Removing Obstacles

In last night’s yoga class, at the start we started with Ganesha mudra – this is offered in order to lift the spirits and to also help you keep going, even when life gets a little challenging around the edges.

(It’s also great for the chest muscles, shoulders and arms too!)


See the video below to get an idea…



We all have things happen to us in life…from getting up late, missing the train, car accidents, divorce, abuse and so on. Whilst upsetting and life changing at times, over time, we have the choice of how to relate to them. Do we continue to see these elements as obstacles in our lives, or can we perhaps view them as stepping stones – things we can learn from?


In the scheme of things, getting up late simply serves as a reminder that we clearly needed the sleep. Are we pushing ourselves too hard? Would it be prudent to pull back from some of the commitments we may have in life in order to be able to slow down and maybe manage our body’s needs a little better?


Car accidents – well, irrespective of how careful a driver we may be, they happen. Insurance whilst expensive, is there for a reason. It helps soften the edges of what would otherwise be a a very expensive experience and also helps cover the costs of any ongoing care we may need as a result.


And so it goes on…obstacles, events, happenings, life, call them what you will, if you are engaging in life, stuff happens. This is not meant to minimise your experience, but to perhaps offer a different perspective  when we find ourselves in a state of overwhelm, those times when we feel we’re being hit with one thing after another.


Even if it is as simple is taking a total of 12 breaths to complete the Ganesh mudra, or even 3 mindful breaths, use the simple things as a reminder that we have choices and that we can keep creating a meaningful life, one moment after another.



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108 Minutes of Meditation

Today, Saturday 02 July, I was joined by a team of very wonderful and generous people in order to sit and meditate for a total of 108 minutes.


For anyone who has ever tried meditation, or meditates regularly, you will know that this is no easy feat.


Why 108? As our endeavours were undertaken to raise funds for the Tibet Relief Fund, the 108 is significant to the number of beads found on a mala.


To make it easier (!), the 108 minutes were broken down in 3 x 36 minute sessions. The first 36 minutes were given to meditating on the breath; the second session was meditation on sound and the final session was silent sitting.


It has to be said, that the energy created was dynamic and vibrant and it was amazing to be able to share this with those who took part.


I was joined by some of the regular monthly meditation team from Meditation & More as well as others who kindly donated their time and meditation muscle!


There’s still time to donate if you wish – you can make your offering here: Meditate for Tibet


For details of my regular meditation offerings, please visit here: Meditate in Watford


Claire's Meditation Team

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