Asana Meditation – Day 3 In early 1960, four young men walked into Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, took a seat at the counter, and asked to be served lunch. They were denied because they were black. Their refusal to leave without service began a civil rights sit-in movement which quickly spread to college … More Taking Your Seat
Asana Meditation – Day 2 What are the various parts that have come together to make the whole of you? Certainly these are not limited to your physical apparatus. As we include all of the cooperative components in our awareness, we support the fullness of our being. Proper physical asana allows the body to be … More Cooperative Components
Asana Meditation – Day 1 As we move into the second half of this round of the Practice of Living Awareness, we’ll spend some time each week considering the ways that the second set of seven steps is a spiraling upward or a conscious extension of the first set of seven steps. For instance, … More The Body
Establishing balance is essential to effective action. A balanced response can be much more productive than a swift reaction. The same goes for balanced dialogue. Ask yourself, “Are my words kind, true, and necessary?” Balance can be the result of core physical strength as well – standing strong and grounded. Balance produces alignment which produces clarity … More Balanced Alignment
Where does your body exist within space? That depends on what you mean by “your body.” Proper asana reflects alignment of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. As we come to sense the personal requirements for a comfort, equipoise, and focus and put that information to use, we open to door to experiencing the … More Subtle Presence
Welcome back. With Step 8, we bring attention to the physical body. It is a common misconception that meditation is a way to escape or “check out” from physical reality. We would say that the contrary is true – that meditation is the full immersion into the now, and that includes the body, … More Inner and Outer Posture
Proper asana is about free-flow. It’s not necessarily about uprightness… which may come to mind when we think about posture. Proper asana is about the absence of resistance, obstruction, and distortion. Proper asana allows for energy to move, insights to be received, and expression to be revealed. Asana is flexible yet concise. Asana is … More Getting where you’re going.
Though we think of ourselves as shaped by our environment, it is really the other way around. We create our own experiences in this life and thus our own world. It is our inner-most, our most subtle selves, that attracts the material components to reflect our inner state of being. Be crabby in your … More The inner creates the outer.
Here we are at the center of the practice. As we begin Step 8, we are at the half-way mark. Glorious! Seven meditation steps lie behind us, seven meditation steps lie ahead of us and here we are in the middle… beautifully balanced between what was and what will be. In this particular moment, … More Finding the center.
The body is a vessel. It receives. It receives all day and all night. It receives food and water; it receives words and visuals, sounds and ideas. It receives hugs and smiles and sometimes it receives aggression and sadness. Your body receives the news of the day and the soundtrack in you headphones. Your … More Step 8: Asana