Meditation is supported by fully including the body. With Step 8 of Spirit Fire's meditation practice, The Practice of Living Awareness, we bring attention to alignment and we start with the body. It is a common misconception that meditation is a way to escape or "check out" from physical reality. We would say that the contrary is true, that meditation is the full immersion into the now, and that includes the body, the mind, and the spirit. As we more effectively include our body in meditation sittings, our meditations will immediately improve.
Asana is a sanskrit word that refers to one's sitting position. We would extend that to include one's posture in life. Our physical body is a resource, it will provide us with much information on our state of being. This week we invite Carol Martin back to our show to discuss, among many things, The Alexander Technique, which offers instruction on ridding the body of unnecessary tension and learning to move through life with ease. We love it.