Meditation

I recently finished reading a book about Kundalini meditation by Kathryn McCusker. I found the book in my local library. I got it because I had been reading a lot of material on the internet about chakras. Chakras are the Hindu belief of spiritual power in the body.

kundalini mediation book

I will do a post about chakras and explain them more fully. But one thing I will say is that yoga features a lot in the book. Sadly I am not flexible enough to attempt it!

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Mindfulness

“Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
This quote is taken from The Little Book of Mindfulness by Tiddy Rowan.

little book of mindfulness

As part of my goals for 2015 I have started to explore mindfulness in greater depth. At the heart of mindfulness is the breath and the ability to concentrate on the breath for a minute. This allows us to slow down and gain a perspective on situations. To be fully present; to concentrate on the here and now. Research has shown that practising mindfulness helps with chronic pain, grief and depression as well as helping people deal with more mundane worries. I have started to practice this daily and it helps me to deal with the day and whatever lies ahead, including my pain issues.

Being Quiet

I’ve been reading a book called “Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain.

I’m part way through the book and it is very interesting. I have always known that I am an introvert, but since reading sections of her book I have come to the conclusion that I’m highly sensitive as well. However not all introverts are highly sensitive and not all highly sensitive people are introverts.
I tend to be the quieter one in my group of college friends, I think a lot and I feel things very deeply. I am also empathetic and very spiritual. My parents say I’m quiet to the point of silence, but I don’t always feel the need to verbalise everything. I enjoy company but I have to take time to process things otherwise I get over-stimulated and frazzled. It is a fascinating book and it gives me some insights into the way I am.

Being quiet doesn’t always mean you don’t want to talk, it just means you take time to think things through.