Jacqueline // January 31st, 2018
It was the end of my work day, and I needed to rush out the door to make a class. I’d been reconciling a project budget all afternoon, but the figures on the spreadsheet just weren’t adding up. The final budget was due on my boss’ desk the next morning. I felt the pressure rising up within me – I was getting irritated and upset that I couldn’t find the error.
That’s when I noticed that I was in a state of effort and resistance. So, I closed my eyes, sat back in my chair, took a deep breath, and centered myself. I grounded and shifted into a state of flow. I reminded myself that everything can be done from a state of ease or effort. I had been attempting to solve the problem using effort, and clearly it wasn’t working.
I asked myself, what if I tried again from a state of ease and flow? I let a smile grow on my face and I felt the tension leave my body. I opened my eyes and calmly gazed at the spreadsheet. I immediately saw the formula error and corrected it in seconds.
I couldn’t believe it! My own fears of failing had clouded my mind, blocking my ability to see clearly. A simple 1-minute meditation reset and I was operating from a clear place again.
Since then I regularly use a 1-minute meditation as a reset technique along with the powerful question, “What would it be like if this easy?”
Leslie Dickout // December 31st, 2017
Life in North America is designed to be busy. We are expected to fill our time
with work, friends, family, social media, travel, and a host of other activities. I
believed for a long time the fuller my life was, the richer my experience of life
was. And although I have no regrets, I recall the moments when I thought my
life was at its “richest” and still there felt like something was missing, or that I
wasn’t truly happy.
Meditation has allowed me to make room for what was missing…simplicity.
Calm. Presence. Me. Instead of filling my time with more and more, the most
fulfilling thing I do is the same meditation each day that brings me back to my
centre, to my grounding, to that quiet yet alive place that is me. It’s a kind of
fulfillment I have only dreamed of.
Experiencing life from this place has made everything I do throughout my days
that much richer. From taking in the changing leaves on the trees in autumn to
having conversations with loved ones, interactions with colleagues, or time by
myself. Being more present in each moment, and letting that be enough, has
allowed me to feel the true richness of my life.
Krista // November 30th, 2017
A few years into my meditation training, I was telling my meditation teacher about a situation that kept happening with my then-boyfriend. We kept creating the same tense situation over and over again: we would set a time and place to meet he would almost surely be late.
After I told my teacher about it, he pointed out that I couldn’t control my boyfriend (aka The BF), but I can be in charge of my response to these situations. I had been getting upset, feeling let down and letting these feelings ruin the time we had together…because he was late, I was upset and it was his fault!!
My teacher pointed out my penchant for creating situations where I would feel betrayed to ‘prove’ that men weren’t trustworthy. I would get upset, and believe it was their job to make me feel better.
Yup, true. That was painfully familiar.
My teacher told me I could choose to be unbetrayable – I could own my side of every situation, and not blame anything on anyone else. Ever. I was stoked by the challenge.
To remind myself of my new way of being, I went home and made a poster with big font stating: I AM UNBETRAYABLE!
This statement immediately reminded me of the 1990’s song Unbelievable by the British band EMF. Instead of singing the line, You’re unbelievable, Oh!, I would sing, I’m unbetrayable, Oh! Duh, duh, duh duh duh duh duh, so unbetrayable!
With my new melodic, kick-ass, personal mission statement I embarked on a weekend away with The BF. Lots of opportunity to practice my new approach. It was The BF’s job to line up the timing of our ferry travel with the bus schedule, and get us to the town of Tofino on Vancouver Island.
We got to the bus stop…and we realized we missed our connection. I. Could. Feel. My. Body. Starting. To. Freak. Out. Then I sang it…can you hear it? I’m Unbetrayable, Oh!
And I sang and sang it until I started to believe it.
Instead of going down my familiar road of feeling disgruntled, I changed my response. And you know, instead of seeing my BF as bad and wrong, I saw him for the person he was; loving, kind, patient and trying his best.
Thank goodness for spiritual teachers, personal mission statements (especially melodic ones) and the ability to choose how I respond to situations, because my then-BF is now my husband and I am so, so grateful!
Julia W. // October 31st, 2017
Lightwork meditation focuses on awareness of the human energy system to keep your body healthy and Spirit bright. Instead of focusing on watching the breath, you consciously move your energy through your energy channels and energy centres.
You still your thoughts as you move the energy throughout your body, letting go of tension and anxiety. It is an active, engaged form of meditation that can work well for anyone more used to doing rather than being.
Cathy // September 26th, 2017
I am extremely grateful to be on the journey of self-discovery and growth.
Over the summer I was taking stock of my life with some changes in mind. As I did this review, I realized that I live a very textured life. My life is rich in experiences and relationships.
Meditation has helped me get to this place. It has supported me in letting go of fear and limiting thought patterns. I have been able to open my creativity and express myself more clearly, develop more authentic relationships and simply be me.
Julia W. // September 1st, 2017
Needless to say, dating can be anxiety producing.
The smallest thing can trigger nervousness as insecurities come to the surface. Wondering if your comments were misunderstood or if your hair is sticking up. You wish you wouldn’t care what your date thinks about you…but this is super challenging when you are attracted to someone.
Meditation helps me let go of all the critical voices in my head, and reset to a state of calm and love for myself. It relaxes my body and brings a sense of peace.
From this more relaxed, self-referencing state, I can find my sense of humour again, and have a good laugh at the awkwardness and embarrassments that dating someone new can bring.
Krista // July 31st, 2017
Meditation helped me cope with grief.
My brother died when I was 20, and it was a very challenging time in my life. I felt like everything I held onto was crumbling down around me. I felt lost. I didn’t know how to process my sadness.
I had a hard time dealing not only with the loss of my brother, but also the loss of the person I was before he died. I coped with it the best I could, but I had a lot of unresolved grief until I found meditation.
Meditation helped me look at this part of my past head-on, and deal with it step-by-step, so my body wasn’t overwhelmed. I learned meditation techniques to process my profound grief, and the trauma that came with it.
Meditation has helped me understand that grief is a process, and I can take as much time as I need. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve.
In grieving for my brother, I’ve created more peace for myself. I’ve melted away limitations on love, trust and feeling safe. In doing so, I’ve enriched my experience of life.
Cathy // May 30th, 2017
Lightwork meditation teaches you how to focus your energy.
It teaches you how to be aware of when your mind wanders, and you learn techniques that help you to refocus your attention.
It also provides opportunities to change things in your life so that you can live with less confusion, and fewer feelings of being scattered or not on top of your game.
This can affect life’s biggest and smallest things. For example, Lightwork has helped me become more organized simply by seeing that if I changed just a couple things in my daily routine, I would feel less stretched and overwhelmed. Instead of having many things on the go, I learned to bring things to completion as they came up.
With these changes I feel better about myself, more capable and settled.
Julia W. // April 28th, 2017
I’m not a parent as I always thought I would be. At around 35 years old, I realized that in fact I might not have kids. I wasn’t in a relationship, and I was clear I didn’t want to raise kids solo, so I began to have to face the possibility that it might not happen.
Meditation helped me to navigate the immense sadness that arose. I realized that I had really bought into the idea that kids were the key to living a fulfilled life as a woman. If I didn’t have kids, could I even call myself a woman? I was surprised at the intensity and longevity of my emotions about this issue.
But meditation helped me see that I am valid no matter what. Kids or no kids. It makes no difference. Now in my forties, I feel free of that sadness and fully embrace life without kids. Life is rich and full, and its joys are available to everyone.
Julia T. // March 29th, 2017
Learning Lightwork meditation has helped me understand how to manage my energy.
I can do a meditation to be more grounded. And I’ve learned that being grounded affects my perceptions and experiences of life. I feel safer. More present. I’m more effective in whatever I’m doing.
Now I know I can shift my energy by meditating. I’ve become much more conscious of my energy system, so I can assess what needs to happen for me to feel more at ease, more in flow. I can increase my flow of energy by doing a meditation.
Everything in the universe is made up of energy, so learning about how energy works is truly fascinating. It’s helped me understand myself and the world so much more deeply.