Before 2011 comes to an end, spend some time in meditation.
Sit with your legs crossed in easy seated pose, sukkhasana. One ankle infront of the other and allow your knees to fall to the side. Place a cushion underneath your buttocks to align your pelvis. The cushion will prop up your hips, tilting your pelvis forward so you can sit with a tall spine. Bring your index finger and thumb together in Jhana Mudra, a hand gesture for wisdom and knowledge, and place your hands on your knees with your palms facing upward. Let your elbows hang below the shoulders in a very relaxed position. Tuck your chin in slightly to elongate the back of your neck. Sit with a tall spine, slightly drawing your shoulder blades towards one another, embracing the back of your heart. Broaden the collarbone to open up the heart center. Close your eyes. Bring your attention inward.
Begin to take deep belly breaths. On the inhalation expand your belly and on the exhalation deflate the tummy. Notice what you notice with your self. Is your mind wandering? If it is, bring it back to the breath, the pranayama, the life force energy. Let your breath be your focal point and with every exhalation releasing the thoughts, one by one...
Continue breathing. Sitting here in stillness, in silence, and enjoy!
If you can sit for 5-10 minutes...it's a great start!
15-30 minutes...even better!
No pressure. Do what you can!
Happy FINAL Day of the year!