Mindfullness 101 - From the Perspective of a Songstress
For as long as I have been songwriting, I have had some kind of mindfulness practice, or ritual that assists me in staying grounded when life gets shaky. OR, for when I'm so wrapped up in my own dramarama, I forget to see the rest of the world at large. My path began in college when I met my first teacher and studied a variety of mind-body training methods. I was so tripped out at the fact that you could feel all HD without smoking an 8th of weed that I moved forward to getting my certification in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Here I am today. In my 30's living in Nashville where I write and perform my music, teach Yoga and mindful living. It is my hope that by sharing some of the stuff that works for me, it will inspire you and other creative types to pave their own path to mindfulness, create balance, and live life on purpose.
Here is a very simple and cool meditation that quickly calms the minds if you're feeling like your minds all spun out like a wackadoo and need some grounding.
Perspective and Emotional Balance: Alternate Nostril Breathing
Sit in an crossed legged position.
Eyes: Eyes are closed, pressed gently up, focusing at the Brow Point (third eye)
Use the right thumb and right pinkie to close off alternate nostrils.
Mudra (hand position): Close off the right nostril with the right thumb. Inhale deeply through the left nostril. When the breath is full, close off the left nostril with the little finger, and exhale smoothly through the right nostril. The breath is complete, continuous, and smooth. An alternative method of closing off the nostrils is using the thumb and index finger
Time: Continue with long, deep regular breaths for 3-31 minutes.
To End: Inhale, exhale completely.