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  Journey of the Self, through the Self, to the Self  (BG:13-24)

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

For how long should I sit in meditation?
Why sit for meditation practice for only two minutes?
How often should I practice?
What time should I practice?
In the beginning I could get my mind to stay still but no more, what do I do?
My mid-back hurts when I practice meditation, Am I doing something wrong?
I cant keep my mind still what should I do?
I have seen many yoga postures in books, I can never do those postures…do you think yoga is for me?
Is it better to practice in the morning or in the evening?
What is a good book to read?
Do you have to do all the postures everyday?
I can't find the time to practice?

Please note, that the answers to these questions are only general and changes as individual as each person is. More detail answers is based on the specific needs of the individual and the level at which the person has attained and is practicing.


For how long should I sit in meditation?

In the beginning sit for meditation practice for only two minutes and then increase the time as you develop the mental and spiritual stamina for sitting!

Why sit for meditation practice for only two minutes?

We want to create a healthy habit for the mind. Since the mind/ego has a habit to latching on to something that is familiar, we will find that when we practice meditation there is going to be a moment or moments of stillness and the whole person wished to continue enjoying the sensation of peace and tranquility as little as it might be.

Here comes the problem, the mind/ego remember how wonderful it was to have just that little moment of peace and when you begin to practice the meditation technique you want to prolong it for as long as possible. This may work well for the first time that you practice. But the next day you that you practice the ego want to recapture the peacefulness of the previous day and the constant hankering of yesterday's good feeling becomes now a major source of distraction and frustration, here because it wants some thing that it once enjoyed. And the practice for that moment disappears.

So the advice is to stay with the practice for only two minutes get in and get out. Let the mind develop a habit of experiencing stillness and not give anytime to chatter least you begin to associate the meditation practice as a time to allow the mind to chatter. The idea is to accentuate the positive as the saying goes!

After a short while three or four weeks then you can begin to increase incrementally by a minute.

The main thing here is to forget yesterday's practice and do your practice for this day and do not look for any benefits from the practice to do so is to allow the ego to get in the way.

How often should I practice?

You can sit as often you can and like, however, choose one time of the day when you must do the practice whatever arises to distract you from the practice (barring family crises). The other times that you sit should be spontaneous.

 

What time should I practice?

Choose a time that is convenient to you and make it a must that you practice at that time, the mind may rebel at the time and times that you choose, but you will see that as the mind forms a habit for doing the practice at a particular time, whenever that time comes around the mind will look forward to the practice.

In the beginning I could get my mind to stay still but no more, what do I do?

The first time you experience still of the mind and peace and this is the conscious mind. As you continue to practice the resulting stillness of the conscious mind now give way to the urge to get out and remove deep seated impressions from the unconsciousness (loose refered to as mind "stuff") mind that contribute greatly to the driving force behind what we do. This is then brought to the conscious mind  and at this point we experience great disturbance. Then the cycle goes through another revolution. Eventually the disturbance slows down because you are in the mean time developing spiritual stamina and can also pick more consciously which impression that is deeply embedded, to be removed.

My mid back hurts when I practice meditation, Am I doing something wrong?

The general answer to this question is that most people do not have a proper spinal posture. It seems that there is a conspiracy amongst furniture makers to prevent straight spine so even the sitting apparatus is being made to encourage a slouching back. If you were to sit on the airplane seats you slouch over; long distance buses same thing. Now in the name of comfort the chairs and sofas for your home are increasingly getting difficult to sit up and so the posture is ruined.

When you sit for meditation using a straight spine for a few days or even a few weeks you are retraining you body to sit straight and the muscles in the mid-back region starts to become sore. However, with perseverance this will go away…remember also that one of the reasons for doing exercises is to remove these bodily inhibitions.

I cant keep my mind still what should I do?

You can practice counting the breath that gives the mind something to do, and as you progress you will develop the mental stamina to keep the mind still. I will share with other techniques on this problem later.

If however, the mind is really so disturbed that even counting the breath is difficult, then stick out the tongue as long as possible and gently bite on the tongue and the mind will completely subside. Which might be all you need to get the thoughts back into correct perspective.

I have seen many yoga postures in books, I can never do those postures…do you think yoga is for me?

Yoga is for anyone, even someone who is incapacitated and is confined to a wheel chair can do yoga…the problem is that Yoga is popularized in many places as having to twist you body in pretzel like shapes and that is not the focus of yoga. Yoga is what you do with the mind.

The definition of Yoga is: "Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodah"… Yoga is the cessation of the disturbances of the mind. (other words used in translation for the "disturbances" is "fluctuation", "modifications", "distractions".  Hence, you can begin with very gentle practices and lead the body to becoming increasingly still and as the mind becomes still you will find that the body's flexibility increases. Here then the translation changes and becomes "Yoga is the control of the modifications of the mind" The one who has control over the modifications of the mind is a Yogi.

Is it better to practice in the morning or in the evening?

It really does not matter when you practice. One thing, fix a time when you will do the practice and regardless of the distraction make it imperative that you do the practice. Give the mind a habit that it sticks to as a routine. Although for me I find it more useful in the morning because then I face the day's activities with steadiness of mind.

What is a good book to read?

There are many books to read. One of my teacher use to say each author has something to say. Although, some of the books that are published are best kept on the same shelf with your science fiction; but the author needs to make a living as well...so buy the book!

If the book is written in a language that is easy to read then that author is a very experienced practitioner that would be a good book. If the book has a lot of material and confusing terms and makes meditation (or any practice) out to be something difficult, then, that author does not know the depths of the subject matter be it is meditation or whatever he or she is attempting to teach, share, propagate …'simplicity is the stamp of experience'.  Your call!

Do you have to do all the postures everyday?

To this question I have to repeat something that my teacher told me, we should forget 70% of what we know, when we need to have that memory it will come up. Have a basic routine that includes about six different areas or postures that you are going to practice every day and depending on time availability increase some more postures.

I can't find the time to practice?

The problem here that everyone faces is that when one starts practicing and start feeling good. Thoughts about all the deprivation comes into the mind...things that you think that you were deprived of and that you would rather be doing,  those entertaining things become the focus rather than practicing. Find a time and do the practice, make a  resolve to do the practice routinely.

You will find that as you slow down through practice you will be able to accomplish more. In martial arts there is common saying " if you don’t slow down you will get knocked down". The more you slow down you will be able to see more clearly what you have to get done and be able to line up you priorities easier.

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