A Tree

  • “I don’t have time to do yoga, breathing exercises, or meditation.”
  • “I can’t just sit and meditate. My body becomes restless and my mind goes everywhere.”
  • “I know these things would be good for me if I could just fit them in / do them consistently.”

Do these sound like you? Yeah, I’ve been there. Recently, in fact.

The components

A complete yoga practice actually consists of 3 components:

  1. Simple physical movements that help still your body (called asana)
  2. Breathing techniques that help change the state of your mind (called pranayama)
  3. Meditation (called dharana, dhyanam, and samadhih, depending on the phase)

And, contrary to popular opinion, meditation is NOT about stopping your thoughts. It’s about directing all of the mind’s activities to one focus, until you perceive that focus with complete clarity and become one with it. In samadhih, for example, you might feel as though you’ve “disappeared” though you’re not asleep. Few of us get past the focusing part though.

So what can you do?

Based on this information, two main questions arise for me:

  • Who has time for all that? And,
  • Why on earth do we get frustrated with ourselves when we try to meditate without adequate preparation?!

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’m going to be releasing several short (15-20 minute) practices that anyone can do.  Each will contain audio/video, as well as a summary sheet.

Practice 1: the Tree

Here it is, the first complete practice.

You’ll need… Do when… Audio/video Summary sheet
A place to lie on your back comfortably You’ve had a hectic day’s work, or anytime you feel as though you’re being pulled into 50 different directions Available via my YouTube channel here Download the Tree summary sheet

Please try it out, let me know what you think, and stay tuned for more!

A short yet complete practice: the tree
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