The people in your life are on a unique and sacred path; each and every one a work of art, a Divine mystery. We can’t always know why people do what they do, or why things are playing out the way they are. But we can always honor their path, respecting its uniqueness, and trust that it is the way it is for a reason. Everyone in your life right now, is in your life for a reason; each relationship here is an opportunity to soften our hearts, change our lives, and inspire us to grow. Continue reading
Being willing to sit honestly with yourself in the darkest of dark nights is a gift to the world. When we can sit in our own deepest pain with a willingness to accept it as it is, to forgive it, or even to just be with the experience; we begin to break down the cycle of authorship, projection and blame. Continue reading
Three Day Mountain Isolation Retreat: Journal Entry #3:
Day Three: Sunday morning I was sitting in my little cabin and the sun was shining through the window. I wanted to sit in the sun for a while so I closed my eyes and was just enjoying the warmth. Just like the previous day i began to notice a strong buzzing underneath me, as if the floor and chair were vibrating. At some point I became aware of an inner expansion, which I just allowed to unfold in front of me. Continue reading
This is a wonderful restorative yoga pose for times when energy feels low, or sluggish. This pose is very relaxing, and yet leaves you feeling refreshed and rested after just a few moments.
1. Stack 2 or 3 blankets, and place them about 2 feet from the wall. (or closer of your legs are shorter) Place 2 blocks, or a few books against the wall.
2. Sit in the center of the blankets, and place your feet on the blocks. Lie down so that your shoulder blades are on the floor, your heels are on the blocks, and the soles of your feet are on the wall. You may need to adjust the distance from the wall a few times to get yourself in the right position. The neck should feel very comfortable, with no pressure on it at all. Continue reading
This sequence of poses is great for when you feel sluggish, run down, heavy, or are just needing some over all healing for the abdominal organs. If you have a serious medical condition, these poses may not be for you, when in doubt check with your doctor.
Lie on two or three staggered blankets, checking that your body is totally comfortable. Support your head with a blanket, and support your thighs with blocks or pillows. Breathe evenly and relax into the pose. Enjoy for 3 or more minutes, and then roll to your right side. Continue reading
Ever since childhood I had dreamed of swimming with dolphins, so it was no wonder when I heard someone shout “there are dolphins in the bay!” I dropped everything and ran to the beach. This was my first up close glimpse of wild dolphins. I was on day one of my first Retreat on the magical big Island of Hawaii, and seeing wild dolphins was a life long dream finally fulfilled.
Without thinking (which turned out to be a good thing) I put on my snorkel gear and started to head out in their general direction with a friend. Having been previously advised by a few friends experienced in the area of swimming with wild dolphins, I was told to not approach the dolphins, but to swim out and “mind your own business”. Or just hang out in their general vicinity, and maybe, just maybe, they would come over and check you out.
I was normally pretty terrified of swimming in the ocean, and phobic of sharks, but on this day I felt completely safe, as if the aura of the dolphins were saying “it’s OK we will protect you”. At some point when I was swimming out I could hear the chirps and whistles under the water, and the feeling of safety and calm strengthened. I looked up and could see the fins off in the distance, and decided I was close enough. Not wanting to disturb their personal space, I just floated where I was, waiting. My friend had asked me to stay close by, as he wasn’t a very strong swimmer, so I was keeping my eye on him. At some point we decided to float and meditate, in hopes that the dolphins would get curious and come over to see what we were doing. I started to enter a meditative state, and let my inner heart open, as if sending a message to the dolphins that I was happy to see them, and could almost immediately feel a deep love and joy come back to me. Continue reading
This pose naturally opens and expands the chest, making this pose an excellent opportunity to practice an open heart meditation. If at anytime during the practice of this meditation you are no longer comfortable in the pose, bend your knees, and roll onto your side and rest for a while.
1. Take 2 folded blankets, and stagger them, so one is on top of the other, and the top blanket is pulled about 2 inches back. Fold the top blanket under at the other end, to make a pillow.
2. Lay on your back with the base of the spine touching the bottom blanket. Let your shoulders roll under and open the front of the chest.
3. Let your body sink into the pose, let your chest open a little more, and soften your breathing. Focus for a few moments on feeling the nourishment in your breath. Continue reading
This pose is very effective for relieving back tension as well as nourishing the spine. This pose can be done as a meditation in motion. Keep your movements slow and gentle, as well as coordinated with the breath.
*Use caution if you have herniated disks, or arthritis in the spine. Continue reading
This simple twist can be done by Yogi’s of any level. Twisting poses are very beneficial for cleansing and toning the organs of elimination, as well as increasing mobility in the spinal muscles. This is another excellent preparation pose for seated meditation.
*If you find sitting on the floor difficult you can practice this twist sitting in a chair. It is not recommended to perform twisting poses during early pregnancy or menstruation. Also use caution if you have herniated disks in the spine. Continue reading