A New Practice
For many years I have practiced what I called Rolling sadness into Joy. There are descriptions and a video of that practice on my website. This exercise has evolved. As has my understanding of how it works. Now I roll it from Mula Bandha to my crown. I also roll it from the chakra in the earth to the chakra in the heavens.
I roll it all the way up contracting each area of each chakra and in between each chakra as I go. I am exhaling as I do this. Then as I reach the top, I sigh and exhale as I let it go and then the air rushes in through my crown and down washing my entire system.
This morning as I did this, I decided my back side was not being engaged in the process enough. So, I reversed the process and rolled my back in an arch stretching up to my crown starting at the tailbone. I tilted my head back and let the energy go out my forehead and top of crown.
Then my sides felt left out, and I started squeezing them in at the base and rolled that squeeze on both sides together up to my head. But I got stuck there and had to roll through my head separately on the back and sides. The result. I was totally enlivened! This was my own personal yoga practice.
Yes, I was rolling any sadness or any other contractive emotion that I wished to transform into Joy. But I didn’t have to name the energy that was transforming. I was just rolling my grounding energy up through my expansive energy. The release at the top allowed the energy of spirit to come rushing in.
Rolling Sadness into Joy.
My former practice, which was a good one, rolled sad from 2nd chakra up into the heart and then I dropped it down. This mixed happy into sad. Then I rolled it up into the throat which was closer to Joy and then I dropped it down and then I rolled it up into the 3rd eye and dropped it down. Then it was bliss energy mixing with the sad joy energy. Then I rolled it up into the crown. The crown I called, the I don’t know energy. Mixing its energy with that energy below it.
What I was doing was pulling some contractive energy up into some expansive energy and then letting the expansive energy fall into it.
What this did was harmonize the expansion with the contraction of each of the energies as they mixed and transformed. This was a good practice.
My new practice is to simply roll the energy without labeling it. I feel a gasp or a longing in some part of my body. A gasp in the second chakra or a burning in my noses that is reminiscent of sadness. Then I start the process. The longing was on my back of being left out and forgotten.
and then my sides were left out. So I included them.
I’ve tried rolling down from up above. It doesn’t seem necessary as the energy rushes in all by itself.
what shall I call this process? The enlivening roll. The Roll of Enlivening.
We don’t have to name the energy to transform it. Mixing contractive energy like anger with expansive energy like Peace harmonizes the energy. Master your energy, master your life.
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