Using Meditation to Transform your Heart

How does this marvelous human body of ours work? It works through our heart. The heart is an alchemical process that transforms our body, mind and emotions into something that is finer and lighter. How do we get this process to happen? The Inner Smile meditation is one of the great heart practices, showing a rare understanding of the real functions of the heart.Like any meditation, right understanding helps practice and practice helps with our right understanding. So practicing the Inner Smile is one thing but understanding it is another. When we start to understand it, we can see that the Inner Smile is not even a practice but a way of being. A way of being profoundly present, and completely unencumbered of our mental and emotional baggage.

The real nature of every living thing is love and openness. It’s our mental and emotional baggage that separates us from each other. When we let this go then we are an intrinsic part of the divine perception of everything…and we smile. We smile not through effort but from the sheer joy of the openness of the heart. The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba wrote, ‘The secret of Aikido is to expel all maliciousness from ones heart, to attune oneself to the movement of the cosmos, and to unite oneself to the universe’(Secret Teachings Of Aikido – Ueshiba). This is the natural way of the heart. When we expel maliciousness from the heart, it circulates love, joy and trust, just as it circulates qi and blood. The secret is allowing our love to come through the clouds of mind and emotion. It’s ridiculous really.

We laugh and smile all day and when we sit and do the inner smile, sometimes it can be difficult. Our mind and our emotional holdings get in the way. Don’t struggle with this – just relax and think of something that really makes you smile – and then let the thought go, feel your breathing and just experience this uninterrupted happiness.

A thousand years ago, in his great text The Mathnawi, the Sufi mystic poet Rumi expressed his unique understanding of the path to oneness. It has nothing to do with your opinions and your philosophies, nothing to do with your struggle to still the mind, nothing to do with your intentions. Only to do with your heart opening to its real nourishment – the food of love.
‘The lover’s food is the love of the bread; no bread need be at hand: no one who is sincere in his love is a slave to existence. Lovers have nothing to do with existence; lovers have the interest without the capital. Without wings they fly around the world; without hands they carry the polo ball off the field. That dervish who caught the scent of Reality used to weave baskets even though his hand had been cut off. Lovers have pitched their tents in nonexistence: they are of one quality and one essence, as nonexistence is.’

Unlike Rumi, for most of us, it’s very difficult to describe the unbridled feeling of freedom and bliss that happens when we open our hearts. Rarely do we read something that permeates us to the core – that elicits the feelings of love in us. The New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield did this beautifully in her short story Bliss. Katherine was one of George Gurdjieff’s students in Paris in the 1920’s. ‘Although Bertha Young was thirty she still had moments like this when she wanted to run instead of walk, to take dancing steps on and off the pavement, to bowl a hoop, to throw something up in the air and catch it again, or to stand still and laugh at – nothing – at nothing simply. What can you do if you are thirty and, turning the corner of your own street, you are overcome, suddenly, by a feeling of bliss – absolute bliss! – as though you’d swallowed a bright piece of that late afternoon sun and it burned in your bosom, sending out a little shower of sparks into every particle, into every finger and toe?…’ Katherine Mansfield. Bliss And Other Stories.
The actual practice of the inner smile meditation is based on the Tantric principle, that the mind becomes what it perceives. When we do this, we choose the feeling of love over our opinions. Yes is the opening of the Buddha nature, while no is just a form of self-harm. In the yes state, we live in the inner beauty. This beauty in our lives is not defined by the elegance of our philosophies but by the openness and depth of our hearts. When we let ourselves go into the wilderness of the heart and we don’t have to worry about stilling the nonsense of the ordinary mind – we sing from every part of ourselves. When we practice the inner smile daily and our smile is authentic – spontaneously arising from our love and felt at the very inside of our being – the heart opens and transforms and everything in our life becomes beautiful and profound. The open heart is really the key to perception. The true heart just listens – it is acceptance – the openness to the universe, the pure awareness at the level of feeling. The open heart is part of the perception that we call god, enlightenment or the buddha nature. There is a popular misconception that when we are emotional, our hearts are open. The open heart is not about being emotional but perceiving from the heart centre. When this perception, this openness, is rooted in the physical feeling sense then the heart will be stable and open. If not, then any heart opening will just be emotional as the heart energy is not stable. When our life perception is from the level of the stable emotional consciousness, we begin to feel and experience our life. This is the deeper inner smile practice beyond the opinions of mind. Once we become one with the emotional consciousness, we can directly feel our holding patterns of body, heart and mind. As the Sufi mystic Rumi said, ‘We are not here to love but to find all the things that prevent us from loving.’ When our perception is from the heart, this is possible. We spend our time trying to work out the path of the mystic way, when it is right in front of us. Love is the door – when we let go our emotional baggage, love is the natural direction, the natural essence, of the open heart. The Inner Smile practice helps us with living in the heart instead of struggling in the mind.

One of my favourite texts about the heart is Hakim Sanai’s Hadiqua (The Walled Garden of Truth). I once lent a copy of the Hadiqua, to a monk who returned it in abject indignation. He was appalled by Sanai’s critique of the human condition of mind, by being described as a fool, and as a blind man. When Rumi talked about the Sufi mystic poet Hakim Sanai, he said, ‘Sanai says all the things we are too afraid to say.’ The following lines are from Sanai. ‘Listen truly – and don’t be fooled – This is not for fools: All these different shades become one colour in the jar of unity; the rope becomes slender when reduced to a single strand. Your intellect is just a hotch-potch of guesswork and thought, Limping over the face of the earth; wherever they are, he is not; they are contained within his creation. Man and his reason are just the latest ripening plants in his garden. Whatever you assert about his nature, You are bound to be out of your depth, Like a blind man trying to describe the appearance of his own mother. While reason is still tracking down the secret, you end your quest on the open field of love.’ from The Hadiqua – SanaiSo now I ask you – where do you live? In a beautiful bungalow on the beach in Bali? A swanky modern townhouse in Berlin? The Savoy or the Ritz Carlton hotels? In a lakeside villa in Lake Como or a waterfront apartment in Sydney? None of these places are where we live – these are only places where we park our bodies. Where we really live is in our emotional real estate. If this is stressful, struggling, angry, miserable – then we are living in the equivalent of a broken down tin shed in a slum. You may park your body in a waterfront apartment but if you’re resentful and walking through life with a closed heart, where you really live your life is a slum tenement. When we learn to open the heart it is very different from just laughing from the head. The open heart is the root of compassion, trust, love and courage. When the heart’s open, these are the virtues that it expresses through its own ease of being. You can’t directly learn any of the heart’s virtues, but you can learn to open your heart. If you want to live in a beautiful environment – practice doing the Inner Smile – learn to open your heart.

There’s no better suburb in which to live.
By Kevin Niv Farrow.

Kevin is the Founder and Director of AcuEnergetics® as well as a Master AcuEnergetics® Practitioner and Teacher of AcuEnergetics®. Kevin has practised and studied meditation and the energetic system since 1974. He has taught since 2000 and his published writings, meditation CD’s and teachings have brought him worldwide recognition as a unique and practical meditation teacher and an expert in the field of energy medicine. He currently teaches in Australia, USA, India, Asia and Europe. For more information about Kevin, visit Kevin’s full biography.

The Wisdom of Children

This is an article I wrote a few years back after we had our first baby and were experiencing the joys of parenthood for the first time. I am reminded of these lessons again lately, as we are lucky to be going through these wonders again with our daughter, so I thought I would share this with you here, on our blog.

Children are amazing. Open, inquisitive, fascinating little sponges who are constantly absorbing their whole world and everyone around them. They live in each and every moment so presently, they express passionately, move on rapidly and forgive ever so quickly. All they want is love. All they need is love. And a little food and sleep.

We could take a leaf out of their book. Several in fact. It really is true what people say about your children teaching you things you need to know. My husband and I recently became parents and so I have been fortunate enough to become a student of our baby boy, Finn. I am such a novice and yet he is so patient with me. Every day he teaches me new things about love, joy, passion, perseverance, adversity and life itself.

The way Finn approaches life is inspiring. He lives in the moment. Most of the time he’s happy, but not just a normal-looking happy. The kind of happy where you can see the happiness in his whole body, especially his twinkling eyes. When he’s not happy, he expresses it too. Not for long – but just enough to communicate that something needs to change. Then he lets it go and is happy again. There’s no holding on. He is open with no pretenses. With this openness comes the ability to be very perceptive, knowing and true. What you see is what you get. The smallest things amuse him in the biggest way. Like watching the trees blowing in the wind, seeing a dog for the first time or feeling the rain on his face. I rejoice in these moments, not just because it is a beautiful thing to see him so full of joy, but also because when you watch him, the feeling becomes contagious. It’s impossible to feel anything but happy when you see the joy coming from every part of his body.

When he decides he wants something, he goes for it wholeheartedly. Nothing will get between him and his goal. Sometimes there are challenges, which bring him to a standstill. I see him stop and think about how to overcome them, watching him problem-solve his way around them. Sometimes he bumps his head or falls on his face and hurts himself, but then he regroups and moves on because he has a mission to complete. He usually always gets to his goal. Because of his perseverance and the belief that he can do it. And when he does, there is a mixture of satisfaction, joy and relief on his face. When he hears music, he starts to dance. It doesn’t matter where he is, it’s like his body can’t resist the chance to groove to the beat. He laughs without restraint. He investigates things with inquisitiveness and enthusiasm, even if it is just a shoe. And sometimes he’s just content to be. To sit and watch the world around him.

All of these qualities, I hope Finn keeps forever. These traits that I see in him, make me look at myself – his student – and remind me how I can do better. How each and every day I can find more beauty in the ordinary things in life, how I can let go of things faster, live more passionately, enjoy each moment for what it is and be more determined to achieve my goals. He is my Guru.

One of the magnificent things about children is that they have a unique and beautiful way of looking at the world. They see beauty in things often missed by adults and show a depth of understanding that is often well beyond their years. I love that quote by John Lennon where he says, ‘When I was five years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.’ What a brilliant incite to have at such a young age. I share John Lennon’s mother’s view that happiness is the key to life. It’s the most important thing. You can have a million things in this world, but if you don’t have happiness, then you have nothing.

By Rochelle Taylor

Rochelle is a mum of two little ones and has always been interested in finding ways to live a happy and healthy life while helping others. She has been meditating for 19 years, since she was introduced to the practice in school and found a passion for healing and energy medicine not long after that. Rochelle enjoys the challenges of life, motherhood, family, work, friends and somehow fitting them all in together. Work-wise Rochelle is an AcuEnergetics® Practitioner, Teacher and is also the General Manager of AcuEnergetics®. She has been practicing AcuEnergetics® since 2005 and is fully qualified to teach AcuEnergetics® Level 1 and AcuEnergetics® Level 2. She is currently a co-teacher for AcuEnergetics® Level 3 and the AcuEnergetics® Practitioner Training.

Enemies of Meditation

In meditation practice, as in the rest of our lives, certain conditions arise in our ordinary everyday consciousness that constrain our open spirit. Many of these such as the emotions of anger, resentment and sorrow are easy to see. There are however, certain conditions that arise in meditation that are only obvious when we realise that they exist in us. The following are some of these.

Posturing
This is the taking on of a special attitude to practice. Perhaps it’s an attitude we have towards an imagined spirituality. It might be a kind of resignation that we are going to do the 21 days practice or whatever it is, because we said we would. It could be a kind of ‘girding your loins’ or getting yourself settled and in the ‘right’ mood before practice.It may be a formal determination and concentration. Don’t confuse formal practice with a formal mind. Let go of the tensions. The Taoist poet Chuang Tzu said ‘Easy is right. Begin right and you are easy. Continue easy and you are right.’ Let the posturing of your mind go, and be natural and unaffected in your practice.

Transitioning to and from Sitting
Transitioning is what happens when we actually go to sit and we change our ordinary mind to do this. Essentially, there is nothing wrong with our ordinary everyday mind. When we practice, all we have to do is just sit and observe this ordinary mind. If we are changing ourselves to begin the practice, then we are unconsciously posturing in that transition. Transitioning also often occurs when we are getting up from practice. We change our mind into something and go about our daily business. This frequently happens when we think that sitting is a special state of being. It’s not – it’s just sitting and observing the everyday mind.

Looking for mind is not Mindfulness
Awareness of mind is not looking for mind. Looking for what is happening in mind is itself, a state of mind. This is not mindfulness practice. If we are looking and we notice the immediate phenomenon of looking, this is mindfulness.Mindfulness or beholding the mind has nothing at all to do with looking at thoughts that have just occurred. This is just looking at the past mind. Just notice the immediate mind.

Drifting
The Soto Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki said something along the lines of, ‘If someone taps you on the shoulder during meditation, asks for your postcode and you can’t remember it immediately, then you are drifting rather than meditating.’ Just because we’re happy to get up every morning and sit for a while doesn’t mean we are in meditation. If we don’t stay present then we would be better served actually sleeping lying down, rather than trying to do it sitting up.

Not Having a Real Interest
To actually experience change from meditation practice, a natural open curiosity about the nature of our consciousness is the key. This is distinctly different from learning to meditate because it will calm our minds or fulfill one or other of our list of ambitions. Open curiosity is not a search for answers – it is the seed of wonder, the doorway of the open spirit.

Insights
When we have great insights during our meditation practice – it only tells us one thing. That we have left the present moment for our mind stream and become attached to some thought or other that we think is clever. Real insight is non-verbal.Focusing instead of Noticing. Focusing is a form of tunnel vision. Although it seems to be helpful at first because it allows us to concentrate – is this what we want to learn? Meditation is actually not an exercise in developing tunnel vision. It’s about opening up our awareness rather than closing it down. Noticing is without effort – a bit like looking at something without excluding your peripheral vision.

Constantly Analyse instead of Realise
If we constantly comment on our practice in our heads, we end up analyzing instead of realizing. Stay with the simplicity of the practice. Lao Tzu said; ‘Use the light, but give up the discernment. Bring not misfortune upon yourself.’

Rushing and Dawdling
When we’re in a hurry to ‘get somewhere’ in our meditation it leads us into either delusion or frustration. Delusion if we are good at faking it and frustration if we’re not. The opposite pole of this is dawdling – just because we’re slow doesn’t mean we have any real connection to the open spirit. Both of these are just examples of living in the time sense. As the Orphic mysteries tell us; the first stage of initiation is to pass beyond the time sense.

Loving the Philosophy instead of seeing it as a Guide to Practice
On the back cover of Penguin Classics Tao te Ching, it reads; … ‘this famous Chinese book can be enjoyed especially for its pure poetry.’It’s relatively easy if you have a certain kind of mind, to mistake the cake for its reflection in the glass. Philosophy is a kind of entertainment for educated cultures and it has nothing at all to do with any meditation practices. Abandon it before you start arguing about this.

Trying Too Hard
In Ejo’s classic The Treasury of Light, he explains that three things are needed for enlightenment – will, compassion and skillful means. Will means that we will practice – not that we try hard in practice. Meditation is about letting go of the ordinary mind – you don’t have to try hard to let go of something – you just release your grasp and let the attachments to everything go. When we try too hard it’s a bit like trying to frown or force our way to openness. It won’t happen – just chill out and relax.

Being Special
One side of this encompasses believing that we’re special – a great spiritual person or a great meditator and the flip side is believing that we’re special in that we’re not good enough or capable enough to meditate. Let go of both of these – we don’t need either. Meditation is a very natural mundane practice and it’s not possible to have any understanding of it at all when we’re special.

Being Serious or Flippant
Neither seriousness nor flippancy will help us in sitting on our backsides and slowly becoming aware of the open spirit. Seriousness when we’re meditating will make us think highly of ourselves and flippancy will make us begin to wonder what we are doing. When we are just content with how we are there is no transition from one attitude to another. We just close our eyes and feel our breath.

Magical Thinking
When we think that something outside of us can help us to be open, we are engaging in magical thinking. This is whether or not this is a guru or a god or a channel or whatever else. One of the great and relatively unknown sayings of the Buddha was, ‘Everything that you achieve you do by yourself.’

By Kevin Niv Farrow

Kevin is the Founder and Director of AcuEnergetics® as well as a Master AcuEnergetics® Practitioner and Teacher of AcuEnergetics®. Kevin has practised and studied meditation and the energetic system since 1974. He has taught since 2000 and his published writings, meditation CD’s and teachings have brought him worldwide recognition as a unique and practical meditation teacher and an expert in the field of energy medicine. He currently teaches in Australia, USA, India, Asia and Europe. For more information about Kevin, visit Kevin’s full biography.

Dealing with our emotions

There is a current belief that expressing our emotions is a good thing to do and we are more spiritual because of it. While confiding in another person is universally acknowledged as part of the healing process, the idea that overt expression of emotion is good for us, is mostly nonsense.

While suppressing emotions is not at all good for our psychological or physical health, their overt expression is also not of any real benefit.

The acclaimed Jesuit philosopher and acupuncturist Claude Larre´ wrote that ‘The problem with the way we think about emotions is that we believe serenity is the lack of emotions. This is not the case. Serenity is not being disturbed by emotions.’ (The Seven Emotions – Larre´and de la Vallee)

While you are less likely to develop cancer if you talk about your emotions rather than suppressing them, in terms of escaping the prison of our opinionated mind, it doesn’t help us. There is a line in the Taoist classic, Secret of the Golden Flower that states, ‘Pure thought (attention) is flight – pure emotion is fall.’ Emotions are an aspect of our consciousness. We have three aspects – physical consciousness, emotional consciousness and mental consciousness. When we are open in all these aspects, we are in union with everything. Physical consciousness is the awareness of matter and energy, and mental consciousness is the awareness of perception itself. Emotional consciousness is the awareness of emotion, while the emotions themselves are the unconscious reactive patterns of this aspect. Emotions are like karmic weather patterns that colour our lives. They help us to believe in our individuality, our separateness. Without them, we wouldn’t have the same three dimensional experience. The emotions that we all have are different, as they are the result of our experiences and reactions over many and various lives. If we lived and died in fear many times, that will be our reaction to many circumstances. If we were angry a lot over our perceived mistreatment in past lives, then we will respond with anger to many situations.

A client of mine really put this in perspective for me, many years ago. She came in for a session and said that she was sad. I asked how sad? She told me that she had just walked through Martin Place (one of the main open plazas in Sydney), and had seen a broken umbrella lying there. She told me that the sight of it had made her so sad that she cried. If she had had reactive patterns of anger, this would have made her angry and if she had been fastidiously tidy, she would have just put it in the bin. We all respond to situations depending on our own emotional weather patterns.

Although we try to control our emotions, this is not really possible. Controlling emotions merely represses them and as the emotions are the energy that flows through our whole body, this just represses energy in various ways, leading to illness. Giving vent to our emotions also leads to illnesses, so it leaves us seemingly between a rock and a hard place. How do we get out of the mess? Whenever we are in our thoughts, we are not in our hearts and our thinking patterns are the karmic patterns we have accumulated over lifetimes.

Even when we consider that our thinking makes us happy, the truth is that these thinking patterns will lead us to the same karmic emotional patterns which make us miserable. They are our prisons. When we live in our heads we are unable to pick the happy and exclude the miserable. If we want to get out, we need to be in the emotional consciousness of our hearts and not our heads. We need to learn to be really happy for no reason, because we are interested in how we are, more than how right we are.

The Sufi poet Rumi, penned a verse about this that went, ‘The mouse crawls around the cage, lookingfor an escape. The lion tears the cage asunder.’ The mouse is the mind and for the mind – there is noescape. The lion is the pure awareness of the stillness wisdom mind of the heart. We can escape the cage through the regular practice of meditations such as the Inner Smile, which teach us to live in our emotional consciousness and be happy and contented for no reason whatsoever. Unless we learn to feel and experience ourselves through meditation, we are pawns at the mercy of our merciless emotional patterns.

By Kevin Niv Farrow

Kevin is the Founder and Director of AcuEnergetics® as well as a Master AcuEnergetics® Practitioner and Teacher of AcuEnergetics®. Kevin has practised and studied meditation and the energetic system since 1974. He has taught since 2000 and his published writings, meditation CD’s and teachings have brought him worldwide recognition as a unique and practical meditation teacher and an expert in the field of energy medicine. He currently teaches in Australia, USA, India, Asia and Europe. For more information about Kevin, visit Kevin’s full biography.

The natural way of the heart

By Kevin Niv Farrow and Rochelle Taylor
In his book A Gesture of Balance, the Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku, says ‘When positive or joyous feelings and attitudes pass through each organ and circulate throughout our whole system, our physical and chemical energies are transformed and balanced’. This is the natural way of the heart. Just as the heart circulates bioelectricity and blood, it circulates love, joy and trust, which affect the make up of the tissues. 

Although keeping the heart open and letting love flow is the natural way of life and health, it is often seen as dangerous by some people. They fear that an open heart will leave them open to being hurt. This is a seemingly logical idea but the truth is that although situations and sometimes relationships come and go, keeping the heart shut doesn’t help. It is actually the condition that causes the misery. We are very similar to sea anemones in our reaction to situations we don’t like – one little prod and we close up very quickly. Really, it’s the same as having a handful of tacks in your hand. If you keep your hand open, they don’t hurt and if you close your hand then it begins by being a little prickly and then as you shut it tighter, it really hurts. Keeping our hearts open lets us experience life as it is, through its flows and changes and it also feeds the nutrients of love, trust, understanding and joy to our whole body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart is called ‘The Emperor’, a fairly accurate description of its role in our energetic physiology. Things that affect the Emperor affect the empire and similarly, the things that affect the heart, affect the whole body.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Chinese and the Sufi perceptions of the heart are quite similar. There is a common Sufi saying deriving from the Qur’an that says ‘The heavens and the earth cannot contain me; only the heart of my faithful servant can contain me.’ The Sufi Master Kabir Helminski notes ‘the heart is an intelligence beyond intellect, a knowing that operates at a subconscious level, the only human faculty expansive enough to embrace the infinite qualities of the universe. Intellect can take us so far; it can think about faith, hope, and love, for instance, but it cannot entirely experience these qualities. This is the function of the heart. The heart is the faculty of knowing that can apprehend a qualitative universe.’

The heart is the organ representing the present moment, and this is shown in the heart’s function as both the storage of memory and the connection between our small spirit – our I sense and our higher spirit or our connection to the divine awareness. This connection ensures appropriateness in our social interactions as our small spirit acts with the divine as a guide, ensuring compassion and our understanding in our actions.

The positive aspects of the heart’s energy are beauty, love, forgiveness, compassion, joy, trust, contentment, propriety, insight, wisdom, order and courtesy. Negative aspects are hate, guilt, shock, nervousness, excitement, and craving. Blocking the heart can have wide ranging effects on the body. Anything from feeling unhappy, emotional, anxious and reactive to having pains in the chest, a feeling of heaviness, pins and needles in the hands or arm, cold hands and feet and poor circulation. And those are just the mild symptoms. Blocking the heart can also cause a heart attack, frozen shoulder, depression, heart palpitations and fertility problems. The Ling Shu, an ancient Chinese medical text notes; ‘If there is grief and anxiety, the heart is affected; if the heart is affected the five Zang and the six Fu tremble.’ (Note: The zang and fu are the internal organs). This means that the health of the heart will impact the other organs in the body. So having tension in the heart is not limited to the heart itself and the potential problems that could arise are endless.

Blocking in the heart is very common and there’s a big misconception about the connection between an open or closed heart and being a good person. The truth is, many ‘good’ people are blocked in the heart. Lots of us can be beautiful, kind and generous people and hold tension in our hearts. One of the most common ways we block in our hearts is by not trusting, which blocks the back of our heart. We see this a lot in our clinic and when treating people.

Many people associate a blocked or closed heart with someone being an unkind, selfish or horrible person, but generally speaking that is not the case. Most of the people we see with tension in their hearts are very kind and friendly, who are scared or hurt or who have experienced a trauma of some kind and this is the reason they block their hearts. The good news is we can treat the tension in the heart, restore the flow of bioelectricity and open the heart again.

The heart is an amazing organ and we should take care to nurture it daily. Try starting each day with the Inner Smile heart meditation. This will allow you to gradually start to release any tension in your heart and allow it to return to its natural state – open, flowing and beautiful.

Kevin Niv Farrow and Rochelle Taylor

Get healthy on the inside

Once in a while we look at ourselves in the mirror and realize things don’t look quite like they used to. So we decide to embark on a health regime to get us in shape. Usually this consists of working out in the form of cardio and weights training in order to improve fitness, strength and muscle tone. Now that’s all good and well, but what about your ‘inner health’? And I’m not talking probiotics or metamucil. I’m referring to how you feel in your heart, your stress levels, your emotional stability and the health of your organs, bones, muscles, blood cells and entire energetic system?

If you’re shaking your head and thinking you don’t even know where to begin, let me start by telling you that’s exactly where it starts – in your head. Your mind is what affects the way the energy moves in your body and the energy is in everything. Yes, everything . Have you ever stopped to wonder how you get butterflies in you tummy when you’re nervous?How does simply thinking about something transform itself into a physical feeling in your stomach? The answer is that it occurs through the energy system of your body. Your energy is the life force within you that makes everything work, from your heart and stomach, down to the blood cells and tiny atoms. Without it you would die. It’s as simple as that.

It’s been well known for thousands of years that how we feel and think has a direct effect on the health of our physical body, however for those of you who need some scientific proof, you’ll be happy to hear that there is some. Renowned cell biologist Bruce Lipton has scientific evidence to prove that the biochemical effects of the brain’s functioning show that the cells of our body are affected by our thoughts. “Positive thoughts have a profound effect on behaviour and genes but only when they are in harmony with subconscious programming. Negative thoughts have an equally powerful effect….when we recognise how these positive and negative beliefs control our biology, we can use this knowledge to create lives filled with health and happiness,” says Lipton.This means that it takes more than a few affirmations in the morning to make a positive change in your body. It comes down to how you really feel, your underlying attitudes and the way you hold energy in your body. For example, being controlling, angry and grumpy all the time will have a big impact on your liver and gall bladder. Worrying will imbalance your stomach and if you are scared a lot you will upset your bladder, kidneys and bowel. Being sad and holding onto grief can affect the heart, lungs and your circulation.

This really is the missing link when it comes to people’s confusion around seemingly ‘healthy and fit’ people who suddenly fall ill or have a heart attack out of the blue. The truth is, you can be fit without being healthy. And healthy to me encompasses a balance of healthy body, mind and heart. Because we know that if you are super angry all the time – it doesn’t really matter than you can run a marathon – you will certainly have other problems, and most important of all, you will not be happy.So how can you improve your inner health? If you understand that your physical and emotional health is a direct result of how you think, then you have a good starting point right there. How do you think? Do you get angry easily? Do you always blame others? Do you hold onto issues? Do you worry about unnecessary things? Is your mind out of control? If you experience any of these – and let’s be honest, we all do at times – then a good way to start is by stabilising your mind. When the mind is stable, it is less likely to react or run rampant. The best way to stabilise or still the mind is to meditate. Even if you are terrible to begin with, do it every day for at least 15 minutes and you will definitely start to notice a difference. You start to have some awareness around yourself, how you are and when you are being emotional. This makes it easier to choose to be in your heart and let whatever is bothering you go…

After many years of practice I am happy to report that it does work. I am mostly very happy and content in my heart. Yes I get angry from time to time (just ask my husband), but nothing like I used to and I let things go so much faster. When I experience stress, I recognise it in myself, because I feel it in my body and that is an awareness I never had before. This in itself is usually enough to encourage me to calm down a little. I don’t focus so much on the things I cannot control and worry less about what people think. Having a greater awareness of myself and how I am has given me a great sense of understanding and contentment. Of course I’m always learning and that will continue until the day I die, but for now, I’m happy with how I’m travelling….somewhere in the direction of my enlightened self at the end of the rainbow!I find that when the mind is more stable, the emotions will also be more stable. This will affect your whole energetic system in a positive and healing way. Other things we can do to help are to be more in our hearts, not react with anger so quickly, have patience, let things go easily, forgive and don’t blame others. Also be compassionate and kind. Being consistently open hearted and feeling good in yourself is a sign of good inner health.

Like exercise and what we eat and drink, this is not something you want to do for just a few weeks or months of the year. This is something you need to do all the time consistently – in order to maintain balance in your whole body. And don’t worry, your body will let you know when you’re not doing it right!

By Rochelle Taylor

Rochelle is a mum of two little ones and has always been interested in finding ways to live a happy and healthy life while helping others. She has been meditating for 19 years, since she was introduced to the practice in school and found a passion for healing and energy medicine not long after that. Rochelle enjoys the challenges of life, motherhood, family, work, friends and somehow fitting them all in together. Work-wise Rochelle is an AcuEnergetics® Practitioner, Teacher and is also the General Manager of AcuEnergetics®. She has been practicing AcuEnergetics® since 2005 and is fully qualified to teach AcuEnergetics® Level 1 and AcuEnergetics® Level 2. She is currently a co-teacher for AcuEnergetics® Level 3 and the AcuEnergetics® Practitioner Training.

Laughter as Medicine

Laughter is one of the best medicines around. It opens our hearts, makes us feel good, reduces stress and anxiety and helps the body to heal. Laughter lowers blood pressure, improves the immune system and has been known to assist in what we know only as miraculous cures of illness in the body. It helps you look and feel young and triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer. And what’s more, it’s free. 

According to University of California, Irvine Professor Lee Berk, “If we took what we know about the medical benefits of laughter and bottled it up, it would require FDA approval. Laughter can lower blood pressure, trigger a flood of endorphins – the brain chemicals that can bring on euphoria and decrease pain, and enhances our immune systems. Gamma-interferon, a disease-fighting protein, rises with laughter. So do B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies, and T-cells, which orchestrate our body’s immune response. Laughter lowers the flow of stress hormones, which suppress the immune system, raise blood pressure, and increase the number of platelets, which cause clots and potentially fatal coronary artery blockages.”

This all sounds pretty good to me. Why then, is it that most often, the only ones enjoying the benefits of this laughter medicine are the children? They certainly don’t need to look any younger – they’re kids. Nor do they have stressful jobs or high blood pressure. I guess the question should be, why aren’t we laughing more often? We don’t need a reason. Laughing is fun and it feels great. And when we don’t take everything so seriously, you find that there’s quite a lot to laugh about.
So when was the last time you had a really good belly laugh? You know the kind of laughter I’m talking about, when everything starts to ache, your stomach feels like it’s done 100 ab crunchers, your mouth hurts from smiling so much, tears of joy are streaming down your face and just as you start to pull it together, the smallest sign of something even minutely funny will set you off all over again. I had one of these moments a couple of days ago and it was brilliant. I was already feeling good, but the euphoria I experienced in these outrageous and uncontrollable fits of laughter tingled through my whole body and burst my heart right open. It was fantastic. Days later I still feel the joy in my heart from that moment. It reminded me of being a kid again, of the way as children we throw ourselves into everything wholeheartedly, with such abandon. It was all about feeling – and feeling good.

Did you know that children tend to laugh an average of 400 times a day? Adults on the other hand only laugh an average of 17 times a day and even then I think that’s pushing it. Some adults can’t even seem to crack a smile. I’ve been walking down the street and smiled at a stranger, only to have them react the same as though I’d given them the finger. When did smiling get to be so offensive?

More recently, some friends and I were in a cafe having a great time reliving some funny moments. As our excitement grew and the stories got incredibly hilarious (to us anyway) in unison, we would burst out roaring with laughter. This laughter was surprisingly met with glares from people at nearby tables, which was followed by a brief silence from us, followed by – of course – another uncontrollable burst of laughter. From that experience it might seem as though adults not only don’t smile and laugh as much as kids, they don’t seem to like others doing it either. I don’t actually think this is the case. I have actually seen times when someone laughing would cause the people around them to laugh too, which is wonderful. And it’s almost impossible not to laugh when you see a baby giggling with laughter – it is so beautiful to see the joy bubbling over in children.

If asked, I bet most people would want to smile and laugh more everyday and feel that kind of humour and happiness that they enjoyed as a child. The truth is, they don’t know how, because they’ve forgotten how to be a kid and just have fun. The thing is, most people are just way too serious. They’ve got some idea in their head about what it means to be a ‘grown up’. That usually involves something like having a big job, worrying about what people think, being responsible, controlled and serious. If this sounds like you, it’s time to let go and have some fun.Now the concept of laughter as medicine is not new I know, but it’s something we don’t do nearly enough. You’ve probably heard of those workshops where people sit around laughing for days on end (and that does sound like a sure-fire way to experience some belly laughs) but what about ways to integrate more of your natural laughter and humour into your everyday life? Here’s a few ideas: 

1. Stop being serious. If you do this you’ll realise there are plenty of things every day you can choose to laugh about.
2. Surround yourself with people you enjoy. Friends who make you feel good and laugh are the best. Research showspeople laugh more often in groups of people, so get socialising.

3. Be a bit silly. Remember what it was like to be a child.
4. Enjoy comedy. Watch TV comedies, funny movies, live comedians or share a joke with a friend.

5. Just laugh. Even if there’s nothing to laugh about, try it anyway. You’ll soon be laughing at yourself and that’s always funny.
Rochelle is a mum of two little ones and has always been interested in finding ways to live a happy and healthy life while helping others. She has been meditating for 19 years, since she was introduced to the practice in school and found a passion for healing and energy medicine not long after that. Rochelle enjoys the challenges of life, motherhood, family, work, friends and somehow fitting them all in together. Work-wise Rochelle is an AcuEnergetics® Practitioner, Teacher and is also the General Manager of AcuEnergetics®. She has been practicing AcuEnergetics® since 2005 and is fully qualified to teach AcuEnergetics® Level 1 and AcuEnergetics® Level 2. She is currently a co-teacher for AcuEnergetics® Level 3 and the AcuEnergetics® Practitioner Training.

10 Tips to Getting Happier

Being happy is what life is all about. It doesn’t matter what we do or where we are, if we are not happy, what’s the point? Some people spend their whole lives chasing it, but in truth finding happiness is an inside job and it’s up to each one of us to create it for ourselves. Here are some ways to help along the way…

TIP 10: MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF

Be sure to make time in every day to do something that you enjoy.Even if you are busy you can fit this into your day without much effort.If you love music, try getting ready in the morning to some of yourfavourite artists – this can really lift you up and make you feel great. If you love reading, then make a time to do this for yourself. You need to become a priority in your own life. If you have children then this can be more difficult but it’s even more important. Remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup! So take care of yourself.

TIP 9: BE PRESENT – LIVE IN THE NOW

Have you ever found that when you live in the moment, everything is OK? Even when things don’t go your way, you can get through it. The real problems arise when we live in the past, re-living things that have already happened, or worry about the future and things that might happen. Both of these are useless as they are all in our minds. We can’t change the past, we can only accept it and open our hearts to it so that we can let go and move on. And we can’t control what happens in the future either – we can do our best to live our lives the way we want to, but then we just need to trust and let go. Being present means living in the now. When you are walking down the street, smell the trees, see where you’re going, admire the beauty around you – don’t constantly make lists in your head and comment on everything you see and hear – just be there and experience it. This can be applied to everything we do – exercise, having a cup of tea with a friend and driving home in the car – the more present we are, the better we feel!

TIP 8: DON’T BE SO SERIOUS

Seriousness is a harmful attitude to carry around. Anytime you are ‘serious’, you are contracting in your mind, your energy and your body.Start to take things more lightly, have fun and laugh at yourself. The Indian mystic Osho said, “In any argument, the person who is most serious is wrong.” This is a good one to remember.

TIP 7: GET YOURSELF GROUNDED

When you are grounded you are connected to the earth, stable and solid – your legs feel strong and you feel balanced. Whereas being ungrounded means you can be a bit floaty, clumsy, and all in your head. The more grounded you are, the easier it will be for you to be present, get out of your head, meditate and generally be connected to your life here on earth. If you are quite an ungrounded person, start each morning by sitting on the side of your bed and put you attention in your feet. Really feel them connect to the floor. Then imagine and feel your feet are growing tree roots that go down through the floor and into the earth, travelling many kilometres into the earth’s core. Don’t just imagine – try and feel it as well as this will make it stronger. Do that every day and see how you feel. Also, when you walk, feel how you feel in your legs, hips and feet – this will keep your attention out of your mind and help you to be more grounded. For a real treat, go get a foot massage or ask your partner to give you one!

TIP 6: HELP OTHER PEOPLE

Helping other people is a beautiful thing to do. No matter if you help your next door neighbour, the local homeless shelter or your family and friends, being compassionate and giving to others can really help to make you feel good. Many therapists often say that when they are helping others, they feel so good because they forget all their own problems. Also, seeing someone else in need is often a reminder of how fortunate we are in our life. Gratitude is also a powerful thing.

TIP 5: FEEL, DON’T THINK!

When we think, our minds run rampant and depending on what we think about, any number of emotions could arise. We become like a balloon blowing in the wind and where we end up (emotionally) is anyone’s guess. Many people complain about having overactive minds, but in truth, we are all a bit like this. We need to stop spending so much time in our heads, and spend more time connected to our body. But how do we do that? It’s simple – feel, don’t think. When we truly feel, it’s not possible for us to think. Here lies our salvation!Practically you can try it like this – start by feeling your breath. Really feel your breath as it enters your nose, travels down your windpipe, into your lungs and back out again. Do this for a few minutes and then see if it’s possible to keep all your attention on feeling your breath, while you think about what’s on at the movies, or what you might have for dinner. You soon find out that it’s absolutely not possible.You find yourself flicking between thinking and feeling the breath. For many, this is a great discovery since it shows how we can really get out of our minds. So, the more often you put your attention into feeling, the less you will be in your head. You can use the breath, your heart or any part of your body – just not your mind!

TIP 4: SING FOR YOURSELF

Singing is not just for singers. Everyone can sing, no matter how badly and if you haven’t sung lately then it’s about time you did. Apart from being a fun thing to do in the shower or car or wherever you feel like it, singing has a few practical benefits as well. It opens up the throat centre, so if you are feeling a bit down, this will really make you feel better. It also activates the pranic field of Udhana – which is the energy of Spring – to give you that real bounce in your step. Opening your throat can help to release congested qi associated with anger, humiliation and control. But in general, it just makes you feel really good!

TIP 3: READ INSPIRING BOOKS

Beautiful books and poetry have the power to significantly change how your see yourself and your life, and how you feel. Sometimes there is nothing more powerful than words on a page that jump out at you and help you to see how you have been looking at a particular issue in your life. Exposing yourself to this type of literature is definitely worthwhile. Try flipping through the Sufi mystic Hafiz’s poetry, or the wonderful Rumi or stories by Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu – they are sure to pick you up.

TIP 2: MEDITATE EVERY DAY

Everyone, everywhere would benefit from meditating every day. So start today. It’s as simple as that. It’s easy to be happy from moment to moment but to have happiness and health throughout your life – meditation is an essential. Start with something simple like the Inner Breath (feeling the breath) or the Inner Smile meditation (opening the heart) and do it every day. Don’t worry if it takes you months to start to get the hang of it – it usually does. Be kind to yourself and be consistent.

TOP TIP: LIVE IN YOUR HEART

When you fell in love for the first time – that’s what it felt like to have your heart open. You were living in the feeling of love and that’s what we need to do every day of our lives. It needs to be a conscious decision and you need to make a commitment to yourself to always come back to your heart – no matter what has happened or how you are feeling – you can always choose to come back to your heart. Practise an opening heart meditation like the inner smile every day and regularly connect with your heart throughout the day and ask yourself, am I living in my heart right now?

Live, love and be happy!

By Rochelle Taylor

Anger – what it’s doing to your body

“You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger” Buddha.

If we really understood what getting angry did to our bodies and how much it hurt us, we would take drastic steps to make sure we never got angry again. As a child we learnt pretty fast that when we touched something really hot, it burned and hurt, so we didn’t do it again. The truth is, every time we get angry we are hurting ourselves at such a deep level, that we can’t see it. We might vaguely have some idea about how getting angry or stressed plays a role in the health of the body, but generally people see this as some kind of emotional hurt we are inflicting upon ourselves. While this is partly true, what we can’t see is the physical damage we are doing to ourselves – to our heart, liver and gall bladder, arteries and lungs, as well as our muscles and cells and brain – all from getting angry.All of us know first hand what happens in our bodies when we experience anger, frustration, annoyance, stress or whatever your preferred synonym for anger is. Some people go red in the face, others experience shortness of breath, headaches, tension in the body, tight neck and shoulders, sore or tight throat, increased heart rate and the list goes on. What you might not know is that the symptoms don’t just end there and ongoing behaviour demonstrating symptoms like this can lead to something much more serious than just a headache.

In an article published in the New York Times titled The Lethal Effects of Anger it stated the results of a study in the journal Circulation found men who explode with anger are at greater risk of having a stroke or dying. The study showed that angry men had a 10 percent greater risk of developing a heart flutter called atrial fibrillation, which increases the risk of stroke. Men who unleashed their anger were also 20 percent more likely to have died from any cause during the study.

So how does this happen? As your heart rate increases, you breathe faster and start to get tension in your muscles. Your body senses danger and starts to prepare to protect itself. When you are in survival mode the body anticipates injury and therefore releases chemicals to clot the blood. However due to the fact that there is no ‘real’ danger – the cause of this incident is all in the mind – the clots in the blood don’t have anywhere in particular to go and may flow to the heart or brain resulting in a stroke or heart attack. This is a straight western medicine view on anger and the body, but it doesn’t stop there.

Energetically when we get angry, we often create congestion in the area around our throats and almost always our hearts. This in turn can affect many organs in the body, specifically the liver and gall bladder from its connection to the throat and the lungs, large intestine, small intestine, pericardium and triple heater from the heart congestion.

The liver and gall bladder are the organs typically associated with anger. When the liver and gallbladder are congested a person may experience pain or tenderness in the area of the liver/gall bladder, as well as producing gallstones and problems with digestion and detoxifying the body. Congestion in the liver/gall bladder meridian can show itself in many different forms from inflexibility and headaches to back and hip pain, eye problems and tightness in the neck and shoulders.

However it’s not just these organs that become compromised when anger strikes. Congesting the heart through anger can affect the whole body. In addition to creating chest pains from closing the heart directly, it also affects the breathing via the lung meridian, circulation via the pericardium and triple heater meridians, meaning lack of oxygen to the body and possible damage to cells. People also experience constipation and digestive disorders, as well as other forms of inflammation in the body as a result of getting angry.

All in all it’s pretty conclusive no matter what your background – western medicine, eastern medicine or other alternate therapies – anger harms the body. So what to do about it? Well there are loads of anger management places around but to be honest, I think the best first step towards letting go of your anger is to learn to sit down and still your mind. Everything we get upset and angry about is because of our opinions, attitudes and judgements in our minds – and because our hearts are not really very open. If we can learn to still our minds – and the best way is through daily meditation – then we can avoid getting caught up in all the mind garbage that causes us to think something is right or wrong and react to it. Also, when we make a commitment to opening our hearts every day, then the powerful love energy that resides in the heart will help us to stay feeling good. With your heart wide open you’ll soon find that things that used to bother you just don’t trigger you in the same way anymore. It’s really important that we all realize the damage that anger does to us every time we get even a little frustrated – we need to remember that story about getting burnt as a child and remember that when we start to feel the anger creeping in. None of us are perfect angels and of course there may be times you lose it, but as soon as you realise what you are doing, stop that instant and let it go. No matter what is making you angry, it’s just not worth it. If that’s not enough, remind yourself of blood clots, strokes and heart attacks and that should do the job.

Rochelle is the General Manager of AcuEnergetics®, as well as a Senior AcuEnergetics® Practitioner and Teacher. She has been practicing AcuEnergetics® since 2005 and is fully qualified to teach AcuEnergetics® Level 1 and AcuEnergetics® Level 2. She is currently a co-teacher for AcuEnergetics® Level 3 and the AcuEnergetics® Practitioner Training.

By Rochelle Taylor

Meditation for Beginners: Learn How to Meditate in 5 Easy Steps

Meditation has existed for thousands of years and is a method of allowing the conscious mind to come to a state of stillness and effortlessness. When done properly it helps to free the mind from fixating on worries and negative thoughts and brings a sense of calm, joy and quiet.  

Many people live with constant stress, worry, and can’t seem to find the time to relax. Meditation for just a few minutes each day helps relieve this stress and to improve overall quality of life, including physical aches and pains in the body.

Meditation can be done anywhere, at any time, which means you can unlock that sea of tranquility no matter how chaotic life is around you. This article will cover the basics of meditation for beginners to help you begin your journey to better health, happiness and calm in a few easy steps.

Step One: Commit to meditate every day

If you want to get into meditation, you really need to commit to doing it every day. Even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes, you will notice a big difference if you do it like a morning ritual. Try setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier than usual and wake up, sit up in bed and meditate before you start the day. It’s good to do it first thing so you don’t get busy and forget, but also because when you start to do it properly, you will notice you start the day feeling so much better in yourself when you meditate.

You should probably know that when you start, you’ll be pretty bad at meditating, but be kind to yourself and just keep at it. You might find it comforting to know that everyone is terrible in the beginning, because we are all so used to focusing on our mind and thoughts and it’s hard to break that cycle. But the more you do it, the better you will get at training your attention to be in feeling, rather than thinking.

It often takes at least 6 weeks of meditating every single day to just start to experience the positive feelings associated with meditation – the peaceful feelings, the feeling happy for no reason and relaxation in your whole body – trust that you will experience these benefits if you persist.

And that is the important part – making the commitment to actually sitting down and doing a meditation every day. You will never get better at it unless you practice. The length of the meditation doesn’t matter. The place where you meditate doesn’t matter. The main thing is that you do it!

Step Two: Find Your Comfortable Position

Take a few minutes before you meditate to relax your body and just breathe, as it will help calm your body and your mind.

Finding the most comfortable position to meditate in is crucial to be able to fully relax.

This is because if you are constantly focused on a sore spot, you won’t be able to focus your attention where it needs to be.

Typically, meditation is done while sitting on a cushion on the ground, and in a posture that has you sitting with your back straight. Of course, if that’s not a comfortable position for you, there are several others to try. The whole goal is to provide you the most comfort without having to think about how awkward you’re sitting.

You can use a chair, cross your legs, sit on a meditation bench, or even in bed. Again, all that matters is your comfort, you’re well balanced, and able to relax. It is recommended, though, that you remain in an upright position, so you don’t fall asleep. The pictures and statues of reclining Buddhas indicate a level of attainment rather than a way of meditation. When we lie down, the body is programmed to go to sleep!

Step Three: The Development of Stillness

Although meditation happens by itself when you’re doing nothing, the practice for meditation to occur, is about training our attention. Many people believe they are meditating by sitting and day dreaming every morning for half an hour. This is not the case. They are just day dreaming and while it may give them some rest, it has nothing to do with meditation.

Meditation is about being present, not about being absent. Being in the present is about having a gentle mind and present awareness.

There are so many meditation techniques around, all with varying purposes and results. At AcuEnergetics®, we encourage our students to start with the development of stillness, before moving on to more advanced meditations.

Simple meditations like the Inner Smile and the Inner Breath (enlighten: Vol. 1) work by redirecting our attention from the mind to the body. Attention is like petrol, wherever you direct it, energy will follow. If the attention is chained to the mind, the mind will go spinning forever.

Step Four: The Inner Breath Meditation

This is perhaps the most ancient meditation – The Buddha’s favourite. It is a simple and profound practice of observation of the breath, not from the story mind, but from the feeling and listening sense.

In the beginning of learning the practice of the Inner Breath, it’s best to count the breaths. This is easy. Just notice the breath coming in and out and count one. After one cycle of in and out breathing, count two and so on until you get to ten. Then start counting backwards until you get to one and then go up again and so on. At first our attention will only grasp the beginning of each in and out-breath, but after a while we’ll begin to really feel, listen to and watch the breathing deeply. When this happens, we can let go of the counting.

You should understand that this practice is just about training your attention, so don’t get serious about it. Attention is the one thing we need in everything we do and there is never any specific training for it. When we use our attention, we usually concentrate it instead of relaxing into it. If you watch children playing at the beach building sandcastles, this is the way. Relaxed but involved.

To begin your meditation:

  • Don’t be serious
  • Seriousness and concentration have no place in meditation. Be light, open and relaxed and just see what happens.
  • Let your mind relax
  • Be interested in the breath rather than forcing yourself to do this. The Jewish mystic Jesus said, ‘Unless you are as little children, you cannot enter the Kingdom.’ This is a description of our mind in meditation practice. When we were small children, playing on the beach or in the garden, we were happily, gently and vitally interested in the current pursuit. That was before we learnt effort. Put effort away and be vitally and happily interested. Don’t get serious – being serious merely trains us in being serious and we already know how to do that.
  • Gently become aware of the breath
  • Not by focusing hard on the breath, but by being present in our body and noticing our breath because we are, after all, alive and breathing.
  • Watch with your mind, listen with your ears and feel with your body
  • If you just watch the breath with your mind, you will be easily distracted or just succeed in freezing the mind rather than freeing it. Put your attention on the physical feelings of air movement in and out of the nose and also on listening to the sound of the breath to become more aware.
  • Gradually let your breath become finer until you can’t hear it, but you’re still listening
  • When the breathing is noisy, the mind is noisy. When the breathing is quiet, the mind is quiet. Don’t try and hold the breath to keep it quiet or struggle with it at all. Just gradually let it become a little finer, then a little finer again – until you can’t hear it, but you are still listening. 

Step 5: Meditate anywhere, anytime

There is always noise and distraction around us. So if you are waiting for the perfect time or place to meditate, you’ll be waiting forever. The time to start is now. Don’t be bothered about seeking out quiet spaces or cutting off from outside noises. Anyone can be quiet in a quiet place. Quiet places have nothing to do with meditation and if you try to block things out of your consciousness, then that blocking is really all you are doing. Just allow everything to be as it is and be with the breath.

You can meditate anywhere you like. Maybe in bed when you wake in the morning, or at the park, or on the bus – wherever you are, just be with the breath…and enjoy yourself!

By Kevin Niv Farrow & Rochelle Taylor

Kevin is the Founder and Director of AcuEnergetics® as well as a Master AcuEnergetics® Practitioner and Teacher of AcuEnergetics®. Kevin has practised and studied meditation and the energetic system since 1974. He has taught since 2000 and his published writings, meditation CD’s and teachings have brought him worldwide recognition as a unique and practical meditation teacher and an expert in the field of energy medicine. He currently teaches in Australia, USA, India, Asia and Europe. For more information about Kevin, visit Kevin’s full biography.

Rochelle is the General Manager of AcuEnergetics®, as well as a Senior AcuEnergetics® Practitioner and Teacher. She has been practicing AcuEnergetics® since 2005 and is fully qualified to teach AcuEnergetics® Level 1 and AcuEnergetics® Level 2. She is currently a co-teacher for AcuEnergetics® Level 3 and the AcuEnergetics® Practitioner Training.