Advanced Yoga Practices
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Off to a Good Start with
Meditation, but... (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
414.1 - Off to a Good Start with a Lot of AYP
Practices, but... (Audio)
414.2 - Signs of
Overdoing After One Year of AYP (Audio)
June 16, 2010
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: For a few months I have been practicing the I AM mantra meditation twice
daily for 20 minutes. The practice has grown in power and the experience I
have each time feels like a mental cleansing. I had one experience a couple
of days ago where I felt an opening from within and the energy surrounding
me intensified and caused my body to move forward and my head to circulate.
I felt propelled in some way. Since then, I have felt some irritability and
discomfort inside. Also my heart beat is a little more strong. I am
continuing with my practice, of course. However, should I be concerned, or
is this normal? I have read some similar stories in the AYP support forum
but would really appreciate some
advice. I feel stronger from within, but since that experience I feel a
A: Happy to hear things have been going well
with your meditation. It is purification and opening you are experiencing,
and it is normal.
If there is some irritability in daily activity,
first make sure you are taking plenty of rest before getting up from
practices. Lie down for 10 minutes or more, if needed. If there is still
irritability after that, then consider self-pacing your practice time to
find a better balance between practices and daily activity. If difficulty
continues, also review additional suggestions in Lesson 69
(kundalini measures) and Lesson 367 (measures
to mantra meditation).
It is unlikely you would have to go to over-sensitive meditator measures,
but we do have a wide range of situations covered, as needed.
of sensitivity may come and go over time, and we can navigate them with
prudent self-pacing. It is quite normal to find that we have to make
adjustments from time to time. It is the nature of self-directed practice.
The experience of some excess purification and opening you are
describing is a well-known phenomenon that has been explored from many
angles in the AYP writings and
These things come and go. Our job is to keep our daily practices in balance
for good progress with comfort and safety.
Then we find
inner silence rising steadily, and also the energy that "moves stillness"
into every avenue of our life in an unending outpouring of creativity and
divine love. Your experiences are early indications that this natural
process of unfoldment is underway.
you all the best on your continuing path. Enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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