I’m at the San Francisco airport this morning making my way home from an exhilarating Yoga Journal Conference. I went to the Conference with little on my agenda other then to support Gurmukh in her workshops, which as always were exceptional!
I was free in the afternoons and so wandered the conference halls to see where I would be led. I ended up meeting lots of great new teachers. My last workshop of the weekend was with Rod Stryker, a teacher I had not yet studied with. The workshop was on meditation. It was the perfect way to end the conference.
Rod’s message in a nut shell was that we need to use meditation to fully embrace our power not simply to zone out and achieve altered states. “The actual goal is to become more powerful….to embody power.”
He explained and had us practice different techniques that demonstrated how different focal points for meditation (navel, versus heart versus third eye point) created different results.
“Power” might be a strong word to use in a meditation workshop but look at it this way, if you can embrace all that you can be; you have the power to give back. If you are feeling spaced out, unfocused, weak, unappreciated, unloved and on and on, there is nothing in your reservoir to give.
Embrace who you are, and give.
Several hours earlier Gurmukh also stressed the importance of meditation.
She gave us this simple analogy,
“Asana without meditation is like an ice cream cone without the ice cream; you never get to lick”.
More ice cream for everyone!