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The motivation to start the m+m series was to bring the practice of mindfulness and meditation into the lives of as many people as I can.  I know that this is a fundamental piece of  of my life’s purpose.  Back in 2015 when I started meditating, within just a few days, I began to experience the impact it was having on me. I began to feel more at peace as I focused on my present moment.  I started to consciously stop questioning and regretting my past and feeling anxious about my future.  I slowly started to release the feelings of anger and resentment which I had been stuck with for so long.  I started to stop trying to figure out what the future would look like, and decided to focus on making my present moment the most loving and most purposeful moment.  I not only wanted to focus on bringing this into my everyday for my own personal growth and healing, but also wanted to bring it into the lives of others who were also caught in the web of anger, and pain.  We could heal together and move forward together with purpose. It would become a win-win for both sides.  I by no means have been practicing mindfulness and meditation for years.  One may call me a “newbie”.  However, by no means must anyone be under the misconception that this takes years before you see a difference.  You will start to feel differently pretty quickly.  With the will to change your life, with the desire to grow and heal, this journey will take you to destinations you never imagined.  Change your life, change your thoughts, change your attitude.  Allow meditation to open doors for you that will lift you, guide you and transcend you to your highest potential.  Enjoy the ride.  

Farahana Surya Namaskar

Meditation – what it is, what it isn’t and all the other great stuff in between!

Meditation has often been misunderstood to be a practice associated with a particular cultural or religious group.  I have lost count of the number of times people have said “I don’t meditate, I pray”.  The way I best try to explain it is prayer is our “ask” and meditation is our “listen”.  I think many of us can agree that we know how to “pray” or “ask” but we have difficulty experiencing our prayers answered simply because we don’t know how to listen.  Isn’t that ironic, we have one mouth...

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Make this journey work for you!

The practice of mindfulness is really just that – a practice.   The way I look at it, give yourself the opportunity to explore meditation as if you were looking at a beautiful buffet of food where you have the liberty of “tasting” all that there is to offer.  When it comes to meditation, there is no “right” or “wrong” kind.  Your willingness to simply explore will help guide you to experience the different kinds and decide what kind resonates and fits best with your preference.  It is always a good idea to also do y...

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The past has passed …

Every one of us has a story of the past, probably not just one but several.  Some bring us joy and others bring us deep pain, resentment and regret.  On my journey to discover Self, I have come to realize that my past does not define me.  It has instead taught me many lessons, some that I have learnt in easy ways, others I have learnt the hard way.  Regardless, the past has passed, it is behind us.  I once watched a video by Jason Silva, a television personality , film maker and public speaker.  I loved the way he talked about the past.  Often times, we look at th...

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Inward Journey

The memories of the past are just that, they are simply memories.  They did not end up controlling me, but rather, have helped shape me to become all that I am and all that I am yet to become.  The hurt, anger and resentment that I had held for so long started a journey of evolving and discovering myself.  My experiences have prompted me to ask some important questions, thus, bringing light into a life which I saw as dark and bleek.  Days that were once filled with fear are now behind me.  I face my present moment with conviction, faith and an ongoing growing stre...

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Some tips and breathing exercises – Try this out!

I always tell my clients right off the bat – “don’t have any expectations from your experience”.  When it comes to mindfulness, allowing the experience to flow naturally, without trying to change, control or judge is the key to keep in mind.  Mindfulness is the ability to just be with what is – without judgment, without control, and without expectation.  When we try and over think our experience, or when we begin to tell our self “I think I am doing it wrong, I should not be thinking this … my mind should be quiet …̶...

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Mindfulness for Children

As a mother of a 6 year old boy and a divorced woman, I have experienced first hand, the impact mindfulness has had on my son and myself.  I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as mindfulness two and a half years ago.  I simply realized that I need to heal and I needed to help my son heal.  I had 3 choices; 1) hold on to the past and continue to be angry and resentful about it 2) suffer from anxiety about the unknown future, or 3) find peace in what is, and find a way to be intentional about focusing on the present moment.  To keep myself sane and mental...

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Mindfulness in the work place

On a daily basis, whether we work a 9-5 job or we are business owners/entrepreneurs, we can all agree that work can get stressful and worrisome.  We are trying to get that pay raise, we are trying to get the commission, we are trying to close a deal … whatever it is, we are running the rat race of “doing and making this happen”.  We feel the the work place is one of those places where the doing mode takes over.  Our robotic autopilot mind takes over, the “logical” brain is on over drive and we usually will have a very clear vision of what...

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Simple Tips on Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?  Mindfulness is our awareness of the present moment.  It is our intentional and purposeful awareness of what is without judgment, without trying to change or alter it. 

Simple tools that help us with mindfulness:  Our breath and 5 senses are the simplest tools to begin understanding and practicing mindfulness.  When we use each sense and our breath intentionally and on purpose, we become anchored in the present.   We become observers of the experience without being attached to it, rather just o...

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