Savouring the moment

Last night during the meditation class we came up with plenty of ideas on how to extend savouring the moment. I would like to share few of them with you:
Share the experience with others – not only during the experience but also after. Talking to people about it helps to make the connection with emotions.
Using camera as the extension of your own lenses and capturing the moment – this one is a tricky one. With phones and digital cameras it’s easy to be mindless about taking the photos and missing the moment. However if you don’t focus on quality of the photo but use camera as extension of your own lenses, that’s when you capture the magic. I used example of macro photography which I love. Seeing the details we wouldn’t normally notice.
Due to annoying feature of our minds, we get used to people and situations in life. We start to take them for granted. However if we remember the moments which are important, it can help us to reconnect with that loving feeling. Especially in relationships- the first kiss, first touch, first time you saw the person… try it, feel it, see if it works.

There were many more wonderful ideas. What is yours? How do you savour the moment?


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ONLINE Relaxation and Mindfulness in practice

For the next few weeks, we will explore:

– science behind happiness

– misconceptions of the mind about happiness

– how can we train our brain to be happy

In this course you will engage in a series of practises designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, will talk about misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change.

Skills you will learn:

meditation, relaxation, gratitude, savouring

If you close your eyes and observe your mind for a moment you will notice that most of the time, we think about something what already has happened (past) or something has not happened yet (future). And very rarely we become aware of the present moment. And present moment is where all the miracles of every day happen. Mindfulness and meditation practices teach us how to train your brain to stay in a present moment for longer. By purchasing the ticket, your email will be added to mailing list, which you can always unsubscribe from.

By purchasing the ticket, your email will be added to mailing list, which you can always unsubscribe from.

Zoom link will be emailed once ticket is purchased.

Single class ticket choose the date £4

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Monthly access discount ticket – £14

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As a self-employed person, I understand that for some of us financial situation can be difficult. If you cannot pay the full amount, please contact me directly.

 


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New Challenge starting 20th of July 2020.

Why join?

  • To create space to think about what happiness means to you.
  • To find out what science and research is telling us about happiness.
  • To try practices which can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression and increase happiness.
  • To use tips on how to train your brain to focus on positive side of life.
  • Pre-recorded videos will be uploaded every day for 10 days so you can watch them whenever you wish.

Feedback from others:

“Thank you for this challenge, I really enjoyed the units and found them very interesting. I will be putting them into practice, thank you.” (Clare, June 2020)

“Absolutely loved the challenge, thank you for doing what you do.” (Rachael, June 2020)

What to do:

  1. Like Orange Lotus Yoga Facebook page
  2. Follow the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/OLYfindinghappinesschallenge
  3. Request to join the group
  4. Answer ALL the questions (required for insurance)
  5. Enjoy in your own time – content will be uploaded 20th of July 2020.

Access and content are FREE. However, if at the end you think that was beneficial for you, you can always donate some money.

 

 

 


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Starting 8th of June 2020.

I created private group where I will post short, 5-10-minute-long videos which allow you to explore happiness in your life. What to do

  1. Like Orange Lotus Yoga Facebook page
  2. Follow the link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/OLYfindinghappinesschallenge

  1. Request to join the group
  2. Answer ALL the questions (required for insurance)
  3. Enjoy in your own time – content will be uploaded 8th of June 2020.

Access and content are FREE. However, if at the end you think that was beneficial for you, you can always donate some money. Only if you can afford it and there is no pressure.

Why join?
To create space to think about what your happiness is. I will share with you practices I used to start my journey. Those practices can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help us to observe our mind, thoughts and emotions, without judgment and creating safe space for them just to be as well as staying in a present moment. I will also share some tips on how to train your brain to focus on positive side of life.

Sending healing Love and Light

Anna Smithers (Dhyana Priya)


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Today I would like to keep you a bit longer than usual. Person attending my mindfulness/relaxation class, wrote to me with the practice experience and with the permission – I am sharing. Love the creative way. Obviously, that doesn’t have to be your experience, but I just want to show you how exciting the journey into yourself may be! Searching for the true Self…
This person is practicing meditation for 1.5 years now. Thank you so much for sharing and allowing me to pass it on!

Sending love and light

Our live streaming online class each Wednesday 8PM
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“Hello”
Who said that?
“Me”
Which me?
..
..
I don’t know about you, but I have long been aware of at least two Me’s, although I have only recently begun to understand their relationship with each other. The two Me’s are the “Story- Teller” me and the “Narrator” me.
The Story-Teller me, is the one you hear when I talk out loud. Words come out of my mouth and both you and I can hear them.
The Narrator me, is the one that only I can hear in my head. You can’t hear this one, but it is always there. In fact, this is the one I can hear now as I type, it is saying the words and my fingers are doing the typing.
In fact, the Narrator me is nearly always there. It hardly every stops, always chattering away randomly, repeatedly, arguing, challenging everything, worried about everything. It is the storm going on around.
These two Me’s are not different people in anyway, just a different version of the one “Me”
The Narrator also has an eye, it’s the “Mind’s Eye”. It can see things just like my real eyes but in a different way. It’s the visual imagination. Nothing particularly weird, spiritual or insightful but still there all the same. As the Narrator is chatting on, it is creating images in the mind of what it means. As other conversations, noises, sights, feelings come in form the senses outside, it is building new images in my mind. Oddly, I can’t actually see the Mind’s Eye itself, but I can see the canvas it places the images on. The “Movie” screen. This constant Movie of images is all part of the chattering, a part of the storm. To find the eye of the storm, is to quieten the Narrator and switch off the Movie.
Sometimes I am aware of it going quiet when it is in sync with the Story-Teller me. These are the times the Narrator is being able to externalise what it is says through the Story -Teller. This is why I think writing is good because it often allows this sync to happen. A type of shortcut or bypass. A version of truth. Sometimes the Narrator goes quiet when it is listening, but usually not for long.
I find another way of quietening the Narrator, through Meditation. However, this is a different type of quiet. It’s not in sync with the Story-Teller as such, because the Story-Teller is either not present or maybe is quiet also. It is rare I find this quiet Narrator time, but it does happen. Concentrating on the breath or any other singularity, reduces the Narrators chatter to a hum, or an “ommmm….”, or sometimes even more rarely, even an absolute nothing. The Narrator is listening for longer.
Both the Narrator, me and the Movie screen are in my head. Inside my skull. The Eye “sees” from there and I “hear” the Narrator’s voice from there. I expect this because this is where I have always assumed the “I” of me exists. Both my consciousness and unconsciousness live there.

During the body scan last week, I experienced a third Me. One that wasn’t a Story-Teller me or a Narrator me and more interesting wasn’t in my head.
I (both Me’s) hear your guided description, Feet, Lower Legs, etc. My Narrator me, is instructing my Minds Eye to look at these body parts (along with lots of other random chatter in the background), and the image of the body part is placed on my Movie screen in my head. At which point I experience, feel, see the body part in isolation. This is pretty normal for me. I try not to listen to everything the Narrator is saying, especially the unrelated background chatter, and try not to pay to much attention to the Movie. Instead, I try and just let it just happen without the Narrator, narrating and displaying the events.
As you direct I/me to be aware of my Arms, my Head etc, all is normal, as it usually is. The Narrator me and the Movie are both playing their role but getting quieter. But then you said something along the lines of “be aware of your brain”. A this point, without realising it at first, I moved out of my head and “felt” I was looking at my head (where my brain exists) and seeing the Narrator and the Move screen (which is where they both exist) from somewhere else.
At first it was like when you put two mirrors face to face, and they produce infinite images of each other. Because the act of looking at my brain and head, which contained the Movie screen, which is usually what I watch, was like looking at a Movie of a Movie.
It was at this moment I also felt I was seeing the Story-Teller me and the Narrator me and the Movie screen as a whole for the first time. But then I became aware that in order for this to be happening, I had to be looking from a new place. A place outside of the normal place of the head. I also realised for a split second that I was looking at all this from a new Me I had not been aware of before.
Was this an out of body experience? Was this the new Me? A real Me?
I have no idea what it was, but it was a new experience. This thought process will be continued….

#yoga, #yogacrewe, #creweyoga, #meditation, #relaxation, #mindfulness, #whoami


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