Meditation... making our life happy and meaningful
Posted on October 02 2015
My first weekend of teacher training was simply amazing but also both physically and emotionally tiring - in a satisfying and invigorating sort of way! I had this warmth inside me all weekend, something I could only attribute to being surrounded by a class of students who all had something in common, that one passion, yoga.
I largely practice Hatha yoga, having not really explored meditation or dhyani…until now! As part of my homework, I am to explore different meditative techniques and see which suits me best. I have chosen candle-gazing, also know as Tratakam, and OM chanting. I have done a lot of reading on meditation in the past couple of week and what I have come to understand is there are a near infinite number of techniques, but the essence of meditation is singular: the cultivation of mindful awareness and expanded consciousness. People have meditated for many thousands of years, and I believe the reason we choose to meditate is dependant on the meditator - but it is also true that anyone who meditates regularly receives profound benefits on all of these levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Two of the books that have furthered my understanding include ‘Awakening Kundalini: The Path to Radical Freedom’ by Lawrence Edwards and ‘True Meditation: Discover the Freedom of Pure Awareness’ by Adyashanti. I was drawn to both these books in our library at The Yoga Shop.
I am delighted to have read Awakening Kundalini book because of the beauty present on each and every line! The subject is explored with breath and depth. It tells the story of the authors call through his early visionary experiences to the process of awakening - known as Kundalini, his meeting with his Indian teacher, Swami Muktananda and how his life unfolded from that chance meeting. He takes us beyond the confines of the deceptive certainties of our ego mind towards the experience of the deepest ground of our own being. Kundalini is the path of reunion with the Divine Consciousness that lives and breathes in all of us: capable as he says, of transforming our mind, our body and every aspect of our lives.
The second book, True Meditation, is a set which includes a short book and 1CD. New to mediation, I found Adyashanti emphasise on meditation not being about trying to perfect a technique but rather about letting go of techniques and control to achieve spiritual awakening and enlightenment, being of great value . This book was an insightful experience-based observation on the nature of meditation. Adyashanti also urges that we act with a meditative state of mind in all areas of life, not just while we are meditating. I believe this book to be a good investment for both beginners and for seasoned meditation practitioners alike.
But as Pattabhi Jois says, Yoga is only 1% theory and 99% practice.