Yoga for meditation…?
Yoga for meditation, yes we have Yoga Nidra and Shavasna and these are Yoga meditations but they are really yoga or is yoga really meditation?
But when you want to meditate for hours as in Vipassana or Shambala meditations,or repeat the one may find themselves sitting for hours in lotus position. Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment after sitting under the Bhodi tree. According to the Bhudist Dhama and Education association-buddhanet.net Meditation is a conscious effort to change how the mind works. The Pali word for meditation is ‘bhavana’ which means ‘to make grow’ or ‘to develop’. What I’m trying to get at in this blog post is that for you to truly be in union to connect you have to be calm in the mind and strong in the body so you can focus sit and allow stillness to set in so that spirit can do it’s work.
Though my continuous development of self, I have been fortunate enough to realise or awaken to that my spiritual development and the development of spirit of humanity rest with consciousness and awakening or the union of the soul not only as an individual but as a race. Now with this this of though it leads me to one of my favourite prayers. The great invocation.
The great Invocation
From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the centre where the will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men –
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the centre which we call the race of men
Let the plan of love and light work out,
and may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let the power light and love and restore the Plan on Earth.
This prayer was written by an unknown soldier in the first world war and in my mumble view is only surpassed by one other Christian prayer and the is the St Francis Payer.
Make me an channel of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
Where there is error let me sow truth.
Where there is doubt let me bring faith.
Where there is despair let there be hope.
Where there is darkness let me shine light.
Where there is sadness let there me bring joy.
Lord grant that i may not seek to be consoled, as it is to console.
To be understood as it is to understand.
To be loved as it is to love.
For it is giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
And it is dying that we return to eternal life.
These two prayers to me are yoga to be able to bring hope to humanity by the simple act of reciting heart opening text, prayers, malas having the strength of purpose in mind, body and soul. So yes I may have went off the track a little with my first statement. “Yoga for meditation” so let me say what I might of said instead. Yoga for humanity. Yoga not as a form of religion (which it isn’t) but yoga as a way at acknowledging of union in all forms of truth, be that religion politics or in friendship.
A rant by David G.