A comforting hug.
That’s what meditation is.
Like for real, guys, this session let me lie on my back with a pillow and blanket under my head and knees for a full 5-10 minutes, I nearly fell asleep I tell ya. It was so relaxing and easy. And so cozy! I LOVE my rest. I revel in it. I was super kind to myself today and allowed myself to be calm and to find softness in the practice.
Today was an opportunity to be quiet, lean in and to just release everything and not think or worry about a THING.
CUE: Bob Marley
“don’t worry about a thing,
’cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
Wise words right there.
Today I got to forget about work and dedicate some time for me, myself and I. I gave myself an opportunity to stretch, rejuvenate and restore, which is probably the best thing I could do for myself because I have such a busy mind, it will not STOP thinking. It was quite a nice little break from challenging asanas, but also meditation is part of a well rounded yoga practice, so I’m grateful for today’s challenge.
Yoga happens when the mind becomes quiet. And when the mind is still and you bring all your senses into balance, you can truly reflect and contemplate on yourself. It creates an expanded state of awareness, and being able to do that is great for experiencing a sense of true presence because it makes such a change from, well, life. Focusing on the here and now can be weird at first, but the more you get used to it, the more blissful it is. There’s no room for thinking, it’s incredible.
Your mind will wander, that’s a given, but you can always redirect your attention back to the body and back to listening to your breath without judgement. Use your breath as an anchor to pull yourself back to the present. It’s all about honouring, without comparison, simply what is there hearing the calling of the body, mind and spirit.
But mindfulness is not emptying the mind of thoughts, but rather being a silent observer of them, not influencing them in any way or getting involved with them. This will help in daily life because as you do this more often, you will learn to react less and yield deeper insight into our mind. All this helps you to be in better shape for dealing with things in the future.
Meditation is a way of nourishment.
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” – T.S. Eliot
Be kind to yourself and your body will be kind to you. It’s a friendship of sorts.