Meditation

Inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh

The English audio is a little difficult to hear, but the message is well worth the effort. This is a video of Thich Nhat Hanh speaking about meditation and the spiritual path on November 13, 2011. So powerful.

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Techniques for taming wild beasts

Sometimes I feel like there are lots of people living inside of me- as if I’ve retained an identity from each stage of development that I’ve gone through. When my mind gets going, several of them can be chiming in at once. There is not just an endless stream of thought, there are several layers of it. And all of them have an opinion. All. Of. Them. Except the one that’s a soundtrack.

Meditation reminds me that underneath that chaos, there is perfect order. When I meditate, bringing my mind to focus and stillness is often like an excavation- diving down through each layer of mind, sending it love, and telling it respectfully to pipe down.

Creating this site has been such a blessing. Here, I am doing the best I can with what I’ve got and WOW! Things happen so beautifully even when ‘I’ don’t feel like ‘I’ have the ability to make them happen. Know why? Because the doing is not for me. When I release doing in favor of being, Spirit is able to work through me. In being, my actions organically unfold according to the requirements of the moment. It’s not me, it’s Shakti.

Then, my ego chimes in… “but I want to do it.” My ego is the petulant teenager layer of my mind, by the way. She’s way too saucy to submit to authority without a fight. So, I must do with her as I do with my 3-year-old son when he gets agitated. I stop what I am doing (there’s that doing again), look him in the eye, and be present with him. So, how does one do this with one’s mind? Meditate. Take some time today and feel the L O V E. ♥

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Thank you is a mantra

November is such an awesome month. It’s the month that gratitude gets its moment center stage. Unfortunately for many, November’s moment gets used as the bridge to the excitement that is December. I cannot deny that December is pretty monumentally rad, too, but come on… let’s allow November its moment. It could be the opening act that you end up enjoying more than the main act you came to see. Give it chance by embracing an attitude of gratitude. I found this to be a perfect starting point. Thank you!

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Time change… time for change

Happy Sunday, yoga lovers! Isn’t today a wonderful day to practice opening your heart? Learn more about the anahata chakra here. Namaste!

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Read this… slowly

The universe has an amazing way of providing me with every lesson I need. But often, the noise of my own wheels turning keeps me from paying attention. Thank goodness that the cosmic professor is not one to throw her hands up easily. (You’re her favorite student, by the way. You. Are.)

In the Summer of 2010, I was on a hot streak with my reading list. I had been praying for guidance and I was led to three books that changed my life [Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth, and Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Bhagavad Gita]. I was tremendously inspired. I saw creation though new eyes (or perhaps a single eye), yet I hadn’t given myself a chance to sit with what I was learning and absorb it.

So, she sat back and looked at my effort and said, “I’m very proud of you. You’ve been working very hard. You’re doing well on your homework and tests, but I still get the feeling that you’re not fully getting it. Try this.”

I skinned my knee nearly to the bone, and I couldn’t bend it. I had almost zero range of motion in my right shoulder. All the things I do in a day that I take for granted suddenly required great attention- if I could do them at all. Talk about humbling… I couldn’t walk. I could only shuffle and limp. I’m right-handed. I had to do everything one-handed with my left hand. Still, I stayed committed to meditating and practicing (the most gentle) yoga every day. In fact, almost everything but that had stopped.

In the stillness, I could hear the message loud and clear, “Slow down! You don’t have to rush. Everything you need is right here, right now.” I had to bring my full attention to the present moment… and it was awesome. It required such presence and inspired such gratitude and humility that every action became a ceremony. I had read that this moment is not just a bridge to some point in the future. Finally, I understood the power of that on every level of my being.

To learn the lessons I needed to learn about healing, I had to have it broken down like that. I had to experience that time of healing my physical body so that that energy could begin to ripple into other areas. As I’m focusing on Ahimsa now, I’m reminded that growth does not require ‘go, go, go.’ Sometimes it requires just the opposite.

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Namaste, yoga lovers!

I’m a busy little bee trying to get everything assembled and packaged here. Please standby…. ♥

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