It seems to me that our eager Western culture continues to desperately attempt to understand meditation. To do it. To feel it. What is it? How do I find it? Teach me how to meditate! please! But the thing is, here is this beautiful practice brought to us by the ever wise East. My teacher in India would say, "Well dear, I can't tell you how to meditate. I can tell you that I sit and attempt daily. I could tell you of an experience, or perhaps you have already heard a thousand ideas of what meditating has been like for others." But the thing is, hearing those ideas can often hinder our ability to find a beneficial meditation practice. it is easy for us to get hung up on what we are supposed to feel or experience. Meditation is all about the exact opposite. There are no boundaries or guidelines, there are no requirements and rights or wrongs. The whole idea is to bring yourself into the present. To veer your thoughts away from the worrying and the stress and the to-do lists. To come back to the present. To either listen to each sense individually as you draw yourself inward. Or to focus on the breath and JUST BE. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali writes something similar to this, "and if none of these strategies work, simply focus on ANYTHING that uplifts your spirit." THAT passage right there has truly defined meditation in MY life. It is 100% a personalized practice. How will you ever know?... Practice! Enjoy! Namaste!
NOTE: There are numerous incredible resources out there for helping someone new understand and practice meditation daily. I highly recommend exploring all avenues. Guided meditation is a great place to start or a yoga nidra practice as well. But simply know, it can be this easy! Gsive yourself the space to just be and focus on anything that uplifts your spirit. HUGE positive impact!
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by a cumulation of the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Viniyoga methodologies. Dedicated to teaching intelligent yoga through proper alignment and awareness. Aspiring rock climber, snowboarder for life, practices aromatherapy and rebounding.