Imagine having a meditation map.
A map to guide and inspire, with tips on where to start and what to look for ahead. Flexible enough to fit into the reality of your daily life (aligning with the influences around you) and providing both short side-trips and longer intensive experiences (meditative exercises + longer guided practices). A map that points out highlights and special events (monthly themes) coupled with a local guidebook and handy resources (weekly tips) to fine-tune our focus and attention.
Welcome to THE LOUNGE
The Lounge is a NEW membership journey .. set to inspire your meditation + mindfulness practice(s) + daily life rituals in alignment with the earth’s seasons.
Starting 1st March, Autumn
AUTUMN is harvest season, a time of:
PREPARATION. TRANSITION. RELEASING.
These three characteristics inspire our monthly meditation themes:
March 2019: Preparation through GROUNDING
April 2019: A HEARTFUL approach to change
May 2019: Releasing what no longer serves LETTING GO
WHY A SEASONAL MAP?
Because in the Winter of 2018 I realized that I was living my season of resistance! My resistance to Winter (as if she held a personality that was cold, wet, grey, depressing, even hateful!) was causing my suffering. And so I set out to change my mindset: by recognizing and celebrating (daily) the gifts of Winter. This birthed a much deeper and more personal mindfulness and gratitude practice – and a deep bow to the wisdom of the seasons.
A map is perfect if you’re not sure where you want to go
or if you’re looking to discover something new
*Hones focus: meditation has been practiced for a millennium, across countries, beliefs, and cultures .. so much to see and do, so much to explore. Still, perhaps your not sure where to start? maybe all the options are overwhelming? The Lounge offers a seasonal map to help navigate the journey.
*Builds awareness: having just one focus for a whole month releases us from the distraction of jumping between practices or getting lost in ‘too much choice’. Sometimes it is helpful to pause and zoom-in to gain a deeper and richer understanding. The monthly theme is like a zoom lens.
*Cultivates clarity: having a journey mapped out can be a useful mind tool: no need to sweat the small stuff or logistics. Navigation has been done and helpful tools have been sourced, a pack of juiciness is ready waiting for you.
*Expands experience: there are ten months and ten themes mapped out for 2019. You can stay on track for the full journey, stray off or come back for a specific topic, or even take a pause; there is always the map to come back to.
*Establishes a solid foundation: like picking up a guidebook at the local tourism office, this monthly theme format will allow us to explore the roots of a practice, the art
The Lounge is like an inner travel map with clearly marked points of interest
Your Tour Guide: I have had a personal meditation practice of 25+ years and been teaching meditation as a vital life skill for almost ten years. You can read my JOURNEY HERE. Along the way, I have studied with various teachers and within different traditions, formalized my learning with certifications and professional development – and done a lot of meditation! So, I love the idea of putting on the tour-guide uniform (metaphorically) and leading adventures into new lands, so we can share the fun, but also avoid time-consuming and lonely late-night internet searching!
WHO IS THE LOUNGE FOR?
Beginners: Beginners Mind is a wonderful quality of mind when starting anything new .. open and curious to whatever unfolds. In our first LAUNCH month March 2019 we start at the beginning with ‘Preparation’ that will set a solid foundation for the journey with the Four Steps to Meditation
Dabblers: if you have dabbled in meditation, once or a zillion times, or recently fallen off the meditation wagon, then the monthly themed content is like a little patch of Summer sunshine designed to catch your eye and tantalize you to dive back in.
Long-Time Traveller: perhaps you have a comfortable and solid personal meditation practice, but it could do with a little Spring clean. The monthly themes can provide a fresh new lens for your practice.
The Lounge sprouts from the soil of Melbourne, Australia – the Southern Hemisphere – but you can be anywhere! As humans, we are always navigating and juggling our personal internal season with the external world around us. Sometimes our stage in life or inner energies simply don’t fit with the earthly seasons. So, be guided by your own wisdom.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
By listening to what the season might be whispering to us .. we can be guided in our daily rituals and meditation practice. What three unique characteristics does this Season symbolize? what one specific element could we explore each month delivered in a weekly format.
WEEK 1: PREPARATION. Preparing for the journey. Getting clear on our personal intention. Beginning with the Introductory Guided Meditation (our practice for two weeks).
* Seasonal Living eBOOK (released each season a 13+ page PDF)
* An introduction to the Month’s Theme (PDF)
* Introductory Guided Meditation (audio 8-10min)
WEEK TWO: REFLECTION. Reflections from Week One. Diving a little deeper into our focus, the practice(s), teachers and lessons. What can science tell us? Questions, challenges, and antidotes.
* Weekly Review (PDF)
* Knowledge Bank (will vary)
WEEK THREE: EXPANSION. Armed with a deeper appreciation and experience of the monthly theme, we flow into our longer guided meditation and expand our knowledge.
* Guided Meditation (audio 20-30min)
* Knowledge Bank (will vary)
WEEK FOUR: INTEGRATION. What lessons have you observed from your meditation practice this month? How about insights from out in the real world? How might we integrate this wisdom into our meditation practice and daily life moving forward?
* Walking Into The World (PDF)
* Downloadable Monthly In Review eBook (all content)
*What is coming up next month?
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
WHAT IS THE COST AND COMMITMENT
The SEASONAL SUBSCRIPTION will be $36 per month from 1st June 2019 – the season of Winter. However, there will be an invitation to the first 100 VIP subscribers (you can join our invitation list here) for $24 per month (equal to one casual meditation class).
This is an ongoing monthly fee and gives you access to all content
CAN I SIGN UP OR UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME?
Yes. You can sign up at any time, stay for as long as you like, and unsubscribe when you need to (I will of course, be sorry to see you go!). All content for the period of sign-up is yours to keep. Each month brings a new theme (and content) which is available only if you are a current member.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE LOUNGE?
We shall start with just an email address, and you will need the ability to listen to audio (MP3) and read documents (PDF). I would encourage you to also invest in a nice journal and pen so you can journal any thoughts or insights that arise along the way. In the future, we may need/want a Facebook Group and the time will come when a more sophisticated platform will be required. Not yet. Let’s just START and I will listen to your feedback.
WHAT SHALL I GET OUT OF THE LOUNGE?
The aim is to provide delicious ongoing content to inspire and motivate you to meditate. Regularly. Daily. For LIFE!
*Seasonal Living eBook (each Season)
*Monthly Themed guidebook for single focus
*Each month a short guided 10-15minute Meditative Exercise
*Each month a longer guided 20-30minute Meditation
*4 x weekly emails with resources and instructions
*A gorgeous ebook at the end of the month with all the content
Meditation has been practiced across the globe for thousands of years .. because it works. Modern research continues to provide us with further insights into some of these amazing physical and mental benefits including:
• Lowers blood pressure and heart rate – meaning it’s highly effective as an anti-stress therapy and has zero side effects
• Improves our immune system – fewer colds and flu would be a great start, with research indicating that there is a significant likelihood of assisting with more challenging conditions
• Improves our neural coordination long-term meditators have been able to change the neuroplasticity of their brains – yes, we can become more efficient thinkers and happier people as well
• Boosts production of DHEA the only known hormone that decreases directly with age .. so dare we suggest there is the possibility of slowing the
• Heightens activity in the left prefrontal cortex of the brain, the area associated with relaxation and happiness
• Improves our concentration and our ability to focus effectively. Meditation activates brain waves, the area of consciousness in which higher level thinking and insight occurs
• Shown to improve Emotional Intelligence more in-tune with our emotions and also how to regulate our emotions
• Can build greater collaboration and understanding which supports and strengthens all our relationships.