Why do some people take longer to see any benefits from meditation?

Clear Quartz Ganesha, personal collection

Speaking from personal experience, it took me 2 years of daily meditation to actually feel the real experience. Why did it take me so long?

  1. I’m naturally a restless person, I found it hard to stay still as a child and even as an adult, meditating in one pose was really really hard in the beginning. I would get pins and needles on my feet and found it hard to stop thinking about the physical realm.
  2. I can think think think all day till I get tired. And during the first months of meditation my thoughts just wouldn’t stop.
  3. My own fears would hold me back from being in the place of stillness and surrender. It was the unknown, it was so new. And my own subconscious fears and resistance were holding me back from getting into that state.
  4. My own soul learnings. This is what reading about the subject taught me. Meditation is a journey that can span lifetimes. People who have been experienced many lifetimes of spiritual living, meditating etc would take a shorter time to feel the benefits of meditation than those who were spiritual novices. Made sense to me.

Now that it’s been over 20 years of regular meditation I don’t care how long it took me initially, the point I learnt is to not give up. Had a distracted and restless meditation session, never mind, tomorrow will be better. Had to cut short your meditation because of another appointment. That’s ok a little meditation is better than none.

Meditation is not competition. There is no race to enlightenment. It is only a way to find peace, to connect, to heal and to be. If it’s taking you longer than other students to understand, that’s ok. Just don’t give up trying. The peace you feel inside you is the biggest reward/benefit and that cannot be compared.

All the best on your journey:)

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Is Green Your Colour?

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A green Diwali in our home last month

Green is the color of Mother Earth and is considered to be the most restful colour for our eyes. Long symbolized by the ancient Egyptians as the color of hope and healing, green has been used extensively by ancient healers and modern day colour therapists. Studies have revealed that those who work in green environments have fewer stomach aches. And suicides dropped by 30% when the Black Friar Bridge in London was repainted green. Painting kitchens green brings feelings of freshness and vitality while cooking. Surgeons began to wear the colour green as it helped to calm their patients and heal them at subtle levels.

Green has restorative and rejuvenating qualities. It represents regrowth, abundance and peace which is what Nature gives to us. The colour green too is neutral, and can work with other colors. In chakra healing green symbolizes our heart chakra, from where we give and receive love. Green crystals like Aventurine, Jade and Emerald are said to protect, heal and soothe physical ailments. Green is ruled by the planet of Mercury that guides our communication and a great day to wear Green is on Wednesdays. Some currencies have been printed in Green to denote prosperity and wealth.

My favourite spot during walking meditations

Here are a few ways to heal yourself and others with Green

Green is easy to add to any environment through the use of plants. As living things, plants add energy and harmony to any space. Natural purifiers they reduce the effects of pollution indoors. Plants like Ficus, Areca Palm, Money planet help change the energies of the room you’re in. Avoid plants in bedrooms though.

For restful sleep, green bed linen or curtains or walls help reduce anxiety.

Carry a green wallet or keep some money in a green envelope in your purse.

While meditating, focus on a green object – a plant, a painting, even a green statue. This colour harmonizes the flow of prana or universal life force, throughout the psychic centres.

There are many more ways to use the colour green in your life, not only creatively but also therapeutically.

Just standing in front of the tree was therapy itself

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November 2019 Tarot forecast for all sun signs

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Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Your fiercely independent streak will make sure you do things your way, the right way, and the best way. People will notice your originality and appreciate your point of view. However in your quest to stand out, just make sure you don’t promise what you can’t deliver.. A wonderful month for receiving, building, consolidating and growing – the cards promise success and recognition. Family and friends may take a back seat while you focus on studies or work matters. Just remember to express gratitude to all those who brought you to where you are today.

Taurus (Apr 20- May 20)

Energies shift suddenly and you may find yourself struggling to find harmony again with certain relationships. The old comfort levels may give way to an uneasy tension. Instead of keeping quiet like you normally do, how about expressing your feelings and clearing the air? Workwise you may find yourself making some hard choices. Don’t worry, whatever you pick will be good for you in the long run. A recurring health ailment may require a new line of treatment or a second opinion. – be mindful about what you eat. The company of old friends will heal your soul.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Boredom and restless energies start creeping when you realise you are not tapping fully into your true potential. A quiet voice inside you keeps telling you that you should be doing something else, something more, to find absolute fulfillment. And unless and until you make peace with that side of you, you may start feeling trapped by circumstances. Stop blaming others and see what needs to change within you. Workwise a good month to make your mark, you attract new business and start making an impact in new circles. Go with the flow and be regular with your meditation. An opportunity may come your way to reach out to a larger market or audience

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Ever get the feeling that you’re doing all the work but someone else is getting credit for it? Or the people around you are totally oblivious to your efforts and perhaps even ungrateful. Before it makes you bitter, start changing your situation. Be assertive say no more often. You may find yourself being irritable with loved ones, but do they deserve it? A month to bring in a few necessary changes in your self and the world around you. Money may arrive from unexpected sources and a proposal or a surprise job offer may lift your spirits.

Leo (July 23- Aug 22)

Life has a way of bringing back all the unfinished business in our lives and this month sees you busy completing projects, finishing chores and doing all the things you had postponed earlier. Be a little more organised with your time and say no to those who make excessive demands on your time or energy. An old friend may act unreasonably and you may wish to distance yourself from the drama. Watch out for sudden expenses towards the end of the month, make sure you have enough saved away for a rainy day.

Virgo (Aug 23- Sept 22)

If there’s anyone who can get the job done, it’s you. Dependable to the core, your efforts will get recognised and rewarded. Job seekers can look forward to a busy month but not all promises will be honoured, so make sure you keep all your options open. A good month for starting new ventures or projects, the cards promise success and more importantly, a feeling of fulfilment. If happiness means staying busy, then look forward to a month of productivity, planning and desired results. Family reminds you that you are loved and supported unconditionally.

Libra (Sept 23- Oct 22)

The comfort zone is wonderful but it never lasts. Sudden developments and changes at the work environment will make you realise you need to work a little harder or faster if you want to meet the deadline. A casual flirtation could go on longer than either of you expected. News about a friend or family member will take you by surprise. A good month to think about further education and skill development. Money matters improve and you may think of making a large purchase.

Scorpio (Oct 23- Nov21)

The truth has a way of coming out, and as the secrets begin to spill, you may need to confront something you’ve been keeping from yourself, or another person. Time to make amends or start anew. At the workplace a competitive rival may create a few hurdles on your path. Stay calm even when provoked and you will prove victorious. Worrying about money matters will only waste your energy, focus on the solution instead of the problem.

Saggitarius (Nov 22- Dec 21)

You’re determined to get your way and you won’t back down to anyone who opposes or contradicts you. You may feel a sense of renewed energy creep in so make sure your days in November are worth your time. A manipulative person will be put in his or her place, or you may choose to cut contact with someone forever. Those seeking to find a potential spouse can look forward to an interesting proposal. Health matters are manageable, and your spirits are bright. Dont be careless with your valuables.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan19)

If you don’t start voicing your concerns and you may feel you’re being taken advantage of. Speak out or get stepped on seems to be the theme and a little more alertness around work relationships will help you reestablish the balance. Family responsibilities won’t be so tiresome when you share or delegate your duties. A short trip away will bring relief. And an old friend will bring some lovely news.

Aquarius (Jan 20- Feb 18)

Your life changes when you decide to make a change. Perhaps it’s your health that needs your attention. Or maybe just a makeover. You’re quite fed up of the old ways and may be itching for adventure and excitement. Open your mind to new job opportunities or even launching that start up you dream about. Only you have the power over your thoughts. So direct them to bringing in some positive new energies into your life. In matters of the heart, an old flame may reconnect with you but will you still be interested?

Pisces (Feb 19- Mar20)

Hearts skip a beat this month at the sight of a special someone. You may find yourself falling for someone’s natural charm. Or busy writing, reading, and talking as the card of communications makes sure you shine and dazzle with your intelligent wit. Energies could suddenly speed up mid month so do fasten your speed belts and expect speedy processes and closures. Something works out faster than you think. Impulse decisions could change your life.

Mita Bhan

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Do You Pray?

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*Do you Pray?*

I loved this interpretation of Prayer.* What is a prayer? Prayer doesn’t just happen when we kneel or put our hands together and focus and expect things from God. *Thinking positive and wishing good for others is a prayer.* When you hug a friend. *That’s a prayer.* When you cook something to nourish family and friends. *That’s a prayer.* When we send off our near and dear ones and say, ‘drive safely’ or ‘be safe’. *That’s a prayer.* When you are helping someone in need by giving your time and energy. *You are praying.* When you forgive someone by your heart. *That is prayer.* *Prayer is a vibration. A feeling. A thought. Prayer is the voice of love, friendship, genuine relationships. Prayer is an expression of your silent being.*
– Author Unknown

Experience the beauty of breathwork

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Artwork by Rashi Gupta

The most beautiful part of living is contained with our breath,

Our life force. Our link with the Divine and Beyond. Our reason for existence.

If we weren’t breathing, we wouldn’t be here.

99% of us arent even aware of whats happening to us when we breathe.

And the majority of us don’t even know how to tap fully into the power of the breath. The key to vitality, wellbeing, inner peace and joy. And the tool through which we can let go of mental, emotional and physical blocks to our absolute state of perfection. Breathwork is simply working with our breaths using various techniques to find peace and harmony within.

After all, if we’re not at peace inside, how can we be at peace with the world around us? These techniques have found their roots in Ancient Yogic practices , Shamanic practices, Buddhist practices and modern day methods to bring about feelings of deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

Done consciously for a few minutes each day or as a SOS tool, breathwork works! After 5 minutes you start feeling better, and after 20 minutes you may even feel lighter and a little different as well. Conscious breathwork works to lower blood pressure, release anxiety and stress and bring more focus into our lives.

Breathwork allows our frequencies to vibrate a little higher. It pulls us away from the dense and drudgey energies of daily stresses. It allows us to reach a state of inner balance where suddenly, even if it’s for a short while, Life is beautiful all over again.

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Forgive him and be free.

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The Yin Yang Symbol. Everything has to come back to balance.

I still remember the first time she came for a session. Tears and rage burned in her eyes covering a deep wound in her heart.

“I want revenge. He’s seeing someone from his office romantically. AGAIN”

The Tarot confirmed an affair, but she knew it already. Women always know. The cards pointed at a narcissistic spouse, one who lived purely for himself, playing absent father to his 2 children and blaming this lady for all his misery. The kind who sing softly about their wives follies behind their back to sympathetic ears and bosoms. Her anger was beyond that. She didn’t care what he was telling his lovers, she only wanted him to feel her pain.

“This is not the first time. And this one won’t be the last. I don’t want to tell him I know this time. I only want revenge” She covered her face and wept in shame, the tears of a woman who’d never taken revenge before in her life.

“The last time he had an affair and I found out he promised to keep this marriage going for the sake of the children. Why did he break his vows? I want him to repent”

The messages she received urged her to find peace among her loved ones. Her friends and family her pets. To soak up all the unconditional love she possibly could. She needed to be strong first with those who loved her.

” This is a karmic relationship. Don’t get into the negative zone. No need for revenge, let karma do it for you.”

I could see she wasn’t convinced. But karma is like that. We don’t really believe in it until we’re hit by the impact of a karmic relationship. We like to believe it’s outside us, but somewhere in some way we too are responsible for creating a karmic situation where the pain cuts so deep, it almost seems unhealable.

“Forgive him and move on with your life”

I didn’t hear from her again till a few days ago when this came in the mail.

“Just wanted to say thank you for being the only one who told me not take revenge on my cheating husband and let karma only decide what his fate is. Everyone else gave me so many remedies to bring him closer, to destroy the other woman but nothing has worked. Some people even predicted that he would destroy himself. But I dont want to hurt him the way he has hurt me and my children. This IS a karmic relationsip, And then I remembered what your cards said to forgive him and move on. It is very very hard and has been a very painful journey to let go of the abuse and the adultery. But I am getting there. One night I felt so light because I had forgiven him and no longer began to feel any need to take revenge. I found the strength to live my own life and be a mother and father to my teenaged children. He is facing his own karma. His children do not want to be with him anymore. I have found so much strength with my friends and my family. Please share my story so others can learn please say a prayer for me”

Many prayers to you my brave lady. You have demonstrated what very few of us have achieved in this lifetime. The willingness and the ability to forgive the person who has hurt you the most. I pray you find greater strength and peace as a soul.

If you’ve read this far, please say a prayer for this lady.

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For privacy sake, no names and details will ever be revealed, case studies are shared for all of us to learn from.

Tarot for Today

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“Every morning birds would sing
Do you remember
Those special times
They’ll just go on and on
In the back of my mind” –
“Remember the time’ by Michael Jackson

You are blessed today for all your good thoughts, words and actions of the past. The times you helped someone. The times you brought laughter into a sad room. And the times you were uniquely, you.

Think of a special time in your life. And express gratitude to the people and places that come up in your memory. They too have played a role in blessing you today.

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Tarot for Today are a part of the series of messages I receive after meditation. I hope they bring you clarity and happiness. If they do, please share the link with your family and friends. Thank you. For appointments message 9810138315/mita.bhan.com

October 2019 Tarot Forecast for all Sun Signs

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Dedicated to the Great Goddesses without whom there would be no creation. May they shower you with peace and love. Artwork by Arun Samaddar

Thank you so much for supporting my Monthly Tarot Forecasts with your feedback and suggestions. Do share the forecast with your friends and family. For telephonic readings/email reports and select personalised readings message 9810138315/mita.bhan@gmail.com for details. If you would like to copy an excerpt or the whole reading kindly provide a link to this page.

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Soak in the love this October. Friends, family and maybe even a special someone may express affection and show you just how special you are. Just in case you’d forgotten your talents, this month brings out your creative streak. Spend more time with Nature and allow yourself to feel a sense of appreciation for all that you are and all that you have done. Financially a month that promises gradual increase but comes with a warning not to splurge unecessarily. Too much of a good thing isn’t always good. So do maintain a balance.

Taurus (Apr 20- May 20)

You’re bored because you’ve made your life too structured and predictable. Add a little adventure. Learn a new skill. Hang out with a different crowd. Step out of your comfort zone. Even at work you may find your current situation too stifling and will start looking for new work opportunities with renewed vigour. Trust the words of an old friend, you may realise just how right they were. Singles may talk about commitment and if searching, you may find a potential life partner in the weeks ahead. Just be yourself and let destiny unfold.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

When you learn to let go you get rewarded with a sense of inner security. Expectations have only brought pain and this month sees you forgiving, disconnecting and detaching from some toxic people. Focus on being productive and a lot will get done. Money that was owed may return. And on the work front an important deal could get signed or an important event will require your valuable inputs. If you can dream it, you can do it.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Sometimes your good heart makes you a little gullible. Be a little cautious. A thief is in your midst. And could steal your ideas/possessions or your heart if you are not careful. Make sure you prioritise your health in the weeks ahead, your body will thank you for it. Minor delays in money matters may cause temporary stress but will soon even out. A short break brings much needed relief and escape from the city’s ways. Look forward to a sense of renewal. Your energy levels are high and you will enjoy socialising, after a long period of silence.

Leo (July 23- Aug 22)

So much to do so little time. You may feel overwhelmed by the demands placed on you. Instead of buckling with the pressure, learn to ask for help. Delegate and prioritise. Don’t worry about whether what you’re doing is enough. You’ve got the makings of a good leader, and you may even start a business. A surprise reunion could spark off a renewed friendship. Relief will come when you hear about the truth about a situation from the past.

Virgo (Aug 23- Sept 22)

If you’re sleep patterns are disturbed you’re going to wake up tired so do be more mindful about your precious health. An old situation is about to end, and things may get better sooner than you think. Stay flexible and don’t let last minute changes faze you. Some doors will shut but new opportunities will come. Just keep your intentions clear and energies will flow in the direction that’s right. Volunteering your time and your skills for a good cause will refresh and renew your soul. Spending time with family and friends will boost your spirits.

Libra (Sept 23- Oct 22)

Don’t underestimate yourself and your abilities. Replace self doubt with the knowledge that you are stronger than you think. If you’re patient and tolerant, you’ll find things work out in your favour especially during negotiations. An overseas connection could bring a feeling of relief or joy. Things will go smoother than you envisage. And a celebration with loved ones will only strengthen your belief in the power of love.

Scorpio (Oct 23- Nov21)

The things you take for granted may be taken from you. Cherish your family and friends who put up with a lot of your moods and and your habits. Whoever or whatever symptoms you ignore now will return to remind you of what truly matters in life. Financially a month of steady gains especially for the self employed. Goals need to be a little more realistic. And some paperwork does require your time and attention. If you’re falling for someone, tell them your feelings.

Saggitarius (Nov 22- Dec 21)

Speak out for what you believe is right. Suppressing your opinions and feelings will only lead to feelings of resentment. Not everyone has your strong work ethic and you may feel drained by their dishonesty. Do the right thing regardless. A project or a significant phase approaches successful completion. A wonderful month for students, the cards promise greater success ahead. Just don’t quit now. And don’t allow other people’s actions to deter you from your path.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan19)

Negative thinking only leads to negative situations. Avoid gossips and avoid complaining. Focus only what is working and what could go right. A coworker’s carelessness could lead to last minute stress. Keep a cool heal and get things done. Financially things are not as bad you imagine. There is hope in the horizon and when you realise that somethings just have to be accepted you will feel more motivated. Boost your immune system with the right food. A sudden holiday plan will lift your spirits.

Aquarius (Jan 20- Feb 18)

Don’t allow other people’s behaviour to ruin your day. Rise above their pettiness and focus on doing what you do best. A minor disappointment could prove to be the turning point in your growth. Work matters run smoothly but deep inside you may feel unfulfilled and a little restless. Be still and learn to be okay with the feeling and trust that the answers will come when the time is right. A prayer gets answered.

Pisces (Feb 19- Mar20)

An opportunity presents itself which will change your perspective in a significant and memorable way. You grow in many ways and discover a new talent or passion. A month to follow your heart and your instincts. Romance may be in the air, but you may be a little choosy about who gets your heart. A part of you may be ready for a deeper bond and may think of marriage more seriously. Friends may turn to you for a shoulder or advice. Your deep compassion will move you to do something for this planet.

Mita Bhan

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5 Reasons you give up Loving Yourself

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“Love Yourself” is probably the most frequently transmitted message we receive in our day to day lives from the Universe.  Though it may sound like a “passing buzzword” that’s sometimes shiny and sometimes dull, it keeps on coming our way. But we choose to skip it.  Some of us practice self  love occasionally and then move on to other things.  If you’ve ever wondered why, here are 5 possible reasons you may be giving up.

  • Disbelief – You just cannot believe how self love will work. Somewhere you think it’s a fad, or it’s not for you or you just aren’t good enough.  Ask yourself why you gave  up and realise this is a lifelong practice to make peace with ourselves.
  • Quitting too Soon – Too many people give up the practice after a few days or weeks, not realising that it takes time to heal years of low self worth and like all forms of practice, there will be dull days. The times when we feel most disappointed with ourselves is when we most need to practice this. Just dont quit!
  • External Sources – This could be watching the news everyday and feeling such an overwhelming sense of negativity you just stop bothering.  Or a change in routine (sudden workload for example) where you simply don’t find the time and forget.
  • Old Habits – Habits are hard to break, and harder to make. Some say it takes 21 days of consistent effort for a good habit to form and even longer to release the urge to binge, criticise ourselves or break the exercise routine.
  • Other’s Opinions. No matter what wear, say or do, there will always be some people who just won’t like you. Or will do what they can to put you down or make you feel small. Just keep loving yourself and remember, haters gotta hate. If you’re depending on others to love you to make you feel good about yourself you’ll always be disappointed. Start by approving of yourself, a little bit every day.

Ultimately, self love is a personal process. One that needs no one to approve of us and has no deadline. Do what works for you, and just don’t quit. And if you do, get back up and start loving who you are all over again:)

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