Why Meditate?

The internal dialogue is your greatest enemy to Peace.

Annalisa sent this to me from Lessons learned in life.com

When you attend a Yoga class you will be asked to remove your shoes and leave them outside the class.

Yes it free’s your feet from boots and shoes and your feet enjoy that. I begin my classes with relaxation saying something like – “When you are nestled on the mat your legs stretched out, arms resting by your sides, head and neck relaxing, back sinking into the mat.
Legs relaxed and heavy, feet flopped apart, heels turned inward toes dropping out, your whole body relaxed.”

You get the idea, Hatha Yoga classes are a balance between stillness and movement so the relaxation aspect is as important as the movement. A balance needs to be achieved.

Removing your shoes symbolises, removing the world,with all its hurry and rush. And so you leave your shoes outside the class, the world of movement and activity remain outside the Yoga class.
I invite you to also leave your mind, for a brief time outside the door.
Mind filled to overflowing with war-ing concepts,often only knowing stillness in sleep.
To lead a balanced life we need time in our day to remove mind from the mental hurry and rush. We need space, the mind needs to open like the petals of the lotus. Often when we sitting in meditation, the thoughts that arise are self-destructive, critical, even cruel and these thoughts, the inner critic, rise to the surface. Understand these thoughts surface to be healed so then we can become the observer observing our inner war. Meditation can free us from the internal wrangling and pain.

Step one is the awareness. Just think, yes this is a thought that is arising, just a thought and then a new thought will arise. Simply observe this.
As the tides flow so the mind flows.
As day follows night, sun rises and sets, nature flows in her own rhythm and so we must harness the rhythm of mind and bring it back to its place of peace and calm and by doing so we reap the benefits, that flow into a wider life. (At one particularly stressful time in my life I used Meditation and prana breath practice to lower my cholesterol.)
Life that feels more joyful, as you relax into every situation it is not as fearful, meeting new people is no longer frightening, anxieties lowered, blood pressure remains low and each day becomes more exciting and interesting.

The side effects of meditation are like removing your shoes, allowing your toes to wiggle and be free unconfined and innocent. And so mind finds it has not to fight, no battles to win no armies to muster and no enemies to slay. We can understand that each person has his or her internal dragon’s that they must slay, they’re own internal stockpile of weapons and enemies.

Meditation teaches us compassion and the side-effect is a life of joy and peace.

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About lorraine

After a nasty fall from my bicycle, coming home from high school, I began suffering from migraines. After a term of Chiropractic adjustments, which helped but did not entirely stop the migraine headaches, my parents in desperation sent me to yoga classes, The only available evening class in our area was filled with pregnant women. I felt out of place as a shy teenager, but persevered. adjustment,breathing, meditation and yoga proved the only therapy that bought relief from the headaches. Feeling well I got on with life, married moved from my home town and forgot the daily yoga practices and there benefits. Coming back to Yoga and meditation helped me manage during the time of my father's Cancer. and death. Later when my Husband became ill the natural decision was to qualify as a Yoga, meditation teacher to further assist others through the difficult times of illness and recovery or death. I have now been benefiting from the science and art of Yoga, Meditation for well over twenty five years.
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