As I sat here knitting last night, I noticed my breathing begin to slow and deepen, as my mind gave its complete attention to the repetitive sound and motion of knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl.
I eventually felt my body begin to relax as my mind focused on this one task. Because of the focus that I need in order to knit without making a mistake, my mind began to quieten and give its full attention to the task at hand. And then it came to me – I was using knitting as a form of meditation.
As I watch my sunflower seeds slowly begin to grow, I have visions of the bumblebees that usually greet me in the garden on a warm Spring day. As they buzz around me, it’s as if they’re thanking me for planting the flowers just for them. With thoughts of bees buzzing in my head, it seems only appropriate to share with you the technique and benefits of a wonderful breath called Bhramari Pranayama (translated as “bumblebee breath”).
Bird-sound and the fluttering of wings is definitely a sign of Spring at my house. And, with the arrival of my first hummingbird this morning, it feels like a perfect time to share with you one of my favorite Yogic stories – the beautiful story of a small bird who was willing to fight for what was important, and then simply trust the outcome.