"The sun and moon create time in the form of day
and night. Sushumna (the central passage along
the spine) is the consumer of time, this is the revealed secret. "
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika 4.17
Many people look to meditation for freedom from these external and internal distractions. We must accept that any external distraction is one that we internally allowed. In meditation, we do not need to limit our focus, rather expand our focus to the greater picture that exists in our breath. Our breath is the most basic function of our daily life. Have we ever focused on it during yoga asana, while we are preparing a meal, while we are enjoying a beautiful view of nature? If yes, we understand the bigger picture, and we truly experience time as it is meant to be experienced, we become truly connected. This experience of becoming one with our breath, allows freedom to take place. Now we can ask ourselves have we ever become focused on our breath during an argument, during a passionate exchange, during a time in our life when the person we trusted abuses that trust? This times may be more challenging to focus on our breath, however, if we do we experience the reality of freedom in a magical way. No longer are we limited in our beliefs, no longer do we cling to vicious patterns of behavior, no longer do we feel this awful concept of separateness, instead we become one with our Universe.
"Those who aspire to the state of yoga should seek the Self in inner solitude through meditation" ~ Bhagavad Gita
There will always be moments when we think, analyze, or evaluate an experience or perhaps we just enjoy the natural flow of just being present. When we allow ourselves to be present, there is no distinct between yesterday and tomorrow, no need to compare, no need to digress, and instead we are one with our reality. Becoming one with our reality with acceptance is the true essence of meditation.
"I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live" ~ Ezekiel 37:5
"He breathed on them and said 'receive the Holy Spirit'" ~ John 20:22
"And the Lord formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living soul" ~ Genesis 2:7
Discover the secret to living a full life, free of limitations and take some time to breathe deep. ~ Om Shanti