So, true confession time… I love statistics. I mean I really love them. I love data and analyses and spreadsheets. Yup.
I love it all so much that I created my own stress index, the Robins Holistic Stress Scale, and I have been collecting data in bits and pieces over the last few years on the effect of Reiki and meditation on self-reported stress scores. Oh yeah! How cool am I right now!!! 😀
I am also so supremely happy that I have figured out a way of hosting this experiment on a broader scale here on my website. My plan is to take the aggregated data and determine if there is a difference between the effects of meditation and Reiki. I am so cool right now I can’t even stand it!
All the information you need is below. Just follow the instructions and you will get to test out what works best for YOU, five minutes of meditation, or five minutes of self-healing. The whole thing will probably only take 15 to 20 minutes and you can retake the quiz as often as you would like!
If you have any issues viewing the quiz, try clicking here.
Enjoy! Let me know how it worked for you. I would love to hear from you!
Check it out! A quiz and meditation experiment! Yay! 😀
Try this out and see how meditation can boost your mood.
You will complete a short quiz before and after a 15 minute guided meditation. You get to test how meditation could work for you to increase your overall happiness and contentment.
This is a brand new doodad for me, so let me know how it works for you in the comments below.
You are powerful. Your ability to create and focus your attention and energy is phenomenal.
And I really mean that. You can create phenomena.
Just simply by visualizing an outcome, it can occur.
That focus, on what you want, begins shifting energy within you.
When the energy shifts, everything else can too. I would venture to say that nothing material can shift until the energy shifts first.
Shifting energy is as simple as shifting your point of focus. Choosing to focus on a positive intention, looking for a solution, noticing how things are getting better, all of this brings a powerful energy forward. This shift in the energetic tone that fills up your bubble, your aura, begins the heavy work of shifting your experience.
Since matter is slower and heavier than thought, it has more inertia to it.
Thoughts and energy materializes instantly, but matter takes longer. This is really good. It means that we don’t need to fear the instant outcome of our negative thoughts. But it does kick up the heat around developing mental discipline over which thoughts are worth having.
Another factor working in our favour is that positive thoughts are far, far stronger than negative ones. This is why only a brief time spent affirming a positive statement has such huge effects, even if our normal mental tone is quite dismal.
Choosing a positive thought is also fully within our power. We can override the negative self talk by deliberately ignoring it and replacing it with its opposite. Even a tiny nudge can begin the process of shifting the energy and then the matter. Positivity creates movement.
When things start moving, anything is possible.
looking in your eyes
I fully see the person you once were and the person you are now.
The full weight of all the changes you have made are fully visible to me now.
I see how hard you have worked. I see how hard you have cried. I see the anger and fear and loss that have been fully digested and transcended.
Your shiny new self did not arrive here without some bumps and bruises along the way. Some of those, sometimes most of those, self-inflicted.
Forgive yourself of the struggle. Allow yourself to stretch into who you now are.
You stand before me all together new. No longer needing the struggle to make yourself matter. No longer needing restraint of any kind.
You are launched, fledged, metamorphosed. You, but more YOU.
Oh the good! The tremendous change! The ripple! The tide of others now changing because they see the courage of YOU. Your courage to break it all down, breakdown, and bit by bit, arrive new.
The heart is wise. There is a deep intelligence that lives in the centre of the heart.
The heart chakra governs our love, compassion, but also our deep reservoir of wisdom.
The union of the power and stability of the earth, with the lightness and energy of the sky. That all happens within the heart.
The source of all your answers, all the guidance you need, it is already within you.
There is a sound the Universe makes. It is a deep hum.
Listen until you hear the listening.
Only then will you hear it.
When you hear it, it is unmistakable.
It’s voice vibrates your atoms.
It blurs the edges of the concept of ‘you’. Me. I.
In the stillness, allow the waves to roll on through, carrying all your wishes to everywhere all at once.
In this space, this sound, all things are possible.
I remember trembling while speaking. Holding my paper, damp from my unsteady hands, I read my notes in front of the class. Public speaking. Blech!
Nothing was less appealing than that.
Often I would enter this surreal, deer-in-the headlights, feeling when faced with talking in front of a group of people. So many times, the memory felt hazy. Like I was a breath away from passing out. Actually, the feeling of passing out was probably because I wasn’t breathing at all. Too panicked to breathe. Oh deer! 😉
I was fortunate to take a wonderful public speaking class in university. I was forced to speak every week. A curious thing happened. I began to open up, the shaking lessened, and my confidence soared.
The act of practice, that was the magic key to being able to speak in front of others. The only way through it, the only way to get better, was to do it.
There are some things that can not be learned from reading. No amount of studying from the (illusion) of safety will bring the experience that practice will.
At some point, you must try, make the attempt. And fail. Yes. The risk of failure is there, and high. But even failure is better than hiding. Particularly if we want to pursue a worthy goal.
Sometimes following our path takes us into the ‘uncomfortable-but-necessary’ zone. It does not (yet) feel natural, we don’t know what we are doing, there we are, feeling raw, vulnerable, maybe even frightened.
The new, but necessary, skill is waiting there for us to keep practicing. To not give up, to not fear starting, to persist throught the efforts of the ego to convince us we don’t really need to, it would be easier if, why don’t you just sit down for a while.
If we can keep going, keep showing up, keep leaping, we begin to see change. This change might be subtle at first, barely a whisper. But then, possibly over night, everything is somehow easier. It clicks.
Now, I love speaking to groups of all sizes. I love the idea of reaching more and more people with this work, which I am so passionate about. I find it inspiring now.
This did not happen overnight. It was a process of practice. Many, many years of practice, failure, patience. I kept on going because I felt it was necessary. Even though I didn’t like it, life kept throwing me in these situations where I had to speak. I got practice.
In the midst of showing up is a huge benefit: the power of practice is that it makes you truly powerful. Everything becomes doable. Everything.
There I am. At the top of my mat. Again. Wobbling. Balancing. Losing balance. Resting. Trying again.
In a recent class, I got a whole new perspective on what yoga can do. It felt like I was inside the test tube looking out. I was in the practice but not in it. Observing the sway and swirl of emotions that scattered through me as I transitioned from pose to pose.
I felt like I was wringing the unwanted emotions right out of my cells, just like you would a cloth. Each pose shifted some new emotion to the surface. The breath, beautifully capturing and dispelling the unneeded thoughts, left me slightly emptied, like the somewhat hollow feeling after a good cry. A void where the old thought once lived. Now empty and waiting for the light to pour in.
Standing in Warrior, I felt weakness creep up my limbs. Not a physical tiredness, but an emotional one. Some small corner of my body was holding on to an old way of being. Even though my normal daily thoughts did not match what was now rising to the surface, the yoga practice shook it loose from my cells and allowed it to drift up and out. Riding the wave of breath and movement.
This powerful releasing is deeply healing. This is yoga. Union with the Divine. A surrendering and filling with spirit.
What does it take to be a yogi? Showing up. Surrender. Kindness.
That is it.
Make your practice simple. No matter what is happening, no matter what you are doing, if you strive to hitch yourself to the divine, you are doing yoga.
This is all that is needed. All that is required. Just a true wish to lean your cheek next to God’s. Letting the divinity sink in as you sink into the poses.
I also saw how incredibly powerful yoga and Reiki are together. Yoga knocks old patterns and thoughts loose. It brings them up and out. Reiki does that too and can help ease the process. Reiki smooths the rough edges of deep emotions as they are released from the body-mind. Reiki also adds in a massive influx of light, pure energy. It heals and fills you up with the essence of Divine Love. It establishes a new pattern of energy within you so that you can begin living from this new, healthier perspective.
Yoga and Reiki. A perfect balance. Yin and Yang. Active and passive. Between these two pillars, there is unity.
Springtime brings blossoms of all kinds. One of the many gifts of spring is the fresh start. The clear and clean slate.
But a clean slate can be scary too.
More than once I have looked at a blank page thinking,”I have nothing to say” or worse.
Creations stopped before they even start.
But creativity is so necessary to living. Trying to stop it only cause us to come to grief.
Try as you might, a great idea will pester you till the end of your days. You might as well do the work and bring it to the world anyway.
Maybe fear is the only sticking point.
The truth is that no matter how long it takes, the work that is waiting to be created is right there for you.
You have permission.
Anger. It can be liberating, like a forest fire, burning down the old and unneeded. It can also be destructive. Emptying. A laying waste to the inner landscape. In its wake, we burn ourselves out and are left putting things in order.
It is not that anger is bad, it is just that it is often counter-productive.
The object of our anger, even a righteous cause, does not change productively just because we are angry. Long-term solutions have to be based on emotions that are less volatile than anger.
Anger is, by its nature, temporary. So anything created or changed out of anger would also inherit that same volatile and temporary nature.
Letting go of anger can be accomplished. It is really as simple as slowing down your breath. When we breath slowly, we powerfully take control of our physiological state. Anger is a quick, excitable, flared up, state. We breathe shallowly, chaotically, or not at all.
Breathing slowly, in to the count of seven and out to the count of seven, this can erase anger from your system. Even if your anger increases momentarily, breathing slowly will allow it to be released safely. Keep breathing until the intensity eases.
Once the wave of anger is over, you can begin looking for solutions and possibilities that could bring lasting results. These possibilities were unavailable when you were angry, but now you can see them clearly.
Test it out. Run the experiment. Could something as simple as breathing in and out be the remedy to anger? Let me know in the comments below.