I’m back!

I have given myself a little holiday from my blog while I was on holidays from teaching, enjoyed time with my family, time by myself, time to nurture and renew my energy and now I am back teaching and blogging, refreshed and revived by the break.

In 2013 I am excited to be continuing my regular SunYoga classes as well as a couple more yoga retreats at Clearview retreat and who knows what else the New Year will bring?

At the moment I am teaching a series of four early morning classes to a lovely group of students as well as preparing my children and my self for the return to school and after school activities and all that that entails.

New beginnings are always inspiring and it is good to be back posting, teaching and finding a new routine for our family in 2013.

Love and light,

Belinda

xxx

Open mind meditation

I went on a ghost tour last night at the Old Melbourne Gaol. I have always been a believer in ghosts. I know many people are sceptical and want proof but in my own experience I’ve found that when you have an open mind then you are more likely to see and experience things which increase your belief. One of my favorite authors, Terry Pratchett writes about Death in full Grim Reaper form walking through the crowded streets. People don’t see him because they don’t believe in him so their minds fill in the space he takes up with something else. I know the mind can also work the opposite way, you can convince yourself that you are seeing or going to see something and then it will appear to you.

The mind is a marvellous thing and it always pays to keep it open, in regards to ghosts, religion, culture and everything. Closed minds are so limiting so when I find mine seems to be shut to someone elses point of view or a particular situation I like to practice the following meditation to open my mind, hope you like it.

Begin by becoming aware of your thoughts, if you are trying to open your mind to a certain situation it can be the thoughts around that situation but this can be a general practice as well. As each thought arises imagine it as a flower bud, tightly closed and then picture it opening, Our thoughts are influenced by many factors – past experiences, childhood, values, personality, religion, social situation. All of these affect how we respond to things and these initial thoughts are the tightly wrapped buds shaped by those factors. As the flowers open they are exposed to different light, angles, viewpoints so the can blossom into a broader view of the situation. Continue to watch your thought flowers bloom and grow, taking in all aspects of the situation and adding them to your own. Then release your thoughts and think of your mind in the same way – a tightly layered flower bud, each petal wrapped around your centre, one by one let the petals open, allowing your mind to soak up all of the myriad other points of view and experiences. When you feel ready let the petals slowly close again, sealing in this more open and spacious place.

Hope you like the meditation.

Love and light,

Belinda

xxx