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Finding Stability in Gratitude
This journey through the chakras my yogis and I are returning to a theme we have visited often in the past and one that I believe deserves to be tuned into at every opportunity - and that is gratitude. Thankful for not only the beauty and gifts of our lives, but also for the more trying moments and challenges that are often the building blocks to becoming truly open and heart-centered on this amazing earth trip we find ourselves experiencing.
So last week we embraced gratitude from the perspective of Muladhara, our root chakra. This is our seat of stability, security and earth connection. We opened with a beautiful quote from Rumi:
Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. - Rumi
Again, we find balance in this energy field when we are feeling stable and secure and these feelings relate to more that just physical security; it's truly a sense of belonging, a moment by moment trust that we are supported on our path and therefore not holding on too tightly.
I know for myself that I often forget to surrender my weight to gravity. Whether walking, sitting or even lying in bed, there is often a sense (usually subconscious) that I need to 'hold myself up.' Now when I realize I am doing this, it's a chance to breathe, to let go and to allow the support of the earth to carry me. (This is why I often remind all of us in class in various yoga poses to surrender your weight to the earth.)
Even now - let's check in- are you clenching anywhere? Jaw? Shoulders? Buttocks? (that's a real important one… unclench!) Let it all go - but in an upright and aware manner. It's amazing what opens up when we do this. Energy FLOWS unencumbered. Channels open. We are think more clearly, react more positively to things that might have shaken us, we love more deeply - self and others - from this place of BALANCE and support.
What I have been doing at various intervals throughout the day is just saying to myself, "State check." Where Am I? Am I HOLDING on too tightly? Ahhhh… breathe and let go. Feels SO good.
That is my goal for us from here on out: A grateful, cognizant, free-flowing sense of balance and stability, that lights our path and lightens our load.
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Acupressure for Women and Acupressure for Pets as well as Energy Types will be back early 2019. Please email me or check back on my site for information regarding dates and further details.
UPCOMING CLASSES AT WHATCOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE, BELLINGHAM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Chakra Yoga
Join Maureen Kelly, CYT, for a gentle Vinyasa-style Yoga class with an exploration of the body's chakras, or centers of energy. Maureen will provide an overview of the chakras, while integrating yoga poses with several energy-enhancing approaches such as acupressure, sound, qigong, and a closing meditation. As you journey through the chakras in this workshop, you will learn how to open yourself to areas of the body in need of emotional or physical balance, and learn how to establish a road to equilibrium. Beginners welcome; bring a yoga mat.
Did you know that WHO you are can affect HOW you are? Based on Maureen's book 'Energy Types', this workshop will make you aware of the personality characteristics that make us unique and how the application of specific energy practices and modalities can support these traits for optimum health.
If you are privately interested in learning more about establishing a meditation practice, or your workplace would like to have access to a practice onsite, please contact me for more info.
Come into the silence of you and tap into a place of knowingness and peace.
I’ve come to meditation for the very first time in my 70’s. With Maureen guiding us into deep relaxation, it comes fairly easily, with a wonderful feeling of peace and calm. Very, very good for any of us with a hectic “normal” life, reminding us of what is possible. - M.S.
Maureen’s relaxation techniques and her provision of a meaningful meditation Mantra makes for a deep and enjoyable meditation experience. I appreciate the chance to attend only to myself and to only recognize the external world but then let it go. - L.S.
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