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Here’s Why You Should Meditate Tomorrow

And three techniques to try.

This Friday is World Meditation Day, a day dedicated to the practice of training your attention in order to stay in the present moment. With a rich cultural history that stretches back thousands of years across the Eastern world and generations of devotees meditating daily, meditation has attracted millions of new followers in a bid to help them cope with our unpredictable new reality. So as the pandemic rumbles on, there’s never been a better reason for newbies to give it a go.

Credited with having mental and physical health benefits like stress relief, improved focus, and a greater sense of well-being, there are several different types of meditation – mindfulness meditation, walking meditation, mantra meditation, and transcendental meditation included. And whether you’ve only got 10 minutes a day to dedicate to switching off and tuning in or an hour a week to focus your energies on training your mind, there are countless specialist practitioners across the UAE to help you get started. Here are just three tapped by The Gaggler to help you on your journey to inner calm. 


Mandala Meditation


Sanjana Chimnani



What is mandala meditation?

Mandalas are circular designs filled with geometrical shapes and patterns that you draw and meditate upon for your personal and spiritual growth, which helps evoke feelings of calm. Swiss psychologist Carl Jung said a mandala represents your current state of being, with every colour, shape, and symbol holding its own meaning that reflects your emotional and spiritual well-being at the time you created it. 

What does mandala meditation do?

As a meditative tool, mandala helps the individual feel centred and connected, allowing one to get in touch with their inner self. Mandala meditation allows you to slow a chattering mind and let your creative juices flow – the whole process of drawing and colouring a mandala is actually a very sacred and therapeutic experience. 

What are the key benefits of mandala meditation?

There are quite a few! Mandala meditation can help to relax and destress the mind, boost confidence, increase self-awareness, enhance self-acceptance, and stay in the present moment. It also increases patience and tolerance, and settles your thoughts and emotions. 

Is mandala meditation something you can do alone or is it better practised in a group? 

It can be done by yourself or in a group – both are beneficial in their own ways. Individually, you get to focus on your meditation, which can often go on for days or months depending on the size of your mandala and how much time you dedicate to it. Group sessions can work wonders as it’s a great place to meet like-minded others, allowing you to share your realisations in a safe space and learn about how mandala meditation has benefitted others. Many of my students become friends after class and continue to meet and draw together to share their progress. It’s fun! 

Where can I try mandala meditation?

I offer a variety of online and in-person workshops with different themes and prompts, and teach you how to draw a mandala from scratch. There is no need to be ‘artistic’ to do this. It’s about the process and how it makes you feel. I believe everyone is an artist and has a unique set of natural talents – just like we can express and communicate ourselves by talking and writing, we can do the same by drawing. More often than not, we lose touch with our artistic side because we have previously been told that we can’t draw or aren’t very good.  

Can you combine mandala meditation with other forms for additional benefits?

I strongly recommend mantra meditation along with mandala meditation. The word ‘mantra’ means that which delivers us (tra) from the mind (man). Just like mandala meditation, where you repeat a shape to create a pattern, mantra meditation is repetition of a sacred Vedic hymn for purification of the soul. The mantra that I chant is called the Mahā-mantra (Great Mantra).

What if you have never meditated before?

The first step would be to ask: why meditate? When you understand the importance and benefits of meditation, you’ll be motivated to try it. Some people find meditation boring or think they can’t do it because of the thousands of thoughts they become aware of when they close their eyes and sit still. Accept your thoughts – it’s okay to feel overwhelmed as a beginner. As you practise, you’ll learn how to control your monkey mind. To start, give yourself some time every day to chant at least one round of mantra meditation and draw/colour one mandala a week. 


Sound Meditation


Chikky Sirish, Sound Healer and Empowerment Coach  


@chikkyholistic, chikkysirish.com

Watch the Video: An Introduction to Sound Healing


Chanting Meditation


Eda Gungor, Co-Founder, SEVA Experience


SEVA Experience, Jumeirah 1, Dubai

What is chanting meditation?

Chanting Meditation is a conscious practice of bringing self-awareness and coming to the present moment through sound expressions and recitations.

What does chanting meditation do?

The sound current, the vibrations in the vocal cords, and the tongue movements start to harmonise the electromagnetic field of the meditator.

What are the benefits of chanting meditation?

Feeling good! Activating the glands and decreasing stress while uplifting the mood are amongst the many benefits of chanting meditation.

What kind of chanting do you do?

Chanting parts of ancient scriptures in Sanskrit and Gurumuki languages is one example.

Is chanting meditation something you can do alone or is it better in a group?

We’re stronger together! Chanting meditation can be done alone, but the preference is to practise it in groups. 

Can you combine chanting meditation with other forms for additional benefits?

Of course! Chanting meditation integrates with various yoga movements and flow, and pairs well with gonging. It can also be part of a Kundalini yoga sequence or another form of yoga practice. 


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Empowering Self: Unveiling Three Essential Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Empowerment Through Confidence

Self-doubt is a common struggle that many people face. It can hold us back from reaching our full potential and achieving our goals. But what exactly is self-doubt, and how can we overcome it? We will explore the concept of self-doubt and unveil three essential strategies to help you overcome it and empower yourself.

Understanding Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is the lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the inner voice that tells us we are not good enough, smart enough, or capable enough to achieve our goals. It can manifest in different ways, such as fear of failure, imposter syndrome, or constantly seeking validation from others.

Self-doubt can be triggered by past experiences, societal pressures, or our own inner critic. It can hold us back from taking risks, trying new things, or pursuing our passions. However, it is important to remember that self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience and can be overcome with the right strategies.

The Power of Inner Strength

Inner strength is the ability to trust in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the foundation of self-confidence and resilience. When we have inner strength, we are better equipped to face challenges and overcome self-doubt.

Cultivating a Positive Mindset

Our mindset plays a crucial role in how we perceive ourselves and our abilities. A positive mindset involves having a growth mindset, which means believing that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort and learning. It also involves reframing negative thoughts into positive ones and focusing on our strengths rather than our weaknesses. Cultivating a positive mindset takes practice, but it can greatly impact how we view ourselves and our potential.

The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is often overlooked, but it is essential for building inner strength and maintaining a positive mindset. Self-care involves taking care of our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It can include activities such as exercise, meditation, spending time in nature, or engaging in hobbies. When we prioritise self-care, we are better equipped to handle self-doubt and build our inner strength.


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Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Now that we have a better understanding of self-doubt and its impact, let’s explore three essential strategies to help you overcome self-doubt and empower yourself.

Practice Self-Awareness

Building inner strength takes time and effort, but it is a crucial step in overcoming self-doubt. Here are three strategies to help you cultivate inner strength and empower yourself.

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and understand our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is a crucial first step in overcoming self-doubt because it allows us to identify when self-doubt is present and how it affects us. To practice self-awareness, try journaling or mindfulness exercises. This can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and how they contribute to self-doubt. Once you are aware of your self-doubt triggers, you can work on reframing negative thoughts and building your inner strength.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is important for building confidence and overcoming self-doubt. When we set unrealistic goals, we set ourselves up for failure, which can reinforce self-doubt. Instead, set achievable goals that align with your strengths and values. This will help you build momentum and confidence, which can help you overcome self-doubt in the long run.

Surround Yourself with Positive Influences

The people we surround ourselves with can greatly impact our self-doubt. If you are constantly surrounded by negative influences, it can be challenging to build inner strength and maintain a positive mindset. Instead, surround yourself with positive influences, such as supportive friends and family, mentors, or positive role models. These individuals can provide encouragement and help you stay motivated on your journey to overcoming self-doubt.

Self-doubt is a common feeling that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. However, with the right strategies, we can overcome self-doubt and empower ourselves to achieve our goals. By cultivating inner strength, maintaining a positive mindset, and practising, we can build the confidence and resilience needed to overcome self-doubt. Remember, self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience, and with determination and perseverance, we can overcome it and reach our full potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I expect to see results when applying these strategies to overcome self-doubt?

Results in overcoming self-doubt vary, but with consistent application of strategies, individuals often experience positive shifts in mindset and confidence within a few weeks. Patience and commitment are key to cultivating lasting self-empowerment.

Can these strategies be applied to different aspects of life, such as work or personal relationships?

The self-empowerment strategies provided are versatile and can be seamlessly applied to various life aspects, fostering confidence, resilience, and positive transformations in both professional and personal realms.

Are there additional resources or practices that complement these essential strategies for a more comprehensive self-empowerment journey?

Supplement your self-empowerment journey with additional resources like self-help books, workshops, and mindfulness practices. Incorporating holistic approaches enhances the effectiveness of the essential strategies, providing a well-rounded path to sustained self-empowerment.


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