A Simple Meditation on Tuning In to Gratitude


So here we are, the holidays are knocking on the door of our present moment with a crescendo of urgency.  It can be ironic how a time of celebration and connection can bring a wave of stress and pressure on so many lives.

If we re-frame our lives as music, we gain lots of insight into the song and dance of the seasons as well as our own unique part to play during the 'movements.'

In music we learn that each note, each harmony has a certain feeling...an inner quality that when we hear it, it triggers some emotional response.  Certain note relationships have a harmonious effect on us, calming our nerves and creating relaxation. While others can create dissonance and trigger stress. 

We can simply listen to how different musical scores in movies create a mood.  In a drama and suspense movie, the music will be intense to engage an emotional response.  While in a romantic or touching movie, the music will be more tender and 'touching.'

So what if life is like this...what if our internal emotional states are the music that we play. 

The 'inner note' of anxiety has an effect on our mind and physical body for example.  Consider this as a 'note' tuned sharp.  Depression can be considered as a 'flat note.'  These notes create a certain instability in our music which can have ripple effects in our life. 
Conversely, a different quality of notes reflect a different quality of being. Notes such as: Love, Appreciation, Joy, Gratitude, all create a different inner state...

So how might we tune these notes?
Let's begin with Gratitude:

Take a moment to simply be and sit quietly.
Take at least 3 long slow breaths, as even as possible on both the inhale and exhale.

Notice how slowing down the breath creates a calmer feeling inside, perhaps even more inner sense of space.

As best as you can, place part of your attention in the center of your chest.  Sensing this center as best as you can from the inside out.

Staying present with the sensing, recall a time in your life that you felt gratitude.  If none come to mind, imagine an experience that you would be deeply grateful for.

As you do this, stay present with the feeling.  Gratitude has a certain quality to it which we feel.  Feel it.

Stay present to the note of gratitude and see if you can increase the volume of the sensation.  Perhaps you may need to revisit the internal remembering of gratitude, but do your best to stay present to the feeling rather than lost in the mental story.

While staying present to the sensation of gratitude in the center of your chest, breathe deeply, long and slow into the feeling in your body. 

Beginning at the center of the chest and allowing the breath of gratitude to fill as much of your body as you can. 
As you exhale, allow the feeling of gratitude to radiate outward as a gift to the world.
Repeat this cycle at least 7 times. 

Notice how you feel. Do your best to stay present to this feeling for a minute or so and simply let your consciousness absorb this 'note' deeper and deeper in your body.

We've just 'tuned in to gratitude.'  Practicing this in the morning will have great impact on your day as well as before you go to sleep. 
If you notice yourself in a different 'note,' perhaps while shopping or out in the holiday frenzy, go back to this exercise.  Perhaps your in a long line at a store and feeling anxious or impatient....use this in that moment and notice the change.

Music is life and perhaps more importantly, Life is Music.  We can tune our instrument, practice our craft, and allow the art of who we are to sing out into the world.  Thus our life becomes our song and hopefully makes all of our interactions a little more harmonious in the day to day..

It is with a deep resounding moment of gratitude that I thank you for reading this and hope it helps in any way
Wishing you all the best

Yoga of Guitar with Josh Brill Update #1

Yoga of Guitar online course is getting ready to launch

Yoga of Guitar online course is getting ready to launch

Yoga of Guitar Online Course Update #1

Namaste Yoga of Guitar Yogis!!!

I just wanted to chime in briefly and let you know that the Yoga of Guitar Online Course is coming along amazingly.  I've just shot over 6 weeks of classes!! Each week of the Yoga of Guitar Online Course will cover different guitar and yoga concepts and themes, while using meditations centered around your connection and awareness based in the Yoga of Guitar philosophy.

I am so so so excited to share with you the whole Yoga of Guitar Course!! In the meantime, I'm currently pulling together some free lessons and meditations so that you can get a good feel for how deep and effective it is to learn the guitar as a yoga practice. 

Please visit
www.YogaofGuitar.com  for more information and to sign up to receive free yoga of guitar lessons!!

Until then, I will get back to editing and getting this Yoga of Guitar Online Course ONLINE!!!!
Much love

-Josh Brill


Yoga of Guitar 6 Week Online Course editing!!!

Yoga of Guitar 6 Week Online Course editing!!!

Nada Yoga, Mantra, and Music

'Tuning In’ to Harmony

The practice of Nada Yoga is the science of using sound as a means of connecting, organizing, and expressing prana or subtle energy, bringing us into the state of ‘yoga’ or harmony.  Based on the premise of Nada Brahma: Sound/Vibration as Divinity itself, we use Nada Yoga (the practice of moving sound within our body) as a means to establish a center point of awareness within our inner world allowing for a more balanced flow as we connect with the external world. We go inward to move outward.

Mantra Yoga is an expansion on Nada Yoga as it takes simple sound and organizes it into more complex patterns. In essence, these patterns vibrate the body and align the mind into single point awareness, which helps keep our ‘thinking’ from overthinking and allows us a greater bandwidth of direct experience. In doing so, freeing up the mental prana to move into higher and finer states of awareness while our bodies literally vibrate with and as the archetypal energy that the mantra holds within.  Mantra becomes our bridge between worlds.  

Music is the universal intelligence that organizes the infinite vibration into harmony.
The ancient mystics realized that the universal vibration/sound organizes into forms of harmony that we call ‘Music of the Spheres’ as we can observe musical expression in the stars, planets, ourselves, and life itself.  This realization that music itself is a map of consciousness allows us a pathway to align with the universal harmonic principles that are found in everything through our participation with music.  We recognize through the experience of music that we ourselves are music. The beating of our heart, the rhythm of our breath, and the pulse of life animating us into existence all in harmony to create the life that we are.  

As we connect Nada Yoga, Mantra, and Music as a yogic practice we deepen our realization that all is vibration and expand our personal experience with the power of sound as a unifying force of higher consciousness.