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Silence is golden, Caswell Beach, NC

Silence is golden, Caswell Beach, NC

Do you take enough time to be in silence? Do you sit and linger in a place of beauty? No need to rush. No need to be busy. Is your heart free to live with ease and nourish all that you are? Open to the peace of the earth and let everything go. Silence is golden.

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Peace Like A River

DSC00854For the City of Boston, for the runners and their family and friends, for those dear to us, may we breathe in “Peace” and breathe out loving kindness & compassion to all.

Creating a Harmony Board for Meditation

Creating a Harmony Board for Meditation.

Creating a Harmony Board for Meditation

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When you get ready to do a harmony practice or meditation, you will center the practice around your harmony board. On the harmony board, you can put pictures, words, phrases from your favorite songs or poems as part of your visualization for reconciliation. Here I made a pictorial board of people that I want to embrace with compassion and loving kindness. I imagine feelings of harmony and reconciliation spreading between and amongst those on this pictorial board. I put this harmony board in a place that I can easily view and light a candle. Once I have found a good space for the harmony board, I decide what harmony practice feels right to do. The harmony practice may begin with a spoken intention  or a song that calms my spirit followed by 30 minutes of restorative yoga. Another harmony practice may begin with putting on my favorite guided meditation then moving into improvisational dance. Another harmony practice, may be layering different art forms. To layer your art forms; begin by writing to someone on the harmony board in your journal, then slowing move into a drumming rhythm that feels right in your body, add vocal sounds or a song, rest in silence, finally, come back to writing down about the entire process in your journal.  All of these harmony practices begin with the harmony board and lighting the candle. May all beings live in harmony and ease with all their relations. Namaste:)

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“To experience reconciliation, you have to acknowledge the truth that there are substantial differences between you and another. A successful reconciliation is not contingent on the disappearance of those differences . . . Rather, the intention to be reconciled is the wish to be connected to the sacred oneness of this moment despite any differences and to find harmony within any situation, even the painful. ” Phillip Moffit – Vipassana Meditation & Mindful Movement Yoga Instructor

In the May 2006, Yoga Journal, Phillip Moffitt shares how to become harmonious with “all that is.” Phillip describes how to “Make Peace” with the world and all our relations. Phillip calls it “reconciliation practice.” Coming from the Native American perspective, I would call it the “harmony practice.”

At this time of year when we give Valentines of Love, why not begin your harmony practice of making peace?

Spend 10 to 20 minutes each day doing a “Harmony Practice.”
Chant your favorite song of loving kindness and peace.
Create a Harmony Board, pictures of people and situations that you want healing to manifest.
Light a candle.
Play your favorite instrument – a drum, the shruti box, a Tibetan singing bowl, etc.
Create a dance of harmony through improvisational movement.
Hang a colorful piece of yarn on a tree repeating a harmony mantra “May all parents be in harmony with their children.” “May I be in harmony with my Mom.” “May I be in harmony with my Dad.” “May congress work in harmonious ways for the good of all.”
Share your “harmony practice” with others.

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Move into deep relaxation with legs up the wall

Move into deep relaxation with legs up the wall

Restorative poses relax the bodymind and spirit. As you can see from this picture one of the skills you learn at yoga is how to use props for comfort and ease in a restorative pose. Allowing the bodymind to let go into inner stillness is a major benefit of yoga. Like Facebook.com/yogaforhealthandwellness.

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Restorative twists for Parkinson’s Disease

Restorative twists for Parkinson's Disease

According to Dr. Jill Marjama-Lyons, the author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Parkinson’s Disease, PD’s incidence of onset peaks between the ages of 55 and 60 (p. 94, February 2007, Yoga Journal). Peggy van Hulsteyn in her article, “Moving on with Parkinson’s” shares how restorative twists and poses can strengthen the trunk helping to decrease stiffness in the torso and improve mobility. Relaxing into restorative poses like revolved abdomen pose may help control tremors and instill body awareness for mindful movement. Like us on Facebook.com/yogaforhealthandwellness.