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Walking, Walking, and More Walking

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Walking, walking, and more walking in the local desert. The vastness, the solitude, the beauty, and the immersion on a body, mind, and soul level.

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Category: Fitness, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: body, desert, hiking, mind, Selfseeds fitness, soul, walking

Yogic Lifestyle

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Does the yogic lifestyle require doing yoga?  No, but it can be enhanced by adding yoga postures. The original idea of the yogic lifestyle was living in alignment with body, mind, and soul.  The postures support these three aspects, but just doing yoga and forgetting about what the postures represent in one’s daily walk of life is a missed opportunity.  A person can live a healthy life without yoga postures too.  Attention to exercise, diet, quiet time, flexibility, awareness, and more can be created through other modalities. It is your choice, but take 5 minutes to plant a Selfseed and watch your personal garden grow.

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Category: Fitness, Flexibility, Nutrition, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: body, mind, Selfseeds, soul, yoga, yogic lifestyle

Collaboration On The Horizon

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www.RefinedPerformanceHorsemanship.com

Heading to Bozeman Montana to collaborate with Karen Osaski in creating a mini-2 day retreat for riders interested in “Equine Mindfulness and Awareness.”  October 5th and 6th.  Our plan is to spend 4 hours in the morning working with riders and interested people using Selfseeds as the base.  4 hours in the afternoon working with a few riders and interacting with the auditors, so they are included in the observations and discussions Karen and I will share in a collaborative approach to ground work and riding.  During the course of the 2 days, the riders will develop a Self-map of their inner/outer awareness based on the 11 Selfseeds, ground work with the horses, and riding.  The auditors will also have an opportunity to develop part of their Self-map and learn how it influences their partnership with the horse, self, and others.  The focus is on timing, feel, intuition, and refinement in sensing; all are important aspects of subtle communication and intention before taking action. Check out Karen and Sue’s websites to find out the backbone to the retreat.  What a treat to share from the view point of mind, body, and spirit!

Excited to see Yellowstone too!!

Tentative schedule:

8-12 Indoor work as two-leggeds

2-6 Outdoor work with the four-leggeds (horses)

Evening get together to share and discuss observations.

Selfseeds Integrative “I” Band will be in presence at the retreat.  As I continue to heal and work with the Physical Therapist, he is always noting my body awareness and speed for change–I give the work with the “I” band the credit. The feedback and integrative capabilities for inner to outer extremities is stellar!!  I could give workshops and be a crusader for just the “I” band and not even get into the other 10 Selfseeds and feel like people are learning key aspects to their inner/outer Self-map.

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Category: Integrative Band, Partnering, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community
Tag: body, mind, Montanta, partnering, refined performance horsemanship, Selfseeds, Selfseeds Integrative "I" band, spirit

Relief From The Restlessness

Direct your mind inward and allow it to contemplate its primary quality, which is simply knowing, being aware. This faculty of awareness-which is mindfulness in its pure state-illuminates all thoughts and all perceptions. It is a constant and fundamental quality of the flow of consciousness. You can experience it even in the absence of thoughts and mental images. Try to identify this primordial aspect of all experience, and then let your mind rest a few moments in this nondual awareness that is clear, lucid, and devoid of concepts and discursive thoughts.
– MATTHIEU RICARD

Hay House – Daily Meditations – August 12, 2012 – Heal Your Life

What a love collection of words.  How to find relief from the restlessness of living life on the Earth?  Going deeper to find the ground of being and truth of who we are.  Who Am I?  One of the oldest spiritual questions known to man.

Meditating for long periods of time has challenged my inner restlessness on a mental and physical level.  At the ashram, we sit with a thin rug, so adjusting to using my core/back muscles, stretching my knees, opening my hips, finding the balance point, so I can relax into the posture and narrowing my mind wandering have all been part of the path again.  I don’t get frustrated when my mind pulls something up on the rolodex that appears out of alignment with “spiritual” thinking.  I just view it and then move on–acknowledging it but not getting caught in the web of analysis.  When my body gets fatigued in one position, I shift but I don’t get caught in the distraction of it–I just adjust and move on.

After only 24 days of meditating, my body and mine are adapting remarkably.  I can have my legs folded in a cross-legged position for longer periods of time with more comfort, but if the pain sets in then I move them to the side with the focus on my spine straightness. My mind doesn’t want to stay involved in the distraction of the outer sounds as my soul is pulling me inward.

At this point, the vessel is both the mind and the physical boundary of the body, so I try to embrace and work with both as partners on the path while I move to unveil the presence of the soul.

Category: Emotions, Flexibility, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: body, focusing, meditation, mind, sitting, soul, spiritual path