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!
Meet your creative mentor and deeply access your creative and courageous potential in this guided meditation by Geneva Robins. If you have had any problems with creative blocks lately, this meditation will set you free and back on the creative train.
I’ve been using this meditation in my classes for a while now with great success. I originally wrote it so I could move through some creative blocks I was experiencing. It worked!
You can deepen your practice by spending a few minutes free-writing at the end of the meditation. Just allow you pen to sail across the page, no scribbling, no pausing, just writing.
I would love to hear about your experiences! Let me know how it goes for 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.
Why are you here? What are you supposed to do with your life? What is your purpose?
These are giants, as far as questions go. The answers are not simple and not always clear. Perhaps it is not known until the end, looking back, when everything becomes understood.
What has made all the difference to me has been meditation. When I sit in meditation I become connected to a higher point of view. Things settle in. I get to see my life through the eyes of my source. From that perspective, it is easier to feel and sense when I am on the path or off of it.
When your thoughts and emotions are settled in meditation, there is a distinctive calm energy that can be felt. When your thoughts are distracted or unfocused, a tension resides in the body.
This ease and tension dichotomy is a clear indicator of what is closer to your purpose and what is further from it. It is like your own magic compass that constantly points you toward your dreams.
The feeling of joy expands as you begin to choose life experiences that are aligned with your path.
It might be difficult to put words to the path you are on, or even know exactly where you are headed, but you can always know whether you are on track or not, by how you feel.
The more you meditate, the easier it is define the feeling of being in joy and on your path. The signals get stronger and clearer after even a few minutes of sitting in stillness.
Your true life purpose goes beyond a job, a relationship, or an accomplishment. It is a trajectory. It is a direction. It is orienting yourself towards the Divine wisdom that already lives within you. It is about being willing to travel full circle, to humbly return home again knowing that you did your best, uplifted a few others, and experienced the gift of your life. Your purpose is to travel that sometimes meandering journey and discover the sweetness of each step.
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.
It can be so easy to hold someone else’s dream in your mind. I can easily see each and every one of you as wildly happy, healthy, joyful, and abundant. It is so easy.
It is likely why crowdfunding and microlending sites are so fun. We get to share in someone else’s dream and be that little angel that helps make it reality. The true success is not so much that the project gets funded, which most do, but that all of those eyes have shared the same vision, if only for a moment.
That brief look is hugely powerful. We can instantly dream alongside all of the other dreamers. We can share in the magic, if only for a moment. The possibilities that can happen are amazing when we dream a better dream for ourselves and others.
I truly believe the litmus test in self healing is to hold the positive vision for your own projects as easily as you hold it for others.
Can you see yourself as wildly happy, healthy, joyful, and abundant? Can you see that dream for you as easily as you see it for me?
If so, huzzah!
Love, compassion, and dreams are just as much yours as they are mine. You deserve this. You are allowed this. You can have this. It is already yours.
In Buddhism, where the concept of mindfulness originated, the heart is considered the seat of the mind.
The true mind, the wise voice within us, always resides in the heart. Our hearts contain unlimited compassion, wisdom, and Divine connection.
In our western philosophy, the mind has normally been equated with the brain. I have nothing against brains. I, personally, have lots of them! 😉 It is just important to remember that the intellect’s true purpose is to serve the wisdom of the heart. Not the other way around.
So if you live in North America, I recommend changing your meditation practice to heartfullness.
Use the power, wisdom, courage, and compassion of the heart to lead you to stillness. Surrender your clever brain and let your heart lead the way.
Brains only work if they are connected to a functioning heart. Let the heart lead and the brain follow.
March has been a turbo, jetpack of a month for me. The creative ideas have been coming fast and furious and I have willingly surrendered to the amazingness. YogaReiki (now a thing), meditation courses based on my book material, a new practitioner space, book writing, blogging, essential oil meditation, teaching Reiki. It is a really cool space to be, the the centre of my vortex of goodness.
Not a ‘fear’ scary, but a sense of being on what Abraham calls the ‘raw and ragged edge’ of expansion. I really don’t know what is around the bend. I cannot possibly see what is in store for me. I get the sense that it is BIG. Amazing. Phenomenal. I feel it.
It is like the feeling of gravity. The subtle acknowledgement of the pull of the moon on the ocean. Swooping the tide, massively, from shore to shore.
It feels exposing. Real. Honest. Like the fresh air truth brings. But deeper into the heart. Like a soul-filling song, sung from the inside. From the heart.
Part of me is timid. That part wants to know and predict and have guarantees. But mostly, I just want to throw my arms wide and rush in, heart first.
Getting to this point, being able to tell the difference between true fear and the vulnerable edge of growth, has taken me almost 20 years of personal and spiritual work. It is a process. I am in progress.
Now I know the difference. True fear leads you away from actual danger. You know in your heart something is not right, but you stay (or go) anyway. Usually just to be polite. That is fear.
Vulnerability pops up when you are moving out of your comfort zone, towards a life expanding and enhancing experience. You know in your heart, it is right for you. It is a magnetic, resonant pull. Vulnerability is good. It means you are growing. Doing what you mean to, not what you should.
That nervous feeling can be breathed through. Just like a contraction. It rolls on through, right over top of you, and on the other side is courage. The arms flung wide in victory moment you are fearing will never come.
Move toward your vulnerability. Arms open. It is the best way to receive.
Travelling is wonderful. The challenge of the journey creates a present, mindfulness that sharpens your experience.
The trick is to keep the same attentiveness in your day to day life that you would if you knew that you only had two weeks left on the vacation clock. Ticking away.
The truth is… you don’t really know. You don’t know how long your journey to earth will be. There is no guarantee of an old age.
Rather than freak out or forget this concept – seek the middle road – stay attentive, open, learning, witnessesing, absorbing, savour all of life and truly live.
We were talking in class the other day about how much time we spend focused in the present moment. It was actually one of my favourite classes in Master Level where my students teach me the class.
The discussion was brilliant and I was left pondering this odd sensation of our attention swinging like a pendulum back and forth across past, present, and future.