Importance of Rhythm in Meditation

Cover of Training the Mind through Yoga

Before starting to meditate, there are three preliminary things to be established: a rhythm in timing a rhythm in posture a rhythm in the preparation to be carried out immediately before the actual meditation begins. The more conscious a pupil becomes of his inner processes, the more aware he will be of his disharmony, and…

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Daily Meditation – Rhythm in Time and Place

Timing It is recommended that we choose in advance: – a set of meditation practices – what time of day we will do our practices – for how long we will do the practices each day – for how many days we will do these practices and then to abide by the decision we have…

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Daily Meditation – Inner Preparation

Each set of meditation practices begins with an inner preparation. The point is to come to the meditation in the right spirit, or the right attitude, just as we would to any important engagement. We will all find our own way of making this adjustment, for now, here is a formula we can adopt: Approach the…

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Meditation on a Text

When meditating on a text we want to keep our attention focused on the meaning expressed in the text. At first this meaning is understood as an idea, and as meditation matures, it is recognised as a truth about our Self. So first we read the text to ourselves a few times until the meaning…

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On the Life of Higher Love

Cover of Awakening to Self-Knowledge

All human beings are born with an innate need to love and to be loved. Love is one of the two most precious urges of human nature— the other being the urge to know. Love means expansion. We do not like to have our experience confined to a fraction of the finite world. Nor are…

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On Discovering Our Infinite Nature

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The chief purpose of the Yoga of Self-Knowledge is to awaken us to the truth of our essential nature. This truth is that our innermost Self is identical with the supreme reality that underlies and makes possible the universe. Our fundamental nature is infinite, imperishable, and transcends the conditions that apply to our physical and…

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Cover of Self-Knowledge Journal Spring Issue

In its broadest sense, Dharma stands for the most subtle, fundamental law underlying the universe, well-known to sages and seers. Indeed, it is by trimming their sails to this law that they have discovered the way which, as the Upanishads say, ‘carries one beyond sorrow’—the way which is called Yoga. Increasing our knowledge of the…

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