21 day clean, purge, balance
10 April 2020 Day 15 (Balance 1) – Poise: A first step.
Welcome to Day 15 (Balance 1) – Making friends with stillness, being in meditation.
Welcome to day 15, the beginning of week three, in this week we focus on Balance of Work, Play, and Rest the final journey of our 21 day program of cleaning, purging, and balance.
Balance is the masterful blending of rest, work and play. Rest is a vital part of well-being, longevity, health, and vitality. Play with childlike curiosity, openness, and wonder helps us maintain a youthful mind and a flexible consciousness to renew and reverse aging. It helps you recapture the value of fullness, aliveness, joy and just being (your-self).
Balance 1 begins by putting yourself first and meeting your needs especially for self-care so you have the energy for work, play and helping others. Many in our society have this backward and try to help others without taking care of themselves first. The result of this is a person with low energy, burn-out and often misalignment, a state where they cannot help others.
To really balance yourself, care for yourself by resting in the sacred space of silent connection in centered calm. In meditation at a deep level (preferably in silence) you seek out the silent inner stillness without the overstimulation of our octane fueled lifestyle and constant entertainment and stimulation. Retreat to the stillness and the quiet that lays within gives us a window on our infinite nature and pure potentiality.
Find a comfortable place where you will not be disturbed for 15 minutes or so. Sit comfortably on the floor or in a chair with your back straight (avoid leaning back on the wall or the back of the chair if you can sit comfortably without out external support). Set a timer for 1, 5, 10, 15 minutes, start slowly and gradually increase the time as you become comfortable with it. Close your eyes and observe. Let your thoughts and images gently pass through your mind without following them or engaging in them. Start to focus on the breath into your lungs; feeling it come in through your nostrils, down into your lungs and back up and out.
Next, move the focus to the triangle from the point between your eyes down to the corners of your mouth. Sense the breath entering the nostrils, flowing over the lips, inside the nose, down the trachea, to the lungs and then return reversing its way along the same path.
Deliberately slow and lengthen the breath when it feels OK, take a moment of silence and stillness between the in and out breath and vice versa. Again do the holds with the breath in a rhythm that causes ease in your breath. Continue breathing and know that whatever you observe is ideal. Let go, just relax into the stillness and witness whatever comes. If the mind is busy don’t worry, continue to observe the breath from equanimity (non-reaction). Make friends and let it bath you in its calm stillness. Continue until your timer rings. Adjust the time you sit slowly and as your practice deepens you will be able to sit longer and enjoy the quiet.
Practice this for 21 days to see the effects first hand. Continue the practices from previous days for the entire program to fully experience the benefits.
Take Away (Balance 1): In the stillness inside me is a calming peace that is always accessible.
Enjoy your Balance,
Dr. Zaida Rivene, D.C.
083 290 1283
and Jim Montrose, Ayurvedic counselor
071 959 0786
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