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To Om or Not To Om
The decision to join in the sacred sound of Om in yoga class is a deeply personal one. There are so many factors that contribute to the decision. First there is our own insecurities about making sound, "What if I do it wrong , or I don't sound right?"
Good news. You can't do it wrong. It's a sound that comes from your heart and soul. Chanting Om isn't like singing. And, yes you can sing, it's a basic human gift, but that's not what this blog is about. LOL!
You may also we wondering what this weird sound is that your crazy yoga teacher is asking you to make. "What does it mean? Where does it come from?" There are many stories about the origin of Om, but my favorite explaination is this:
If you put a stethoscope out into the middle of theuniverse, that would be the sound we'd hear. Om isthe sound of stars being born, children laughing, birds singing, planets crashing, waves rising, and storms moving throughout the infinite world we live in. It's the sound of our own blood coursing through our veins.
The sound of Om is older than any religion and is known as a seed mantra that has the quality to heal in the sanskrit language of India. We can find thesound of Om, or Aum, in the Hindu and Buddist religions, as well as in the sound Shalom, in thebeginning of Amen, and Saalam.
Physically, Om vibrates into the brain and muscles, encouraging a relaxed state of being and helps prepare you for meditation. It is a massage for theinternal organs and makes the body and mind aware that it is now time for yoga practice.
Ultimately, you should never feel pressured to create the sound of Om, but if you feel called to resonate with it, do it from a deep place, and know it's healing power.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
In Letting Go We Receive
Meditating upon the breath, we witness that we simply cannot receive without letting go. It is in the relinquishing of the breath that we are continuously given life. As we let go of our self-limiting thoughts, unhealthy addictions, negative thought patterns, and selfish desires; we are breathed a new life. A fresh way of being begins in this moment as we exhale. Go ahead. Take a deep savory breath in, then exhale it into its inevitable reception. We can use this little mantra to help us along: In letting go, letting go, letting go, I receive.
Pam Medina, E-RYT
So much to celebrate! So many changes happening in our lives! Yet, we often get stuck on the one negative factor. Right now, dedicate this moment to getting unstuck. Give your mind-space a break by forgetting about the negative that keep us from relishing the good. There is so much beauty to behold. You may have a pain in your neck, but what about all the other body parts you don't have pain in? Your brother -in-law may be giving you a hard time, but what about all the people who aren't? The weather is getting chilly, but, oh, the glory of the colors!
The ultimate goal of yoga is to experience bliss, yet we get caught up in repetitve mental patterns that cause us to think the same thought, over, and over, and over. This is why meditation can be so very healing, it teaches how to break the cycle.
Just for fun, spend a day, or even an hour noting how many times you think the same self-limiting or negative thought. You will be astonished! Then, make the choice to realign your thoughts with what you want to feel and believe. This technique is called pratipaksha bhavana in sanskrit. Or, "moving to the other side".
We can change our thought patterns, we can be the masters of our own mind! We can be practioners of postive thinking. We only need to implement a practice with all our earnestness.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
Friday, October 31st
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