Tuesday, July 14, 2009


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I did my Body Balance class today and yet again, realised that I ain't as strong as women almost twice my age, not yet anyway. I'm already aching, but a really good, deep ache.

At the end of class they had 10 minutes of relaxation/meditation. I've just finished reading Eat Pray Love and have been thinking about meditation, total relaxation and connectedness with self. I'm not spiritual in terms of religious beliefs, so didn't draw as much from those aspects of the book, but I did dwell a lot on the self reflection/meditation themes.

Today we lay down, very plinky, plinky music and for 10 minutes breathed slowly and shallowly while the teacher recited some words I don't recall while we, relaxed. Towards the end I felt myself split into two layers and my relaxed self started to float up above me. I'm not meaning to sound new agey, but today I was really focussed on what I was doing, yet trying not to try too hard at it. Of course that's when she started waking us up, but this time even focussing more on the difference deeper breathing had, how it does wake you, even that was a marvel to me.

I'd like to think I had it in me to meditate at home, but for now I know that honestly there simply isn't enough quiet time. Has anyone used any tools, attended any (Melbourne based) classes - I'm really keen to know more.


Lindsay said...

Glad you like it, I still ache after a class and I've been doing it now every week since November! The relaxation at the end is my favourite bit too. I like the idea of 'putting your thoughts for the day in a box and pushing it to the back corner of your mind' x

Jasmine said...

The Gita school of Yoga (where I did my yoga teacher training)in Abbotsford do a really thorough cousre in meditation and separate relaxation classes (which go for an hour - bliss!)Might be worth googling them for more info. Glad you had a good experience.

two little buttons said...

thank you for sharing your last 2 posts, you dont know how much of what you said mirrors my life. i too have been going to the gym, i love it itkeeps me sane.
the book eat pray love is amazing. just when i finished reading it my 2 year old archie had been waking at around 5 in the morning. when i had finished i would wake at that time and lie in bed relaxing and i guess meditating to a certain degree. i'm impressed with your relaxation. thanks for sharing and i hope your journey continues as well as the first few days

Leonie Guld said...

I loved your last blog. I do balance to and the best part is the relaxation!! You experienced what the Buddhist call "stillness". They have a saying "you have stillness while lying, sitting, standing, walking and running" I love that saying because it means you can find you peace while still on the move. I wish you luck with your discovery. So people go through life without even experiencing 10 mins of it!!! Congratulations.