Five years ago I would have laughed if you had suggested meditation could help my business but I’ve gradually become a convert.
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Hi everyone, it’s Nicola here and all the stars have aligned for me to be able to talk to you this week. Basically the camera’s charged up, my fringe isn’t looking too bad. I’ve got something to say, which is always a plus. It’s a not very sunny day in Stoupa today, which means that it’s quite quiet around here. Everyone’s, I don’t know, off doing excursions I expect. ‘Cause they can’t all go down the beach. You can probably hear the cicadas in the background. They never shut up, once it gets to a certain temperature.
Anyway, no water, that’s the thing. But it doesn’t stop me. I’ve got internet intermittently, but no water today because they’re probably trying to conserve it ’til everyone comes home wanting a shower later on. Anyway, these are the things that are sent to try us. Living and working abroad. I like it anyway. Let’s get on with the show, shall we?
So this week I want to talk to you about the power of meditation. Now if you’d have said to me, even four of five years ago, that I’d be meditating regularly, I would have laughed at you. Because I’m not that kind of person. I thought it was a little bit wooley and waffley and yes, it probably made you feel a bit better. A bit rested perhaps, especially if you fell asleep. But I didn’t really see what the point of it was. I tried it a few times, quite pleasant. Didn’t really do anything. Then I started seeing all these scientific reports that actually prove the power of meditation. I’m nothing if not swayed by a bit of scientific proof.
So I started to use meditation myself. I started with a bit of Paul McKenna. Like his voice. He’s got some really nice guided meditations I really enjoyed. Yes, it was perfectly pleasant and I suspected it was doing me some good, in my brain somewhere that I couldn’t tell the effects of. Yeah so then what happened, then Steve died and I was looking for anything to make myself feel better. Even temporarily. I started listening to a Mind Value Meditation, by Vishen Lakhiani, called The 6 Phase Meditation. I really enjoyed that. It was really positive visualisation. It enabled me to start thinking about what life would be like once I got over the grieving period and what I wanted my life to be looking like later on.
One of the things about grieving is you think you’re never going to come out of it and having a lifeline to cling on to, by power of guided meditation, about what I wanted my life to be like in the future. It really was a lifeline. It really did help and it actually made me feel better in the moment as well and the days I meditated, I felt better. Especially if I did it in the morning. ‘Cause I was less likely to fall asleep then. Then I definitely felt stronger, more calm, more uplifted, more able to cope. So I’ve done that for now, well it must be three years, two and a half years anyway.
Recently, Judith has introduced me to something a little bit wacky but I would like to recommend it to you, because it’s non-denominational. She doesn’t talk about religion as such. It talks about the power of the universe. I’m perfectly able to cope with that, even as a staunch atheist that I am. So it’s Abraham and the power of Abraham. It’s Esther Hicks and it used to be Jerry Hicks, but he sadly died. It was Esther and Jerry Hicks and they brought what they call, the voice of Abraham to the world aAnd she’s channelling a bunch of spirits apparently.
Now you don’t have to believe in that to enjoy the meditations. She’s very funny, she’s extremely down to earth and she’s got really good answers for a lot of life’s big questions. And the thing I really like about it, is it makes me feel so good. And Judith and I have talked about this a few times on the podcast. We’ve had two big episodes on the law of attraction and about how what you feel increases the vibe you put out into the world. And if you want to attract good stuff, you have to be vibing at a good level.
You have to be giving off positive vibes to be able to attract positive things into your life. Because let’s face it, when you’re miserable and negative, nobody wants to know. So it’s a really strong concept I think that every time you feel things aren’t going your way, you need to sit and examine how you are and how your vibration is, how you feel and then change how you feel. I’ve talked about this quite a lot but the Abraham teachings are a really good practical way of changing your vibe. And there’s lots of it for free on YouTube. I just did a really nice one. It was the morning meditation and if you want then, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a link to the video of that and you can get in to Abraham.
As I say, very funny, very down to earth. It talks about this vortex, which is sort of basically a load of stuff swirling about around you. And how everything you want is in the vortex but you just have to get the right vibrational energy going in yourself to be able to attract the things you want. And at the very least, even if you don’t believe all the philosophy and concepts under it, it makes you feel better. Let’s face it, anything that makes us feel better in any moment, that’s got to be a good thing hasn’t it? I did a meditation this morning, a 10 minute meditation and while I did that, not only did Bitcoin jump in price. So I was able to sell at a profit and get out of my trade but I also got a Messenger contact from someone who I like very much, who wants me to become his coach for the next three months or so. So that is a pretty powerful, what’s the word? Proof, that raising your own vibration attracts nice things to you. So give it a go why don’t you.
What’s on the blog and the podcast this week?
I’m not sure if I’ve actually spoken to you for a week or two so let’s just run through the last couple of things. On the blog there is, What it’s Really Like to Live and Work Abroad. By the stage I recorded that, which is VZINE 105, I’d been without internet for about three weeks. Now it’s back on in the evenings and that’s quite nice. So I can watch TV occasionally. But it’s also not on in the daytimes and when it is on in the daytimes it’s only intermittent. It’s not strong enough to upload anything. So I still have to go down the Taverna, which means lugging my laptop down the beach with me, to upload on one of the Taverna internets. It’s a bit tragic really because I’m paying for super-fast broadband. But we won’t moan on too much ’cause if you watch episode 105, you’ll hear all about it in detail.
On 104 just before that, I was talking about do your feelings control you? Or are you in control of your feelings? Why it’s so important to get a grip. But you already know that now because you’ve watched the middle bit of this vzine. Which tells you about how important it is to keep a grip.
What’s on the podcast this week?
We are getting some serious download numbers with that podcast now. We’ve doubled our numbers in the last couple of months. So we’re getting well over a thousand downloads every week. Which is rather marvellous. So last week episode 236, on ownitthepodcast.com/236, Clare Hanbury told us how she’s a long time listener. Hasn’t missed an episode and how she takes us to places like Africa, when she’s going on about her charity work. Her company empowers children to be the ambassadors for good health in their families. It’s a bit like their influences all spreading viral ideas, which help their families keep healthy. That’s episode 236, only at the podcast.
Before that we were talking about on Episode 235, we were talking about property as a business. Because I was explaining to Judith about how when you buy a property out in Greece, you’re not really looking for capital returns. Although it does go up slowly over time. You’re looking for a rental income a lot of the time. Or to save yourself money on holidays indeed. Because saving money is as good as making money, in lot’s of instances. Especially as you don’t have to pay tax on saved money, whereas you do have to pay tax on extra earned money.
So that’s an interesting business twist isn’t it? So go and check out the podcast, the blog. Go and check out the app, the vzine. You can come to NicolaCairncross.com/Blog. You’ll see the brand new website. If you go to the homepage and then you can wander over to the blog afterwards. But do check out the app as well. It’s free to download. It brings all my social media output in to one place and it also enables you to ask questions of me whenever you like. So don’t forget the app, NicolaCairncross.com/app.
I’ll see you next week. Hopefully I’ll have had a shower by then.
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