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There’s a reason reflection is suggested as a device for training a hectic mind to end up being peaceful. Because, if you give reflection a go and stay with it, like yoga, it works.

I have had a patchy history of the sticking-with-it part of the equation, although I’ve attempted doing reflection on and off throughout the years. I discovered the course to becoming a meditator is long and winding, but savasana can be a secret to open the door.

In an effort to make peace with my overactive mind, I did Vipassana meditation courses in the 1980′s.

Have you ever done one of these ten-day courses? They’re performed in total silence. You do sitting reflection rotating with strolling reflection, so it’s not too burdensome for those of us who prefer to keep moving.

I did not believe that the sitting would be challenging for me. My attitude was, hey, I am a yogi. How hard can sitting for an hour at a time be? Potentially very difficult!

It was true that I did not suffer as much physically as some individuals did from these sessions. I hadn’t been expecting, though, that when the meditation room was quiet, my mind would enter into overdrive. I am sure there had constantly been a racket taking place, but I had not been listening so acutely before.

I was in a tough relationship at the time. My mind would bounce around in between thought and feelings of breaking up with him and planning on the best ways to comprise. Worse, without even having the ability to talk to any of the other meditators, I was having charming fantasies about them.

Vipassana course leaders explain how meditators can go through a whole imaginary love. In their minds, they get wed, have children, and divorce – all within the time-frame of the refuge. Or, the reverse might take place. A meditator can establish a whole story about why they’ve reason to dislike one or more fellow participants.

I completed the course, but did not continue doing Vipassana to any extent afterwards.

These days I do a yoga practice to help settle my mind. It’s called pratyahara – stilling the senses – and I do it in savasana, the yoga relaxation, or in a corrective posture. When I can relax, my mind loosens its grip, in a comparable way to my muscles launching their tension.

Of much more importance than the pleasant feeling of being unwinded is the potential that relaxation produces for harmonious relationships with others. When I am unwinded, I am more likely to see when I enter a reactive state. There’s breathing space and mental space to see when I am being defensive or offending. You understand, those times when we are fighting to be right, no matter if we actually are, for instance.

I am delighted that I can now say that I am a meditator. I discovered that mindfulness meditation, specifically following the lead of audio recordings from Jon Kabat-Zinn, works for me. I enjoy it!

Whether you’re a yoga educator or student, do include lots of quiet time in your practice. Why? Here’s 2 reasons: 1.) Since it feels good, and 2) due to the fact that we’re more probable to drop our valuable little egos and feel even more at one with everything. Is not really that the point?