Quiet your Mind Meditation

I really think this video captures the Spirit of Water in Kai Chi Do. Do the breath and the movement and your mind quiets, and your energy starts to flow.  Then your awareness expands and you feel connected to your Self and the Source of who you are.  Give it a try.

The music is “Tara” by K-Liv, available on Jamendo.com

Many Blessings!

Quiet your Mind Meditation


Five Minute Centering Meditation

Five Minute Centering Meditation

Remember to breathe.
Just feel the movement of Life through your body.  Inhale and then Aaahh…Inhale…
Life Energy moving through the body as we connect as a community.
This is the coming together of community.  The joining of hands.
The coming into harmony with each other in the moment.
As we reach out to each other, we reach out to aspects of our Self.
We open our mind.  We open our heart.  To the beauty of this moment.
Everyone breathe deeply.  Inhale. And then Aaahh…
Let’s get past the illusion – the illusion of separateness.
Inhale. And then exhale.
Energy moving through the system.
Inhale. And then Aaahh…
Feel that connection of Life Energy, of Chi.
The environment responds to us as we relax – into the environment of love, of compassion, of unity.
Everyone Inhale.  And then exhale, Aaahh…
Feel Life moving all around you.  Celebrating Life.
The connection with each other – with deeper aspects of ourself.
Everyone breathe deeply.
Feel that movement of Life through your body, through your mind.  Inhale…Exhale.
Energy moving through the system.
Coming into your Center, into your Core. Pushing out.
Inhale.  Take a deep breath in, pulling that breath deep into your Center.
Feel the movement of Life, the movement of Chi.
Connecting with your Center, as we create a good balance between our Self and the world around us.
Inhale…and then Exhale.
This is holding Center as the world goes round.
Holding Center as the world goes round.
Staying in our Center as the Earth spins. Staying in our Peace as the Earth spins.
Everyone Inhale, and then Exhale. Staying in our Center as the world turns around.
Now coming into your Center, take a deep breath.  Inhale. And then Aaahh…
Releasing all resistance, all struggle, all fear, all doubt, all worry. Just let it go.
Inhale.  And Exhale.
Now bring it into your Core, into your Center.
Take a deep breath. Inhale…And then Aaaahh…
Energy going in.
Reaching out, and let’s rise that Energy up…
and then bring it back down.
You’re going to feel the Energy moving through your body as you breathe.
And then let’s hear those Exhales.  Aaahhh…
Keep relaxing into it.
And then Aaahhh…
Keep releasing resistance.
Just relax.
Coming into your Center, into your heart Center.
Take a deep breath and then Aaahhh…
Just relaxing into a quiet place inside yourself, inside your heart.
Take a deep breath in again. And then Aaahhh….

The music is Locked on the Inside by Celtic Chill on Jamendo.com


Balance: Holding Center While the World Goes Round

I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.
Thich Nhat Hanh


Our dear friend Tina talked to us today about how much she loves the Kai Chi Do movement called “Holding Center while the World Goes Round”.  The truly magical thing about the movement is that you can FEEL that balance between centeredness and motion – the balance between your connection to Source and Self  and your connection to the world around you.

So often we fall off center, so to speak – trapped in the busy-ness of it all.  Overwhelmed by the tasks…and the personalities…and the schedule…and the hubbub.  And it’s confusing and you feel scattered and kinda dizzy.

And then you react and rebel and say we need to get back to the garden.  We need to get more spiritual.  We need to sit in high lotus.

But God is not an escape.

We see people try to get rid of their ego in order to be more spiritual.   They think the ego is the enemy.  But it doesn’t work.  Naturally, the ego puts up a fight.  And then you’re trapped in a struggle – rejecting a part of yourself.

The ego is the mathematical mind.  It likes to organize and calculate.   It really just wants a job!   And it is capable of such diligent service!

So we put it to work.  The ego is assigned the job of making Spirit tangible, bringing it down to Earth.  Instead of an ego that separates you from your Self and others, we give the ego the job of creating union.  We give the ego the job of reconciliation.

“Holding center while the world goes round” is about keeping your balance.  It’s not about choosing between the physical and the spiritual.   It’s about filling your everyday life with Spirit.  It’s about integrating the Divine and the human aspects of yourself.

Tina says it sometimes feels “exquisitely beautiful and exquisitely painful at the same time.”

photo of HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche by Wonderlane on Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0