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Relax – it’s Me Time

For me, relaxing is the best thing since smoking pot, lying in, hanging out and wild parties!  It’s normal part of my life now and I would never give it up.  It’s the single most useful thing I have ever learnt in my life.  It’s my “me time”


When I say relaxing, for me that is following the way my Instructors have taught me, which is to simply sit in a chair and close my eyes, relax my face, neck and shoulders, open my mouth and breathe deeply into my stomach and lower belly. First of all I go into myself as I shut down the non essential functions such as fidgeting, focusing your eyes and holding myself up and thinking about all sorts of random stuff, then I am able to move out, far away into space.

Just breathing in deeply, I start to tingle and experience fluttering in my belly, then as I start to feel the energy flow. It’s a quiet place, very still and empty, I can’t feel your body anymore, it’s as though I’ve melted into a warm sea.  I feel safe and totally natural, happy, limit less and without thoughts.  I guess I just love the other worldliness of it, exploring, being out there.  In some ways it is similar to feelings and far out experiences I have had with drugs but it never feels like it could get out of control in a bad way or that it’s damaging for my health or illegal.  Quite the opposite, my health has become better and better, so much so that I never need to use medication or go to the doctor anymore, except if I want to check up.

I am so confident that any health problem I have can be solved with this technique, which is a huge relief.  I know if I have aching shoulders, or that I feel shivery like I may get a cold or I am feeling emotional, I have to relax.  I have even pulled over whilst driving and stopped in a lay by, but my seat back stretched out my legs, put a CD on.

Relaxation gives me that power I need, instead of a coffee break, as I want to get a lot done and without it I feel irritated and frustrated as I don’t have enough energy of my own to get it all done.  It ‘s the freedom, that I crave, that expanded, happy state where nothing matters and I feel connected to all those around you, that feeling that I am a part of something bigger and not alone.

Practising Relaxation, means, I am not nervous or worried and I get lots of energy so I can be much more creative, which makes me very happy and it gives me deep peace which I just can’t get anywhere else.

I am not tired or hungry or emotional.  I feel more balanced, calm and coming from my centre much more than before. If I am having a difficult time, it is better than talking for hours on the phone to your best friend to sort a problem, it changes everything and my problems can disappear quickly.

I can totally shut down the physical and mental and do nothing for a while. It’s a break, a power nap but I try not to sleep as I know I get so much more energy when i can just flow with it.  I go into myself as I shut down the non essential functions such as fidgeting, focusing your eyes and holding your self up and then I am able to open up and move out it seems like far away into space.  It’s a quiet place, very still and empty, I can’t feel my body anymore, it’s gone, I am gone, it’s just so well, relaxing!

Check our relaxation course made by Sarah, So You Want To Learn To Relax.


Fiona McLoughlin

Editor in chief, founder of clothes design studio Global Gypsy, lifestyle designer and mindfulness expert.

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