Creating your own space for inner stillness

Creating your own space is important for many things, and meditation/spiritual practice is one of the things where it can make a world of difference. Of course it’s not essential, and a good meditation can bring you away from any uncomfortable setting if you can tune in properly. But for those times when tuning in is a bit difficult and the right mindset is proving elusive, being able to create the right setting can smooth things along very nicely indeed.

Having been a student for several years, and moving around a lot after that too, it’s been difficult for me to be able to create a permanent meditation/spiritual practice/mindfulness space in my home. Often the bedroom is the only available space that is private in a shared flat, and often that bedroom is not very big. While dreaming about the day when I can have a whole room dedicated just for my spiritual practice, I’ve been finding creative solutions in my quest for that something that will help me find the peace of mind needed for a really good meditation.

My altar/centre of calmness/decorative candle stand/miniature bookshelf/photo display-bedside table.  Copyright: Fanny Johansson

My altar/centre of calmness/decorative candle stand/miniature bookshelf/photo display-bedside table.
Copyright: Fanny Johansson

This picture is of my current bedside table/bookshelf doubling as a place for candles and pictures. It’s not much, but it does the trick. If I’m feeling frazzled and finding it hard to focus on my inner stillness, and the presence of my favourite picture of my teacher isn’t enough to shut down the noise in my head, then I light the candles, turn off all other lights, sit myself down on the bed and drape my meditation scarf over my head so it shuts out all other visual stimuli except for the scene of candles and icons. Nine times out of ten this helps me find my inner peace and be able to enjoy meditation more, whether it is Arhatic meditations or the joyful simplicity/complexity of Twin Hearts Meditation (if you haven’t tried Twin Hearts Meditation, you can find a short audio version of it here, see if it’s to your liking).

Being on the spiritual path in this modern day and age is both a challenge and a blessing. On the one hand, with the internet and the ease of travelling to different places, the availability of spiritual teachings and the possibilities of connecting with teachers are bountiful compared to a hundred years ago. But unless we want to hide away in the mountains somewhere and live like hermits, we have to learn to balance the spiritual practice with the buzz of everyday life. And everyday life can be very loud.

I used to feel that if I let myself be distracted by the hustle and bustle of material life enough to be more tempted by watching TV than by meditating, then I wasn’t really worthy of the live and blessings anyway. And while this in some ways is true (truth comes to those who seek it), sometimes we need to trick ourselves into discipline.  The same way that effectivity-self-help books tell us to create routines at work to get into a productive mood (have a cup of coffee when getting to the office, always sitting down in the same chair, opening the computer/documents in the same order etc etc), the same way we can use routine and audio-visual stimuli to help us get into the inner calmness mode.

If we are coming home from being out in a busy city, or from watching TV or talking to friends, it is very difficult to just plop down in lotus position, close our eyes and find inner stillness. It might not even be that attractive, if what you’ve been doing before was enjoyable. In this situation it is much more attractive to do something active, something material: light a few candles, maybe start playing some mantras, light some incense, while still letting yourself be in that active, material mode. This is a way of tricking our minds, emotions and bodies into this new mode of being, and as proved by advertising everywhere, we humans are pretty easily convinced when put in the right mood. After a few minutes in this setting, it is much much easier to let go of the frenzy of the day and enjoy the stillness.

It’s not really self-trickery, it’s being the master of your own mind

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Koll på stressen

Just nu har jag väldigt mycket att göra på jobbet. Jag är stressad av allt som behöver göras och som jag inte hinner göra, glömmer att göra eller måste komma ihåg att göra. Det har påverkat nattsömnen.

I såna lägen är det lockande att skippa sina andliga övningar och släppa på hälsofrämjande rutiner. Det är dock det sämsta man kan göra. Lite får man kanske lätta på trycket med allt man även behöver göra på den fronten. Men när man är stressad och hjärnan går på övervarv, finns det många Pranic Healing-tekniker att ta till; andningsövningar, självhealing i olika former, meditation, arhatic yoga-övningar. det hjälper att lugna ner tankarna som rusar i huvudet, och hjälper sömnkvaliteten. Jag försöker hinna med något, även om jag vissa kvällar varit så trött att jag somnat bara en liten stund efter barnen. Men man hinner en annan kväll istället. Och alltid nånting hinner man. På bara 5 minuter hinner man göra nånting som främjar egna måendet och stresståligheten.

Så nästa gång du är stressad, ta åtminstone 5 minuter för att hjälpa dig själv 🙂

Shower fresh meditation

Pranic Healers know that it’s better to shower before meditating than after, to avoid washing away all the goody good good energies we get. But not only that, it’s also nice to meditate RIGHT after a shower, before adding all the everyday stuff of clothes and thoughts on ourselves.

Beauty meditation - time management!

Beauty meditation – time management!

You know that feeling of freshness when you’ve just stepped out of the shower? Add that to the sense freedom and light gained from doing a Twin Heart Meditation (or any arhatic meditation, for the arhatic yogis out there). I noticed this one morning after I decided to be time efficient and use the meditation time to let the hair rollers do their work (who says spirituality has to mean not wanting to look pretty every once in a while?)

Someone with a degree in shower psychology can try to explain the ins and outs of the ‘shower fresh’ feeling. My layman’s theory is that the sense of ‘me time’ that comes from taking a shower, being on your own, doing something for yourself, is extended by doing a meditation before getting dressed and thereby ‘being ready to meet the world’. Whatever the reason, I’m now loving the feeling of post-shower Twin Hearts, and as a bonus, when I do get out and meet the world (well, the physical world anyway) I’m not only shower fresh, spiritually charged but I also have pretty curls 😀

Have a great day, everyone!

Pranic Healer’s First Aid Kit

=   How to cool down the solar plexus chakra ASAP

1.
OM whatever OM

2.
Forgive:
“you are completely forgiven name, may God’s blessings be with me and be with you, go in peace”  x 7

3.
Say 18 x Atma Namaste to the person who you let upset your feelings

4.
12 x Pranic breathing cycles…or more 🙂

5.
Recite Lord’s Prayer

6.
The Great Invocation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9igxAPDBsg

7.
Bless Pranic Healing to spread enthusiastically, rapidly and permanently (in your area/country/globally)

8.
Say/think “Yes Master, Thank You Master” x 12

9.
Twin Hearts Meditation

10.
Help other people so you forget your issues

11.
Smile 🙂

12.
You name it 😉

Tällaista Pranicia tänään (1)

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Aamulla heräsin tekstiviestiin, joka tuli mieheltäni. Hän on ulkomailla ja oli lentokentällä juuri nyrjäyttänyt peukalonsa matkalaukkua nostaessaan. Hän pyysi kaukohoitoapua kipuun. Tein ensi hätään peukaloon ensiapu-energiakääreen ja sitten menin aamupesulle herätäkseni hoitamaan hänen peukaloaan kunnolla. Puhdistelin ja energisoin sitä muutamia kertoja toistamiseen seuraavan tunnin aikana ja seuraavan tekstiviestin sisältö oli, että peukaloon ei satu enää ollenkaan.

Seuraavana Pranic-ohjelmanumerona oli päivittäinen itsehoito: jumppaa, hengitysharjoituksia, Super-Brain joogaa, hiljentymistä ja medistä. Se on pranic healerin tyypillinen aamunaloitus, joka antaa voimaa ja intoa päivään. Niin, ja oman kurkun hiilaamista, kun sinne jatkuvasti kerääntyy stressienergiaa, mikä näkyy köhimisenä ja ”palana” kurkussa…

Sitten herättelin poikaani sekä sanallisesti että koputtamalla oveen, mutta kun se ei auttanut, niin myös aktivoimalla tiettyjä chakroja, jotta sängystä ylösnouseminen olisi vaivattomampaa. Kovin aamu-unista kanssaihmistä täytyy välillä vähän jeesata näinkin.

Iltapäivällä kävin hoitamassa tuttavaani, jolla kovia kipuja fibromyalgian takia. Hoidon jälkeen hän istui sohvalla ja naureskeli että ”nyt pää on ikään kuin kohdallaan siinä hartioiden päällä”. Hetken aikaa hänen silmissään näkyi pilkahdus ajoista, jolloin kivut eivät olleet jatkuvaa seuraa… Projekti jatkuu…

Illalla vielä Skypen kautta harjoituksia muiden pranic healereiden kanssa. Porukkaa oli eri puolilta Suomea, illan pimetessä kaikki osallistuivat näppärästi kotoa käsin, varmaan jollakin pyjama päällä ja teekuppi kädessä 🙂 Hyvää yötä!