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The Lazy Yogi: 5 Ways to Make Your Yoga Practice More Mindful


1. When you enter the space, whether it is a studio or your home, enter yourself. Shift your attention to what has been going on around you to what is going on within you. Be aware of where you have been holding tension, where in your body emotions may be lingering, and what has been keeping you…

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tired of lugging the past around as if it actually exists

gonna step back and laugh now

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Meditations In Wonderland: Thich Nhat Hanh's Smiling Meditation



“To meditate well, we have to smile, a lot… I always say that a smile can be a practice, a kind of yoga practice. Yoga of the mouth: you just smile even if you don’t feel joy and you’ll see after you smile that you’ll feel differently. Sometimes the mind takes the initiative and sometimes you have to allow the body to take the initiative.Sometimes the spirit leads, and sometimes the body can lead.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. First, center yourself. Breathe in, and with every exhale feel yourself become more calm. Once you have reached a state of calm and relaxation, turn all of your energy into your head, make your head a focus point of your energy.
  2. With your eyes closed, let attention move to the inside of your eyes. Feel how wonderful your eyes are - they are the window to the world you see every day. Check in with them and feel them as they Are. Do the same with your nose, focusing your attention there next. Feel what it is like for you nostrils to breathe.
  3. Next, send the focus lower to your mouth. Feel the inside of your mouth, letting your tongue relax behind your teeth. Feel your lips resting in their natural state. Move your attention downward to your chin, feeling your chin and jaw slacken and become calm, relaxed, and aware of its presence.
  4. After your face has been acknowledged throughout your practice so far, lend awareness to your face as a whole. With all of the parts relaxed, let your entire face reach a neutral and natural position.
  5. Finally, focus attention again on your lips. Slowly raise the corners of your lips upward, letting yourself attain a relaxed and gentle smile. Widen your smile until you feel it connect with your Inner smile - you will feel yourself click into a certain harmony of being. Notice your energy begin to shift, you should feel a warm sense of peaceful energy beginning to well up and then radiate from your body.
  6. Now, maintaining the smile, return attention to your eyes. Bask in the feeling of warmth, relaxation, and uplifted energy. Allow your eyes, while still closed, to smile too. Connecting the smile of your eyes with the smile of your lips will help you tune into your true Inner smile, that inner sense of harmony that you feel with your mind, body, and spirit.
  7. Hold this smile until you feel awareness start to come through to the rest of your body. When you choose to end your practice, end it slowly for the lingering effects of the meditation to uplift your energetic presence and sense of well being.

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