Meditation Direction

All of us who meditate regularly develop our own little quirks and idiosyncrasies in our practice. I haven’t tested this personal theory but here is an example of one of mine and I would appreciate any comments you might have about your practice.

As I have stated before, I do open eye meditation from the Zen school of Buddhism. That is, I keep my eyes open throughout the meditation and keep my gaze fixed on a single spot in front of me, usually an image in my iPhone meditation timer which I place in front of me. However, most people in our Western communities learn meditation in the traditional method with eyes closed. This choice to use the open eye method is however not one of my individual idiosyncrasies. But it does lead into one that I do have and that is, that I usually like to face east when I have a choice of direction, at least at home.

Why east?

Well, I was amazed when I was made aware of how fast the earth rotates. At the equator, the earth is spinning at about 1,675 kilometres per hour!  That speed decreases, of course, the further north or south you get from the equator but it is still a mind-boggling rate. The direction of rotation means that we are always heading east at 465 metres per second.

So here I am, sitting perfectly still in meditation, on my cushion, eyes gazing fixedly at a point in front of me, and for the 20 minutes that I sit there in that fixed position, I have traveled 558 kilometres toward the east! And I don’t feel I have moved even one centimetre!

When I realised that I was heading east regardless of how still I was sitting I thought, what does that represent? East seems to me to represent the future, what is coming and that is the direction I am heading anyway. Conversely, if I was to face west then I would be continually looking at the past, out the back window as it were of the vehicle in which I ride. Personally, I would rather look forward to the future with eagerness than to the past with regrets.

This choice of facing east,  however, presented me with a little dilemma recently when I needed to change the location within our house to meditate. If I was to face east in this new location I would be looking at my own reflection in the mirrors on the wardrobe doors.  Comfortable as I may be with my own image I did think it might be a little distracting. I am not a perfect meditator yet, it is called practice after all.

So not west then, how about the median way, north or south? North toward the sun traversing the sky, for us in the southern hemisphere at least? Perfect I thought because north could represent the now, the exact moment I am in at any point in the course of the meditation, and the moment we are all striving to live a mindful life in. So north it is, or at least till I can start facing east in comfort again.

What meditation quirks do you have?


EFT Training Sydney September 2012

Jenny Johnston, EFT Universe Trainer, is coming to Sydney in September 2012 to conduct a number of EFT training workshops.

Jenny Johnston is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Emotional Freedom Techniques Trainer with EFT Universe, Occupational Therapist and Past Life Regression Therapist.

Based in Melbourne, Jenny is now bringing her expertise and EFT Universe Workshops to Sydney.

  • Realise the link between body and mind and how to use it for healing
  • Learn the latest energy technique and gain freedom over your emotions and your self-sabotaging patterns.
  • Have control over patterns involving weight and food cravings.
  • Learn how to control panic attacks, anxiety, phobias.
  • Be surprised at how much of your own hidden subconscious and energetic barriers are dissolved during these workshops.

EFT Universe Level 1 – September 22 & 23. 9am – 5pm.

EFT Universe Level 2 – September 24 & 25 and September 29 & 30. 9am – 5pm.

Early bird special  – $325 each level ($100 deposit due by July 31st) Normal price -$350 each level.

Location:  The Centre, 14 Frances St, Randwick

Bookings: Phone Jenny on 0405 147 265 or email to  jenny@jennyjohnston.com.au

Website: www.jennyjohnston.com.au



Acupoint Detox

Acupressure and acupuncture are ancient Chinese healing modalities. Both use the same points along meridians in the body to effect change and allow the body to heal. Acupressure gets the same results as acupuncture and is, of course, non-invasive as there are no needles involved, simply the use of touch. Acupressure is an extremely effective way to balance your body’s energy. It is a simple yet complex process and is used to not only strengthen the body’s natural healing ability but just as importantly, to detox the entire body.  This is the main way that I use acupressure in my clinic in a technique known as acupoint detox.

Acupressure is an extremely effective way to balance your body’s energy. It is a simple yet complex process and is used to not only strengthen the body’s natural healing ability but just as importantly, to detox the entire body.  This is the main way that I use acupressure in my clinic in a technique known as acupoint detox.

Detoxing and cleansing the body on a very deep cellular level is vital to health. The commercial ‘liver detox’ or the ‘bowel cleanse’  products you can purchase in the shops are limited in how they cleanse the body. They can be over-aggressive in how they perform and are working only on a single targeted area. When you experience an acupoint detox treatment, your whole body is activated and will gently release toxins over a period of time.


EFT

EFT is a technique that can help you on your journey towards emotional freedom and physical healing. Let me explain…..

We all want to be happy and have good health. We all want to be successful and to have our children lead a healthy and successful life. We all live our lives, striving towards these basic goals. This is where EFT is amazingly useful.

EFT is a technique that combines energy, body and mind connection to promote healing. Using meridian points that the Chinese have used for thousands of years, and tuning into an issue or physical illness or pain, EFT can help to break down the energetic blocks that keep your body systems from performing optimally.

EFT is a very effective technique. It is easy to learn and becomes a very powerful self-help tool that you can have at your fingertips to use anywhere, anytime.


Food! Diet! Nutrition!

So much information available, so many diets, so many fads, so much media cover that our heads spin. One expert says certain foods are good for us, another will say the opposite. It can be confusing to say the least!

Eating well and consuming the foods that are right for your body and your lifestyle is what I strive to find for you. We are all different, our lifestyles are different, our genetic makeup is different, our basic needs are unique to us. The foods we need, the diet that is right for each one of us is unique. By consuming foods that are just right for your body, you can play an active role in the future of your heath and wellbeing.

The premise from which I practice is simple. I believe that every substance that goes into or onto your body becomes a part of you, an integral part of you, which affects your health and your wellbeing, and very definitely  has an effect on your mental and physical capabilities. To have control of your health  and wellbeing you need to control what you put into your body.

When you are consuming foods that are not synergistic with your body requirements, you will find that you aren’t as healthy as you would like to be,  or that your moods are a little erratic, or that you can’t concentrate as well as you would like to. Your entire health and your sense of wellbeing can be below par. Simply because you may be consuming foods that don’t suit your body needs. It can be that simple!

Eating well and eating for a healthy body is not about having a list of strict dietary limitations. It is about looking at your health at this moment, and getting a balanced approach to how, when and what you eat. What foods are right for you?  What nutrients do you need right now?

To have you feeling great, maintaining good health, mentally having a great outlook on life and a mind that is alert and calm, is my goal in working with you. It is what you can have when your food intake is tailored for your specific needs.

Eating is one of life’s great pleasures. Let’s make it work for you, so that you can get the very best out of every mouthful of food that finds it’s way into your body!


Herbal Medicine

Since the beginning of recorded history herbs have been cited by the ancients, and have been used in many ways to heal the body. Herbal medicine is still one of the most widely practiced forms of health care practiced today, with over 80% of the world’s population using herbs to treat illness and to improve health and wellbeing.

Herbs are a natural choice in health care, as they have synergistic and therapeutic properties which are beneficial in both acute and chronic illness. Herbs are particularly suited to the treatment of chronic conditions to support the body’s own ability to heal.

Many plants have been used as medicine for centuries in most cultures. As far back as 3,000BC in ancient Chinese recordings and Egyptian papyrus recordings, herbs have been used to heal. We can grow many of the medicinal plants ourselves and can use them in food, as herbal teas or make them into herbal tinctures.

Depending on the herb, some or all parts of the plant can be used. The flower, the leaves, the bark, the seeds, the berries or the roots.

As the demand for natural herbal remedies has increased, so has the cultivation of herbs. Now we have many farmers growing herbs commercially.

Herbs work to restore the body’s ability to regulate and heal, to prevent illness and to treat a disease process in the body. Any illness or imbalance can be helped by taking herbal remedies. You really can optimise your health with herbal remedies.