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Published April 14th 2016
Enjoy while learning how to meditate at the Cottage
It is a well-known fact that meditation has many benefits for the emotional and mental health of the mind and body. Thousands of people are now learning to meditate or meditating on a regular basis and achieving results of lessened anxiety, stress and fear, better self-esteem, more confidence, clearer decision making and thought processing. Meditation can also help in raising your energy levels and lowering blood pressure.
On Sunday 10th April, I attended a three-hour jam packed workshop at The Lightworkers Cottage in New Farm, titled "Happiness from the Inside Out". Throughout the morning we jotted our own personal thoughts into our work book and this was ours to take home after the event.
The Lightworkers Cottage, New Farm (Author's Photo)
Workshop presenters Jess and Marlene guided us through a number of topics relating to our thought patterns and how we can easily fall into the negative thinking that we are not good enough or we take on negative remarks from others over the period of our life time. We were challenged to self-assess our thoughts, how we perceive ourselves and what we really want in this life. We were asked to think of something negative and then silently say the words "I am just having a thought". I was amazed at how the first critical thought changed when those few words were used before the self-judgement.
Break-out area for morning tea or thought (Author's photo)
Jess presented the segment on "Gratitude" and how important it was for everyone to be thankful for all that we have in life. Once I started to write down three items I was grateful for, I realised I could easily write more. Jess also explained that we can change what we see in our lives as a chore into a positive gratitude. For example, we may dislike housework and procrastinate each weekend when the chore arrives however, if we change our thought pattern and say to our self that we are grateful for having a home to clean, it certainly does put a completely different perspective on what we have in our lives. Jess' enthusiasm for life and what she is grateful for was very contagious.
A labyrinth of crystals makes a calming centrepiece in the room (Author's photo)
Marlene took us through the meditations during the morning and her voice like pure silk, as well as her calming oration, took us deep within our psyche to a level of bliss and total relaxation. We were encouraged, when doing our meditations in the future, to keep a journal as it is nice to read back on our experiences. We all lead very busy lives, however if you want to receive the best out of meditation it was suggested that we allot a time each day to sit quietly. If you have never meditated before, this could be as short as five minutes and increase over time as your skills develop.
Other topics covered during the morning were "Random Acts of Kindness" and how they affect us and those at the receiving end, "Setting Intentions" and a "Four Week Challenge". A small break and morning tea was provided. I was very energised at the end of the morning.
The Lightworkers Cottage hold a number of different workshops, provide Yoga Classes, Hot Stone & Remedial Massage, Lomi Lomi, Naturopathy, Vibrational and Energy Healing and much more. Times for workshops can be located under Events on the website or you can fill out the contact form provided if you would like to send an email. Notification of upcoming workshops is also displayed on their Facebook page.
On a weekend, there is plenty of parking in Brunswick Street outside the venue and there is extra parking in Adeline Lane behind the building.