Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stillness


Yoga Sutra 1:2 Yoga citta vrtti nirodhah. Yoga is the cessation of fluctuations of the mind.

One of our principle objectives in yoga is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is awareness. We can practice mindfulness while doing almost anything: walking your dog, riding your bike, practicing yoga, or just sitting.

Getting quiet and drawing in to stillness is necessary for any good work to happen. It's this quietness, this stillness, that allows the busy waters of our mind and emotions to settle enough for us to see what's down in the depths our being.

When we find this True Self, our work becomes effortless because we no longer feel that we are trying to affect anything from a personality we've conjured from a pretense. Rather, our work generates from this deep relationship with who we truly are. Our work is simply an extension of our deeper selves, the self that knows everything.

Our work, our medium is, as one good friend says, the loudspeaker of the soul.

To find this voice, we get quiet.

Can I suggest a stillness challenge? Give yourself 10 minutes of meditation each day this week. Devote a time, lock the door, turn off your phone, let your family members and pets know that you are having some alone time and even set a timer. Start with 10 minutes and if it feels incredible, go longer.

Here are a few simple ways to practice:

There Is Practice
Simply sit, close your eyes, and acknowledge what you sense, all of your senses. Without value or judgment, simply state what you are experiencing. Rather than identifying with the pronoun "I" simply say in your mind, "There is the sound of traffic, there is fatigue, there is worry, there is an incredible urge to rush to Hatch Family Chocolates and eat 40 pounds of truffles." You know, whatever thought, emotion, sensation occurs. Simply state what is. Try not to identify with it. Just watch it.

Count Your Breaths
Choose a number and count your exhales down from that number to zero. When you loose your place start back at that number. If you get to zero, start back at that or a different number. Keep you mind only on your breath. This is a deceptively difficult practice, I feel.

Mantra
Mantra means to transcend through the use of your mind. Simply find a phrase that means something to you, a scripture, a poem, some tidbit of inspiration, and repeat it in your mind. Words are powerful. You are your word.


Scott


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Scott, thank you for the forum. I took a class from you last week while visiting SLC at Flow and bought your DVD. Love it. Stillness.......I started meditation in the last year, trying the 10 minute every AM like you suggested. All I can say is when I am in that stillness happy place, all I want is more. Tonight I am speaking at a spiritual meeting that I attend on mondays, This reminds me to be in stillness today as a way of preparing to speak from the heart tonight. Thank you. Terah Lambert, Sun City, KS

Anonymous said...

Scott, I love your emails because I feel that the theme's and messages of each week give me an intention to focus on. I love the thought that that intention is accellerated and enhanced through a community. I got to find stillness today as I practice a long meditation after my yoga practice. The word to describe what I felt was "sweet".
I love the mantra idea. The word "compassion" means a lot to me and I feel this word in all of the deep places in my body.

Thank you for being a teacher to me in finding voice through stillness.

Emily
SLC

Anonymous said...

In class last night I thought, "Now's the time," about heroin, about Charlie Parker, about that fact that he came though Odgen right after he wrote that song and played it with local musician Joe McQueen, an amazing and vibrant a man who helped integrate white owned, whites only clubs in Utah,
and

did I

eventually get to

stillness

maybe

for
an
instant?

Scottro said...

Beautiful entry. Thanks for sharing. I had a similar moment with Chet Baker on my turntable crying through is trumpet "Alone Together." As his round notes dripped out of his horn he led me to that exact spot of stillness. Complete presence.

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