Saturday, April 1, 2017
Putting It Together
Greetings & welcome, my friends. Thank you for joining me.
In these beginning weeks we’ve talked about the basics regarding aromatherapy, meditation, yoga & music. Now let’s see if we can put them together.
When I prepare for my yoga/meditation time, I start with my aroma. At this time I’m finding patchouli in the stick incense to be soothing. I choose patchouli for its antidepressant, aphrodisiac & sedative qualities.
After lighting a stick or two I light an unscented candle. I like the ambience of candle light & firelight. I turn my music on low. I like it as a background. Then I roll out my yoga mat & grab Dreamer, my Yoga Stick Person.
I start with the Mountain pose. They're a couple of ways you can perform this pose. I prefer to stand with my hands by my side, chest open & balanced on my feet. I focus on the breath now.
Throughout my whole session I focus on my breathing. I make sure I’m filling up & emptying. As I inhale I feel the oxygen expanding the tight places, putting space between my vertebrae. On the exhale all the tightness leaves my body. All movement is accomplished around the breath.
I have chosen songs which are known to bring me peace. When my mind wanders I will hear the music. The peace settles in, aided by the patchouli & I focus on breathing again.
After getting myself grounded & activated in the Mountain pose I pick up Dreamer. Dreamer is roughly 5 ft tall & maybe 2 inches in diameter. Made from the branch of a cottonwood tree, there is a protruding branch near the top. I have wrapped a length of leather strap, tied on some personal charms & fastened some feathers on this small arm.
Still standing in the basic Mountain pose I grasp Dreamer with each hand at the far ends. This opens up my shoulders. Then I bring Dreamer behind me, feeling my chest open up. First time I held that pose I was amazed at how closed my heart area really was & how just holding a stick could make such a difference!
So far I’ve only found a few poses where Dreamer is an aide. As I grow & strengthen I’m sure we’ll find other ways.
Soon I am in position on the floor. Here is where the meditation really gets started. I’m sitting either cross-legged, diamond or straight leg on my mat. I can now sit without an aide to keep my back straight. Through Yoga & practice I am now able to do it by myself.
As I sit, I meditate. For me it’s about my God. I focus on Him. I open up to hear His voice. I love these times. It’s when I feel the closet to Papa.
When that time is over I move into Yoga poses again. I usually end in the same Mountain pose.
I don’t count how long to hold a pose. I focus on my breathing & let my body move as it needs. I have found that when I have my music I tend to hold longer & breathe deeper.
Experiment, my friend. Your path will open to you. Til next we meet, Be Blessed.