Cultivating our connection to true spirit through practices of meditation, mantras, pranayama, sound or anything that allows us to transcend our thinking mind and that obscures our natural state of being. Ceibo offers private one on one meditation sessions in his permaculture garden located in Nosara, Costa Rica. This is a personal guided meditation where he will hold space for you in a sacred setting. You can contact him directly to book your session.
Experiencing a state of calmness through controlled inhalation, exhalation and/or retention of the breath.
In pranayamas we are controlling the movement of Prana, known as breath, in order to manage our emotional illusory states. Using this powerful medicine as a way to bring harmony and balance back into our daily lives.
“The quality of our breath determines the quality of our thoughts which determine the quality of our actions”
Examples of Pranayamas:
- Inhale while counting to 5 and exhale to the count of 5 with no pause at the top of your breath and no pause at the bottom of your breath. Do this for 5 minutes then pause with your eyes closed and feel the senstions throughout your body. Return to your natural breathing rythym. Notice how you created space from your busy mind.
- Inhale for 4 seconds, retain your breath for 7 seconds, exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat for 5 minutes. Return to your natural breathing rythym. Notice how you created space from your busy mind while deeply oxygenating your body.
- Fill your belly with air on the inhale, retain the air in your belly for 2 seconds. Continue to inhale into your ribs, pause for 2 seconds. Finally inhale into your chest/throat, retain your breath for 2 seconds. Then exhale deeply in the reverse manner starting with your chest/throat, then your ribs and then exhaling all of the oxygen out of your belly by pulling your naval towards your spine. Repeat for several breath cycles. This pranayama shows us how to properly inhale and exhale starting with the lower belly, then your ribs and finally into your chest/throat and the reverse on the exhale. Notice the wave of oxygen you are moving through your body on the inhalations and the exhalations.
Mantra – In Sanskrit, ‘man’ means mind and ‘tra’ means ‘to free from’, so ‘mantra’ is literally a tool to free the mind. A sacred language of ancient India that is no longer spoken. The mantras were created by the rishis (wise ones) as paths to awareness, using the power of particular sounds to create specific energy responses. Mantras are energetic sound formulas. Sanskrit carries the essence of the object or quality it describes. It is not descriptive, as is our language – it is the actual sound equivalent of the manifestation. Hence, ananda, chanted repeatedly, will bring one into a state of bliss, because ananda is the essential sound of bliss. Traditionally, mantras are chanted in cycles of 108 repetitions. Why the number 108? According to the Vedic scriptures, our physical and subtle bodies contain 108 major nadis, or energy channels. When we chant a mantra 108 times, that sound vibration can fill all of the energy lines in our bodies and balance them. The more we chant one particular sound vibration, the more we tune ourselves to that vibration. As we move deeper into the power of these ancient sound formulas, you are invited to spend some time each day bathing in the silence that so naturally follows the chanting. These moments of silence lead us towards the most precious gift of inner peace.
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