LESSONS IN MEDITATION
by Jyotish Novak
Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyanda
"The mind, and its physical instrument, the brain, are restless and must be brought under control before we can meditate properly. In normal waking consciousness, we are programmed to deal with millions of bits of information coming through the senses. After receiving data, we must evaluate it and make countless decisions, most of them completely below the level of conscious awareness."
"Think for a moment about the simple act of walking across your living room to soothe a crying baby. Visually you must see your environment so you can walk through it. This involves not just perceiving objects but also continuously evaluating what your eyes are seeing. Another part of your brain is furiously processing feedback from nerves and muscles, allowing you to remain upright, but not so upright that you can't continue the process of controlled falling that we call walking. Your auditory system is handling sounds, yet you are probably not aware of any of these activities. Your mind is thinking simply, "Oh, the poor thing! I wonder why he's crying?"
Is it any wonder that we have a hard time getting this supremely dynamic mind of ours focused when we try to meditate?"
Join us for an evening of meditation where you will learn a few simple techniques to help bring your mind into focus and your body into relaxation; thus allowing you to dive into the ocean of peacefulness.