Calming our "Monkey Mind"

Calming our "Monkey Mind"

I recently had a student ask me how to start a mediation practice.  Each time she tried to mediate, she couldn't empty in their mind or sit for more than a minute.    Too many thoughts jumbling around.

It took me back to when I started my meditation practice many years ago when I had the same expectation - clearing the mind.  How are we supposed to empty all of our thoughts to connect?  The answer is - we can't most of the time.

I've found the best way to start a practice is to find one thing to focus on - your breath, an image, a mantra, a sound.  When our thoughts start to wander, acknowledge them and then come back to your focus.  At first, this may only be for a couple of minutes.  Before you know it, your practice may be 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or even 30 minutes.  As you continue, you will discover what works best to help you connect with your inner most self.  It doesn't matter how long you meditate or what focus you use, this is your time to connect with you.

Many Blessings

Feeling Grounded

When life feels overwhelming we can get caught up in the whirlwind or get grounded.

Life has many ups and downs, for some they ride the waves and some get caught up in the wake. Knowing what to do in those moments can bring you a sense of relief and peace. A helpful mantra, you may have heard it, “Everything is temporary“. Do your best to be kind and patient to yourself when dealing with any struggles. Everyone processes things at a different pace.

Feeling grounded means to get present, connect with something stable in your environment so that you may return to a place of balance. To become present: feel your breath, tune into your heartbeat, feel the weight of gravity. You could also take a walk, notice the wind, the trees, sounds around you, the feel of your steps. Or reach out to a friend that uplifts you and reminds you of the good things in your life.

It’s a practice learning to get present instead of reacting, but one that is so worthwhile to feel centered, calm, and resilient against what life throws at you.

“Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.” – Steve Goodier

Preventing Injuries in our Practice

When I first started practicing yoga I would hear teachers say, “listen to your body”.  I didn’t really understand at first. Where they speaking metaphorically? Was yoga going to release some wisdom filled inner voice? In a word, yes! The more we do yoga the more we start becoming in tune with the sensations of our body. We learn what feels “good” and what doesn’t. The inner voice whispers to us and says you can go a little deeper, or nope not today. If we begin to trust this inner voice we can avoid going too deep in a pose or we could discover something new in our practice!

The next time your in class try to quiet the noise in your mind and tune into your inner wisdom. Try and keep that as your intention as you move through your practice. Ask yourself, "what do I need in this exact moment". Your practice can take on a whole new meaning when we listen to the answers we get back!