I Belong Here

I belong here

To create balance and calmness in your life, you have to go towards yoga as meditating allows you to just calm down for some time and get in touch with yourself. There are many teachers around the world who instil this calmness in their student through yoga. Lorin Roche is a teacher of this living tradition. According to Shiva Rea, he is a champion at this as he helps awaken consciousness in his students. Even though yoga is an Eastern concept, Roche brought it to the Western world. If you have found a connection with the world of Rumi and Hafiz, you will be fond of Roche’s words too.

Lorin Roche’s Writings

He writes about everything that you need to look for in yourself. As human beings, we often forget that we are a representation of his whole universe. There is a universe inside every single one of us and Roche’s profound verses help you in looking for these parts of you. His poetry is filled with an insight into the divine things and the importance of meditation for personal development.

Lorin started his journey when he was just 18 years of age. He worked alongside people who were doing a research project on meditation and its physiology. Being the control group of this research, he had to sit and do nothing. For many weeks, his brain waves were studies. During this time, he entered a state that is called intense alertness. Later, he read a book 112 Meditation Practices and he was delighted to find out that he had similar experiences in the lab. The same book also introduced him to yoga text from centuries ago.

Lorin Roche’s ‘Belong’

Roche talks about the importance of your heart. It is the centre of your body where everything comes together. If you want to look for a person, his heart is where you would find his. This is where the senses, mind and soul come together. Even though so much is happening in the heart, this is where you will find a spot to rest. If you are looking for a sense of regal steadiness, it is in your heart. Once you find the way to your heart, you will be called towards it again and again because that is where you Belong.

The One Who Is at Play Everywhere says,

There is a space in the heart
Where everything meets.
Come here if you want to find me.
Mind, senses, soul, eternity–all are here.
Are you here?

Enter the bowl of vastness that is the heart.
Listen to the sound that is always resonating.
Give yourself to it with total abandon.
Quiet ecstasy is here–

And a steady, regal sense
Of resting in a perfect spot.

You who are the embodiment of blessing,
Once you know the way,
The nature of attention will call you to return.
Again and again, answer that call,
And be saturated with knowing,
“I belong here, I am at home.”

 

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Breadcrumbs in Dark Times

Breadcrumbs in dark times

A great article I came across thanks to the lovely Julia McCabe…..

Breadcrumbs in Dark Times: any minute now, everything will change.

By Shavawn M. Berry

“Allow dark times to season you.” ~ Hafiz

When the Going Gets Tough…

These days, the rough patch we’re navigating has turned into a very long haul. I believe we’ll weather the changes. I believe we’re strong enough to do so. Still, it’s easy to fall into despair and wish that our journey wasn’t so rife with trouble.

Right now, we’re in a thick soup of changes that rival any changes we’ve weathered in human history. The shit’s hitting the fan — environmentally, economically, emotionally — and everywhere we look, people are losing it. Shooting up the joint. Setting themselves on fire. Totaling their cars. Blowing up their personal lives.

Now Entering Transformation Station.

Transformation is not optional right now. It is required. We cannot continue to fumble blindly in the darkness, unaware of the light we possess. We must solve the problems we’ve created.

And although this awakening is painful — like road rash, or a broken bone that hasn’t been set yet — we can’t wait for rescue. Not this time. We are the people we are waiting for. We must step up and take the reins. There is no one else. Just us.

What has always worked, no longer works.

It’s been heartening to hear that Marianne Williamson is running for congress. She told Larry King that we cannot make decisions for humanity based upon economics alone.

I agree. Capitalists are pragmatic by nature. They will never look at the long term consequences of their policies. They look at the bottom line, the current returns, the profit margins — without ever considering whether their approach is actually sustainable. In a world of limited resources, it is not.

As a result, we’re now tasked with learning to live more softly, reverently, and carefully.

Be here now, even if the thought absolutely terrifies you.

Continue reading here:

http://www.rebellesociety.com/2014/01/24/breadcrumbs-in-dark-times/

{Can you feel it?}

 

 

Choosing the right yoga class

Vinyasa yoga teacher training

Choosing the right yoga class

So, you’ve decided to try yoga. 

You proceed to check out studios in your neighborhood and if you live in a big city, chances are, there are many options. Which option is right for you?

One of the most common comments that I hear from new students is that they are overwhelmed by the choices. They wonder, what are the differences in styles?  Which one is best for me?

Most classes are ‘open’ level which means there is an assumption that you know the basics. If you can, take a basic/beginner class prior to going to an open level class.

One thing to know about yoga is that no matter the style, you will get a good stretch. Most practices focus on opening the muscles around the pelvis, i.e. hips, hamstrings and quadriceps.

Picking a style has more to do with, how would you like your stretch packaged?

Here are some of the more popular styles, with their pros and cons respectively. Bear in mind, classes can range depending upon the teacher. I recommend trying a few different teachers out before making a decision on whether or not the style works for you.

Hatha Yoga
This is the least consistent style in that it can differ from teacher to teacher. Generally, it’s a slow moving class that incorporates breath work (pranayama), poses (asanas) and meditation. Classes start with breath work then go into the physical part, ending with meditation. Most classes take the time to open all major parts of the body, hips, back, shoulders, legs and arms.
This is a yin (mellow) style.

Pros:
For beginners: It moves slower than any of the other more yang (high energy) styles, so it can be easier to follow along.
For those suffering from lower back pain: Because this is a slow moving class, you can take the time to be aware of how each pose is affecting the lower back region.
For Type A personalities and those suffering from stress related disease: Hatha yoga focuses on creating an quiet, contemplative atmosphere. This helps relieve tension, relaxes the body and quiets the mind.
For ‘older’ people (50s & 60s): Since it’s a slower paced class you can stay more mindful of your how you’re body is moving through space so the likelihood of injury is smaller.

Cons:
Since it’s slower paced, some people get ‘bored’.

Hot/Bikram
This a practice done in a heated room, usually at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. In Bikram, it’s a set series of 26 poses that focuses on back bends and hamstring opening. In hot, the sequence can vary.
They both incorporate breath work at the beginning and end of each class. This is a yang (high energy) practice.

Pros:
For beginners: Since Bikram is a set series, you can measure your progress from class to class, which is encouraging for beginners.The transitions from pose to pose are slow, so people can follow along easily.  
For Type B personalities: Since it’s very heating, it can be very energizing.
For those with wrist injuries: Most of the series is done standing so there is little to no weight on the wrists.
For those looking to cardio: Since it’s so warm, your heart rate increases.
It’s great in the winter because it warms your body for the whole day.

Cons:
People with low blood pressure have been known to faint from the heat.
Dehydration occurs often. Hydrate prior to and as soon as you leave. You can loose a lot of electrolytes when you sweat that much.
Since you’re looking in the mirror the whole practice, I find people are much more competitive and are less likely to listen to what their body needs. This is when injury can occur.
*If you suffer from hamstring injuries avoid this practice, a lot of the practice is geared towards hamstring lengthening.
I find that set series practices generates an attachment to the series and a rigidity that ‘this is the only way’. Be hip to this mindset, it can limit your spiritual practice.

Ashtanga
Like Bikram, this style is based off a set series. All classes start with sun salutations. It goes through a standing series, forward folds, back bends, twists and inversions. It’s a very yang (high energy) practice that can move quite quickly. Ashtanga incorporates the use of bandhas (locks/engagement of the pelvic floor and lower abdomen) and breath work (pranayama) throughout the whole practice.

Pros:
For Type B personalities: Since the practice is constantly moving, it is a very energizing class.
For those suffering from stress related disease: Ashtanga is a set series, repetition can be very meditative. If you know where you’re going, you don’t have to focus as much on the external shapes and some people feel it takes them deeper into a meditative state.
For those looking to build strength: Ashtanga focuses on engaging the pelvic floor and lower abdomen throughout the whole practice, cultivating a strong core. There are many half vinyasas (plank, chaturanga, up dog), this helps build biceps and triceps.  
For those looking for cardio: Since these practices are continually moving, the heart rate increases.
There’s a lot of movement at the beginning of the class but the last half is usually slower and contemplative so it give students a taste of two both kinds of meditative states (moving and stillness).

Cons:
The practice generally moves at a faster pace, so if you have a hard time learning new things I would recommend taking a Hatha class or beginner workshop prior.
If you are dealing with lower back pain and are new to the practice, I don’t recommend this style. Since it is more fast paced, you cannot move with as much integration.
This practice is very hamstring lengthening focused, if you are looking to for more quadriceps and outer hips openers, so this may not be a beneficial practice.
I find that set series practices generates an attachment to the series and a rigid mentality that ‘this is the only way’. Be hip to this mindset, it can limit your spiritual practice.

Vinyasa/Power
These two styles were born out of Ashtanga. They flow through poses as Ashtanga does but the sequence varies depending upon the lineage of teacher. Most classes create sequences based on a peak pose that is done at the end of the standing series. Power tends to be a more fiery style since it usually has you holding intense poses while vinyasa flows through poses more. These are both yang (high energy) practices.

Pros:
For those looking to build strength and cardio: As it’s predecessor Ashtanga, these two focus on using the bandhas throughout the practice building core strength. There are also many half vinyasas (plank, chaturanga, up dog), helping to build biceps and triceps.  Since these practices are continually moving, the heart rate increases.
For Type B personalities: Since the practice is constantly moving, it is a very energizing class.
For those with tight hips, lower back and hamstrings and no pain: The standing series focuses on opening and strengthening the quadriceps and hamstrings while weight bearing. The floor sequences usually have hip openers, twists and hamstring openers that are a bit more passive.
There’s a lot of movement at the beginning of the class but the last half is usually slower and contemplative so it give students a taste of two both kinds of meditative states (moving and stillness).

Cons:
The practice generally moves at a faster pace, so if you have a hard time learning new things I would recommend taking a Hatha class or beginner workshop prior.
If you are dealing with lower back pain and are new to the practice, I don’t recommend this style. Since it is more fast paced, you cannot move with as much integration

Yin/Restorative Yoga
This practices differs from most other styles in that it focuses on stimulating the connective tissue (ligaments, bones and joints) versus muscles. The poses are held for 5 minutes each and the point is to soften into each pose, which takes time. The whole practice is done on the floor, sometimes with the help of props. Yin differs from Restorative which uses props throughout the whole practice. The idea of restorative is to be supported in each pose so there is no ‘work’ being done. This has a very calming effect.

Pros:
For Type A personalities and those suffering from stress related disease: Generally it’s taught later in the day and it’s a great way to unwind from the day and prepare for sleep. The slow movements are great for those who are new to body mind practices as well as for those who are used to moving very quickly. It also creates a more meditative state for the mind since there isn’t too much physical activity.
For those suffering from lower back pain: Most people who suffer from lower back pain have tight hamstrings, hips and a weak core. Yin yoga focuses on opening the the pelvis and strengthening the core.
For those with shoulder and wrist injuries: Most of the poses are done on the ground so there’s generally very little pressure upper body.

Cons:
This is not a great practice for those who are very flexible, they need less stretching and more strengthening of their muscles. If you are flexible and take a Yin class, focus on drawing in and up versus down and out.
Since it’s slower paced, some people get ‘bored’.

A few things to keep in mind when you go to class:
1)Let your teacher know of any injuries you may be working with
2)Let your teacher know if you are pregnant and what trimester you’re in
3)Sit in the middle of the room. We don’t always face forward and if you’re sitting in the back you won’t be able to see the transition or how to do the the next pose. Sit in the middle so you have people on all sides of you.
4)Keep an open mind and be patient with yourself.
5)Rest whenever you need to. Never feel pressured to do anything that you think may hurt your body.
6)If a teacher physically adjusts you and it hurts, let the teacher know. If you’re uncomfortable, write an email to the studio. Feedback is so important.

 

 

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Guru

guru

Guru,
Beacon of light,
That which brings light into the darkness.
 
There are so many ways light is shed in our lives, through people, circumstances, reading, connections with nature, intention.
Most of the time, we don’t seek it within. We somehow forgot, or never knew it was within us. Perhaps since childhood, when we sought everything from our parents, it taught us that all we seek is in the external world.

But it’s not.

I just finished watching Kumare, the documentary about the fake guru. What arose from me,is that we become great teachers when we have great students, who are our gurus. It is through interactions with something outside ourselves that we remember our own greatness. Because we are all great. For we are a reflection of Divinity/God/Goddess/Aum/Allah.
This whole entire ‘practice’, for me, is about that. Remembering our true nature and moving through the world, as best we can, from that place. What my father and the Buddhists call our ‘Buddha nature’. Kirshnamancharya said it so beautifully ‘yoga is a practice that teaches us patience and compassion. First with our own bodies and beings and then with those around us’.
Most of us have chosen to be householders, meaning we do not dedicate our lives to spiritual enlightenment. Instead we use the sadhana to fuel the rest of our life. So that we may be inspired and inspire others to connect to their own divinity.

As we wrap up 2013,
May we celebrate
our own beacons,
Our own compass.
May we connect and move from that power and inspire others to do the same.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the sister science to Yoga, is such a vast subject. Where to begin??

There are a lot of great sites to check out. Two people I recommend  are Maria Garre and Todd Caldecott

I do recommend seeing an Ayurvedic doctor if you are having specific issues. Most articles are very general. Please take them with a grain of salt.  I found this article to be very helpful.

xo

What is Ayurveda?

by Hilary Garivaltis

Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is the oldest continuously practiced health-care system in the world. Drawn from an understanding of nature’s rhythms and laws, Ayurveda is built around the five elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth.

It is understood in Ayurveda that humans, as natural beings, are governed by the same rules and laws as all other natural beings. If we choose to ignore these laws, then imbalances will begin to appear. These imbalances are the precursor to disharmony and disease in the mind and body. This system of medicine understands our deepest connections with the whole universe and the influences of the energies that make up this universe. We are considered a microcosm of the macrocosm.

The Ayurvedic worldview is based on the archetypical elements of ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth. Ether and earth are static in nature while air, fire, and water are dynamic and ever changing. These elements have inherent energies that govern their functions. We are all made up of all of these energies, but each individual has slightly different proportions of the individual elements, making everyone unique in their own constitutional makeup.

An Ayurvedic approach treats each individual, taking into account his/her own unique psychological, emotional, and physical conditions. Imbalances in the body are evaluated through the system of the elements. Because our world and bodies are constantly adjusting to new environments, when these environments become imbalanced we feel it in some way.

Ayurvedic medicine concentrates on prevention and understanding one’s own makeup and focuses on how the outer world and environments affect one’s daily life. The goal of Ayurveda is to teach people how to attain optimal health through a deeper understanding of themselves and their own particular nature in relationship to the world around them. It is a system based on natural healing through strengthening the body, mind, and spirit and allowing the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to work to their fullest potential.

 

Ayurvedic Tips for Balanced Living Beneficial Daily Routines

  •    Rise before the sunrise.

   •    Drink a full glass (8 oz.) of room temperature or warm water.

   •    Clean your face, mouth and nasal passages and gargle with salt water.

   •    Do some light yoga or stretching exercises.

   •    Meditate for 20 minutes.

   •    Take a walk or run for ½ hour, 3–4 times per week.

   •    Have a nutritional breakfast according to your body type.

   •    Have a relaxing or complete meal at lunchtime. 11–2 pm.

   •    Relax for ½ hour after lunch.

   •    Meditate in late afternoon before evening meal for 20 minutes.

   •    Eat dinner between 5:00 and 7:00 pm. This should not be a heavy meal.

   •    Allow two hours after your dinner before going to bed.

   •    Bedtime 10:00–11:00 pm.

   •    Give thanks.

Continue reading at http://www.kripalu.org/article/223/

Hilary Garivaltis is the Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She received her training at the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, with advanced training in India from the Rishikesh College of Ayurveda and the Jiva Institute.

 

 

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Awaken your inner divinity.

Awaken your inner divinity

In life, we all come across times and situations where we are at a battle with ourselves. This is when we are introduced to our inner selves. In today’s society, everyone is so busy fixing the exterior that they forget to take a look at the interior when it is actually the interior which is more important.

Understanding Inner Divinity

The concept of inner divinity might sound vague to some while others might feel the need to learn more about how it affects physical aspects of one’s life. Inner divinity is not the same for everyone. it a personal or individual trait which differs from person to person depending on the life experiences and upbringing they have gone through. God is a deity that is above all but as humans, we might face some difficulty connecting with him because we are not guided on how to do this properly.

It is not that hard to connect with your inner divinity. God is close to you than your jugular vein. He is within you. You just have to look within yourself. You are not just your physical appearance, your mind or emotions but you are so much more than that. It is very easy to ignore or even forget, in some cases, the existence of this inner self but you cannot attain the highest levels of self-awareness without touching on your inner divinity. Different cultures, religions and nations have their own methods of getting to this place. As an individual, you can also find what works in the best way for you.

Awakening your Inner Divinity

There is no specific rule to awaken your inner divinity or a path that you must follow. According to Alchemy, you have to look into the deepest layers of the Earth. When you reach them, you have to perfect them. That is when you will find the Philosopher’s Stone. On the other hand, some psychologists say that you have to look inside yourself.

There are parts of you that only you know about. Most of the times, these parts are wounded so you do not put them on display. You do not want the world to look at them because they are not perfect. Your job is to find these parts and perfect them. When you succeed in perfecting these parts of yourself, you will be able to attain inner divinity. There is no need to follow the instructions that have already been written by those before you. You can set your own guidelines and follow them to a point where you feel fully satisfied with your inner self.

The alchemists said the magic formula for enlightenment was ‘Vista Inferiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem’, or ‘Seek out the lower reaches of the earth, perfect them, and you will find the hidden stone’ (the treasured Philosopher’s Stone). Jungian psychologists might describe the process this way: Find the ignorant, wounded parts of your psyche, perfect them, and you will awaken your inner divinity.

 

–Rob Breszney, Pronoia

 

The Power of the Witness

the power of the witness

The power of the witness is so important in the practice/sadhana. True change comes from awareness. Here’s a great take on the witness from good ole Ram Das.  I find he always has such an eloquent way of expressing himself. I came upon this in Paths to God, by Ram Das.

“There are practices that focus the mind, like meditation or mantra. And there are practices that let us take a step back from the mind, like witnessing. I think that the practice of witnessing can be a key spiritual exercise for us, because it lets us move outside the dramas of our lives. It shows us that there exists another plane from which to view our experiences. The danger of confusion in this practice is mistaking the judging voice inside our own minds for the spiritual witness. When we first begin to get some grasp of what the dance is all about, and we start to stand back a bit from own trips, we frequently adopt a type of witnessing that is very judgmental. It’s got a standard–you’ve got the Buddha as your standard, or Christ/Krishna/Maharajji as your standard–and next to that standard you’ve got your own behavior and your own thoughts and your own feelings. You set those two things side by side, and then judge your own behavior against the standard. That’s an extension of what is known as the superego, and it’s a heavy emotional trip that only tends to lock you more tightly into your predicament. It certainly doesn’t do much to free you.

The witness that’s useful in our spiritual work has a totally different quality. It isn’t judging–good, bad, it’s all the same. This witness isn’t trying to change anything–it’s just seeing it all. It is completely uncommitted; its not committed to your enlightenment, it’s not trying to get you ahead, it’s simply witnessing, nothing else.

As we move into that perspective, however, we discover that in developing the witness, we sacrifice being the experiencer. That is, we sacrifice the thrill of the experience into the witness. Anytime we want to, we can become part of ourselves that is the witness, which is noticing it all, very calmly, very equanimously. It just takes a flick of our perspective–in fact, just the intention to be coming from that other place. That’s all. But to do that, we have to be ready to let go of the experiencer. 

To develop that kind of witness, you have to have a little elbow room. That’s why one of my first instructions for sadhana would be to ‘Give yourself space’. Don’t always be filling up your time and your mind of content; create a spacious environment for yourself, one that makes it easier to step back and notice your trip.

Then just do that. Notice it. Don’t judge it, don’t try to change it, don’t do anything at all except to notice it. You will find that a lot of your stuff has only been able to survive unnoticed; the minute you begin to bring it into the light of the ‘I’ that is just looking at it all, it starts to change–without you ever having done a thing! All you did was to start identifying with a different part of your being, a part you could use to watch all the rest of it.”

Autumn Equinox

fall equinox

The autumn equinox,

this year September 22nd, is my favorite time. We begin to move out of high energy output (summer) into a more introspective period. We begin our descent into our spiritual cave/basement and reflect on what we’ve seen, heard, and shared with the world. This is when we can internalize our experiences and make them our own. In the coming months, as nature goes back underground, we do the same. We spend more time indoors and under the blankets. 

I love setting intentions to help harness and focus my energy in a given direction. So I put it out to you, What do you want to explore and delve deeper into in the coming months? What part of your internal landscape do you want to discover? Uncover?

Write them down and put them on your altar. On the winter solstice, read them again and see where your intentions have taken you.

The image that comes to mind during this time of year is someone in a cloak with a lantern descending into a cave.  I imagine myself sitting in a cramped basement surrounded by shelves and shelves of mason jars with mysterious contents within them. I’m choosing which jars to open and which to mix together. This is the time to tinker with what we believe, what we feel and how we want to contribute. This is the time to ask the big questions. It also the time to be patient. We plant the questions in our hearts and wait for them to germinate.

One of my favorite quotes of all time:

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

The point is, ask the questions, continue to explore the internal landscape and see what sprouts in spring.

 

 

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A beautiful take on Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness


I love coming across beautiful and simple ways to describe…well…just about anything. I found this in Donna Farhi’s awesome book “The Breathing Book” and wanted to share.

I think it’s really important NOT to repress or ignore those emotions and thoughts we aren’t proud of. It is vital to get to know them intimately as only then will our relationship to them truly change. We are whole…a whole lotta things and if we don’t get intimate with ALL aspects of ourselves, how do we expect to change/find peace/be better people? 

 

Cultivating Mindfulness.

“To mind the breath is to make a decision. It may be the most radical decision you have ever made in your life. The second you choose to mind your breath you have decided that this present moment, this very moment, is worthy of your full attention. The instant you do this you have begun to extricate yourself from the hold of the past and the pull of the future. You are living your life as today rather than yesterday or tomorrow.
This awareness we are attempting to cultivate, by necessity, must be choiceless. It means that we stop deflecting, correcting, and manipulating, our perception to suit out conceptual ideas about how we think we should be ad how we think other people should be. It also means we open ourselves to the way our life is rather than how we imagine it should be. Of course this is not the predilection of human beings. We;re sure life should be a certain way and when it inevitable doesn’t turn out as we had carefully planned we feel righteous anger or justifiable disappointment. Choicelessness is an extremely important principle to understand because mindfulness is not about reaching an idealized state of mind. The ultimate goal of mindfulness practice is not to attain a fairy-tale composure of sweetness where negative thoughts cease to exist. If you were to sit for just five minutes and watch the parade of jumbled and negative thoughts that dance on the screen of your mind (judgement, anger, and jealously being likely contenders), you would realize…that such a goal is rather unrealistic. Neither should choicelessness be confused with blind or passive acquiescence to unacceptable or unhealthy situations or behaviors. It does mean that we see things as they are instead of embracing or dismissing our perceptions, holding onto things we like, or rejecting the things we dislike.
The other reason I emphasize the importance of entering mindfulness practcie which choiceless awareness is that the very moement you stive for an ideal ego state which you call “good” you have simultaneously rejected another part of yourself which you call “bad”. This rejected part of you doesn’t just disappear; if unattended it may exist autonomously, unconsciously driving your behavior so that you make the same mistakes over and over gain. It is thus best to place the shadow squarely before you where you can attend to it while doing your mindfulness practice rather than attempting to outrun it as it lurks behind you. You need not attempt to stop your thoughts; you need only to change your relationship to your thoughts, feelings and sensations. In the very act of looking clearly and unflinchingly at your feelings, however unsavory they may seem to you, you can begin to understand their root. If you relinquish embracing or dismissing, you allow life to do what it has always done–to change.”

Just breathe

Just Breathe by young girl

breathe_by_sibayakSome simple and oh-so true words….

I hope they inspire you to breathe

Clara

 

“Breathing affects your respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, muscular, and psychic systems and also has a general effect on your sleep, memory, energy level and concentration. Everything you do, the pace you keep, the feelings you have, and the choices you make are influenced by the rhythmic metronome of your breath.

As you are challenged with the increasing levels of psychological, physical, and biological stress, the internal metronome that determines the quality and state of your breathing and health may be set at faster and faster speeds. You may have the feeling that your life has become like that of a hamster–endlessy running on a little wheel, with no way to stop an get off. You say you feel “stressed out” or “burned out”, and the tension and anxiety that accompanies that all-too-familiar state of over-load seems to be undermining your genuine desire to take care of yourself. You may remember a time when you were full of energy, and wonder where that time whent and how you can recover it. In looking for a solution it is wasy to get caught up in details, in theories, and in complicated strategies, for we very seldom explore the easiest and most fundamental concepts. The process of breathing lies at the center every action and reaction we make or have and so by returning to it we go to the core of the stress response. By refining and improving the quality of our breathing we can feel its positive impact on all aspects of our being.” 

–Donna Farhi, The Breathing Book

 

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