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Why Meditate?


 

 

 

 

CALM 108

QUICK START GUIDE

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Why Meditate?


 

 

 

 

CALM 108

QUICK START GUIDE

 

Why meditate?

You wouldn't be here if you didn't have a sneaky suspicion that meditation can help you. And you're RIGHT! Meditation has been used for thousands of years and for a million reasons. Here are a few:

LET GO - Stress. Struggle. Separation. Self-Violence. Conflict. Hurt. Loneliness. Insomnia. Illness. Anxiety. Frustration. Fear. Busy Mind. Discontentment. Sadness. Shyness. Self-Doubt. Illusion. The list goes on...

GAIN - Peace. Contentment. Confidence. Clarity. Rest. Healing. Thinking less. Empowerment. Purpose. Intuition. Creativity. Love. Wonder. Joy. Connection. Choice. Freedom. Stillness. Silence. Presence. Present Moment. Reality. Awareness. Oneness. The list goes on and OM!

What do you want to let go of and what do you want to gain? We recommend you choose ONE ultimate thing that you would love to gain from meditation. We call this your Hearts Highest Hope and encourage you to remind yourself of it often so you have motivation to meditate and keep going...

 
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What is CALM?


CALM 108

What is CALM?

What is CALM?


CALM 108

What is CALM?

 

What is CALM?

Conscious Awareness Life Meditation. 

CALM is a way to meditate - with your eyes open or closed - to calm your mind AND not get so caught up in your mind when it inevitably starts moving and shaking (i.e. thinking) again. It also helps you to improve your relationship WITH your mind, emotions, body and life circumstances.

By knowing how to still your mind whenever you want (IMAGINE THAT!) while also learning how to relate to your mind, emotions, body and life in a more harmonious and healthier way, you can experience what we call 'peace with mind' and live an empowered and liberated life. 

CALM is a meditation technique and a way of life.  

 
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How to Meditate


CALM 108

How to Meditate

How to Meditate


CALM 108

How to Meditate

 

How to Meditate with CALM

STEP 1 ENGAGE GAAWO

GAAWO is an acronym that stands for 'Gently Alert with your Attention Wide Open' and it involves 'doing exactly what it says in the name'. To engage GAAWO, look ahead while simultaneously relaxing your gaze so that it opens up to the right and left. Continuing to look ahead, notice what is in your periphery - shapes, colours or objects. Don't look at any of it directly. Simply include them in your wider field of vision to the left and right. Now notice what is above and below in your periphery as well.

Feel what it is like to be gently alert with your attention wide open. You may notice your mind has less thoughts and you are feeling more calm, still and relaxed. Well done!  Now try it with your eyes closed.  Obviously you won't see anything, but explore what it is like to close your eyes while remaining gently alert.  You will find a similar result to with your eyes open.  

Whenever using CALM, always begin by engaging GAAWO for a while before moving onto the next step... 


STEP 2 THINK A CALM THOUGHT

There are 10 Mind Calm Thoughts and 10 Body Calm Thoughts and you will think one of them after having GAAWO engaged for a while. For example, one of the Mind Calm Thought is - 'OM PEACE' and when thinking 'OM PEACE', you will put your focus in your Solar Plexus (which is midway between your navel and heart centre).  

Together, the complete Mind Calm Thought is: 'OM PEACE' (Focus Point: Solar Plexus). You don't think 'Solar Plexus', instead, you only think the two words 'OM PEACE' while having your focus in your Solar Plexus. Once you've thought one of the Mind Calm or Body Calm Thoughts, simply move onto Step 3 of the CALM technique... 

Unsure how to use the Calm Thoughts? Don't worry - it will become clear once you've attended our LIVE GATHERINGS


STEP 3 RE-ENGAGE GAAWO

Let go of the Calm Thought words and focus point by re-engaging being Gently Alert with your Attention Wide Open (GAAWO). Wait for while, letting whatever wants to happen to happen. This may include thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, environmental sounds etc. All of these are common meditations happenings that you want to allow instead of resist.

After a while longer, you will drift off into thinking about other things. Again this is OK as it will happen naturally. After what may be a few minutes of thinking, you will become aware that you've been off in your mind. When you do, simply repeat the 3 Steps: Engage GAAWO, think a Calm Thought (usually the next one in the series), re-engage GAAWO and so on. The video on the right guides you through a complete Mind Calm Sitting. Sit back, relax and have a go at your first CALM meditation. 

You will also find a 14-minute guided meditation for the Body Calm technique too (in the LISTEN/GUIDED MEDITATIONS section). You can use CALM with your eyes open (what we call having a CALM MOMENT) and with your eyes closed (in CALM SITTINGS). We recommend having a Calm Moment anytime you remember to do so plus 2 or 3 15-20 minute Calm Sittings per day. Enjoy CALM and remember to join us on the next LIVE GATHERING. If you have any questions submit them HERE for the next Q&A SESSION and to learn more / dive deeper you are very welcome to attend the next online WORKSHOP


Why CALM 108?

It's a bit of an in-CLAN joke... Anyone who knows Sandy quickly learns that his lucky number is 108, so when creating this quick-start section for people new to CALM (or in need of a reminder), the obvious name for it would be CALM 101, so we had to call it CALM 108... 

 
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CALM 108

Imagine a Big Blue Sky

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CALM 108

Imagine a Big Blue Sky

 

Imagine you are outside on a clear sunny day looking up at the big blue sky... 

Naturally, you feel calm, relaxed and wonderfully well.  Then, out of the blue, a bird flies across your field of vision. Upon noticing the bird, you take your focus away from the still sky to instead track the movement of the bird as it flies on by.  But you don't stop there. Then you start thinking about the bird - 'I wonder where it's coming from and going?' ... 'Why is it flying solo?' ... 'Oh no, has it lost it's friends!?!' ... and before you know it you are no longer feeling as calm or well as you once were.  Instead, you are now feeling concern for the bird. 

What's the bird and sky got to do with you, meditation or calm?  

Inside you, right now, is a big sky of Awareness and within that Awareness there are 'birds' flying around - including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, life circumstances... even the words you are reading right now are things you are aware of and therefore 'birds' in your 'sky of awareness'.  CALM is about becoming much more interested in and attentive to the Conscious Awareness that's aware of your mind, emotions, body and life.  By being Consciously Aware, you immediately FEEL YOUR AWARENESS instead of just FEELING YOUR THINKING (which can often be negative and judgemental). You discover that your Awareness is still, silent, permanently peaceful, powerful, unlimited and infinite.  It is Who You Really Are (as apposed to who you THINK you are) and by simply being Consciously Aware in Life with the help of a Meditation technique like CALM, you can wake up to the most wonderful life - not  eventually when you've fixed, changed or improved everything, but NOW.  

 
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