When I lived in Portland, Oregon, on a clear day you could see Mt Hood from different parts of the city. I could go about my business teaching yoga, running errands or going for a walk, and continuously feel its presence – quiet, stable and magnificent. It was beautiful and strangely calming. I miss it. As technology continues to infiltrate our lives, we seem to become more and more disconnected from the elements of nature and forget how much peacefulness and inspiration we can draw from mountains, trees, waterfalls, and so on. As images for meditation, they might seem trivial and predictable, but they tend to have almost universal appeal, and are rarely controversial (as other meditation images can be). So there is nothing wrong with using elements of nature to connect to universal ideas of stability, growth, cleansing, and so on.
The short yoga practice below uses the image of a mountain and simple chant “I am stable, I am at ease” to help you discharge excess mental energy and become more grounded. It uses movement, breath awareness and meditation to cultivate the feeling of stability and connection to the earth. It links two chakras – the root chakra and the third eye chakra – without explicitly talking about them. By doing that, it invites you to draw inspiration and stability both from your mind and your body. Give it a try and see if it works for you!
This practice has been added to Sequence Wiz home yoga practice app. You can find it under Mental-emotional state > Anxious/Fearful > 20-40 minutes. Learn more about the app >