Meditation is an experience that must be practiced to be understood. Meditation can spiritualize our life. I teach meditation practices based on Kriya Yoga Meditation in the lineage of Paramhansa Yogananda, Yukteswar and Lahiri Mahaseya and Mahavatar Babaji Nagaraj.
Sit with your spine straight.
Notice how you feel.
The posture and the exhale are meditation techniques. The noticing is the meditation.
Yoga is the bow. You are the arrow. Meditation, rest, is the target.
The ritual of meditation can be found in every spiritual tradition. Meditation is a devotional act for the self. It is, by no means, necessarily a religious act unless you choose it to be. Meditation is transformative, leading us to discipline, structure, ease, a sense of oneness and healthy participation in inner and social renewal.
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“Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. The practice of yoga is the practice of meditation-or inner listening-in the poses and meditations, as well as all day long. It’s a matter of listening inwardly for guidance all the time, and then daring enough and trusting enough to do as you are prompted to do….” -Eric Schiffman
We can harness and manage physical and mental energies. The quality of PRACTICE enriches our stillness. Like when a child spins in circles to indulge in the sensation of dizziness once they have become still, we do something, and then rest, cycling through a mindful life in an effort for balance.
There is science behind meditation and its benefits. Breathing helps us oxygenate, which helps our brain and body function better. Postures control physical energy. Affirmations control the mental body. From here, our inner wisdom is revealed and shows us the way forward and within.
From Tias Little: ‘It’s really problematic when yoga becomes goal-oriented. People use
the practice to lose weight, become fit, or as a cardio routine. For many practitioners, the aim is to achieve postures, but I believe that the goal is to heal, from physical, psychological and emotional suffering. One goal in yoga must be to heal the divided self. In order to heal the divided self, it is good to ask the question, “What is the common root for all beings?” This suggests healing the collective; the collective of people, nations and the whole planet. One such goal is the health and sustaining of our planet—and this is something that is vital to connect to, one that all beings everywhere must support. Realizing that health is one of the goals of yoga.‘
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Each person’s experience with meditation is different. There are as many paths to a sense of connectedness and peace as there are people.
The importance of meditation is included in the Twelve Step Recovery of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Alateen literature:
Step Eleven: Sought to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.“…without [meditation], my life loses its coherence,
and I start experiencing my days as a series of random incidents
and accidents rather than divine appointments and encounters.” – Henry Nouwen