Women today are juggling more and more as we raise families, pursue careers and maintain relationships with friends, family and our communities. A life filled with so many important priorities can be exhilarating and infinitely rewarding but it can also be demanding and stressful when we are not in touch our own inner source of nourishment. This deep well of vitality provides all that is necessary for growth, health and good condition, yet many of us are disconnected from this sacred reservoir of spirit. Sometimes we find ourselves struggling against the flow of our lives – for some of us this is a daily habit – and it results in feelings of irritability, impatience, frustration, fatigue, overwhelm etc. etc. etc… Read more »
The Hidden Secrets of Growing Old part 2: An Adventure so Exquisite
It’s a cool July morning with the Pacific fog sitting plump as a grey hen on the far hills. I love the way the mist hides us here in the flatlands for awhile, as if we were in a time out of time. When the sun breaks through around noon, I have a phone date with my niece Catherine. It will be 3 p.m. in Rhode Island. Ava’s still at day camp and the baby might be asleep. I tap the number into my cell phone and wait. No answer. Ten minutes later I try again. Someone picks up and I can hear Cat yelling in the background, calling goodbye. Now she’s shouting into the phone, “Hi Auntie Sherry! I’m just finishing my Filipino stick fighting lesson!”
Cat’s my god-daughter, my brother Howard’s second born. At 34, with two kids and her work as an acupuncturist and a terrific husband, she has a life that seems expressible mainly in exclamation marks. Cat is the child of my heart, the girlfriend-daughter I never had. To the amazement of our extended family, she and I tend to see the world pretty much through the same lenses. Our conversations reflect this, generally sluicing through the rush of our lives, washing out the gold along with the assorted detritus along the way. But once in a while, the pace slows down. Like now. Read more »
Ease away stress and anxiety with simple mediation for the soul
Mantra Meditation is a very simple method of meditation practice involving focusing of the mind and senses on sacred sounds that bring the mind and body into harmony. A mantra is not an ordinary material sound. It is a sacred sound vibration.
Benefits of Mantra Meditation
- Your mind is drawn away from material stresses and anxieties. No material sound or activity can effectively accomplish this.
- The mind becomes rested, peaceful and satisfied. Mantras have a purifying effect on the mind and heart.
- Gradually, your mind and heart becomes cleansed of anger, envy, & arrogance. In time, you will develop more tolerance, patience, concern, & love for others.
- Confusion and illusion become cleansed from your mind and heart, and you will experience your true identity.
Gauranga Breathing (pronounced Gaur-Ra-Ang-Gah)
1. Sit comfortably.
2. Let your breathing become slow and deep.
3. Relax your body with each exhalation.
4. When your breathing is more relaxed, begin the meditation by saying “Gauranga”- in your mind as you inhale.
5. When you exhale, say “Gauranga” out loud. Stretch out the sound so that it takes up the whole exhalation.
6. Allow yourself to feel the vibrations of the Gaur-Ra-Ang-Gah sound.
7. Continue repeating the Gauranga sound for 5-10 minutes to relieve your mind and body of stress and tension.
8. When practiced daily, this simple meditation can relieve anxiety, stress, depression and can also be used as an effective coping skill during stressful moments throughout the day.
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During spring housecleaning this week, I came across notes I had taken during an acting workshop several years ago with a teacher named Carol Fox Prescott. Her approach to acting technique is very much in line with one of the key elements of yoga practice: the practice of breathing. In her work, the connection of one’s actions to the natural rhythms of their breathing is the true fuel for the individual actor’s creativity.
The notes my younger self had made that captured my attention were these: “Breath is power with this work. Using breath to inspire you will create freedom. You can take inspiration from anything, in any position or circumstance. Breath can give you inspiration by allowing you to listen. Take a breath to listen, to regroup.”