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Meditations

Trisha Brown: Group Primary Accumulation (1970)

Trisha Brown: Group Primary Accumulation (1970)

GROUNDING

Being grounded means being connected to your body, and therefore the wisdom that it holds. It is a connection to the universal body which is our earth and the power within it. Being connected to the body means being connected to all that it holds, all feelings and wisdom, the light the dark, the seen and unseen. To be fully grounded in the body is the willingness to experience all of your experience. To not suppress, control or avoid any of what you are feeling.

Music: “Infinite Overtones”, Dr. James Hopkins

ONE - 11/18

 
 
Constantin Brancusi, Princesse X, 1915

Constantin Brancusi, Princesse X, 1915


SUN / MOON - MALE / FEMALE

No matter if you are male or female we are all made of both masculine and feminine energy. This meditation uses the Sun (masculine) and the Earth (feminine) to balance these energies within the body. One to be done seated, or standing, this is a great daily meditation to help you relax, connect and find balance.

Music: “Blue Spirals”, Daniel Kobialka

TWO - 12/18

 
 
Mark Rothko - Rothko Chapel

Mark Rothko - Rothko Chapel

VIOLET

From the Romans to the Japanese, violet has long been a color that symbolizes opulence, and a sign of royalty, majesty, and specialness. Worn by the Virgin Mary in Byzantine paintings and by the women of the Pre-Raphaelite paintings, to Kings and Queens of Europe. As a pigment it has been collected from the roots of plants to sea snails, from mulberries and grapes. Its earliest uses have been traced to some cave paintings, where pigments were made from manganese and hematite. As light, it is has the shortest wavelength in the spectrum and in Buddhism it is the color associated with the crown chakra. Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed that you can increase the power of meditation ten-fold by meditating under the gentle waves of violet light. As an idea, violet has always been linked to the radical. It saw a surge in the paintings of the Impressionists. It took the art world by storm, people were convinced the artists had gone mad using this color so copiously in their landscapes, birthing a new condition called “violettomania.” It was Edouard Manet in 1881 who announced to friends that he had finally discovered the true color of the atmosphere, “It is violet. Fresh air is violet. Three years from now, the whole world will work in violet.”

Meditate with violet light. 

Music: Crystal Bowls by Deborah Van Dyke

THREE - 1/19

 
 
Roman pottery shards

Roman pottery shards

BREAKING PATTERNS

In this meditation you will use the body and its movements to break habitual patterns in your life. Our lives are run entirely by our subconscious, and the body can uncover and express what is under the surface. Allowing your body to move while interrupting any habitual movement patterns will begin to break the cycle. It is not our minds that can do this, it is only through our bodies that we free ourselves.

This meditation is short, and one that you can easily do daily for maximum impact.

Music: “Beginning and Ending” by Max Richter

FOUR - 2/19

 
 
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In 1974, Joseph Beuys spent three days in a room with a wild coyote for his performance, “I Like America and America Likes Me”.

In 1974, Joseph Beuys spent three days in a room with a wild coyote for his performance, “I Like America and America Likes Me”.

CLEARING ENERGY

Clearing unwanted energy from the body. There is a lot of rhetoric out there about people who are too sensitive, or empaths that take on other people’s energies. I am one of those people, but the advice to people like us is usually to withdraw, retreat, protect yourself. This is very disempowering. I have found that as I connect more to myself, learn to stay in my own experience when I am with others, and focus on grounding and build my fire then I can handle anything and anyone. 

In this meditation you will use the breath and the body to clear energy. Use this meditation if you feel like you have taken something on that’s not yours. This will help you clear it out and help you strengthen the muscles you will need in the future to not take on energy from others. 

Main tip - the more you stay with YOUR OWN experience when you are with someone or in the world the less you will take on from others. This alone is something to practice. 

Music: “Aries - C, G, E” by Deborah Van Dyke

FIVE - 4/19

 
Lygia Clark, Poetic Shelter (1960)

Lygia Clark, Poetic Shelter (1960)

CREATIVITY / ONE

It takes two energies to birth something new. These two energies are male and female / spirit and soul. This is true in procreation, within us energetically (as we are made of both male and female energy no matter our gender and we need both to be whole), but I think it is also true when it comes to creativity. 

The masculine part of creativity is about receiving ideas. There are creative ideas that are in the air, ideas that are looking for bodies to channel them. The masculine energy also helps us use our brilliant minds to make connections, think new thoughts and invent new things that have never existed before, and helps us to stay clear and focused when we are making. It allows us to connect to the world through our creative practice, it can connect us to life and to others. It helps us when we need to bring people together to create something bigger than us, and it also helps us get our message out into the world.

This meditation was created to help you use the energy of the Sun to activate your masculine side. Use it before you do any creative work where you need to activate the masculine qualities within. 

SIX - 5/19

 
Turi Simeti - Untitled, 1988

Turi Simeti - Untitled, 1988

CREATIVITY / TWO

It takes two energies to birth something new. These two energies are male and female / spirit and soul. This is true in procreation, within us energetically (as we are made of both male and female energy no matter our gender and we need both to be whole), but I think it is also true when it comes to creativity. 

This month we will focus more on the feminine aspects of creativity. This is where we traditionally think about creativity coming from. But I still think we can frame it in a bigger way. We tend to only talk about it as emotions, but the female isn’t just about emotion. She is the container that holds all things (emotions being one of them). A great way to understand part of what the creative female energy is like is to think of the ocean. Imagine going to the very bottom of the ocean, where there is no light, formless, and unknown. It is in this depth that new things can be discovered. 

This meditation was created to help you cultivate the feminine aspects of your creative power. *It is best done in the dark, so do it at night or with an eye pillow on.

Music: “Overture (for Other Halfs)” by Brian McBride

SEVEN - 6/19

 
Donald Judd

Donald Judd

MEDITATION FOR EXPANSION

We know that our bodies have a biomagnetic field (or aura) that surrounds us. It was first thought that this field had limits of a few feet, but recently it has been discovered that it extends infinitely. Stress and tension can cause us to shrink down our fields. This short meditation will help you open back up. You can do it multiple times in the day, or any time you need to relax and expand yourself. I do it any time I feel I need to connect more with the world, have a bigger perspective, or release tension.

This meditation was taught to me by Simone Gers. 

Music : “TWTGA” by Bing & Ruth

EIGHT - 7/19