yoga meditation and philosophy with Lynn
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Homework Winter 2004 Week 2
Continue to observe the
relative state of stillness in your body several times a day. When you
notice you are moving the body with agitation or jerkiness or making
unnecessary motions, take a moment to notice the breath and the thoughts
in the mind. Make a mental note on what you observe. Now sit upright,
exhale and relax the body. Follow the smooth flow of the breath from
nostrils to navel and back for 2 minutes. Allow the breath to flow evenly
without any breaks or jerkiness.
2. After reading the piece below, observe the mind when something doesn’t go the way you want it to. It could be anything – like frustration with traffic ‘in your way’ or someone getting recognition you wanted for yourself. It could be observing a craving for some kind of comfort when you’re tired or stressed. Write about your observations.
Answer the following journal questions:
1. What did observe about stillness in my body this week? What was going on in my body, breath and mind when I wasn’t still? What was the impact of the two minute breath awareness?
2. Early this week – read the piece. Write about one of your mental or emotional habits or attachments and how it disturbs your stillness.
Reading by Swami Veda Bharati
“Silence your conditioning, your habitual personality which is not your spiritual personality. Your habitual personality is that which likes this, and likes that. Doesn’t like this, doesn’t like that. Doesn’t like to associate with such-and-such kind of person. Doesn’t like to sleep on such-and-such kind of bed. Likes to have such-and-such kind of bed and is totally dependent on it. If you do not have that such-and-such kind of bed or such-and-such type of clothing or that such-and-such kind of company, you are very uncomfortable. And resentment arises. The craving for the forms to which your mind is habituated produces anger. The craving for the objects to which you are habituated, the craving for those produces anger, and out goes your silence and your contentment. That habitual personality is not your true personality. Beyond that – because beyond the physical person, the psychological person, there’s another person. And That is you.”
This may be helpful – Internal dialogue
More on how to journal.