Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

Hazel Diaries VIII

by Roxanne Currie

It was Hazel's ninth birthday and we went to a play at The Guthrie Theater with a Chinese theme about unconditional love. 

“What would you like for your ninth birthday?”  I asked

“I’d like to be ten.” She said decisively.

“Why ten?” I asked

“Because you get more responsibility” she said.

Her friends Dylan and Cody were here too, and after time spent with football practice, soccer practice, walks through the Skyways, they lined up on the couch and played computer, ipad and iphone games together, the Virtual Generation looking at screens.

At a certain point her battery was growing weak so she asked me if she could plug in her device and I said “Sure.”

“Come and sit here with me” I said. 

“Okay” she said, sitting across from me on her meditation seat I had placed for her.

We sat for a nine minutes (one for each year) and when she got up she checked her battery life. 

“Wow, that charged up fast” she said  “When I plugged it in it was on thirty seven and it's already on sixty five.”

“That is fast” I said.  "What number were you when we sat down?"

“I don’t understand.  What are you talking about?” she sounded genuinely perplexed.

“I mean meditation is how we charge our own batteries” I said “for example, when we sat down I was at about a seventy two.  Now I’m about ninety five.”

“Is that why we do this?” Hazel said

“YES!” I nodded broadly smiling, eyes wide.

“OOOOOooooh” she said smiling back at me, “Now I get it.”

Editor’s Note:

This is the eighth “The Hazel Diaries” to appear in the AHYMSIN newsletter.

Previous articles in this series:

Roxanne Currie is a writer, grandmother, Raja yogi. She maintained her yoga practice since she was introduced to Swami Rama and his teachings in 1968. She received mantra initiation from Swami Veda Bharati, formerly Dr. Usharbudh Arya, to the Himalayan Tradition in 1972, and became certified to teach in 2008.  She teaches yoga in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area.

We invite you to visit her website: www.goodmedicineyoga.com

Roxanne has a Good Medicine Yoga DVD entitled “Stretch Breathe Relax.” Please see http://www.goodmedicineyoga.com/htmlsite/products.html   It is also available at the online bookstore of The Meditation Center, which ships nationally and internationally, and is under the title “Good Medicine Yoga DVD.”



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