Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cultivating Faith in Yourself

(This article was first published in December 2006 Metta Center Newsletter.)

Coming to have faith in myself has been quite a discovery process for me. It has been, and still is, very enlightening, sometimes frustrating and always very fulfilling.

I have learned to cultivate self-faith in these various ways:

  • Clear the fearful thoughts/perspectives whenever I recognize and feel them. I meditate on the thoughts and release them to Light to transmute the energy, or use EFT, TAT, Reiki or Angel Healing work to shift the thought patterns. I also reframe my thoughts by choosing different and more empowering thoughts.
  • When I find that I am doubting myself, I focus on the various ways I have come through for myself or others in the past. Here, I practice being aware of my self-talk, and change the pattern from being self-critical to self-supportive. When we remember own past resourcefulness, we remind ourselves of the capacity we have but have forgotten (or didn't give ourselves credit for), and we also invites surprising talents and untapped potential to show up in our lives.
  • Be still, listen to the calling of my heart and allow it to lead. This practice was the most challenging one for me for it requires the utmost willingness within me to surrender and embrace the unknown.
  • If I can't get in touch with the powerful faith from within myself for whatever reason, I ask the Angels to fill me with the vibration of faith, and focus my attention on that vibration.
These are just practices and ways that I have found worked well for me. There are many approaches that can help one grow one's faith. If you are ready to develop more faith in yourself, contact me and we can design a mentoring program to suit your needs of healing, growing and learning.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Breathing Meditation 2

This simple breathing meditation is profoundly easy to do, deeply relaxing and can be very transformative.

Breathing is an activity that we do both unconsciously and consciously. Like our heart that beats without our conscious control, our breathing is mostly under the control of our unconscious mind. Unlike our heartbeat that we have no control over, we can influence our breathing to some degree, both the depth and the frequency of the breaths.

To do this simple meditation:
  1. Drink a cup of water. Find a comfortable place where you can be comfortable and undisturbed for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Close your eyes, and either lie down or sit down in a relaxed manner. Your spine must be straight and at-ease.
  3. Allow yourself to breath in gently and softly.
  4. Before you exhale, take in a little more breath. This gently expands your breathing capacity. Each time you practice this expansion process, increase this additional inhalation slightly. Do not force yourself to expand your inhalation instead, invite yourself to do so. Let it be a soft and gradual process.
  5.  Exhale deeply and slowly, like a sigh.
  6. Repeat step 3 to 5 as long as you feel comfortable expanding your inhalation. But don't go to the point of dizziness or discomfort. There is no point of having you collapsing during a meditation.
  7. After a few minutes of this exercise, your mind might wander. Gently bring your attention back to your breathing without judging or admonishing your wandering mind.
  8. As you practice more, you might start to feel tingling or twitches as energy passages are enlarged and energized by your cleansing and powerful breaths. Your body might even vibrate. This is normal.
  9. Without taking your attention away from your breathing, just allow your experience to unfold easily. You might find yourself relaxing deeper and deeper, you might find yourself feeling elated, the possibilities are endless. Or, you might not have any noticeable experience. Let what you experience be. Enjoy each and every breath you take.