How to Calm Your Mind
From Australian Mindfulness Educator,
Meditation Teacher and owner of Meditation
Sunshine Coast – Michelle Eckles...
Like many people, I was living on autopilot, keeping busy doing the things that I thought would bring me happiness – buying houses, going to the gym, driving new cars, running my own business and saving for holidays.
But I found myself completely overwhelmed with trying to keep up with all this and being a mum. I was easily distracted, very reactive and in constant physical pain. I kept even busier to ignore my underlying unhappiness and discontent.
One by one, I lost all of these things – my marriage, home, car, and business. I was on strong painkillers and the only time I felt at peace was when I was asleep. So I drank every night to achieve this state of bliss, which caused more health problems and a never-ending cycle of my happiness being at the whim of anything and everything going on around me and to me.
At 40 years of age, I was left with the choice between a path of antidepressants and surgery... or... finding something that wasn’t just a coping mechanism but prevented me from getting into this state in the first place.
It is in the stillness that we find peace, acceptance, clarity, compassion, wisdom and ourselves.
And so I tried meditation. But guess what – I couldn’t stop thinking, couldn’t sit still long enough to count to 10 breaths, and there were so many different meditation apps I felt more overwhelmed! I thought meditation must only be for monks that didn’t have real-life challenges. Sound familiar?
But there was a spark in me that knew that this was going to help me, so I began studying mindfulness and meditation for the next couple of years. It was life-changing. I stopped feeling so overwhelmed, but there were also so many more pleasant side effects. I became physically, mentally and emotionally healthier. The pain went away, I was less reactive, more productive and creative, and above all, I knew I didn’t have to rely on external factors for my happiness – it was always there. It was my choice whether I wanted to be happy or not in any given situation.
I was working in my dream job, taking my kids on holidays, driving a new car, saving for my own home and surrounded by like-minded people I enjoyed spending time with. Then the pandemic struck, and again that was all taken away! But this time, I had the tools and the resilience to know that I would be okay.
Stop wasting your precious time and peace of mind stressing about the past or worrying about the future.
Now I am sharing those tools and knowledge in an easy to read, simple and practical format that you can finish in a weekend and experience the benefits immediately.
I want to help other people who are looking for something, other than a coping mechanism, to help them manage the challenges of everyday life, and live more peacefully and harmoniously.
Whether you are experiencing work-related stress, feeling overwhelmed with family life, uncertain about retirement, going through a relationship break down or just feel like it’s time for you to start doing something for yourself, there are simple exercises that can help you process your emotions and stop worrying.
You don’t have to sit on a pillow for 30 minutes to feel the benefits.
There are short simple techniques you can do anywhere anytime to help you calm down, refocus and enjoy life.
Stop being a slave to your thoughts and emotions and losing any more of your precious time being distracted by them. Stop missing out on enjoying the moment you are in because you will never get it back again!
Download this step by step guide to feeling calmer, less overwhelmed, less reactive and more focussed, written by a qualified and experienced mindfulness and meditation practitioner (without the woo woo).
What's Inside The 70 Page Book?
This book is for people who:
Dislcaimer: The information, exercises and meditations in this book are intended for general interest and use and not as therapy or treatment for any mental or physical condition. Please seek the advice and services of a professional health practitioner for the treatment of any disorder or if you are at all concerned about your physical, mental or emotional wellbeing.
CALM YOUR MIND TODAY!
Here's exactly what you're going to get with the Cultivating a Calm Mind Digital Book Bundle
(your guide to managing stress, thoughts and emotions to lead a happier more peaceful life with intent)…
I'm Michelle, owner of Meditation Sunshine Coast in Australia.
Mindfulness and meditation have had a major impact on my life.
I became curious about meditation during a challenging period of my life. I was feeling completely overwhelmed nearly every day and faced with a path of antidepressants. I knew I had to find something (other than drugs or alcohol) that not only reduced the feelings of overwhelm but stopped me from getting to that stage in the first place.
And so I tried meditation. And full disclosure – I couldn't sit still for more than five minutes or count to ten breaths! I found trying to learn through an app or on my own just wasn't working and so I began looking for teachers and studying and researching meditation and then mindfulness.
As a result, I completed:
Realising the benefits mindfulness and meditation could have on younger people, I also went on to complete the following training:
In my work life, practising mindfulness was essential to my success as an events manager for high profile speakers such as Brene Brown, Malala Yousafzai, Simon Sinek and the Obamas. It enabled me to remain calm, focussed and productive in this demanding role. It also gave me the resilience I needed when that career ended due to COVID.
In my private life, practising meditation has enabled me to be less reactive and more patient, healthier, kinder and compassionate to myself, as well as to those around me. This has become essential with two teens and a grandmother with dementia to care for.
For several years I ran my Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners program for kids, teens and adults, from my studio on the Sunshine Coast. I have now extended my teaching capacity to incorporate community classes, online courses, workplace workshops, programs, coaching and retreats. I also facilitate programs on behalf of Mindfulness Works Australia and am a registered provider for the Healthy Sunshine Coast Program and Career, Money, Life.
I am passionate about educating and demonstrating the benefits of practising mindfulness and meditation to help reduce feelings of overwhelm and stress, and increase feelings of calm, clarity and connection.
I am a member of the Meditation Association of Australia and mindful.org and a Veriditas trained and certified labyrinth facilitator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes you can order a hard copy of the book including postage for the same price as the digital bundle here.
You will receive an email with a link and login details to access the files online as well as an email with links to download the compressed folders (zip file) which you can then extract on your phone, tablet, computer or device.
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Not at this stage.
Mindfulness is the practise of paying attention to what you are doing. Meditation is one way to practise being mindful.
Mindfulness meditation can be done anywhere, anytime and is simple. You don't have to sit on a pillow for 20 minutes in the lotus position. I have included lots of different exercises and meditations you can try to see what works for you.
It's a myth that meditation is about not thinking! It's impossible! The idea is to become aware of your thoughts and when you become distracted by them, gently bring your attention back to what you were doing.
You don't have to sit on a cushion for 30 minutes to practise mindfulness and meditation. The book includes dozens of tips and exercises you can do anywhere, anytime so you can slot them into your busy schedule or incorporate them into an activity you are already doing.
Please consult your doctor before practising any of these exercises or listening to the meditations.
Practising mindful awareness and meditation can help you view pain with a different perspective and as a sensation rather than the label of pain. Please consult your doctor if you have persistent ongoing pain.
Unless you are meditating for the purpose of trying to go to sleep at night, try sitting rather than laying down and meditate somewhere other than your bedroom. Also avoid drugs, alcohol and eating too much before you meditate.
Just like physical exercise the longer you do it the more you benefit you will feel. Consistency is key to build up a bank of resilience. Aim for between 5 and 20 minutes per day rather than one longer session a week.
That is a personal choice based on your objectives and lifestyle. First thing in the morning is ideal before you get distracted by the day. Or last thing at night if you suffer from insomnia. You can practise mindfulness at any time of the day or night – simply pay attention to whatever is it you are doing in any given moment and nothing else.
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