Let It Go
The song has been a sensation since the movie Frozen came out. I even downloaded it as a ring tone when my husband calls me. It makes me smile every time I hear it because “Let it go” has been a mantra we use all the time. I believe with all the awareness of yoga and meditation this song is hitting home to so many. It speaks of letting go of our fears and finding our inner strengths.
Many of us feel we need to take a class on meditation. Yes, we can but really we can easily do meditation at home, on the road as we are driving (though will won’t close our eyes) or anywhere we can find the time to be quiet and still. When I was homeschooling our 5 children, as soon as we would get into the car I would make this our quiet time. Otherwise, I would have everyone talking at one once. Imagine 5 kids talking all at the same time in a small car. Yeah, it was a little too much for me. So, I made a rule this was quiet time. Now when I get into my car I rarely put on the radio. I still use it as quiet and meditation time.
Mindfulness meditation, according to Dr. Bronsenko, “involves opening the attention to become aware of the continuously passing parade of sensations, feeling, images, thoughts, sounds, smells and so forth without becoming involved in thinking about them.”(Alternative Medicine. p.344)
If you are taking a yoga class chances are at the beginning of class you are practicing some sort of breathe work and meditation. Take what you are practicing in your class home with you. Even if you meditate for only a few minutes every day there will be added benefits to your health.
Simple meditation exercise:
Sit or lay down in a comfortable place. I prefer to be by a window to let in the natural sunlight. Close your eyes. Find your breath. Be aware of it. Allowing the breath to be organic (not expecting it to be in a certain pattern) nice and soft, flowing with ease and feeling the shape change in the body. Then letting go of all thoughts! When our mind begins to wander, bring our attention back to our breath. Doing this for 15 min. a day.
Researchers found that meditation benefits addiction, allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, emphysema, endometriosis, hepatitis, hypertension, indigestion, insomnia, memory loss, menopause, obsessive-compulsive disorder, osteoporosis, PMS, psoriasis and other skin disorders recovery from surgery, sexual dysfunction, stroke, and ulcers, reports Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. author of Meditation as Medicine. Alternative Medicine, p.345
“Letting it go” should be our constant mantra for longevity of life.