A Meditative Self Experiment

As part of my Yoga Teacher Training, I was recently tasked with an assignment on Mindfulness.  The assignment was to write a short journal on the effects of two weeks of mindfulness meditation practice.  I do have a fairly regular meditation practice - most days, if not every day, as well as a regular yoga practice.

The Last Few Months (Or Why I Haven’t Posted For a While)

As the title suggests, it’s been a while, and so much has happened - here is a short summary.

The Radiance Sutras

I recently discovered The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roache. It is a rendition of the classic Vijñāna Bhairava text that has been handed down from the Kashmir nondual tradition.

Happy Stomachiversary!

It’s one year ago today that I had my total gastrectomy.  It’s my stomachiversary, or nostomachiversary, depending on what you want to call it.  Oh how things have changed!

On Death - Pt 1

I will always remember the first time I came face to face with my own mortality.  Jo and I had trekked to the bland suburb of Box Hill to get the results of my pre-surgery C/T scan.  The surgeon could barely look me in the eye as he told me the scan had detected a growth in my lung, and my cancer was now inoperable.  I asked if there was any way we could check the results.

Where Are My Yoga Podcasts At?

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a bit of an information junkie.  I have what I like to call “mini obsessions” about a particular topic, and when I’m invested, I like to learn as much about this topic as I can. My latest mini obsession, Yoga, has become more of a “maxi obsession” (which has sprung up a few more mini obsessions of it's own) since I’ve begun my Yoga Teacher Training, and I’ve scoured the...

Feeling into the Center Line

Often when I meditate, I try to “feel into my centerline.”  By this I mean I try to observe any sensations in the front of my body, from my genitals up into my throat.  Some people believe this is where we store a lot of our emotions, and I agree.  When I get to my stomach area (or rather where my stomach used to be), I feel tightness, hollowness, stuckness.  Emotions come up - feelings of guilt and anxiety.

"Spiritual Teaching"

I recently saw this skit by the hilarious comedy duo The Bondi Hipsters, with their acerbic take on spirituality and meditation (Warning, some of the language and content is NSFW).  I was particularly moved by the last shot on so called “spiritual teachers”:

Yoga Teacher Training Begins

Last weekend I started my first weekend of yoga teacher training. It’s divided into 10 weekend sessions over the course of a year, with assignments and personal yoga practice making up the rest. After 2 days of getting up at 6am and attending 8 hours of lectures each day I was exhausted, but exhilarated at the same time. It was an intensive on the cardiovascular system, working with children and teenagers, backbends, and the anatomy of the neck, chest and shoulders.