Pranayama – using the breath to develop energy, to control energy and to extend it throughout the body. The practice involves breathing at different rates and rhythms. This enhances the ability to process the air that provides said energy; it also increases the ability to focus. Traditionally, it is practiced by either lying, standing or … Continue reading Ways that I approach practicing pranayama
We take care of everything except 'Self'. We exist in the mundane realm of self.
There is only the present. Smell it. Taste it. See it. Feel it. Hear it. Let it pass. It can only be grasped experientially. Human existence in the mundane world gives rise to perceptions of time as separate phases: past/present/future. As such, people can be influenced by past mistakes, future fears, past longings or future … Continue reading At Present (there is no Past or Future)
In this existence, this earth plane, it is through the five senses that seeming separated-ness is perceived. Separation, as an illusion, results from the highlighting of differences that manifest due to sense perceptions. Many differences are only points of view which exist along a continuum. However, it is these very differences that lead to arguments, … Continue reading Persisting in Separateness
Infinity operates in all facets of existence. Look at the symbol; it reveals one circle transitioning into another circle. The symbol is diagrammatic of the constant unfolding and evolving of beginning and ending into one another. Infinity interacts within the make-up of all beings on earth. Koshas are conceptual, metaphysical components that existing within the … Continue reading The Koshas and Infinity: Physical, Energetic, Mental, Contemplative and Spiritual Implications.
The changing of the seasons is symbolic of the cyclical nature of the heavens. In temperate climates, there are the seasonal rains that come and wash the earth during spring and autumn. The rains are a sort of announcement, a prelude, to the ensuing summer and winter seasons, respectively. It also during these times that … Continue reading A Cleanse and Detox adherent speaks.
Religion and spirituality are part of the everyday lives of people across the face of the earth. However, they are often seen as being mutually exclusive of each other. Barriers are often erected between the two and serve only to bury, under the opacity of dogma and doctrine, their commonalities. Commonalities between religious doctrine and … Continue reading Christianity and Yoga – Commonalities
"The devil went down to Georgia, he was lookin' for a soul to steal He was in a bind cuz' he was way behind and he was willin' to make a deal" . . . . Charlie Daniels Band. I took a trip down to Georgia. I was soul searching on this trip. This journey … Continue reading Pasaquan – a journey of spiritual imagery
Brahmacharya is a precept in yoga that covers the practice of observing and mastering the senses. The senses, the urges, and the actions that they give rise to, are like a team of powerful wild horses. The senses and urges naturally want to go in their own directions. You, as the individual, end up unconsciously … Continue reading Brahmacharya – temperance in a gotta-have-it world.