A meditation to access your highest self
Yoga is more than just an asana – the practice of physical poses. It is a way to access our infinite possibilities and our power.
You can hear a voice in your head reading this sentence right now. Trippy, right? Maybe go back and read that again.
This voice that you hear is your spirit. Your mind’s job is to receive information through your senses and send impulses to your body to respond to that information or to store it for later use.
But who is the one listening to these words right now? This silent observer and listener of your mind, according to the philosophy of yoga, is your consciousness.
Consciousness, mind and body are separate entities. Mind and body are limited by the limits of their physical nature, while consciousness is pervasive.
It is said that consciousness is the light that emanates from within the body. Some people call this our soul or higher self. Meditation is a tool that we can use to better access our higher selves – our soul selves (atman), also known as our pure state of consciousness.
It is important to understand that we are able to perceive reality beyond the physical. This idea alone expands our consciousness beyond ego to the infinite nature of our consciousness.
Having understood that atman is beyond the mind and body, we can test this theory through pratyahara (i.e. cutting off our senses). For example, when we restrict our senses by closing our eyes or blocking hearing, we are essentially depriving the mind of information.
We notice that we are still sensitive and aware even when the mind is empty, which shows us that consciousness and mind are indeed separate. This state is called samadhi, and yogis practice their whole life to stay in this space at all times.
Even taking 10 minutes a day to enter a state of samadhi is deeply beneficial for mental well-being. We live in a world that tells us that our worth equals our productivity. This constant state of doing can wear us out and leave us disconnected from our true selves.
When we take the time to sit in meditation, we return to our center, we can truly rest and remember that we are not our job, our ego, or even our mind. We are simply beautiful and infinite observers of reality.
Samadhi can also positively affect our relationships. The practice of living the state of samadhi in our daily life is called conscious living. When we engage with the world in a more conscious way, we are in a neutral state of consciousness.
This state is the way in which we can make decisions based on love, logic and patience, as opposed to making decisions from our mind, which operates from impatience or fleeting emotions and which distort generally our judgment.
If everyone practiced meditation to gain access to consciousness, it could help unify humanity. According to yoga theory, there is one source for all of our consciousness: the Divine. We can see it when we notice the collective consciousness.
Have you ever thought of someone and then called a few minutes later? Did you know that several inventions, including that of the wheel, were created in different parts of the world around the same time, before humans could communicate with others who were so far away?
These examples show us that we are all more connected than we believe or behave, and this is because we are all connected by the common thread of divine consciousness.
Here is a five step meditation that you can do at home to access your consciousness:
- Take a seat in a quiet place. Sit up straight, close your eyes, and start to breathe deeply. Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold the air in your body for 4 seconds, and breathe out for 8 seconds. Feel yourself getting heavy in your seat.
- Notice your mind. Notice how he constantly searches, thinks, and processes. Rather than trying to calm your mind, just notice its true nature. Your mind’s job is to think, so we won’t punish it for doing its job.
- Become curious about who is noticing your mind. He is separate from this chatter and thoughts. Notice how quiet this space is. Notice how stable and constant that space behind, or maybe even above, is. See if you can begin to move from mental space to this quiet observation space.
- Once you feel grounded in the still space, see if you can extend that space beyond body and mind. Perhaps you notice that even with your eyes closed, you can look down on your body and see the room around it. You are expanding your awareness.
- See how far you can extend this awareness. Can you feel 10 feet outside of your body? Can you hear 30 feet outside your room? Can you see in space? Notice that whatever you want to access you can, for your real self, your atman, is infinite.
It is a practice. It’s okay if you can’t complete all five steps the first time. Continue to be compassionate with yourself and try again tomorrow. The more you come to this practice, the easier it will become.
Meditation is really a balm to soothe our tired minds and bodies in this chaotic world, because the soul never gets tired, the soul is eternal.
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