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Teaching meditation to kids with malas

My cousin is a pastor in a progressive Baptist church in town. They have summer camp for the neighborhood kids where they learn to love reading. And there are some bible lessons.
And there are some creativity and skill classes, too. They asked me to teach the kids a short little lesson about meditation. I thought that would be lots of fun.

I decided immediately we should make mala beads.

Mala beads are from India.They are used in counted chants and meditation. In traditional malas, there will be 108 beads and then one special bead at the end that is not counted that marks the beginning and ending spot where you turn around.

Yoga and the creative aspect of life

I have been noticing the ways in my life I have become more reliable since starting yoga.  I notice emotionally I am more available and vulnerable.  I notice I am better able to keep a steady pace with the rhythm of my life, instead of rushing around all the time as I did for years.  And I notice that I find it easier to be creative.

I spend a little bit of time every day writing or taking pictures or making something.  Mostly for me it is writing.  Sometimes it is just cooking and nothing else.

What Yoga Has Taught Me About Making Art

Today's guest post is from Lucy Curtis... The Amazing Lucy Curtis!  Lucy is a yoga teacher at the 500 hour level (an advanced certification).  She is a groovy DJ and she makes her yoga classes fascinating through the use of storytelling.  When I have attended Lucy's yoga classes, I have always learned some new things about the ancient roots of yoga and I have always laughed because of the way she phrases things.  I remember one time she told the class to hold our hands in front of our chests as if we were "holding something amazing in them, like a library card!

Comments on this blog

Every time I get a comment on my blog, the website service sends me an email excitedly announcing that I have a comment on my blog.  And almost every time, I rush to see what someone wrote in response to my deep (or not so deep) thoughts about yoga or meditation or massage or just making the world a better place to live. And almost every time, I get to the comment and it is just some spam post from Russia or China trying to sell watches or to promote weight loss or maybe I do not even know what it says because it is written in a foreign language and I do not even know which one.

Making a massage powerpoint

I have been a massage therapist for almost thirteen years.  I am supposed to put together a power point presentation about massage and its benefits and present it for half an hour at a university in a couple of days. 

Awesome, right?  Yes.

And yet I find myself stumped as I face the computer screen.  There is so much to say about massage and so much that no one will ever understand from me speaking.

I was working with a client recently who I had never worked with before.  She described herself as under a lot of stress in the interview.

Sowing

I am dog sitting in a little suburb of Atlanta this week.  Ranch houses everywhere.  Nice little brick ranches with nice yards.  One little house is just a little different.  Front yard is the same as all the others.  But back yard.  Now back yard has something else going on.

Ernest and Hazel Hale moved to Smyrna 48 years ago.  They had lots of kids.  Ernie had grown up on the farm.  Even though the back yard was steep, he saw a garden there.  He just went to Dallas, GA (an hour plus drive) and borrowed his dad's tractor.

Mandala Project Day 2

I went to the coffee shop and worked on my mandala today.  I forgot to bring in the rest of the pens, but I had a nice blue pen.  I used that to color in the next layer.

There were two ladies- one older, one younger- church ladies- seated beside me.  They were gossiping about the other women in their church and what bad decisions they were making about men.  

I stared at the eye of my mandala.  But then my tea and cookie came.  I continued for two more minutes, but.

Teaching mandala meditation

I had several students today come take my mandala meditation class.  We made mandalas and meditated on them.  It was beautiful to see how it came out. 

This picture is of my mandala.  It shows the center point, an eye.  When you meditate on a mandala, you try to focus on the center point of the image.  We sat for five minutes staring at our mandalas on the wall. 

I saw my grandmother's blue eyes in this mandala.  I saw the eye looked like it had something important to say.

Starting a Peace

Alright.  I guess I may as well get comfortable with the fact that I am turning into an activist.  Meditation does have this one side effect that could be considered negative.  It brings the world into clearer focus and it helps you see with compassion all the people around you and what they experience.  In some ways, being numbed out is easier.  There was some famous somebody or other who said that once you see you can't unsee.  That is true.  So be warned.

New Growth

Making a Path

Life seems to have a destination, but sometimes the path is unclear.  That perfect relationship, that perfect job, that harmony and ease are over there, always over there, just out of reach.

Play it Loud

I played clarinet in band in middle school.  I remember how terrible we were.  And I remember my teacher telling us to play the wrong thing and go ahead and play it loud!  He was dealing with our angst as we hesitated our way through each piece.  When we started playing and making the mistakes, we got better.
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