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Lesson 187 -
Establishing and Maintaining Daily Practice (Audio)
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- Which Practice to Add Next? (Audio)
Date: Wed May 12, 2004 11:56am
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Q: I came upon this site last week and have started the mantra twice a day,
however I missed last night. I got back at it this morning. I am very
undisciplined, I don't sleep well and my days get off track sometimes. Do
you have any suggestions for people like myself? Thank you
A: If you keep up with daily meditation for at least a few months, that will
bring more steadiness and pleasurable feelings, and better sleep. Regularity
in daily practice comes from the recognition of this "cause and effect" of
In the beginning, it is a matter of forming a habit. If you view meditation
to be part of your regular routine of hygiene and nourishment, then it will
fit into the normal sequence of morning and evening activities, and will be
sorely missed if not done. Like bathing, brushing teeth, eating, etc.,
meditation is something we will do automatically. If we take that attitude
about it, then the habit will be established and stick. It is our
all-important spiritual hygiene and nourishment.
In the beginning and in the end it is about our desire for more in life. It
is a chicken and egg thing. We want to meditate to feel good, and feeling
good inspires us to meditate. Once we get it rolling with meditation, and
experience some rising inner silence and clarity, then we have more
continuous desire for daily practice - this is "devotion." Devotion going
higher is called "bhakti," which is love of Truth or God. Once we have that
we are always burning inside for spiritual progress, and the best way to
achieve it is by doing our daily practices.
Going into more advanced yoga practices (spinal breathing, mudras, bandhas,
etc.) happens from bhakti also. Then there is more blissful inner silence
and also the rise of ecstasy in the nervous system. That makes us even
hotter for daily practice, and we run to our meditation seat when we get
home from work. At that stage our desire for daily practices is fed by the
living light in our heart and the ever-increasing joy welling up from
within. Our commitment to daily practices rises along with the spirit within
If you form the habit of daily meditation and keep going you will catch the
bug. Actually, the bug will catch you. In time you will find your ordinary
wants and desires transforming naturally toward maintaining your daily
practices. Once the nervous system starts opening, it knows what it wants -
more opening. So our motivation naturally goes for that.
Beyond knowing the most effective methods of yoga, establishing and
maintaining daily practice is the greatest priority. This is how
enlightenment grows in us.
The guru is in you.
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