Why Meditation Is Great For the Brain

MantrikRegular meditation has a lot of benefits that can help the brain. It is able to calm a restless mind and could help spare people from the adverse effects of stress and anxiety. Meditation is a great way to find the inner peace and improves the ability of the brain to concentrate and focus. A great mind makes fewer mistakes and is able to make better decisions and judgments. This translates to better interpersonal relationships, better work productivity and even becoming at peace with the universe. If you are thinking about getting into meditation, here are some of the great reasons why you should start soon enough.

Meditation is great for stress

Most of the stress that people are suffering comes from the mind of someone who is thinking a lot which causes a lot of worries. When our expectations fall below the bar, then we feel much fear and become a lot more anxious about the uncertainties in life. Continue reading

Our vision of Dragons

MantrikSt David’s day is upon us and so our minds quite rightly are filled with images of leeks and daffodils and more importantly with Dragons.

The mystical and majestic image of a beautiful dragon, a greater site you could ever imagine. I am sure that all our dragons look different to each of us, even if they do share some similarities with each other. I am also sure that our dragons symbolise different things to each and every one of us.

Dragons can represent the primal forces in nature, the elements and the universe itself, they are known to see the bigger picture in things and to see danger long before it arrives. Dragons can be both creators and destroyers of life, and will breathe out fire, ice or poison depending on any particular myth. Continue reading

A Simple Breathing Meditation

 

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The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid. This can be accomplished by practicing a simple breathing meditation. We choose a quiet place to meditate and sit in a comfortable position. We can sit in the traditional cross-legged posture or in any other position that is comfortable. If we wish, we can sit in a chair. The most important thing is to keep our back straight to prevent our mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy.

We sit with our eyes partially closed and turn our attention to our breathing. We breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control our breath, and we try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This sensation is our object of meditation. We should try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else. Continue reading

Esbat (Full Moon) dates for 2013

Here are the Esbat (Full Moon) dates for 2013

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Sunday, 27 January

This is The Wolf Moon, also known as the Cold, Snow, or Winter Moon, is a time of protection and strength. While it is the first full Moon of the calendar year, in terms of nature it occurs in the middle of the cold winter season, a season of death and desolation. In these respects, the Wolf Moon can be seen as a time of both beginnings and endings. This is the time to start to consider what you want to plant and plan for the spring.

Monday, 25 February

This is the Storm Moon, also known as the Death or Quickening Moon, is a time to do magic for fertility and strength. In bygone days, it was a time of true hardship. This is also a time of cleansing both internally and externally. As such, it’s a great time to get rid of physical things you don’t need and any mental or emotional baggage. Continue reading

Sabbat dates for 2013

Imbolc – 2nd Feb

Imbolc, is the festival of the lactating sheep.It is the time of Blessing of the seedsMantrik and consecration of agricultural tools. It marks the center point of the dark half of the year. It is the festival of the Maiden, for from this day to March 21st, it is her season to prepare for growth and renewal.
The Maiden is honored, as the Bride, on this Sabbat. Corn dollies and Brighid’s Crosses are traditionaly made on this Sabbat.

 Home hearth fires are put out and re-lit, and a besom is place by the front door to symbolize sweeping out the old and welcoming the new. Candles are lit and placed in each room of the house to honor the re-birth of the Sun.

Ostara –  20th March

Ostara or Lady Day is when Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance with each other Continue reading