Asanas and me.

 

My practice of yoga postures or asanas is the practice of creating space in my body so that when I leave my yoga mat, that space remains. Emotions and thoughts are free to enter and flow through my mind without attachment.

Asana is one part of my yoga practice. Sometimes my asana practice is difficult and messy. Sometimes I fall, and I get up again. I place my body in situations with mindful intention. For me, this translates off the mat into finding a bit more ease along life’s journey.

Asana practice is remembering that all things are impermanent. The discomfort or even fear in a pose is temporary, as is this precious human life.

Asana practice is a moving meditation for me.  When I am linking breath with movement, the only thing I can do is be present.

Asana practice is a tool and a metaphor for mindful living.

Set and an intention that is pure. Work mindfully toward the fulfillment of that intention. You will struggle. You may fall. You will get back up. You may lose your breath, and you will always come back to it. You will create the space to accept these truths because both the physical body and the mind are opened and tension is released. Judgement is abandoned and the present truth is accepted.

When practiced with pure intention in mind, asana practice creates positive energy and merit that we can then dedicate to other sentient beings in their struggle to find happiness.

Asana may be difficult, and for good reason. The difficulty of a balance like Warrior 3 is nothing compared to the intricacies of human relationships. It is what I learn on my mat with dedicated practice that guides me and helps me face truths about myself, others, and the world we live in. In facing these truths, I am always practicing yoga.

A flag doesn’t hold on to the wind, yet it couldn’t be more immersed in it. Our job is not to stop or gather the life of feeling but to let it keep moving through us, the way a flag opens itself to the wind.

-Mark Nepo  from The One Live We’re Given

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six smiles.

I am happy to report that my children missed my ‘six smiles’ posts, as I have not written one in 2 weeks.  That is not to say there has been a lack of reasons to smile, however.  There have been plenty.  I hope October is treating everyone well, as we approach the final months of 2012!  Can you believe it?!

Team Lydon.  Our Making Strides for Breast Cancer walking team.  An inspiring story of a husband and wife from our town who each battled breast cancer and are survivors!  Their catch phrase? He got it, she got it!

Watched my nephew play for my alma mater’s football team.  Go Pioneers!  (Especially number 7)  Love those pink socks too!

My very own Captain America.  Keeping everyone here safe, especially his dog Remy!

Something I try to remember.  If you can remember this, then you know you have the ability light up a room!

I had to smile when a found this while looking through old Halloween photos.  Two years ago, we had matching vampires in the family!!

A really scary Halloween torch!

I wish you a frightfully fun rest of October 2012!