How to Feel Light and Ease No Matter What
I have been immersed in my music studio, completing new songs for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. I have meetings coming up in a few weeks, in which I must present them. Rushing creativity is like forcing a flower to bloom. It must happen in its own time. However, drop dates are to be met. And the Arctic ice caps that keep our planet cool are not thawing any slower because I need to figure out which reverb will create the effect I am looking to artistically deliver in a song. During intense times, I feel blessed that I have a meditation practice to keep me feeling rooted, vital and expansive.
Have you ever noticed how you can get caught up in stressful thoughts, so much so that you start to experience physical symptoms, like headaches or tummy aches? Stress illnesses are highly common, especially in our overly driven, overbooked, underslept modern world.
When you take a moment and pause, you find that it is actually funny how much energy you can give to thoughts that dwell in the future or the past (all those what if’s), which, ultimately, are not at all real. Happily, even the sages meditating in caves thousands of years ago understood the remedy to this still prevalent human affliction.
The practice of meditation involves drawing your awareness inward. As you learn to let go of your attachments to passing thoughts, you develop a sense of internal space. Eventually you rest into the field of pure consciousness that lies behind your thoughts. This takes practice. Meditation is a discipline cultivated over time. Even a few minutes a day is valuable, like putting money into your evolutionary bank account.
Our ego, where most of us place our attention, is attached to feeling separate and in control. It is not interested in letting go. As we learn to see beyond our ego, we connect to a much greater energy source than our individual self and tap into profound vitality and ease.
Of all the meditation practices, the classical yogic technique pratyahara is among the most inward. It involves the withdrawal of the senses. Though most of us are not hardcore yogis immersed in intensive spiritual practice, we can learn from pratyahara and apply the principles to our busy, worldly lives.
For more, read my article on Sivana Spirit.
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Thank you for reading! All my music, yoga and words are dedicated to MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. MAPS is an urgently needed global intervention to protect the polar ice that keeps our planet cool and weather stable. The ice caps ensure we have the food and water we all need to survive. Please support MAPS at Parvati.org for the sake of all life on Earth. From my heart to yours, it literally means the world.