Monday, April 9, 2007

MEDITATION: Pratyahara - sense withdrawal

Inward Bound

The Sanskrit word for discipline is pratyahara. Often translated as "sense withdrawal," pratyahara is the ability to turn your attention inward, so you are focusing on your center.

It really doesn't matter what you do to take your attention inward. You could tune into your breath or stop midstride to feel your feet on the ground. Or you could take a moment to remember the interconnectedness of everything. As you do, you should notice a thread of connection to the part of you that is not totally caught up in the drama of the moment. As you touch that open presence, you touch your deepest source of strength. In that state of stillness, recall your intention. Then act or speak in a way that's congruent with that intention. You'll find, in moments when your intention and motivation are clear, that these intentions will bring you inner strength. This strength is an infallible source of support—the support that never leaves you.

Meditation Classes, held at the Upstairs Natural Health & Day Spa
taught by Health Educator, Janis Davies, CWHE
Tuesdays, 10 - 11 a.m.

Jan's meditation classes provide an introduction to basic mindfulness and breath-work as well as guided imagery for health and stress-reduction. Her training includes work with
Stephen & Ondrea Levine, Dr. James S. Gordon, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and Howard Martin the co-founder of Heart-Math; personal study has included the works of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Belleruth Naparstek, Louise Hay, Pema Chodron & Brian Luke Seaward to name a few.

Janis is a 2004 graduate of the National Institute of Whole Health, Boston, MA. She is also a member in good standing with the American Counseling Association and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Volunteer/Team member: Sierra Hospice, & Sierra CancerGuides.

Upstairs Natural Health & Day Spa
131 1/2 Main Street, Chester, CA 96020
For more information please call: 530.258.0377

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