Rewiring the System

Spiritual ‘Hobby’ Transformed One Breath At A Time

Posted in Uncategorized by rewiringangel on April 7, 2009

The Sutras of Patenjoli is the source of all the earliest codified meditation practices.

The little sentences describe the fruits of this behavior.  I met a lovely woman on face book who was talking in general terms about so many people she meets who have their mental focusing practice as a ‘spiritual hobby’ rather than a spiritual discipline.

This  idea impressed me. It is an easy way to see the difference of dedication and hobby.  It is spiritual discipline as a glad engagement of a person’s heart and mind striving for harmony.

Who are we, as human beings?  What will a certain inner listening in quiet surroundings bring into our life?  Patenjoli wrote his little poem like suggestions over nine thousand years ago.  His practices have fathered all the truth found in the many spiritual facets we see displayed today in houses of worship.  Worship has been created by gladdened quiet minds.

We are at a different time and place along the spirals of time.

Now is a time where we each one of us can sit on the outside of an organization and make a plan for contacting the immaterial in our own image.  The time of needing an interceder to take our values and integrity out to infinity is past. Start by learning how much input we are taking into our selves.  The first step is to look at the sensatory impressions from actions as things and emotions, both fears and joys. The thoughts, both externally produced and internal images have to be seen for what they are,. They truly are not solid, yet daily we give them power as immovable and permanent.

“Withdrawing the senses:  Pratyahara is the withdrawal of the senses (indriyas) of cognition and action from both the external world and the images or impressions in the mind field (2.54).”

These are Patenjolis’ exact words. They are few words full of deep spiritual scientific meaning.  I included his sentence as a public service for you to see that there is no ism intended.  He is very clear that only the person doing the breathing gains the experience and effect.

The senses are said to follow the mind in the same way the hive of bees follows the queen bee. Wherever she goes, they will follow. Similarly, if the mind truly goes inward, the senses will come racing behind. Gaining mastery over the senses is the first step.  It is not a baby step but involves using all the muscle of your consciousness to find that point of focus and not allow any impression to move your focus.  Our senses seem to drag us around in the external world, whether pursuing material objects, food, or circumstances related to professional, social, or economic life. I suggest you focus on your belly button moving out when you fill your belly with air and gently going back in toward your spine when you exhale.  It is important to exhale as totally and fully as possible so that no stale depleted air remains in your system.

Through the routine practice of removing focus on externals as a daily meditation at a regular time, we gradually gain positive control over our mind.  Patenjoli alludes that our mind is a being,
obsessively drawn towards all of those objects. This is a further
refinement of minimizing the coloring of the mind with images other than the air going in your nose and mouth and circulating all around and through your body then leaving through the mouth.
First comes posture and breath: Sense withdrawal rests on the solid foundation of a steady, comfortable meditation posture and smooth, deep, quiet breath that has no pauses, nice and easy with loving attention to the person breathing. Without these two steps, sense withdrawal becomes a battle. With posture and breath regulated, meditation comes much more naturally.


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