You are Here, Awake & Alive

There is subtle calibration of life processes that keep us going at our optimal, or become out of balance. It may show up in our ability to stay calm or feel overwhelmed in turmoil.

How do we access that calibration? How do we access the unmoving stability, strength, focus, ease of our being when surrounded by chaos, confusion or challenging life experiences that seem to be real and unreal at the same time.

The capacity to bridge & reach the unmoving stillness within, from all the unrelenting movements around and the mixing up of what is normal and the new normal – how do we explore the edges of this capacity?

One way for me is through a breath-oriented yoga practice in which the breath is invited to stay long and smooth no matter what posture, and move only in co-ordination with that breath. It is a distinctly different effort for the body and mind. It helps us explore our individual patterns of how we add stress to our being and bring more awareness, consciousness, calibration for optimal functioning. The result is a sense of calmness and clarity. The more consistently I practice, sooner I am able to get back to balance, each time I lose it.

Above pictures are from a Healing Trail I walked with 2 of my meditation friends – We walked with prayer and intention for all our families, brothers and sisters from India who are in such deep suffering with losing loved ones on a daily basis. We expressed humble gratitude for this blessed opportunity to get to walk on this planet, be together in that moment – “You are here awake and alive” – we have that available preciously in each moment Now. I chose to share just these out of a lot more such markers on this trail, because I connected with these the most on this day. I feel a sense of spaciousness after walking this trail, within me and around me along with being connected to everything and everyone.

Perhaps go back and look at the pictures again, peer through them if they can give you the peace.

P.S. If you are curious, check out my yoga website :


99 thoughts on “You are Here, Awake & Alive

  1. A beautiful post, my friend!!!! What an enchanting trail ripe with inspiration!!!! I love the title to this piece too, it’s such a powerful reminder in itself! I’m so happy to see your writing again, keep shining!!! Hugs and love πŸ€—πŸ–€πŸ€

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    • It is a beautiful trail so generously prepared with these markers and aptly named Healing Walk. I feel so connected and grateful when walking there and I am sure you would appreciate it. Thank you very much for your loving appreciation πŸ’›βœ¨

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  2. I adore this post, Pragalbha. I find that my daily meditation practice centers me, always. I also love to do walking meditations, especially in the forest. Lovely. I am thinking about and sending healing meditations and energy to all of our friends in India. Stay well, my dear friend. ❀

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    • So good to read about your meditation practice πŸ™πŸΌ Walking meditations and forests are such precious gifts yes, they always leave one profoundly spacious. Thank you very much for your kind visit and joining in for sending healing energy to India and our planet πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ’›πŸ’›βœ¨βœ¨

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  3. Your words are calming and your photos highlight a beautiful trail. Thank you for sharing part of your walking meditation and your yoga site with us. Prayers to your family and friends in India who may be dealing with stress, uncertainty, and/or illness.

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  4. Awesome initiative Pragalbha. Yoga is one thing that helped keep me sane and balanced. I shall try the longer breathing technique. The pictures exude a sense of peace and a wonderful post empowering, bringing stillness and calms the soul. Absolutely therapeutic Pragalbha. Congrats for the new venture.

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  5. Love this healing trail. It’s definitely therapeutic for me to walk in the woods and feel the calmness and loving energy. Surrounding all those in India with much healing light and prayers.❀️

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  6. Again you bring restful peace and reminder of inner renewal. In a couple hours I will continue my meditation practice and my journey. I love the looking up photos in the presence of ancient tree. Thanks yet again Prabalbha

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    • I hope the ancient trees contributed to your practice. Thank you for sharing about your meditation and your thoughtful appreciation πŸ™πŸΌ I am glad and grateful you felt the peace.


  7. I find that walking amongst the trees helps to calm and to refresh me. I was surprised to feel how my body and breath was responding by looking at your photos! Very relaxing!

    Thank you for sharing! Sending blessings and healing thoughts to you and your country. May this chaos subside and health be restored.

    Your yoga site looks very peaceful and pulls me inside it!

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    • I was hoping that the peace that I felt gets shared through the pictures. I have walked here numerous times but this time I felt especially called to take these pictures this very way and share the energy. It makes me very happy and grateful to know that you felt relaxed with the pictures.

      Thank you very much for sharing, your wishes and appreciation πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’›βœ¨ Much Love dear friend Tamara πŸ’πŸ’

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  8. Wow, this is so beautiful thank you for sharing it Pragalba..
    And yes, i scrolled back and look at each picturea again, this time very carefully…i love how it gave me peace and solitude…thank you.😊

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  9. I think that focusing on your present surroundings can help ease depressing thoughts because if you focus on what’s around you *now* and how you’re breathing *now* it is harder to worry about the past.

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  10. Beautiful post… Indeed, yoga has its own benefits, both physically and mentally. It provides peace… The pictures shared by you are beautiful and the markers gives a way of thinking for a while… Hope the current pandemic situation should get over and life comes to normalcy… Great post… Liked it… πŸ™‚

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  11. Focusing on our breath can indeed bring us back to a place of peace and a feeling of spaciousness. Such lovely pictures of the healing trail – thank you for sharing them with us, Pragalbha.

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  12. It’s a coincidence Pragalbha that I thought of this when I went to bed last night- just thanking God for my beating heart – that does so without any effort from my side.
    I do not like looking at my phone anymore. Everytime I pick it up its either a call or a message that someone’s passed away.
    I will check out your yoga video.

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    • I am so glad you connected this post with your heartfelt thoughts of gratitude to God. I totally understand that’s how it is now, reminding us each moment how precious life is. Thank you for your visit here πŸ’›

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    • I truly appreciate your kind and thoughtful visit to this space. Your living room must be wonderful space and so beautiful that your mom took those pictures. Thank you very much, I hope to interact with you more.

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