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The solstice just passed, along with a lunar eclipse. Unfortunately for Mainers, we were cloudy and missed seeing the brilliant moments of red surreal illumination that is an eclipse. But with those clouds came rain, and now snow, and we are once again blanketed in a white dusting on the trees-like there was a big ‘ole shaker of powdered sugar that got shaken over the trees. It’s quiet and calm, everyone must be inside somewhere…because they don’t seem to be out and about!
More meditation classes are coming in February at Central Street Yoga, and private mediation and yoga classes are available in addition to the ongoing group classes at the studio.
Some members of the last meditation class gathered on the solstice for a 20-min sit followed by snacks and wonderful conversation (thank you Katherine!) Our gathering reminded me of how nice it is to meditate and practice with others. It was one year ago today that my friend Maureen and I embarked on a week long meditation and reflection retreat, and practiced each day, thanks to the GoodLife Zen blog.
Here is a practice to reflect and set intentions for the New Year, from here at Inhabit Yoga.
Year’s End Yoga and Reflection Practice:
Consider these questions, and journal or meditate as you see fit.
-thinking over the last 12 months, what did you learn, what positive experiences did you have, what new friends did you make
-thinking over the last 12 months, what were the hardest times or biggest road blocks that you faced?
-looking forward, think of 5 words that you can intend to LIVE in the next 12 months (ex. joy, creativity, meditation, love…)
-looking forward, imagine how you would like to feel, where you would like to BE, and envision any specific goals you have for yourself
Take some time to sit with these questions and intentions. Once you’ve written them down, meditate quietly for 10 minutes or more, either repeating your intention words as a mantra, or simply sitting with awareness of the breath.
This meditation and exercise is your yoga practice, as you explore knowing yourself better, and swadhyaya, the niyama of self-study.