End of Term – 5 Ways to Sail through the Summer Holidays

The summer is finally here, and for parents with school children, there’s a long six weeks holiday looming. Many may be feeling relieved at the thought of a break from the rigorous term time routine but for others, this may bring feelings of trepidation about how to juggle childcare, work, daily activities plus how to cope with challenging behaviours that might rear up from children during this time.

Here are 5 simple but effective suggestions to help you sail through the summer: 

1.     Downtime and Stillness  

The end of term is typically accompanied by extremely tired and emotional children so allowing them to rest and recuperate is a crucial element to the start of any holiday period.    Slower mornings and easy days at home, reconnecting with toys, books and games that don’t involve the internet will help children to relax and clear their minds. The popular ‘Children’s Meditation on Stillness’ by Les Flitcroft is a great technique to introduce to them as it gives them a sense of happiness, calms their emotions and helps them to better manage friendships.  

2.     Get Active

Fresh air and physical exercise offer so many benefits to the emotional and mental health of children. Days out will not only help them to discover new places and try new activities, but the fresh air will also help them to unwind and sleep well at night. Days by the seaside are particularly good as they are not only fun, the sea air is extremely therapeutic and enhances feelings of well being. 

3.     Plan and create a new routine

Just because you don’t have the rigorous timelines of a typical school day doesn’t mean you can’t establish a “School Holiday” routine for you and the children – albeit a bit more relaxed. Planning the activities and structure of the day with input from the children will help them to feel empowered and encourage collaboration.  For some children, knowing what’s coming next helps them feel safe including retaining a bedtime routine. 

4.     Boundaries and Praise

It’s all too easy to take a laid back, no rules approach during the summer holidays, however, children still need both boundaries and praise to feel safe and secure whatever the circumstances. You might want to get input from your children, age-dependent, to help set some of those boundaries (e.g. how many ice creams a week) so it’s all clear up front.  And then, of course, be prepared for those boundaries to be pushed, your buttons to be pressed and for emotions to run high when you say ‘no’ but know that your firmness now will pay off in the future.  

5.     Look after yourself

Your own well being is more important than ever when you are out of your normal routine.  Your physical and mental health will have a direct impact on your children and when you are spending so much time together, it’s important that you are feeling good. 

Try to build in some ‘me’ time whether it means getting up earlier than normal to do some meditation, in particular, the Twin Hearts Meditation, which is backed by scientific study and has been found to rapidly reduce stress and anxiety, or by planning in time to exercise. Running, dancing, a yoga class or some other activity you enjoy doing, will help revitalise your system, you’ll be less fatigued and have more energy to keep up with the children. 

Above all else the summer holidays offer a positive and unique opportunity to reconnect with our children after a busy school year, treasure this time with them. 

Mind and Mental Health

Talking Mental Health

How many times does someone ask you how you feel and your reply hides the way you are feeling emotionally?
If you feel low emotionally this will affect your physical wellbeing. What can start with a little stress can lead to a mild headache, which if not addressed can lead to long term migraines which have may need to be medically supervised.
This is just one of many examples of when a physical condition arises from unregulated, unhelpful emotions.

Putting mental health first
Do you prioritise physical ailments over emotional ones even when the underlying emotional condition normally arises first?
Society has come a long way in the last 10 years in raising awareness around psychological and mental health but the stigma which is often associated with them still remains. There is still a way to go. Statistically, men find it harder to talk about how they are feeling emotionally.

To date 1 in 8 men has undisclosed mental health problems. Historically, society has created an unrealistic expectation for men to be emotionally strong and not show or address their feelings. This has had an adverse effect.
In the UK, the prison population is mostly men, with many of these being diagnosed with mental health illnesses.
In 2017, 75% of suicide cases were male. Suicide represents the largest cause of death for men under 50.

Reaching out

Great strides are being made to help both sexes suffering mental ill health. The UK’s Heads Together Campaign, the Mental Health Foundation and Mental Health First aid courses are becoming more widely known as a source of support, signposting people towards solutions.

The Path to Recovery

Like physical illness, mental ill health needs to be addressed as soon as possible so a person can recover quickly, giving them the best chance of having a good life. With medical professionals under pressure and long waiting lists people are choosing to look for other ways to ease their situation.

Pranic Healing can be very beneficial to enhance the speed of recovery both physically and emotionally.

There are protocols to help all manner of conditions. Whilst a person is waiting for a referral and also for those already receiving care as it very much complements orthodox medicine.

As well as the treatment a Pranic therapist will help the patient by equipping them with self  care tools and techniques including specific breathing exercises and meditation practices.

Changing Lives

Changing lives on a daily basis, Pranic Healing is helping to alleviate the fog of mental health. Symptoms are being relieved through an effective system of treatments and self care practices. With such success, many people are taking the courses and learning for themselves how to heal and enhance their lives and the lives of those around them.

5 Stress Busting Techniques to Improve Physical and Mental Health at Work

61% of employees have experienced mental health issues due to work or where work was a related factor.
1 in 4 people will experience some form of mental health issue in a year.
91 million working days are lost due to mental health factors.
1 in 5 people is signed off from work due to stress.
Source: Thriving at Work/Farmer Review of Mental Health and Employees
Source: Seizing the Momentum, Mental Health at Work 2018 Report, Business in the Community

Do you get overwhelmed by your workload?
Do you have days when you feel exhausted despite sitting at your desk all day?
Do you suffer from a stiff neck, painful shoulders, backache?
Do you love your job, do you enjoy what you do?

Times are changing in the workplace, there are many campaigns to raise awareness, encourage dialogue and tackle the stigma around issues affecting employee wellbeing.

Many Companies understand the need to signpost their employees to solutions to enable them to find what works best for them.

The finger is often pointed at stress as one of the underlying reasons for physical and mental health conditions. Understanding more about stress and incorporating stress relieving techniques into your day, will not only leave you feeling more relaxed and happy but will give you more focus and mental clarity to become more patient, tolerant and productive.

It can be helpful to reflect and take time to evaluate what’s going on with your body and mind. By doing so you can begin to make better choices to transform how you feel physically and psychologically. Here are simple techniques that can be helpful.

1)Plan your day

Create time at the start of your day to look at your ‘to do’ list and allocate a time slot to each task. Focus on each task in hand and don’t get distracted by the emails dropping into your inbox. Knowing that you have scheduled in your tasks for the day can reduce your stress levels.

2) Take a break and breathe

Understanding how to incorporate specific breathing techniques into your day to rapidly release stress is vital to wellbeing and gives you a way to instantly feel calmer and more focused. Ideal to do ahead of an important call or meeting. Start with deep abdominal breathing, inhale in, pause, exhale out, pause and repeat for a couple of minutes.
Try it and notice the difference it makes to how you think and feel.

3) Learn to meditate

Meditation is not just about relaxation. Putting time aside to release feelings of stress and anxiety allows you to calm your mind. This, in turn, helps you to plan and make quicker decisions, enabling you to become more productive in the way you work. Scientifically proven, Twin Hearts is an advanced meditation practised in over 126 countries.

4) Power up with exercise

Whether it’s running, dancing, swimming or yoga, finding an activity that works for you will help to release stress energy from your body and clear your mind. In addition incorporating specific exercises into your day such as “Super Brain Yoga” will naturally boost your energy levels.

5) Discover how your mind works

Learn how to declutter your mind of unhelpful thoughts and emotions by attending a
self-development course, discover and experience techniques to empower your thinking. Rid yourself of fears and enhance your drive and motivation to enable you to succeed and achieve personal goals. Find the seminars here.

10 Creative Ways to Declutter your Life

10 Creative Ways to Declutter
Your Life

Clearing out cupboards and drawers?
Streamlining the wardrobe?
Cleaning out the car?
Emptying the loft?

But have you ever thought about de-cluttering your mind?

Our minds are just like computers processing data. This data consists of our thoughts and emotions. Like our attachment to physical clutter, we often hold onto many unnecessary thoughts and emotions.
Sound familiar?
By de-cluttering your mind you can feel less stressed, calmer, relaxed and have the clarity to make better decisions… such as what stays and what goes from the loft.

Here are ten ways to maintain a decluttered life, from the inside-out:
1) Healthy eating – a well-balanced and nutritious diet are important for a healthy body. Incorporate fresh foods, such as fruits and vegetables into your meals as they contain more energy (prana) than cooked and processed foods. Throw out all of the out of date foodstuffs in your cupboards.

2) Exercise – aside from your body releasing ‘feel good’ chemicals, certain types of exercises can expel stress and tension from your system, invigorate your body and give it a boost of energy.

3) Be at one with nature – spend time outdoors and allow your body to absorb revitalising energy from the sun, the air and the ground. 
4) Breathe –try deep abdominal breathing for 2 minutes, pausing after the inhale and again after the exhale to relieve stress and tiredness, the rush of fresh prana into your system will invigorate you.

5) Meditate – scientific research has proven that certain meditations, particularly the Twin Hearts Meditation can help to reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus, improve physical health and enhance overall well-being.

6) Clear your space – whether it’s your house, workplace or even your car when it is clear you become less cluttered in the mind. This allows for a calmer outlook, less distraction and greater focus. 

7) Get organised – schedule and keep a diary to stay on top of commitments. This helps to keep your mind in check so that it doesn’t need to continually think about everything at the same time. Once it’s scheduled for a specific date and time, you can park it until it’s time to action that task.

8) Express gratitude – spend at least five minutes a day thinking of the things you have to be thankful for. If there’s something you did that could have been done better, visualise yourself doing the right thing and move on. Let go and go on living.

9) Be selective – do you notice that some people just seem to drain you of your energy? Find people who are upbeat and positive, they will make you feel uplifted and energised.

10) Forgive, forgive, forgive – a truly priceless way to unchain and de-clutter from the past. By forgiving you become free to move forward in life.

It’s the things that we can’t necessarily see that affect us the most,
by understanding energy, our lives become clearer, lighter and brighter.

Join the many parents, business professionals, sports people and even medical staff, taking the first step to de-clutter and transform their lives.  (http://www.ukpranichealing.co.uk/eventschedule).

A Beginners Guide to Wesak

How do you generate the same amount of energy in one sitting as you would normally do in an entire month?
Learn about Wesak – a unique spiritual event regarded as the most powerful full moon of the year.
Bless Mother Earth and generate tremendous amounts of good karma that can be utilized to bring forth prosperity, joy and happiness into your life.

What is Wesak?

Wesak is a very special annual festival that takes its name from a valley deep in the Himalayas. The Wesak festival is also known as the “Festival of Buddha” or the “Festival of Enlightenment”

Eastern tradition marks the “Festival of Buddha” as the anniversary of the birth, physical death and enlightenment of Lord Buddha whose great teachings of the four noble truths and the eightfold path are shared at this sacred time as a reminder of the impermanence of the physical world we all live in. These priceless teachings are given as a compass to help navigate through life.

“Our life is full of impermanence. We cling to impermanent things: wealth, money, gold, power and human recognition, desires of many forms. They all come and go”.

When does the Wesak Festival take place?

Wesak is celebrated once a year during the full moon of Taurus. This full moon is considered to be the most powerful full moon of the year. It is an amazing time of celebration, a unique and powerful event that gives an opportunity for service, spiritual renewal and self-purification.

What is the legend of the Wesak Festival?

It is said that Great Beings including the Lord Buddha, Lord Christ and Buddha Kuan Yin descend to bless humanity.

“Wesak is the single greatest event on our planet and the one that has the greatest effect upon humanity”- Master Diwal Khul as stated in the Alice Bailey books.

Why is the Wesak Festival a time of cooperation?

Wesak is recognised as a shared holy day of unity that transcends the worlds major religions. An opportunity for people of all faiths and spirituality to come together to meditate as one, creating a channel for the downpouring of divine vitalizing energies to flow through thus creating a tremendous spiritual event that has a powerful purifying effect on both the individual meditating; negative thoughts and emotions are removed, chakras are cleansed, and on humanity as a whole.

The Wesak Festival is a priceless opportunity to participate in a global meditation of service, an amazing chance to shower Mother earth and all of her inhabitants with an immense amount of energy and blessings.

How to prepare for the Wesak Festival ?

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To get the most from this priceless annual event it can be helpful to follow the following guidelines:

  • Daily salt baths
  • Light Vegetarian and fruit diet
  • Daily Meditation on Twin Hearts
  • Daily Recital of the Great Invocation

When and where to experience the Wesak Festival ?

This year the Wesak Festival falls on the 18th May 2019.

Events will be held across the world at this sacred time.

Wesak Lecture & Meditation with
Les Flitcroft

Sat 18th May 2019 7.30pm – 9.30pm Fee: £10
Holiday Inn, Reading South
Open to Pranic Healing Students Only

Overcome Anxiety with Pranic Healing

For most people, standing up in front of a crowd fills them with terror. Even the thought of it can cause the physical body to experience symptoms such as heart palpitations, a feeling of dread or a churning feeling in the stomach.

Many of us experience anxiety at some point and there are different levels of it, ranging from excessive worry about various of issues, panic attacks to social anxiety.
Feeling a little anxious is a natural response to stress. This ‘fight or flight’ response pushes us forward and sparks a drive to do better or work harder.
However, when it severely impacts life, it’s starts becoming an issue.
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year (1) and anxiety in young teenagers is fast becoming a common issue to which the UK government has pledged that every secondary school in the country will be offered Mental Health First Aid training by 2020.

How does anxiety escalate?
Our mind can create numerous scenarios around one event. We have between 20,000- 80,000 thoughts per day. Visualise each thought as a spark of energy.
This then sits in what’s called our energy system, which is in and around our physical body. Scientists call this the ‘bioplasmic body’.
After a time, by repeatedly thinking the same negative thoughts, this ‘mass’ gets bigger so we view life through our past thoughts, emotions and experiences.
Imagine this like a dirty windscreen of a car. Can we see clearly through it?
So with all this ‘anxiety’ energy in our system, what can we do to remove it and how do we overcome the tendency to repeat the same patterns?

You have to understand what the mind is creating and why. Analyse-it! -Les Flitcroft

Remove energy… with energy!

To be happy and have mental clarity, our mind and body need to be clear. But in order to do this, we have to understand how the mind, thoughts and emotions affect our physical body.

The Pranic Healing system uses energy or ‘prana’ to help alleviate the symptoms of conditions of the body, physically and emotionally.

It also teaches various techniques to consistently remove the ‘anxiety energy’ so the mind has nothing to feed on. Therefore our thoughts and perception of reality are more accurate to want is being presented.

The tool kit

There are specific step by step techniques or ‘protocols’ we can use to remove the unhelpful energy of stress and anxiety in the energy body, particular breathing techniques to calm the mind and an ancient meditation called the Meditation on Twin Hearts, which has a ‘flushing effect’, clearing stress and anxiety energy from the system.

All these techniques have been researched, tested and scientifically validated with thousands upon thousands of testimonials of people who have found relief from a wide range of symptoms of anxiety and look at their life from a positive angle with beauty and optimism.
All you need to do is to keep an open mind and the rest will follow.
If you are experiencing anxiety or would like to help someone that is, then the Self Development Level 1 Pranic Healing course can give you a greater understanding of how the mind and body work and the tools and techniques to help.

This two-day course will give you the ability to take all areas of your life to the next level.

Stress Less, Breathe More – from the comfort of your desk

“Hey guys, have you tried abdominal breathing? It can really help with your mood and thoughts, shall we try?”

From this simple conversation, myself and some of my fellow engineers tried it at our desks.

When others wanted to join in, we decided to book a meeting room at lunchtime where we could all experience it. 

Following on from a simple abdominal breathing exercise, more breathing exercises were introduced. Sitting-position, posture and back-ache are hot topics in a corporate engineering office environment and all can be helped using these simple breathing techniques.

The sessions started running every Monday lunchtime for just 10 minutes, still allowing my colleagues to have time to eat their lunch and go for walk.

As time progressed, colleagues wanted to learn more, so I explained the ‘Tibetan Power Breaths’ an ancient set of exercises practiced for their energy generating capability.

The sessions also allowed colleagues to interact with other departments that had never, previously, crossed.

From there, I introduced the nine minute ‘Emerald Waterfall’ Meditation, as some colleagues wanted a time to relax and ‘switch off’ from the busy office environment.

The Monday sessions soon started with a Meditation followed by the Tibetan Power Breaths, so everyone had the option to attend either or both.

Colleagues soon wanted more so a longer relaxation session, on a Thursday lunchtime was introduced and ‘Twin Hearts Meditation’ was enjoyed.

Two years on and now we have weekly drop-in sessions on Mondays and Thursdays.

Staff now have a place to relax, recharge and rejuvenate just a 3 minute walk away from their desks. 

We now have a Corporate Social Network group, allowing colleagues to connect, share and be aware of like-minded people…all this from a simple conversation about breathing.

If you’d like to learn simple techniques you too can do at your desk or with your colleagues to take some of the stress out of your work day, join our local meditation groups

Twin Hearts Meditation

What image comes to your mind when you think of meditation?

I used to picture monks sitting in a temple with burning incense and “Om’s” playing in the background. Not for me.

Or was it a yoga studio full of women in an array of coloured leggings all with their hands together in a prayer pose chanting “Namaste”?  Again, definitely not for me.

If you share a similar image, and are rolling your eyes in agreement, think again.

Celebrities all over the world are practicing meditations – and I’m not talking about only the very eccentric ones.  These include A list Hollywood celebrities, top sports personalities and successful business people like Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Madonna, Steve Jobs and Kobe Bryant to name only a few. And recently it was also revealed that Prince Harry also incorporates meditation into his daily routine!

However, I’m going to focus on a very specific meditation technique.  One developed by Master Choa Kok Sui, the modern founder of Pranic Healing. I was introduced to the Twin Hearts Meditation when I took my first seminar with Tara Mehmet.  And even as a first time meditator, it really blew me away.

I did attempt to try meditation in the past, but with no success. How could someone like me empty my mind and not think? I was born to think and to analyse. It was what I was good at and I built a career out of my logical and methodical brain. So every time I closed my eyes, I would think too hard of trying not to think. I would think of my day and what I needed to remember. I would think incessantly with no hope of stilling the mind.  And so I gave up.

But something was different about the Twin Hearts Meditation.  I followed the soothing voice of Master Choa Kok Sui himself. I imagined my happy events and I even blessed the world. Something was triggering within me and I felt emotional, and to a certain extent, even glimpses of stillness. I learned that meditations in general could help in many areas of life – and this was scientifically proven!  Aside from helping you to relax and quiet your mind, regular practice makes you happier, calmer and more at peace. It also increases focus, memory recall and increases the Gamma Wave activity in your brain – the fastest of the brainwave frequencies and signifies the highest state of focus possible (this is the ‘zone’ that top sports people enter into when they are at their peak performance levels). 

Master Choa Kok Sui specifically developed the Twin Hearts Meditation to flush out the negative thoughts and emotions that congest our body and mind every day. And for most people in today’s hectic society, that’s a lot of negativity to work on. In fact, a medical research study concluded that after 1,000 hours of meditation, the group of meditators had significantly more Gamma brain waves then their non-meditating counterparts, as well as a decreased heart and respiratory rate.

Don’t just read this and listen to my opinion. Put it to the test like I did. After last Christmas, I decided to put myself to a 30-day meditation challenge and did the Meditation on Twin Hearts daily. After a few days I actually looked forward to my 21 minute sessions and wondered why I would ever think I didn’t have the time. Investing in your 21 minutes allows you to re-focus your mind and I actually could think more clearly and therefore became more efficient in my day-to-day jobs. Many of you can probably relate, but I used to feel like I was running around like a headless chicken, and barely had a chance to take breaths in between.  Now I can act ‘slower’ but get things done ‘better’ and in less time than I could previously. 

What do you have to lose? Or actually the question should be, what can you actually gain? 

To read more about the Twin Hearts Meditation, along with a link to the Scientific Research, click here.

My journey from a Sceptic to a Practitioner

Twenty seconds that would change my life, the beginning of a transformation that I wasn’t yet aware of, this is the story of my journey from being a sceptic to becoming a practitioner.

To be honest, I didn’t even know what the two hour seminar was about. I only went along because of a donation from MCKS Charitable Foundation UKto “Rosie’s Rainbow Fund”, a charity for whom I am Trustee and Treasurer.  

Why would any organisation donate a substantial amount of money to a small local charity, without them even having to apply for it? I was sceptical and so needed to find out more.  

The seminar was being run by a local Instructor who began by showing us all a specific breathing technique, to help us to relax, she explained we would then be able to take on information more easily.  She continued with an introduction to energy. I was intrigued as it was a concept that I knew little about, yet found it familiar and fascinating.  She then talked in depth about energy and how it affects us all. In order to validate this point she asked for a volunteer.

I immediately put my hand up hoping I could learn something. I was still a sceptic despite my curiosity, she turned to me and invited me up in front of everyone, she instructed me to close my eyes and to just relax.

I couldn’t see what she was doing, but I sensed she was going reduce my stress energy.  

“Nothing ever works on me”, I muttered to myself silently.  “I’m just one of those people who never…” 

All of a sudden, I felt something happening in the pit of my stomach. This sensation quickly made its way up past my chest and into my throat. I had the urge to cry and didn’t have time to fight it. Something had happened and now I was sobbing uncontrollably.  A couple of minutes later, it was over. I opened my eyes to the many wide-eyed attendees, all probably wondering, as I did, what on earth had happened.

I listened much more intently to the remainder of the seminar, I felt a sense of calm running through me. The next few days I felt an inner silence; one that I had not felt for a very long time.

This seminar was the first day of my journey out of an unspoken dark abyss,

Twenty seconds of treatment had changed my life and sparked me to take the Self Development Level 1 Pranic Healing and become a practitioner myself.  Ten months on I have progressed through the course levels.

Today, I received a thank you from a friend whom I have been treating for “hypertension”, she has been told by her doctor that she can come off of her medication completely.   This I know is just the beginning of the many “miracles” yet to come.  

One day I’ll be able to tell more of my story, but for now I’m just so grateful that I have found Pranic Healing.

Author – AC, Pranic Healing Practitioner

ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE – KNOW YOUR SOUL’S JOURNEY

Part 1

How are you feeling right now?  

Do you have any physical aches and pains?

How are your stress levels?

Your mental health?

Have you ever stopped and thought, ‘what is my body telling me’? 

Removing physical conditions, aches, pains and negative emotional feelings, promoting inner peace and mental clarity are just some of the benefits of learning Pranic Healing – all of which can be done in a two day course.

What sets the Pranic Healing system apart, is that it’s a scientifically validated and meticulously studied method of not only healing but self development in all areas of your life. Healing the physical and emotional states is just the tip of the iceberg.

The techniques learnt are to help your family, friends, and colleagues and, of course, yourself.

Pranic Healing is one of the fastest growing complementary therapies, millions of people across the globe have experienced relief from an ailment or a psychological condition, which ultimately promotes inner peace and therefore mental clarity.

This is the first part of the ‘Know Your Souls Journey’ – Pranic Healing Level 1.

Part 2

When you open your mind to the infinite possibilities of what is achievable and understand that ‘miracles’ are really just the hidden laws of nature, you begin to expand your awareness.

You may start asking question like:

Who am I, and what is my purpose in life?

Why am I here?

If you take away the physical body – what is left behind?

Are you your thoughts?

Are you your emotions?

Answers to these questions and many more are revealed in the second part of the ‘Know Your Soul’s Journey” – Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul.

You’ll learn practices and teachings you can utilise daily to change and enhance your life.  The mediation techniques taught have been designed in a simple and effective manner, enabling you to apply them immediately and easily.

You’ll be shown the universal truths in all religions.  These ground breaking concepts will inspire you to leap to higher levels of what you thought were possible.

You’ll deal with life situations calmly and more effectively and be able to handle more situations at once.  The techniques, when practiced, will take you on a journey of discovery and help you to understand and experience soul realisation.

In this course, developed by the Founder Master Choa Kok Sui, these ancient spiritual teachings are made clear, concise and straight to the point.

Are you ready to challenge your convictions, shift your consciousness and change the way you look at yourself and others? 

Open up to a whole new world of possibilities!

Know Your Soul’s Journey