Popping the Bubbles of Anger

Using Meditation to Stop Anger and to Start Smiling
by Paul Litvin

How to calm down and reduce anger through meditation

“Meditation reveals that anger is an illusion like a delicate bubble that pops upon closer examination.”
There have been many times I found myself bobbing precariously in deep waters as a result of my anger.

Then I learned to meditate and my life changed. Dealing with anger through meditation is fun, practical, and quite simple. Let me explain…

Whenever I begin to feel the swelling of anger, I give myself time to count deep breaths and to avoid doing anything foolish which would create more problems. Internally chanting the universal mantra “So-Hum” 10 times before saying or doing anything works just right for me. In the scenario of a frivolous anger such as the road rage that ensues after being sharply cut off on the highway, my hot-head cools completely with just those 10 breaths.

However, in the case of a big hurt such as being humiliated at work by my boss, the anger will pierce deeply into my mind and will start eating me from the inside. The consequent fierce desires for justice, retribution, and to fight will not give me any peace. Then I have no choice – I have to find a place to quietly sit alone, breathe deeply, close my eyes, and go into meditation. As I come out of my meditation, I intuitively see that the sources of my pain are my inner insecurity and fear which together blow my Ego out of control. The anger is not me, so I let go.

Meditation reveals that anger is an illusion like a delicate bubble that pops upon closer examination.

Walking “Meditation”

As meditation becomes more and more popular and as we get busier and busier, we try to find a way to fit meditation into our busy schedule. One of the ways we do so is walking mediation. How does it work? Let’s assume that some person, let’s name him Jack, goes to the park early in the morning just before sunrise on a beautiful summer day for his walking meditation. Jack walks and slows his mind enough that he is walking without thoughts. Jack’s body is walking and his mind is controlling his walking, so Jack’s body and mind are solely aware of his walking…

Healing and Meditation

Healing as Spirituality by Paul Litvin
For almost a year I have been teaching meditation classes at Sadhana Yoga and Ayurveda. I’ve been very fortunate to make great friends who made our classes interesting, fun, and full of great energy and love. At some moment during the past year, I realized that there are obstacles inhibiting the progression of our meditation experience – notably restrictions in the energy flow of the meditators…

Restorative Yoga: The Do-Nothing Fix

In restorative yoga, props and guided relaxation techniques are utilized to allow practitioners to drift into a state between waking and dreaming where the body is relaxed and the mind is unburdened by thoughts. Classes are intelligently structured with a short period of gentle movements leading way to several long-held comfortably-supported postures linked and lead by guided relaxations…

Yoga Appreciation Week

Free Classes for EVERYONE – October 14 to October 20. September 14, 2013 marked Sadhana Yoga and Ayurveda’s 6-month anniversary. In this past half year, we’ve had the incredible experience of sharing yoga, practicing, chatting, and being introduced to all of you bright radiant wonderful beings. To mark our extremely happy half-birthday and to honor the yoga practice which has brought us together, we’re throwing a week-long party from October 14 to October 20 and EVERYBODY is invited!

Prayers of the Tradition

“Dear God, you are inside of me, within my very breath, within each bird, each mighty mountain. Your sweet touch reaches everything and I am well protected.
Thank you God for this beautiful day before me. May joy, love, peace and compassion be part of my life and all those around me on this day. I am healing and I am healed.”

Go Deeper: Annual Unlimited Class Memberships

Dear Friends,

With the changing of the seasons we’ve taken some time to reflect these first three months of Sadhana Yoga Studio – from the first practitioners dropping in as strangers to all the new friends we have been blessed to meet and grow with. Through creating Sadhana Yoga, we hoped to cultivate a tight-knit loving community of healthy and happy yogis, meditators, and Ayurvedic practitioners…