Esther's Favorite Music, Poems and Meditations
- These are some of the most commonly played CDs during class:
- The Light Touch, Merlin's
& Silence, C.G. Deuter
Natural Stress Relief,
that I like to use for reference (in no particular order):
Basics: The Essential Beginner's Guide to Yoga for a Lifetime of Health
and Fitness, Mara Carrico
Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness,
with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga: Yoga for Wellness,
The Spriti and Practice of Moving Into Stillness,
Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living,
purpose of life is to watch and experience living. To enjoy living every
moment of it. And to live in environments, which are calm, quiet, slow,
sophisticated, elegant. Just to be. . . . The ideal purpose of your
life is that you are grateful - great and full - that you are alive,
and you enjoy it.” Yogi Bhajan
most profound benefit of yoga and meditation for me has been a natural
relaxing into my life. Obstacles are not so scary. I am more fluid,
more curious, and at the same time more patient. I have more options
for happiness because I don’t require specific conditions. It
is a relief to discover that I can be happy even if the world doesn’t
revolve around me or my agenda.” Cyndi Lee
today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith
in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that
has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones,
your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Lines To Unfold
By, Leza Lowitz
Slow and deep
into the heart of the day
with each inhalation
comes an exhalation
twice as long.
Slow and deep
filling the lungs
with infinite space
the sun rises & sets
in each single breath.
Forget about tomorrow.
Now is an eternity
and life is a victory.
the heart of the day.
Today a new sun
rises for me:
everything is animated,
everything seems to speak to me of my passion,
everything invites me to cherish it.
--Anne De Lenclos
May all beings everywhere be happy.
May the thoughts
and actions of my own life contribute, in some way, to that happiness.
Prayers and Declarations for a Heartful Life” by Julia Cameron
*This World Is Magical In Its Diversity, Abundant In Its Blessings*
My abundance comes to me in many forms. My life
is abundant in
multiple ways. I savor its specific abundance. I cherish its
particular multiplicity. Loving humor, a tender smile, a
compassionate conversation—all of these are forms of my abundance.
Beauty in nature, the bounty of good food, music, the delight of
sunlight on the skin—this is my abundance. The scent of flowers,
smell of newly mown grass—this is my abundance. The smile of a
stranger, the leap of a cat, the sound of bells—this is my abundance.
The satisfaction of a job well done, the pay for services rendered,
the thank-you of gratitude—this, too, is my abundance. I recognize
and enumerate life’s generous gifts and hold them as blessings
Create a comfortable, stable, supported seated position. You can support
your knees with pillow or blocks, blankets, or mats. Sit upright and
close your eyes. Let your breath flow naturally, without manipulating
it. Rest your attention on the rising and falling of your belly and
Imagine a majestically tall mountain. Contemplate how solid and stable
the mountain is throughout the changing seasons. At times the mountain
may be clouded over, its peak covered in fog. Sometimes the mountain
is assaulted with thunder, lightning, and heavy rains. Sometimes it
rises into a clear blue sky of a few white puffy clouds. At times it
is covered in snow, at times with lush foliage, and at other times it
is barren. Throughout, it remains stable and unaffected by the changing
weather or seasons. Let this stable quality of "mountainness"
nourish your concentration and your ability to sit through all the varying
experiences that arise while practicing this meditation.
Now feel your posture to be like a mountain. Breathing in, see yourself
as a mountain,. Breathing out, feel stable. Some thoughts and emotions
are like storms, others like sunshine. Your mind can be clouded over
or clear and bright, but through it all, you can still sit solid.
To see a world
in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
-- William Blake
I wish I could
show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of
your own being.
-Hafiz of Persia