Practice of Non-duality
The practical side of the teachings is called Adhyatma Yoga, the way of Self-knowledge.
These are the methods that can lead us to confirm in our own experience what is taught in the theory of non-duality, Advaita Vedanta.
There are practices to be done at special times, and methods that apply to all aspects of life.
Practices at Special Times
A central practice is meditation, to be done daily at a chosen time.
It is also helpful to dedicate some time each day to study and reflection. Thinking carefully about the theory of non-duality is itself a valuable practice.
The non-dual teachings are to be assimilated through a process which could be summarised as listening, reflection and contemplation. This begins at special times and then extends to all the opportunities that life presents to practice.
Practices throughout the Day
Throughout the day we can learn to live consciously, and to remember the ideal, sometimes with the aid of practices such as repeating a key word or phrase, or visualisations.
We develop inner freedom, peace, fearlessness and fulfilment, based on a growing discernment between what is transient and what is lasting, between the activity in our minds, and our true Self.
In this way we become inwardly more independent of outer circumstances and more even-minded in relation to changing events, as we associate ourselves and our true well-being with what underlies all equally.
We can learn how to live in the here and now, and to always ‘do our best, and then let go.’ When matured, this skill makes our actions effective, harmonious and ultimately liberating.
Physical exercises and postures are not important in Adhyatma Yoga, the practical side of the non dual teachings.
To deepen our understanding and awareness of the reality within and around us it is helpful to practice non-duality in these three ways: regular meditation, dedicated study and reflection time, and consciously developing helpful qualities and life-skills.
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Discovering Non Duality
If you are doing some regular meditation and reflection on non duality, you are welcome to contact us with any questions about the teachings, or for further suggestions about your practice.