This is a post based on a blog I wrote awhile back on how to strengthen your intuition. I was reminded today when I came across this huge ear. I do believe we hear more than we listen, and after reading the Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh, I am more than ever aware of the need to listen, inwardly and in relationships. He writes, “There are two keys to effective and true communication. The first is deep listening. The second is loving”
intuition and inner listening
You can check out the full post by clicking here:
This is an excerpt:
“The intuitive language is an internal one that defies cognitive reasoning. It’s also silent, sudden and self-confident. Your instincts just know. When you ignore them, however, they can become increasingly louder. They’re like toes being stepped on. They don’t like it and they make you scream out in agony. Still, we tend to promote self-doubt and push them away; trust isn’t immediate.
Intuition may be felt as a whisper or like a bolt of lightning, but we all have the capacity to hear it. Sometimes following a hunch can save your life. One student I know paid attention to her hunch about her car and found out she had brake problems; her instinct prevented an accident. Another student told me it helped him earn a fortune by selling his stocks at the right time. When we listen to our inner GPS on our yoga mat, we cultivate healthy self-respect”
Yoga For Stillness Amidst Chaos
What is it that makes you feel calm when things are pretty stressful ? I think the point is not to be perfect but to have tips and tools at your fingertips to calm yourself down, find your inner peace (you may lose it again!?). Sometimes your yoga practice has to be almost snuck into a chaotic life. Do it no matter what is going on. This is a beautiful poem by Thich Nhat Hanh:
I establish myself
in the present moment.
I know that this is
a wonderful moment
When you do get to a physical practice, the reason restorative yoga is gaining in popularity is that, in part, speed is sometimes un-grounding. Set a realistic pace that has both lightness and firmness on and off your yoga mat today and see how this translates to your nervous system. True sometimes we need more “energy” but it is more a question of finding balance…
If you like listening to an ipod or other device, there are some breathing and relaxing tips on my Yoga Mind Cd that you can carry with you and hopefully you will “walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet”
What a lovely affirmation !
Yoga Sutra 1.36 tells of the inner light within us all : visoka va jyotismati ~ mental stability also stems from serenity linked to luminous lucidity ~ Bounchaud
So for today, just let the light from the center of your heart radiate. You can also download my Golden Light Healing Relaxation practice for a full body-mind experience
Symbiosis is an interaction between two organisms living together in intimate association or the merging of two dissimilar organisms (Wikipedia).
Join me in living your yoga ~ the beautiful freedoms you create for your mind/body should reflect on the face of your spirit
The meaning of the word yoga is to unite. We bring body, mind, breath/spirit together in our practice, we integrate compassion and kindness into the tapestry of our lives. Whatever traditions you celebrate, this is a time of renewal and regeneration. I feel this most when I am relaxed. It is all perspective : Alone ~ ALLONE
Timing your affirmations and how to use affirmations in your yoga practice:
Any time is a good time for affirmations. I would have to say though, that the time your mind is most likely to allow the positivity to take root in your consciousness is when you are calm.
I like what this first affirmation says: “Whenever there is a problem, repeat over and over: All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe!”
If you plan to incorporate incorporate pranayama in your yoga practice; do the physical asana practice first then a brief still time before meditation / breathing. That way the mind is considerably less agitated. It’s like weeding a garden before you plant. The new seeds shouldn’t compete for nourishment with the weeds. Also, don’t worry if some resistance pops up. Re-conditioning the mind into positivity is something that takes repetition. It is actually not a far off practice from the practice of repeating a mantra. Repeat is key word here.
Try a 5 minute mindfulness of breathing then repeat the affirmation “Everything comes to me at the perfect time” and let it work into your psyche – this is a good recipe for your mind-body-spirit. Off the same cd, the Yoga Mind cd, there are relaxation practices too which I recommend. Just putting yourself in a positive state, any affirmations have better chance of getting heard by the brain
Nice quote to set up our weekend; In the space of relaxation, set your intention towards expansion and uplifted energy. Healing takes place in the body and the mind in savasana so make sure to include it in your practice. I have 2 options for you on my Yoga Mind cd
Some days, my yoga practice makes me feel smooth, kind of like gliding, and I realize that whatever is going on, I am actually feeling “good” and then it just becomes an overall positive day. Wishing you the same ~ a unity of mind/body/spirit
This is a lovely reminder to do something, even if you just take a walk, eat something fresh, sit and breathe, just to do something that nurtures that ‘feel good’ , wholesome, healthy feeling energy
Ever wondered about the Chakras? My latest post for the LOLE love blog explains in depth ~ read on or Click here
This is your brain on joy – feeling focused and relaxed
Join one of my public yoga classes in Tenafly or book your private yoga class with me ~ I have 2 tracks on my YOGA MIND Cd that focus on balance (just FYI) ~ a balanced practice cultivates a brain on joy