Choo Choo chuga chuga choo choo. I just love the sound of a train in the night. When I lived in Pasadena, there was a 2 a.m. train filled with commodities moving in the night. When I lived in Lansdale, there was a 3 a.m. train also filled with goodies for you and me. And even now living in Telford, I hear the weekly train rambling along the tracks in the early morning, filled this time with grain. This is a comforting sound for me. Is it because I know that the while I sleep the world around me is still going, is it growing up with model trains running in the basement from my dad’s collection, is it the actual sound of a train blowing its whistle? I don’t know. I do know that when I hear that sound, I take a deep breath in, filling myself with space and an inner smile begins to spread and I feel contentment.
Last week, I brought up the subject of silence and finding the true remaining places where nature is not interrupted by man-made noise. Now in reverse, think about those noises in your life that take you home, back to your center, where you find peace. Hearing the ball game on TV, a sound of a lawnmower. Journal these sound bites and the feelings they elicit.
2 to 1 Breath
A basic breath that you can take anywhere when you need to. Lengthening the exhale kicks the parasympathetic nervous system up a notch, allows more space between thoughts, eliminates more waste and toxins from the body and allows the body to settle more. Much like the Equal Breath, we use a count to inhale but then we exhale for double that count. Find a comfortable seat or lay down on the floor, hands can be placed on the belly or wherever they are comfortable. Begin with the inhale to a count of 2, then exhale for a count of 4. Slightly constrict your back of throat as you exhale (similar to Ujjayi breath). As you practice and progress in deepening your breath, perhaps the counts will get longer.
Forward Resting Angle Pose
Props: 3 pillows or blankets, bolster