What is Meditation? The Practice of Zazen

Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation is a contemplative practice through which we can connect with ourselves at a deeper level, gaining access to thoughts, emotions, and attitudes from an observer’s point of view. The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditationem, which means to think over, reflect, or consider. From my perspective, there are two types of meditation, with two different goals and outcomes. One goal may be to calm ourselves down and recharge. I call this restorative meditation. Another goal is to understand ourselves more, and life in general, by doing inner work in a meditative state. I call this insightful meditation.

Whatever type of meditation you take upon, I believe the practice in itself is great for well-being. Studies have shown that practicing meditation on a regular basis can improve self-awareness, decrease stress and anxiety levels, and boost the capacity to manage difficult negative emotions. I personally have been practicing Zazen, a gentle Buddhist meditation practice in which we simply, sit, settle in, and rest in a space of compassion toward ourselves and reality. In Zazen, we don’t compete to see who can sit in the most difficult position and for the longest period of time. Our goal is to sit down and explore our inquiring process.

I say explore because the aim of practicing Zazen is not to seek or find answers but to engage in the art of questioning life and our existence. Are we living or surviving? How can we improve our daily life? What problems do we need to tackle? Zazen invites us to gently tap into our natural curiosity and face the questions that arise from within ourselves, with compassion, and gentleness. We then welcome any answers but we don’t obsess over getting them, even when a question makes you feel agitated or upset. Through Zazen, we learn to lean into a question but also stay present with it, accepting that answers may or may not come and that if they do come they may not be fully satisfying.

While in mindfulness-based practices you are encouraged to let go of your thoughts and emotions, in Zazen we acknowledge thoughts and emotions as part of our questioning process. They arise so that we pay attention to what may be bothering us, which can help us find our center again. When a thought or emotion comes, we gently ask what it is. Where did it come from? How do we choose to approach it? We don’t fight against or dismiss them. We sit upright and face them, without clinging to the need of obtaining clear or elaborated answers. Sometimes we get a lot of insights, other times we don’t.

Concluding Thoughts

Meditation can offer you different benefits for well-being. These include increased self-awareness, a greater focus on the present moment, reduced stress, enhanced productivity, and improved self-regulation. I find Zazen meditation very useful and adequate to my needs and goals. I hope this post makes you curious to explore other meditation styles so that you can find one that suits your nature.

How to Tell the Difference Between Fear and Intuition?

How do you know whether you are tapping into your intuition, or simply engaging and entertaining unhelpful, fear-based thoughts? Is that inner voice your intuition or your fear speaking? This is a complex topic, and yet it represents a skill we need and can develop as highly sensitive people. I believe everyone can benefit from learning to differentiate between intuition and fear, but highly sensitive people even more because struggling to understand which one is speaking to us can lead us to an endless spiral of doubt and confusion.

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Tarot Coaching: Full Moon in Scorpio 2022

About the Moon

The Moon represents our emotions and our inner life. It is associated with the Feminine, the Yin energy, and the Mother archetype. The Moon involves aspects such as our intuition, our emotional reactions, and our motivation.

The Full Moon Phase

The Full Moon is a great time to look at what we have done since the New Moon phase, the time we plant new seeds for the future, and check-in with the results. How are you feeling about the goals we set two weeks ago? Are you feeling inspired or defeated? A lot can be going on right now in your feeling space, and that’s natural because full moons are intense periods. Be grateful for what has worked for you so far and release what didn’t. What stays and what goes? Forgive yourself and others so that you can create space for the upcoming lunar phase.

Your Full Moon in Scorpio Tarot Report

The Full Moon in Scorpio will take place on May 16th, 05:14 AM, GMT

  • Scorpio is a Water sign and it is ruled by Mars and Pluto
  • A full moon in Scorpio invites us to focus on regeneration and the natural cycles of life
  • The keyword is ‘Transformation’

The Main Message

The Sun suggests this is a time to celebrate life to the fullest and witness the richness of our experiences. It invites us to wrap up negative situations and transform them into positive lessons and tools for inner guidance. Be careful on how you deal with and manifest this energy as it can be very intense under the influence of Scorpio. Don’t lose yourself in sensual temptations.

What You Need to Release

The card The Empress (reversed) indicates you might have been suppressing your feminine energy which represents our emotions and intuition. It is time to embrace these aspects that are present in all human beings, regardless of the gender they were born or identify with. There is no shame in feeling all sorts of emotions. Feel them, be present with them, and then release them through healthy mechanisms of self-expression.

Divine Masculine

The World indicates you are feeling positive and assertive about changes you want to create and manifest in your life. You feel powerful in the sense that you are being impelled to look after yourself and take care of different aspects of your life, health, and well-being. The energy of this full moon in Scorpio is creating momentum and impelling you to act on your behalf.

Divine Feminine

The Nine of Cups suggests you are comfortable with what you have been achieving on a personal or professional level. You are now contemplating the process you have been through and starting to make sense of it all. Use the energy of this full moon in Scorpio to literally sit back and appreciate how far you have come. You might want to do an inventory of projects you have been working on and add a list of potential developments.

What You Need to Focus On

The Star (reversed) invites you to be mindful of your actions around this period of time. It is great to celebrate life and feel cheerful but be careful with excesses. Optimism is great as long as it is tempered with a dose of realism. Otherwise, you may indulge in illusions and regret your actions later. Remind yourself that this is a very intense full moon and unless you keep track of your thoughts and feelings you may find yourself disappointed within a couple of weeks.

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Tarot Coaching: New Moon in Taurus 2022

About the Moon

The Moon represents our emotions and our inner life. It is associated with the Feminine, the Yin energy, and the Mother archetype. The Moon involves aspects such as our intuition, our emotional reactions, and our motivation.

The New Moon Phase

The New Moon is great to plant the seeds for the future. It’s a time to cleanse and tap into your deepest dreams. This is the phase in which you can start manifesting what you want by making time to plan – not execute. You may find yourself more attuned to new ideas and tempted to increase your horizons so take advantage of that and begin writing or drawing what comes to your mind.

Your New Moon in Taurus Tarot Report

The New Moon in Taurus will take place on April 30th, 9:28 PM, GMT

The Main Message

The Two of Pentacles suggests we are being invited to contemplate whether we are operating from a place of balanced thinking and feeling, or not. Are there imbalances in any area of your life right now? Where are you struggling to find or keep balance?

What You Need to Release

The card The Chariot brings attention to the excessive desire to control or manage every single aspect of your life. Working on accepting that you can’t control every detail will help you establish a new sense of balance.

Divine Masculine

The Eight of Swords indicates you may be feeling stuck and hurt, which doesn’t allow you to expand your horizons and see the silver lining of your negative experiences. Be sure to process your feelings and thoughts but don’t overly identify yourself with them.

Divine Feminine

The Three of Cups suggests you are enjoying your time and sense of belonging to a wider community. You are gathering support and offering support to those who resonate with your current energy and vibration.

What You Need to Focus On

The Page of Pentacles calls attention to childlike or innocent beliefs about people and life situations. Embrace your inner youth but be mature as well. Not everything that shines is gold. Be joyful and conscious of your personal boundaries.

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