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
Establishing balance is essential to effective action. Balance can mean the capacity to respond instead of react. It can mean employing right speech – are your words kind, true, and necessary? It can mean maintaining core physical strength – standing strong and grounded. All of these produce clarity, which means we have great facility with tapping into … More Entry: Asana – Day 3
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 shamatha, or … More Entry: Asana – Day 2
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, the mind, and … More Entry: Asana – Day 1
Human beings are a complex, a collection of energies. We have a physical dimensionality, a robust emotion-mind set of factors, as well as an essence or spiritual, higher nature. Meditation is interested in the integration of these parts along with yoga, tai chi, chi gong, aikido, and other practices that seek to unite our components. … More 8a. the Body-Mind-Spirit
Asana reminds us that our physical body is an aspect of the breadth and scope of human Awareness. Asana also reminds us that with the physical body honored and respected through good posture and alignment, it will assist our meditative stability. A body unacknowledged, not included as an aspect of our meditative practice, is a … More 8c: the body of Awareness