Food for thought

We can feed the mind, just as we feed the body. Feed the mind positive and happy thoughts and our mind responds in kind, feed the mind negative actions and thoughts and we feel drained and exhausted.

The Mental/Mind-body is most connected with the eyes. When we close the eyes, we immediately begin to quiet the Mental body.

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali says in 1.2: “Yogash chitta vritti nirodaha.” Stilling of monkey mind. As the mind is stilled, our true nature can be revealed. That is love, freedom, and bliss.

The mind will be keen to occupy the space that YOU are working hard to create.

There is a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise. If we discover that our mind has wandered and is following our thoughts, we immediately return to the breath.
Do not resist the interference. That will only create a stronger force. When you resist the force intensifies.

The mind is not always apparent when you begin a practice. You may know of the busyness of the mind. The thoughts of the mind. The prejudices and judgment of the mind. The joys of the mind too. But as you sit and spend time cultivating the watcher you will start to see other aspects too.

This exercise of noticing the mind is one that will give you great knowledge and understanding of your deeper self and the absolute possibilities you have within you as you tame your mind and reach beyond it to find stillness and silence.

Even in grabs, stillness and silence have immense value.

Breath

Life is defined by breath. The first breath and last breath, and all in between. The quality of the breath depends on the body and the mind. When we are on a relaxed state we can breathe all the way to the belly or in fact anywhere we choose.

When we are in stress the breath will be shallow, frequent and in the shoulders and possibly upper chest.

Breath is a thread that connects all life on this planet. Making the most of the breath in a meditation practice is the answer to a steady regular practice. It is what takes you in and what brings you out of your practice. In this way we commence the session by simply focusing on our breath. Creating a regular pattern. Reducing areas of tension. Creating space where previously there was a limitation.

Acknowledging and then focusing on the breath is the beginning of the practice (the actual practice) and the end, the moment you exit a practice. We also go to the breath (renew the connection to the breath) many, many times when in meditation. When the mind gets in the way breath can be there to settle the mind and bring us back into the rhythm of a practice.

We sit with our eyes partially closed and turn our attention to our breathing. We breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control our breath, and we try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils.