It’s said in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras that Yoga is the suspension of all mental adjustments. Exactly what does he imply by this and how’s one to attain this goal of stopping all ideas in the mind? One word: Meditation!

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Meditation is the key that unlocks the door to the Self. It’s through meditation that we can experience oneness with the Universal Brahman and experience our Self as everyone and everything. Reflection is a fantastic tool in our yoga tool box together with asana which is made use of to prepare our body for extended periods of sitting in Lotus posture. Asana is a body cleanser and reflection is the mind purifier. It’s with meditation that we can wash our minds clean by clearing out fallacies and adverse thought and feelings and changing them with positive ideas and new ways of thinking … It’s a sort of mind cleaning! In a great way!

Meditation helps get rid of the layers and layers of incorrect recognitions or veils we’ve actually constructed around our Atman souls. These layers are ego or I-ness and they’re exactly what keep us feeling different for our true Self. These layers vary from the subtle to the apparent or gross. I’d a very big Ah ha moment the other day with how subtle I ness is when I recognized after one of my reflections that I’d even need to let go of the idea of yoga to truly merge with Universal Consciousness since we’ve to let go of anything that’s my or I in front of it like ‘I’m a Yogini.’

But don’t feel that this is exactly what your meditations have to be about! Set small goals of trying to stop doing the ‘to do list’ or composing your book or exactly what ever it’s your mind turns to when you lastly take a seat and stop. When your mind starts to roam just bring it back to the mantra or the breath. Concentrate on the Third Eye Chakra or the Heart Chakra and follow the breath.

Meditation is very difficult at first but with willpower the benefits will be revealed to you. The secret is to not chase after or attach to the fruits of your labor. This is extremely tough to refrain in the beginning. It’s human nature to wish to determine and compare and question ‘I’m progressing?’. Just by the basic fact that you’ve handled to carve out time in your day with the intention to sit down and meditate you’ve simply spiritually progressed!

The results of reflection are really subtle initially however as you get much deeper into your practice you’ll certainly begin to see that you react less and rather show pure objective. What does that imply? Utilizing myself as an example I was considering a good friend whose primary aspect is air. I’m Earth extremely gross element heavy grounded. But my ‘air buddy’ is simply that ‘air’ and as I considered their air-ness I assigned it no value. It was neither excellent nor bad to me but just was. I believed to myself when did this happen? When did I stop evaluating? It’s a very intriguing place to be because I don’t feel the have to respond or have an opinion. Rather I see it as it is, absolutely nothing more, absolutely nothing less. This means that it enables me to use my energy in locations of value rather than leaking it out all over the place by judging this or tisk tisking that. It’s like having severe focus.

Be really thorough in the day-to-day task of sitting on your cushion and restraining your ideas but do this action with kindness and empathy! The limiting ought to not be a harsh action but instead a kind suggestion to return back to the breath or mantra if you’ve one. It’s ok if the mind wanders around the whole time simply make a resolve that the next time you sit down that you’ll certainly search for the gaps in between your thoughts and attempt and stop there and hang out in the space.

We’re only restricted by the construct of our own minds! Knock down the walls of the mind and feel the happiness that’s you! Eternal and unlimited!