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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Let Your Light Shine

"The quieter you become, the more you can hear."  ~ Ram Dass~ 

In my previous post, I detailed a simple way for people of all ages and levels to invert.  Now, we are moving on to explore the meditative aspects of yoga and the many benefits that can be found if you allow your mind to clear.  I have experienced the benefits of meditation in my own life and cannot express enough how it has become a steady guiding force in my life.  When you learn to treat yourself with compassion and understanding, it opens you to feeling empathy and love for those around you.  Meditation allows you to create a blissful existence and prepares you to meet your day as it meets you; calm, grounded, focused, and centered.

I know firsthand that asking the average person to sit in lotus position for 30 minutes before sunrise seems off the wall crazy.  Heck, even asking most people to consider turning off the television, radio, or any electronic device for that matter can be a stretch.  Most of us have grown accustomed to the "noise" which surrounds us constantly.  We may even be guilty of using this "noise" as a shield to guard us from acknowledging our true nature.  So many of us go through life finding it incomprehensible to move through our day with brief periods of silence.
My challenge to you is to unplug the "noise" in your life.  If you always listen to the radio while driving, turn it off.  Feel how it feels to drive your car for once.  If you get up in the morning and turn on the television, let go of this habit for a week and see how you feel. 

We all are guilty at times of getting caught up in the fluctuations of the mind.  Let's break free from this cycle!  How different would your day be if upon rising, you calmly went about your daily routine in silence?  I'm not even asking you to sit in a meditative state with your legs crossed and eyes closed.  I'm simply asking you to move through your morning in stillness or drive your car to work in silence.  Suddenly, the mundane tasks that we participate in daily have the opportunity to become powerful experiences of transformation.

In a perfect world, I would get up every morning and sit in meditation for 30 minutes.  I know I feel more calm, relaxed, and happy if I start my day this way.  But life often gets busy and the needs of children, work, and sleep get in the way.  On days like these, I find and MAKE time to integrate a shorter meditation during the day or in the evening after the kids go to bed.  I most enjoy morning meditation because I feel I'm better able to reap the benefits of the practice throughout the day.  Even still, you will experience benefit if you eliminate some "noise" in your life.

Try this experiment and see how it changes your mindset for the day.  Upon rising, pause for several minutes to put quality thoughts of gratitude in your mind.  Set an intention for your day and offer blessings to friends, family members, co-workers, bosses, etc. and give any situation in your life at the given moment a little extra love.  Calmly, take several deep breaths and then continue on with your day.

By clearing your mind, you are connecting with your true Self, and acting from a place of wisdom.  The absolute beauty of this seemingly "selfish" practice is that when you do your own inner work, others around you to whom you are closest to will experience the positive effects of your practice firsthand.  If you offer kindness, compassion, and love, this is what you will receive from others.    

A little taste of quieting the "noise" in your life will encourage you to continue with this practice as you see the positive changes begin to accumulate.  As you allow yourself to grow and explore deeper, you will then become a beacon of light for others.

Upside Down and Inside Out.  Explore your life in any given moment Upside Down and from the Inside Out.  Namaste'.

Amy Fecher RYT

Where I Teach:
Private Yoga Consultations conducted in my home Yoga studio in Beavercreek, Ohio.  Please contact me personally for more information or visit my Website -

Please drop-in to one of my weekly public classes:

Practice Yoga - Open Level Power Vinyasa - Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:15 PM

Five Seasons Sports Club - Power Vinyasa Yoga - Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 AM

CareSource - Power Vinyasa Yoga - Thursdays at 11:30 AM

Instant Tax Serice - Power Vinyasa Yoga - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 PM

Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center - Kids Yoga -Tuesdays at 11:30 AM (ages 3-5) and Saturdays at 11 AM (ages 6-12)

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