What is Meditation?
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind in order to find clarity and peace within yourself. Meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, positive thinking and a calm center at which to observe our feelings, events and happenings in our life. A practice can be anywhere from 5 minutes to hours long in duration.
Meditation is not meant to "clear or empty" one's mind. Our minds will always have movement and noise. That's why many feel they cannot practice meditation or have failed in past attempts. Meditation helps us to see our thoughts as clouds in the sky. When you look up at the clouds in the sky you never try to hold on to the shape of them nor do you attempt to clear the sky so it is empty. On any given day, in any given moment, the sky changes, just as our minds.
What we try and achieve in meditation is to have a calm mind. If you compare the mind to water, sometimes our minds are like an agitated body of water. It is hard to make out the surface, let alone what lies beneath the surface. If we can calm the surface (the mind) then we can see what is underneath. Then in times when things around us are unsettling we can see it as merely a drop in a pond with small ripples. Yes, the surface may be disturbed but we can still see what is underneath. Meditation is a tool in helping to heal the mind and allow it to become something that is positively active and evolving.
What is Guided Meditation?
Guided meditation is meditation in which you are led by another person with words, music, sounds or touch. When I guide others through mediation I will often times use colors to help us to find focus. Often times, as things evolve in a mediation practice, the guidance will change. So what will be used as a guide tool in one practice may not be the tool the next time we practice.
What is Tapping?
Tapping is an emotional form of acupressure that helps to release blocked areas of energy through a practice of tapping meridian points in a specific sequenced pattern, along with key verbal phrases that help us go directly to the triggers the brain creates and release them to free the energy. Tapping is also sometimes referred to as EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, founded by Gary Craig.
Tapping can be used for fears, trauma, illnesses, anger, depression, physical performance...any triggers the mind creates Tapping is able to help release energy blocks. ALOHA LOLO uses Meditation and Tapping as partners in the healing of the mind because it brings about breakthroughs in much more powerful and shorter amount of time.
What is Shinrin-Yoku?
Shinrin-Yoku is a Japanese practice of a walking mediation engaging all the senses. Shinrin-yoku literally means "forest bathing". It is a practice that has deep roots in many cultures and is beneficial in lowering blood pressure, reducing depression, reducing anger, reducing cortisol levels, and reducing heart rate. Shinrin-Yoku is a wonderful practice to connect us again with Mother Earth and reset our system to connect with the ecosystem that we are all a part of. Often times during walks we stop to touch our surroundings, to sit and just listen and feel the breeze, watch the birds in the sky...it is a practice most often forgotten but one that if practiced often, if not daily, could be the catalyst to the best health.
How do I schedule a workshop with Aloha LoLo in my area?
The best way to schedule a workshop is contact me. I travel and teach anywhere in the world. We will discuss details on what I teach in a workshop and we can coordinate thereafter.
Can I purchase Aloha LoLo Guided Meditation online?
Aloha LoLo will be offering Guided Medtiation online through the Aloha LoLo Store Page. Meditation recordings and music will be available in October. Aloha LoLo will offer meditation for varying needs. If there is a mediation you would like to suggest I record that isn't listed on my website, please, send me feedback. I love the flow of connection and words of insight.
Do you offer Gift Certificates?
Contact me to purchase a gift certificate.
I have small children, can they be present during sessions?
In some cases, yes. I am a single-mother that is flexible and I know the demands of motherhood, that having been said, meditation is something that requires a bit of concentration. Children can often time be a distraction, especially when it is silent. Believe me, I attempted to take my newborn daughter to a quiet meditation thinking that her sleeping form would disturb no one. The silence was interrupted when she decided to poop in her sleep. I say try it, especially the outdoor walking meditations. However, if children become too disruptive I will ask you take an early leave. Another great idea is to attend any of the children's meditation classes I have or the online recordings. This will be available within the next month.
What if I want to work with you but cannot afford the services?
Health should not be only available to the privileged. I offer free meditation sessions on my YOUtube channel and most of my weekly classes are free or donation based. But do as I did and research, research research!. It may take a little more work but it can be done.