The first step is to get rid of the 5 hindrances: Sensory attachments Ill-will Heaviness of body Restlessness and worry Doubt Their opposites are represented in the picture below A state of bliss is reached when the five hindrances are removed. This is the first jhana, or meditative state. Jhanas are sometimes called samadhi. The … Continue reading Become Buddha — Meditation practice with Visual Guide
Yesterday I read a bit in Ashtanga Yoga by David Swenson and found some useful things to add to my practice. To start with, one can use a dedicated cloth on the typical rubber yoga mats. It will keep the practice more hygienic since the cloth is simple to wash. I used my bed sheet … Continue reading Yoga, brunch and photo walk
I borrowed a bundle of art supplies from my mother. At first I messed around on this old sketch of hers to familiarize myself with acrylic pencils which I have never used before. I filled in some flower petals, leaves and played a bit with the water and contours of the glass. Then I felt … Continue reading Yesterday’s art, today’s yoga and yummy vegan breakfast!
After taking my parents advice to return into the Swedish social security system, we took an energizing walk around the beautiful mix of residences and wilderness in Vallentuna. Here we are at rune stones telling the history of ancestors in the age of the Vikings, a millennia ago. Full pictures of the stones to learn … Continue reading Back on track
I started the morning with some yoga. It has been a while and I feel a bit rusty, but I went through 5 minutes of deep breathing and 10 sun salutations. Then I improvised for about another twenty minutes; sitting reaching for the toes, cobra, candle, child's pose, headstand. I also tried a new pose … Continue reading Waking up in Sweden