Best laid plans...

Crikey, what a week! Just when we though we couldn’t deal with much more intensity, the week delivered in spades.

Last Wednesday I was meant to hold the 3rd meditation session for this month. I woke up and found that we had a power cut, first thing in the morning. Not particularly worried about this, I established that it had been reported and that some of our neighbours were also affected. It was sorted relatively quickly and having kept the fridge and freezer closed, it had no impact being off for an hour in the morning.

I don’t know about you, but I was struggling to sleep in that heat last week. I mean, I’m Welsh, just in case I hadn’t already mentioned that. Simply not built for those sorts of temperatures! So feeling a bit sluggish I got on with the business of the day, some client correspondence, some sorting and clearing at home and then out for some shopping. I should have realised it wasn’t going to be quite as straightforward when I got a static shock off the car parking ticket machine. Ouch, that was quite a build up.

I pick up a message at lunchtime from a dear and trusted friend who was finding that life was putting her through the burn, and needed to get away. We made a plan and she packed her bags and was on her way to me, a good few hours drive but with the intention she would arrive in time for the meditation session at 7:30.

I felt like I was winning when I found a pedestal fan at the reasonable price and pleased with myself, brought it and all the other bits of shopping home. to a power cut. Again. Hardly surprising, we were all in meltdown, so why would the electricity not feel that impact. A bit of running around trying to get it reported, checking in with neighbours, it looked like we had been switched off to effect a proper repair to the one that hadn’t held that morning.

That fan wasn’t going to be much use then. And the food shopping, oh bugger! I decided it was sensible to postpone the class, too many contingencies required. Luckily it did get sorted later that night, not before I managed a meditation for my frazzled chum and I. And it worked, bringing us both into a much cooler, calmer, quieter state. Helping us remember that we are much more than the frustrated and often distracted people in busy and sometimes challenging lives.

I find regular meditation essential now, helping me navigate the ups and downs, helping me through the turmoil and the challenges, because this is life, it happens to us all. Grounding, which I have spoken about previously, is a bit like the earth connection in electrical terms, it stops the shock closing you down and gives the energy somewhere to flow into to make you safe.

Tomorrow will be the last session for this month, and there are still a few places available. If you too have found that you need to switch off the power, get away from the static and simply be the being you are, come and join us. 7:30pm, just £10, time out, reset. Let me know if this speaks to you, it would be lovely to have you here.

I have put some dates in the diary for Wednesdays starting in September, and intend to do 4-week blocks again with a bit of space in between. First round will be 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th September. Do let me know if you want to book in for any of these.

Maybe I’ll see you tomorrow, but if not, give yourself space and more importantly permission to have your own version of time-out, just for you. All power to you, shine on.

Don't just hope for the best...stay connected.

I meant to write this last week, after the second of my meditation classes. In basking in the reflective glory of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, I guided a meditation where we simply allowed ourselves to float out into the cosmos. We could see ourselves as part of the cosmos, amongst the planets and stars. It’s an astonishing thing to be able to let go of your physical presence so much and allow yourself to be part of it all.

We have just cleared a very intense energy period, where the full moon and partial eclipse closed a 2-week window where we may well have found that sleep was very light and/or disturbed. The intensity of that energy was released, simply by allowing the call of the planets to draw us out to them.

Before any meditation or indeed any spiritual practice, I ALWAYS begin with a grounding exercise. Here we imagine we have roots, in the same way as an ancient oak tree has, deep and wide in the earth, keeping us anchored through the storms of life. Many of you will recognise the sense and language of it, I use it with clients regularly to help them become more present.

After enjoying the sense of connection to all that is, out in the light-filled cosmos, I guided us back in, reconnecting us to our roots, that ensured we could come back and be fully present. What a journey, it was beautiful.

Last week I also attended a regular group where we work channeling sound and sending it out as healing energy. It’s essential practice to ground properly before leaving to travel home and this time I failed to do so. What followed was a very real bringing me down to earth moment of falling on top of someone as the tube moved off. I was not only embarrassed, as he had kindly just given me his seat, but sore having jarred my joints and feeling bruised for the rest of the week.

Today, I see 2 dear friends with feet up, in plaster or badly bruised. My sense is the intensity of energy of the last few weeks has us all feeling a bit ungrounded, myself included! I think this week’s meditation might have us anchoring on earth, maybe in a wood! If you have been struggling with the energy, if you are finding it difficult to sleep, or even to be present (feeling distracted or not really with it), come and join us for a meditation that will calm anxieties and thoughts, and then bring you back to a feeling of greater stillness, peace and connection. Don’t just hope it’ll all feel better, come and make it so.

Meditation classes this month. Wednesday July 24th and 31st, 7:30pm - £10, payable in person on the day.

I am going to record a grounding exercise that is simple to follow, needs no previous experience to use. I’ll let you know when it’s available to buy as an MP3 file. Used every day it can quickly make a real difference to how you feel and how you feel more able to deal with life. Get your roots into earth and make like an oak tree!

Make time for meditation – new classes from my new home

My new home in Epsom has enabled me to expand my work and I am delighted that I am now able to offer meditation classes.

These will be guided meditations and are suitable for all – whatever your knowledge or previous experience. To begin, I'm running sessions over four Wednesday evenings next month – 10, 17, 24 and 31 July, 7.30–9pm, £10 per session. As they will be stand-alone sessions, you do not need to be able to attend all of them, and can join us whenever you are able.

Places will be limited, so if you are interested and want to book, please get in touch here which will make sure I don’t miss anyone's response.

I know from my own experiences that it can be a challenge to start meditating. A group setting and guidance can be a great way to begin. If you have any questions, please get in touch.