Meditation, Mantras and Creating YOUR Life
I’m not sure how long I’ve been meditatingconsistently. I started being more consistent when my yoga teacher suggested that “it will change your life!” during my yoga teacher training. Before that, I’d experienced a change in my life when I’d meditated every night for almost three months.
There was a lot going on for me at this time. I wasmiserablein my middle management, salaried position. I was still beating myself up for not completing dental school.
Four weeks ago my uncle, my mother’s little brother, lost his
battle with cancer. He was a beloved son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all. I have been shaken to my core by his loss. To take care of
myself, I have been breathing deeper and digging deeper into my
life skills and yoga toolbox. I know if I’m not taking care of
myself, I cannot serve anyone else.
When someone we love is suffering or leaves this human form, we
experience every emotion possible: anger, fear, resentment,
Prayers and Meditations.
I’ve been praying for as long as I can remember:
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take
When my Dad died, my prayers went through many phases. In retrospect, I can see that they reflect the grieving process: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance…pleading, cursing, begging, crying at God in my daily prayers for years.
Yoga Teacher Battles the Big D! How Meditation HELPS
It may seem like a paradox to see “depressed” and yoga teacher in the same sentence. The most common image of a yoga teacher is happy and care free, living in perfect bliss…but many yoga teachers actually find yoga as an antidote for their own anxiety and/or depression.
In August of 1980, my Dad took his own life. He was 33; I was 10. Since his loss, I’ve had my own battle with depression. I am so grateful that Lilas Folan introduced me to yoga on public TV in the 70s.