Archive for the ‘yoga’ Category

Hi All, Sorry to have deserted you but wasn’t sure anyone would notice. It’s only since several of you have asked that I’m writing to let you know what’s been going on for the past few weeks and why I haven’t continued my postings on Reiki. Two of my daughters and their families have relocated, one from the city to the country, another coming back after 3 years of work abroad, and I spent several days with each of them helping them move in and organize their new homes. At the same time, my father is still going through a serious crisis after being, regretably, placed in a permanent nursing care unit. It will take him time to adjust but his complete dependence on others has taken a great toll and it is very difficult to see him, care for him etc. And of course, my Mother has been deeply effected by this as well. They have spent their entire life together as a couple, meeting each other something like 75 years ago and being married for 65 years. And the last 30+ years they have been retired and have spent every single day together just about all the time. The separation for them, beyond the difficult state my father is in, would be enough to create a serious emotional crisis leading to physical symptoms. It is like have part of your body ripped out. But they are both in the same assisted living building, my Mother in her own apartment still, and Father just downstairs, and they are both learning to come to terms with the situation. What the entire past year has created for all of us however, including myself, without our even being aware of it, is a chronic state of stress which has pretty much lasted for about 1 1/2 years actually, and only now have I understand the debilitating effect it has created in my life, on all levels, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. It has been devastating and only this week did I realize to what extent it has effected me. I am now working things through and putting myself “back together” as well…including going to the gym, (in addition to my daily practices of yoga, pranayama, meditation and Reiki) and, finally, working on my India Journals blog. All of the above has taken up my energies, both physically and mentally, and have therefore not posted anything new here all this time. My apologies….but part of the living in the now is living in the now! And doing what is right at each moment…flowing…learning…understanding…creating new ways of dealing and always opening the new doors of opportunity which present themselves to us along the way…no matter how twisted and complicated it may seem sometimes. So, if you are interested in seeing what I’ve done so far on the India Journals (about 1/2 way finished but no photos yet)…and also a very interesting sum up post of Lesson’s Learnt from my travels at the beginning of the blog…you can do so by following this link: Jane’s India Journals Hope to get back to my regular blog entries shortly. My love to all Jane


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Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous

This picture was originally posted by mistake as a test for a new photo website I am checking out and before I realized it was there, some of you received notice by feedblitz. I have since removed it and am now posting it with the full story, thanks for the inspiration I received from Leena in Moscow!
I was attending a Yoga and Meditation workshop in February 2006 and during the workshop we were all to get together and make a Mandala….all of the symbols have meaning in Tibetan Buddhism as do the shapes, directions etc., but I honestly don’t remember what are.

This is a picture of the unbelievable Tibetan Manadala we made at that workshop in February 2006. We started with a blank white piece of cardboard and ended up with this fully completed Mandala. Here are pictures of the Mandala in progress Posted by Picasaas well as of the most important part, the brushing away, teaching us the importance of non-attachment and impermanence of everything in this life. It was probably close to the most amazing thing I ever took part in in my life to date and hope I will be privileged to do it again. It is all made from colored sand which we poured using little funnels made from pieces of plain white paper as you may be able to see. There were 7 of us and it took us the better part of 2 days to complete and about 2 minutes to brush away. Much like cooking a wonderful meal over a couple of days and then having it all eaten in 1/2 hour! It was most satisfying and we were all quite surprised that we actually did it…as were all the other people staying at other workshops at the Kibbutz we were at.

At any rate, the person in charge, the yoga instructor’s husband, explained what we would be doing and my initial reaction was “No WAY I am doing that”. But in the end, I seemed to have been drawn to the group of “senior” women, hunched down on the floor with their haunches in the air, ove a white plastic like board, holding self-made funnels of white paper in one hand and gently tapping with the other. They were using these funnels to gently deposit colored sand, grain by grain into pre-drawn spaces which were made on the blank white plastic page using string and thumbtack for drawing circles and rulers for the lines. Each space, no matter how small, was lovingly filled with the chosen color of sand, agreed upon in advance by different “teams” working on opposite sides of the Mandala at the same time. At one point I simply found myself drawn into this group and eventually the tap-tap-tapping with the finger on the funnel to release the sand became almost hypnotic, and the need to stop an intrusion. I found myself completely in the moment with my whole being …it was quite an amazing experience…what could be called by Maslow and “peak experience” in life. So I want to thank publicly to two wonderful people who made it possible for me, Sue and Ed and also to relate the following incident which is just an interesting “coincidence”. I remembered that the same week of the yoga workshop was also the Kalachakra teachings in India with HH the Dalai Lama. They were held in Amaravarthi and Tibetan Buddhists came from all over India to attend, the main tent holding over 100,000 at a time. I received a lovely e-mail from a friend with the subject line “mandala”(!) where he described how he was fortunate enough to get a quick look at the Kalachakra mandala which the monks had been working on and chanting over all week just before it was dispersed…He says it was about 3 meters by 3 meters or maybe larger. It was the same day and almost the same hour as when we brushed “ours” away yesterday. There has GOT to be some significance to this “coincidence”…

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Yoga Poses at Your Desk

Sitting all day at a desk can really work havoc with our bodies. Believe me, I know. But I have found a way of working yoga into my daily office routine, and it can be done even if you work in an open space with others around. Even if you have never done Yoga, just think of them as office exercise. They will have the same effect! And if you DON”T work in an office, you can do them at home, even if you do no other form of daily exercise, and still benefit from them greatly. Nothing too “weird” about these exercises and you can split them up, do them all in sequence, do them a few times a day, whatever works for you. Just do them. They really make a difference in how you feel at the end of the day.
Check out these two links (just click on them and they will take you to the proper website) and while you are at it, click on the link on my sidebar named “Yoga” and see the other great things offered on the full website . You can even sign up for a daily tip. Really nice.
With much love

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