advancing meditation: Integration

Integration is a result of attention brought to bear on the ingredients at hand. Those ingredients can be in a saute pan or a salad bowl, in you on a yoga mat or a meditation cushion, or be the breeze, the color of the sky, and the tone of voice of the child or person you are with.

Interest and attention are expressions of Awareness. They report that you are actively participating in the now, in body, in presence. Active signifies vibrant and participating indicates relating.

Patanjali taught, “Through orientation toward the ideal of pure awareness, one can achieve integration.” II. 45

Yes, if one attends to being aware and holds it as one’s aspiration, then body, speech, and mind will coordinate. Awareness – active participation – will be the result. Repeated through the day, through the week, through the year, this will produce an ongoing integration of awareness upon awareness, of intimate presence of moment – moment after moment, and of Awareness as integrated and integral to who one is.

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advancing meditation: Freedom – Patanjali 3

This week begins with simplicity via the Yoga Sutras. We’ve sat with simplicity before since it is a qualitative experience of Awareness as It is; but this morning simplicity was generated by “freedom from wanting.” Sutra II. 39 states, “Freedom from wanting unlocks the real purpose of existence.”

This sutra provides myriad points for contemplation. What is freedom, what is purpose, what is meant by “existence,” and how does “wanting” imprison one/us? These contemplations and any others that arise for you are encouraged through your day but were not the nature of our meditation.

A simplicity set in early in the sitting. That was our instruction and its result.

Thank you to AntonellaB for the thought-provoking photograph. See her work here.

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advancing meditation: Patanjali 2 – layers

All inner teachings have layers. Some are as obvious as the layers of skin, muscles, and bones, each deeper inside and more substantial, while other layers are subtle. Those, however, are usually more pervasive. An analogy would be to the lymphatic or endocrine systems of the body. If lymph doesn’t move properly, illness anywhere is probable. If the endocrine system is out of balance, emotions, mind, and physical body will be rendered ill or significantly compromised.

Stemming from Patanjali’s sutra on the graphic, we explore a few words for some obvious layers before meditating.

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Only light is direct. Venus and Jupiter.

Right now, only the two light-bringer planets, Venus and Jupiter, are direct. That is to say that they are in forward motion energetically and psycho-spiritually in relation to humanity. All other planets are turned inward, focusing their illuminations on what lies under the surface societally and inside each of us individually.

Eighteen years into this new millennium and simultaneously on the threshold of a new zodiacal age, humanity is being assisted by all the planets and the aspects in the heavens to acknowledge simple truths. With that, we can move forward together into the new and dawning age.

Venus is the planet of relation. Due to relatedness, Venus is the planet of appreciation. But, as the Goldilocks story reports, appreciation is fickle when not rooted in open-heartedness. When value and worth are predicated upon the relation of getting and gain, then along the way and in the end, all beings lose.

Relation signifies inter-connectedness, interdependence, inter-being, and intimacy of the most life-giving kind. Venus’s embrace encircles us. It is the very air we breathe, shared by all beings of this one Mother Earth. Venus’s delicate touch is felt in the beauty of a flower, a butterfly probing that flower, as well as the colorful cultural diversity of human beings around the world.

Jupiter is the planet of joy, a Santa Claus kind of joy. Jupiter is huge; and from its largess, it gives and gives, never questioning if to offer kindness, a smile, or a hand.

Joy is lightness of being, humor, warm-heartedness, and childlike wonder with the moment. Jupiter is contentment – no need for more when there is such excellence in this moment right now.

There was a time when all people of the world would have noticed these two Light-Beings in the sky. Billions still do. Their presence has always meant blessing and is experienced in the goodness felt when looking at them dazzling in the evening or night sky. The awe that their radiance inspires is the same awe that we are called to by their presence: the recognition of the light in one another.

This simple action born of truth of being, born of one’s inner light, is the source of all benevolent and beneficent activities. Intuition is this recognition of light. Inventiveness and creativity is the illustration of recognized light. Revolution is stirred by the dawn of light in hearts and minds oppressed by the darkness of human indignity; and the new ways of a new age will be predicated upon this lightness of being. It is the energy of truth abundant within all.

Illumination is to live from an appreciation that values all, worthiness that brings joy and goodness into the world. Help humanity step forward. With Santa Claus patience and understanding, smile, and add your light to the emanating radiance of the Light-Bringers.

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advancing meditation: Instructions from Patanjali 1

The great rishi, Patanjali, gave meditation instruction long ago. Patanjali’s training is like that of a scientist: sequential, methodical, and based upon direct evidence. As with instructions from the Buddha, if one follows the training in its sequence, meditation will result.

The advancing meditation practice, along with The Practice of Living Awareness, uses the Raja Yoga instructions of Patanjali in tandem with various meditation techniques described and offered by Buddha Shakyamuni. These two awakened beings seeded humanity with the greatest gifts: the art and science of meditation. Meditation, alone, cultivates the natural luminescence of Awareness-mind to become the always-awakened state of Awareness. This, then, coupled with a life of warm-heartedness and altruism is the recipe for perfected harmonious living with all beings and of enticing the greatest light and purpose from Earth herself.

We begin two weeks with the Master Patanjali’s instructions.

 

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