Category: OffMat Yoga

Face it!

Face it!

Our face is the living road map of our life story. Not only does it reveal the present emotions, feelings, health and care level, but it also has imprinted maps where you have been. Laughing lines can be seen around the mouth, where pure joyful and bliss moments left imprints on the outer corners of our eyes as well. Worry can be seen on our forehead and pain can be seen around the eyes and in between the eyebrows.

Our face impression is what introduces us and our situation to others without even knowing it. If someone is grieving and presents the world with a smile, the sadness can be seen behind the smile by looking at the person’s eyes. Every emotion possible can be expressed only with a face.

So how do we bring mindfulness into our face and our daily routine to care for our face?

Firstly I would say, become aware. Bring awareness into your face as you experience different emotions. We don’t walk around with a mirror to see what our facial expressions looks like, but when we become aware of our face when we feels certain things we start to notice which muscles are automatically linked to certain emotions and feelings. Feel the difference in the muscles your nervous system activates if you laugh at a joke your boss told you but wasn’t funny versus a personal joke between two loved ones that triggers a great memory.

Why is this useful? Sometimes we are overwhelmed with emotion and we don’t really know how we feel or how to translate it. This technique can assist you to figure it out. Do you really have a “resting bitch face” or are there unresolved emotions that manifested in your body that left imprints on your face?

The next question then is, how to care for our face…

It is important to remember that care comes from within and without. So not only the food we eat, amount of water we drink and what facial products we use, but also the inner voice we talk to ourselves with. This is a subject for another article though.

Wash & moisturise mindfully

Whether you are a man or a woman, what is the difference really? Cleaning your face of physical and energetic dirt. As you wash your face be present and mindful that you are washing off any dirt that might have been built up through the day. The water you rinse your face with will rinse any emotional energy with it. We moisturise our face to prevent wrinkles and to make it feel soft and healthy. Again you can bring mindfulness into this action. Instead of doing this and being concerned about your wrinkles, why not create an affirmation and self-love routine to prevent wrinkles more wrinkles. Don’t get the wrong impression that you won’t ever get wrinkles when you start doing this. Wrinkles are a sign that you lived, experienced and loved. Don’t deny yourself that. This can be a way you make peace with the emotions and stories and don’t allow unresolved issues to be a reminder left on your face.

Affirmation ideas:

Wash – I wash away all the emotions and dirt of the day. I clean my face with grace. I cleanse away all the unresolved worries I have no control over. I face all new situations in a clean new way.

Moisturise – When moisturising your face, give yourself some self-love for 2 min while giving yourself a facial massage. And when you get to your eyes, create an infinity sign around in an anti-clockwise rotation so you take your fingers up at the outer edges of your eyes and down the middle of your eyes. Along with saying an affirmation like: My skin is healthy, full of collagen, firm, young looking and free to express myself honestly. I care for myself and my face infinitely.

 

 

 

 

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Mind your teeth

Mind your teeth

Brushing your teeth…

We have been taught from a young age that we should brush our teeth at least twice a day, but have you ever thought about the true significance of the act?

It may mean something different to a lot of people. Most people I asked responded that it is to keep their teeth healthy, their smile and breath fresh. This is a valid reason because our smile and teeth are one of the first impressions we leave with someone. Our teeth is also a reminder of our past. Unlike our skin and other organs that can renew itself, teeth can’t do that without assistance. So every time you look at your teeth you are given a mirror to your past. Whether it be hardship, neglect, drug use or even an accident, the reminder is in your mouth, the place our truth is spoken out of.

I would like to share some interesting information with you about your teeth. They sit on meridian energy centres that connects physical and emotional energy to specific parts in your body. A meridian where energy is free flowing is in a good working condition. When it gets blocked is when pain or illness occurs. There is a teeth meridian chart which can help you identify which organs and emotions are related to what tooth. I hope it will bring mindfulness to the table next time you have a tooth ache.

As I mentioned we speak our truth from our mouth. So the energy of this truth (or lies) travels over our teeth along with the emotions connected to it. Just like food some of these can get stuck. Have you ever found yourself telling the same white lie over and over again with no reason, even if you told yourself you don’t have any reason to and you don’t want to tell it?

 

Cleanse your mouth and teeth from all physical and energetic dirt.

 

Affirmation examples:

As I brush my teeth I cleanse my mouth from physical dirt and bacteria as well as energetically stagnant emotions. I spit out the need to lie for any reason and I smile bright through every season.

 

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Showered with blessings

Showered with blessings

Bringing mindfulness into the shower

We all have different routines after we wake up, so I am going to write about a general routine that some of you might follow. A lot of people take a shower to help them wake up in the morning so let’s have a look at how we can bring mindfulness into our shower routine.

We shower to clean our bodies, but have you ever thought about cleaning your energy body as well? Events, emotions and feelings all carry a frequency and attaches itself to our energy body and it is good to remove old frequencies that no longer serves you to make space for better things. Water is an emotional element, so use this knowledge when you shower. As you wash yourself bring into your mind’s eye how you are washing away all the negative emotions and events as well.

If you believe in Angels you can call upon Arch Angel Gabriel to cleanse the water flowing over you and you can ask him to purify your entire being with the water.

If you are familiar with shower meditations, this is also a very good way to bring mindfulness into the shower.

Just be present. The shower used to be one of the places I loved to think, but I realised that when I tried to conquer the world and find a solution to every problem that arise in my thoughts during that time, I don’t feel refreshed after I took a shower. I would just feel drained and I would shower for longer periods of time searching for more answers and the feeling of refreshment. It was only when I became mindful in the shower and removed the problems from the outside world that I got the best benefit from something as simple as taking a shower.

 

Bless the water as it flows over you. Not only for yourself but that same water running back to mother earth will recycle more love to Mother Gaia and the next person that uses it. Pay it forward. It is done with one small mindfulness act at a time.

Affirmation examples:

I call upon Arch Angel Gabriel to cleanse the water flowing over me. Please poor over me your cup of purity. Wash me clean physically, energetically and emotionally. Wash away anything that is attached to me and no longer serve for my highest good. Shower me with your blessings and let these same blessings flow into the drain to mother earth and everyone else. I am clean, I am pure and I am blessed, always. I thank you for your presence with gratitude and love. Namaste

 

Till next time…

 

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Emerge from sleep

Emerge from sleep

How to bring mindfulness into everything you do. We read everywhere that it is important to be present and to become mindful about the things we do, but how does one do that?

I will share my experiences with you in short blog articles of how I discovered mindfulness in daily activity.

 

Let’s start at the beginning of our day: Waking up.

Majority of people start their day with an alarm. A reminder that pulls you back to the consciousness of reality. To most people it is not a good few seconds to hear that alarm go off. It means you have to get up and go to work or you have to start your day in some way. Why not start your day with a smile? Try to change your alarm from an annoying sound to a loving sound, a reminder that you have been granted another day, another present. Why not choose your favourite song, a mantra or even a recording of inspiring words (podcast) to wake you up and get you motivated (positive affirmation). Some people convinced themselves that they can’t wake up if their alarm tone is not annoying. Just remember that whether you believe it is true or not, you are right!

If happiness is a choice,then choose to be happy from the moment you come into consciousness after roaming the astral world.

If every thought is indeed a prayer and every word a spell, then cast some magic over your day the moment you open those windows. You will start to notice that all 4 sides of your bed will become the right side to get out.

For those peeps that like to snooze (I myself am guilty of this sometimes), try to notice how a changed thought about an alarm and the sound of your alarm can change your snoozing habits. What goes through your mind every time you snooze? Have you ever thought that you could get a few minutes additional deep sleep if you set your alarm later but get up with the first alarm? Every time your alarm is snoozed you dread getting up even more. Is that the prayer (thought) you want to say to set up your day? Wake up with gratefulness instead of bitterness.

A few examples of morning affirmations:

“Every morning I start my life anew. Nothing that I was before determines who I am or who I am becoming. I watch every thought and word without attachment, easily shifting to good-feeling thoughts. I find alignment with ease. I see beauty and perfection in myself and others. I rejoice in creation and trust in the unknown. Everything I need comes to me effortlessly. I am infinitely abundant. I trust and surrender in the flow of life. I use my power, my word and my energy for good. I know that now is the best moment because it’s the only thing that’s real. I release self-importance and see the unity within all things. I am fully present and actively listening. I take my time with everything. I am giving love without condition and receiving love with grace. I know how important and loved I am. I am one of a kind with gifts that cannot be duplicated. I love myself. I love my life and life loves me.” – Angelina Samadhi

“Today is a day of happiness and peace. I am grounded and cantered. I am grateful for my beautiful life that is filled with many blessings. I move through my day with consciousness, grace and love.”

“I have all that I need to make this a great day of my life.”

I am content and happy with my life because I know I am doing my best and it is god enough.

The affirmation can be as long or as short as you wish. Make it your own and change it as often as needed. Change the way you wake up and be ready for the domino effect throughout the day.

 

Watch this space for more daily activities done mindfully.

Till next time…

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