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Meditation Using Sound & Sensing to Deepen Awareness & Stillness

This yoga nidra invites in sound as an external resource to deepen awareness into the physical and mental body. Sound is invited to help the listener explore and cultivate an understanding of intention (meaning/purpose) through curiosity. Also, in the practice of asking the listener to notice sound, we are creating the opportunity for the listener to temporarily redirect their awareness to this external element and in doing so there is the opportunity to work with sensitization. 

The entire practice is based on inviting in awareness and breath, so there is activation of prana vayu. A body scan was incorporated to create a symbiotic connection to the entire body as a resource in creating body awareness. The movement throughout the breathwork was top to bottom as an approach in encouraging apana vayu movement, which was then balanced with udana vayu as the listener was invited to move their awareness back up the body. 

As we move to more intentionally noticing the breath moving into and out of the body, we are working with inviting in a sense of balance from the center of the body, so there is a tuning in to samana vayu. As we move through the guided process we invite the listener to follow along, and there is the opportunity for them to create a connect to themselves as well as the process of curiosity and exploration. 

We reconnect to intention at the end as a process of bring attention back to the process of self-discovery, noticing what the body needs, how the practice might have offered the chance to shift perceptions (sensitization), and ultimately allowing them to connect back to a sense of care of self and well-being (eudaimonia). As we end, the practice suggests elements to bring in grounding and reconnection

Meditation Using Sound & Sensing to Deepen Awareness & Stillness

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Your Most Perfect Self & Your Energetic Tendencies

Based on the quality of my tone, the words that come out of my mouth, the expression on my face and the subject matter, my husband can pretty quickly tell if my most truest, balanced self is manifest and speaking or if one of the more dysregulated versions is active. The version of myself that can be dysregulated is not at all like my true self. Instead, she is usually protective and fierce or biting and critical. None of these qualities are energies that are balanced, calm or peaceful.

In Ayurveda, we would say that the balanced calm energy is sattva, the agitated dynamic energy is rajas, and the negative, lethargic energy is tamasic.  These energies are referred to as gunas or qualities. Understanding one’s mental state, or energetic tendency, can help usher in clarity, balance, and calmness. No energetic quality is bad in and of itself, and it’s also important to understand that the three energetic gunas are present in everyone and they vacillate at different times of the day.  By noticing and understanding one’s guna type, one can better understand one’s mental state of being, as well the depth and path of one’s soul….ultimately, one can be more evenly aligned with their most perfect self.

Sattvic Energy is aligned with harmony, awareness, and the universe.  Contentment is pure and present, attachments to others and material objects is minimal, love is universally connected, and there is the presence of not being “bound” to the cycle of life and death nor karmic ties. There is purity in action and thought and an accuracy in perception. Sattvic qualities can be encouraged through a vegetarian diet, a daily meditation and/or prayer practice, practicing the Yama of Ahimsa (non-violence), practicing the Yama of Satya (truthfulness), connect daily to earth and nature, and eating fresh fruits, steamed vegetables and including ghee in the diet.

Rajasic Energy ushers in a high level of energy and agitation within the body and mind…a sense of restlessness, there is a low level of contentment with others, there is often awareness of sensations like pain, displeasure, and suffering, there is minimal connection to a spiritual source and there is a tendency to action, movement, and stimulation. They tend to be very self-centered and focused on their own needs, but to those who are helpful and loyal, rajasic people are faithful loyal in return. They like to be in control, and can be controlling, they may have fits of anger, jealousy or rage, they tend to work hard, endure alot of stress, but they are also afraid to fail. Rajasic energy can be calmed through movement, being energized through active breathwork, practicing yoga, and using mudras and visualizations. Rajasic foods are spicy and fermented, and can include grains and legumes.

Tamasic Energy feels heavy, slow and uninspired, there is a tendency towards inaction both in thought and form, and there is an overall disconnection of awareness. One’s perspective is obstructed when this energy is present, they can’t see truth, hear truth, perceive truth or feel connected. There may be an unwillingness for basic cleanliness and self-care and there is a desire to just stop trying and sleep.   Tamasic foods are heavy and grounding and include eggs, meat, mushrooms, garlic, and leftover food. Breathwork is quite slow paced with extended exhalations and yoga that is restorative and slow.

Chart out your mental tendencies in regular language, then label them as sattva, rajas, or tamas. Draw clarity by listing out opposite practices to balance the energy of your gunas, and then actively follow and implement these practices into your waking life….check-in with yourself, and after two weeks re-assess yourself to become aware of any natural shifts that are moving you closer to creating a more balanced, regulated, version of yourself.

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