27 Jun '14
Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw
We all have strengths and weaknesses, and commonly our strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin.
If you are very strong in movement, it is wise to exploit that, but it is also wise to explore it’s opposite.
What sitting meditation does that no other practice does, is island the mind.
It takes the attention away from any hypnotic crutches–music, movement, chant, etc. and offers us the challenge of seeing our thought-habits in their nakedness and working from there. It is always a challenge. It is often frustrating.
It commonly reveals to us who we really are. That can be discomfiting.
For all of these reasons, meditative practice is called Raja Yoga.
It is the king (raja) of transformational practices, the one that gives the greatest boons, and–although it is simplest–is often the most difficult.
Make your Raja Yoga simple.
Do it first thing in morning.
Set your alarm (5 minutes? 30? Anything is good).
Sit until the alarm goes off.
Set the alarm again.
Write gratitude thoughts on scratchpaper or a notebook to fill the (somewhat!) emptied mind with nutrition, until the alarm goes off again.
Wa-lah! You have completed your meditation for the day.
This is a simple approach to a simple practice, but its effects are far-reaching.
I have followed it in some form or another for 30 years.
I’m not enlightened, but I know I am much, much saner.
The proof is in the pudding.
You may doubt. That’s OK. But step away from distractions: sound, movement, etc.–and let yourself try.
Gandhi said it, “Renounce. Then enjoy!