Today I had a conversation with a gentleman about learning to relax your muscles through meditation. He didn't understand..and I explained to him it's possible and that it didn't start that way for me..it started with Yoga and exploring my body with BEING in my body and enjoying the release and relaxation that comes from yoga. Then I began meditation of stillness and focused thought. Then I married the two together...and formed the third understanding that the body is made of energy and we can direct our thoughts to our body for healing. We have to think of the body like a 3-D imaging. We are 3-D. So Yoga is a meditation, if you so choose it to be.
Anything can be a meditation...as long as you intend to focus your awareness. Yoga is a meditation into the body..a deep reverence for the sacred temple that you are. The stretching is the pathway for a deeper awareness of release and letting go that happens when we bring our meditative state to the practice of "asana" or yoga poses. It is possible to sit with your own tenseness and to travel into it with a meditative awareness and intention to release it through thought, through visualization, through awareness.
The body will hear you...in fact the whole body is connected to every thought you think. Lets hope you are thinking how wonderful you are, how wonderful it feels to let go...to let go of any other thought other than the being-ness of your moment to moment enjoyment of stretching out of tightness and into surrender. It is all within you. Now.
Peace and Blessings,
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