“The principle of nowness is very important to any effort to establish an enlightened society. You may wonder what the best approaches to helping society and how you can know that what you are doing is authentic and good. The only answer is nowness. The way to relax, or rest the mind and nowness, is through the practice of meditation. In meditation you take an unbiased approach. You let things be as they are, without judgment, and in that way you yourself learn to be.” –Chogyam Trungpa
I am happy to share that the weekly Saturday sitting meditation is continuing into the Autumn Schedule. Keeping alive how within meditation, when we consistently relax the mind, clear awareness and true insight grows; and that being present offers direct access to our natural mind and compassionate heart. Taping into this unbounded mind/heart consciousness is known in the Buddhist view as Bodhichita. This is a core aspect of meditation and of yoga embodied.
Along the classical yoga path Meditation or Dhyana, is the 7th limb within an 8-limbed yoga (ashtanga yoga) course. Although it sits higher up the tree of yoga, those of us who dive in deeply and are aligned with living consciously, realize that meditation is not separate from any other yogic branch or any other moment in life.
My experience from Yoga is that the body and the physical practice of yoga are vehicles for this unconditioned awareness, or Bodhichita. From this perspective Yoga’s physical limbs foster enhanced energy flow and balance within the body and the nervous system with a deeper motivation of being awake, kind and authentic to our life, to our relationships to self and others… the cultivation of Bodhichita.
With emphasis on the inward, compassionate awareness aspect of meditation, yoga has a greater impact on connecting individuals and creating a healthy society. Please join us Saturdays at 10 am following my yoga class from 8:15-9:45 am.