7 Tips For When You Can’t Get To Sleep And A Guided Sleep Meditation For Tonight

A Philosophy For Living Well

Emma Mills London is here to help you feel happier and healthier through not only meditation but a holistic approach to life that includes a balanced diet, wellbeing, good work, creativity and also beauty – whether for you that means MAC or Macbeth.

Here are 9 Key Tips To Inspire Your Wellness Journey Today

1. Quiet Time Is Lovely

Each day close your eyes for 5 minutes and move your attention from the outside world to your inner presence. Be interested! What’s happening within you, with a little viewing, is fascinating.

2. Everything Is Connected

Our bodies work holistically as one whole system. And we’re seamlessly in touch with our outside wider life too; we’re part of everything and everyone else as one integrated whole. Nothing is separate and there are no isolated system, which means when you pull on one part of natures table cloth everything else moves too…How fascinating then, to explore the implications of this wholeness in everyday life!

3. A Poem Is A Portal

Whether it’s poetry, paintings, photos, music, sculptures or dance, works of art have a transcendental power. I began to discover this while pioneering a new form of poetry therapy at the charity Mind in the UK. Artists and writers often point to the great stillness of presence through their work and in this sense, poems are like little shots of meditation. The good news is you don’t have to be an arty person to enjoy the benefits, you just need an open mind and the willingness to learn something new.

4. Make The New

I believe we are all creative and expressing that creativity can bring great contentment and happiness. The creative process gives you a chance to discover and develop your unique talents so do make time to learn about your creative expression and appreciate it as often as you can. Perhaps for you it works best through sports, business, ideas, cooking, design, raising children – or houseplants.

5. Explore Your Psychology

For much of the twentieth century it was thought that neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to reinvent itself – was purely a feature of prenatal and early childhood development, but it’s now understood that the brain can develop positive new programmes throughout adult life. So why wait? Take courses, read books and develop your psychology where you feel it’s necessary. It can be very worthwhile to do this as you get to know your character at the same time.

6. Nothing is Missing

Of course there may be room for self improvement and there are always things to learn, yet, there’s no need to get bogged down in this identity alone – you’re much more than just your personality. At the ultimate level, you’re already perfect. Or should I say, at once perfect and evolving? I recently read a poem called ‘View From A Window’ by the wonderful Welsh poet R. S. Thomas. Talking about the beauty of nature, he points out that:

‘All through history The great brush has not rested, Nor the paint dried; yet what eye, Looking coolly, or, as we now, Through the tears’ lenses, ever saw This work and it was not finished?’     

7. Commune With Nature

Being close to nature has significant and wide-ranging health benefits and that’s why I encourage people to enjoy the natural world as often as possible. Can’t get out? Researchers have shown that just looking at pictures of nature can improve your mood. Go for a walk, buy a houseplant or leaf through a photographic nature book.

8. Follow Your Enthusiasm

I’m not part of any particular school of thought or religion exclusively as I like to explore them all. Being open like this leaves me free to evolve my practice over time according to my own ever-expanding awareness of the truth of things. It’s important to remain willing and open-minded enough to explore each mindful activity that takes your fancy because you never know what it will bring – far better to keep your options open! With this in mind, I encourage you to follow your interests and enthusiasms because these usually have a good route figured out for you.

9. Meaningful Connections

Being connected to others in a meaningful way is excellent for wellbeing, as is feeling a connection to something bigger than your individual self. There are many ways to enjoy a sense of connection. A few popular examples are: spending time with friends, dancing, helping others, looking after a garden, yoga or meditation.  To stay connected and get more ideas from me about living well you might like to join my fortnightly newsletter. 

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