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Half Lotus

I am now using the half lotus because it seems to help me from getting sleepy.  A little painful & numb in the legs after 30 minutes.  perhaps I'll get used to it and stay longer.


Posted: 3 years ago

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I'll try again

I have been meditating but not using Medivate.  I will give it a go again.  i can at least update it weekly.


Posted: 3 years ago

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I have been using Hebrew mantras and trying to learn a...

I have been using Hebrew mantras and trying to learn a bit of the language while also reading this interesting commentary on the Yoga Sutras  http://swamij.com/yoga-sutras.htm

I think some changes are taking place for the better within me.


Posted: 4 years ago

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longer

I meditated for 57 minutes today.  I definitely see the value in a longer sitting time but don't think I have the time or patience or lack of distraction to do it every time.  Maybe at least weekly.


Posted: 4 years ago

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3 am

I woke up at 3 am feeling very rested and alert.  I just layed there listening to meditation music with a liitle more sleep until 6.  Redy to go to work.


Posted: 4 years ago

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Body

As I sit and wait for my body to settle I make intention to relax every inch.  During that process my thoughts also relax and become thin, like thinner air at higher altitude.  Body relaxed and thoughts less active the inner space takes on what seems to be a sacred feel.


Posted: 4 years ago

Tagged: body, sacred

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Thresholds?

When I make effort to sharply focus on the point between the eyes.  Sometimes the inner space takes on a 3 dimentional aspect, like I am in a dome.  It is like crossing an interior threshold.  But even as it feels wonderful it is also tiring.  I can only maintain that a few seconds.

Yoga Sutras speak of concentration more than relaxation.  It seems both are required at the same time though.


Posted: 4 years ago

Tagged: concentration, thresholds

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Recommit

This weekend I decided to get serious. Meditation has been on and off for over 35 years. The older I get the more important it becomes. I am rereading Autobiography of a Yoga to help inspire. Mostly it is the pictures.

I begin with some brief pranayam and stretching. I am developing a practice that I can sustain...not too ambitious to be unrealistic.

Sunday the 24th was one of the best. My body was very relaxed. It was sort of like looking at the texture of the canvas rather than painting on it, except instead of stagnant it was vibrant. Also, In the mind's eye a small purple/blue cloud forms. It expands but at one point turns black. Then within the center of that blackness another little purple/blue cloud forms. It expands and turns black and another forms inside it... on and on.

Relaxing but unusual.

Monday, Tuesday and Today were nothing like that. Just quiet with maybe a little more sleepy images.


Posted: 4 years ago

Tagged: experinces

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