Welcome to this new weekly series of breathing and consciousness practices from Dennis Lewis,HarmoniousAwakening.com. Most of the new podcasts will be under 10 minutes long, and are meant to offer simple, enjoyable daily practices for deeper relaxation and presence, was well as stories that can transform your perspective. Be sure to subscribe! And don’t forget to check out his previous podcasts.
Conscious relaxation has many benefits, but one that is often overlooked is its ability to help open us to harmonious impressions and perceptions of ‘what is”. Explore with Dennis Lewis some of the often unrecognized places in the human body where increased awareness can help bring about deep relaxation.
A quick, easy Qigong practice to do when you feel lethargic and out of sorts, or when you’ve been sitting too long at your computer. If you do it with attention, it will get you sensing and breathing again. It will get your energy moving and help you become more alive and alert.
From Dennis Lewis: "For my 65th birthday celebration, which took place in 2005, I wrote a poem about my life and presented it, along with some of my favorite poems, to those who gathered to celebrate with Dasha (my wife) and me in our former home in San Francisco.
My good friend and spiritual brother David Hykes–award-winning composer, singer, founder of Harmonic Chant, and long-time contemplative practitioner–traveled to be with us, and sang before, during, and after the readings. David’s singing was amazingly beautiful and especially relevant to the poems I read.
Besides my own poem, 'These Passing Years,' which ends the reading, these poems include 'Four Tao Philosophers,' by Robert Francis; 'What if You Slept,' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge; 'I Live My Life in Growing Orbits' and 'You See I Want a Lot,' by Rainer Maria Rilke; 'The Road Not Taken,' by Robert Frost; 'Are You Looking for Me?', by Kabir (translated by Stephen Mitchell); 'I Came Out Alone on My Way to My Tryst,' by R