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|Posted on May 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM||comments (26)|
It was lovely that we were finally able to begin our discussions. Usually we have to vacate the hall sharply to allow the next users to come in. I think it changed the atmosphere of the main yoga class knowing that we were unhurried.
I was so happy that you all decided to stay. There is no right or wrongs with our discussions, we just go with our feelings.
I was also delighted to hear that a lot of you already have a regular meditation practise in place.
"It is my coping mechanism" said one, "I do 20 minutes every day and it sets me up" commented another. "I count in French" remarked someone else.
I explained what meditation is not, it is not daydreaming, it is not getting carried away with our thoughts and it definitely isn't being asleep. Good meditation is being totally aware and alert but totally unencumbered by what is going on. We acknowledge any thought that arises but bring our awareness back to the present moment and we can do this in the beginning by using various techniques, for example just being aware of our breath, repeating a mantra / affirmation or perhaps using Mala beads.
I brought mine in to show those who perhaps didn't know what they are. They consist of 108 beads, the idea being that as you run them through your hands you repeat your mantra at every bead. I also explained why we don't allow them to touch the index finger. It is believed it is here that we hold our ego and we don't want to enhance that.
One of our members felt that she couldn't escape her own thoughts and that is ok, it takes time and repetitive practise to calm the stormy seas and if you are just starting out then just a few minutes a day observing the breath is an excellent place to start.
|Posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:06 AM||comments (22)|
I thought it would be nice for my first post to be one of gratitude. Further posts will be discussions about our classes after they happen and you are welcome to comment.
I am eternally grateful to the London Clinic, my consultant Dr Thillianayagam, my surgeon Mr Mudan, the fabulous nurses (too numerous to name but you know who you are!) and housekeeping staff on the fifth floor, all staff in the ICU and theatre, and the third floor, pain management Jamie, dietitian Michelle, physiotherapists, P.A.’s Pippa. Danielle, Laura & Gabby. Without all of their due care and diligence I would not be typing this today.
But most importantly I want to speak about the love and support from my husband Steve, daughter Antonia, granddaughter Beatrice and all of my lovely family. My friends, my dear friends, who rallied round me and each in their own individual way enhanced my life and recovery. I want to name names and in the essence of fairness will do this in alphabetical order! Thank you, Amanda, Anne, Carole, Janet, Janice, Jennie, Karen, Louise, Mandy, Marcelle, Maria, Renee, Ruth, and Tasha.
My students, too many to name, they are your classes, not mine and you keep me going. I have so much I want to share with you that I cannot possibly stop! Some of you I’ve known for over 15 years, some less so and some newcomers, but you are all special to me.
Thank you all for sharing this journey with me. None of us knows what the future will bring, but right here and now, all is well.