Mindful Meditation

mindful meditation

“The disunited mind is far from wise; how can it meditate? For the unmeditative there is no peace; for the unpeaceful, how can there be happiness?  For the mind which yields to the wandering senses carries away his wisdom as a gale carries away a ship on waters as quoted in The Bhagavad Gita, the most famous of all ancient yogic scriptures recommended for further spiritual awakening.

The Eightfold Path of Ashtanga Yoga

The ethical disciplines of yama and the personal disciplines of niyama  are the first and second limbs of the eightfold path of yoga also known as Ashtanga. The yamas are practices of purification, the five as quoted by PATANJALI (the Godfather of yoga) being non-violence, truth, non-stealing, transforming a vital force to a spiritual level and greedlessness. They are guidelines for living to our greatest potential. The niyamas are personal disciplines; disciplines on which we work with the aim of self-improvement which include purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study and surrender.

The third limb of the tree of yoga is asana and is the gate through which most westerners enter a yoga practice. The asanas, or yoga postures are a gateway to the self; they train the body and focus the mind. We complete our asana practice with savasana, or corpse pose.  This asana encourages us to remain motionless keeping the mind still whilst being fully conscious.  In this posture one learns to relax in order that the conscious relaxation post practice replenishes the body and mind. It is more difficult to still the mind than the body so this apparently easy posture is actually one of the most difficult to master.

The fourth limb of yoga is pranayama which relates to breathing exercises that regulate energy and life force through rhythmic control of the breath and breathing techniques that offer spiritually beneficial rewards. These yoga poses and breathing techniques train the mind and body to turn inwards.

The Breath & Breathing Exercises

Start to notice your breath patterns… when you’re in the car/running late… when you’re engaged in a challenging conversation… when you’re anxious or angry. Notice how the breath changes according to your mood, your state of mind, the pace of your day. Notice when you are irritable how your breath is quick and unsteady. Then, immediately when commencing deep breathing, watch how your mood changes, how the turmoil and tension eases and the breath becomes quiet and calm.

Breath is prana. Prana is vitality, strength, the hidden energy in the atmospheric air. Your breath is your spiritual guide, an inner mirror; a narrator to yourself … always with you, ever present.

Meditating on Mindfulness

Pratyahara works directly on furthering the internalisation introducing us to the spiritual healing practices of mindful meditation. Withdrawing from the senses in order to experience our senses ever more deeply is known as the practice of Pratyahara. Pratyahara, the fifth limb of the eightfold path of Ashtanga yoga, is concerned with mind control. It is the bridge to deep meditation. The focused attention of Dharana leads us to a state of meditative absorbtion, Dhyana, a complete stilling of the mind. The final gift of yoga and the last part of Patanjali’s eightfold path, is that of enlightenment, Samadhi, the ultimate experience of peace and joy.

“It is seeing the soul face to face, an absolute indivisible state of existence in which all differences between body, mind and soul are dissolved”.

What is Meditation?

meditationEthical practices and spiritual practices go hand in hand. Meditation is simply one part of the spiritual journey that includes the third stage of Patanjali’s eightfold path; dharana, dhyana and samadhi which can simply be translated as concentration, meditation and union with the Universal self. 

Meditation is difficult to express in words. It must be directly experienced in one’s life and although one can experience guided meditations, it is not an art to be learnt in a meditation class or on a meditation course but rather one must learn to meditate oneself, through commitment of this spiritual practice. 

Meditation techniques may be shared and meditation classes or meditation for beginners classes are most beneficial but the practice of mindful meditation, of healing meditation, of spiritual growth are all down to the individual practitioner. Self-practice is the key. Often beginners to meditation like to practice meditation with music as this allows for a focus for the mind.

In the words of Pattabhi Jois, fondly known by his students as Guruji, founder of Ashtanga Yoga, to whom we owe gratitude and thanks for many of our learnings over the years:

   Practice, practice, all is coming”

Meditation brings the complex consciousness to simplicity and innocence without pride and arrogance.

Mind science research has suggested that the key to most of the things we want in life, whether it’s abundance, career success, health, happiness or enlightenment, lies in a particular state of mind. 

We at SUBLIME offer you spiritual growth through guided meditations and meditation exercises to help you to tap into the unlimited power of your mind. 

These meditation methods can help you attract the things you want in your life through controlled relaxation techniques that bring about maximum usage of the logical left brain and the creative right brain. When we learn how to do this through mindfulness meditation, we can bring about massive positive transformation to our lives. Recently commented on by one of our corporate clients, meditation in London if practiced by more people would make the city a happier, less-stressful place.  

How to Meditate

asana mediationIt is quite simply about practice. Whether the practice be one of asana practice (a moving meditation), of breathing exercises, of sitting, withdrawing, focusing on the breath/meditation mantras/on the internal silence of one’s mind, it is ultimately the outcome of one’s commitment.

The benefits of yoga and meditation, of being present are then reaped. If one works an 8-hour day, he can expect to receive a salary for 8-hours of work. In the same way, if one works diligently on asana, pranayama and pratyahara, he will receive his reward of dharana, dhyana and samadhi which are the effects of that practice.

“The present moment is where life can be found and if you don’t arrive there, you miss your appointment with life”

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