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Hello! This is Kristy, author of 'Head Space'
When I first wrote Head Space, it was during my own Nursing studies and in a very difficult phase of my life - raising two babies solo. I had been meditating and teaching meditation for around 15 years before that. It was my personal therapy. But as I wrote, I realised that things in my life were getting easier, better, more manageable, in ALL AREAS OF MY LIFE!
Meditation - Proven by Science
I already knew that meditation had a good effect on my peace of mind, but I began to wonder what it was doing to my brain. I'm the kind of person that just HAS to know the workings of things, I'm not satisfied with taking other people's word for it, and I also wanted to make sure the information I knew in my heart to be true, was PROVEN SCIENCE for my readers. So the research began!
When I started the draft there were only a handful of research studies published, and they were very convincing. By the time the book was released there were no less than 76 peer reviewed journals on the subject of meditation and its amazing effects on our mind and body. Now, in 2015 it is impossible to count the number. Just last year TIME Magazine and SCIENTIFIC AMERICA magazine both published lengthy articles on the 'miracle of meditation'. Finally, the mass media is catching on to something that so many of us have known for ages. Its awesome!
Meditation comes in many forms. What each has in common is the enormous physical, mental and spiritual benefits to all who practice it. It can help everything from lowering blood pressure and decreasing stress, to enhancing intuition and happiness!
Who is Head Space For?
Although originally for parents and students, there is actually only one chapter in the book that is specific to study... the other 14 chapters can be applied to ANYONE, in any phase of life! The content in 'Head Space' is really universal... it applies to you, whether student or not.
So who is actually reading 'Head Space?
- Mums and dads looking to help their teenage children with anxiety and stress at school
- University students who want to maximise their study time and de-stress in the process
- Adult learners who have gone back to school and are juggling kids, jobs and life at home
- Grandparents who are curious about meditation
- 30-somethings who want to get an edge over their mental state to improve their general wellbeing
- People who are interested in learning meditation and don't know where to start
The Head Space Way
So, I would encourage you to look past its title, and delve into its pages. 'Head Space' is for you, and there is so much to be gained, so many ways that meditation the 'Head Space Way' will work in your life. The book primarily uses mindfulness and visualisation based practices and is in handbook style so you can start meditating within the first few pages.
If you have any questions, or want to talk to me personally, I am only an email away. I'd also recommend you enter your email in the 'subscribe' field above. I've recorded some of the meditation in the book as a gift to get you started with meditation RIGHT NOW. There is no time like now!
I want to say thanks for your interest, but far more importantly, CONGRATULATIONS for visiting to learn more about how meditation can make a massive difference in your life for the better. Sign up above for your free meditations, buy the book, and get started on a journey that will change your mind - literally!
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Why Do We need 'Head Space'?
studies show that just 10 minutes of non-sequential, regular meditation
each day helps a person to return their body to a state of
homoeostasis, which means optimal brain and body functioning.
There are numerous physical, mental and emotional
benefits of practicing meditation. Some are:
Strengthens and thickens the cerebral cortex. It creates more and more neural pathways between the brain hemispheres increasing a person’s capacity for utilisation of both sides of the brain in harmony, ie… increases our learning capacity and MAKES US SMARTER!
Regulates brainwaves and brings us out of Beta into Alpha state, a highly receptive and expansive state where increased learning, memory retention, clarity and creativity occurs.
Increases release of stress reducing hormones such as serotonin and dopamine.
Reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, reducing the load on the heart
Slows breathing and increases oxygen uptake to the cells
Reduces physical pain and tension
Develops the creative mind and imagination
Calms the mind and emotions
Enhances creativity, memory, concentration, clarity and intellect
Improves general health & wellbeing
Reduces and manages stress
Improves communication and productivity
Provides greater capacity for complex conceptual understanding and problem solving
What people are saying...
"Kristy's support to students through her seminar at USC and her book has helped me stay relaxed and focussed during my first few months of University. I encourage all students to get a copy of the book before starting Uni."
Nathan A, Student, University of the Sunshine Coast
Are YOU Ready For a
Happier 'Head Space'?
Mindful study is the golden key to...
- staying cool, calm and collected for exams & assignment deadlines
- maximising study schedules
- retaining more course information
- recalling course info when needed
- improving study outcomes
- enhancing memory,
- and becoming smarter!!!
'Head Space' uses quick, easy and effective mind management techniques you can integrate into your daily life RIGHT NOW and join the Mindfulness Education Movement (MEM) for a happier head space all around!
ARE YOU AN ADULT STUDENT?
Head Space is for YOU!!
"I know how hard it can be to juggle study on top of kids, making dinner, school runs, relationships, a social life, finances and all the things in between! This
book will help you maximise your time and your mind so that you can work SMARTER not
harder AND preserve some quality of life for yourself whilst your nose
is in the books!"
Kristy Lee Rackham, Head Space Author
Take the Stress out of Study!
The Mindfulness Education Movement is here!
Mindful Meditation is a practise which allows us to become aware of our inner processes and behaviours. We can observe our thoughts, words, actions and feelings in the 'here and now', with non-judgement, curiosity and kindness. From a position of gentle but heightened awareness, we are then empowered to choose behaviours that are self sustaining and positive for our future.
Mindfulness gives us the ability to clear the clutter of our mind and to experience greater control, peace and personal power. Once the 'white noise' of our monkey-mind has dissipated, we can then employ another extremely beneficial method of meditation - Creative Visualisation - to 're-set' our mind and 're-program' our intention for a positive, joyous, peaceful and adventurous future.
The benefit of meditation beyond its traditional scope in philosophy and religion is also being recognized, accepted and included in many secular institutions including banks, universities, schools, fitness facilities, corporations, psychology and general medical practice, plus many more industries.
The capacities and benefits of adding Meditation into activities of daily living as a valuable component of a healthful lifestyle are now being acknowledged and proven by science. In particular, much effort has been put into researching how mindfulness and creative visualisation affects students and teachers. Many are now adopting and expanding upon this progressive trend towards a mindful approach to life both in and outside the classroom. The movement towards awareness in education has been coined the "Mindfulness Education Movement" or M.E.M. by Author, Kristy Lee Rackham.
There are solid reasons for in including meditation as part of a well-rounded and harmonious home, and in the schools of our children. The most recent National Health Survey data (ABS, 2007-08) identified that:
- 26% (over 1/4) of all young people between the age of 16 and 24 have a mental health disorder.
- The prevalence of teens suffering with depression is around 14% and climbing each year.
- The single most quoted issue at school as identified by the kids themselves is STRESS.
- 2/3 of all visits to Australian GPs are stress related.
- Approximately HALF of all Australians aged 16-85 years (7.3 million people) will at some point in their lifetime, experience at least one mental disorder.
TRY THIS MINI-MEDITATION - Hearing Your Heart Voice
The mini meditations can be used as 'triggers' to prime your mind... to find out more about priming... click here to purchase Head Space in paperback or download the e-book.
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