Namaste yogis and yoginis
The next Mindful Yoga Day at Number 15 will be on Sunday 11th September 11a.m. to 4p.m. in the beautiful setting of Number 15 in Hoylake where Hilary always provides us with a most delicious lunch and an ambient setting for our yoga and mindfulness practices.
Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and go quickly!
The theme of the day will be using yoga therapy in asana to create ease in the body through supported asana.
The Italian Job 2 - Yoga holiday in Puglia, Italy – is nearly full! Let me know asap if you are interested!
Yoga classes – classes at Ladymount resume Tuesday 6th September at 6.45p.m
Classes at Greasby Centre continue Monday 5th September.
It has been a long time since I changed the price of my classes and the price for each class starting in September will be going up to £6 per session.
Compassion and Kindness towards the Self
In Asian languages, the word for 'mind' and the word for 'heart' are same. So if you're not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you're not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention. Jon Kabat Zinn
The notion of kindness to the self often makes us feel both selfish or self centered and many will say they are too busy looking after others or that to put the self first is big headed or self indulgent. In truth, if we do not nourish ourselves with kindness and compassion, if we cannot extend that affection towards ourselves then how can we extend it to all others in a genuine way?
What part of our conditioning makes us feel that we are less than others and deserve less than we give to others? The kindness and compassion we offer to others means that we do not judge them, we accept them, we listen, we are there when they need us in support and this wise and affectionate attention is the attention we find most difficult to extend to our own being – we judge ourselves where we do not judge others, we say unkind things to ourselves where we do not to others and we constantly want to change who we are to fit in with others perception of us. It is a difficult task to learn to like, love and have wise and affectionate attention to the self and it is something we can practise every day through our mindfulness practice. But I don’t have time to practice Mindfulness everyday is what the mind will protest! I can’t meditate my mind wanders, I don’t have the time – and so on and so forth with protestations.
Can we spend a moment each day being aware of the breath just for perhaps 2 or 3 seconds? Then when we become conscious of the breath can we be conscious of it when we are making a cup of tea? Drinking a cup of tea? Cleaning the bathroom? Taking a shower? Brushing our teeth? And can we be aware of the breath through all or any of those daily activities regularly? We may have to practise but when we do even if it is only for just a moment; that is meditation; that is heartfelt awareness of the self; that is compassion and kindness to the self. Just a few moments each day that connects us to ourselves – and that is the start of our meditation journey.
As Tibetan Buddhist Master Mingyur Rinpoche explains beautifully how just a few seconds of awareness to the breath each day is meditation.
Just a few seconds each day! See YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLvPhzNuxE4
Happy Breathing Awareness!