As some of you know I've been meditating now 3x per week for about a month all thanks to my good friend Irina Vlada. In a previous post I shared my experience meditating for the first time, and this led me to ask Irina 11 QUESTIONS related to her field of expertise:
1- Why are you giving away free Breathing/Meditation sessions via Zoom during this quarantine? Collective consciousness is facing a big challenge right now. The outer world is shaken, uncertain and unknown. Big realization here that the only place to anchor is within. Stability can be found only inward. Through your practice, meditation, through your connection to yourself and to your heart. I offer meditations for everyone in the month of April, to support, to invite, to guide, to show the path… It is my honor and my joy to share the powerful practice with others, and move into the direction of unity and healing together.
2- What is the difference between breathing exercises, mindfulness, and meditation? Breathwork and mindfulness guide you towards the present moment, it helps you to anchor into the breath and arrive fully into the Now. Meditation is a continuous state of that presence. As we practice breathwork and mindfulness we gain an ability to maintain the state of presence for longer periods of time.
3- Is one better than the other? There is no good or bad practice, yet the one that will have the highest value is when it is resonating with you directly, the one that works best for you!
4- What would you recommend for a total beginner to start with? There are no beginners we all breathe… we are all here and now, we are simply not aware at times. If you know what I mean... When you are new to the practice, begin with sitting still for a few moments. Nothing else. It is very unsettling for the overacting mind to have the body in the still position. It will get very active and that's what I invite you to observe. Observe what shows up in the field of your awareness… What are the thoughts, what are the sensations, what are the feelings… If you are able to sit still for 2-3 min… begin to bring the awareness to the breath, and simply observe. What we are doing here is creating a gap, a space, between your presence and the thinking process.
5- What is the most challenging thing beginners face when they start practicing these disciplines? The most difficult thing can be the fact of how non-still and unfocused the mind really is. Many have an illusion that “meditation” is supposed to happen on its own if they finally show up to the class, or session, or turned on YouTube… yet they are quick to realize that it takes effort, it takes conscious choice to be present, and not to lose attention to the content of the mind, totally identifying with thoughts. It’s work. It takes discipline. Just like a physical muscle to train, it takes time, meaning practice.
6- Are any of these practices related to any particular religion? There is no religion here. Meditation is your relationship with your attention. As simple as that. Where your attention goes, energy flows. Through meditation we become aware of the flow of our subconscious patterns, and claim our own energy back. No longer wasting it on unnecessary stories and broken records of past experiences, that has nothing to do with the present moment.
7- I hear you say ‘shanti shanti shanti’ and something else I can’t remember at the end of our sessions, what is it that you say and what does it mean? OM the sound of everything and nothing, singularity, Oneness; SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI Peace Peace Peace HARI OM TAT SAT All is one, and that is the Truth; All is sacred, from the same Truth; All, irrespective of differences, is from the same. It is in ancient Sanskrit language, the oldest language of the Earth known to date… powerful vibrations, science of the sound.
8- How often would you advise to practice breathing/meditation/mindfulness? Practice everyday. Choose the same time of the day. Stay consistent. Integrate the practice into your daily life.
9- Do you offer sessions for businesses, groups and/or individuals? I offer group sessions for corporate businesses and for any group that gathers together with their own specific intentions. Also, my coaching clients adopt the practice with open heart. It is part of the evolutionary process, no way around it
10- What is something you are still learning? I am still learning how to hear silence … how to listen when there is nothing to hear…or how to hear everything at the same time…
11- Open Question: Feel free to share anything you want! My most powerful question in challenging times to myself is - What Love Would Do? And it always brings me into a loving presence… Om Shanti Shanti Shanti, Hari Om Tat Sat
Now help me give a big NAMASTE to our good friend Irina and make sure to follow her journey here https://breathwise.co/
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