Calm Your Mind

Meditate!

A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO MEDITATION

While I am writing this introduction to meditation, I can’t help but smile. I used to work for a large financial corporation in Amsterdam (about 15 years ago) and the last thing that was on my mind was meditation. At that time, I thought I had more important tasks to focus on, despite the fact that I was often quite stressed – I worked long hours, against tight deadlines and the pressure on my performance as an executive didn’t make my life much easier.

It would be easy for me now to look back on my life and think: “I wish I had known more about meditation during a time that it could serve me so well”. I could have known all about it, because meditation is not new, it has been practiced for thousands of years. I just very well know that I wasn’t ready for this. I perceived myself, and the world around me, in a very different way than I do today – from feeling separate from most people around me, to feeling deeply connected to myself, to humanity in general and to the universe.

During a difficult time in my life, when I lost three of my close family members in a relatively short period of time, I was looking to find a way of relaxation and stress reduction. Many things in life, like grief, are beyond our control, but it is possible to calm our state of mind so that we can deal with our emotions in a more healthy way and truly process all that we feel, without being terrorized by the mind. In fact, the daily practice of meditation has not only supported me through this traumatizing time, it has offered me deep insights of who I truly am and helped me to express my deeper feelings and emotions.

ANYONE CAN PRACTICE MEDITATION

If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even a couple of minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. Many people around the world meditate for a variety of reasons, ranging from religious practice to a stress management technique. It’s not just the Buddhist monks who are devoted to their meditation as a spiritual practice. World-class athletes and many CEO’s of today’s world for example, use visualization and meditation to enhance their performances and Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan meditates every morning and has become a major advocate of mindfulness and meditation, as he describes in his book, A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit.

HOW DO I MEDITATE?

How to Meditate? | Dirk TerpstraThere are a number of different ways to meditate (see below), and finding the method that works most effectively can have many benefits for you. For me, one of the most fun ways of getting in ‘the zone’ is when I am riding my mountain bike. I’ve always felt at my best when I can spend time in nature. Nature just offers me so many insights – in how I connect with my deeper self and with the world around me. And being on my bike, I don’t have time to think because I need to focus on where I am riding (not hitting any rocks) and simply enjoying the pristine nature around me. It’s like the gaps in between all the thoughts that I have, begin to widen and that feels so amazing, so free and joyous.
I give you this example, because I believe it’s a great way to start your meditation practice in a way that means something to you because it’s now part of your passion!

Speaking about passion. The #1 reason people start something and don’t finish it, is because they have no fun with it in the first place. When meditating becomes a chore because you just want to get somewhere and you have heard it has positive effects on you, then it’s doomed to fail. So, pick up those paint brushes and start painting or get your hands in the dirt because you love gardening so much, and just feel how you’re feeling when you get into it. Because the way you feel says much about who you really are.

What you think you become – What you feel you attract – What you imagine you create

BELOW ARE SOME WAYS TO DEEPER CONNECT WITH YOURSELF:

Heart Coherence Meditations | Dirk Terpstra

 CONNECT WITH NATURE

I often hear people say how much they love spending time in nature – just being there without doing anything in particular. It’s no wonder that we love that because we are nature! We come from the same source as all the plants, birds and flowers. And if you find that hard to believe or you just find it fascinating, I invite you to join one of my  work funshops, because we’ll go over this wisdom in detail. It’s at the basis of who we are.
Just get out there. Go for a walk, run or bike ride and notice how perfect nature actually is. Take the time and stop to look at a flower or touch the bark of a tree or a rock and simply feel the connection. This experience will not just make you feel calm and connected, but you will also feel very grateful and your thinking will disappear to the background. How cool is this, that we can feel so great without having to do anything. Happiness is a state of mind!

CALM THE MIND

Find yourself a comfortable and quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed and make an agreement with yourself that there’s nothing to achieve. You might want to play some soft instrumental music in the background. Close your eyes and notice your natural breathing through your nose. You can even observe how the air that comes in through your nose is cooler than the air that is leaving your nose. How fascinating! You can also try to focus on a specific body part like your foot. Maybe you even feel the blood pumping through that part, and that’s normal because science explains that ‘where attention goes, energy flows’. When thoughts are coming up (and they will), just notice them and don’t pay much attention to them (don’t try to stop them). Just enjoy this time with yourself and notice how you’re feeling.

♥ HEART CONNECTION

Our heart is much more than an organ, pumping the blood through our body. Emotions such as love, care, compassion,  forgiveness and non-judgment are all generated by the heart. When we are able to use these emotional qualities more in our daily activities, we increase the inner knowingness we have about ourselves. It will also change how we relate to others and how we perform in the world.
I encourage you to practice the ‘heart focused breathing exercise’ which I explain on the page about HeartMath.

Meditation for Beginners | Dirk Terpstra

CONCLUSION

I don’t need to remind you that we live in a fast paced world and everyone, in some way, experiences the effects of this. Because we are so used to all the external stimulation, we’ve become desensitized and it seems almost ridiculous to become quiet and listen to the subtle feelings and stillness within us. But once you take some time for yourself, on a daily basis, you will start noticing a shift in how you connect to yourself, to those around you and to life in general. But never forget – do it your way and enjoy the process!

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Can a kiss from Mother Nature make us feel immortal? One day you will kiss someone you can't breathe without and find out that breath is of little consequence.
It’s hard to overstate how intense it feels to be kissed after so many years in a loveless relationship.......When you have a great kiss it is like an ACLS algorithm that uses paddle shocks. Sometimes they bring us back to life after our heart has stopped. There was a part of me I assumed was dead and suddenly there it was, alive and kicking. Going outside and being kissed by the AM light awoken me to what I was missing. With a kiss, she was oxygen and I was dying to breathe.
Marriage is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and a dollar for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer and held out for the dollar by connecting with nature once again
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Happy playful Friday!!
Your heart knows the way....🦊
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Up for learning more about the science of (sun)light?Are you awake yet?

The cure is in nature! 42% of SUNLIGHT is a RED light. RED LIGHT = LLLT or PBM.
There are so many truth bombs in this article, so many gold nuggets...Rick wanted to break it down for the lazy people who don't like to read real data:
Do you need to wear sunscreen? NOPE. Not if you spend enough time exposing your skin to the sun's rays in the early AM and late afternoon before sundown.
Why?
Because UV rays are low during that time, but IR (Infrared) light is strong during those times of the day DIURNALLY.
Why does that matter?
Read this paper in its entirety and be ready for your jaw to drop several times. IR light is beneficial to us in many ways. Aside from powering our mitochondria to produce more ATP, it also prepares our skin for the coming UV radiation around solar noon. IR light IS THE SUNSCREEN WE NEED to protect us from the deleterious effects of UV radiation.
In the late afternoon, IR light also acts to help repair damage to skin that has been overexposed to UV rays at solar noon.
In order to understand the significance of this, you have to think about how humans evolved. We ate the whole animal, not just the muscle meat. And we spent most of our days outdoors in the sun, hunting-gathering, or playing. As a result of our natural way of life, we were protected from UV rays, because we spent hours outside in the morning and in the evening, which prepared our skin for UV exposure and then helped it repair.
The takeaway? If you are going to the beach this summer, get there EARLY, stay LATE, and make sure your skin is exposed to lots of early mornings and late afternoon sunshine! During solar noon, get enough sun so that your skin gets flush but does not burn. Then wear clothing and hats to block the sun's rays until late afternoon and then...get naked again! The more exposure you give your skin to early morning sunlight, the more resilient it will be to the UV rays midday. ;).
"Yet, it has been shown that at realistic irradiances/doses, IR-A radiation has beneficial effects on collagen metabolism and upcoming UVR damage. Similar to PBM parameters, daily IR-A sun exposure delivers a much lower irradiance and fluence (dose) than powerful artificial sources (760-1450 nm).
One could, therefore, assume that early morning “sun salutation” (Surya Namaskar) and late afternoon procrastination on the beach are actually natural PBM treatments to prevent and repair, respectively. Consequently, if your shadow is taller than you are (in the early morning and late afternoon) you're taking advantage of the beneficial effects of IR-A while avoiding peak (Zenithal) harmful UVR [60, 61]. Ultimately, it is another way of being sun smart." www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4745411/
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Something I can highly recommend.Our beautiful Hearts Unify Sundays are becoming popular. Just because people love to connect and create a coherent field together.
This Sunday, we focus on:
What the Bleep!? Inside Water - from chaos to Coherence.
Register for free at: coherencehotspot.com #coherencehotspot
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Secret to Life

I believe that the secret to life lies in hitting the brakes, really slowing down and learning to understand ourselves better. You can only be at peace and feel fulfilled, when you are honest with yourself and start closing the gap between who you appear to be and who you really are. You will then discover that you are beautiful.

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