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vanity. This is the 'I am' of identifying
with the singular body and mind. This
identity can include your name, where
you live, your family and what you do.
Beyond that it individuates every person,
all powers of perception and action, and
all thoughts and feelings. But isn't this
what defines us? What we think, how we
feel and what we do? Yoga asks us to
open to a deeper experience, the
spiritual self. This is the power within
that has always been there, from
childhood through every phase of
ageing, at every location, in every activity
and even in deep sleep. As the ultimate
witness, this higher self is the part within
that knows we are dreaming, that
provides the intuitive voice and
generates the life force itself.
The Kena Upanishad asks, "At
whose behest does the mind think? Who
bids the body live? Who makes the
tongue speak? Who is that effulgent
Being that directs the eye to form and
colour, and the ear to sound? The atman
(spiritual Self) is the ear of the ear, mind
of the mind, speech of the speech. The
atman also is the breath of the breath
and the eye of the eye."
Practice: connecting at a deeper level
Whenever you get caught in confusion,
distress or unresolved problems, catch
yourself, in the same way as a movie goes
into slow motion or stops at one image.
Focus only on your mind, placing no
blame on any outside situation. Ask
yourself: Who is feeling the conflict? Who
is doing the thinking? Who is generating
breath? Try to go beyond individuality to
consider the ultimate cause of everything.
See if you can shift into a more positive
Contemplation on the source
Meditate on the source of everything:
the source of each thought, each feeling,
each action. The foundation of yoga is
attentiveness on the self. As you remove
the cloak of the mind you experience the
vast expanse of your own luminosity.
Awareness itself arises from your
consciousness to provide the light of
light and sound of sound. Contemplate
your awareness and the source of
aware of these
afflictions, we can
avoid being a
victim of them.
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