I've rediscovered one of my favorite meditations. Walking Meditation.
Just like any type of meditation, walking meditation can be incredibly rewarding. When you practice walking meditation, you're connecting with your body and the earth at the same time.
Here are a couple of key points and ideas for your walking meditation...
You can count how many steps are you taking with each breath.
Walk and breathe in such a way that you can connect with your body deeply.
Connecting with your breath, the planet, keeping it as simple as possible.
Remember - this isn't a power walk. You're not trying to get from “point A to point B” type of activity.
Walking meditation shouldn't be work. It's nice and pleasant, especially in the early morning when the air is still very fresh.
Take notice of your...
Shielding is a quick way to protect yourself. Many empaths and sensitive people rely on it to block out toxic energy while allowing the free flow of positivity.
Use this technique on a regular basis. The minute you’re uncomfortable with a person, place, or situation, put up your shield. Use it in traffic, at work, a crowded restaurant, at a party if you’re talking to an energy vampire, or in a packed doctor’s waiting room.
This technique is useful in any situation.
I usually have them somewhere on my body - as a bracelet, necklace, sometimes I wear ALL of my mala beads. I use these as reminders that I can always stop and take a deep breath, and find the stillness and silence that rests within.
Rolling the beads through your fingers is a physical way to direct your energy and attention. It’s a gentle reminder every few seconds to reground and refocus.
How do I use them for meditation? I use the beads as a replacement for an electronic timer. Depending on the mantra I'm using, it generally takes around 13-18 minutes to go through one round of mala beads. I often only use the breath while meditating and move to the next bead on each exhale.
The only thing I need to concentrate on is my breath. My mind is anchored on the breath or the mantra.
But, we keep on working. We all have todo lists, priorities, projects, and commitments. We keep working, thinking that we can dig ourselves out of this chaos by more work.
Why do we do this?
Society says, “tough it out”. Society rewards this behavior.
We celebrate overachievers who ignore their body signals.
This is incredibly harmful to HSP and Empaths.
We need ample downtime, quiet, and rest to thrive.
Fatigue is your voice of wisdom. It’s your body and your energy level telling you something. This is called listening to your body!
Take one compassionate action (baby step) for yourself.
I've always loved plants. When I was little, I'd spend time with my Mema. She had a small back yard but had space where she would grow corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, and squash. She always had a plant or two that she was excited about. Those were some of the best memories. Now that I look back, she was probably an Earth Empath, too.
Earth empaths are deeply connected with the planet and its natural powers. We connect with seasons, weather, plants, trees, ocean tides, and can sense the earth's changes in the weather. We feel grounded in nature and can feel the energy of some of the shifts that happen.
As an Earth Empath, there’s something so wonderful about knowing how to make things grow. I've been known to randomly throw out seeds in the flower bed, bury an avocado seed (or two), just to see what would happen. Well, guess what? I have 2 very strong baby avocado trees growing on my back porch. A few years ago, my husband...
It may seem as if the emotions of others are contagious for emotional empaths.
What’s going on here?
This can be related to the mirror neuron system. Researchers found that a specific group of brain cells may be responsible for the ability to show and feel compassion. Emotional empaths appear to have hyper-responsive mirror neurons, which allows them to deeply understand and resonate with other people's feelings and emotions.
Do you deeply feel the emotions of others?
Congratulations, EMPATHS!! You have a strong set of mirror neurons!
This is your SUPERPOWER!
What I've found is that the information is there, but we sometimes don't understand how to use our gifts or balance all of this information with responsibility. I've seen everything from breaking out of old patterns to using the information of being an empath as a license to drop further into victimhood and isolation.
Well, I’d love to make it real simple for ya, tell you a little story, and let you decide for yourself. Mantra really just means mind-vehicle.
What does the mantra do?
The sound (the mantra) becomes the vehicle that allows us to experience oneness.
It concentrates all the stuff that already exists within you and mantras are a great way of finding that stillness and silence.
Do I personally use a mantra while meditation? I sure do! I have a personal mantra that I use on a daily basis. I also have the privilege of giving mantras to my students based on the name of the light from the star that the moon saw when they were born. It’s almost magical.
If you’re still doubting whether you should use a mantra during meditation, this might change your mind. In Paths to God,...