New Create Health blog in progress here – which I hope you will follow please!
Dear Vibrant Universe,
please untie all the knots within me –
I surrender them to your graceful infinity.
Please bathe me in your living light
to cleanse me of all dis-ease.
Please assist me to keep balanced,
and to reach my optimum state of being
right here, right now, in this lifetime,
so that I might fulfill my chosen destiny.
Thanks, love, peace, blessings everywhere.
Máxima Acuña de Chaupe has been fighting for years to save her land and her community. Newmont Mining is determined to destroy both for a massive, open-pit gold mine — which would drain four mountain lakes in an arid farming region.
Newmont Mining has already lost in court to Máxima, and her land should be safe. But now Newmont-backed security officers have invaded Máxima’s house and destroyed part of it.
Máxima is strong, but she needs our support to win against Newmont’s aggressive bullying tactics. If hundreds of thousands of us speak out now and tell the mining giant that we are watching Máxima’s back, the corporate bully may finally back off. Will you send a message to ensure Máxima’s safety?
I don’t believe anyone should set themselves up as some sort of guru – but I do think one should be one’s OWN guru.
You can use higher levels of consciousness to question your own thoughts and actions. Use your mind, heart, body, and soul in partnership – to be true to one’s self, to learn about our existence and our wonderful planet, and to grow ever wiser – yet always question one’s own wisdom with humility, recognizing that we can never know things for sure – it’s all opinion, perspective, emotional filtering – depending on one’s own past experiences etc. Yet we can reduce that filtering effect by letting go of past programs to see things more clearly and lovingly, more openly (non-judgementally), and to respond objectively rather than being sucked into a subjective reaction. There are many tools we can use to help us progress or simply to remind us of what we already know we should be doing.
I don’t think people should shut themselves off from the world either, except perhaps for short periods, if one is going to focus on learning to meditate or to study the wilds by immersing themselves totally in a part of nature for a while. But sooner or later we must bring back what we have learned and apply it to living in the day-to-day world successfully. Everything can be integrated into a wholesome, balanced way of living – at peace with both the inner (one’s core self) and the outer (everything around you).
We can be in constant contact with Sublime One-ness in everyday life!
I do not wish to focus on the idea of “helping” or seeking to “help” either. I merely want to share what I have learnt, experienced, created, etc, so that anyone who may choose to access it may do so. I do think I have good stuff to offer because I have really spent a lot of time learning and practising things, and can save people time on their own journeys and offer useful tips and guidance along the way; but I share with humility, always remembering that everything I say or write is only “in my humble opinion”, and acknowledging that I am ALWAYS still learning.
The mandala came from Bell & Todd who have other amazing peace meditations
and visions of Gaia’s Grace – all as videos including many more of their beautiful mandalas!
You can also see Julia’s Meditation page or her article on
It will soon be yet another new year, and I would like to share some posts that might help with that positive new start:
We need to be in balance to live optimally on this planet. We are spiritual beings who have come to live in a physical body to experience and learn from life here. We need to be connected to out Earth Mother Root to ground us here, as well as maintain a connection with our Universal Father Wisdom. I want to suggest a way of doing this through the breath and then go on to suggest a couple of other things.
First we need simply to practice slow deep breathing as a basis for this. Breathe in slowly and deeply, then pause for a few seconds before breathing out again, also slowly. Pause again for a couple of seconds before breathing in again. Count if it helps you to focus. The in breath and out breath may differ slightly in length, so find what suits you best. The pause between the in and the out breath may be slightly longer than the pause between the out and the next in breath, again find out what suits you best.
At the end of the out breath you may also like to add a harder little blow to get every last bit of air out, but in the second phase of this exercise you may find it easier to discard that tactic again. For now I just want you to think about nurturing yourself through your breath. The in breaths should be filling your lungs deep down with good clean air and the out breaths should be clearing out that air again along with any stale stuff left in the nooks and crannies.
Phase two then focuses on the few seconds where you pause between breathing in and out. You should not be holding your breath in a forced way for too long, just a gentle relaxing pause, where you can start to focus on forming and drawing on your connections.
Firstly, in the gap between in and out breaths, I want you to feel as if the universe is pouring into you through your head, your throat, the top of your spine, your heart, whatever works best for you. Feel the immense peace, love, wisdom. Feel it renew your life force, your confidence in being yourself, your sense of knowing wonderful things, and your sense of being cared for. You might sense colours such as purple, dark and light blues, green, and pink. Also maybe pure white. Just let them swirl around and within you, trusting in their beautiful healing, strengthening, renewing, and balancing properties.
Secondly, in the gap between the out and the in breaths, focus on your connection with the earth that allows us to live here, feel it like a root drawing up the energies of vitality into your body through your feet, up your spine, and into the abdomen. Feel a sense of security, safety, strength, nurturing and protection. You may sense colours such as red, orange, and yellow. Also maybe gold. The yellow and orange can also flow directly into your abdomen via sunlight, or via picturing autumn leaves dancing in the breeze for example, and the gold tends to flow around you rather than into you.
Enjoy this as often as you like. Through everything we do in our lives, we can feel these connections aligning us, enabling us to function more optimally. After a bit of practice it only takes a few seconds thought to focus on the connections to boost ourselves if we are feeling tired, or fearful, or before an event such as having to give a speech, sing, write an exam, run a race, face up to any demanding situation with poise and grace.
If you have sinus issues you can use a similar thing to obtain some relief, and balance in your head. Press a finger against one nostril and breathe slowly through the other. Then pause at the top while you change your finger to the other nostril. Now breathe out through the second nostril, then pause briefly again at the bottom before breathing in again through the same nostril you just breathed out of. Then swap over at the top of the breath again back to the first nostril and breathe out through that. Do it about five times for each nostril then stop and just relax – feeling the head and sinuses come to balance. Don’t overdo it or it will make you dizzy. You can use this simply as a sinus clearing exercise, or can include the visualizations and perceptions mentioned above.
Another thing you may like to try is to imagine that your spine is the staff in the centre of the medical symbol, and that the two spirals around it are the powerful red coming up from the earth root, and the pure white coming down from the original universal source, twining together to support you with everything you need to be master of yourself.
I will be adding more blogs for new year inspiration over the next few weeks……….
What Back to The Garden is about. do come on in and help create a better world – we have an open facebook group as well as this website (which has a link to it) and anyone can join in. We also have global meditation link-ups.
Julia Woodman (also known as Jay or Joules) writes and teaches about many thngs to try to help people and communities locally and globally