Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Loving Kindness Meditation

This loving kindness meditation is a 2,500 year old meditation which uses a repeated phrase which will cultivate feelings of loving kindness to yourself and others. Begin by repeating the phrase over and over for 15 minutes once or twice a day. Don't get defeated if this meditation seems heard, awkward, or brings up frustration. Be patient and kind to your self and continue with gentle persistence.

Sit down comfortably. Take breath into the parts of your body that are in contact with the earth. Allot yourself to get connected as you plug back into your self. From this connection create length up the spine as you lift the pallet of the mouth and bring the top of the ears slightly back, chin parallel to the floor. Allow the shoulders to roll onto the back but don't lose the length in the side body as the hart opens and radiates outward.

Let your body relax all unnecessary tension and holding, consciously allow yourself to be at rest, let the mind be quiet letting go of plans and preoccupations. Enjoy the silence and stillness in the mind and body.

You first begin this meditation with yourself because without the ability to cultivate loving kindness for yourself it is nearly impossible to do so for others.

May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be well.
May I be peaceful and at ease.
May I be happy.

Continue to practice this meditation for days or weeks until the feeling of loving kindness radiates out from you. Just this is a wonderful practice for you to cultivate a loving relationship with your own sweet self. Then you can begin to introduce others into your loving kindness meditation. The practice is the same. You sit and become still. You repeat the same phrase about yourself for a few minutes and the you can choose someone in your life you love very easily. You picture them in the mind and repeat the phrase to them. May _____ be filled with loving kindness....Again practice this for a few days having your meditation include people who it is easy for you to cultivate loving feelings for. Then you can continue to expand the people in your meditation including: friends, neighbors, people you pass on the street, everyone, animals, the whole earth, all beings...You can even practice this meditation with people who you find it very hard to get along with.

This is a great meditation that can be developed to practice anywhere sitting, driving, walking, waiting in line at the grocery store, and in many other situations.

This loving kindness meditation brings love and calmness into your life keeping you connected to your heart.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Authentic Self Yoga

It's official Authentic Self Yoga is a Legal Liability Company.

The reason I choose the name Authentic Self Yoga is because yoga offers tools. The practice of asana (posture), meditation, and pranayama (breathing techniques) are all tools used to dive within yourself in order to help you experience the truth of who you are. It does this by helping you shred tension, stress, attachments, mental constructs, ignorance, and the ego in order to reconnect with your true self. that Self which you have always and will always be, but have forgotten in the mess and confusion of life in this modern world.

Its like having a smudged foggy mirror with in your soul. The dirtiness of the mirror inhibits the soul's reflection. Through these different tools that the science of yoga offers, you can clean the mirror so it can fully capture the essence of the should and radiate it outward. Totally honest, totally beautiful, totally you. When you connect to your authentic self. life is easier. You are no longer trying to uphold and live up to other peoples expectations. Because you know who you are, you know that it is your truth, and as long as you live authentically to your self in a way that does not hurt the world or others, than that is wonderful.

In yoga you never stop evolving. You never reach a point where you know all the poses, you discovered who you are and that is that. No ever day, every asana brings new light and awareness into you life. I haven't been practicing yoga for very long and it has touched every aspect of my life for the better. My mirror isn't completely clean yet every day when I roll out my mat I dust of a little more and i can feel my inner essence shining out. i cant wait to see where the evolution of myself through the help of yoga takes me in 5 years, 10 years, 50 years.

I enjoy this mystery and magic of yoga!

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