Just Say Peace – Mindfulness and Wellbeing

Just Say Peace – Mindfulness and Wellbeing

Peace

(pés) . noun
contentment & unity between others
(romans 14:19)

Peace is a word that is immortalised and symbolised in the hearts and the minds of everyone in the world as the white dove, charity, the olive branch, Buddha in Samadhi, the Peace Lily and hands being held. Peace in every language has the power to transform hearts and minds everywhere. 

Repeating the word peace in prayer and mantra – no matter which language you speak has the potential to uplift the spirit and cultivate tranquility in your heart and mind.

Next time you sit to meditate or need a way to relax and reframe your state of mind – why not try repeating the mantra “peace” inside your mind for a few minutes and see what changes?. With time and patience the word peace practiced many times is meant to cultivate good health and mindfulness in everyday.

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing.

It is not intended to replace medical advice.

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.

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Buddha Belly – Kids Activity For Wellbeing

Buddha Belly – Kids Activity For Wellbeing

Buddha’s Belly

We have so many thoughts in a single day, up to 60,000 of them.
What we think impacts how we feel and also how we behave so if you are thinking stinky, negative thoughts you probably don’t feel that great.

Negative thoughts and actions can become a bit of a bad habit and over time, without even realising it we can begin to believe our thoughts are who we are and get stuck with them.

The good news is that breaking the bad thought, bad mood habit is easy and it begins with adding in new ones. You don’t have to try and get rid of bad thoughts, all you need to do is focus on making new ones that are positive and uplifting. And after some time you will see the power words can have in changing your brain and your life.

Try the brain training activity.

Everyday Mindfulness – Activity Chart

Everyday Mindfulness – Activity Chart

Mindfulness Everyday – Activities

In our busy lives we often neglect the simple things that keep our reality harmonious, ground us in nature and cultivate wellbeing. Places that provide sanctuary and stillness have been overcome by our integrated obsession with technology.

Instead of finding time to tune into the natural world, we tune out  into a virtual one. Inside of  our virtual playground our minds are filled to the brim with concepts and images of alternate realities that often appear to be better than our own. The images we see are often hugely exaggerated versions of the truth – whether it be the perfect house, the perfect love affair or a life of endless travel.

In the struggle to make the unreal into real, we fall short  and the enormous expectations we place on ourselves crumble our self- esteem (that is built on the externalised world). We are left feeling lost and disconnected from who we are the truth of the world we live in.

Simple is best.

Simple things really are the best.
There are a plethora of ways to nurture wellbeing, self healing, emotional growth and happiness. Popular tools for mindfulness and wellbeing are of course the regular practice of yoga and meditation, but there are other ways to treat yourself with greater kindness, grow your self – awareness and help you cope with the stress of everyday living.

In the chart below there are simple and effective activities and tools you can use when things seem to fall out of balance for you. These activities are for everyone including kids. They provide ways to reach a deeper awareness of yourself and  your place on planet earth and help you learn who you are from the inside out. Simple mindfulness activities cultivate connections to the natural world and the people in it.

In short – we are a social, spiritual and sensitive species that which requires a place in community, emotional care, regular nourishment from the earth a connection to Mother -Nature, close friends and comfort from loved ones. Maintaining these elements of wellbeing are the easiest ways to balance your internal and external worlds and feel peace and contentment in everyday living.

Namaste xx

Simple is best.

Simple things really are the best.
There are a plethora of ways to nurture wellbeing, self healing, emotional growth and happiness. Popular tools for mindfulness and wellbeing are of course the regular practice of yoga and meditation, but there are other ways to treat yourself with greater kindness, grow your self awareness and help you cope with the stress of everyday living.

In the chart below there are simple and effective activities and tools you can use when things seem to fall out of balance for you. These activities are for everyone including kids. They provide ways to find reach a deeper awareness of your place on planet earth, learn who you are from the inside out and cultivate connections and relationships that provide support and meaning.

In short – we are a social, spiritual and sensitive species which requires a place in community, care and nourishment from the earth and Mother -Nature, close friends and comfort from loved ones and  a healthy, happy environment to live and thrive in.

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing.

It is not intended to replace medical advice.

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.

The views and opinions in the supplied source material, including videos are independent of Horatio’s Jar and platforms content is provided on.

We do not hold responsibility for their accuracy.

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The Tears of Shiva – The Rudraksha Tree

The Tears of Shiva – The Rudraksha Tree

The Tears of Shiva

Yoga is a philosophy and science of the mind, and it’s teaching are tens of thousands of years old. The Vedas are said to be the earliest written spiritual text known to a man still controversy overshadows the authorship and origin. No one source can clarify how old the Vedas are or even who wrote them, thought to have always existed, the speculated age is 12,000 years old.

Woven to the fabric of the worlds oldest living philosophy are stories, allegories, and metaphors in creation of the universe, the values and ethics of humanity and the theory of our origin and our journey to guided emancipation.

Rudraksha – Tears of Shiva

Rudraksha – Tears of Shiva
The name Rudrā is one of 1008 names of the Hindu deity Shiva and the word Akśa means tears in Sanskrit. After 1000 years of meditation, tears began to fall from the eyes of Shiva in compassion for humanity, and the tears became the Rudraksha Tree.

It is said in the Rudraksha Upanishad (an ancient Hindu text that is included in the Vedas, humanities oldest spiritual and philosophical book), that those who wear the Rudraksha close to the skin will absolve their sins.

The Rudrakśha Upaniśhat is one of the 108 scriptures of the Upanishad, (which are the final scriptures of the Vedas), and it says that even uttering the name itself – “Rudraksha” holds pranic and Karmic merit and wearing the beads is akin to wearing the sacred ash, Bhasma.

 

The name Rudrā is one of 1008 names of the Hindu deity Shiva and the word Akśa means tears in Sanskrit. After 1000 years of meditation tears began to fall from the eyes of Shiva in compassion for mankind, the tears became the Rudraksha Tree.

Rudraksha Mala

Rudraksha is the small earth coloured seeds that sometimes resemble an apricot kernel worn on the necks and wrists of practising yogis, spiritualist and fashionistas alike. Wearing a wreath or mala (garland) of beads is popular among western spiritualists. The mala is meant to protect you from bad vibes, balance your karmic debts and enhance your psychic powers.

The beads are strung together into a mala, (wreath) of 108 beads + 1, or 111 +1 depending on your sources. There are some texts that state in the time of Kaliyuga – which is now – 111 beads are worn. (The plus 1 accounts for the guru bead and is not included in the mantra or prayer count). Japamala is the practice of using beads in mantra, meditation and prayer. The user sits quietly and work thumb and middle finger across each bead in a clockwise direction, one mantra for each bead.

Mala can be made of other organic materials that include lava, mineral rocks and semi-precious stones, precious metals, bone, shells, pearl and wood. Different organic compounds compose different resonant frequencies – just like a medical prescription, different compounds suit different needs. But it is the Rudraksha, and Tulsi beads that remain the favourite amongst Sadhus, Yogis, devotees of Shiva and aesthetics.

Not All Beads Created Equal

The Rudraksha plant itself is a very potent healing plant, (Ayurvedic Medicine), the seeds, berries, bark, leaves, and even ash are used to treat inflammatory diseases, measles, dermal problems and skin rashes, mumps, measles, schizophrenia and cancer. There are 360 species of Rudraksha found across Australasia, and 25 are unique to India alone. The different strains appear to have various medicinal properties, as well as a different energetic and spiritual value.

The value of the beads is given based on their Mukhi – the number of individual segments counted inside the seeds. The number influences how the beads work and their spiritual value. The number of Mukhi range from 1 up to 27, 1 being the rarest. Single Mukhi Rudraksha is of the highest importance and is meant to enhance your spiritual development. The warning to someone who wears the single Mukhi is they are likely to renounce all worldly possessions and leave his family within seven days.

Rudraksha beads also have the ability to determine the difference between negative and positive energy and can tell if water has been contaminated and is undrinkable. Sadguru demonstrates this in the online video posted here. There are other mystical qualities that set the Rudraksha beads apart from other types of Mala Beads including the electromagnetic properties of the seeds and the the ayurvedic quality they poses.

For the beads to work, they need to be activated, which means you somehow switch them from inert compounds to active and receptive to the wearer and the mantra they have chosen. It might be the same as when you buy activated grains or Vitamin B12, I think!?.

You can buy activated  Rudraksha mala online or buy them directly from stores, suppliers and even gurus in India (if you go there). I am not too sure how one would know what qualifies for fraudulent or counterfeit beads, I guess only a true Yogi can understand that.

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The Nature of Sound – A Guided Meditation

The Nature of Sound – A Guided Meditation

The Nature of Sound – A Guided Meditation

Duration – 4 min – 10 min

Mother Nature in all her wisdom provides us with everything we need to grow and thrive. The sounds made by the natural world are there to help tune the body to the frequency of the earth, the planets and the stars. A secret symphony that guides our health and wellbeing and leads us to connect with the spirit of who and what we are.

  • Develop your natural ability to self heal by listening mindfully to each and every sound as it is made and then dissipates. Allow your breath to be the invisible tether that keeps you connected to the present moment and to your body.
  • If you get lost come back to the earth where you sit and the beating of your own heart. Follow the songs of the natural world to find a prayer that is unique to you.

Ages 5+

Tips For Your Listening Experience

  • Find a comfortable position where you are not going to be disturbed and play the track from start to finish.
  • Listening with headphones will enhance your experience.

Read More On Natures Wonders Here.

“The relationship medicine men and women have with the natural world has taken millennia to evolve, and it’s a relationship sustained through custom, respect, and balance”… 

We are not responsible for any accident or injury you may incur from practising these activities.
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Kids Mindfulness Activity – Star Breathing

Kids Mindfulness Activity – Star Breathing

Kids Mindfulness Activity – Star Breathing

Kids that breathe deeply think clearly, feel healthier and are happier in their day.
Mindfulness breathing is a beautiful way to relax a busy mind, calm nervous feelings and build mental clarity.
The ‘Star Breathing Chart’ is a great activity to practice when feelings and emotions get a little hairy and thinking is a bit blurry.

Your Star Chart.

Find your ‘Star Chart’ here.
Print it out and stick it to your wall, in your journal or keep it on the fridge door as a reminder to breathe deeply every day.