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April 2010 - Shivaya Naturals

April 2010

{This Moment}

April 30, 2010

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. ~Amanda Soule

The surprise project is up for Rhythm of The Home, and the Spring Seed Paper is the perfect way to use up all of the extra seeds that you have left over.

We Hope that you enjoy, and Happy May!


Finding the Breath

April 29, 2010

I have had a few great discussions with friends lately on the topic of transition, and this past week I have been focusing my yoga and meditation on moving from the inner work of winter, to the external connection and growth of spring. With the Sun Salutations of yesterday, I wanted to share a short meditation that the boys and I have loved, and that helps us to focus on the things that we want to see grow and change in ourselves during any period of transition.

Come to a quiet seated or laying position on your mat or floor. Bring your awareness to your breath, and allow yourself to breathe normally for a few minutes. On your next inhale, bring your awareness to your heart’s center, and exhale deeply. With each inhalation, draw in something that you need to allow for growth or change. This could be love, forgiveness, strength, etc. With each exhalation, let anything go that you no longer need, and that is holding you back (anger, resentment, fear, etc). Continue with this for as long as it takes you to feel full and complete. Sit quietly for a few moments, and when you are ready, open your eyes.

I have used this simple meditation with my children during periods of any kind of transition, times of fighting or anger between the boys, when I was feeling sad or angry, etc. It is a simple linking of awareness and breath, but it is so powerful to be able to recognize what we are holding onto that we don’t need, and what will make us feel complete and whole.

I suppose that is what a big part of transition is all about.