This morning, I taught my yoga class. I teach every week, twice a week. One of the things I love most about this class is that its at 7:30 am. We have to get up and greet the morning, and most mornings we are greeted with Lake Superior and a glorious sunrise, like this one. 

Breathe in. Breathe out. 

Close the noisy mind, and open the quiet heart and let your space be filled with grace, love, honor, and whatever attention your soul needs for the day.

Sometimes its rough, climbing out of bed, mustering up the drive to get changed and motivated to motivate others. For me, when I teach, I want my students to feel a shift, feel what its like to sit within themselves, and sometimes that is not an easy thing to do. I will never know what someone walks away with from my teachings, but I do hope its a small slice to open their hearts to something new.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Ritual is hard, as I spoke in my previous post, I have begun my own rituals to heal myself. I want to greet the day like this, I want to greet the lake, the sun, and the world from a place of compassion, quiet and honesty. The world outside right now full of tension, judgement, and loads of toxicity, so I want that space...I need that space to be able to greet my world in a positive way.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Try it. Once or twice, get up and sit, whether thats by your fireplace, out by the lake, or even just sit up in bed, close your eyes. Simply sit. Honor you. This does not have to be a hard core every day for an hour sit and meditate situation. Start with 5 minutes and go from there, build up, once you start feeling the shifts you will crave more...I promise!

Try this 5 minute meditation:

First, find a spot. This can be at home, by the Lake, in the park, but make sure its quiet and comfortable. At this point you can use a timer if you want, start it for 5 minutes. I like the app Smiling Mind. Its free, and easy to use.

Sit comfortably with legs crossed or extend legs out in front if hips and knees are tight, and prop yourself on a blanket or bolster. (This propping will lift the pelvis higher than legs and you will not get that tingling sensation.)

Place your hands quietly in your lap or on your knees, feel the weight of your hands settling in. Take note of your sit bones grounding down. Lengthen your spine and tuck shoulders down the back body.

Speaking quietly or in your head, "I am Light" repeating over and over in your mind. Let the breathe go in and out subtly. On an inhale fill the belly and imagine light filling your lower body, and then on the exhale out through the nose, sense the light coming up from the belly, up through the heart, throat, and out the nose. Feel that sensation of light. 

Sit quietly, allow thoughts to enter in, recognize them, and bring yourself back to the mantra of "I am Light". Its a good way to start meditation with a mantra, you have an ability to stay focused. Before you know it, the timer will sound.

Allow your eyes to open, and sit with that quiet for a few moments before moving. Appreciate and recognize where you are at in that moment. Enjoy it.

 

Breathe In. Breathe Out.