I’ve finished my 30-Day OM Challenge refreshed and renewed but more aware than ever I have more work to do. The difference is that I will make a concerted effort to ask for direct spiritual protection, intervention and rescue! I need to be doing less, not more. Since I’m asking for help and prioritizing relaxation I will be more mindful of where I’m at so I can get to where I want to be.
I was also very fortunate to choose a great yoga studio – Flow Yoga on P Street NW right next to Whole Foods (with an emphasis on Jivamutki they also offer a lot of Vinyasa classes). Owned by a married couple, with the wife hailing from San Francisco I was greeted by name by the staff immediately upon enrolling and thereafter. For the locals you may also appreciate the sense of community they foster as evidenced by the steady supply of tea from Teaism amongst mood lighting, cool music in the waiting area and comfy seating.
Not to mention, they hire staff who are clearly on top of things, whether it’s the more advanced Flow classes or my new favorite practice, Yoga Nidra. If you have trouble sleeping, this may offer you relief.
Yoga Nidra comprises of the secrets of total transformation which give a real positive direction to our life and eliminate the root cause of all negativities like stress related disorders, ailments like hypertension, depression, insomnia, asthma, digestive disorders, etc which drain our life energy. It is the key to penetrate the latent realms of mind, and train the mental faculties to access the immeasurable powers of the subconscious and unconscious mind.
Basically, we need to focus solely on what we want (need) NOT on what we don’t because even in rejection if we call upon unwanted things we’re still thinking about them. Consider it the focused manifestation of indifference. I’ve come to appreciate the Restorative and Meditative practice the most. I learned about the Hindu deity Lakshmi, who brings abundance and is prayed to most ardently during this time of year. She is the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.
I am in a different mindset than I was just a few short weeks ago. I will continue to build on this. As 2011 winds down, I have the chance to reflect on where I was this time last year. I see tremendous progress, but most importantly I feel better-centered and more peaceful. That doesn’t mean there’s less external strife or inner turmoil in adopting to changes, but there’s a buffer that somehow dulls the stinging sharpness. It’s more manageable – which is a relief.
I may not be able to attend group classes 5-6 times per week as I did, but I will continue building up a spirit/body arsenal. I was already doing little bits here and there (like using essential oils, reducing my tv watching, playing mood music) but I see how a more focused practice will have an even greater benefit. I also had an epiphany of sorts regarding the key phrase used by Alcoholic’s Anonymous: Let Go and Let God. I’ve heard this phrase used for years, but this is the first time my heart feels it and I’ve begun processing it in a non-intellectual way.
Let’s face it, many of us have religion/church baggage thanks to hypocrisy, incompetence and corruption. That may be one of those situations we will contemplate or struggle with as adults for the span of our lives, but that’s better than wallowing in ignorance! This also ties into those Rev. Della Speaks podcasts I shared with you earlier this year. I don’t have “answers” per se….I’m learning to ask better questions…and sit in stillness. Contentedly! I don’t need to have it all figured out.
Yogic spiritual practice and meditation is designed to bring you in closer alignment and not conflict with established doctrines. It will bring deeper meaning and awareness. In further serendipity, I’ve found an upcoming 10-week session on “Prosperity” (of spirit/mind) which will help me focus on 2012 hopes and dreams. I’ll be discussing this in the coming months. All in all, I am very pleased by this new element I’ve discovered. You have to be open to doing new things in order to have meaningful experiences and grow. I’m very grateful for this opportunity.
Bringing this conversation full circle, what lessons have had a profound impact on you in 2011? Read this Yoga Journal article on Opening Your Heart. Feel free to share in the comment section, or the Facebook community page. Thanks for reading!