Nov 222015
 

As you’re lying down on your mat feel the sensation of being held up, carried, and supported by whatever surface you are laying on.

 

Surrender completely to the embrace of gravity, and let go into the mat and let it do the work. Sometimes it can feel like you’re floating, and that can be very pleasant and increase your motivation for taking up residence in your body and in the present moment.

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Surrendering your body to gravity can entrain the mind into the spirit of what you might call unconditional surrender, not to some external threats to your well-being, but to a full inhabiting of the present moment, independent of any conditions you may find yourself in. ln practicing dropping into the embrace of gravity itself, you are more motivated and more willing to drop unconditionally into the now, to bring a radical and open-hearted acceptance to whatever you find is going on in your mind or body and in your lives in any given moment on any given day. Take this time to let be and let go.

As you lie in corpse pose or whatever position is comfortable for you, give yourself over to the present moment and to the life expressing itself in you now. Open up to the richness of this moment.

Every posture has its own unique energies and challenges, and every posture is a perfect posture for meeting the present moment of wakefulness and self-compassion.

Watching your thoughts

Take a moment to dwell in the watching of your thoughts and the emotional charges that they carry, whether positive, negative, or neutral, whether relatively strong or relatively weak, featuring them center stage in the field of awareness while you let all the other aspects of the present moment received into the background.

Honor your awareness, your mindfulness. Notice what is in your mind and honor how necessary and important it is to the cultivation and deepening of awareness and non-attachment. Remind yourself that you can rest in awareness with any object of attention, the breath, various aspects of the body, with sensations and perceptions, the myriad thoughts and feelings that flux through your mind, or in a vast, boundless, choiceless, open awareness beyond all doing and just be the knowing that is awareness itself.

Drop into this moment as it is and rest in awareness, outside of time, discerning from moment to moment how things actually are.

Lying down in meditation can change your whole orientation toward the moment and the day and what is transpiring. It can slow down or stop the forward momentum of your head and all its driveness and help you to recalibrate and be more embodied in whatever you are dealing with. It can enlarge your view of your own mind and body in that moment and how you are responding to what is going on.

When lying down, such as just before falling asleep or upon waking, is a great opportunity to practice mindfulness, being in the moment, a time to discover hidden dimensions of your own life and new possibilities for learning and growing, for healing and for transformation, nested right inside the present moment. Sit back and be aware of the possibilities and insights that are much more likely to emerge when you are willing to show up and be with whatever is arising.

 

Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending. You can get your PDF copy here. Recently Tanya created Gain Energy Lose Fat sessions to help people realize the importance of healthy fats in their diets and how eating fat can make you lose fat. Tanya also coaches clients on Nutritional and Lifestyle Management.

 

Namaste,

Tanya

Source:

Coming to Our Senses – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Oct 112015
 

Lying Down Meditation & Mindfulness

 

As you’re lying down on your mat feel the sensation of being held up, carried, and supported by whatever surface you are laying on.

Surrender completely to the embrace of gravity, and let go into the mat and let it do the work. Sometimes it can feel like you’re floating, and that can be very pleasant and increase your motivation for taking up residence in your body and in the present moment.

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Oct 042015
 

It is always now. The reality of your life is always now. And to realize this you will see, is liberating. In fact, I think there is nothing more important to understand if you want to be happy in this world.

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But we spend most of our lives forgetting this truth; overlooking it, fleeing it, repudiating it. And the horror is that we succeed. We managed to avoid being happy while struggling to become happy, fulfilling one desire after the next, vanishing our fears, grasping at pleasure, recoiling from pain, and thinking, interminably, about how best to keep the whole works up and running. As a consequence, we spend our lives being far less content then we might otherwise be. We often fail to appreciate what we have until we have lost it. We crave experiences, objects, relationships, only to grow bored with them. And yet the craving persist.

There is nothing spooky about mindfulness. It is simply a state of clear, non-judgemental, and undistracted attention to the contents of consciousness, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Cultivating this quality of mind has been shown to reduce pain, anxiety and depression; improve cognitive function; even produced changes in gray matter density in regions of the brain related to learning and memory, emotional regulation, and self-awareness.

The Buddha described four foundations of mindfulness, which he taught as “the direct pass for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and limitation, for the disappearance of pain and grief, and for the attainment of the true way”. The four foundations of mindfulness are the body (breathing, changes in posture, activities); feelings (the senses of pleasantness, unpleasantness and neutrality; the mind (its moods and attitudes); and the objects of mind (which include the five senses but also other mental states such as volition, tranquility, rapture, equanimity, and even mindfulness itself).

 

There is nothing passive about mindfulness. Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience- it is the act of experiencing more clearly, including the arising of thoughts themselves. Mindfulness is a vivid awareness of whatever is appearing in one’s mind or body – thoughts, sensations, moods – without grasping at the present or recoiling from the unpleasant. Simply pay attention to the flow of experience in each moment.

The principal enemy of mindfulness – or of any other meditative practice – is the deeply conditioned habit of being distracted by thoughts. The problem is not thoughts themselves but the state of thinking without knowing that we are thinking. In fact, thoughts of all kinds can be perfectly good objects of mindfulness. Most people who believe they are meditating are merely thinking with their eyes closed. By practicing mindfulness, one can awaken from the dream of discursive thought and begin to see each rising image, idea, or bit of language vanish without a trace. What remains is consciousness itself, with its attendant sights, sounds, sensations and thoughts appearing and changing in every moment.

With practice, mindfulness becomes a well-formed habit of attention, and the difference between it and ordinary thinking will become increasingly clear. Begin to feel fully immersed in each moment of your life.

Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending. You can get your PDF copy here. Recently Tanya created Gain Energy Lose Fat sessions to help people realize the importance of healthy fats in their diets and how eating fat can make you lose fat. Tanya also coaches clients on Nutritional and Lifestyle Management.

Namaste,

Tanya

Source:

Waking UP by Sam Harris