“Man in the Arena” and Yoga Nidra

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Yoga Nidra for class 12/3/2018 by Christie Cox

 

Imagine being in the woods, the sound of the wind through the big trees.

Dream of grassy hillsides down which you would run, faster and faster, then leap, and you are flying soaring upon the wind.

So delicious, that melting of your soul into the sky; sweet remembering what it is to be free of weight and body both.

Warm sun rays on your skin, warmth penetrating your face, orange glow through your eyelid’s shines.

Feels safe, warm, happy, peaceful, free.

Soft blue sky, soft clouds;  float into a cloud, notice all around you an amber glow; as you sink into the cloud, the amber glow begins to shimmer even more amber, yellow, orange.    Breath it in as it shines within you, relaxing you even more.

Light is moving into every cell of your being.

“With the sun on my shoulder, and the wind at my back, I don’t ever grow older, at least not in my mind.”  (Wonderful (The Way I Feel)) by My Morning Jacket

 

Things really are beautiful as you slow down into mindfulness.

Your breath; the beating of your heart, all your body systems working in harmony.

Shine with straight up GRATITUDE and light.

 

Side note:   if someone is hurting, afraid, angry or depressed, it can be difficult to see beauty, to stay in a mindful yoga nidra.   Part of a quote from Theodore Roosevelt’s The Man in the Arena reads,  “Credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Ending Sankalpa –    I keep trying.

I take ownership of my problems; letting go of my ego. Everyone has times of suffering.

Working it out on my yoga mat!

 

 

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