Meditation and Intentions

For a period of 10 days I had been using a guided meditation to refresh my morning practice. I discovered an useful intention-setting meditation; “Listening to Your Inner Voice” by Lori Leyden.  I was surprised; it truly has had an impact on my days. I try guided meditations from time to time; and while I benefit from all moments in meditation some…

"Not Waving but Drowning"

In the wake of yet another death due to the pain of life – Robin Williams leaving this earth- I posted a poem that seems to have struck a chord with many.  Here it is in full: Not Waving but Drowning BY STEVIE SMITH 1902 – 1971 Nobody heard him, the dead man,    But still he lay…

Non-harming, Awareness and Compassion

The first part of the Raja Yoga 8 limbs are the Yamas.  The Yamas are “restraints”  – five actions that, when avoided, will bring you closer to your true self. Compassionate change starts here.The five Yamas are: non violence, non-lying, non- stealing,  non- excess and non-possessiveness.  Like the 12 Steps of recovery,  the restraints, along with other rungs…

Staying On My Own Mat

Some of my difficulties over the past week or so have come from an internal shift and change in focus.  This movement caused me to feel out of balance. Lack of internal balance is a dangerous condition for many; change can be a topple-er! How does being out of balance show up? Distrust, depression, dis-ease, disassociation,…

SOMETHING ELSE, Not This, Not Now

Today is supremely painful.  My soul hurts.  One of those days when nothing seems right; or if it does, not for very long. My regular pattern is off.Dreams lingered without message; the beginning of the day felt awkward.  My yoga practice was OK- but did not transport me as it so often can.  The discipline…

My Recovery Is Like A Shark

I was talking to a woman the other day about being active in our recovery program, doing “the footwork”; reading, working the steps, going to meetings, meeting with others, finding ways to be of service in the program and so on.  We were sharing the things we do to keep our practice of the program…