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Today is Better – a Meditation Mantra of Simplicity

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today is better – a meditation mantra of simplicity

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today is better…

i tend to resist simple sayings -

too many ways they aren’t true, or they’re false, or incomplete, or…

well, see what i mean? ;-)

but, today is better – though getting to that meditation of simplicity, for me, as usual, was a process…

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i’m fairly eager to share and yak about complicated ideas that work for me, it’s fun for me -

i’m much more hesitant to share those brief simple things i rely on each day

…reluctant…protective

the way i was/am about art, mostly self-taught vs occasional classes

the way i was/am about yoga, mostly self-posed ;-) vs the extremely rare class [1]

my yoga teacher immersion has been my only exception for art or yoga so far

so, truthfully, this’ll only be a time-specific snippet, then back into my core of hearts it goes…today is better

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THE MY PROCESS

Initial Proddings

deadwood winter wetland springing flower-speckled

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it usually begins with a simple wish, a wishing for a simple answer, simple solution, to some continuing concern, nagging at my attempts at bliss ;-)

things like, i’m hungry, i haven’t exercised, gotta pee, i need to save money, my body felt funny this morning – a cold creeping in on me? call my mom, see my kids, grandkids too, pet leo (not something i wanted scratched off) …

i needed something simple to help place the train-wheels back on my mind-track, even knowing the track is circular, curvy -

the destination just a promise…

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White Flower Spots in Winter Field

White Flower Spots in Winter Field

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so i tried -

abundance, worry free, unlimited money, perfect health, handsome, beautiful, art, love, and even [nothingness] – meaning, no word

they’re ok ;-)

but i’d get into fights with all those phrases, all of them, and all with myself of course – and no, i won’t rehash them, thank god! ;-)

the “process” led me to “it’ll be a better day” – “today’s the best day” – “today is better yet”

yea, the usual fights…

in fatigue, one night, i fell asleep with “today is better” -

was too tired to argue, and woke feeling better!

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Stabilizing Sureness

floral specks begin to speak peeking out among the brush

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i did, over the next several weeks, hold interior-minor-arguments, defining “better” – defining “today” – and almost tried defining “is” – but would brain-face-smile, thinking of old bill (clinton)

the meditation-mantra itself was getting better

a sureness in its “fit” for me was being set into the fibers and fascia of my musculoskeletal system -

i moved more comfortably, confidently -

felt more assured, today is better…

did this mean i no longer worried about finishing paperwork for a notary i needed to get done? earthquake tolls rolled me no more? thoughts of my mom or kids or wife or pet kitty didn’t appear unannounced? that our older vehicle was now truly aging?

or, that i now enjoyed driving houston freeways tired during rush hour?

wouldn’t have challenges?

no ;-)

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i began starting, booking-ending, then returning to my mini-mantra:

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Florals Speaking Up in Winter Wetland

Florals Speaking Up in Winter Wetland

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today is better, yesterday is better, tomorrow is better, today is better

i didn’t want a message to my sometimes silly sub-conscious, playful and well-meaning as it is ;-) that yesterday was now no good -

or that tomorrow was good, but then, today isn’t!

see the trouble with a tinkering mind? same thing as it’s benefit ;-) nuance-naming -

the point i wanted to make to myself was,

each day is better…

and i left it at that…

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my mind was satisfied that “today is better” - if each day is better

“today is better” is encompassing enough

my heart had long ago accepted “today is better” – and was just patiently waiting for “catch-up”

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Result

spring speckles sprinkled among winter’s waiting wetlands

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today is better , yesterday is better, tomorrow is better, today is better…

began to sink in deeper, filling small crevices, holes and eddies…

soaking thru membranes & memories, murmuring musings…

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today is better…warm, flowers on the ground

yesterday is better…accident-free fwy, mom looked happy

tomorrow is better…breakfast out, good surprises await

today is better…sheila’s out shopping for basics, leaving me time for this [2]

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the fill-in’s change, often the same day

the meditation template doesn’t

today is better….

namaste – con dios – god be with you

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meditation related

meditation: “am i doing it yet?” part 1 – who defines meditation?

meditation: “am i doing it yet?” part 2 – definitions mechanisms comparisons

meditation: “am i doing it yet?” part 3 – yes! maybe, sometimes


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footnotes

[1] this point i believe deserves a little more yak time on my part

for me, these rare class attendances on my part for art and yoga instruction don’t reflect negatively on subjects i have attended many many classes on: writing and jazzercise

all my degrees and learnings -

from my BA in Theatre thru two masters degrees, to over a decade of jazzercising, i benefited directly and greatly from attending all those classes

many years in jazzercise, i earned the 100 class t-shirts, which i still wear ;-)

there’s just something kinda fragile for me, about certain subjects of interest, that seem to demand i spend more me-time on them…

[2] it’s like i’ve re-hardwired myself for “today is better” alerts now -

yes, i still need to improve my classes, my knowledge base, my intra- and inter-personal relationships, my monetary life, my art, my writing, my hairline opps, that’s in the fantasy-next-life category ;-)

but now, i get these  solar-powered  heart-minding  alerts -

like the way the tiny flowers initially show themselves in the first image above -

while now, in the second image, they glow and color the field around them

nice….

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Yoga Full Moon Challenge – Biggest Moon Since 1993

18 Mar
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PURPOSE OF CHALLENGE

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to encourage each of us, at least once from right now, through the full moon this weekend, to:

I Am Soooo Full!!!

I Am Soooo Full!!!

post a comment, on any site, any blog, about anything, but -

somehow reference into your comment, something, anything, anything you want, about this semi-historic full moon and yoga

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MOON-YOGA REFERENCE SUGGESTIONS

many :

- full moons affect the tides  [1] will it affect your yoga?

- can you yoga your way to a positive or negative ultra-full moon experience?

- does the sight of such a huge full moon change how you can see things?

- does the proximity of such a reflective orb make you want to howl?

- does it remind you of high school days and other moonings?

- does the sight of it make you wanna stop and just be quiet?

- can one keep the effect of a full moon more than 28 days?

- will this full moon mean more answers, or questions?

- will you want to tell your children what you feel?

- should anyone be able to copyright the perigee?  [2]

- what would be your wish if the moon said yes?

- is the moon a symbolic karmic message?

- are mooing and the moon connected?

- is the full moon important to you?

- is importance a choice?

- or at times happens?

- will you smile?

- will the world see the next super perigee full moon in 2029?

- will you?

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Am I the Sun, or Am I the Moon?

Am I the Sun, or Am I the Moon?

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CREDIT FOR THIS IDEA

a RT from Elena Ray, @elenaray :

@cnn weekend full moon the biggest in about 20 years. http://on.cnn.com/hwians

the article elena referenced is pretty good, interesting tidbits…

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LAST MOON SHINE

you can fudge the time/date if you want

post your yoga-moon-connection thoughts, feelings, or photos on your favorite sites whenever you feel you have what you want to say ;-)

possible sites are on my “very” incomplete list on my links page

the point is to share your meditative efforts

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and the winner is…

all of us, always ;-)

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namaste – con dios – god be with you


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footnotes

[1]  for ideas regarding differentiating ‘tween affect and effect, please visit the live.love.yoga blog - some pretty funny graphics too ;-)

[2] according to the cnn article referenced by @elenaray in her tweet, “Saturday’s full moon will be a super ‘perigee moon’ — the biggest in almost 20 years”


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My Yoga-to-Dance aha! Moments! – # 3

26 Feb
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My Yoga-to-Dance aha! Moments! – # 3

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what might yoga or dance inform to the other today, i wondered, as i made my 30 mile drive to clear lake for jazzercise this morning

as jazzercise’s trademark music and moves began, i slowly started working out the kinks of the drive, letting my limbs decide my range of motion, gradually, letting my limbering lengthen my reach and internal muscle-stretch “feel”

felt good, nice, fun moves

but nothing new…

oh well, i thought, i’d just gotten spoiled with all this integrating, internalizing an unrealistic expectation of endless aha!’s in me -

besides i miss my kitty leo, i pictured him waiting for me at home, but he wasn’t – my mom had helped, smiling for me, a group of us, as we shared a few jokes, saying, “isn’t it good when we can laugh and forget our worries for awhile” – didn’t need to stop at groceries going home but would need gas, the truck – opps, i missed a, a step – anyway, need to see if i have everything ready for silversneakers yoga class [1] next week darn missed that chasse turn – oh, i know, concentrate, i’ll concentrate on the music

fairly quickly, i regained movement-concentration, muscles mimicking the dance of bouncing beats – i was back in the moment, brain smiling

i’d forgotten expecting-wanting a new aha! moment -

that’s when i got my yoga-dance connection -

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it wasn’t about the steps themselves this time, or a commonality of muscle movements, or similarity of pose expressions [2]

it was about concentration, which i’d done for decades, bringing my focus back into the now, being able to enjoying the moment more completely -

but, i realized, i was not giving myself credit for knowing this -

this was and is, legitimate motion meditation i can do…

as i flowed more fully thru the music, my sense of motion, i sensed the similarity of sensation, leading the breathing exercise, the beginning of yoga class, the night before, similarity, to exercise, in jazzercise class, the focusing the grounding -

yet there was a nudge of something missing -

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i inhaled deeply during a right then left half spin of the torso as i reached down behind me with alternating arms, almost zumba salsa-like, and inhaled deeply again – the breath!

moving to the music i joined my static-pose breathing-exercise in yoga the night before to the bouncing breathing i needed dancing, expanding my chest with breaths, an instant memory, reading ray long’s keys to deeper breathing articles the night before…completed the links…

meditative-concentration and the breath – their span crosses all disciplines…

i knew this before, but i know it better now, more consciously…

it’s a process…

namaste – con dios – god be with you


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footnotes

[1] it’ll be interesting seeing how the typically very useful-information-dense silversneakers class, focussed on yoga, would feel after my recent yoga teacher immersion

[2] for examples of previous aha! yoga-dance connections, please see the related article links below

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related:

My First Yoga-to-Dance aha! Moment! - Feb 12, 2011

My Yoga-to-Dance aha! Moments! – # 2 – Feb 19, 2011


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Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Day 7

24 Feb

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Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in Tweets

Day 7

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Intro

below, are my real time tweets for day 7, my final day of my yoga teacher immersion training with lex gillan

i cleaned up a lot of the stuff that shows up when you copy a tweet, and kept one picture of me from one tweet

footnotes have added “after-thought” to some tweets ;-)


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tweets normally show as most recent on top, but, to reflect a narrative, i’ve rearranged the sequence so these will read top down, earliest first

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Day 7

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: has it really been 7 eleven hr days not counting study & travel time? our 15 yr old kitty leo says meow! ;-)

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: the drive in this am was cool & clear, & tho packed with friday traffic, only 1 crazy white pickup on the road [1]

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: extended meditation again this am, tho not quite as long as yest, whole class looks fwd to this now, an event

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: meditation combo of triple ohm (o, m, & full sound) + short fast vinyasa + “long” slow held poses + just sitting

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: lex: meditation: simply the means to training (bringing) oneself (repeatedly) back to the moment

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: lex: meditation: paths: concentration or visualization – can one successfully do visualization during asanas? [2]

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: began practicum before lunch cont’d til done near evening: 4 poses @, ?’s on sutras, yamas, niyamas, business ¢

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: everyone better techniquely (cueing, active positioning of self in classroom during instr, etc), practice shows

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: much greater recognition by @ of improvements & missed details; self awareness of teaching immensely improved

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: patience & compassion felt from lex by @ incredibly soothing and encouraging; the goal is to learn, with caring

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: broke for lunch before my turn ;-) great group lunch at guliani’s in the village in hou http://www.guglianis.com

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: remembered “most” my improvement cues from prev classes, but look fwd to so many improvements ahead – i passed!!

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: am particularly interested in merging both my fitness AFAA learnings (ongoing) & my interest in imagery & words

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: have painted written, in various varied formats & styles for decades, am thrilled to feel i’ll blend all in yoga

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: can see applying my love of words images & people to both meditation & asanas; challenging? yes, of course ;-)

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more on the lex gillan immersion later today, still have mucho mas to say ;-) of course

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my super senior 15 yr old kitty leo’s so glad to see me! asked him how he’s been while i’ve been “immersed” – says, he purrs like a roar!!

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: when everyone’d did their practicum, we finished with a 45 min sufi chant-dance with rotating i-2-i partners [3]

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: sufi chant-dance-meditation reminded me of latin based catholic chant-candle rituals – incense, bells, nightime

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: sufi chant-dance-meditation cont: i was 12, everyone single file w/candles wound slowly in out & back the church

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: sufi chant-dance-meditation cont: surprises like this, that brought back so much i’d thought i’d lost, a great +

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day 7 lex gillan immersion: all in all, this concludes my day to day immersion, it was more than i’d hoped ;-) [4]

29 Jan


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lex gillan immersion: tomorrow i start a day of things like, best thing i learned, etc – gonna give myself to a cold beer & my warm wife ;-)

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footnotes:

[1] it was a relief to see the level of anger on the road let-up in the morning; but it was easy to see the other drivers also watching the driver in the white pick-up truck, hoping the flow wouldn’t get hi-jacked by one lone impatient person

[2] this was a question that came to mind as i did my pose-teaching-run, and i cued a visualization to go with the twist & exhale with ardha matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose)

actually, i think visualizations come to mind naturally during poses (though, as per eric franklin, not to all people – and not that we don’t all have visuals within us, just that some of us can access them more easily)

[3] this was an interesting rotating-partners group exercise that reminded me incredibly of several young-age teen & pre-teen experiences i had during mass, back when service was what now would be considered traditional, lots more bells and chimes and incense and chants and singing

[4] writing this, nearly a month later, i still feel as strongly, if not more so, that the immersion was more than i’d hoped for, which was quite a bit anyway ;-)

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Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 1 & 2

Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 3 & 4

Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 5 & 6

Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Day 7

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23 Feb

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Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in Tweets

Days 5 & 6

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Intro

below, are my real time tweets for days 5 & 6 of my yoga teacher immersion training with lex gillan

i cleaned up a lot of the stuff that shows up when you copy a tweet, and kept one picture of me from one tweet

footnotes have added “after-thought” to some tweets ;-)


Please Note:

tweets normally show as most recent on top, but, to reflect a narrative, i’ve rearranged the sequence so these will read top down, earliest first

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Day 5

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day 5 lex gillan immersion: cool clear trip to houston this am; got gas near immersion, prince playing on speakers, often quoted by lex ;-)

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day 5 lex gillan immersion: morning meditation today: just sitting…gotta remem….just sitting…….she said s…..just sittin’………. [1]

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day 5 lex gillan immersion: the yogic breath, emphasized from day 1, the natural breath we were born-spark-spanked to do – deep as our core

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day 5 lex gillan immersion: full am of 3x yesterday’s practicum poses critiques; water went out for blocks around, a line break, made do [2]

26 Jan


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day 5 lex gillan immersion: teacher pose instructions: make real time; stretch hamstrings, fwd bends, statically; benefits, mods, variety [3]

26 Jan


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day 5 lex gillan immersion: more yoga business: wholesale book sources, sitting pillows, bkcases – profit margins; yoga insurance sources

26 Jan


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day 5 lex gillan immersion: impromtu afternoon assignment: @ of us present 15 min vinyasa to the class & lex for critique, full day of poses

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day 5 lex gillan immersion: class mbr opening “warm” style studio w/wife in nw houston http://www.suntouchyoga.com – “sun touch” nice

26 Jan


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day 5 lex gillan immersion: immersion is now officially more strenuous challenging 4 me than 4 wkshps in a wk last nov incl 2 zumba wkshops!

26 Jan


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day 5 lex gillan immersion: also no doubt this is a “teacher” training, emphasis on what “we” as teachers must can & will do to succeed

26 Jan


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much much homework to do – good night all, after great hot meal need warm bath but gonna skip shaving ;-) namaste, con dios, god be with you

26 Jan


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ok, 1 more tweet, what “must can will” a teacher do to succeed? communicate, create a line of understanding with another, another live soul

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day 6 lex gillan immersion: clear trip in today but several cars trucks chasing very speeding this am, 1st time this week, not good cowboys [4]

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day 6 lex gillan immersion: need meditation to realign reconnect recharge this morning, good thing i think this is fun ;-)

27 Jan


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day 6 lex gillan immersion: adv meditation most of this morning, began w/chant & 3 ohms o = external, m = internal, complete ohm joins the 2 [5]

27 Jan


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day 6 lex gillan immersion: pt2 short fast vinyasa + “long” solid static sequnce w/guided breathing imagery, then relaxing breath 5:10 ratio [6]

27 Jan


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day 6 lex gillan immersion: pt3 just sitting w/guided imagery releasing consciousness from head to soft belly, totally differing experience

27 Jan


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day 6 lex gillan immersion: pt4 partner easy pose sitting face 2 face w/eye-focus concentration 4 alternating consciousness communicaton wow [7]

27 Jan


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day 6 lex gillan immersion: pt5 (of morning meditation) …savasana………

27 Jan


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day 6 lex gillan immersion: meditation afternotes: integrate breath into visualizations, start w/heart chakra center of up-down energy flows [8]

27 Jan


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day 6 lex gillan immersion: lex’s 30+ yrs 1st hand experience: children’s yoga; studio partnerships; celebrity hosting – decades of it ;-)

27 Jan


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day 6 lex gillan immersion: afternoon – full practicum pose critique reviews: voice, clarity, presence, focus: on asanas, students, purpose [9]

27 Jan


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gonna get a jump on bath (not shaving ;-) supper & studies; practicum approaching – need to integrate humor focus & clarity with inspiration

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footnotes:

[1] the meditation technique is called “just sitting” and it’s anything but…

start with five minutes and work to 15 or more, concentrating on remaining in the now, or, more accurately, returning yourself to now; it’s an experience ;-)

[2] water main break was down the street and took out service to a wide swatch of bldgs, water back near end of day

[3] real time cueing, another important simple concept that took (us) practice to get down; the initial tendancy was to pause for someone to “catch up,” but then, by the time the instructor-in-training (ie, any of us in class) gathered up to give the next cue, other people had been waiting too long in suspended-pose

the idea is, give the cues, in real time, and people will fulfill the pose at their respective paces, having heard all the info they needed to complete the action

[4] i grew up in houston when there were no freeways (really!) and i knew this was a cautionary sign regarding tempers on houston freeways; if safety and courtesy continued deteriating on the freeways, it’d mean it was only a matter of time before something happened

if you already drove defensively, now was the time to strap in and double up; if you hadn’t been driving defensively yet, this was a good time to start

and if you weren’t sure what being in the now really meant, this was also a great time to become aware of it…

[5] this was the right day (for me) to have our most intensive meditative day

it’s hard to describe the immense value and impact of the meditative sequences in the following tweets

the three ohm level chant was a great place to start: external internal merged

[6] the experience of a relatively “fast” flow followed by really really long held poses infused with guided imagery tapered with the relaxing breath ratios, was, well, this you do need to experience ;-)

[7] the most powerful partner meditation i’ve ever experienced

have absolutely no idea what the others were doing, into to it, nervous with it, nothing – total authentic focus with my meditation partner

[8] this is a great point where metaphysical speculation and physical science merge -

start with the heart, the center of feeling and spirit and intuition, from whence all love and life and meaning begin -

start with the heart, the center from which the blood and oxygen and nutrients flow, both upward and downward -

the heart is the center – is humanity far behind?

are we the center between heaven and earth?

self-conscious life – dust and life poised on a small planet?

[9] the afternoon crush of critiques and practice runs went the best ever -

…the morning meditation marathon, made its mark i think ;-)

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Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 1 & 2

Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 3 & 4

Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 5 & 6

Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Day 7

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thank you Leo, r.i.p.

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thank you leo, r.i.p. – February 22, 2011

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today my wife and i lost leo, our kitty of 16 years

there’s much to thank him for of course, all the warm nights, adamant greetings when we came home after a long day away, head rubs against our legs to deposit pheromones for us, and generally, as long as we fed him ;-) unconditional love

i guess he could argue that being fed is not conditional is this life ;-)

and i further guess, that reminders to do with this life of ours, may be his most enduring gift to sheila and myself

many of my thoughts and beliefs are deeply held, and, based on my first memories from my dad and mom, cultivated since those first breaths with them

they (my beliefs) are not something i usually openly easily share, as i as strongly believe each of us arrive at critically valid necessary-to-live beliefs, on our own terms, within our own journeys, in our own allotted time

additionally, i’ve had quite vivid re-arrangements, paradigm shifts [1], of equally strongly belief before; and know i’m working with “in-process” assumptions [2]

Leo Spring Planting with the Rest of Us

Leo Spring Planting with the Rest of Us

finally, my beliefs are just that, beliefs -

something i believe in, even if deeply – but, that i don’t “know” -

any “knowing” i do have, is faith based

to the left is Leo, just a week ago, spring planting with the rest of us -

assuming he’d get to find more bugs as winter’s whisked away by gentle southern sea breezes, not yet heated to the point of driving everyone back inside for 6 months ;-)

leo worked from an assumption of abundance, but you had to look for it -

or at least meow loudly for it ;-)

reincarnation – yes, i do “believe” in it, but again, don’t “know” that it does indeed exist

if it does, i don’t believe we regress or can slide back into something less evolved -

ie, i believe our kitty leo is more than ready to grow his soul into something higher next time around, whatever that might be, but would not slip into being a snail, for instance

do i have any “past life” memories? naw, and don’t want any – what good would it do me? so i can complain about things or people i had or was?

naw, whatever i learned or shoulda learned in any past life, i’m dealing with it or enjoying it now [3]

more important to me, is the idea that the attachments we make, to ourselves, our friends and family, our spouses, and yes, our pets, are not only not-bad, not only not something-to-rise-above, but vitally significant attachments and beings

an idea so vital, i believe we may be on this earth in these bodies exactly for that reason – not of breaking attachment, but making and keeping attachments -

or more accurately, recognizing those attachments that exist, anyway…

can one really authentically make the argument that we are one energy or life, and part of one god, and not need to be aware of our attachment to all of what we are a part of?

our planet is a tiny speck within our solar system, itself barely a speck within our galaxy, ad finitum -

do we really think we can leave our earth, our physical and spiritual earth, our incredibly necessary sun, without the need of bringing consciousness and conscientiousness to the rest of our group of souls we’ve risen to life with?

whether we wait in heaven for our fellow souls, or do return to this earth, in whatever manner it is that could happen – and one can have a field day with those speculations ;-) much depends on what we do now, while we’re here

and this is where it gets sticky, most of us have pretty strong ideas what it is that’s needed to have us all “get along” – get along “properly” “appropriately” “fairly” “karmic-ly” etc etc etc -

a lot of sticky words huh? and the concepts are soaked with super glue ;-)

so, because of all these can’t-get-them-off-my-mental-fingers concepts and beliefs, which i myself believe we each have to define and re-define, in an in-process-process of a duration i have no idea of, i don’t and won’t argue the merits of “what-i-don’t know”

i’ll respect, even if disagree, with ideas offered; but beyond a point, there’s no point arguing what can’t be proved -

so, are some things worth fighting for then?

evidently, yes ;-)

so meanwhile…

i am grateful for leo – we lost him -

but as sheila says, he did everything with us -

leo left us with so much more…memories…reminders…

reminders of all these deeply held beliefs of mine, and why i value the people i have grown up with and got to know as i age -

i am grateful for the reminder of so many things i, day-to-day, take so much for granted for -

grateful i grew up in a country believing each of us has an opinion worth respecting – and that there is a rule of law -

that i believe freedom is an inherent concept, still-evolving  -

that “process” itself is so much a part of me now…

that i am alive to still attempt to share…

and for the people with whom i share my life, most of them anyways ;-) after all, it is a process ;-)

rest in peace leo, you deserve it

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namaste – con dios – god be with you


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footnotes

[1] a philosophy class i had in graduate school, way back at the beginning of the 80′s! featured the book, “the structure of scientific revolutions” – if you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a milestone…

[2] i do take a tiny consolation that most of us can’t function without accepting some assumptions as working models, whether we think they’re “in process” or not ;-)

[3] at the start of the 70′s, in houston, i first learned of meditation at the esoteric philosophy center

(though i’ve since realized meditation is experienced many ways)

it was an aquarian new-age burst of interest in yoga and more usually thought of eastern ideas, reincarnation and meditation

william david, the director there then, once said to me (paraphrasing) “if you had all those memories of past lives available in memory, you’d go crazy! and not be able to do anything else!” – he also emphasized how what was then, was then, and this is now -

that rang true to me then, and still does


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Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in Tweets

Days 1 & 2

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Intro

below, are my real time tweets for days 3 & 4 of my yoga teacher immersion training with lex gillan

i cleaned up a lot of the stuff that shows up when you copy a tweet, and kept one picture of me from one tweet

footnotes have added “after-thought” to some tweets ;-)


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tweets normally show as most recent on top, but, to reflect a narrative, i’ve rearranged the sequence so these will read top down, earliest first

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Day 3

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day 3 lex gillan immersion: long morning journey (50 miles) [1] in the rain today, glad class begins with meditation time, coming to count on it

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day 3 lex gillan immersion: more on yoga business, today “opening a studio” – costs, locations, size, layout, cash-flow, “it’s all yoga too”

24 Jan


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day 3 lex gillan immersion: more breathing techniques for clensing, strengthing voice, energy-relaxation breath ratios, interesting ;-) [2]

24 Jan


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day 3 lex gillan immersion: guest asana teacher for a few poses; admire how lex brought in someone with a slightly different slant on a pose [3]

24 Jan


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day 3 lex gillan immersion: 1st person acct on yoga alliance origins from a certifying teachers pov to present time; today: “thumbs up” [4]

24 Jan


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day 3 lex gillan immersion: cont wk on headstands for class; shoulderstand for me, prev neck injury; shoulderstand = 90% effect of headstand [5]

24 Jan


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day 3 lex gillan immersion: lex: “In Yoga, there are many experts, but few authorities.”

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Day 4

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day 4 lex gillan immersion: drizzly spritzers of sprinkles on the way today – blessed is our morning group meditation practice….

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day 4 lex gillan immersion: more “yoga business” workshops, advertising, print, internet, the PHONE ;-) + our shared info: SBC, SCORE, etc

25 Jan


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day 4 lex gillan immersion: more advertising info: brochures, websites, google ads, yoga alliance, yoga journal – oh, and word of mouth ;-)

25 Jan


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day 4 lex gillan immersion: pose practicum practice full force today, indivdual demos w/group & instr critiques, modifications alignment etc [6]

25 Jan


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day 4 lex gillan immersion: @ pose has a beginning middle & end; standing is the norm, normal; sequences usually start & end with standing [7]

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day 4 lex gillan immersion: info on retreats, ethics; the practicum, uh, rite of passage, looms ;-) much pose practicum homework tonight….

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day 4 lex gillan immersion: speaking of poses & sequences, class put thru a 43 min “intermediate” level round; at least i can still walk ;-) [8]

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my 60 yr old body’s ready for a bath, & my ageless mind’s convincing my 60 yr old brain the homework won’t be “that bad, it’ll be fun!!” ;-)

25 Jan


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day 4 lex gillan immersion: re the class pose challenge ;-) inc’d static & dynamic stretches, shouldstand to halasana etc, interval like ;-)

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day 4 lex gillan immersion: lex: adaptation of yogic poses 4 americans (us): emphasize stretching vs strengthing, we’re too (more) tight ;-) [9]

25 Jan


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day 4 lex gillan immersion: last item tonite, great 1st hand info on meditation retreats in new mexico & elsewhere in u.s. – wow

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footnotes:

[1] in texas, a 50 mile trip is “down the road” ;-)

the challenge, when driving from galveston to houston, even at just the beginning of rush hour, is, in the nation’s fourth largest city, a drive worthy of the term “challenge”

the meditation sequences we’d begin our teacher training with each morning, would prove to be invaluable over the coming drives

[2] i had no idea there were that many different unique ways to play with the breath; i know, i must’ve led a sheltered life ;-)

some of the “noisy” clensing techniques would probably be lots of fun for kids, and the breath ratio ideas, are ideas i talk about and apply in classes i teach

[3] korin brody, who teaches in the houston-metro area, impressed me with both her manner and anatomical-alignment knowledge; her concern for both safety and effectiveness rang real true for me

also, though she expressed great gratitude for lex (who’s immersion we were in) she also emphasized how both he and she felt it was great she has developed her own style of what she’s learned, opening the door further for each of us in class to carry what we were learning to our own interpretation/practice

[4] the stories of  the not-so “easy” beginnings of the beginning of this group from lex are pretty fascinating, and best told from the 1st-hand-person-acct person himself ;-)

[5] learning that getting 90% of the benefits of a headstand, as per lex, via doing the shoulderstand, is possible, was particularly encouraging for me, as i have some cervical disc issues, and a headstand is not for me

[6] this is what most if not all of us were waiting for, and the bearing down of concentration and attentiveness was palpable

[7] seems simple enough, but remembering it, and applying it, unfailingly, would prove more challenging than expected; no question as to the value of “finishing” or doing the whole movement, beginning middle and end

[8] no “further” comment, is my comment ;-)

[9] this is an important issue, giving rise to much more than just differing body types; the issue of what is yoga, what types of yoga are appropriate for whom, and when, is i believe, fully related to issues such as those that often appear in the magazine of yoga {postscript: see recent post, “are yoga poses ancient history?” by mark singleton

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Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 1 & 2

Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 3 & 4

Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 5 & 6

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Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in Tweets

Days 1 & 2

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Intro

below, are my real time tweets for days 1 & 2 of my yoga teacher immersion training with lex gillan

i cleaned up a lot of the stuff that shows up when you copy a tweet, and kept one picture of me from one tweet

footnotes have added “after-thought” to some tweets ;-)


Please Note:

tweets normally show as most recent on top, but, to reflect a narrative, i’ve rearranged the sequence so these will read top down, earliest first

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Day 1


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day 1 lex gillan immersion: huge experiential meditation overview [1], continues tomorrow with teaching practice & asanas commencing immediately

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day 1 lex gillan immersion: no doubt re depth of both learned & experienced yoga knowledge lex brings to our eager table

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Day 2


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day 2 lex gillan immersion: meditation start of class, perfect bridge tween waking & learning to do; then breakdown of selected asanas

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day 2 lex gillan immersion: how many asanas are there? how many people are alive right now? several billion? [2]

23 Jan


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day 2 lex gillan immersion: meditation, technique for remaining in the moment; 2 styles at base of all: concentration & guided visualization

23 Jan


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day 2 lex gillan immersion: classical asanas, applicable to any style hatha yoga, each with a correct form, each modified by each person [3]

23 Jan


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day 2 lex gillan immersion: meditation: in the moment, accepting what rises across one’s space, realizing there’s a journey, now

23 Jan


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day 2 lex gillan immersion: intense continuing “business of doing yoga” from 1st non-guru yoga studio owner in america “back in the day” ;-)

23 Jan


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day 2 lex gillan immersion: can’t do headstand (neck inury) but can do a half decent shoulder stand ;-) yea ;-)

23 Jan


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footnotes:

[1] majority of day spanned wide span of differing meditation techniques; would prove foundational for the length of the immersion

[2] lex spoke in detail of how rare it is any human being can do the myriad number of asanas possible

if we think about it, it is only a tiny few that physically shine in any endeavor, dance, football, swimming, the circus –

and, i believe we can and should enjoy being the best we each can be…

[3] i didn’t get the impression that lex thought “classically” done asanas was the be-all, but rather, like a common language for a diverse group of people, was a reference point to speak from

but then again, that was my impression of what i heard ;-)

the magazine of yoga, one of my favorite sites, has had numerous articles (“orgins of yoga and tantra“) detailing the loose foundations of believing anything labeled classical doesn’t have some arbitrary work being done on the definition

the pizza effect article was good too ;-)

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Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 3 & 4

Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Days 5 & 6

Yoga Teacher Immersion Experience with Lex Gillan – in * Tweets * Day 7

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intro thought

i remember, after a particularly vigorous playful rubbing i’d given one of my kitties, of hearing how pets could only take “so much” of a person’s loving, before becoming over-stimulated, unable to endure more -

sometimes just running off with a yell-meow, sometimes taking a nip of me on the skip-out and away, sometimes squirming and turning afraid and unwilling to turn on me but needing release -

are we so different?

from buddhanet’s buddhist studies

“There is no need to meditate for a long time: just remain quietly until you are a little open and able to connect with your heart essence. That is the main point”

we may yearn to be at-one with oneness again, but we are, by definition, only a part of that oneness -

can i splice my 110 volt extension cord onto the main trunk line on the telephone pole out by the road?

no, even though they both run the same juice; the voltage differential is just too severe – my kitty loves me, but a bit at a time ;-) ah yes, the wisdom of animals…

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so i asked, at the end of my previous post, part 2 of this short inquiry into meditation, what do i think about meditation, what it is, or means?

i truly do believe it includes both my experiences of, and the writing of, each of my poems, “Cross Country” and “Heart Beats

my readings on meditation, abridged as they are, plus talks from lex at my immersion, and really my own experiences of the moments i tried to describe in those two poems, including the experience i had writing each one, convince me at this point in my life, that, yes, i was in a meditative state in all those instances…

i’m enough of an individual, and ornery enough ;-) to want that to be the end of it

but i’m also enough of a social creature, with a memory of many an inadvertent mistake, to gladly take some respected third party re-inforcement ;-)

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three respected third party re-inforcements

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1)

in the quote below from Buddhist Meditation in the Theravada tradition, i find a strong compliment to my way of thinking of meditation

“meditation is inherently experiential. It is not theoretical. In the practice of mediation you become sensitive to the actual experience of living, to how things feel. You do not sit around developing subtle and aesthetic thoughts about living. You live. Vipassana meditation more than anything else is learning to live”

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2)

and the following quote is scientific back-up for the existence of true benefits for practicing meditation

“The gamma activity in some of the long-term practitioners was the highest ever recorded in healthy human beings…This type of research is helpful to both practitioners of meditation and to the scientific community…

“It is helpful to meditators because it gives us an idea of what is happening to our brains as we progress in our practice. It provides some independent evidence that our practice does actually make a difference. And this can lead to greater conviction, which is always welcome in a meditation practice…

“Uncertainty is one of the biggest obstacles to continued progress.”

the Himalayan Institute is of courses a widely respected organization and movement

two additional points come out here:

a) the idea is that of “practicing” meditation, it is a practice, not a set thing; again relating back to the idea of meditation being experiential, as the buddhist quote above points out

and,

b) “uncertainty” is a genuine obstacle, a point i will refer to again in the mid-future when i do a small post on the chakras

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3)

i’ll end my external third-party rah-rah for myself ;-)  with this quote, from a speech last month, by the dalai lama

“a quote of the Buddha: ‘A follower of mine should not accept my teaching out of faith or devotion but rather out of investigation on the subject matter, seeing its meaning and then reproducing it into practice.’”

and no  ;-)  i don’t follow the dalai, or am very familiar with his work or speeches, i was led to this speech via a link on the himalayan institute, to the mind & life website

but i must say i was impressed with the humanity and non-authoritarianism of the text of the speech

and there were some interesting perspectives from the dalai lama regarding the failure, so far, of any spiritual teachings to create a lasting peace on our earth; this is strong stuff from a guy who’s in a spiritual-historical lineage, so i’d recommend a peak at his speech anyways

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my conclusions on the question of “meditation, am i doing it yet”

meditation is experiential

meditation has been explained, diced and labeled, promoted enough to qualify as a huge ego trip, yet, obviously, has merit ;-)

meditation involves concentration, imagination, and an almost emotional union of mind to body to observation that eventually excludes nothing:  neither our thoughts our yearnings our hopes our recognitions our union with god or other souls, and especially, our conscious awareness of all the myriad facets of life

being here now, as the old-new-age saying goes….

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postscript

RPE – Rate of Perceived Exertion

do we need something like i proposed, half jokingly, for asanas, RPEy, “Range of Pose Explored, Yoga” an adapted version of the RPE used in most fitness routines?

maybe,

RPEm = “Recognition of Personal Enlightenment, Meditation

an RPE for meditation?

…why not  ;-)

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in the near future, i’ll do a post or two on my meditation experiences during my recent immersion with lex gillan – i’m still processing much of it ;-)

in the meantime, i plan to finally look into a book i bought at that time, “guided meditations, Explorations, and healings” by stephen levine

namaste – con dios – god be with you


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footnotes:

[1] “rowing past the walking bridge” is a 24 x 24 oil on canvas painting i did ’bout 5 years ago in austin

the setting is in the beginning of barton springs off of lady bird lake; if you go back underneath the walking bridge and paddle round the bend to the right, you’re looking smack at downtown austin, beautiful

i use water based oils, but that’ll be a story for another time ;-)

[2] this tiny beauty is a beauty ’cause of the equally tiny flowers i was fortunate enough to catch before the last few weeks’ mid-20′s weather here

mid-20′s weather here in galveston is like above 100º further north, not built for it

but the it’s warmer now, and the flowers are again, “rising…ready….”

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straight off, gonna say the best  working definition i have of meditation right now, that fits with my experiences outlined in part 1 yesterday, is from lex gillan

i recently experienced an immersion he hosted, and his simple clean approach, the depths of the studies he described he’d undertook, and the breadth of the range of meditation approaches he’s studied, all gave me confidence of where he was coming from

quite simply, he feels meditation is a means of keeping oneself in the present

that meditation is one of two modes: concentration, or visualization; the latter being usually guided, but apparently best if concentration has already been highly developed

lex also felt that those of a right brain leaning, might benefit more from concentration, while those of a left brain slant, would benefit by expanding imaginative visualization

remember, the goal is to remain attentive, conscious, and aware of being in one’s body, in the present, yet also either concentrating or using visualization (question: is there a way to do visualization, still be present in one’s body, and not be concentrating?)

so, there’s a con-joining of experiencing (a process) and awareness (being)

lex also felt that reaching true samadhi (bliss), was only possible for nano moments – being true to being in our bodies restrained the amount of time possible in total immersion with oneness

ie, my take: we’re grounded earthlings, like it or not

now, before anyone goes off calling lex and saying, “what!!!!” – the above is my remembrance - my interpretation – and my application [1] of what lex spoke of and led us through, during a daring array of breathings chants and eye-to-eye guided visualizations, many of them powerful indeed  ;-)

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definitions

i like zipping down a google search and, preferably, finding what i need quickly

so one of the things i’ve noticed over years of looking up stuff is, a homogeneous blend of search answers usually means a high degree of confidence, and agreement

in my part 2 post on asanas, “do i HAVE to do the pose this way, no, but…” i used RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) to make a few points; my google reference to my RPE definition search was pretty uniform, reflecting my RPE definition experience with AFAA, SilverSneakers, and Zumba

thus, one of the things i noticed in my google search for the definition of “meditation is” was a possible high degree of disparity, relative to other searches i do

the following are, as far as i can tell, highly credible worthwhile sites; each offering insights i found worth pondering, worth trying to merge…

one definition, says meditation is “Whatever you do with awareness is meditation.”

sounds good – but the article goes on to say this does not include worship, prayer, gardening, jogging, music, or art, “creating confusion or misunderstanding”

yes, i’m confused

if worship or prayer or gardening or jogging or music or art is done with awareness, where’s the definitional problem? [2]

and i’ll admit right now, i’m inexperienced enough i might just not be catching it

and to be fair, other portions of the article seem really on target to me, “But yoga is not something eastern or western as it is universal in its approach and application.”

another definiton, describes how learning to concentrate, on “love” for example, is fraught with distractions, such as the thought, “I love candy” which understandably leads to feelings of wanting to head to the store

definitely sounds like a distraction ;-) esp if it’s dark chocolate!

yet, if i proceed as planned for each pilgrim, after conquering concentration [3], passing into meditation, and evolving into contemplation, i should realize that “Everything in the universe that love is connected to will come to you. Every feeling of love, every sensation, every thought…” and  “…everything in the universe is relative to everything else, ultimately your meditation on ‘love’ will connect you to everything”

hmmm, every sensation? what about that candy bar?

yet, how can i argue with this article‘s conclusion? – “It is our birthright and destiny to know this exquisite state first hand and enjoy the Truth, Consciousness, and Bliss that is our eternal true nature.”

maybe i’m just asking to be confused?

maybe i’m just not grasping and grappling with the gap between the lines, creating the synapse needed to snap to the truth

and according to “yinsights” by bernie clark (i’m still working through this, kinda like small bites from a deep rich chocolate) synapses might be a viable concept on more than one plane of being

i’ll do one more search, which right off, i’m hoping will help me nail down a definitive definition of meditation:

“‘concentration, receptive awareness, contemplation, and cultivation’ — constitute the major uses of awareness throughout the world’s great meditative traditions. ‘Meditation techniques are just different paths up the same mountain.’”

this is the stuff of which i like, variety equalling “just different paths”

but wait, what’s this? uh oh, “Unmask meditation poseurs…Thinking…Daydreaming…Repeating affirmations…Praying…”

but wait, there’s more, “Of course, every activity can become a meditation if you do it with awareness or concentration” – that’s it, back to my original feeling

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thank goodness  ;-)

now i’m getting some definitional confirmation, from a third party source, that experiences like that of jogging, in “cross country,” and of loving, in “heart beats,” did cross into an awareness worthy of being meditations

so, it seems, this is an article willing to take loose straws, and, making the effort, weaves those thin strands of inquiry, those crinkly threads of thought, into a quality rope to hang onto -

can i really ask for much more? or just let it lay…

if i want to truly answer the question, for myself: “meditation, am i doing it yet?”…

i suppose i should ;-)

bottomline, i should ask, “so, what do i think? what can i honestly say or convey to anyone about what i now think about meditation?”

it may well be that the mind is a terrible task master of illusion, but it’s along for the ride, and wants its fair share of input and realization…so…

honestly, i’m gonna have to think about that…

…and contemplate a taste of truth….

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footnotes:

[1] i want to emphasis that these are my own conclusions of what was presented in class, and my enjoyment and agreement with these thoughts may well be because it aligns so closely with what i’ve thought for many a year anyway ;-) but i’ve tried to present what seemed to me the clarity of how lex presented these ideas

[2] mysticism is something i not only can accept, but can revel in, but i tend to like to know that’s what i’m doing: whether in imagining / being in a state of consciousness, painting with pigments, playing with poetry, or just sitting absorbing the view of tiny birds hopping grazing on the lawn beyond me

definitions are statements of definition-like descriptions, well, i tend to take them apart to see if they fit me, or i can fit into them

[3] is the term “conquering” anti-yogic? hmm, what with warrior poses, and, supposedly, from what i’ve heard, martial arts is a split of from whatever it was yoga and martial arts once were, as one, my vote is no, definitely not anti-yogic

i think i’m digging a larger hole than i need for my bulbs ;-) but, do i even get a “vote?” -

well, in this culture, where i’m rooted, yes…

regardless of lineages; that’s one of the double -edged experiences of a democracy: a ruling dictate, from whomever, won’t do; so barring a revelation or re-assessment that changes my mind, i get a vote, applied for me by me

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isn’t that what most of us wonder? are we even meditating? or just fooling ourselves? shouldn’t i be levitating or at least seeing colors?  ;-)

my position is, all of us meditate and have meditated, and not even known it

last week, i posted a short poem, “cross country,” i wrote about 17 years ago

it’s really about any type of running or jogging – it’s really about one of those moments one finds oneself in sometimes – being in the flow or groove – it’s really about words connecting to images connecting to feelings connecting… to inexpressibles

it’s really about meditation – a way of being present

a zone

and now it’s all being blurred in a blog! ;-)

so first, let’s define, or at least create a working definition of meditation – i won’t claim it’s the last or best or only word, just what works for me, right now [1]

when i was a child, i’d overhear the priest and others in church speaking of meditation, and it was obvious this was grown-folk stuff, so that was the end of it; though i did, in passing, imagine it involved some of that great smelling incense that began and ended each mass

my idea of meditation has changed, several times, since then, and i’ve begun to suspect my current “adult informed” idea of meditation, may end up as much a brain-smile memory as that from my childhood

the younger teen years didn’t fare much better in imagining meditation in action than my earlier imaginings

hormone-flexed thoughts gave rise to vistas of carpet-riding swamis gliding ever upward, through soft puffy clouds, girding my teen-hero-resolve as i rose  ;-)

and 20-something just elaborated everything into a non-hangover nirvana, a somehow-resting-point winner’s-purgatory, as i awaited entry into the still-not-quite -fully-visualized heaven that all the spiritual gurus ancient saints and perfect pets surely gloried in…

it was near this time, the early 70′s, my early 20′s, that the press of authoritarian mantras, sutras, and obediences finally took their toll, and i left attempting attaining meditative nirvana, and left for jogging and raising kids, left to educate myself -

- never realizing, til recently, i’d actually, finally, slipped into a type of serial meditation, a series of being-presents…

i hadn’t even begun to realize that my teen-decade of construction work each summer, rhythmically working a hatchet into wood with nails, day after day, for summers, for years, breathing mornings noons and evenings into patterns of twists and cuts and slams of my hammer-like-hatchet, had already entered me, led me, into a blending movement of the moment

i’d even less, suspected my heart-felt-fusings of breath and trumpet and papered notes, dotting my school band years, were equally meshing a mind and heart and body, mine

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in other words, i’d never realized, or been told, or suggested to, that i was already practicing meditation…was already, being present…

so, to return to point, or more so, make it, the definition of meditation, for me, must, include the capacity to fit many modes of movement and many mines of mindfulness – it must include what i now know it includes: everyday life…

so why wasn’t i transported my-trumpets-blazing into heaven?

i was practically a walking meditation bottle, free for the sipping, always dipping into modes and moments of obvious present-ness, when alone…

the crux, the bottomline, it seems, is, becoming self-conscious, and remaining present…anytime….

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[1] there’s lots of great sites regarding meditation; a good google search is a great way to see what’s out there

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my poem below, “heart beats,” was a turning point of sorts

though, as usual, i not only didn’t realize it, but wasn’t even vaguely attuned to any kind of turning point  ;-)

in my meditation posts (part 1 starts tomorrow) i’ll refer back to “heart beats” as i make sense of what it is that turned…

today though, is my wife sheila’s birthday -

happy birthday!!!

unlike my poem-post on friday, “cross country,” with its union of self to a larger “oneness,” “heart beats” is a meditation by one soul linked to another…

and though i believe each of us must find our own way, i don’t believe our purpose here on earth, is simply to find our lone way back to our source, whatever it may finally reveal itself to be…

i’ve never accepted the viewpoint that our goal is to reach nirvana, or samadhi, or heaven, or any other idealized potentiality, just merely to reach it, to rejoin a lost status, or recover a prior state of being

at what point, in this projected recovery of oneness, would that soul consider that there are other souls that also need teaching or companionship?

at what point would this risen soul feel the universal impulse within their heart, and want to help out? or be a part of that effort?

the fun part, at least  ;-)  is, we seem destined with this incredible freedom to choose how we’d contribute

i mean, have we ever really ever thought, when we fell in love, it was “merely” physical?

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Heart Beats

When you smile

or grin

your lips stretching

in a way that pulls at me…

When you speak

softly

to me calming my day

into our night…

When you move

carefree

easily – softly upon the earth…

When we spend

our time together

gathering memories

like the butterfly and bee

harvesting

all that’s good

between us…

That’s when my heart beats.

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written nearly 17 years ago, my commentary on my old artist’s site, back in 2008, still says it best  ;-)

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adan – january 12, 2008

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below is a poem i wrote nearly 17 years ago, “cross country”

i didn’t know what i know now, and all i did was describe what i experienced, occasionally, when i ran what was then a distance for me, several miles, and would now be, a marathan  ;-)

posted on my old art site in 2007, i’ve incuded the short commentary i placed under the poem then

monday, valentines’s day, my wife sheila’s birthday, i’ll post “heart beats”

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Cross Country

 Pace.

Learning to pace is key.

Letting the thud thump

of one’s feet slip

skip into a heart beat.

Allowing the mind to find the eye’s

range into any distance.

Rough broken edges of rocks

soften.  The round turns of

foliage and trees sharpen.

Green and brown and blue become bound.

One’s view and nature

grow balanced between the

thud thump heart-feet-beat

of one’s breath beginning to

settle easily through and out

the gliding body.

The floating consciousness

breathes lightly through the views.

And the countryside within and without

becomes covered, crossed and claimed

by one heart.  One vision.

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Artist’s Comment: though many of my writings are more empathy/research based than experiential, this one is one i’ve lived and felt just like it’s written

though i didn’t go on to become like a devotee of the sport, i touched it enough to see and feel beyond the sweat and ability to eat more than i do now :-)  i saw and felt the world around me, within

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i just assumed, when i wrote my post-run post-poem artist’s comment, i was simply taking a mystic stance in the midst of science

so what is the consensus or expert opinion, is “cross country” meditation?

one answer, meant for yoga, but possibly also applicable for me, is from a guest author on the yoga lunchbox:

“Repetitive sequences may look limiting from the outside, but I find them enabling. They are like a container that supports me and continues to expand as I expand. Once I learn a sequence, I do not need to think about what is coming next or what I think I might want to do. My mind becomes more still as I just flow from one posture to the next. Outer structure leads to inner freedom…This is why Ashtanga is often called a moving meditation.”

sounds pretty good to me

but i don’t practice Ashtanga per se, i’m still experimenting…

so when i post my new series, “meditation: am i doing it yet?” next week, i’ll attempt to do so from a post-run post-poem post-artist-only viewpoint  ;-)

will it still qualify as a yogic viewpoint? maybe?

and what might my viewpoint be in 2020? what type of view point could it be?

a nano-point perhaps  ;-)

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the image header, for now, will change by whim and season ;-)

this image, Valentines Day Austin Tx 2004 was the last prev snow/ice event in austin

didn’t last long, though the memory has ;-)  i remember the unusually complete silence and quiet (related differing sensations i think)

there was, i realize now, a meditative quality i sensed, but did not name – i think this is true of most all of us, we experience and know what meditation is, but don’t realize it as such, it’s simplicity and naturalness

little by little, slowly slowly, among all the many things that interest me, i’ll go back to this topic now and then; discovering my own moments of quiet meditation i can claim back…with new realizations….

valentines day zilker park austin tx 2004

Valentines Day Zilker Park Austin Tx 2004

valentine’s day is my wife sheila’s birthday too ;-)

namaste – con dios – god be with you

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