Have I mentioned before that I love teaching about the chakras? I've taught my chakra series for about ten years now, and it never disappoints. This year is no exception. Last Thursday in Hatha was Anahata day, or 4th chakra, located at the heart center. This is where we house grief. And there is PLENTY of that to go around these days. After class, several of us on Zoom stayed back and shared some tender moments. We realized how close to the surface our sadness is sometimes.
Have you every had someone tell you to "lighten up?" Did it help, or was it infuriating?
Do you ever feel like that space between when something happens to you and when you react is very, very thin?
I think what a lot of us are craving right now is some SPACE to LIGHTEN UP. The burdens of living in a pandemic and all that goes with it have a lot of us on edge. This is totally understandable! And I'm here to help you create some space for your mind to relax and your spirit to breathe.
Today I recalled a time when things were quite hard for me. Nick and I were starting our restaurant, our kids were very small, and everything was on the line. Nick had to work long hours every day for several months to get the business going, and my troubles and stress felt BIG.
For my birthday, my mom gave me a little sign to hang on my bathroom wall that said,
"Put on a little lipstick. You'll feel...
Something I've had fun doing this season is reading and trying new things. I've pulled books off my shelf that I hadn't gotten around to yet, ordered some new ones, and signed up for a couple online classes. And now they're making their way into my teaching, which is the way it is supposed to be :)
I'm currently practicing three different types of meditation, and I wanted to share them a little more in depth with you here. If you've tried meditation and didn't care for it, I encourage you to try again! Try a different method or have another crack at a style you've done before--you are in a different place now, and that can make all the difference.
Over the next few weeks I will describe or explain three different types of meditation. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it's a good start.
First, I'm trying the Buddhist practice of Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation. My resource is Pema Chödrön's...