Tag Archives: meditation

Reiki – Like Lightening to Make You Relax

I just wrapped up my first experience with reiki and I am not sure how to write about what it felt like.  First, it was deeply relaxing and it allowed me to meditate in a way that was self-revealing.  For the first time trying something, I feel like I definitely learned what to expect for the next time and I discovered some lessons about myself.  Second, I was not expecting to hear the crackling of energy in the room or to feel some of the sensations I did.  It was a little unnerving, but in a secure way, like watching a thunderstorm from a distance while you’re really sleepy.  I do love a good thunderstorm, but if they make you anxious that may not be the best analogy.  Anyway, I am looking forward to my Second Encounter with Reiki and I promise to blog about it.  Now that I know what to expect, I’m wondering what unexpected things I might discover.

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Role of Meditation in Yoga

I understand that yoga is a moving meditation, but I am interested in what exactly meditation is.  I know there are tons of books written on the subject and I have a lot of homework to do, so I want to be clear that this post is looking from the foot of the mountain.  I have only just started on this journey.

When I meditate, I seem to find that there is a stillness and an emptiness that comes when you begin to quiet your thoughts.  Admittedly, this isn’t easy, but it also isn’t very hard.  As your thoughts wander, you just focus again on whatever you set to meditate on – your breath, your mantra, the guidance given if it is guided – and you kindly direct your focus back.  Eventually you stop wandering so frequently or so far afield.

Clearing your mind when you work through asanas seems more difficult to me.  I think perhaps the key and common link between the two is focusing on your breath and graciously directing your attention back to inhaling and exhaling throughout your practice.  And again there is a paradox of it being both simple and hard.  What could be more simple than stretching your body and breathing and what could be more difficult that staying present, in every moment as you do it?