The Importance Of Meditation

Why Daily Meditation Is So Important.

It’s been 10 years to the week that I embarked on my daily sadhana (spiritual practise) practice of mediation.

It came about after the difficulties I had adjusting to parenting and my struggles with post natal depression.

Of course at that time the doctors just wanted to ‘quick fix’ my feelings of anxiety but I wanted to heal myself naturally and see if there were in fact alternatives.

(This is however me, through and through! I will always want to get to the core of a problem and then work to fix things using both conventional and alternative means.)

I was out one day walking my baby in her pram and I happened to walk past a Meditation Centre. I had an urge to go inside, have a nosey around, and maybe perhaps ask a few questions?

 It all felt slightly ‘out there’ and ‘New Aged’ for me and something that “hippies” did, but at the same time the artist in me, urged me forward and whispered to me, “This is actually a natural thing FOR ME to be doing!”

 Perhaps an inner awakening or calling to step outside the box and get out the way of my thinking brain and follow a different path.

Nevertheless I went in and asked my questions and signed up for a few sessions.

I LOVED every minute of being in that space. Learning to ‘still’ my mind and switch off the chatter was one of the best things I’d ever experienced. Some days it wasn’t easy to sit still and I’d fidget and get frustrated.

It bought up all kinds of shitty feelings, but after a while, I would also experience a wonderful, soothing, calmness. Feelings that I’d not really experienced before. (Other than the times I was able to get lost in my painting and drawing, something I’d later call my active meditations).

From that point on I embarked on a journey of self-discovery and self-healing. I was soon able to come off the prescription medication and I turn more and more to alternative therapies. I explored everything from yoga to kinesiology and after a few years got into essential oils and crystals

Over the years since I have been a participant in numerous women’s circles, sound healing, and spiritual retreats.

I have attended many, many, MANY motivational conferences and listened to various people talking about all kinds of alternative ways to think.!!  I have a library of books both spiritual and business. How to’s for all kind of self-help and personal development. They have all had their place and I am grateful for all the knowledge I have gained along the way.

BUT, without a doubt the most important thing I have ever done and still continue to do to this day is my meditation practice.

 (and believe me it is a PRACTICE, some days I let my ego take over and tell me I’m too tired to meditate or I haven’t got time to meditate today or I really ought to get the dinner on etc. You know what I mean, you hear me right? All those self-sabotaging thoughts that come into your head that you know deep down aren’t true or real. Stupid ego brain!)

For the past 12 months or so I really have upped my game when it comes to my spiritual practise. Since becoming a business owner I have had to work so hard on my belief systems, and trust that I’m on the right path to reach my dreams and goals. I have fully surrendered to the powers that be to help me implement all that I need to make my business a success. This belief and positivity needs constant work and without my daily meditation practices I know it would be hard to be THINK PURPLE and at times would have wanted to give it all away. BUT I have approached my business in a different way and I choose to love it and live in the present moment with it all. Implement my ideas and know that I am supported in all my decisions, none of this can be possible if I don’t show up each day to meditate.

I get up each morning to sit in silence at 5.30am to meditate for a full hour. Sometimes I need to use chants and mantras to keep me focused and not get lost in the air.

 I do the work it takes to keep my mind still and allow that beautiful love and light to saturate my entire being, every cell, and every piece of DNA gets showered in light.

It sets me up for the day ahead, I am a much happier positive mother, wife, friend, and associate for it all.

I fully recommend the practice of mediation as part of your everyday rituals. Even if you can only start with 10 minutes a day. Please, find a time that works for you. I’m an early bird so it suits me to be up at 5.30am the house is quiet and I have the time then, before work and all the other home life duties kick in, but it works for me, get it to work for you.

Find that time to be STILL AND SILENT let the chatter subside and give way to the positive voices, the empowering nurturing voices in your head not the other!!

What is a vision board

The Power Of a Vision Board

I am sure over the years you have all heard the words vision board. But what exactly are they?

The power of our imagination, by way of visualisation, can actively transform all areas of our life, including thoughts, emotions and life experience. This concept is a proven psycho-therapeutic reality. That is, the power of the imagination though visualisation is able to imprint our goals into our sub conscious mind – and we all know how our sub-conscious mind, when it is supporting a conscious goal, is able to work with us to achieve it.

Visualisation uses our imagination in a creative process that is both therapeutic and FUN. By exploring through imagery what we desire in our life, we are better able to “picture” it and thus clarify it in our minds.

I have created vision boards and mind maps for myself for years, each New Year I sit down and meditate upon the goals and dreams I have for the upcoming months. This year has been no different and now I have my art studio in South Tweed I am able to fully practise my manifesting. Owning an art studio has always been a dream of mine and now it is a reality, it still feels like such a dream, but I know it was due to a visIon board I created many years ago that I believe I have it now.

Vision boards are a powerful way to capture our desires and goals as images.

Often times vision boards are made up of collage to express our inner desires and aspirations, (though i usually also add in paintings and drawings/doodling).. Just as long as what we use is able to create an image in our minds, that upon reviewing we can connect to.

For me they are an incredibly useful tool that allows me to be able to manifest my dreams and goals, but I also find them a very therapeutic and creative thing to do.

As an art therapist I have found the use of vision boards, mind-maps and art journals  fantastic tool to be able to call upon when I am feeling overwhelmed and scattered, and likewise it is beneficial to many of my clients.

When I make a vison board it is a way for me to truly connect with my inner world and allow my sub conscious to tell me what I need to know.

I use vision boards a couple of different ways. The main one, and the one I actually love the most is the one where I allow my sub-conscious to tell me what I need.

I totally surrender to my intuition and follow my heart, not my head.

In this way I am allowing my subconscious to talk to me and tell me what I need to do.

Before I start the process

I Gather supplies.

You’ll need a board to stick things onto. I usually grab something firm enough from a hard ware store.

You’ll need scissors, glue, tape, possibly a glue gun.

Magazines, all kinds, from sporting to travel, interior design to gardening

Ribbons or anything decorative.

Black markers and felt tip pens.

When I create a vision board using my intuition, I gather images that I love, things that, as I flick through magazines I simply love the look of, whether it be a cool colour or a great picture, or maybe some wise words that sing out to me. I don’t over think it I just cut them out and put them in a pile. It’s so much fun just flicking through mags. pulling out things that I simply, just like!

You don’t need to know why you like them or stress that you need a reason why.

Once I have gathered everything I start to arrange them all on my board. I won’t glue down just yet, in case I want to rearrange.

Once I feel ready I will then begin to glue down. My aim is to  cover the entire board. I use images and words from magazines, but I also write words that come into my head or doodle and paint my own pictures. There is no rhyme nor reason, I just enjoy the process. it’s always about the process!

I zone out completely.

All of sudden I will feel like I have finished. And it is then that I may reflect upon my vision board. 10 times out of 10 I will see things of significance within the work I have produced. Whether it be a certain problem that I have going on, that I can now see an answer too, or maybe I have lots of a certain colour in my work. (The use of colour in art therapy is powerful and certain colours we use can reflect certain emotions).

Sometimes I may see a theme appear.  Lots of animals used, Or lots of photos of travel or perhaps it’s about people and I have added a lot of images of people. You don’t really need to over analyse it, it will be insightful but at the same time just accept the process. When we get thoughts out on to a page in art it becomes an external problem, therefore no longer an internal issue. Art therapy is a non-verbal way of communicating after all.

So there are other ways to create vison boards that are more structured I have spoken to you so far about a vison board that is made up by following our intuition and allowing our subconscious to take over.

Well the other way is by perhaps setting a goal or an intention for your vision board. Work out with yourself what you would like to achieve or manifest.

Maybe you would like to go on a holiday to the Greek islands or Heli skiing in the Canadian Rockies, perhaps you need a new car or would love to own your own house, boat or caravan.

Well in the case of wanting to go to the Canadian Rockies I would suggest that you start gathering images that reflect that perhaps Photos of mountains, of people skiing, of snow. Words that mean something to you. Make it connect with your soul, so that when you see it regularly you know instantly what it is your heart desires. The more you see a visual aid the more your brain will start to believe it to be true.

Vision boards do work, but it is important that you put them in place that you can see them daily and as often as possible, in this way you will Get your head believing it to be true.

The more you start believing, the more the universe will start to put you in the right directionand on the right path, Giving you clues and putting things in your way that you can’t ignoreand that will help you reach those goals. Although these things won’t magically appear,you aren’t suddenly going to own your own house when you wake up the next day, but you will start on the right path if you  listen to the ideas that seem to come from nowhere and follow them. Suddenly things will start to happen for you, that will get you closer to your goals. Things become easier to get and POW! one day you wake up and there it is, the money or the new car or the holiday you’ve been dreaming of going on suddenly happens. You have put into action the steps needed to make it so. The universe will always provide as long as you implement the ideas it gives you. They are always there, it’s just sometimes we miss the signs, ignore them or can’t hear them clearly enough as we are too ‘mind busy’. Being able to stop that babble is essential but that will  be another BLOG.

I really hope you get busy making your own vison board and setting some intentions for the year/years ahead. They are so much fun and so relaxing.

If you ever want help with it I run regular vision board workshops from my art studio in south tweed called Think Purple Art Studios so please come and play