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A Walking Meditation for Autumn

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2017 3:56:27 PM / by Erin Aquin posted in Meditation, Yin Yang Yoga

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If you have been following my podcast you will know that Fall is the perfect and most natural time to let go of physical, mental and emotional clutter in your life.

Just as trees pull their energy inward, the leaves change colour and are released to make their bed on the forest floor, so can you call your energy back in and let go of things in your life you don't need to carry forward.

I have written about the some of the techniques you can use make more space in your life physically, mentally and emotionally, in both of my books but today I want to share a simple yet powerful practice that can help you get into the frame of mind to sort through the clutter at any level.

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Meditation is Waking Up From a Dream

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Steve Haase posted in Meditation, Enlightenment

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Erin and I are spending the week on retreat with Jeff Carreira, and the insights are flowing like water down a hill. My favorite so far is how meditation is like waking from a dream.

What is the dream? To begin, our world assumes that we're all separate selves working towards a goal. Consider when you look at your phone: checking email, stocks, Facebook, Pokemon; who is checking? You. You with your interests and concerns.

You're checking to see who you love and who loves you. How much money you have today. Whether you'll be able to sleep at night after the next presidential election. Or you're just fighting away your boredom. It all strengthens the sense of who you are and what you know about the world. 

The rush in real meditation is when all these problems and situations disappear. In fact, you realize they never bugged you in the first place. You were just hypnotized by them. You located yourself in the distractions and you got lost.

When you sit still in meditation, you're not reaching for anything. You let go of the relationships and ideas you lost yourself in. Then you realize: you're free from it all. And that's when things get scary, in a good way.

If meditation means waking up from a dream, and my sense of self was lost in that dream, that means I'm waking up from the dream of myself.

In other words, you're the dream.

The dream is everything you knew about yourself. The dream is that you are the center of the universe. Meditation reveals that there is no center except consciousness itself. Your stories never mattered. And you wake up from the drama of "my life."

Unfettered, you realize that there are many different ways to see your circumstances. Some of those ways have much more power and truth than others. And you can choose how to see it.

If you're interested in deepening your experience and practice of meditation, join me and Erin. Our upcoming meditation teacher training starts in September. Space is limited. 

 

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Can Meditation Be Harmful?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM / by Erin Aquin posted in Meditation

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I was having a discussion about meditation before my class at De La Sol Yoga last month and a question came up that I think deserves more exploring. 

The person I was speaking with asked if meditation could at some point become harmful.

They described that lately during meditation they found themself replaying a trauma, drama or negative thought over and over again. However because they are supposed to be physically still and let go in the meditation itself, they felt powerless to do anything about it.

How stressful!

(First, if you aren’t familiar with how to sit for meditation you can check out this video for the basic instructions)

To address the concern of this particular student, the short answer is:

If meditation is causing you ongoing or worsening anxiety, there may be different work you need to do instead of or in conjunction with the practice.

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Floating - A Path to Meditation

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 11, 2016 12:13:16 PM / by Erin Aquin posted in Meditation

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If you follow Aquin Yoga on social media you know that for months we have been talking non-stop about the benefits of "floating". Today I am thrilled to announce the opening of Zee Float. The beautiful float space owned by my dear friends in Hamilton, Stacey and Jay Ziebarth. 

As an Ambassador for Zee Float, I had a sneak peek at their space yesterday and it is truly the nicest Float studio I have been to, complete with an oxygen bar and Kombucha on tap. However when I speak with people about my excitement over the new addition to Hamilton's wellness community, it surprises me that so many don't know about floating, its benefit's, and how a yogi can use it for meditation.

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A Free Guided Meditation To Start Your Day

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2016 6:00:00 PM / by Erin Aquin posted in Meditation

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We are just over halfway through our 30 Day Meditation Challenge (if you missed the beginning you can still sign up for free until the end of the month) with a fantastic group of meditators from all over the world.

Yesterday morning, Steve led a beautiful guided ten minute practice via Periscope that I just had to share with you all.

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Meditation and Being a New Parent

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Steve Haase posted in Meditation

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I recently welcomed the most beautiful baby girl into my life, Audrey Ray Aquin-Haase, born on October 14, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital. To say I was overcome with emotion when she finally emerged into the world is an understatement. 

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Change the World: Teach Meditation

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2015 9:54:52 AM / by Steve Haase posted in Meditation

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People today hunger for meaning. Your community longs for deeper peace and fulfillment.

Look around and you see the constant checking of statuses and endless scrolling, revealing a deeper malaise underneath.

Of course, this agitation is nothing new. It’s been with us as long as civilization and the mind has. But in these times it seems to have intensified, don’t you think?

That’s why meditation is so radical and why your ability to share the practice with others is so powerful. You can offer a gateway, a portal into another dimension. You can take people by the hand and lead them to a place where their problems are put into perspective and may even seem to float away for a moment.

When someone’s depths come to the foreground and their thoughts and worries recede, that’s magical. It might be the first time they feel deeply at home by themselves, silent, doing nothing; yet completely awake.

Imagine a community of practitioners, a place where stillness is shared. In our always-on-yet-disconnected nonstop world, how beautiful is it to offer an oasis of peace to others?

Or to yourself, for that matter?

It’s an experience we don’t partake in enough.

That’s why Erin and I are leading a 4-month teacher training for those who want to go deeper. It’s a chance to give yourself dedicated moments of stillness and simplicity, and to gain the confidence and inspiration to lead others in this ancient practice.

The benefits are extraordinary; all you have to do is choose to do it.

Become a Meditation Teacher  With Steve & Erin Click for more info

 

Image by: Steve Haase - AquinYoga.com

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Free Guided Meditation for Greater Connection {VIDEO}

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Erin Aquin posted in Meditation

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Yesterday was a cloudy, windy fall day here in Boston. Right now, we are playing the waiting game for the arrival of our baby due any day now (of course I am hoping sooner rather than later as it gets more and more difficult to sleep, exercise and concentrate in general).

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The One and Only Reason I Still Meditate {Podcast}

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2015 11:04:00 AM / by Erin Aquin posted in Meditation, yoga, yoga teacher

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Most of you know me as a yoga teacher. Whether you have taken my classes and workshops in-person, downloaded one of my audio sessions or practiced yoga with me via our Youtube channel you may not know that meditation has been a part of my daily routine for years.

While I wish I could say that meditation is a practice I adore, frankly, it is more like something I endure. I have gone through periods of time where I needed to battle myself just to sit still for a few moments and commit to meditation. There are of course times when I love the practice, but it wouldn't make the cut in a personal rendition of "My Favourite Things".

So, why on earth would I continue to do it after all these years?

This was part of the discussion I had with Morgan Dix on The OneMind Podcast. If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to Morgan's show yet, you are missing out! He has one of the best podcasts around and his popularity in iTunes is soaring! Besides that, Morgan is a wonderful person with a lot of insight and experience in meditation, so it was a huge honour to be invited on to his show.

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Four Sources of Confidence

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM / by Steve Haase posted in Living Your Dreams, Meditation

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How would your life change if you had more confidence? Would you be more relaxed, more effective, happier? What does it even mean to have confidence; and once you have it, how can you increase it?

We've been discussing this topic in the Project One community and it's stirred up some important points I want to share. While there are many perspectives on the topic, this post focuses on four different sources of confidence, and the accompanying experiences of what confidence feels like.

Confidence in Your Abilities

At the most basic level, one must be confident with what one can do. As a musician, it took me over ten years of consistent practice and effort before I felt truly confident when performing. And even then, higher-profile situations or more challenging pieces of music would put my confidence to the test. I didn't always win, but at a certain point I stopped doubting whether I was "good enough" and just enjoyed the process of making music.

Confidence in your abilities is largely a process of time spent honing your craft, combined with feedback from the world around you. If enough people, especially people you don't know, comment on how much they appreciate your ability to (fill in the blank), chances are you're actually good at that thing. It's funny just how often we are our own harshest critic, and how building confidence is simply a matter of putting more trust into those around you than into the negative voice within.
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