A Calm, Quiet Mind

Some suggestions and a meditation I have recorded for calming the mind

We are in our third month of lockdown now and no doubt there are many concerns about how much longer does this go on, what happens when it ends, what are the consequences post lock down for a world that has come to a virtual standstill? Perhaps you are struggling with information overload and simply can’t take any more uncertainty – all the various theories out there – the official and unofficial narratives, the arguing, debates that turn hostile. The best thing to do in this scenario is turn off the news and try not to engage too much with social media!

Or perhaps corona is small in comparison to your personal circumstances that may already have been difficult and you now feel marginalised and overlooked, as you don’t have the right to a voice about your concerns. If this is the case you are not alone. There is so much else going on that has been ignored or swept under the carpet in a corona obsessed world but that does seem to be changing now.

Following are a few simple tips for quietening the mind including, at the foot of this post, the first recording that I have published online! I certainly needed some calming techniques myself this past week to navigate the tech that was time consuming and frustrating but in the end fairly simple in order to do this by myself.

So, what can we do when the mind is overactive with worry, fear, catastrophizing, imaginary conflicts and judgements? The first thing to do is not fight it with more negative self talk, this simply fixes your attention on the issue and adds more stress. Another don’t is to try and cover it up with positive thinking; by attempting this we set ourselves up for feeling like a failure, which of course adds to the distress. Aim to be as kind as possible to yourself, in this way success is more likely. Of course if you have already disciplined the mind to quite a degree it is fairly easy to step from negative to positive but this post is about those times when the struggle to do so is more difficult.

Whenever you catch yourself in mental turmoil then realise that the act of noticing this is a significant step, this is you taking a little step back, be sure to acknowledge yourself for this. This could take the form of, for instance, saying to yourself “I have let my thoughts run away with me again, that’s ok, at least I’m noticing”. This in itself brings a few moments of calm as your subconscious registers the kindness of this. Or you could simply say “stop”, firmly but with affection as if you were disciplining a puppy.

From here decide what is needed; if you are a very long way from even attempting a positive thought, never mind a positive feeling, then focus attention as much as possible on a practical task, such as writing a shopping list or planning dinner, or washing the dishes etc. Another fix in the moment is to slow down, when anxious we speed up so deliberately slow down, perform a task slowly, walk slowly, pause every so often and take a deep breath in and very, very slowly, breath out. Open your mouth and stretch the jaw, don’t close your mouth again, this will prevent the jaw clenching and also slow the thoughts a little.

Another fix in the moment is to focus mindfully on our senses, bring your focus to five things you can see, five things you can hear and then five things you can feel, such as sensations of clothes on your skin, a breeze, the feeling in the body as you breathe etc.

If you have a garden or are near a park then take this further, simply lie down and gaze at the sky, or through the branches of a tree. This is calming not only because of the focus upon nature but the physiological act of bringing your gaze upwards takes you out of the kinesthetic sense and therefore out of some of the emotion which may have been triggered by the thoughts. In the next post I will focus on dealing with emotion and include a short audio walking you through a simple release process. But for now I hope you enjoy the following meditation.

Health, Censorship and Whack-a-Mole

It’s been a long while since I wrote a post, I had a blog several years ago but didn’t keep it up – perhaps I will be more disciplined this time. My intention for several weeks now was to write about general well-being, updates on what’s happening on the planet energetically and how that affects us on all levels. That will of course still be the theme during the corona virus situation; however with the first post I feel moved to address an issue that has been a concern for alternative health practitioners for well over a decade but is now becoming serious.

That issue is freedom of speech and the right to choose what we use regarding our health. This is being rapidly eroded in the light of a virus that – if you don’t follow the mainstream media’s hysterical level of fear mongering – all the scientific facts and data available so far point to it being, yes, a more contagious than usual virus but the same as seasonal flu in it’s level of fatality. There is of course much more could be said about that but it’s being said by people a lot more informed than I am.

What I will write about is the sheer level of censorship going on at the moment; such as videos being taken down that are perfectly sane and very reassuring by working doctors using actual CDC data, a lot of controversial conspiracy theory stuff and even videos promoting peaceful, global meditations just because the powers that be don’t like one of the presenters. However to refer to the somewhat odd title of this post I am actually quite happy to see that for every post being taken down another two or three pop up. When something gets censored millions of people then watch the video on another platform. In fact one online businessman got so angry about this erosion of free speech that he has built his own platform – crowdfunded and within a week had almost a million pounds. People are concerned and want access to the truth. And as Brian Rose, the businessman who set up his own platform, says often “I may not agree with everything (insert any name) says but I will defend to the hilt their right to say it”. I couldn’t agree more.

What was the tipping point for me in this? Well it was last week with the whole Trump and using disinfectant on corona debacle, reported, or misreported/taken out of context, by the news, official online warnings and plastered all over social media.

I watched Trump talking about this, and while I’m no fan of his, all it looked like to me was that here was a man bumbling his way through asking questions about something he’d never heard of and in his usual, somewhat narcissistic, way trying to excuse himself the next day by saying he was being sarcastic. I was intrigued by this enough to look up what he was talking about and what he was being advised about are two legitimate forms of health care that have been in use for at least a 100 years and are perfectly safe, I am of course talking about UV light therapy and MMS (Miracle Mineral Solutions) formula. Not bleach, Lysol, Detol or any of the quite ridiculous claims being made about these approaches.

I don’t know about UV light (I do however know that the action of UV light is described as being disinfecting) but I am extremely familiar with stuff like MMS, before antibiotics MMS was used to treat infectious diseases but being cheap to produce, and being natural cannot be patented, was discarded decades ago in favour of the stuff you can make billions of dollars from. I have used these kind of products, MMS only once I think as I prefer products such as OxyLift and OxyPower, since the 90’s. Since 1995 I have only been on one course of antibiotics, (treated all other infections naturally) that was last year when I got a small spike embedded in my toe when on holiday on a remote Scottish Island, I had nothing on me to treat it with and by the time I got home and saw a doctor several days later, it was infected, the spike was still in there and I just took the antibiotics as I was obviously tired of limping about with an infected foot! I took the antibiotics for only three days, long enough for the thing to work it’s way out and turned to healing the damage with essential oils. It healed very quickly, probably because I was back home and taking my OxyLift!

The point I’m making here is that I’m not dead yet! Brevity aside, MMS is a solution that not only is fit for human consumption but is formulated in a way that enhances cellular health, and to be perfectly clear, is taken in very small amounts.

What does this have to do with corona? Corona seems to be a disease that when serious, affects the health of the lungs and is characterized by a difficulty in the uptake of oxygen, this deficiency is on a cellular level so putting someone on a ventilator not only makes little difference but given the risks associated with these machines may contribute to their death. On the other hand if you improve the cellular uptake of oxygen in the blood the risk of death is greatly decreased. There is plenty of information about these products online – so far – but that is of course being censored. Every single time anyone will now look for MMS they will be frightened off by a warning about it, as if millions of people over the past few decades haven’t died from medical interventions and the side effects of pharmaceuticals…

I will finish with a quote that Luis Pasteur towards the end of his life is supposed to have said “the pathogen is nothing, the terrain is everything”. This is a truth that is widely spoken and written about in so many different ways but seems to have flown out the window in the light of this contagion. Of course we have to observe reasonable hygiene but health is so much more than that. The sheer abundance of information on how to keep ourselves healthy is staggering and well worth implementing. Over the next few weeks I will write about my favourites – without any lecturing!

Stay healthy and stay peaceful