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Mettâtations and Yoga.
Connecting Our Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Mettatations are about Connection. In Vedic Sanskrit, Yoga (from the root yuj) means "to add", "to join", "to unite", or "to attach" in its most common literal sense.

"Yoga" is a very broad subject. Traditionally in the US, yoga is primarily thought of as moving in and out of different asana or positions: downward facing dog, plank, warrior, etc. Yoga is actually much, much more than just the exercise class. Mettâtations fall under the larger yoga umbrella and many other branches of yoga are brought into Mettâtations: Breath/Pranayama, Movement, Chakras, Mindfulness, Meditation, etc. all find their way into Mettatations because Mettâtations aren't just one thing either. Mettatations are 'Mental Yoga' with a physical practice. There are an infinite number of combinations and topics of mettatations. I'm writing new ones every week.

Mettâtations do not follow a prescribed sequence of movements. This practice is more open so that the person is free to move how they need to move to get the most out of their mettatation. There will be some mettatations in the future that will have more sequencing to them, but right now the 'yoga' instructions come from within. You aren't prevented from doing yoga while mettatating, in fact it is welcomed, but this is a practice with no requirements. Open heart, open mind, open body, open breath, open movement, open experience.

If you want to mettatate in child's pose, or tree pose, or shavasana, please, listen to what your body is telling you. If you want to move from one position to another as you mettatate, do it! If you want to listen to a mettatation while you do a whole yoga sequence, excellent! The important thing is to connect to your body and mind and to fill yourself with peace, love, and compassion.

I the near future, I will be writing some mettatations for specific chakras and other aspects of yoga.

There are many types of Mettâtations, some are designed for the morning, some as a quick pick-me-up during the day, and some are for night to prepare you for sleep. There are Mettâtations specifically written for kids, and some specifically written for women. There are Mettâtations written for specific feelings or needs. There are Mettâtations that are designed to build specific feelings and habits. There are Mettâtations for just about everything! All of them are specifically created to cultivate positive energy and positive thoughts in your mind, body, and heart so that they will lead to positive actions in your day. Enjoy, be well.
- Peace, Love, and Compassion,
Steve


Steve Dietrich

May your Mind be full of Peace, your Body full of Love, and your Heart full of Compassion.

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Mettatations: Positive Psychology   +  Meditation   +   Touch   +   Breath   +   Movement   +   Yoga

Yoga is one of the 6 foundations of Mettatations. "Yoga" is about connecting your mind, body, and spirit. Yoga has many calming, healing, and/or energizing effects on your mind, body, and spirit.
Here are a few yogic practices that you can integrate into your Mettatation practice:
  • Smile
  • Chant
  • OM
  • Sing
  • Connect with friends
  • Give yourself a squeeze or hug

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Mettatations Help You Cultivate These Virtues and More

Mettatations actually have goals: to help you increase your happiness, mental and emotional health, and to help you have more positve emotions, relationships, and meaning in your life. The virtues below are the things that make life more enjoyable and fuller. If you can cultivate more of these in your life you will have a better life. You will have more health, happiness, and well-being in every area of your life. With Mettatations it's easy to increase the Peace, Love, and Compassion in your life.



Peace

Peace

Peace is a cornerstone to a happy life. When you have more peace in your life you have more control in making your life the life you want. Your health is better, your relationships are better, your decisions are better.

Love

Love

Love is the answer. It all goes back to love. To learn to truly love, honor, and take care of yourself and others. When you feel love, everything in your life is easier.

Compassion

Compassion

Compassion for yourself and for others. Often we need to step outside of ourselves and see the bigger picture so that we can understand what truly is happening. We all make mistakes, we all want love, we all what to contribute.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Forgiveness for ourselves and others. Forgiveness can be a challenge. We need to learn how to manage our egos and let go of attachments. To focus on the future, positive solutions, and the things we can positively affect.


Gratitude

Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the keys to health and happiness. We are all dependent on one another and this planet. There are so many things and people to be grateful for, and when we practice gratitude we realize our connection to others and ourselves.

Freedom

Freedom

Freedom from Judgement - Freedom from self-judgement and judging others. We label things as good or bad too soon. We avoid discomfort when sometimes we need to deal with it and look for the lessons. We are all sacred, we are all learning, life is a constant growing journey to enjoy.

Strength

Strength

We need to develop our Strength and Confidence so that we can pursue our dreams. We all face challenges and we need the strength to take care of ourselves and do the work we need to do to full, happy, healthy lives.


Courage

Courage

Courage to live your life. Courage to stand up for what is right. Courage to follow your dreams and be the person you were meant to be, to reach your highest potential.

Wisdom

Wisdom

Wisdom to make good decisions. Wisdom to act, not to react. Wisdom to appreciate and respect everyone and everything in this world. And to act in it's best interest.



The Foundations of Mettatations

Mettâtations are the integration of several practices into new healing, restorative, and energizing practices. To understand the practice fully, you can examine the individual and integration of the different components listed below. Mettatations are powerful and multi-faceted practices directly connecting the internal (mind, body, spirit), external (others/world), and universal; with the past, present, future.


Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology

How we use our mind to help ourselves flourish is the most important thing to master. Happiness only comes from within our mind. What we think about things is more important than the thing that happens. Let's actively build positive thoughts and turn them into positive actions.

Breath

Breath / Air Energy
Pranayama

Air is literally energy. We take the breathe, the air for granted. The air we breathe holds the energy of the universe. We can bless the air we breathe and use it to heal and rejuvenate our body and mind.

Touch

Touch

Touching is essential for normal human development. Yet, in many cultures we don't touch. Unfortunately, touch, like love, can be misunderstood and make people uncomfortable. Yet it is an extremely powerful energy source that we can use to heal and energize our body and mind.

Movement

Movement

Movement during Mettâtation. Movement helps us to directly access the energy in our body so that we can replace it with positive energy. Movement is encouraged in Mettâtations. Move and do what makes your body feel good!


Meditation

Meditation

The meditation part of mettâtation practices is different. Mettâtations have a goal. Instead of trying to create space from our thoughts, we are actively creating positive thoughts and energy within our mind, body, and hearts.

Yoga

Yoga

Mettâtations fall under the larger 'Yoga' umbrella. It is a combination of the branches of Yoga into a new practice with the added advantage of integrating the latest benefits of positive psychology research. Move, Breathe, Live Well.