The setting for Winds of Change is my living room, painted yellow, and today, dappled in sunlight shining through the 4 south-facing windows, as north winds pushed clouds across October blue skies, and rattled drying leaves on birch, aspen and oak trees.
I began the session finishing up an e-mail to my sister Anne, whose birthday is today (Happy Birthday!). I'm an avid letter-writer, but couldn't find her just the right card, so I sent her a birthday greeting from one of my favorite websites www.e-cards.com, which has an array of virtual greeting cards and promotes wildlife and the environment.
I then proceeded with my morning stretches, as I listened to the holy OM chant which is accompanied by beautiful mandalas that dissolve one into the other during the video.
As I held various poses, I counted within, "I am that I am One, I am that I am Two, I am that I am Three....", honoring the I AM presence with each posture and gesture.
During my standing poses, I faced south and was able to see outside my windows - between trees and housetops - a glittering ocean which reflected my inner visualization of the cells of my body as essences of light. For one of the stretches, as I bent from my waist, holding my calves, elbows bent outward, I pictured myself as "Om Mane Padme Hum" ~ the Jewel in the Lotus ~ as I breathed in and out, counting.
I then lay on the floor for further stretches, stilling myself for several minutes while focusing on the spaces within and between my cells. In doing this, the concept of my body as separate from the room dissolved, and I expanded into the room and beyond, with each of you there with me, before finishing up with my exercises.
Feeling centered, I decided on a very powerful meditation The Rite of Balance found at the Children of the Sun website. This was the second in a series of 7 weekly chakra-clearing meditations, each session focused on one of the chakras, which, according to yogic tradition, are the energy centers located in alignment with the spine.
What I especially like about this series is its synergetic reach, as today I focused on the 2nd chakra, located at the sacrum, the attribute of Balance, the Mid East, the 7 healing centers above areas in the Mid East, and the much needed restorative feminine energies of deities such as Isis, the Blessed Mother, Shakti, and others. Though I was in deep meditation, at one point, I heard my physical self crying and saying thank you aloud. Several times during the meditation, as I was aware of the web of light connecting me to myriads of others, I saw each of you as well. At the end of the meditation, as I opened my eyes and came back to my sunkissed room, I was awash in gratitude for yet another shared Winds of Change. Namaste.