Need a Good Sleep??

I am the worst sleeper then I am the best then I suck again and it can last for months. I’ve learnt over the years not to let it bother me through meditation. But I like the way I feel after a good night sleep so I started to investigate and research ways to hack my sleep.

I found this great podcast and blog post by Ben Greenfield who goes into depth on hacking your sleep and why it is so important to get a good sleep.

Check out his full post here

The main problems I find with my sleep are – my phone and my phone and yes u guessed it…my bloody phone.

If I go on it after 9pm and get caught up messaging people, emailing and speaking to clients etc then I know my sleep is gonna be poor. My mind is on over drive and I am full of ideas and definitely not ready for bed.

Top Tips –

  • TURN PHONE OFF AT 9PM
  • Meditate before bed or some Yin Yoga
  • Darkened room or eye mask.
  • Listen to some binaural beats for sleep or I actually prefer a sleep hypnosis.
  • Magnesium supplement
  • Cbd Oil
  • Plus melatonin spray
  • keep your room cool at about 18 degree

Day time – Ben takes this other Chinese herbal supplement I haven’t heard of but reading up on it I want it. TIAN CHI?

He has cold showers in the morning and has a cool suit when working out but read his blog for the reasons why this all helps.

He must spend a fortune on gadgets and monitors his sleep with various apps.

I am gonna try out all the cheaper options for getting a good sleep and hopefully my sleep will get better. TRY ONE AT A TIME AND SEE WHAT WORKS BEST.

For me I have found that meditation good food and certain supplements to get a good sleep. SEE WHAT WORKS FOR YOU.

The Iceman Method

I have done a few courses with MindValley over the last year or so, Bending Reality Becoming Limitless.  I haven’t visited the site for a while and I came across the Iceman – Wim Hof’s new course.  I haven’t bought it yet as I’m trying my best to be less impulsive when it comes to spending at the moment but I am going to try out his methods this week and see what results I get.

Below is the technique that he shares with us on what he does daily and this is what I’m going to follow.  Now I am the worst person ever for hating the cold, even though I live in Scotland I am the coldest tattie in the world.. I love warmth and heat so this is going to be a wee challenge for me.

Step by step explanation breathing exercise.

1) Get comfortable
Sit in a meditation posture, whatever is most comfortable for you. Make sure you can expand your lungs freely without feeling any constriction. It is recommended to do this practice right after waking up since your stomach is still empty or before a meal.

2) 30 Power Breaths
Imagine you’re blowing up a balloon. Inhale through the nose or mouth and exhale through the mouth in short but powerful bursts. Keep a steady pace and use your midriff fully. Close your eyes and do this around 30 times. Symptoms could be light-headedness, tingling sensations in the body.

3) The Hold, retention after exhalation
After the 30 rapid successions of breath cycles, draw the breath in once more and fill the lungs to maximum capacity without using any force. Then let the air out and hold for as long as you can without force. Hold the breath until you experience the gasp reflex.

4) Recovery Breath
Inhale to full capacity. Feel your chest expanding. When you are at full capacity, hold the breath for around 10 seconds and this will be round one. The breathing exercise can be repeated 3 rounds after each other.

5) After having completed the breathing exercise take your time to enjoy the feeling afterward. This feeling will be more and more like a meditation.

When you start doing these exercises we recommend to take your time recovering from the breathing exercise. After doing the breathing exercise and you feel good, you can start with taking the cold shower.

Summary
– +-30 times balloon blowing
– Breathe in fully
– Breath out without force and hold until gasp reflex
– Inhale fully and hold for 10 seconds.
– Repeat until finished and recover from the breathing exercise

 

Bonus Power-ups
Add push-ups or yoga poses during the time you are holding your breath until you wait for the gasp reflex. Notice that you are stronger without air than you would normally be if you could breathe!

Cold Exposure
After the  body scan of the previous exercise, you are ready to let your body embrace the cold. It is very important to try to relax as much as you can, really be with the cold, only then can your body process the signals and start thermogenesis. As Wim says, “the cold is your warm friend!”

Cold Showers
If you are new to cold exposure, just end your warm shower with 15 – 30 seconds with cold water only. Begin with your feet and then follow with your legs, your stomach, shoulders, neck, and back. An initial shock, shivering and hyperventilation is normal. Try to remain calm and breathe easily. Close your eyes and really try to embrace the cold. Don’t pour the cold water over the head if you are not known with cold exposure. If you feel any strong physical uncomfortableness, like heavy shivering, numbness or pain, get your body warm again as soon as possible. Cold exposure works like weight lifting, you get stronger over time. There are little muscles around your veins that contract when they get into contact with the cold. After some time (only 1-2 weeks according to Wim) these become stronger, making your veins healthier and reducing the force that your heart has to use to pump blood around your body. You can increase exposure over time. At one point the cold will feel just as comfortable as wearing your favourite pajamas and you can skip the warm shower completely. Notice how you feel amazing after a cold shower and sluggish after a warm one.


These exercises are extremely powerful when done consistently and with intent. T

Reiki and Meditation

Creating Focus

Usui Sensei taught his students the first pillar of Reiki, the Gassho meditation. Gassho means “two hands coming together”. Dr. Usui taught his students to place their hands in the Gassho position every morning and evening. Gassho teaches the art of quieting the mind and creating single pointed focus in meditation.

One basically places their hands in prayer position, closes their eyes, and brings all their awareness to the tip of the fire (middle) finger. When the mind wanders, gently press the fire fingers together and refocus. This technique is detailed in “Reiki the Healing Touch”.

I begin my daily sessions with Gassho, and then I offer prayers for myself, for others and the planet. Next I send distant Reiki to all who have requested it.

Below is a sample of a 21 day reiki meditation programme

A 21-Day Reiki Meditation Program

You can use this 21-day program to learn more about Reiki, develop the ability to focus, to empower my prayers, goals and visions; and to receive answers.

Days 1-7 – Begin by creating an intention or a question. Draw the Usui power symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your solar plexus. Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol. As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your emotional body, your mental body, all the way into your spiritual body.

State your intention or ask your question. Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes. If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the power symbol three times and visualize it.

When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the full light of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day.

Write notes about your experience in a journal. Include any thoughts, words, images or feelings that came to you.

Do this even if there seems to be no logic to it. Often Reiki and the Divine speak to us in symbols, or with pieces of a puzzle that will come together later by reflecting back on your journal.

Days 8-14 – Begin by creating an intention or a question. Draw the Usui mental and emotional symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your heart. Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol. As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your emotional body, your mental body, all the way into your spiritual body.

Imagine any unhealthy mental or emotional patterns being rewoven into healthy thought, feeling and response patterns. State your intention or ask your question. Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes.

If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the mental emotional symbol three times and visualize it.

When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the full love of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal.


Days 15-21 – Begin by creating an intention or a question.Draw the Usui distant healing symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your entire body beginning by moving the energy from the crown and down through your feet.

Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol. As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your energy field.State your intention or ask your question.

Take a moment to imagine or visualize the symbol taking the form of a bridge of light. This bridge reaches through time and through space. Allow the bridge of light to carry Reiki energy back in time as it permeates all levels of your consciousness and the multiple dimensions of your being.

Next allow the energy to flow forward in time creating harmonious energy in your future. Now bring the energy into the present moment.

Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes. If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the distant symbol three times and visualize it. When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the timeless healing power of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal.

This 21 day program is designed for those who are attuned to level two Reiki. Level I practitioners could modify it using level I energy instead of the symbols. It is possible to also extend the program for another 21 days by replacing the symbols with the three Reiki Master symbols, or with the Karuna symbols of your choice.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful, and that you are willing to explore the importance of creating special time to deepen your relationship with the Divine and the love of the Reiki energy.

Superfoods

Superfoods to help rebalance body and mind

Rebalance your body and mind while increasing relaxation with this comforting blend of mood-enhancing cocoa. Contains B vitamins and adaptogens – rhodiola, shiitake mushroom, maca and ashwagandha – to help you adapt to daily stresses and strains

Rhodiola – Rhodiola rosea is a remarkable herb that has a wide and varied history of uses. It is thought to strengthen the nervous system, fight depression, enhance immunity, elevate the capacity for exercise, enhance memory, aid weight reduction, increase sexual function and improve energy levels. It has long been known as a potent adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that increase the body’s overall resistance and help to normalise bodily functions.

Shiitake mushroom – Shiitake mushrooms are high in B vitamins, and they serve as a food source of vitamin D. Some shiitake health benefits include its ability to aid weight loss, support cardiovascular health, fight cancer cells, improve energy levels and brain function, reduce inflammation, and support the immune system

Maca – General Health Benefits. Due to its many reported benefits, the maca root is considered to be a super food. It is often used to promotes reproductive and sexual health. According to the Raw Organic Maca website, it also increases energy levels and endurance.

Ashwaganda Health Benefits of AshwagandhaResearch on ashwagandha is limited, but several studies have shown that the herb may be useful in addressing the following health problems:

1) OsteoarthritisFor a 2008 study, scientists tested ashwagandha’s effects on human cartilage and found that the herb may help protect against inflammation and cartilage damage associated with osteoarthritis. In another preliminary study, people with joint deformity, pain, swelling, and stiffness were given a supplement containing ashwagandha, guggul, turmeric, and a zinc complex. Although pain was reduced, there were no changes shown on radiological examination. Related: Natural Remedies for Osteoarthritis2) AnxietyIn an animal-based study published in 2000, researchers found that ashwagandha had an anti-anxiety effect similar to that of lorazepam (a medication used to treat anxiety disorders). The herb also appeared to ease depression.Related: Natural Remedies for Anxiety 3) Type 2 DiabetesAshwagandha may help normalize high blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity, according to preliminary, animal-based research published in 2008. Learn about other remedies for diabetes.4) CancerIn a 2003 study, tests on human tumor cell lines revealed that ashwagandha may slow the growth of lung, breast, and colon cancer cells.Published in 2007, another study on human cells shows that ashwagandha may inhibit tumor growth without harming normal cells.Related: Natural Approaches to CancerForms

Helpful Responses To An Initial Awakening — The Kundalini Guide

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After practicing kundalini this week I started noticing for the last three nights I would wake at 4 am and feel like I should get up, but last night I woke every hour. I did a bedtime kundalini routine this time instead of my usual morning one. I have had the most vivid dreams each night. I practiced kundalini last year and stopped to switch to Yin yoga and pilates as I had read far too much on kundalini energy and freaked myself out. Something keeps drawing me back to this energy, I don’t want to be scared of it but this time I am going to trust in it and know that it is for my highest good. Unless of course I can’t get my sleeping pattern back, then I may have to scream (dramatic Ahhhhhhhhhhh)

I would love to know of any others positive stories about kundalini energy or if you have had any side effects from this that you worked through.

Thank you kindly

Namaste

Xx

Watch “Don’t get disturbed by anything! Eckhart Tolle” on YouTube

I can just listen to Eckhart tolle for hours he is so wise and calming. His books The power of now and A new Earth are life changing books.

Clearing energies

Detoxing the energy of your mind, body, and spirit can do much more than clear a few heavy vibes. It can change the way you see your day, your life, your experiences, and your relationships. But what exactly is an energetic detox?

Recieving regular reiki whether by a practitioner or from yourself can do wonders for your energy levels

Some days, you may not even realize that your energy was heavy or you felt off until the day is almost over. That’s OK. The more you practice these body scans and detoxes, the easier it will become to cleanse your mental, physical, and spiritual energy.

Clearing mental space

Before you start your day, take a few moments to connect to your mental, emotional energy, noticing what comes up. These tools can help you do it:

1. Essential oils

I always recommend smelling a few drops of orange or peppermint essential oil to cleanse and open the mind first thing in the morning or during the midday slump. This can help clear any dusty energy left over from a poor night’s sleep or the grogginess that sets in halfway through the day.

2. Energetic movements

If you already have a yoga or fitness regimen, that’s great. Another way to move energy during the day is by simply making some arm circles or doing a few lunges to get the blood circulating.

3. EFT

For those of you who haven’t tried emotional freedom technique (aka tapping/EFT), give it a try and see if it helps soothe the mind’s anxieties, worry, fears, and overall negative, unhelpful vibes. Tapping has been known to help relief stress, anxiety, and bring clarity to the mind.

Clearing physical space

How do you feel when you walk through the front door of your home? Are you energized, light, and open? Or heavy, cluttered, and depleted? If it’s the latter, it might be time to give some of these tools a try:

1. Sage smudge sticks

Light some sage or palo santo and carry it around your space with the intention of dissolving any negative, unserving, or heavy vibrations. Once you’ve done a walk-through, thank the space for its guidance and set a prayer for what you want to call into it. Then, burn some incense to help lift and energize the space with your prayer.

2. Decluttering

If it’s been a while since you’ve gone through your desk, office, closet, or shed, take a few hours and get decluttering. By letting things go in your home, you’ll release stagnant energy in the body as well.

3. Crystals

If you have the ability to spend a little money (or a lot, depending on your stone!), consider place crystals around your home, bedroom, office, and car to keep their energies protected, cleansed, and uplifted. I recommend amethyst near the bed for dreams, rose or crystal quartz inside the bedroom for love, and tiger’s-eye and black tourmaline on the desk to bring clarity of thought.

Clearing spiritual space

Remembering the triad of mind, body, and spirit can help you move the negative space in your life and start attracting all that you desire and intend. Here are a few techniques for cleansing your spiritual clutter:

1. Disconnecting

Let’s say you’ve just completed a task or project, finished an intense meeting with someone, or had an interaction that lingers. Now, it’s time to close the energetic connection. Lift your arms up like you’re going to make a big circle, then cross them in front of the chest making an X. This energetic technique closes the energy between two connected beings or things.

2. Breath detox

If you are feeling tired, sore, depleted, or heavy in the morning or at night, place your hands on your heart and send some love and light into your body through a round of five deep inhales and exhales. Fill your essence and energy up by simply being with yourself and your breath. I find doing ten minutes of slow deep breathing to be very energising

3. Morning ritual

Setting an intention for yourself for the day. This helps clear my mindset, focus my energy, and bust through lingering negativity.

Note To Self – Always Be A Kid

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You can be a child by enjoying small things and being happy with almost anything.Don’t mistake “being a kid at heart” for immaturity. As adults, we learn to become more mature and responsible individuals. Ironically, I believe one of the biggest signs of maturity is choosing to be a kid at heart.Part of me melts every time I encounter children because I observe their carefree, happy, innocent nature, from which adults could stand to learn.

Here are 11 reasons why you are a kid at heart:

1. You always smile.I absolutely adore when a kid smiles at me. It’s highly contagious and impossible for me not to smile back. Children smile because they are truly happy, as their lives are not complicated or filled with much responsibility.They find joy and pure happiness in the simplest things, and they share those giggles with everyone. Charlie Chapman said it best: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

 

2. You forgive freely and know every day is a fresh start.Have you ever noticed that children have the uncanny ability to see every day as a new beginning? They forget about the past easily and don’t hold grudges.When two children fight, they are upset for that time period, but then, the very next day, they are best friends again. As we grow into adults, this becomes tougher and we find it difficult to forgive and let things go.It’s never too late to forgive and start all over.

3. You believe and dream big.In a child’s world, nothing is impossible. The ability of children to believe sparks faith and optimism to never give up. Many adults lose this ability because we tend to see things for how they were or are, rather than how they could be.If we made an effort and believed in pursuing our dreams, we would be more likely to achieve them, even if those dreams seem nearly impossible to accomplish

 

.4. You are carefree and fearless.Children have the most amazing ability to be carefree and fearless. They are limitless and have no boundaries because they are not yet confined by the fear of shame or failure; they do things because they just don’t know any better.As we grow into adults, we tend to worry or fear the unknown and what others may think of us.Embrace what life has to offer in a carefree and fearless manner so you can be unstoppable

 

.5. You are active.I remember when I was a little kid, I played hopscotch, jump-roped to “Cinderella, dressed in yellow, went upstairs to kiss her fellow,” ran around the grass with the sprinklers on, had mud fights and did cartwheels for days. I found joy in doing these everyday activities without even thinking of them as forms of exercise.To be honest, I still do some of these things and for the same damn reason — it’s fun.6. You take pleasure in little things.When I was a kid, I would get so excited every Sunday when the ice cream truck made its way around our neighborhood. But, it wasn’t the ice cream I was enthusiastic about; it was more so the song that made me giddytime I heard the truck’s tune, I ran to my dad, asked him to open up the garage, sprinted outside and busted out crazy dance moves to my jam.My dad would then proceed to buy me my favorite rainbow popsicle, which I found fascinating because my tongue turned different colors after licking it.Those simple things made me so happy. As we grow into adults, we take things for granted and stop taking pleasure in the little things. Why do we stop noticing the simple things that have the potential to bring us joy?

7. You love unconditionally.The best thing about children is their love. They could care less about your flaws; they don’t care what you look like, who you are, where you are from or what you do because their love is limitless.It’s true what Mahatma Gandhi stated:The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children.

 

8. You use your creativity and imagination.I remember losing myself in creative activities as a child. I drew pictures for hours, played with clay, built spaceships and rockets out of LEGOs, pretended I was on the “Lizzie McGuire” show, and then bust out, “Hi, my name is Sheena from ‘Lizzie McGuire’ and you’re watching Disney Channel!”For some reason, as we get older, we get busier. We stop seeing these creative activities as meaningful and worthwhile. The truth is, creativity is the reason our world is so advanced. One should never lose his or her imagination.

 

9. You have endless curiosity.As a kid, I remember continuously asking my parents questions: Where did we come from? Why do people die? Where is God? What does this mean? I was curious but clueless.Children know they don’t know everything, so they ask a million and one questions to gain knowledge and understanding. Answer this: Isn’t asking questions better than not asking any questions at all?

 

10. You ask for help.I remember when two boys bullied me in second grade. Call it tattletaling if you must, but for me, it was simply asking for help. Children always ask for help because they don’t know what they are doing or how to handle certain situations.As we grow into adults, we sometimes look at asking for help as weakness. Always feel empowered to ask for help, whether it be on how to do something or how to get through something. We aren’t alone; we all need help every now and then.

 

11. If you fall, you get back up and run.When a child takes a tumble, he or she might need to be comforted for a bit, but then, the child quickly recovers and runs off to play.As adults, we may be hurt, but as long as we pick ourselves back up and move on, the bruises begin to finally heal.Subscribe to Elite Daily’s official newsletter,

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The Edge, for more stories you don’t want to miss. 475 Shares Sheena Amin Contributor Sheena is a contributing writer based in Irvine, California. She graduated from University of California Irvine in 2013 with a degree in Public Health.