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GUIDED LIFE BALANCE SESSIONS

​WE INCLUDE HERE A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO SOME DIFFERENT TYPES OF PRACTICES AND CONTEMPLATIONS THAT YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL.

Relaxation, mindfulness/awareness, breathwork, contemplations and meditation can be fantastic supports in your daily life in order to work towards a life that is filled with more balance - emotionally, physically and mentally.

Here, we provide a small variety of some short introductory sessions.

It is good to be aware that different people will respond to different practices, styles and techniques differently. And this is OK - each person needs to finds a style that works best for them at their current stage in life. When we work with our clients, we work with them to find the best suited relaxation and meditation techniques for them.

All we ask is that you listen to them with an open mind and see what you can learn and and take away from them.

All of these clips have been recorded unscripted and without editing, except for background static/noise as needed. 

If you would like to know more about our full range of our online relaxation, meditation, breathwork, contemplation, and yoga clips and classes, please contact us.

#12: SETTING AN INTENTION (FOR CHANGE)

Whilst Eastern traditions have known the power of positive thinking for thousands of years, recent scientific research -  including that conducted at the Centre for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin (1) - has also shown that we have the capacity to shape our brains in more adaptive and beneficial ways by cultivating healthy habits of mind. 

The setting of a daily intention can be a powerful tool in this process. Here, in this session, we explore the the setting of an intention to help create a more balanced day/week/month/year.

(1) Centre for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin, https://centerhealthyminds.org....

#29: GRATITUDE CONTEMPLATION

Whist  this has been a part of Eastern cultures for many centuries, gratitude exercises and gratitude journalling has over the last 20 years been a focus in psychology research and and counselling as an aid in helping to decrease the effects of such issues as anxiety, depression, and stress.

A recent study of 300 young adults who were suffering low levels of mental health issues showed that "... gratitude writing can be beneficial not just for healthy, well-adjusted individuals, but also for those who struggle with mental health concerns. In fact, it seems, practicing gratitude on top of receiving psychological counselling carries greater benefits than counselling alone, even when that gratitude practice is brief." (1)

(1) Y. Joel Wong, Jesse Owen, Nicole T. Gabana, Joshua W. Brown, Sydney McInnis, Paul Toth & Lynn Gilman (2018) Does gratitude writing improve the mental health of psychotherapy clients? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial, Psychotherapy Research, 28:2, 192-202, DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2016.1169332

#21: BECOMING AWARE OF NEGATIVE, INTERNAL SELF-CHATTER

For most of our lives, many of us may live unaware of how they communicate with themselves - be this verbal self-talk, or through thoughts (non-verbal communication with self). This may also be referred to as our internal dialogue. 

Sometimes we can find that there are certain aspects of our inner dialogue that can in many ways be quite negative - where we may put ourselves down, blame ourselves, criticise ourselves, or compare ourselves to others, which can then affect our self-confidence, and our ability to believe in ourselves and who we are. Negative self-talk can and has been shown to affect people in a number of ways, including being linked to an increased risk of mental health problems. (1)

Recent scientific studies have shown the impact of positive and negative impacts of this inner self talk - with positive thoughts being linked to better mood, better self-esteem, stress management, and a higher sense of wellbeing.

In this contemplation audio, the listener is guided through a contemplation exercise for looking at discovering more about their own internal self chatter. 

(1) Kinderman P, Schwannauer M, Pontin E, Tai S. Psychological Processes Mediate the Impact of Familial Risk, Social Circumstances and Life Events on Mental Health. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(10):e76564. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076564

#26: DEVELOPING UP A STRONGER SENSE OF SELF-WORTH

There are times in our lives when we come away from an event, occurrence, or an interaction with someone and we may be left feeling depleted, unhappy, unsure of ourselves, self-critical, with negative self-talk, and/or not comfortable with how we behaved or reacted. 

This short contemplation offers one method as to how we can use awareness and connection to self in order to be able to facilitate change and strengthen a sense of self-worth.

 

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