Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tonight's time and energy were put forth in seeking a new image for my blog. When I first created this blog, almost one year ago, the background was in black, and the image was somewhat stoic. That was where I was at the time.
About six months ago I redesigned the look with a grey background, and with the image of opening doors. The image was one that I really connected with. It was a passage way, with a bright light glowing beyond the long dark hall, and through the opening doors. It spoke, again, of where I was at. I was on a journey, and had a better sense of where I was headed.
In anticipation of this next phase of my writing, coming to the one year mark of this blogs beginning, I wanted to push myself further. I am a very visual person. There has been one thing that was constant in my life, and that is the image on my blog. I return to it each night to begin my daily post. It comforts me in being so familiar. It keeps me centered, and reminds me that I continue on the same journey each day.
It is now time to shift once again. It is time to push myself toward a vision of life that has a better sense of renewal. I know that I won't always feel so renewed, yet it is part of my daily mantra. If I seek renewal, then I will find it. When I cannot imagine renewal, I will look to the images, and words, here to remind myself of this ongoing journey.
On my left arm are these words: Peace Comes From Within, Do Not Seek It Without.
These words are with me always. They float through my consciousness each day, especially as I begin and end my yoga.
Lotus Position: Padmasana, or Lotus Pose, named so because the position puts the souls of the feet up, reminiscent of a lotus flower. The prime position for meditation, it is the most renowned of all Hatha Yoga postures.
The lotus flower is a symbol of purity, and the Lotus Pose is a frequent pose for meditation and pranayama, or breathing exercises. Breath is the purifying power in the human body; deep, slow breathing purifies and energizes our bodies. This spiritual meaning of the lotus flower is transferred into yoga asana practice in the form of the seated meditation posture.