Jim Malloy

November 22, 2018 in Authors

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How did you get into meditation and how has meditation impacted your life?

I was 18 and had just finished high school when a close friend took me to a meditation lecture. The speaker, who seemed extremely peaceful, told us that meditation would change our lives in wonderful ways. So I signed up, took the course, and it did indeed change my life in wonderful ways.

All the ways that meditation has impacted my life are too numerous to include here. But here are some of the major changes I experienced right out of the gate. Physically, I felt much more relaxed, and my energy level – which had been very low – immediately skyrocketed. The frequent headaches I had been having stopped completely within the first week.

On a spiritual level, I felt more at peace and in the flow, and new insights about my life and about “Life” began pouring into my mind, as though the floodgates had suddenly opened.

How does it feel when you are in a meditative state?

My meditation experiences vary from day to day. Some days they’re deeply relaxing, and some days just slightly relaxing. Some days they’re mildly blissful, and some days extremely blissful. Sometimes I feel a wonderful lightness, sometimes I feel the heavy restfulness of Yoga Nidra, and sometimes I fall asleep. Some days my mind is fairly quiet, while other days there are a fair amount of thoughts… but I’m okay with that. I learned early on, that days when there are more thoughts are simply part of a natural cycle.

For me, the bottom line is putting aside expectations and “shoulds,” and accepting whatever happens in each meditation… confident that whatever I experience, valuable growth and transformation are taking place at a deep level of my being.

What are the top 3 most valuable pieces of life advice you can give from your life experience so far?

#1 Learn to trust that the Universe has your back. One way to develop this trust is to pay attention to those times when the support of the Universe is being demonstrated in your life – especially when you are taking risks.

#2 We are currently going through a long cycle of accelerated consciousness evolution, and one of its side effects is that everything is amplified – our emotions, thoughts, perceptions, reactions, world events, etc. Because we’re experiencing everything so intensely, try to be gentle with yourself, and try to give others a bit of slack as well.

#3 Learn to rely on your inner wisdom. This is especially important with regards to spiritual teachings. Rather than accepting without question what a meditation teacher, yoga teacher, guru, etc. tells you, I suggest you assess it with a gut-check and a bit of common sense before embracing it as true and/or acting on it.

What is your favourite quote?

“Penetrate into the essence of all being and significance, and release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the guidance and benefit of others.” ~ Meher Baba

What is something easy and simple that we can do right now to make the world a better place?

Meditate regularly. Meditation facilitates your spiritual evolution, and the more quickly each of us evolves, the more quickly humanity as a whole will evolve beyond our current problems.

What would you say has been the biggest benefit from meditation?

It helped me discover and live my life’s purpose.

What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome? How did you overcome it? And what lessons did you learn from it?

My biggest challenge was acting as my mother’s caregiver for the last 4 years of her life. She was a warm, likeable, easy-going person, and a good mother and friend. But when she became ill with both emphysema and osteoporosis, the combination of pain, difficulty getting sufficient oxygen, and the medication she was taking, turned her into a “patient from hell.” So the challenge was not just meeting the normal demands that caregivers face (which are very high on the list of stressors), but acting with the loving-kindness I felt she deserved.

How did I get through it? Meditation was a huge help in managing the stress. And the Universe did come through with timely assistance on occasions when it was sorely needed. But beyond that, it was mostly just toughing it out – summoning as much inner strength and compassion as I could, in order to keep my impulses in check… the impulse to react with anger, to defend myself, and to try to reason with my mother in her unreasonable state.

This challenge strengthened me, humbled me, and revealed the inner resources that are available when I dig deep within myself.

When you think about happiness, how do you define that for yourself?

For me, it’s simply a feeling. Sometimes I feel happy – sometimes not. Sometimes the feeling of happiness is triggered by external circumstances – sometimes not.

Do you have a message for our Mindbliss Community?

Make a commitment to meditate regularly. These three steps will help you keep it:

#1. Pick a number of days per week that’s do-able for you. Seven is a good number, 🙂 but maybe four or five days are more realistic for you.

#2. Choose a length of time that’s comfortable for you. Regardless of what you may have heard, longer meditations are not necessarily better. For most individuals, between 15 and 30 minutes is sufficient for producing good results.

#3. Choose a time of day that’s “your meditation time.” Unless you have a total aversion to structure, this will make it easier to maintain your practice.

~ Light & peace, Jim Malloy

Kerie Logan

November 19, 2018 in Authors

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How did you get into meditation and how has meditation impacted your life?

I got into meditation at a young age. My mother was a member of the Inner Peace Movement in Berkeley, CA.

How meditation impacts my life is it aligns me to what is available to all of us within the universe. It has built a solid bridge with my Angels, guides, teachers and ascended masters. The bridge or connection is so strong now that I do not have to meditate to connect, they are always there supporting me as I support humanity. This allows me to connect with people all around the globe and to better support them with personal change and empowerment.

Describe your meditation experience, how does it feel when you are in a meditative state?

Well everyone’s experience is different. For me personally when I meditate with music or no music, I feel this energy wrap around the back of my head. It’s like a buzzing energy or vibration. I allow that energy to build and move upward to the crown of my head. Next, I visualize myself sitting on an old tree stump, connecting me to Mother Earth. Then I visualize the top of my head opens up like a lotus flower and then beams of light come out and connect me with the stars, planets, sun, and beyond. I then draw that energy down into my body watching it swirl and mix with the Earth’s energy. Now I am ready to receive, listen and enjoy what comes.

When I listen to a guided meditation, my focus is relaxation and allowing the spoken words to gently guide me. I set the intention to being open to change and to trust the person guiding me. If my mind wants to drift, I allow it. I allow my third eye to give me any messages or images that might support me with my intention to change. I do my best to leave my ego and judgmental mind outside the room. If I allow my mind to pick it apart or question what is being said, I am not allow or receiving. I am trying control, manipulate and/or change the message. Therefore, trusting and going with the flow is best.

If you struggle with time and it feels like work, I don’t try to meditate because your mind is not in the right place. One should be open and willing to commit the full time to receive the gifts the sender is speaking to you in a guided meditation.

What is the top 3 most valuable life advice you can give from your life experience so far?

#1 Be your authentic self and know your worth.

#2 Live your truth.

#3 We are one: The light in me is the same light within you and this light is one with God/Love/Source/Universe. We are one in the same. Therefore, you matter because there is no separation.

What is your favorite quote?

“Your PURPOSE has nothing to do with what you do. Your purpose is about discovering and nurturing who TRULY are, to know and love yourself at the DEEPEST level and to guide yourself back HOME when you lose your way.” ~ Kris Carr

What is something easy and simple that we can do right now to make the world a better place?

Spread kindness. Step outside the box of comfort and give a smile to a stranger, say hello, open the door for someone, do a random act of kindness, and/or say something kind to someone who needs to be reminded that they matter.

What would you say has been the biggest benefit from meditation?

The biggest benefit of meditation is all the positive rewards you can receive by taking the time to do it. You can achieve peace of mind, the wonderful sense of relief, a healing, new perspective, release of trapped emotions, enlightenment, and the list can go and on.

Meditation creates the platform for you to clear the space, leave the baggage outside the door, put your ego on the shelf, have your authentic self-step forward, and open yourself up to endless positive possibilities in personal empowerment.

What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome? How did you overcome it? And what lessons did you learn from it?

The biggest challenge I had to overcome was PTSD in 2017. I learned that the one’s that created the PTSD trauma actually gave me a gift in the end because I always wanted to know what happened to me during a 1 year period when I was 4 years old.

This was something my soul NEEDED to experience, learn and release in order for my soul to expand back into the vibration of LOVE. Trust me, it was hard to accept that it was a gift because I wanted to stay attached to blame, but from a soul perspective it was a gift. I just had to step out of the human ego and mindset.

How I overcame the PTSD was using EMDR and my method of forgiveness. The EMDR revealed the repressed memories that created the PTSD triggers around the two people. The forgiveness was to SEE them from a soul perspective and not a human perspective. Because if I imagined them as they are in human form, I would experience resistance. When I saw them as love and light (the same light within us all), the forgiveness was simple. I spoke from my heart, I could feel their acceptance and forgiveness in exchange, and knew that it set us both free.

The lesson I learned was I discovered a deeper level of love, understand, compassion, and forgiveness with myself and with others. It also deepened my connection with God, my Angels, guides and spiritual teachers. I realized people do chose to come into this world as pure evil because they accepted that role to teach us forgiveness, love, compassion, mercy, and meaning. It all depends on how we view it. It’s why they say, “Love your enemies.” The love will neutralize their hatred because you chose to rise above it and stand in your truth/knowing/light/worth.

When you think about happiness, how do you define that for yourself?

Love this question. Happiness to me is all around me. You just have expand your awareness.

For me it could be the frost on a leaf that makes me smile, the sound of my cat snoring, the sun warming my skin, the smell of food cooking, the twinkle of love in my son’s eye, a warm embrace, and much more.

Happiness to me is close to being constantly grateful for all I have, do and see in the world around me. It’s a choice and I chose to feel, see, hear, and experience happiness as a way of life.

Do you have a message for our Mindbliss Community?

Six inches above our heads is all the information and resources you need within the universe. It’s like a highway of knowledge. So, imagine above your head is an endless highway of thoughts pass by constantly.

Everyday we have between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day. A good majority of those thoughts just pass by and we apply no meaning to it. But when someone makes us mad or says the wrong thing, we can grab hold of that thought. We give it meaning and purpose. Then we can start to stew on it and obsess over it. Having more thoughts around that one thought pattern.

Then that one thought gets anchored in and we are stuck. Attracting more and more of those same thought patterns and experiences. Our thoughts create our reality.

I created my PTSD and I too got stuck. I had to learn to ALLOW those negative thoughts to just pass on by with all those other thoughts. I no longer wanted to give the negative thoughts meaning, purpose or control over my life.

I learned to talk less about my story and focus more on who I wanted to be and how I want to live.

So, ask yourself what do you want to see, feel, hear, and experience in the world around you? For me, it is this… I see, feel, hear, and experience love in the world around me. I see love in everyone and everything. I purposely set this intention and send it out into the world. I affirm that I am bless and therefore I am. And when someone is does something unkind, I stop do a self-inventory as to how or why I attracted this into my life. If they are unkind, where have I been unkind? Has it been to myself or another person.

A thought is just a thought until we attach to it. At times it is best to just let some thoughts go and return to a place of being neutral. We are all perfectly imperfect. We are all just trying to find our own way within this highway of endless thoughts. When we learn to just let go of the thoughts that trigger us, then we really learn the meaning of inner peace.

Love, Keri Logan.

Pablo Arellano

November 19, 2018 in Authors

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How did you get into meditation and how has meditation impacted your life?

I found Meditation with a teaching called ascension, which is very similar to TM meditation, it was huge impact in my life because I learn how to find inner peace and make that peace my priority.

Describe your meditation experience, how does it feel when you are in a meditative state?

When I am in a meditation state, I feel completely relaxed, and aware, with stillness embracing my state of mind, with no emotions only a deep state of bliss.

What is the top 3 most valuable life advice you can give from your life experience so far?

#1 This life is to be present and not duelling in past or future thoughts, be present.

#2 In my life experience, to be full of compassion and empath is gate way to a true spiritual path.

#3 In the small details of life, next to people you love there is great accomplishments, just be there, with no need to become something else.

What is your favorite quote?

“True happiness come from making others joyful.”

What is something easy and simple that we can do right now to make the world a better place?

Take action with empathy in mind because we are all connected, maybe not in so obvious ways, but it is a fact that we share one earth, and we are one family, empathy opens the doors to a higher understanding of our human goals.

What would you say has been the biggest benefit from meditation?

Inner peace but remember we have around 150,000 thoughts a day, but not all of these thoughts are useful, many of them are altering our perception of the present moment and taking us away from life, our true life is happening in the now, we call it the present because it is really a gift to be present.

In our life, we are time travelers inside a spaceship, and we are traveling all the time to the future. Every second is different, and we have the the opportunity to look out the windows of our spaceship and enjoy each second of our space travels, or we can go inside our spaceship and dwell with each room of the spaceship. Each room may represent our past or our future, and by dwelling in them we are missing all the fun of looking out the window, which would be the window of the present (the here and now.)

What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome? How did you overcome it? And what lessons did you learn from it?

The biggest challenge I had to overcome is fear, 7 years ago my daughter was kidnapped for 3 days in Mexico, and I had to have inner peace to overcome the horrors of the moment. That inner peace helped me to gather the strength and faith that everything would be all right.

I and many others made choices while we were in the state of meditation and within this inner peace space, to overcome this very, very difficult moment. From this I realise that we are here to learn inner peace. Inner peace is gate way to many other things. From that inner peace you have higher perspectives and make choices that can benefit not only you but others.

When you think about happiness, how do you define that for yourself?

Happiness is an emotion that comes and goes, but inner peace can be always there, this is better than Happiness, but in my life music has played a big part of that happiness and joy, and when I have inner peace, music becomes a direct communication with the divine.

Do you have a message for our Mindbliss Community?

“Be yourself, but that doesn’t include suffering. Our true self goes beyond the programs and conditioning of our society and genes, so find a tool that can bring to you this never ending inner peace and I am sure you will find this inside our Mindbliss App.”                     ~ Love, Pablo Arrelano

Positive Affirmations: How They Work, 10 Tips and 13 Examples.

November 19, 2018 in Articles

“What You Think, You Become”.

Behind this seemingly empty #instaquote is something truly profound. The philosophy that we can envision an ideal version of ourselves and then manifest that image into reality is not only hopeful, it is possible. This is not to say that we can envision ourselves into becoming perfect superheroes, BUT we can become the best version of ourselves. This is not Hocus Pocus. This is science.

So, what does the science say?

In one study using fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans, the reward centers of the brain associated with pleasure were activated in participants who practiced self-affirmations. These feelings of pleasure acted as a motivating factor toward the continued practice of self-affirmations.

Another study also found that practicing affirmations increased activity in the self-processing systems found in the brain’s cortex. These self-processing systems act as emotional buffers counteracting painful, negative, or threatening information that contradicts a person’s positive self-regard. This neural activity positively predicted increases in the desired behaviours of participants practicing affirmations.

In other words, a regular practice of positive affirmations increases the likelihood of turning affirmations into positive actions and positive feelings. This is because the more you repeat something to yourself the more your brain believes it. The more your brain believes it, the more likely you are to act on it because you already believe it is possible.

In the same way the practice of learning a new language restructures and strengthens your brain, so too does the practice of learning to think positively. Due to neuroplasticity, the brain continues to rewire itself overtime in response to various changes in our emotions, thoughts, body, and environment.

How to Practice Positive Affirmations?

There are 10 essential elements that will help turn your positive affirmations into positive results.

#1: Discover what you want to change or conjure more of into your life.

Start by making a list of the areas of your life where you would like to see changes happen. You can also make a list of the areas that are going well and that you would like to see continue. Is it a desired emotion you want to feel more regularly? A change in your environment? A behaviour you want to let go of? Whatever it is add it to your list. Now circle your top five desired areas.

From this smaller list pick just one area as your starting focus. You can always return to this list when you want to practice other positive affirmations.

#2: Be SMART.

As with any goal, the most successful aspirations must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable or Actionable, Realistic, and Timely. Even if your unique positive affirmation does not meet all of these criteria it is essential to keep it as focused as possible. This will help create a very specific image in your mind’s eye that is attainable in the real world.

#3: Focus on the positive.

To increase the likelihood of success it is important to state your affirmation as a positive sentence rather than using a negative sentence structure. The brain focuses on key words rather than a full sentence, so, if you make the statement “I am not weak” your brain will ultimately focus on the word “weak. It is therefore best to rephrase this as the positive statement “I am strong”.

#4: Focus on the present.

Write your positive affirmation in the present tense instead of future-focused. For example, “I am strong” instead of “I will be strong”. Writing your statements in this way helps your subconscious mind believe it is already happening. This will help naturally ease the transition from affirming to doing. It also helps your brain create the positive feelings associated with your desired change and this reward will encourage your continued practice.

#5: Affirm in first person.

Write your affirmation with “I” instead of “you”. For example, “I am happy” rather than “You are happy”. This helps instil a stronger sense of identity in the brain. You can also add your name if that is helpful for example, “I, Alex, am happy”.

#6: Connect the feeling to the behaviour.

Desired behaviours that are tied to positive feelings are more likely to turn into real actions. This is because pleasure acts as a reward that you will want to repeat again and again. For example, “I stand up for myself and I feel empowered” rather than “I stand up for myself”. The feeling word “empowered” strengthens the affirmation.

#7: Create a detailed image.

Incorporate the previous steps into a detailed visualization of your positive affirmation to keep in your mind’s eye while you state your mantra. Be specific on where you are and who you are with but most importantly focus on how you feel. Remember, your feelings are the greatest motivating factor toward your desired goal.

#8: Practice on a regular basis.

As with any desired change, whether it is breaking an unwanted habit or learning a new skill like playing an instrument, “practice makes perfect”. Or as close to perfect as possible. The more frequently you practice your positive affirmation the stronger your brain rewires itself to accept these mantras as true. This will follow into desirable behavioural changes and the associated positive feelings will take hold.

#9: Be mindful of triggers.

There may be certain positive affirmations you are not ready to hear. For some people, using kind words towards themselves can actually be very painful. This is often the case if abusive words were heard during childhood. For example, the positive affirmation “I am worthy” can actually make some people feel worse because it may be unlocking painful memories where they were made to feel the opposite.

These negative abusive words can feel more truthful than any positive affirmation. If this is the case it may take longer to believe your positive affirmations but that is ok. Pace yourself, stop as needed if it becomes too painful, use a different mantra, and return to the original positive affirmation when you are ready. There is no rush, so take your time and be kind to yourself as much as possible.

#10: Find the best way to practice for you.

There is no one way to practice positive affirmations. You may want to create your own mantras, or you may want to use other people’s words. Some people may find it best to listen to guided positive affirmations through the Mindbliss app, especially if it is too painful to hear your own voice saying the words.

The key is to make sure you schedule a consistent practice, visualize your positive affirmation as vividly as possible, and try to feel the mantra take hold in your body.

Here are some common positive affirmations to get you started.

Be sure to add your own name and details to make it as specific to your needs as possible. 🙂

1. “I am strong.”
2. “I am worthy.”
3. “I am doing my best.”
4. “I am lovable.”
5. “I love myself.”
6. “I feel happy.”
7. “I feel empowered.”
8. “I have what I need and I feel content.”
9. “I exercise for an hour a day and I feel strong.”
10. “I am successful at______and I feel confident.”
11. “I take care of myself everyday by______and I feel loved.”
12. “I practice______ and I feel in control of my life.”
13. “I achieve______ and I feel accomplished.”


Alexandra Trottier is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University and is certified in Applied Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation from University of Toronto.

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