Beams of Peace

Beams of Peace

Jane MurrayIn this delightful podcast, I am chatting to fellow Insight Timer meditation teacher and the progenitor of Peacebeams, Jane Murray.

Note that this podcast contains a meditation at the end, so pull over if you are driving.

Topics we chat about:
  • The notion of a Peacebeam
  • Combining kindfulness with mindfulness
The new currency of KinderPay
  • Putting planetary resources on the balance sheet

  • KinderPay working alongside traditional currencies

  • The importance of forgiveness

  • Leaving the legacy of a kinder world

  • The interaction between love and gravity

Links from the podcast:

Beams of Peace

by Töm Evans with Jane Murray

Another Quarter Billion Miles

Winter Solstice 2017The Earth travels over a half billion miles each year as it orbits around the Sun.

So today, on the Winter Solstice, you can think of as being the end of one orbit and the start of the next. It’s a good time to reflect on this orbit’s highlights and what’s coming up on the next spin around our home star.

Here’s what’s been happening since this blog I wrote at the Summer Solstice :

The journey so far:

  • Published the first illustrated Just for Today book with the most delightful and talented co-creator from Norway, Siri Stiklestad Opli
  • Created a 10 day meditation course for Insight Timer called The Art of Timefulness – due out Q1 2018
  • Passed an audition to become a Vistage speaker
  • Delivered two 30 minute keynote sessions as a paid speaker
  • Helped two first time authors, Penny Waite and Siobhán Mullan, publish their books
  • Wrote 35k words of my new novel – 15k to go by end of December!

Just for Today Speech bubbleWhat’s already planned for the next 1/4 billion miles:

  • Write another batch of Just for Today’s – with some differences!
  • Get at least four more authors out in print, ebook and audiobook
  • Rationalise and stream my products into three tiers – free, economical, premium
  • Start the Awakening process for some more Like Minds
  • Deliver the first of many Vistage presentations
  • Publish my novel to celebrate my 60th year
  • Lead the meditations at the Guildford Wellness event at GLive

p.s. If you want to know how to produce this volume of creative output, take the Mindfulness-based Time Management self-study course
mindfulness-based time management

Change Your Mind Change Your Time

Normal human mind and thought processesThe normal human mind is only capable of experiencing one thought at a time.

If you think about the past or the future, your attention is diverted from what you are focussing on at any one time.

As our mind is prone to wander, this tends to make us naturally inefficient. With a constant barrage of both internal and external interruptions, it is not surprising that some people’s efficiency can be as low as 10%.

One of the benefits to recognising a problem is that we can begin to find a solution. When I first started meditating, I noticed very quickly that I was much more efficient on days when I treated myself to 10 minutes of Me Time. If I didn’t get around to meditating, some days I would be pushing water up a temporal hill.

  • What I learned was that the practice of mindfulness meditation didn’t so much make the inner chatter and distractions go away but it made it easier to deal with them. When we meditate daily, it becomes easier to remain in the meditative state through the day. This doesn’t necessarily mean we have no thoughts at all but we forge a new relationship with our thoughts.
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  • I discovered that it was an urban myth that the left brain was logical and the right brain creative. A more accurate model was that the left brain sat inside space and time, focusing on detail, while the right brain dealt with the Big Picture and sat everywhere and ‘everywhen’ else.
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  • I came across the art of Mind Mapping and learned how it induces the Whole Brain State, where left and right brains work in harmony. I learned this state can also be induced by some yogic breathing techniques. When we get in this state, time seems to stretch so tasks get done in the time we allocate to them. I called it EMT – or Extended Me Time.
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  • What’s more, when in the EMT state, we emit less thought forms so people external to us don’t pick them up and think to bother us. We create an Interruption Barrier.
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  • I learned that the source of procrastination were thought forms that mainly emanated in our lower mind centres. If I became a busy fool, creatively getting on with everything else other that the task in hand, it was because a fear was in operation. Occasionally, it was also because my gut mind ‘knew’ there was a better way, or more optimal time, to carry out the task. A quiet mind allowed me to tune in to this source of intuition – or inner-tuition – and to acknowledge the fear but to do it anyway!
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  • I learned too that neuroscientists had discovered that the gut mind operates ahead of time and this is a possible source of precognition. This I called IMT – or Inner Mind Time.
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  • I started to research the nature of light bulb and aha moments. These flashes of inspiration, that arrive in ‘no time at all’, are massive time savers and can be accessed on demand while in the meditative state. They come from inside space and outside time. When we experience one, we have entered OMT – or Outer Mind Time – and we awaken our prescient ability.
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  • After a while, these practical benefits become second nature and another amazing benefit emerges. With a quieter mind, we become better able to spot serendipities, coincidences and opportunities. They were probably there all along but a busy mind meant we missed them. With reduced fear and more focus, external events soon arrive Just in Time and we begin to live a charmed and magical existence.

Before I found myself immersed into the world of mindfulness and meditation, I was always quite good making the complexities of high technology understandable by technophobes. I have applied the same mindset into what I call timefulness and have created an accessible 8 week self-study course, with 21 day meditation re-treat bonus, that will change your relationship with time. I am also teaching it live inside businesses and teaching teachers how to teach it.

If you want more time in your days and weeks, check out Mindfulness-based Time Management.

mindfulness-based time management

A Map of the Heart

A Map of the Heart

Line 1 : Meditations
These 10 meditations accompany my new book, The Authority Guide to Practical Mindfulness. Travel time is just 100 minutes stopping at each ‘station’ for 10 minutes over 10 days. Buy the book and ride this line for free!

Line 2 : Books
My books are inexpensive way to dip your toe into a more magical and less stressful world. They are available in print, for ereaders and many now as audiobooks.

Line 3 : Heart-full Living
This 15 day course will open your mind, or your minds more specifically, to a new level of being. A mind once opened cannot be closed. At the same time you improve your Third Eyesight, you will also be helping to restore sight in both eyes for someone in the developing world.

Line 4 : Self-study Courses
These courses are all advanced examples of practical mindfulness. Others call this magic and alchemy. There are loads of resources you are looking for more time, increased money flow or to write your book the easy way.

Line 5 : Talks and Workshops
Pretty much any of the materials on Lines 1 through to 4 can be delivered in a one-to-many environment. I do taster talks, 1/2 day and full day workshops and all attendees will come away with some goodies.

Line 6 : Awakening
If you are serious about your personal evolution, my 1-2-1 mentored program is like a deathless reincarnation or software upgrade for the soul. Travelling on Line 1 followed by Line 4 is a prerequisite for getting on this extra Special Line. Get in touch for an exploratory chat if you are ready to step into your magnificence and note there is only space for 12 people to travel on this line at any one time.

Line 7 : Chilling
Give yourself a real treat for 21 days. Each day you will get access to a new meditation which is exactly 13m33s long. This is ideal for new and experienced meditators and after 21 days you will discover that daily meditation is a nice-habit-to-have.

Who’s ‘Watching’ Over You ?

Who’s ‘Watching’ Over You ?

Someone is watching over you

watch [verb] : to observe, to keep a look out, to view
watch [noun] : a timepiece, a chronometer (worn on the wrist or carried in a pocket)

From when we are born until we leave the planet, time is superimposed upon us and someone or other seems to be ‘watching over you’.

We are indoctrinated with the notion of time from birth. Babies have times for feeding, changing, and bathing. Timetables regulate our school lessons. School-time all too quickly morphs into the nine to five of work-time. We intersperse our days with breakfast times, break times, lunch times, tea times, and supper times. Commuters just have to catch that train, right on time, so they can ‘clock in’ and ‘clock out’ at the end of their working day.

We have a bedtime and, before we know it, it’s time to get up again. Note that between these two times, when we are sleeping and dreaming, time takes on a different and ethereal quality. If you ever end up awake in the small hours, however, time can seem to stretch to eternity.

Our language, too, is littered with temporal references:

  • ‘Just a minute.’
  • ‘Give me a second.’
  • ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man.’
  • ‘Another day, another dollar.’
  • ‘That is so last season.’
  • ‘Holding back the years.’

Stop the World, I Want to Get Off

It seems that time is imposed upon us from birth right through to death, and that we cannot escape either its forward arrow or its grip. Yet, go back just 200 years or so, and nobody wore a watch. So this obsession with time is actually quite recent. In our so-called modern society, what is making this somewhat worse is that the world is permanently ‘switched on’. Before we had electric light, people snuffed out candles and went to sleep when it got dark.

The key to taking time back under our control lies in ‘watching’ ourselves internally. Firstly, take notice how the speed of time seems to vary depending on what we are doing and thinking. A busy weekend with friends seems to zoom by. An interminable wait in a doctor’s surgery seems to drag out forever. When we travel somewhere new, it seems to take longer than the journey back or the return trip. Secondly, reflect on days where you got lots done and on those days where you where pushing water up a temporal hill. Notice how you felt about those days before, during and after.

Synchronising with EMT

The passage of time is subjective and herein lies the clues on how we can control it, as opposed to it controlling us. The practice of mindfulness meditation is what opens the door to a new way of being that I call timefulness. Taking 10 minutes of ‘me time’ out each day is all that’s needed to slow time down and to get more done with less of it. With just a few days practice, we can enter Extended Me Time, or EMT. This is a luxurious state to be in where we become time lords, and of course time ladies.

When we sync with EMT, here’s what happens:

  • We get our creative tasks done, in what seems like ‘no time at all’
  • Interruptions are minimised
  • External events seem to happen ‘just in time’
  • Our stress levels reduce whilst our productivity increases
  • People want to learn our secret

p.s. I haven’t worn a watch for years and am rarely late 🙂

If you’d like to know more about how to manage the passage of time, as opposed it it managing you, get a copy of my new book Managing Time Mindfully. It comes with free guided meditations to give you the luxury of ‘me time’.

Managing Time Mindfully

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