Solidifying our Connection

This channel from Aug 8, 2021 was the first audio channel for me. I have been writing messages for many years. This last month I finally turned on the microphone. This is thrilling.

Opening to Love

This is my first recording. I have recorded this meditation for you. I needed to share what I find so helpful in my life. I hope you enjoy it, that it touches you, reaches you and that you will come back for more.

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Back on Course

It is Friday Lunch Drop-in Yoga Class day and I was there.  I was in our yoga room and ready for my students.  Shelly came in first and we had a moment to chat about last week.  Last week I was unable to get to class.  Shelly took up the reigns and led the group.  Today I was able to say thank you and to hear how she felt about the experience.

She felt good.  Shelly sounded strong and confident as she told me how they cobbled through the hour.  There is a newfound appreciation of what it takes to fill even an hour of time with postures that flow seamless from one to the next.  She did share that more than once  she found herself wondering what posture to try with the group next.  “Um, well let’s do a pidgeon pose, okay?”

Class went well today.  We spent more time than usual at the beginning just breathing and relaxing into ourselves as we waited for our latecomer to set up her mat and join us.  The extra time paid off.  I felt the class was in alignment as we started our into our sequence of postures.

I have been working on podcasting meditations.  As I listen to the meditations I have recorded I can hear where the cues are a little more jarring rather than relaxing.  I can hear where I am being too direct and not leaving room for the listener to interpret where they need to.

Today at the end of our session, as we cleared our minds again in savasana, I was able to apply some of the techniques I have been working on to our final savasana meditation.  Mostly what I have been learining is to be quiet, be specific but leave some of the specifics of relaxation to the imagination of my listener.  I asked my peeps to clear their mind.  To envision an empty teacup.  When the mind tries to fill the cup with thoughts to empty the cup again.  As they relaxed, I relaxed with them.  When my own mind became active I said outloud for the group, “Empty.”  In the two minutes that we had for savasana I merely said softly, “Empty” three more times.  As we returned ourselves to the room and came back into a seated posture everyone looked refreshed.

Every one of my peeps said thank you.  These are the times that make me glad I can help.

Podcast Future

I have been working on a Podcast.  This would be a podcast for meditation.  I have so many great guided meditations that have helped me over the years, that it seems selfish to not share these especially when sharing seems so easy – what, with podcasts, links to booksellers and great photography available right on my camera.

Well, as it turns out all three aspects of sharing my favorite meditations – recording a podcast, linking with booksellers and having good quality photos – only looks easy.  Okay, it’s easy, it’s just time consuming.  I bought a decent microphone and a set of headphones to help with the quality of my recording.  I figured, TA DA! I’m all set and we are in business.  Um, no.  There is a new software to learn now.  I am getting used to my voice while I just listen to myself over the headphones.  I am learning to record.  I can tell there are tricks and hopefully a moment that clinks and I am comfortable with this process.  I imagine if I had a sound tech that this part would have been just plug and play.  But I find myself learning the sound, stabilization, AND the tone of voice, speed and regularity of my words.  I want it smooth for meditation, but not something out of the SNL schtick – Delicious Dish – Fiber Day.  They are funny and corny and maybe I should go for that vibe with my tribe (groan and eyerolling).

I have chosen not to seek out and listen to other meditation podcasts.  I know how I sound and what goes on in my head when I am thinking these meditations.  I don’t want to muddle up the vision.  Nor do I  want to mistakenly attempt to sound like someone already out there.  It is the variety of podcasters that makes this medium so exciting.  I want to be a part of this excitement.

I did work on the links to booksellers.  I am now an Amazon Affiliate.  I would like to join up with GoodReads if they have an affiliate program and any other affiliate booksellers you may know of and love.  I am not married to any one site.  I love my local retailers.  But they don’t have affiliate linkability yet.  Oooh, maybe they do and I am just not asking.  I must go in person to learn what I can.  It is not selfish to be helping out my local area while I am reaching out to the whole world.

So now that I have affiliate standing I have yet to post a link to Amazon to see how this works.  That very well may be my next post.

The photo part, I actually have experience in posting photos to blogs.  I can’t imagine posting my photos to my podcast piece to be much more.  I have some favorite photos I can hardly wait to share.

I will keep working it.  And maybe next post…you get to hear what I sound like.  Sorry to disappoint, but I do not have an accent. Hahahaha.