The paradox of meditation is that when you are losing yourself, you are finding meditation ~ Anodea Judith
Why is the simplest yoga practice, that requires no financial investment and can be done anywhere at anytime the hardest to incorporate?
The simple practice of sitting still and doing nothing is some days hard for my monkey brain and other life distractions are too achieve and just be. When I take the time to sit within my breath, I am surprised how much more I feel rested, relaxed and rejuvenated
When the mind is no longer playing in the monkey cage of our brain it is free to explore the calmness and engage in a dance of energy flow of all the chakras. This greater consciousness is to fully examine any limiting beliefs or false stories that our subconscious has been told are true. Then we take the time to build a new belief, one that is in congruence to our new journey and goals
Meditation is communion as an unspoken infinitely, loving presence and intelligent connection with the Divine. Providing a deep rest and renewal for balance as well as finding a solution to a problem or just simply shifting perspective.
How do you meditate?
It can be as simple as just unplugging from today’s technology for 10 minutes and sit in your garden. Taking a walk in the forest or by the sea side. One of my very favorite ways to meditate is to put chanting or mantra music on in my car then start a deep breathing exercise following up with “Karaoke Chanting” is what I like to call it.
Another great way to mediate is quietly sit and read scripture from your own spiritual/religious books and journal upon your findings.
I have a family member who every morning she opens up her bible. Opens up the book of Proverbs to the chapter and verse that represents the Month (chapter) and Day (verse). Sometimes she will sit and meditate on the book of Wisdom or the book of Psalms. I find that this form of meditation sometimes shows you the answer you may be looking for…give it a try
Whatever form of meditation you choose to stick with it. Practice it everyday so your nervous system can start to incorporate it. It takes time for the brain to adjust and settling into your upper core.
Fear is excitement without breath. Excitement turns into fear quickly if you hold your breath
~ Dr. Fritz Perls MD
In other words, fear can also be pain, physical or emotional. If we hold our breath when there is pain we are not allowing our body to release and heal. Pranayam is the breathing practice that is designed to enhance the flow of prana (qi, or energy) so we can release, so the body can unlock its natural ability to heal.
🦋 Supporting the body through holistic nutrition and regular reflexology sessions aims to help keep the chakras balanced so you can deepen your pranayama & meditation practice leaving the body to unlock it’s natural ability to heal 🦋
Pranayam Practice of a month: Seated meditation
Set some music. Calming and relaxing music. Insight Timer
Posture is everything. But you do not have to roll around on the floor to achieve it.
Sitting upright chair with your feet planted flat onto the ground and your arms and hands resting on your lap comfortably. And your back straight, use a pillow or a blanket to help keep your lower back supported. No arching of the back. This pose should feel comfortable with our strain.
Ok. Your back is straight yet relaxed, the head and neck are aligned over the spine, your arms are resting gently on your lap and your feet are set firmly on the ground. Your meditation music is playing. I love the app Insight Timer for my meditation music.
Close your eyes, calm your mind and focus on your breath. We are cultivating awareness and compassion. No judgment to yourself, your practice or anything else. WE are training that monkey brain of ours to just simply be..
Our breath is our anchor, if the monkey starts to pop in simply sit and gradually let the world pass and listen to your breath. In this space we do not need to multitask. We do not need to worry that Johnnie needs to get new soccer shoes or Sally-Sue needs a new coat. Dinner can wait. This is your time to just breath and renew.
We are learning to tame the monkey brain and emotions tied to him/her. We begin to bring our attention to how we can practice calmness, compassion, mindfulness, focus, and divine love into the rest of our day.
Set your meditation time for 5 to 7 minutes each morning. Repeat throughout the day as many times as needed.
Namaste and enjoy your new shift