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October 27, 2011 / samgrowdon


… Yogis might consider this meditation, but i don’t mean the kind of meditation where you’re sitting with eyes closed in a quiet room with no distractions. I’m talking about meditation in the crazy spaces and pauses of every day life.

This is why contemplation might be a better word.

A couple of weeks ago I joined a ‘Maha Kula’ at Pure Yoga. It’s basically a time for all the teachers at Pure to come together with Patrick Creelman as king yogi for a few hours to either practice asana together or just reconnect about what yoga is and how as teachers we can continue to be true to ourselves and so be able to teach others with continued positivity and sincerity. This particular get-together was about this concept of  ‘contemplation‘. We spoke about what it means, how it fits into our lives and how it can add to our teachings.

Sometimes I feel that, in our fortunate lives we indulge ourselves in analyzing too much and forget how to just be.

Contemplation to me isn’t the same as analyzing.

We pull apart our thoughts and actions as well as the opinions of others while we analyse, when we contemplate we rather accept what is and not judge it. While analyzing can create tension and negativity in ourselves, contemplation calms the mind and creates a feeling of acceptance, rather than trying to fix it or change it –  Isn’t that after all, the cause of our crazy internal struggle – The expectation of what we think something should be rather than what it is?
Contemplation to me is just a ‘check in’ to see how I am at that exact time, in that present moment – not to change it but just let it be. So where ever I am – busy bus, crowded street, at a desk or in a lift, I take a deep breath, observe that breath as it fills my body and as I exhale I surrender to contemplation: the act of just being, even if it’s just for a few seconds.
So that in this journey, where there are ups and downs, I can welcome the downs for what they are, knowing that they will always change and I can embrace the ups so much more.

Take a deep breath, it’s worth a try.

My last place of contemplation!

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  1. Natasha / Oct 28 2011 12:40 AM

    Thanks for the food for thought. Nice life lesson pretty.

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