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This is where Lifeflow’s teachers and members of our community share with you their deep knowledge and experience about meditation and mindfulness – so you can learn more and get the most out of meditation.

Finding an Ocean of Calm and Contentment when Living Alone

Finding an Ocean of Calm and Contentment when Living Alone

Living alone presents several challenges. When we are able to enjoy the company of family and friends, go to work or participate in a range of activities, these challenges may not be so noticeable. When, however, we are unable to be in contact with others, maybe due to health reasons or are isolated as many have been during the Coronavirus epidemic, the sense of isolation looms large.
The Luminosity of Love

The Luminosity of Love

Being open to everything, being receptive to everything in yourself and the world, is the essence of love. You discover that love is actually a decision – not just a feeling. It is something you can practice, and so you can learn to sustain a state of love in the same way that you can learn anything else. It doesn’t have to be left to chance.
Meditation and Stress

Meditation and Stress

Even people with no interest in meditation will be familiar with, and possibly support, the claim that meditation reduces stress. Here we dig deeper to understand what stress is and how meditation can help.
Introduction to Advanced Meditations

Introduction to Advanced Meditations

The Advanced Meditations held at Lifeflow provide a way of training yourself to be able to understand, access and accept all of the varied aspects of the human mind. By accepting that our minds have many different shades we can learn how to use them skilfully and appropriately. The Advanced Meditation sessions are held twice per year for Lifeflow members at Tara Hills Retreat Centre.
A meditation on walking the Milford

A meditation on walking the Milford

My first-born has often hit me with her laser-like-between-the-eyes provocative challenges. “Hey Mum, do you want to come to NZ with me and walk the Milford Track? It’s only 55 km, over 5 days and 4 nights. You only have to carry a daypack that weighs a piddling 7-10 kg and there are superb lodges overnight and all meals are provided”. Awesome!!! But maybe I’m a little old at 71 for that don’t you think?"
Resilience – staying cool in the tough times

Resilience – staying cool in the tough times

Have you been through times in your life when you have been overwhelmed; when everything seems to have gone wrong and life has pummelled you? When our lives turn upside down, or even when we are just knocked sideways a bit, we can feel anger, worry, anxiety or even fear. Our self confidence disappears. At these times what helps us to get back up again is resilience. Meditation can help us a lot with this ...
Meditation and Relationships

Meditation and Relationships

I am a daughter, mother, grandmother, wife, sister, friend, cousin. I have been a business owner and a boss. Somewhere entwined amongst these roles is a relationship I have with myself, ‘me’. It was when one of these relationships went confrontingly wrong that I realised the ‘me’ involved was not the ‘me’ I thought I was.
Keeping Your Balance

Keeping Your Balance

When first learning to ride a bike, you quickly discover how important it is to be physically balanced. If not you keep falling over! The same actually applies emotionally and mentally. Meditation is the tool for discovering and keeping your emotional and mental balance. One of the most wonderful things about meditation is that you discover what it feels like when the body, the emotions and the mind are balanced at the same time. This state of natural balance is the resting point of our lives, the point of deepest relaxation and the point of maximum potential.
Message from the Lifeflow Librarian

Message from the Lifeflow Librarian

Suggested readings and contemplations during a period of isolation and retreat from the outside world. For many of us, and especially for those without young children at home, this time of isolation from the distractions and busyness of the outside world can be experienced as a time of retreat. During this unusual yet precious time you may find that you have more space in your life for contemplation, meditation and reading.
Thoughts – the waves on the ocean

Thoughts – the waves on the ocean

Thoughts are a natural occurrence in the meditating mind. They behave exactly like waves on the ocean. With meditation you can learn to work with the moods, waves, rips and currents of your mind and rest in the stillness of the calm beach on the shore.
I can’t find time to meditate!

I can’t find time to meditate!

Get your meditation practice off the ground with a simple approach anyone can do ... with 'spot' meditations.
Insomnia no more

Insomnia no more

An invitation to change your attitude to insomnia. Rather than see it as a problem, you can see it as an opportunity to meditate.
Exam pressure - can meditation help?

Exam pressure - can meditation help?

Along with getting good sleep and some exercise, meditation is one of the most valuable things you can do to help with the pressure of exams.
How meditation can help you

How meditation can help you

Meditation can help you in many ways. Some of the benefits can include more contentment, being happier, sleeping better and untangling conflicting emotions.
Thinking about a retreat?

Thinking about a retreat?

Do you want to take a step back, take a break, recharge your batteries and get yourself back on track? A Lifeflow meditation retreat may be the answer.
What is meditation?

What is meditation?

Essentially, meditation is a practice which uses a variety of techniques to calm the mind, relax the body and bring the emotions into balance.