Some thoughts push us into dark places, or make us stressed.
Feeling like this for the rest of the day is not set in stone.
It is possible to calm your mind, so negative thoughts take up less space.
Exploring Meditation Week will show you how…
By meditating regularly you re-establish a calmer, more in-control version of yourself.
The starting point for this change begins with having-a-go at using the basics of meditation over the next 7-days. This is when you’ll find out what’s possible for you over the longer term.
Things you might notice during this week are that:
- Sleeping more soundly, getting up in the morning will feel easier and you won’t feel so vague and foggy.
- Feeling more relaxed, it’s easier to slow down and step away from overthinking.
- Sensing your energy rising, moving forward from where you are right now seems a greater possibility than before.
Over the 7-days, find out if meditation is the right solution to begin levelling out your feelings right now
You’ll realise making time for meditation is straightforward when you follow a plan that takes you through meditating three or four times over the next seven days.
Taking a simple 5-minutes of meditation will help you compare how you were feeling before to how you feel afterwards. This could be a sense of being able to pause and take a breath, or perhaps sensing you’re a few degrees lighter in yourself. These sorts of feelings are the foundations for changing how much anxiety and depression have a hold on you.
Healing yourself and finding peace of mind is possible and meditation is one well established way to accomplish that. By following Exploring Meditation Week you’ll feel confident as you meditate and you’ll discover whether you want to continue with meditating in the long term.
The Exploring Meditation Week Programme is where you
Go from not knowing what to do
when your emotions feel like they’re controlling your life
to testing out a tool for your personal toolkit, one that helps you feel more in charge.
- Feel supported as you do this specific type of meditation called The Nine Breaths.
- Be in complete control of your schedule as you get to experience what it feels like before and after meditating. You can then decide how often to fit it into your life over the next 7-days.
- Be supported with daily help and guidance from me explaining how to put this meditation into action, knowing you’re not doing it wrong. No matter what type of meditation experience you find yourself having, it will be the right one for you to have based on where you are right now.
Here are some screen shots from the Nine Breaths Meditation showing how simple and straightforward it is:
Feel comfortable sitting still and able to calm your mind with Nine Breaths
Feeling restlessness, twitchy or trapped, or that your mind is always talking to you and it could never be still or quiet, not even for a minute are very common when you begin meditating.
I’ve got your back with this because the chair-based Nine Breaths Meditation includes simple relaxing and calming movements that flow alongside your breathing.
Because your body and mind are not seperate, the slow movements of your body help the movement of your thoughts to slow down and settle too. Then it becomes easier to feel like you’re doing it – you are meditating!
The Exploring Meditation Programme
You’ll start getting acquainted with the Nine Breaths Meditation by following a Learn-How-to-Do-It video.
Once you feel comfortable with what you’re doing, you can either stick with using video, or change from watching to listening by using the audio version. Plus, you’ll have access to a cheat sheet PDF if all you need are a few written reminders of what to do.
Choose the meditation format you prefer depending on the situation you’re in. You might find one works better for being at work and a different one at home.
It’s not unusual to feel guilty about taking time for yourself and that you ought to be getting on with your list of things to do. Fit meditation in whatever time you have, using either the 5-minute or the 14-minute version.
The 5-minute option is great for when you’re a bit short of time.
- It’s long enough to remind you that relaxing and calming down are an important precursor to changing how you feel. And it’s still long enough for you to see progress when that’s all the time you have.
The 14-minute option allows you more relaxation time.
- The longer meditation allows more time for relaxation, and as a result your mind can relax more deeply. Afterwards thoughts feel like they flow more freely and have more clarity to them.
The 14-minute meditation has extra benefits, so go for this option whenever possible
The increased amount of relaxation and clear-thinking time makes it easier to sense the possibilities of change and act on them. Alternatives suggest can themselves, new ways of feeling and acting , even in the space of a week.
- Eating better, getting to sleep more quickly and sleeping more soundly.
- Feeling pleased and more positive because you’ve been able to help yourself feel better.
- Your creativity juices start to flow so you can see how to solve a problem or get round it, rather than feeling stuck or trapped.
A sample email from the programme
TIP: Give yourself enough time to practice so you get a feel for the rhythm and pace of the meditation process, and begin to feel the micro-shifts towards feeling better.
Knowing what to do each day from the email I send out, you’ll recognise and understand your responses to meditating.
Alongside this information, you’ll have motivational reminders about why you’ve decided to meditate over these 7-days and what you want to know by the end of it.
Even as you’re learning meditation, you’re already seeing the benefits it can have for you:
- Realising you’re a wee bit less stressed than you were.
- Feeling a few degrees brighter and more upbeat.
- Having more confidence you can relax and unwind when you follow the Nine Breaths Meditation process.
When these 7-days are complete, you’ll be able to make the decision about whether or not meditation can help you reduce anxiety and depression, cope better with the difficult things that happen in life and improve how you feel.
Why Exploring Meditation Week could help you decide if meditation is just what you need
Hi, I’m Annya Stoddart, your meditation teacher 😊 and I’d like to tell you why Exploring Meditation Week is important.
I started meditating when I got fed up with feeling either miserable or hacked off for long periods of time, and not being able to shift those strong emotions without doing some extreme levels of exercise first.
Creating these horrible feelings were a number of things, but the primary contributors were my relationships with my parents and my other half.
I’d had a fraught and difficult relationship with my Mum and Dad for decades. But I realised time was moving on quickly. They were getting older and frailer. If I wanted to improve my relationship with them before it was too late, now was the time to take positive action and do something to change it.
As for the relationship between me and my husband, it was getting a bit rocky after 20 years of being together and needed some pro-active work on it, if it was going to last another 20 years.
Fed up with feeling stuck in a cycle of anxiety, anger and depression, whilst exercise helped me out to a degree, I knew needed something else to make it all stop!
The meditation escape route
At this point in my life, I’d already trained as a Yoga Teacher and an Acupuncturist, so understanding the mind-body connection was an essential part of my work.
I remembered that meditation could be an escape route. It could help me take back control of my thoughts and feelings and the negative ways they were affecting me.
Once I’d started meditating, the techniques I learnt gradually enabled me to unwind and feel less tense. As time went on what I learnt about myself and my habitual ways of doing things made me realise I wasn’t helping myself by repeating the same patterns of impatient, irritable behaviour.
This insight or realisation helped me change. It motivated me to use meditation and mindfulness to shrink my percieved problems and difficulties, so they didn’t take over my thoughts any where near as much. Meditation also gave me the the opportunity to plan out new ways of thinking, talking and acting in ways that made me feel good about myself and my life.
I tried the new ways of communicating out with my parents and hubbie, and was chuffed to find it made being with them a whole lot easier. This success encouraged me to continue meditating and use the process to embed these ways of doing things into myself, so they became my new norm.
This calmer, kinder, more patient way of being revolutionised my life so much, I wanted to bring it into other peoples. I wanted them to be able to guide their thoughts and feelings in more optimistic and upbeat directions, and feel healthier and happier as a result.
This is why I went on to become a meditation teacher and have designed this Exploring Meditation Week for you to try.
Am I going to feel an immediate change?
I’ve seen some of my clients who learn how to relax and get into a comfortable meditation zone quickly and easily and other people who spend the 7 days just talking themselves into sitting still or allowing themselves the time to meditate.
This is very much a personal journey, but I’m here for you all the way. The purpose of this Exploring Meditation Week is to know whether or not this is a path you want to commit to vs pursing other options.
Note: This course isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional or healthcare provider if you are seeking medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
What’s included in the Exploring Meditation Week Programme?
You’ll learn how to do the Nine Breaths Meditation using a recorded video. Once you feel comfortable with doing it an audio or a PDF version is available for you to follow if you wish.
There will be a daily email reminding you what to do each day as well as explaining what to look out for and what experiences you may be having.
At the end of the 7- days I’ll explain what you can do next.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are struggling with meditating as the result of doing this course or have any questions about mindfulness meditation you can email me as I really want to help you succeed!
But you should know that due to the nature of the ‘Explore Meditation Week Programme’ it is not refundable under any circumstances. All sales are final and all payments are non-refundable. Regards, Annya Stoddart
How often to I need to meditate during the 7-days?
My recommendation is that you meditate at least 3 or 4 times during the week to really get the maxiumum chance of feeling how it works. In a perfect world you might meditate 5 or 6 times, but I know this isn’t always possible. To make the meditation as easy as possible I’ve recorded a 5-minute and a 14-minute version of the Nine Breaths. If you’re short of time, choose to do the 5-minute version.