Monday Meditation: Happiness Compass

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Happy Monday to everyone out there! What genre was your weekend? Was it a heart-warming rom-com? A drama? maybe it was so good it felt you were in a fantasy movie?  Whichever type of weekend you had, I hope your Monday is even better 🙂

Today’s meditation (which is actually a visualisation), is about happiness. For anyone feeling a little lost (who doesn’t at some point or other?) or in the middle of making important choices or decisions, this visualisation will be particularly good, but it is a great exercise in any case, as one can never do too much reconnecting with one’s Soul.

My weekend was a sunny indie movie filmed mainly in a London park, and it was the sun and the quiet time spent amongst nature that inspired me to post this, because it got me thinking about life and how noisy the world can be sometimes; especially if you let it get inside your head. Once you let the world inside you head you’ll find there are so many voices speaking loudly every time you try to decide about anything, that it will be almost impossible to tell which of those voices is yours.

This  visualisation is designed to connect you back with your voice; with what truly makes you happy. We all have an internal compass that guides us, but sometimes, when we are too busy, worried or stressed with daily life, this compass becomes numbed  and we start making decisions which are not coming from what we truly want, sometimes we find ourselves not knowing what we want at all. Trust that inside us all, there is a small part that knows exactly what we need and what’s good for us, then find a quiet room, sit in a comfortable chair (try not to lie down or you might fall asleep in the middle of it) and imagine the following:

Note: I will make an audio file later, but for now, here is the written version which you can just record in your phone and play back (Also, your voice probably sounds better than mine anyway :P) . 

 “The Compass”

Find a comfortable position, and when you are ready, close your eyes and gently inhale…. and exhale. One more time, inhale deeply while you relax your legs, your back, your neck, your arms, and exhale….

One last time, inhale deeply bringing the air to your abdomen, filling your lungs to their full capacity and then exhale slowly…

Now ask your subconscious to show you your internal compass, the one that points towards your happiness. Let your mind show you this compass, whatever you see is fine, even if you cannot see it clearly it is ok.

Where does the compass appear? Where is it in relation to yourself? Is it inside your body, and if so, where? Is it outside your body, and if so, where?

If it appears far away from you, bring it back to your house and hold it in your hands.

Now, hold the compass in your hands and have a proper look at it, what does it look like?

Is it old? New?

Does it look like it’s working properly?

Is it heavy or light? Is is big, or small?

Does it have any smell? If you could guess at a smell, what do you think it would smell like?

Feel it in your hands…. What feeling do you get from holding it? Maybe you don’t get any feeling at all… it doesn’t matter, just try to connect with the compass and see what you experience by looking at it through the eye of your mind.

Now, I want you to imagine a river nearby, this is a healing river, the water in this river will heal and repair your internal compass. Place the compass in the river and see the water run through it, on top of it, under it…gently cleaning away anything that is stopping this compass from working properly. Old information, toxic programming and inherited behaviours that are no longer needed get washed away easily… effortlessly… and slowly, each and every piece of the compass remembers its purpose, its use, its reason to be there, and they start to work harmoniously together. And the compass begins to shine, full of new life, full of energy, ready to do what it was always meant to do.

Now take the compass out of the water and look at it. Do you see any changes? Is anything different? Does it feel heavier, lighter, bigger or smaller? Maybe it has changed shape or colour or the materials it was made of.

Notice how the Sun is shining in the sky, and from that Sun a ray of coloured light will hit your compass. Let it be whichever colour or colours this compass needs to be fully restored, fully working, fully healed.

Let the coloured light cover the compass completely to finish its transformation and when you are happy that your compass is fully renewed, take it for a walk. Ask the compass to take you somewhere.

You are going to notice how easy it is to navigate life with the help of your compass, how it always points towards the most interesting paths, the ones that are better suited for you at this moment, or the ones that will bring you the bigger rewards. And as you follow this path, you will start encountering people, events and experiences that are all aligned with your Soul and with your mission in this life.

Look around you and fully connect with how easy it is to choose when you are aware of what makes you truly happy, how there is always an option, there is always a path, there is always a way.

Now you are going to incorporate the compass inside yourself, bring it towards the centre of your chest, and once inside you, it will move, through your blood stream until there is a little compass in each and every one of your cells, so that your whole body will be aware, at all times of what is harmonious and natural to you.

And since all your cells have a small Happiness Compass inside of them now, they all start to vibrate in the frequency of perfect health, and your muscles and organs start to vibrate in perfect health too, and all discordant matter, thought, memory or programming is expelled from your body as it aligns with your natural frequency.

Feel how relaxed you are, how happy your body is, how light and peaceful your mind feels, now that each aspect of your being is following the true calling of your Soul.

When you are ready, start moving your body and opening your eyes.

The End.

Namaste to you all!! Have a wonderful Monday!

Paula

 

 

 

Easter treat: Hot Cross Buns

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Easter is fast approaching and given that I have been completely away from this blog for a couple of months, I decided to use the approaching holiday as an excuse to do some writing.

I’ve made hot cross buns more than once now and I feel pretty confident that anyone can make them successfully just by following the recipe carefully. They don’t take much time (aside from the rising times which can’t be helped) and the house smells deliciously while they bake.

So, why not give them a try instead of buying them from a shop, they can be used as an excuse to get the whole family baking this Easter 🙂

Ingredients (makes 12 buns):

7 grs. dried yeast.

5 tablespoons lukewarm water

150 ml lukewarm milk

450 grs. strong plain flour

85 grs. caster sugar

1 level teaspoon of salt

2 level teaspoons mixed spice (I used 1 teaspoon cinnamon, half teaspoon ginger and half nutmeg).

60 grs. softened butter

85 grs. currants

30 grs. chopped mixed peel

1 big egg beaten.

To make the crosses:

75 grs. plain flour.

2-3 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon sunflower oil.

For the glaze:

2 tablespoons each of milk and sugar.

On his book “How to bake” Paul Hollywood suggests a different glaze which also sounds good so I’m sharing: 2 tablespoons apricot jam dissolved on 2 tbsp water. Heat until the jam is dissolved and paint your buns with it once they are out of the oven.

How to:

1.- Place the instant yeast in a small bowl, add the 5 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of caster sugar and the lukewarm milk. Cover and leave till it froths:

DSC052212.- In another bowl mix the remaining flour, the salt and the spices. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles sand.

3.- To the flour mixture add the currants, the peel and the sugar. Then make a well in the middle.

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4.- Into the well add the yeast mixture and the egg and mix to form a dough. Tip into a lightly floured surface or work inside the bowl if it is big enough. At first the mixture will be sticky, but keep working it and it will turn into a pliable and soft dough.

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5.- Your dough has to be soft, so don’t add more flour, rather try to work it carefully for at least 10 minutes till it becomes soft and elastic.

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6.- Place the dough into a bowl, cover with cling film or a plastic bag and let it rise for at least an hour, or until it doubles in size.

7.- After an hour, re-knead and divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place, slightly apart, on greased baking sheets and cover. Leave in a warm place for 30 minutes.

DSC052308.- After 30 minutes preheat the oven at 190 C, and start to prepare the mixture for the crosses:

Sift the plain flour and add the oil and enough water to create a paste that will hold it’s shape when piped. Spoon into a small piping bag and pipe a cross on top of each bun.

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9.- Bake the buns for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown.

10.- Mix the sugar and milk and heat. Brush the buns with this mixture as soon as they leave the oven. If your hot cross buns come out of the oven still a bit pale, just brush them with the milk and popped them back into the oven with the glaze on…they will come out beautiful!

And that’s all! Just 10 steps to home-made, scrumptious, hot cross buns!

DSC05157HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE!!!