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November 30, 2010

Filed under: Meditation — rainbowyoga @ 12:23 am

In the twenty-four hours of a day you need to be silent for an hour or so, whenever it is convenient. The internal dialogue will go on but don’t be party to it.


Detached Listening: “The key to it all is to hear the talk within just as you would hear two people talking, but remain apart. Don’t get involved; just listen to what one part of the mind is telling another. Whatever comes, let it come; don’t try to repress it. Only be a witness to it.


Wild Horses :“A lot of rubbish that you have gathered over the years will come out. The mind has never been given the freedom to throw away this rubbish.


“When given the chance, the mind will run like a horse that has broken his reins. Let it run! You sit and watch. To watch, just watch, is the art of patience. You will want to ride the horse, to direct it this way or that, because that is your old habit. You will have to exercise some patience in order to break this habit.


“Wherever the mind goes, merely watch; don’t try to enforce any order as one word gives rise to another and another, and a thousand others, because all things are connected.


Speak Your Mind! “If it is convenient and possible, speak your thoughts out loud so that you can also hear them, because within the mind the thoughts are subtle and there is the fear you may not be very conscious of them. Speak them aloud, listen to them, and be very aware and alert to remain well separated from them. Resolve to speak out whatever comes to mind, but be absolutely unbiased and neutral.

“Gradually, very faintly, you will begin to hear the footsteps of silence, and experience the art of listening.”

– Osho



Urdhva Dhanurasana November 29, 2010

Filed under: Asana of the Week — rainbowyoga @ 10:26 pm

1. Lie supine on the floor. Bend your knees and set your feet on the floor, heels as close to the sitting bones as possible. Bend your elbows and spread your palms on the floor beside your head, forearms relatively perpendicular to the floor, fingers pointing toward your shoulders.

2. Pressing your inner feet actively into the floor, exhale and push your tailbone up toward the pubis, firming (but not hardening) the buttocks, and lift the buttocks off the floor. Keep your thighs and inner feet parallel. Take 2 or 3 breaths. Then firmly press the inner hands into the floor and your shoulder blades against the back and lift up onto the crown of your head. Keep your arms parallel. Take 2 or 3 breaths.

3. Press your feet and hands into the floor, tailbone and shoulder blades against your back, and with an exhalation, lift your head off the floor and straighten your arms. Turn the upper thighs slightly inward and firm the outer thighs. Narrow the hip points and lengthen the tailbone toward the backs of the knees, lifting the pubis toward the navel.

4. Turn the upper arms outward but keep the weight on the bases of the index fingers. Spread the shoulder blades across the back and let the head hang, or lift it slightly to look down at the floor.

5. Stay in the pose anywhere from 5 to 10 seconds or more, breathing easily. Repeat anywhere from 3 to 10 times.




Filed under: Dailies — rainbowyoga @ 10:20 pm

A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.

-Chinese Proverb

How we come to interpret the events in life is everything. This is most especially true at the most unstable moments in life.  Whether in the passionate beginnings or abrupt endings of  relationships, how we come to think about the transitions and change we experience is the most dramatic influence on the outcome of most everything. Our thinking is the blueprint for what we create and attract into our days.

John Kennedy reminded us, “When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters-one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” Both conditions are present when the ground shifts dramatically under our feet, but where we hold our gaze has a lot more to do with the outcome than we might realize. By embracing the uncertainty and groundlessness we experience with an eye for opportunity, we transform the events by our way of seeing. Looking for opportunity, by definition, requires witnessing what is good and workable during changing times.   Fixating  on the danger celebrates anxiety and allows fear to be the leader.

Trusting that unpredictable life changes are a sign of growth and a gateway to new opportunities requires a kind of surrender.  It isn’t that fear isn’t a factor if you look to the opportunity, it’s that you make friends with your fear.  When you keep your fear and insecurity close by you, not trying to run away from it, or make it look like something else,  it has the chance to surprise you.  Most emotions are only asking to be witnessed. Usually just shining a light on our feelings is enough attention for them to morph into something else, something workable.

On the other hand,  if we let our fears strangle us with desperate threats,  we are captive. The dangerous winds of life are in charge, the more we resist.  When this happens to us, we are also generally filled with self recrimination. The more that we believe that we should be able to stop or control the outcome, the more out of control life becomes.  Learning to ride the wave of the unpredictable,  is kind of like intense surfing.  The surfers are literally on the edge, aware of the uncontrollable nature of the water that holds them, but looking to the opportunity, the hole that will bring them to the other side.

In the changing waves of life right now,  aspire to grace and raw bravery.  We don’t just want to hang on for dear life,  we want to find the center and ride it into the sun like the best of them.


Filed under: Dailies — rainbowyoga @ 11:34 am

Silence is golden and just downright healthy and valuable. It’s amazing to realize how much time and energy is spent talking. You spend time thinking about what to say, wondering what reaction there will be and how to respond. Who knew that communication could be such hard work? Silence conserves energy, creating a very calm and centered place in your being.

Many spiritual paths recommend practicing silence in order to go within and heighten your internal experience, bringing you into closer connection with the Source, the Universe, the Infinite. The results are powerful. When the talking ceases, a peaceful calm takes over and you really feel you can hear the sound current, the voice of the Divine. Your intuitive voice gets turned way up. Try it for a day. Even if you don’t do it perfectly, you will feel the benefits. That’s worth talking about!



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