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Yoga Lily1 week ago
Look Up

I have 422 friends yet I am lonely
I speak to all of them everyday yet none of them really know me
The problem I have sits in the space in-between
Looking into their eyes or at a name on a screen

I took a step back and opened my eyes
I looked round and realised
This media we call social is anything but
when we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut

All this technology we have it’s just an illusion
Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
When you step away from this device of delusion
You awaken to see a world of confusion

A world where we’re slaves to the technology we mastered
Where information gets sold by some rich, greedy bastard
A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion
Where we all share our best bits but leave out the emotion

We’re at our most happy with an experience we share
But is it the same if no one is there?
Be there for your friends and they’ll be there too
But no one will be if a group message will do

We edit and exaggerate, crave adulation
We pretend not to notice the social isolation
We put our words into order till our lives are glistening
We don’t even know if anyone is listening

Being alone isn’t the problem let me just emphasise
If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise
You’re being productive and present not reserved and reclused
You’re being awake and attentive and putting your time to good use

So when you’re in public and you start to feel alone
Put your hands behind your head, step away from the phone
You don’t need to stare at your menu or at your contact list
Just talk to one another, learn to co-exist

I can’t stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train
When no one wants to talk for the fear of looking insane
We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
To engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes.

We’re surrounded by children who since they were born
Have watched us living like robots and think it’s the norm
It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s greatest Dad
If you can’t entertain a child without using an iPad

When I was a child I’d never be home
I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we’d roam
I’d wear holes in my trainers and graze up my knees
Or build our own clubhouse high up in the trees

Now the park is so quiet it gives me a chill
See no children outside and the swings hanging still
There’s no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple
We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people

So look up from your phone, shut down the display
Take in your surroundings, make the most of today
Just one real connection is all it can take
To show you the difference that being there can make

Be there in the moment as she gives you the look
That you remember forever as when love overtook
The time she first held your hand or first kissed your lips
The time you first disagreed but still loved her to bits

The time you don’t have to tell hundreds of what you’ve just done
Because you want to share this moment with just this one.
The time you sell your computer so you can buy a ring
For the girl of your dreams who is now the real thing

The time you want to start a family and the moment when
You first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again
The time she keeps you up at nights and all you want is rest
And the time you wipe away the tears as your baby flees the nest

Candle Gazing, Trataka

By Yoga Lily 5 years ago
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Candle Gazing, Trataka: Yogic Cleansing Practices (Kriyas) and Meditation

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Trataka – According to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Candle Glazing (Trataka) ‘cures diseases of the eyes and removes tiredness.’ Also it focuses the mind, improves concentration and is very calming. As such, it is a very good preparation for meditation. If possible, practice in a darkened room.
– Yoga Lily, Hatha Yoga classes in Milton Keynes

1. Light a candle or an oil lamp and place it on a low table so that it will be exactly level with the eyes. Sit on the floor using a comfortable meditation posture, so there is a distance of about 1 meter (1¼ yards) between the face and the flame. Keep the back straight and the shoulders relaxed.

2. Decide in advance how long you would like gaze at the flame. In the beginning, 30, 45, or 60 seconds is realistic. Although you can’t look at a clock do your best to stick to your set time. Then this exercise will develop your equanimity and internal resilience. While initially it will be difficult to gaze at the flame without blinking for more than a few moments, this will become noticeably easier with practice. Over weeks of practice, gradually increase the dazing time from 1 to 3 minutes.

Candle Gazing, Trataka

3. Gaze at the flame steadily without blinking or moving the eyes. Keep your attention totally focused on the flame. Your eyes may begin to water or you may experience some distortions of your vision. This is normal. Keep a steady mind and resist the urge to blink. When you’re set time is up, close eyes gently.

4. With eyes closed, an after-image of the flame may appear. Observe it in your minds eye, like a focal point for your meditative mindset. When it disappears, begin your next round of gazing.

5. At the end of the third round, rub your hands together vigorously, letting the friction build lots of warmth, then cover the eyes with the cupped palms and let the eyes relax in the soothing darkness. This practice is called palming.

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Lili has been studying and practising yoga in China & UK for 20 years, and teaching since 2007 (7 years in the UK). She draws inspiration from her training within established, classical yoga systems that focus on alignment, hatha vinyasa in its gentler form, yin, yin/yang, and restorative yoga styles, pranayama and meditation; blending the roots of Chinese healing traditions into a more holistic practice. For her, practice covers not just the physical aspects of yoga but also aligning and unblocking the bodies meridian energy pathways to release Qi energy (prana) which flows through the bodies energy highway, bringing the mind, body and spirit back into balance. “I am continually humbled by my students and teachers, my aim is always to teach from the heart and from the idea that yoga is the art of living, listening and learning, to embody this deeply spiritual tradition” – Lili Chen.