Monthly Archives: November 2012

Warrior in Nature

Stopping to smell the roses or strike a pose can reconnect you with nature. Instead of speed walking from one thing to the next, taking time to pause and appreciate life as it is in the moment. This can help to cultivate a sense of leave and gratitude with the present moment.

Live Light Practice:

Take a break from what you are doing to take in the sights and sounds around you. If you can step into a warrior 2 position and breathe for 10 breaths with a soft gaze over your front hand. Notice what shifts for you as you take this time out from doing to being.

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Nov23

Daily Gratitude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving is upon us and it is that time of year where we are bombarded with gift ideas, sales, family obligations, holiday parties, and lots of tasty but unhealthy food. There is a lot to be grateful for, but it can come at us so quickly that it is hard to keep track of what we are truly grateful for.

Before you sit down for your Thanksgiving dinner start a daily ritual that will take you through the holiday season to the new year. The ritual of writing in a gratitude journal.

 

Live Light Practice:

Each morning write 5 different things you are grateful for, and be as detailed as you can be. Keep the journal with you and reference it when you need a reminder of what it is that you are grateful for.

Shanti,

Liza

PS In the above picture you will see four women that I am grateful for having in my life and on the 3rd annual Yoga + Yarn Retreat. Thank you to Nancy, Carol, Joanne, and Dawn for sharing your time, joy, and knitting with me at Good Commons! I also want to thank those who were unable to join us and let you know you were in our hearts the entire trip.

Nov21

Lovely Loose Ladies

Six Loose Ladies Yarn Shop, VT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rd Annual Yoga + Yarn Retreat was last weekend and I’m still giddy from it! It was a wonderful gathering of women who love knitting, travel, yoga, and food!

The retreat was a success not only because of the people who were there but because of the wonderful location! Good Commons makes you feel as if you are at home. It is hard to not be relaxed when cuddled up in the living room with the fire going, a glass of red wine, homemade hummus, and knitting.

Over the weekend we felt blessed to be together and join in knitting a blanket for The Center in NJ. We missed those who could not join us and kept them in our thoughts and practices throughout the weekend. Through yoga, knitting, massage, and healthy foods we rejuvenated ourselves in order to come back home and be strong supports to loved ones.

Keeping positive thoughts in our mind towards ourselves and others during this time of uncertainty, throughout thanksgiving and upcoming holidays. Loving kindness meditation allows us to open our hearts to ourselves and the world around us.

Live Light Practice:



Loving kindness meditation. Find a supportive and comfortable seat. Begin by taking two or three deep breaths with slow, long and complete exhalations. Let go of any concerns or preoccupations.

We start by offering love to ourselves , since we often have difficulty loving others without first loving ourselves. Sitting quietly, mentally repeat, slowly and steadily, the following phrases:
May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be peaceful and at ease.

While you say these phrases, allow yourself to sink into the intentions they express. Loving-kindness meditation consists primarily of connecting to the intention of wishing ourselves or others happiness. If feelings of warmth, friendliness, or love arise in the body or mind, connect to them, allowing them to grow as you repeat the phrases.

Now bring to mind an image of someone in your life who has deeply cared for you. Holding an image of them in your mind’s eye helps to reinforce the intentions expressed in the phrases.

Slowly repeat phrases of loving-kindness toward them:
May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.

As you say these words, again sink into their intention or heartfelt meaning. And, if any feelings of loving-kindness arise, connect the feelings with the phrases so that the feelings may become stronger as you repeat the words.

Now bring to mind someone who is a stranger in your life, someone you hardly know. Allow it to be the first person who came to mind. Holding an image of them in your mind’s eye helps to reinforce the intentions expressed in the phrases.

Slowly repeat phrases of loving-kindness toward them:
May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.

Now bring to mind someone who is an enemy or a person who gives you difficulty in your life. Allow it to be the first person who came to mind. Holding an image of them in your mind’s eye helps to reinforce the intentions expressed in the phrases.

Slowly repeat phrases of loving-kindness toward them:
May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.

Sometimes during loving-kindness meditation, seemingly opposite feelings such as anger, grief, or sadness may arise. Take these to be signs that your heart is softening, revealing what is held there. You can either shift to mindfulness practice or you can—with whatever patience, acceptance, and kindness you can muster for such feelings—direct loving-kindness toward them. Above all, remember that there is no need to judge yourself for having these feelings.

Now to all beings:
May all beings be happy. May all beings be well. May all beings be safe. May all beings be peaceful and at ease.

Deepen your breath and keep your eye closed.

The loving-kindness meditation doesn’t have to be just done at home when you are alone. When you are out on the streets continue to repeat the visualizations, kind reflections, or mantra in order to cultivate the feeling of loving-kindness within. As it grows stronger within you it will emanate out to those around you.

Nov16

Peaceful Nature

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It is peaceful being still and one with nature. The curiosity of a young puppy can help to bring attention to the very moment and to see clearly the beauty of nature.

Live Light Practice:
If you have a dog take them for walk in nature. If you don’t have a dog take a walk in nature and try to heighten your senses, be curious about what surrounds you.

Nov14
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