“People began doing (yoga) postures so they could sit for a long time.
And what will happen if you sit longer? Conflicts will disappear. You will feel calm.
So learn to sit first before you talk about meditation.”
~ Vijayendra Pratap
I enjoy this practical approach. So many beginners try to meditate when their mind is hyperactive or they feel overwhelmed and distracted. Just sitting down and expecting your mind to be still doesn’t work.
Taking time to prepare for sitting meditation is important for beginners and practitioners alike.
Yoga postures prepare us by moving the body and stretching while focusing on the breath.
At the beginning you are able to sit for a bit and notice what is alive in you: your thoughts, emotions, body sensations, resistance or judgments about what the experience should be like…
In meditation you learn to embrace everything that comes up.
Focusing on the breath will help you keep coming back to each moment.
Remember meditation isn’t about getting anywhere.
Its about finding where you already are.
In that knowing is where peace resides.