Monthly Archives: February 2010

23 Feb

Acceptance. Receptivity. Awareness.

blog_acceptanceThe definition of acceptance is so interesting to me. See below.

ac·cept·ance   [ak-sep-tuhns] noun
1. the act of taking or receiving something offered.
2. favorable reception; approval; favor.
3. the act of assenting or believing: acceptance of a theory.
4. the fact or state of being accepted or acceptable.

My versions/interpretations:

Number 1: is basically saying we take what is given to us. Black and white. No emotion involved.. something is offered, and we accept it for what it is.

Number 2: explains that acceptance is based on our reception or perception. Do we approve of what is being offered? Are we open to accepting it?

Number 3: what we believe as our truth. We accept something because it is either a. proven or b. makes sense to us and what we WANT to believe, and then therefore, accept.

Number 4: the actual accepting… we are accepted. We accept.

WHAT AN ENIGMA! There in lies, why acceptance can be so challenging. We see what we want to see.. Our perceptions blind us. We fight when what we see is not what we want to be truth. We look to people to be who we need them to be, instead of just accepting them for who they are.

We should all make it a personal goal this week to be more accepting. Whether that is accepting of ourselves, or accepting of our loved ones. Acceptance goes a long way.

What are YOUR thoughts?

18 Feb

Yoga Sadhana

blog_sadhanaI know I keep coming back to this idea of meditation… but I think there is something to it! I have committed myself to the practice of meditating, (my morning sadhana)… whatever it turns out to be each day. I wake up, get myself situated, and then sit for as little as 5 minutes to 30 minutes. Some days are easier than others… but in general, I find that just the sitting part is getting easier.

When I first began, finding a comfortable seat was miserable! I couldn’t sit still without squirming, sweating, stressing myself out with my own discomfort. That part has gotten better now, so I am hopeful that clearing the mind and finding focus will take easier form soon too! Meditation has been known to help tap back into the basic fundamentals of breathing and calming the mind, and I am determined to find that inner calm that I can carry with me through my days. I’ll get back to you on that one. :)

OM Shanti.

06 Feb

Anahata Chakra

blog_anahataAs my yoga practice begins to deepen, I find that I am feeling the need to turn my focus inward onto the heart chakra. I sense there is much potential in that area for me, but I am still learning how to let go, and in doing so, receive. I am reminded daily, how much of the emotional ties into the physical. Feeling locked or blocked in certain areas, are directly related to the internal mindstuff that surfaces and keeps me from releasing the armor.

And so the yoga path continues…

Fourth Chakra
Anahata (unbeaten)

Location: situated on the cardiac plexus in the region of the heart

Deals with: social identity, trust, forgiveness, unconditional love, wisdom, stability, mental patience, compassion, emotional empowerment, issues of the soul

Governs: heart, rib cage, blood, circulatory system, lungs and diaphragm, thymus gland, breasts, esophagus, shoulders, arms, hands

Element: air
Colors: green or pink
Sense: touch
Mantra: YAM

Physical Dysfunctions: thoracic spine, upper back and shoulder problems, asthma, heart conditions, shallow breathing, lung disease like pneumonia

Psychological and Emotional Issues: difficulty with love, lack of hope, compassion, confidence, despair, moody, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, anxiety

Balanced Fourth Chakra:
feeling of completeness and wholeness, compassionate, empathic, friendly, optimistic, motivated, nurturing, outgoing

Postures that Balance Fourth Chakra:
Chest openers like Camel (Ustrasana), Cobra (Bhujangasana), Fish (Matsyasana)
Also Pranayama (breathing exercises) like Deep Breathing, Kapalabati, Alternate Nostril Breathing (Analoma Veloma)

Related Gemstones: Emerald, Green Jade, Green Tourmaline, Malachite, Rose Quartz

Related Essential Oils: lavender, jasmine, marjoram