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it takes practice to have a seat and listen

the quieter you become the more you are able to hear – Rumi

illustration of sitting on a zafu meditation cushion - Catspaw Cushions

It takes practice learning to pause and sit, it takes practice opening up your body to sit, it takes practice to sit with “what is” and the thing about practice if it doesn’t go well one day, most of us will get the opportunity to practice again. And we also get to practice finding the support we need for our body and spirit.

practice | ˈpraktəs | repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it

Why it’s important to move before you pause

Because when to you move your body before you come to sit on a zafu meditation cushion you give yourself a chance to focus on your breath instead of the pain in you back.

Giving yourself the space that encourages you to slow-down and pause

Introducing practice pausing – learning how to bring the power of pausing into our lives. 

What do you need to create a space that helps you slow-down and pause. If  you travel a lot  or if you reside in one particular place, take the time to create a time and a place to pause.  It can be either a nook from a room to a corner off to the side. Or you can dig out a small meditation space within a closet separate from its surrounding area.

Each morning, start your day with a slice of comfort by choosing to turn on a small salt ion lamp and settle down near its offering glow.  Generate a long spine by consciously pulling your shoulder blades down your back and feeling your sits bones rooted down into the earth through the comfort of your cushion.  Contribute to your space a vibrant and colorful rug laying beneath a low and simple table. This structure can hold objects, pictures and crystals that represent desires held close to your heart.  In a tangible form, they are a reflection of your inner self.  This is your space and you can decide what holds the most value and what each item symbolizes.
The ritual you create each morning is your own.  Through all the different articles you may have read or facts you have heard, you get to decide what ideas and opinions make the cut.  There is one aspect that may be necessary and that is consistency.  Each morning, you might choose to inhale from aslow-dow on a supportive zafu by  catspaw cushions small bottle of frankincense which is a grounding essential oil. The scent is slightly pungent but you will appreciate its ability to awaken the mind. Close your eyes and set an intention for the day.  An intention is a statement or a wish for yourself.  You are creating a jumping off point of how you want to feel that day so relish in all the possibilities that could help you feel more plugged into your life!

With eyes closed, take an inhalation through your nose and then an exhalation through your mouth; letting in the good and then releasing what doesn’t serve you. The focus is only on your breath.illustration of sitting on a zafu mediation cushion by catspaw cushions

Your meditation space can be your place where your energy grows.  It is where you come to when you’re feeling unsettled.  It is where you can show up to celebrate a victory.  This is the place you created so you can honor who you are now and let go of all the rest.

Creating your meditation space can be a as simple as a mediation cushion and five minutes to focus on your breath. Meditation is having time and space for clarity.

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Creating space for Quiet

creating space for contemplation and stillness

Creating a space for quiet and contemplation. What will encourage you to pause and just sit? Making a space could created with one cushion or several, you may want cushions to be all the same color or a variety for a work-place wellness room, studio, retreat center or a home studio. Make pausing a priority.

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Ready to start the new year Lunar New Year – Year of the Pig

Year of the Pig - Celebrating the new year at Catspaw Studio

Taking my time to start the new year.

This year, I’ve used January to regroup, paint, de-clutter and simply take my space back! And looking forward to the Year of the Earth Pig – the pig is luck, wealth, honesty and prosperity.  Have a good year and trust that you know.

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