With the terrible events and violence that have been in the news recently, it frankly feels a bit trivial to be writing a blog at all.
So I thought I would share with you a meditation practice taken from an idea by the excellent yoga teacher Tara Fraser in her book ‘Live better Yoga -exercises and inspirations for well-being’.
There are quite a few references to light and inner light in yogic philosophy including one of my favourite quotes from the Baghavad Gita, ‘When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place’.
So it is quite appropriate to use the image of a flame or the concept of light in yoga practices.
Sit tall in a dignified, comfortable posture -either on the floor or on a chair. Release any unnecessary tension with your exhalations and soften the face and jaw. Breathe steadily for a few moments and take your focus to your breathing.
Turn the attention to your energetic heart centre at the breast bone (in chakra terms this is anahata and linked with peace and compassion).
Visualise a little light or a candle flame there and be aware of a sense of peace.
As you breathe in visualise light radiating outwards from your heart, soaking into every cell of the body
As you breathe out draw light towards your heart from the surface of your skin.
After a few minutes bring your palms together, deepen you breath and gradually start to be aware of the support of the floor underneath you and your surroundings.