I receive more and more requests from clients to explore meditation as a way to help them cope in these times of overwhelming social unrest, political polarization and a once in a century pandemic.
The two most common questions people ask me are:
I often shock people when I say, “Meditation is not about quieting your mind. A busy mind is not an obstacle to meditation! Nor is it something you can do. It is something you are already doing!”
These two statements have helped hundreds of my students and clients take their experience and understandings of meditations to a completely new level.
Being free of these two expectations of discovering a quiet mind and somehow forcing yourself to meditate creates a wide open space to follow the three “hows” or principles I offer. The three principles below help you fall back into the part of you that is already meditating.
In a day and age where it has become harder to slow down, reflect and relax practicing meditation can help you. You do have time. you have time to watch Netflix, spend time on Facebook and drink red wine. The time is available for meditation. It's just not a priority.
Once you start to spend time on regular meditation the benefits start to reveal themselves. Scientific studies show that meditation positively impacts the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response), can lower blood pressure and help mental focus.
I have even designed a ten second meditation to help those convinced they cannot find time to slow down, relax and introspect.
If you’d like more experience and practice meditating you can
On my way to outdoor yoga this morning I was listening to a yoga podcast. The host of the show mentioned the word “effort”. He made a distinction that it is the effort in the practice that is the real reward - not the accomplishment.
This resonated with me, and hopefully with my students as I shared my thoughts with them.
As we practiced I emphasized the effort to find the sweet spot in the pose and sustain the effort without overextending or grimacing. The effort, while uncomfortable at times, opened the body and mind to receive the grace of release, let go and effortlessness.
Without effort, effortlessness and ease would be meaningless. I have discovered this retrospectively in meditation, pranayama (breathing), surfing, long distance running and cleaning the house.
The art of seeking the joy of effort in the midst of struggle is true yoga.
One of my yoga teachers would say “Give everything to your practice. What your practice gives you is none of your business.”
To read more about effort go to my blog.
Don’t forget you can try some shorter classes if you are busy. Here is my alive-stream and outdoor schedule for this week.
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Why Do Yoga at Home?
Since Covid-19 several of my clients have discovered that doing live-stream yoga is: