Friday, June 6, 2014


Sitting and Fidgeting....
"Write now...."  I am getting up out of my chair to try a sound experiment.  I'll randomly select a Cd, push play, and let you know the results later.

Pushing "Play" Now, very low volume:

Sitting Still" locks up my joints.  Gentle movement is best with very frequent breaks.  "Getting up and running out of the room" is common!  Then I come back to "sitting."  Motion and Stillness, both are necessary. 

 "Organizing" my work and play is left to "last" (no surprises there!)  
 Except for some stray stacks of written notes here in my art room, other spaces (for now) are under control (sigh of relief).

Sit Still?  Who Me?  Not Me!
A few months ago, while daydreaming, I accidentally hit my right ankle on the corner of the open dishwasher.  How could this be?  A shaft of pain hit me.  Quickly I sat down, breathed deeply, and "swept" the pain away with my hands then did  * "pressure points" on both ankles to release "foot and ankle pain."  No problem, it will be gone in the morning, no swelling, no redness had appeared.

Later in the night I realized I could not put weight on the ankle.  HELP! 

What Now?
Breathe, Relax, and Think Blue (or your favorite color or combination of colors).
I was free of pain while sleeping.  I called in Angelic Help team and was confident "all is well."

The next morning dawned.  As I awakened, I consciously realized (oh no) that I would have to "sit still" at least for one day.  How will this happen?

Slowly I gathered needed items around me at the kitchen table:  books, magazines, food, glasses, ice bag, music (always music) and more.  The table filled up fast!

Using sit still mode I began: 
Skim, Read and Recycle awesome holistic magazines, clipping some articles and feeling lighter already.

Reading selected sentences in a few sacred books, mining information I need, or opening a book at random to see what appears.  

Balance by standing by the chair and gently stretch out often to keep joints mobile.

Sit Still?  
Pretty Tough!

On the second day of foot rest, I practiced Tai Chi Yang Long form in a Chair.  A swivel chair helped me to turn the 4 corners and 4 directions easily.   I felt better and looked forward to leading Tai Chi the next morning.

Tai Chi Day dawned sunny and bright.  Would I be able to get my shoe on comfortably?  Yes!  We all enjoyed practice.  However I didn't have full turning ability in the foot yet, but modified postures for comfort.  For the second round of group practice, a student and I sat in the back and practiced in chairs letting the others lead us~Yea!

"Honor Your Body!"

Is increaseing exponentially for the simple ability to put a foot onto the ground. 

Grateful for hands that co-ordinate and help co-create writing, painting, and knitting.  Once they were red and swollen, and now they are whole and free of pain.

Grateful for skin clearing and experiencing the full inhale and exhale breath.  All in harmony to help receive and give a balance of vigorous health and inner peace.  

What are a few of your Gratitude Experiences today?

Keep Growing! 

Try Meditations in Motion 

Knitting or Crocheting in a Chair (seated meditation)

Tai Chi in a Chair + Therapy= "Chairapy" 
TC in a chair is somewhat harder than standing up and moving.  You work muscles you don't feel during standing practice.

Yoga in a Chair
Use chair for balance or sit and gather full inhale/exhale with gratitude.  Recently I started attending basic Yoga-Tai Chi combination class where students can practice stretching and breathing at their own pace while standing, sitting in a chair, or on the mat.  I reach a deep state of relaxation and calm.

Drawing and Painting Meditation
The Yoga of Drawing Uniting Body, Mind and Spirit in the Art of Drawing, Jeanne Carbonetti

Writing Meditation
Results of my "Sound Experiment."  I put on a Cd Guided Meditation chosen randomly from a stack of Cd'sThe  experiences lasted 1 1/2 hours.  I heard parts of some meditations while writing from Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra's 21 Day Meditation Challenge:  Miraculous Relationships.  The other selection on the Cd I did not "hear" at all.  I repeated one of the tracks more than one time.  I felt deep peace and relaxation.  Focus (details of writing) seemed to come less easily near the end of playing the Guided Meditations for an extndd time.

Length of "Time" while writing with guided meditations were basically the same with or without music of various kinds.

I feel relaxed with less "hurry up" pressure to move on to my next adventure of the day.  I feel like moving a bit slower and more centered.  I quite like it!

Goal:  To achieve this quiet, yet focused, relaxed state more often and incorporate these feelings into daily life events.  

Goal:  To experience body and brain working together in harmony and balance, effortlessly

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* Healing with Pressure Point Therapy, book by Jack Forem and Steve Shimer, L.Ac.

 Jack Forem is best selling author of Transcendental Meditation.

** Chopra Center Meditation, get started with Deepak Chopra, M.D.  Seated Yoga video at work or home. 

*** Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD by Paul Lam,M.D. Various Forms of Tai Chi at Tai Chi for Health Institute

Guided Meditations by Joel P. Bowman,Ph.D and Debra Basham, CHTP, NLP, , HTt, RMT now on Cd Baby and iTunes.

Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Flower Collage, water color art work by K.B. Wilson

Under the Maple photo by Paul 
Photo and artwork reprinted with permission.