Build a Consistent Home Practice
April 1 - 29, 2016
Wonderful! Welcome to Day 3!
You're on a ROLL! Keep up the great work!
I hope you found a rhythm with yesterday's vinyasa practice. Today we have a meditation to play. Set aside 10 - 15 minutes for this practice and grab a colorful pen! :)
There are many different ways to meditate, it doesn't have to be seated in lotus with your index finger and thumb joined in jnana mudra. Some versions of meditations are walking, visual, auditorial. Remember we are NOT trying to empty the mind. That would be harmful. We're doing our best to focus on one thing, and then when our mind wanders, we lovingly draw it back to the focal point - our breath, a flame, a set of important words (mantra), maybe even the painting we're working on. The intention is to be fully present in the moment.
So for today we have a version of a walking meditation. We will use this beautiful replica of the labyrinth in Chartres and since we may not be able to 'walk' it with our feet. We will 'walk' it with our fingers or better yet a colorful pen! I like to use a pen to trace my path because my finger will go over the lines often and I lose my place. Plus it satisfies my inner child to break out the colorful pen and do a little coloring! :)
You're just one yoga practice away from a smile!
I invite you to give this a try.
Before you 'enter' the labyrinth, focus on a question or problem that has been coming up again and again for you. Write it down on your journal page, ask for guidance from your angels, and then let it rest. Grab your colorful pen, say a little prayer before you enter the labyrinth, prepare yourself to listen for awhile as you 'walk', and then start walking with your pen.
Follow the curves and twists. You may wish to pause when you reach the center. Listen. Then slowly 'retrace' your path and go back out the same way you came in. Know that as you work towards the center of the labyrinth and back out again, you will most likely have come to some sort of resolution or peace around your initial question.
When you've finished 'walking' the labyrinth, write down any thoughts that came up for you during this meditation on your journal page, use the back of the sheet if you need to. Think of it as a 'brain dump'. Allow your pen to flow freely, no censoring necessary. You might be surprised at what you see.
Click on here to download the Journal Page (then simply click the print icon or download arrow to save it to your computer). I have filled in a sample one for you to see at the bottom of the page. Get creative and find wonderful color pens!
Benefits of Walking a Labyrinth:
Calm left-brain activity - logical thought, fact-based planning, analysis
Encourage right-brain activity - creativity, imagination, intuition
Insights to questions
Inspiration for problems
Peacefulness as you hand over your worries and ask for help.
with light and love,