Posted by: eveyoga | February 23, 2011

Songlines

It’s a very beautiful thing to be present in yoga practice – to do our postures connecting the mind to each part of the physical body. It’s the most subtle kind of touching, the intelligence awakening internal and external anatomy.

Since it’s impossible to simultaneously quicken all of one’s body, the best that we can do is rouse the parts sequentially, a miniscule hammer vibrating piano strings.

I like the image of indigenous songlines, unseen paths that cross land or sky, like invisible Chinese meridians or the Indian nadis of our bodies. Songs sung along short or vast distances bring the Country into existence, creating waterholes, deserts, valleys and ridges. In the same way our minds can join with our breath, switch on muscles, stroke heartstrings, causing our bodies to come alive.

Kimberly Old People

Usually we view our bodies from yesterday’s perspective while our minds enjoy jumping into the future. In yoga, when we keep refining our practice, they come together in the present to create vitality and radiance.

Rock Plant

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  1. I was just given the award Irresistably Brilliant Blog Award by http://womanstoryteller.wordpress.com and asked to pass the award on to some of my favorite blogs. I know this sounds chain lettery, but that’s not my intention. I name you as an Irresistably Brilliant Blog. I love reading about your life and yoga advice. I hope you will consider passing this award on to some of your favorites. Thanks

    • Thank you, Laura. You are very kind. I would love to pass the award onto favourite blogs but I only subscribe to yours. Your title grabbed me – Composting a Life – for two reasons: 1) I live on 4 acres in the country and composting is a way of life here, and 2) at sixty-six years old, I have a very rich life to sift through for writing content. (Oh, one other blog I like is Vividity by Jen Taylor.) Cheers from Oz,
      E

  2. Hi Eve,
    Love the idea of the meridians as songlines. Reminds me of Walt Whitman’s “I Sing the Body Electric” – well the title, at least…


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