Yoga http://anandamarga.org.uk/tags/yoga en How can I find the time and focus to sit in meditation? Part Two: Yogic Exercise http://anandamarga.org.uk/blog/how-can-i-find-time-and-focus-sit-meditation-part-two-yogic-exercise <span>How can I find the time and focus to sit in meditation? Part Two: Yogic Exercise</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/jyotirupananda" lang="" about="/users/jyotirupananda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="c-font-bold">Jyotirupananda</a></span> <span>Sun, 01/21/2018 - 16:04</span> <div class="multiple image field_images"> <div class="data"><div class="c-media"> <div class="c-content-media-2-slider" data-slider="owl"> <div class="owl-carousel owl-theme c-theme owl-single" data-single-item="true" data-auto-play="4000"> <div class="item"> <div class="hidden"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/project__1200x900_/public/2018-01/warrior3.jpg?itok=mYvBBz9q" width="1200" height="900" alt="Asanas" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="c-content-media-2" style="min-height: 360px; background-image: url('http://anandamarga.org.uk/sites/default/files/2018-01/warrior3.jpg');"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="text_with_summary body"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">While I teach meditation to help people find mental peace and spiritual fulfilment, meditators shouldn’t forget about physical health.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">In the last blog I talked of how food is essential for spiritual progress. Certain foods, I noted, encourage mental harmony, as well as giving us physical health.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Here I’ll talk of how the right exercise can help our “innercise.”</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Exercise is working with our body to achieve a good level of health.&nbsp; Our “innercise” is our mental activity which leads us toward mental balance and harmony and ultimately to spiritual fulfilment.</p><div class="wp-caption alignleft" data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_279" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 1.7em 1.7em 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; display: inline; float: left; max-width: 361px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><img alt="Yoga asana- bow pose" class="alignnone wp-image-279" data-attachment-id="279" data-comments-opened="1" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" data-image-description="" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Yoga asana- bow pose" data-large-file="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/yoga_asana.jpg?w=351&amp;h=293?w=300" data-medium-file="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/yoga_asana.jpg?w=351&amp;h=293?w=300" data-orig-file="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/yoga_asana.jpg?w=351&amp;h=293" data-orig-size="300,251" data-permalink="https://meditation4youblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/how-can-i-find-the-time-and-focus-to-sit-in-meditation-2/yoga_asana/" sizes="(max-width: 351px) 100vw, 351px" src="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/yoga_asana.jpg?w=351&amp;h=293" srcset="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/yoga_asana.jpg 300w, https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/yoga_asana.jpg?w=150&amp;h=126 150w" style="box-sizing: border-box; max-width: 100%; height: auto; display: block; margin: 0px auto;" width="351" height="293"><p class="wp-caption-text" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.4rem; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0.85em 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0.85em 0px 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 109, 109); text-align: center;">By Kakiletimadhu – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50200301" rel="nofollow" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(16, 117, 156); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out;">https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50200301</a></p></div><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">In this blog I want to consider the role of asanas – yogic exercises – in our yogic and spiritual life.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">In later blogs we can discuss some more advanced yogic exercises.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Asanas are most useful when prescribed personally by a qualified, experienced teacher, and when they are practiced regularly by the student.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">‘Asana’ means a position which is easily held. It may refer to a comfortable place to sit for meditation, but more commonly we see asanas as physical exercises, designed to build a stronger nervous system. They also help to balance the secretions of our endocrine glands (which include the pancreas, gonads, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pituitary and pineal glands). When these glands are functioning well, they help our emotions and mind to be more balanced. They also improve the function of the various organs.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">In the Ananda Marga system of yoga, asanas can be used to resolve physical problems. Poor digestion? A bad back? Poor blood circulation? Are you overweight or underweight? These and numerous other problems can be helped with yoga asanas.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Yoga asanas also help us find a balanced mind working in harmony with the body to help our meditation. Thus someone who needs to study more may be advised to use a certain asana. Someone who finds it difficult to sit for meditation may be advised to use another asana. Asanas may help someone to overcome excessive shyness or to develop more courage or a better memory.</p><blockquote><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Asanas are most useful when prescribed personally by a qualified, experienced teacher, and when they are practiced regularly by the student.</strong></p></blockquote><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Generally the Ananda Marga society teaches meditation first, and then we prescribe asanas for each individual. While general yoga or asana classes can be beneficial, I find that the most benefit comes when one has a personal set of asanas to do daily. The asanas are designed to support your meditation and to help you with your personal physical or mental problems.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">While medical care is important, the body has a great ability to heal itself if given time, rest and good nutrition. Asanas assist this process. “Yoga,” Swami Vishnudevananda says, “aims to remove the root cause of all diseases, not to treat its symptoms.”</p><div class="wp-caption alignright" data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_289" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; display: inline; float: right; max-width: 494px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><img alt="Yoga together" class="alignnone wp-image-289" data-attachment-id="289" data-comments-opened="1" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" data-image-description="" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;4.5&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Michael Williams, Sonic Fitness&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;NIKON D7000&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1386961618&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;Copyright, Sonic Fitness, 2012, Creative Commons: Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;38&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;800&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.016666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;True Hot Yoga Teacher Training - Partner Yoga, Commencement&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="Yoga together" data-large-file="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/11497104636_76c77855ce_o.jpg?w=484&amp;h=321?w=676" data-medium-file="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/11497104636_76c77855ce_o.jpg?w=484&amp;h=321?w=300" data-orig-file="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/11497104636_76c77855ce_o.jpg?w=484&amp;h=321" data-orig-size="2400,1590" data-permalink="https://meditation4youblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/how-can-i-find-the-time-and-focus-to-sit-in-meditation-2/true-hot-yoga-teacher-training-partner-yoga-commencement/" sizes="(max-width: 484px) 100vw, 484px" src="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/11497104636_76c77855ce_o.jpg?w=484&amp;h=321" srcset="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/11497104636_76c77855ce_o.jpg?w=484&amp;h=321 484w, https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/11497104636_76c77855ce_o.jpg?w=968&amp;h=642 968w, https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/11497104636_76c77855ce_o.jpg?w=150&amp;h=99 150w, https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/11497104636_76c77855ce_o.jpg?w=300&amp;h=199 300w, https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/11497104636_76c77855ce_o.jpg?w=768&amp;h=509 768w" style="box-sizing: border-box; max-width: 100%; height: auto; display: block; margin: 0px auto;" width="484" height="321"><p class="wp-caption-text" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.4rem; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0.85em 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0.85em 0px 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 109, 109); text-align: center;">By Sonic Fitness Sports Photography (Joe and Michael)<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sonicfitness/" rel="nofollow" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(16, 117, 156); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out;">https://www.flickr.com/photos/sonicfitness/</a></p></div><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">But how do we know this?</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">In recent decades yoga asanas have undergone a lot of academic research.<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.elsevier.com/" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 18px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(16, 117, 156); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out;">www.elsevier.com</a>notes some of these studies, in, for example,<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ctcpjournal.com%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank/" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 18px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(16, 117, 156); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out;"><i style="box-sizing: border-box; font-style: italic;">Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice</i></a><i style="box-sizing: border-box; font-style: italic;">, or at the University of Miami, the University of California, Irvine and, surprisingly to me, at Islamic University Azad, in Iran. Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health in the USA, and many other studies, also comment positively on the effects of yoga asanas.</i></p><blockquote><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>The asanas are designed to support your meditation and to help you with your personal physical or mental problems.</strong></p></blockquote><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">These studies confirm what yogis have known for thousands of years. In ancient times yogis had their laboratories, of sorts. Their research was based on observation, trial and error and sharing results with other yogis, and doing this over many generations.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">In the old days, many yogis lived in nature, in the forests and jungles. They invented some asanas by observing the animals around them. Noting a certain animal had a specific trait, they practiced the animal’s posture to see if they might acquire something of the animal’s nature.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">For example, a peacock has very strong digestion. So the yogis developed a position, which is similar to a peacock’s posture. This position puts acute pressure on the stomach and helps people improve their digestion.</p><dl class="wp-caption alignnone" id="attachment_295" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; width: 2048px;"> <dt class="wp-caption-dt" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 18px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><img alt="Shavasana- rest pose" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-295" data-attachment-id="295" data-comments-opened="1" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" data-image-description="" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.5&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;NIKON D40&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1204360620&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;18&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;800&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.02&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="Shavasana- rest pose" data-large-file="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2309653662_926789813e_o.jpg?w=676?w=676" data-medium-file="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2309653662_926789813e_o.jpg?w=676?w=300" data-orig-file="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2309653662_926789813e_o.jpg?w=676" data-orig-size="2048,1358" data-permalink="https://meditation4youblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/how-can-i-find-the-time-and-focus-to-sit-in-meditation-2/2309653662_926789813e_o/" sizes="(max-width: 676px) 100vw, 676px" src="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2309653662_926789813e_o.jpg?w=676" srcset="https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2309653662_926789813e_o.jpg?w=676 676w, https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2309653662_926789813e_o.jpg?w=1352 1352w, https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2309653662_926789813e_o.jpg?w=150 150w, https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2309653662_926789813e_o.jpg?w=300 300w, https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2309653662_926789813e_o.jpg?w=768 768w, https://meditation4youblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2309653662_926789813e_o.jpg?w=1024 1024w" style="box-sizing: border-box; max-width: 100%; height: auto; display: block; margin: 0px auto;"></dt> <dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 18px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px 1.5em 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Shavasana, By teakwood<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/teakwood/" rel="nofollow" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 18px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(16, 117, 156); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out;">https://www.flickr.com/photos/teakwood/</a></dd></dl><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Gradually the yogis realized asanas can influence our mind and emotions. An asana called ‘viirasana’ (brave posture) helps people acquire more courage. Another posture, ‘kurmakasana’ (tortoise posture), helps one become more introverted.&nbsp; Through many generations of experiment and practice, yogis developed a body of knowledge related to the effects of asanas.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">It is said that there are perhaps 50,000 asanas. However, in Ananda Marga we use about 50 asanas plus some related postures, which are most useful. A judicious combination of these asanas can help one to keep good health. Usually a student will practice three to five asanas in the morning and a similar number at night to get the most benefit from the asanas.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">As with meditation or anything else you want to learn, practice makes perfect in the field of asanas. The accompanying images show a few of the main asanas.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">For more information about the benefits of asanas, and about meditation in general, you can read my book: “Meditation: Searching for the Real You”, available online.</p> </div> <div class="multiple entity_reference field_tags"> <div class="data"><ul class="c-tags c-theme-ul-bg"><li>Yoga</li><li>Meditation</li></ul></div> </div> <section class="c-comments"> </section> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:04:27 +0000 Jyotirupananda 233 at http://anandamarga.org.uk Meditation: Be all You Can Be http://anandamarga.org.uk/blog/meditation-be-all-you-can-be <span>Meditation: Be all You Can Be</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/jyotirupananda" lang="" about="/users/jyotirupananda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="c-font-bold">Jyotirupananda</a></span> <span>Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:26</span> <div class="multiple image field_images"> <div class="data"><div class="c-media"> <div class="c-content-media-2-slider" data-slider="owl"> <div class="owl-carousel owl-theme c-theme owl-single" data-single-item="true" data-auto-play="4000"> <div class="item"> <div class="hidden"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/project__1200x900_/public/2018-01/20080615-p6153947.jpg?itok=dtSm44kF" width="1200" height="900" alt="Mediation on cliffs" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="c-content-media-2" style="min-height: 360px; background-image: url('http://anandamarga.org.uk/sites/default/files/2018-01/20080615-p6153947.jpg');"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="text_with_summary body"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">A few years ago I wanted to buy one domain name. I knew with this domain, anyone who wanted to feel good, even perhaps anyone who wanted anything at all, would visit the website. Of course the domain name was taken already. Wonder what it was? Amazon? Nah. Google? No way. E-Bay. Hardly.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The domain name I was looking for was:<span> </span><a href="http://www.whatsinitforme.com/" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 18px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(16, 117, 156); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out;">www.whatsinitforme.com</a></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">After all, why do we do anything, and everything? Because there’s something for me, some way I can become healthier, wealthier or perhaps wiser. Or, in a nutshell: to become happier.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Meditation is the one tool I’ve found which can be all things to all people. Well, at least it can be most things good and useful to most people. So how and why do we meditate?</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">First, let’s see what meditation is.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Sometimes we meditate without realising it. You may be walking along the beach, or hiking in the hills, or bicycling on the open road. Or, you’re sitting somewhere, thinking about anything. Then your mind clicks into a new idea, or into understanding a situation or into a ‘zone’ where everything seems good and right and clear.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">I call this a sort of spontaneous meditation. Others may call it daydreaming. If you let the moment pass and just go on to your next activity, or thought or task without using that insights, then perhaps it is just daydreaming.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Unlike daydreaming, meditation is not haphazard. There is a method, which gives us a focus and a purpose in life.</p> <p><img alt="daydreaming_11311538563.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="541" src="/sites/default/files/AMWEB/daydreaming_11311538563.jpg" width="676" /></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Daydreaming, Paulo Valdivieso from Lisboa, Portugal, on Flickr:<span> </span><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/58446476@N00?rb=1" rel="nofollow" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(16, 117, 156); text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out;">https://www.flickr.com/people/58446476@N00?rb=1</a></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Though there are many ways to describe meditation, one good phrase is ‘concentrated thinking.’  The idea here is to train the mind to be more focused than it usually is.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">You can learn a meditation practice from a qualified teacher (contact me if you have queries about this). It is always learned in a private setting between the student and the teacher. There is no fee involved.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">But what role does meditation play in our lives?</p> <blockquote> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>To practice meditation is not rocket science.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">According to Yoga philosophy, human consciousness itself has no natural limitations.  Limitations happen when we associate the mind with limited thoughts and limited objects. Then we lose the big picture.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">And thus comes stress, fear, confusion and problems which come with them.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Years ago I was in a park overlooking a busy road. I could see two cars approaching a corner from opposite directions, not able to see each other. If one car had drifted into the other lane, a serious accident could have happened. They couldn’t foresee it, but I could, having the advantage of distance and height. Fortunately nothing did happen, but if I had wanted to warn them, the distance separating us would have prevented me from doing so.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Where safety could have depended on the drivers connecting with someone ‘higher up’, in meditation it’s about communicating with or connecting with, our higher intelligence, our higher consciousness.</p> <div class="wp-caption alignnone" data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_223" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; max-width: 4602px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> </div> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">To practice meditation is not rocket science. The early stages of meditation are easy to learn.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">However, the rocket science of meditation, though not the technique, is to get yourself to sit there with your back straight, your eyes closed and your mind becoming more centred.  The first two parts are not hard, but keeping your mind focused in the meditation, well, that’s a challenge for many people, in this busy, ‘move move move’ world.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">How can we develop the patience to sit for a period of time every day where we seem to be completely unoccupied?</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px 0px 1.7em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">This is a challenge and we’ll take that up in the next few blogs.</p> </div> <div class="multiple entity_reference field_tags"> <div class="data"><ul class="c-tags c-theme-ul-bg"><li>Meditation</li><li>Yoga</li></ul></div> </div> <section class="c-comments"> </section> Mon, 22 May 2017 13:26:04 +0000 Jyotirupananda 235 at http://anandamarga.org.uk