Step 8: Asana: meditative attitude, inner awareness

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Sunset-BuddhaAsana has layers of meaning. Each describes or points to an aspect of living with vibrant, full awareness.

  • Posture effects and qualifies one’s mind. Change the posture and the mind will adjust. A slouchy posture creates a lazy mind. A straightened posture in any situation clears the mind.
  • Position is mudra. Mudra is a conscious method of conducting and directing energy. What we might not understand that we are doing mudras all day. Our body is directing energy throughout the day. What kind of energies are you directing and where are you directing them to?
  • Attitude. Asana means attitude just as it means posture or position. Like posture, change one’s attitude and the moment changes, for benefit or detriment.

There is more. The beauty of meditation is that there is no limit to what we can discover. Why? Because we have been living in a small reality. Meditation opens reality and there’s no limit to that.

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Let it begin with me.

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globe in hands“Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.”

Let there be kindness, respect, courtesy on Earth and let it begin with me.

Let there be creative inspiration on Earth and let it begin with me.

Let there be patience, care, simple wisdom, and clarity and let it begin with me.

This meditation has long potent silences as celebrate what humanity is capable of. As each person brings forward human dignity and excellence then the whole world is changed. How? By actions and decisions born from dignity and excellence. Let us live from dignity. Doing so, we can transform how humanity lives with itself and the world.

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Meditation, step by step

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____2261343No matter how one learns to meditate or deepen one’s practice, steps and incremental technique with be the method. This is how we learn to do anything. Step 8: Asana, integrates one’s practice into a form while also adding an integral part – one’s body. This body is how we accomplish everything including meditation. Without it, we are not incarnated.

Read more about asana and meditation on the Spirit Fire site. As it says, “We support our meditation by including our body, not abstracting from it.”

Step 8: Asana and sacred silence

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Meditation_by_galifardeuLess instruction, more meditation in this session. Instruction in The Practice of Living Awareness asserts the ongoing integration of the current instructions into one’s day and life. On the cushion is important. In that way, we learn to meditate, hold a meditative state, and thereby have insights and realization. But that is not enough because, ultimately, it is selfish. “I” have the insight. “I” experience peace or tranquility. “I” perceive that there is interconnectedness to life. Excellent! Now do something with it.

Integrating tranquility results in patience and a calm demeanor. Integrating insights results in transformation and letting go. Integrating an awareness of interconnectedness into one’s life results in a flow of positivity from and to one as a relaying point of goodness not a delaying point of self-interest.

When Asana is added to one’s practice, one’s practice gels in a further or richer way. Why? In The Practice of Living Awareness this is so because our focus on Asana is for mindful appreciation and engaging of every part of one’s incarnation. The bowl inside the hips invites awareness of one’s stability and how we fill ourself, our time, etc. Or tightening the belly button area triggers a brightness in the mind and a possible corresponding moment of stillness in the throat center or a tickle. Why does that happen? Because they are a interdependent pair and a direct experience of this is possible by The Practice’s method with Asana.

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Photo: Meditation from DeviantART

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