to have our attention inward, on to the much greater and more powerful aspect of ourselves, our INNER AWARENESS which is already perfectly still, calm and peaceful. This is how we are born, and how we are as children…operating from AWARENESS, without having to engage in any thinking about, or analysing that which we are aware of.

We feel what we focus on….

It’s no surprise that through focusing our attention on the ever changing, transient and random movement of our minds, that we have become a stressed out nation – the only consistent result with this mind based strategy is that we are always striving – chasing and needing things, people, circumstances and events – only to move the goalposts as soon as we tick the box. This leads to more striving and effort, and the result is the same…After all that striving and effort, we don’t feel any better deep down, once the transient thrill, high or glory has worn off. How draining.

By contrast if we learn some mastery over our attention, and we re-direct it to the ever-present but often forgotten aspect of our inner stillness, of course we feel stillness….

From this position we also get to observe…

We can quietly observe the movement of our minds, that very movement which used to attract us like a magpie to a shiny piece of tinfoil….Also from this position it can all seem rather daft and a little irrelevant too.

Our minds are really just a speck within the vastness of our true nature – but a speck which, unwittingly we had under the microscope, inflated in size and importance.

Are you ready to wake up and see things as they are?

Are you ready to step away from that microscope? When you are ready to RECLAIM YOUR ATTENTION in doing so you reclaim your power.

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5 Reasons To Consider Mind Calm Meditation

Meditation is getting more and more coverage for personal development, stress reduction, managing emotions and even for peak performance in business. The evidence base for how it works to actually change the brain has been established for a while now, but research and interest is continuing.

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The US are leading the way in incorporating Meditation practices into the office environment. Google have a designated ‘Head of Mindfulness’ role, filled currently by Chade-Meng Tan, to help guide their personnel on their journeys to inner peace whilst helping them to show up for work and bring their most resourceful, dynamic and creative selves to the party.

As with lots of science, the growing evidence base in support of Meditation, is merely catching up with ancient wisdom. Meditation practices have been around for thousands of years, and in terms of the brain, physical health and emotional wellbeing, Meditation has always worked the same way.

Reason 1/ ………The Science What’s changed?

What has changed is that neuroscience researchers became interested in studying the effects of Meditation, and neural imaging technology became advanced enough to actually measure the changes in the brain. SO suddenly the ears of the rational science types ( a bit like me! ) were pricking up left right and centre, as Meditation made the transition from ‘New Age’ and ‘Woo Woo’ to a serious and credible intervention to help people change or ‘re-wire’ the human brain for success, improved emotional wellbeing and a deeper sense of contentment. Of course all of these outcomes have a huge impact on our overall health.

Reason 2/ ………Resolving Stress

The biggest ‘win’ if you are to put it in broad terms, is that Meditation is a highly effective ‘de-stressor’. Stress, as you probably know causes illness, and disease through creating an inflammatory and toxic environment at a cellular level. It’s pretty much impossible to remain sustainably well with a toxic physiological state which science calls the Allostatic Load. And on the other hand it is perfectly possible to remain in a state of vitality and wellness if these inner ‘toxic’ conditions for the cells of our body are transformed. Bruce Lipton PhD, Professor of Anatomy, researcher at Stanford University Medical Center, author of ‘The Biology of Belief’ and leader in the emerging science field of Epigenetics, left one of his teaching posts in the 1960’s when his research proved that the medical establishment had been getting it wrong. He discovered that it is the cellular environment, which creates either dis-ease or wellness in the human body, NOT the genes. He believes that stress, negative emotions and limiting beliefs create a toxic environment for cells and cause illness and dis-ease. This truth is all the more empowering for us as individuals, as we can play with the possibility that WE actually have a guiding hand in creating an optimal cellular environment – rather than believing we are passive ‘victims’ to the genetic round of cards we have been dealt!……We have a CHOICE. And Meditation is one of those practices which helps us make this choice through resolving stress.

The amygdala is the part of the brain which produces the Stress Response. Recent research by neuroscientist Dr Sarah Lazar, Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and associate researcher in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, has shown that with regular meditation, the amygdala gets ‘turned down’ and shrinks, it gets quieter in a way which is consistent with decreased arousal and greater feelings of peace.

What’s interesting is that in the study the external life of the participants had not changed at all, it was simply their response to their external ‘stressors’ which changed. Reducing stress is not about changing your life, it is about changing your relationship to your life. Simple!

Reason 3/…….Thoughts ARE Allowed!!!

Contrary to popular misconception, Mind Calm Meditation does NOT require you to have to stop all your thoughts. Having thoughts does not mean you have failed. Granted there are many forms of meditation, and I will admit that from what I have heard from a bunch of experienced meditators, some forms are rather more ‘regimented’ than others in the practice of actually trying to stop thoughts. Mind Calm Meditation allows thoughts, emotions and sensations without trying to stop them. Peace or calm, which is often one of the desired outcomes from Meditation, is not about the absence of thoughts or emotions – rather it is experiencing ‘peace with thoughts and emotions’. Many people I have taught Mind Calm to had previously struggled to meditate, they felt frustrated or fidgety and experienced what seemed like millions of thoughts after attempting to ‘stop’ their thoughts. The good news is, you don’t have to!

Reason 4/……It prevents brain draining energy

Whilst thoughts are allowed, of course ‘stillness’ of mind is ultimately the point of learning Meditation. But what’s the point of stillness I hear you ask, and what’s so bad about having a busy mind in the first place, isn’t it just normal in today’s busy world?

Well, yes indeed it has become ‘normal’, but that’s not to say that it is helpful in any way. If we think of the brain as a electrical appliance ( it is constantly creating electrical brain wave activity after all ), we can explore what happens with the busy mind and how it affects the body. In our normal waking state we will be primarily in a Beta brainwave state, which is associated with a heightened state of alertness and focused concentration ranging from 12Hz to 40Hz. The higher up this frequency range we go, the busier our minds become and this leads to intrusive thoughts, over-thinking, stress and anxiety. Of course as if that is not unpleasant enough, it is also draining our brains and our bodily systems of precious energy, rather like having the electric heater on at the height of summer with all the windows open.

It’s fine to waste energy every now and again, but when this level of energy draining becomes routine, it depletes energy levels and we can feel physically and mentally fatigued, but that is still only half the story. The effects of that, mean that the active process of healing, which our body is designed to do perfectly well to keep us healthy and vital, becomes totally neglected. Our immune systems get bogged down and we get ill, and begin setting ourselves up for ‘dis-ease’ in the long term.

Meditation gets us into the lower brainwave states of Alpha  and Theta. Alpha brainwaves are slower in frequency and represent a state of relaxed mental awareness or reflection. They are typically associated with contemplation, visualization, problem solving and accessing deeper levels of creativity. The Alpha brainwave state corresponds to frequencies ranging from 8 Hz to 12 Hz.

Theta brainwaves are even slower in frequency and represent a state of deep relaxation, enhanced creativity, stress relief, light sleep and dreaming. Theta brainwave states have been used in meditation for centuries. Research has proven thirty minutes a day of Theta meditation can dramatically improve a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Theta meditation has also been known to cause the need for less sleep. The Theta brainwave state corresponds to frequencies ranging from 4Hz to 8 Hz.

Reason 5/……It is the gateway to our ‘subconscious programming’ allowing us to make changes that stick!

All of our conditioning, our early programming, our limiting beliefs and our habits live in our subconscious minds. We don’t really have a gateway into our subconscious minds until we get down into a Theta brainwave state. This explains why some of you might have tried ‘positive thinking’ or affirmations whilst wide awake in a Beta wave state – often it doesn’t stick! Without a strategy which opens the gates to the subconscious programming and the home of our ‘life limiting beliefs’ ( Hypnotherapy, EFT /Tapping or Meditation ) we may find our attempts to install any new, positive programming a little futile. The odds are stacked against our efforts if we hold some opposing ‘beliefs’ deep in our ‘subconscious mind’. The subconscious mind is in charge, it is the MUCH larger and more powerful processing system compared to the ‘conscious mind’. The subconscious runs 95-99% of the show, and the conscious is always running about half a second behind, making a best guess as to what is actually going on ( and often making a logical and analytical ‘story’ to make rational sense of what might be going on, which does not reflect the deep, subconscious reality ).

When we adopt a regular Meditation practice, if it includes setting positive ‘intentions or affirmations’, we are doing so whilst in a lower brainwave state, with the subconscious mind as well as the conscious mind. This combined effect, coupled with the regularity of the new ‘idea’ or intention, can become infinitely more likely to manifest in our daily experience.

Mind CALM…..

Mind Calm is the Meditation technique that I practice. I also teach it in Workshops and One to Ones.

I have personally found Mind Calm to be the easiest and most enjoyable technique. This has also been reflected back in client feedback and testimonials ( read these on my website pages listed below ). The easier and more enjoyable the technique, of course the longer we spend doing it to reap the wonderful rewards.

Mind Calm requires…..No jargon, no rituals, no strict rules, no uncomfortable sitting positions AND absolutely NO judgement as to where you’re at. Just a simple, easy to learn and fun way to enjoy more serenity and success in daily life.

Mind Calm Meditation provides practical techniques that allow you to let go of the constant chatter happening in your mind. In doing so, Mind Calm Meditation can help you:

  • Worry less
  • Sleep better
  • Improve your Relationships
  • Live more fully in the Present Moment
  • Reach your Full Potential in your career
  • Sharpen your Focus & Memory
  • Flourish Creatively
  • Feel more CALM
  • Boost inner Confidence
  • Experience deep Contentment & Satisfaction

 

Take a look at these pages of my website for all of the information you will need. Or book onto one of my UK Mind Calm Workshops which take place most Saturdays all over the country. One to One bespoke Mind Calm Coaching can also be arranged in London, Cheshire, or via Skype.

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