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 Our First One Week Retreat 

May 11, 2017

We are so looking forward to hosting a one week retreat in Tulum, Mexico in March of 2018. If you feel like your life needs a little fine tuning. Like you can't seem to figure out how to handle stress. Meditation is an amazing tool to help smooth out the edges in your life, this one week retreat will teach you all the tools necessary to implement meditation into your every day life. If you want to have a better life make that commitment today and join us.

Namaste

How to bring meditation into your every day life

August 3, 2017

Which do you find harder: taming your monkey mind in meditation or finding extra time just to sit still every day? Either way, fear not: You can easily access a peaceful state of mind simply by incorporating meditation into your everyday activities.

1. Do That Thing You LOVE to Do

Whether it’s hiking, biking, cooking, or painting, time stands still when we whole-heartedly focus on our favorite activities. Our stream of thoughts, stories, and dramas mysteriously slip away. Immerse yourself in this One Great Thing and pay no attention to those background pings! Afterward, observe your feelings. Calmer? Happier? Congratulations—you just completed a power-of-the-present-moment meditation. It’s that easy.

2. Nurture Yourself in Nature

Life isn’t like a nutritional supplement commercial, with happy people hiking all day. However, you can easily practice meditation almost anytime you step outdoors. As you tune into nature’s simple rhythms, your breath and thoughts slow down to match Mother Nature’s gentle march.

You can transmute tension just by making like your ten-year-old self and contemplating the overhead clouds. Extra credit if you find heart shapes blowing through the skies.

3. Don’t Just Wait, Meditate!

You’re meeting a friend and she’s delayed—again. Instead of killing time tweeting and texting, try a mobile meditation. Yes, there is an app for that! Insert your ear buds, and suddenly you’re immersed in an oh-so-soothing 10-minute practice. Betcha your friend arrives just when you’re done—and that you greet her with a warm hug instead of that “late-again” eye-roll.

4. Drive Time

If stuck in traffic, this probably isn’t the time to “be one with your fellow drivers” and blissfully surrender. You need a peaceful distraction. Try a mantra meditation set to super chill music (I’m a big fan of DJ Drez). Or invent your own, (“I am love, I am light”) and get lost in your words as you roll down the road.

5. Pillow Talk

If you have a wee bit of resistance to rolling out of bed in the morning, you can transform sluggishness into a sublime meditation—plus you get to linger a little longer! Lie still and observe your barely-conscious thoughts. When we bear witness, “I don’t wanna go to work” turns into “I’m noticing struggle—and I’m OK with that.” Bonus points for adding an intention to your day—such as a decision to accept your feelings, or a love offering to friends and family.

6. Eat Your Drop-Dead Favorite Food

Walk your oh-so-spiritual self into the kitchen and scoop up a small serving of ice cream, rice cream, or whatever tickles your ‘buds. I’m going with Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, so work with me:

Fix your focus on lifting this luscious little mound to your lips. Consider the temperature, taste, and sensation as bits of cherry and chocolate slowly slide down your throat. This ancient practice of mindful eating is a revered meditation ritual, as well as an awesome way to express gratitude for our bounty. Namaste, Ben & Jerry!

7. Yoga, Yoga, and More Yoga

Truth: Whether you’re trying to reach your toes or perfecting your handstand, the one reason we do yoga is to reach that super end-of-class climax moment when we drop into savasana for meditation. It’s the physical poses that enable us to access that deep, still space in our mind. No matter the level or lineage you practice, all poses lead to the all-peaceful state of meditation.

The Benefits of Meditation

September 7, 2017

5 Health benefits of meditation

With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.


On a physical level, meditation:

Lowers high blood pressure, lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks, decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems, increases serotonin production that improves mood and behaviour, improves the immune system, increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy


11 Mental Benefits of Meditation

Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. It cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you, whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down. With regular practice of meditation:

Anxiety decreases

Emotional stability improves

Creativity increases

Happiness increases

Intuition develops

Gain clarity and peace of mind

Problems become smaller

Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation

A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration

An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress

The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection

Meditation makes you aware - that your inner attitude determines your happiness.


3 Spiritual benefits of meditation

Meditation doesn’t have a religion and can be practiced by anybody regardless of the faith they follow. Effortless transition from being something to merging with the infinite and recognizing yourself as an inseparable part of the whole cosmos

In a meditative state, you are in a space of vastness, calmness and joy and this is what you emit into the environment, bringing harmony to the Creation/planet.

Meditation can bring about a true personal transformation. As you learn more about yourself, you’ll naturally start discovering more about yourself.

What Meditation Does to your Brain

October 24, 2017

The benefits of meditation are well known.  You get calmer, you can focus better, your stress levels are reduced and you can sleep better.  But the benefits of meditation don't stop there.  This seemingly simple exercise of closing the eyes and turning inwards can actually make lasting physical changes in your body.  Specifically, it can literally change your brain.

The brain like the rest of the body, is growing and developing all the time.  Just like we can train the muscles in our body, we can also train the brain.  Some time ago scientists thought the the brain is what it is after our childhood, but recently the miracles of neurological-plasticity are more known, and there are more and more research results for the ability of the brain to develop and change.  

Grey matter is the part of the brain where the neurons are connecting to each other and this part is activated when we are learning new skills.  When we meditate, we are stimulating growth of new brain cells, which means more grey matter.  As we age, we are naturally losing some of the mass of the grey matter, but meditation is said to slow down the process.

Research has also found that this increase in grey matter forms in the hippocampus, the area of the brain that turns short term memories into long term memories, eg.  helping us to learn and internalize new skills and information.

Meditation affects the pre-frontal cortex of your brain, which is busy making decisions and analyzing life around you.  This part of the brain is responsible for problem solving and regulating emotions and feelings.  

One thing that reduces as we meditate, is the size of the stress centre of the brain, also called the amygdala.  When we are stressing about something, this part of the brain is activated, and the so call fight or flight response is initiated in the body.  With meditation, we can reduce the activity of the amygdala, which means that we don't get overly anxious and stressed about things for no apparent reason.  When we meditate, also the connections between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex get weaker, which means that we get less reactive to stressful stimuli.

What is Mindfulness?

November 28, 2017

There is much misunderstanding about meditation in general, and about mindfulness meditation in particular.  Mindfulness is not aimed at clearing the mind of thoughts.  However, both your body and your mind may become settled and calm when you practice mindfulness.  The more regularly you practice over time, the more likely this will happen.  

Generally speaking, mindfulness is not about pushing yourself to make something happen.  Mindfulness is not aimed at reaching some ideal state of relaxation, or any other state, for that matter.   However, being more relaxed is often one of the first things those new to the practice notice and find helpful.  

Mindfulness is not simply another "breathing" or "relaxation" technique that you use when things get tough.  With mindfulness, you might observe your breathing and note how relaxed or tense your are in any given moment.  But mindfulness is not about controlling anything except where we aim our attention.  

And most importantly mindfulness meditation is about growing and helping us to get in touch with our own wisdom by simply being ourselves, body, heart and mind.  

Research has shown that mindfulness practice increases empathy and compassion toward ourselves and others.  With mindfulness you can bring connection and balance back to your body, heart and mind.  As a result your own wisdom will emerge, this will allow you to see more clearly and understand what it is you need to heal in yourself to have a better life.  

When we are mindful, we can step back from our wish to control, solve, fix and or change whatever is happening that we don't like.  Instead of struggling to change things, we can allow things to be as they are.  

Being mindful is being attentive.  When you are mindful, you are aware of where your attention is moment to moment. Therefore, you are also aware of when you are not paying attention.  In this way, mindfulness helps you stay connected with what you are experiencing in your body, heart and mind right now. 

The Benefits of Meditation for teens

November 28, 2017

As we all know, the teenage years are some of the most stressful and confusing times of our lives. There are so many factors contributing to the way teens feel from their school environment, friendships, family life, to the biological changes going on in their bodies. Learning to manage these stressors and find balance can be extremely difficult, for both teens and parents.


At Love Meditation we believe in using natural alternatives to ease the physical, emotional and biological challenges of the teen years. This is where meditation comes in. It is more than just sitting quietly, it is a development of mindful awareness.

What specific benefits can mediation provide?


Improves concentration. According to studies conducted, meditation can actually improve how quickly and clearly brain cells communicate with one another and can improve how well people perform in busy, noisy environments. This can be a huge benefit for studying, especially at exam time.


Improves immune system. Quietening of the mind, deep breathing and positive visualization which all come with meditation have also been shown to improve the immune system.  One study found that those who mediate shortened their colds by 50% over those who did not meditate.


Reduces stress. This is one of the tenants of mediation and definitely one of the major benefits for teenagers. Even small things seem huge to teenagers and teaching them to let go and focus can be extremely helpful.


Improves cardio health and lowers blood pressure. The Mayo Clinic has compiled extensive research on mediation and found that the calm and mindfulness it supports can actually help to reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardio health.

Improves self-awareness. The self-awareness that is developed through meditation can be very helpful to teenagers. The “Mindful Revolution,” mentioned in this article can help teenagers see themselves as they really are, and not compare themselves to their peers. This is a key factor in building resilience, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Improves self-acceptance. The teenage years are perhaps when this is most difficult. Meditation can help teens to form a closer and healthier connection with themselves which can make accepting oneself much easier. This is turn can lead to a more centered, happier teen.


Improves sleep. Teenagers need sleep and lots of it. However the reality is many teens are staying up later and having more difficulty getting to sleep. The mindfulness and calmness meditation promotes can not only help teenagers to quiet their minds at night, it can also help them to get deeper, more restful sleep when they actually do sleep.

Tulum Retreat

March 3-10, 2018

I hosted my very first week long retreat in Tulum, Mexico this year and I can't say enough how incredible of an experience it was.  I learned so much about myself and what I would like to do going forward.  We stayed at an incredible place www.artiacondos.com .  This condo was close to the beach and town, it was a great location.  The cabs to the beach were inexpensive and the area we stayed in had a few restaurants that were easy to get to by bike.  One of my favourites in the area is Chacabar @chacabartulum the owner is very friendly and the food is great.  Another place we spent time was at Coco Tulum on the beach its truly a magical spot www.cocotulum.com.  If you are looking to spend time in Mexico I highly recommend Tulum.