In the world so full of distractions, we need to cultivate a philosophy and practice of living a life that is full yet not overwhelming, lived at a slow pace yet in an extremely productive fashion, full of magic and miracles yet still solidly grounded. Going slowly is the key to being a healthy person. It is when we slow down that we can be better able to notice the small and often fleeting moments that add up to a life. Take time out of the rush of the day to savour some ‘timeless time’, to allow you to feel that part of yourself that is timeless and limitless, and eternal.
Give yourself the gift of quiet, uninterrupted time in the countryside to relax your body and calm your mind and by doing so to gain better control over your thoughts and your life. Try to meditate twice a day for 25 minutes.
Meditation is a universal spiritual discipline, existing in most religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. We might have forgotten, but the way of silent prayer is deeply rooted in Christian tradition historically, theologically, and scripturally. It belongs to what is called the apopathic approach to God in which we let go of words, thoughts, and images, and simply worship in silent attention. Early Christian monks, The Desert Fathers, practised the truth that the essence of prayer is not just our personal intentions, but the attention of the heart, of the whole person. The morning and evening discipline of meditation balances the whole, every day of one’s life, in an ever-deepening peace and joy.
“There is nothing simpler than meditation. There are no difficult theories to master or techniques to excel in. We need only simple fidelity, and fidelity to the simplicity. But as anyone who has tried it knows, simple is not easy” – Laurence Freeman OSB
This is exactly why a meditation group is so valuable. Not so many of us are good at self-discipline on our own. Through the support and example of others, we come to the insight, born of our own experience, that meditation is simple not easy, life-giving not life-denying, embodied not abstract, most of all that it is a way of love.
If you are new to meditation, The Bamford Haybarn Spa runs mindfulness meditation classes with Cristina Chandika MA. Cristina has studied and practised Yoga in England and India and holds the highest level of certification by the Yoga Alliance UK (Senior Yoga Teacher – SYT). She begun teaching yoga in London in 2004 and has taught privately and at health centres, as well as yoga for the office at Harrods. She teaches based around the practice of the unity of the body, mind and soul through deep asana, precise alignment, meditation and Sanskrit chanting. Her classes are taught with care, compassion and sensitivity, intended to guide you beyond your limits.
There are objects that can help us to create a perfect moment of peace.
- MOON RITUAL CANDLE IN SANDALWOOD BY MAMA MOON CANDLES. Scents can be used to purify the place where you meditate, and to create an atmosphere conducive to peaceful reflection. You can meditate on scent itself, an excellent way of setting aside the concerns of the day, calming the mind, and deepening and slowing the breath. Sandalwood is one of the scents that have long been recognized by many religious traditions for their ability to tranquilize and clarify, and in general to bring us back to ourselves.
- AMETHYST . It is a very powerful aid to spiritual enhancement by bringing the lower natures to a higher consciousness. To enhance one’s ability to assimilate new ideas, and to assist during meditation. It is also said to give strength and mental stability, and to provide balance between one’s physical, emotional, intellectual states. (soon available online)
- ORMUS EGYPTIAN BLUE LOTUS . Ormus is a liquid suspension of semi-precious metals and mono-atomic elements in a high-spin state. Ormus by Prescott and Love Alchemy activates the pineal gland, electro-magnetically balances the cells, feeds the nervous system, and raises your vibration. It is a good choice for anyone who wants to further activate their crown chakra for increased communication with source, guides, and the higher self.
- WHITE SAGE SMUDGE STICKS. Smudging is a ceremony used to clear away negative energies and to attract ones that are more positive. Native Americans have traditionally used many herbs for this purpose, each one having a different effect on the aura and inner being. You may burn a smudge stick directly from the end (extinguish carefully afterwards), or break off fragments to burn in a container such as a shell. When smudging, try to feel connected with a power greater than yourself. You may say prayers while using a feather, or simply the palm of your hand, to brush the smoke over you. Smudge sticks can be used for cleansing of the aura, for example before meditation or prayer, or they quite often these days used by body workers and therapists. (soon available online)
- MADONNA JEWELLERY BY BAMFORD. Madonna or The Blessed Virgin Mary has been one of the major subjects of Christian or Western Art for many centuries. The Virgin Mary has always been seen as the most powerful intercessor among all saints —her depictions being the subject of veneration among Catholics worldwide. Bamford has used a design of The Miraculous Medal, also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, the design of which was originated by Saint Catherine Labouré following her vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bamford’s Madonna necklace and bracelet are beautifully made from 18ct white or yellow gold with diamond pave oval and cross. It’s believed that wearing the medal with faith and devotion can bring special graces.
- ORGANIC BUCKWHEAT CUSHION. It is filled with organic, certified buckwheat hulls. The cushion creates a perfect support when sitting or meditating. (soon available online)
by Anya Ladra