Guided meditations require less effort than the ones that require independent effort. The ease leads to greater states of deep relaxation for many who struggle with other types of practices. In over 40 years of practicing and teaching, Yoga Nidra is by far the most popular of any practice I have taught.
This article traces the path of mindfulness: American term for meditation; a term for the Theravada vipassana meditations; a certain type of attention or dhyana.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Il-vBooKA&feature=youtu.be This meditation was done by Meena Modi through Zoom on April 26, 2020 as a part of a series of Yoga Nidras in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The sky of awareness provides relief from the stress and anxiety, becoming a refuge of peace. Over time, the awareness becomes deeper and more concentrated. It... Continue Reading →
What we feed the mind, affects the health of the mind. So it is important to boost ourselves up with people who make us feel good, who bring out the best in us, not drag us down. Indulge in activities are constructive and uplifting. Do things that make you happy, peaceful, content, in a healthy way.
"To love means to open ourselves to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and thus an intensity of consciousness that before we did not know was possible." This quote from the American psychologist Rollo May spoke to many in this room.
If we are deeply aware of what we feel, grief has the potential to dramatically change our old habitual thinking. We can be transformed by it and find an enduring sense of peace. It may force a re-examination of everything.
The clouds that wander through the sky
Have no roots, no home;
Nor do the distinctive thoughts that float through the mind.
In this meditation there is contemplation on some of the conditioned habitual thinking. What excess baggage is weighing us down, preventing us from getting where we need to go.
Last time we discussed the second of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. Yoga is stopping the thought formations or modifications (vritti) in the mind space (chitta). There are residual waves as that is the nature of the mind space—like an ocean or lake. Yoga is the liberation from the push and pull of all the waves, not being... Continue Reading →