A Meditation Practice

The first time I meditated (or – let’s face it – tried meditating) was at the Sivananda Ashram near Orleans, France, almost 2 years ago. A Sivananda Ashram, no less. I arrived on a Friday afternoon, took a class, had dinner, then sat for satsang: chanting, meditation, lecture. This is also when I chanted for the first time, asking myself what I had got myself into, but that’s a story for another day. After 10 minutes in sukhasana, I couldn’t feel my legs anymore, and was praying for it to be over soon.

The next day, we woke up at 5:30am for the 6:00am satsang, and I was actually looking forward to it. 20 minutes sat still, in silence, my whole body slowly being disciplined, my mind not quiet awake.

Meditation has been part of my life ever since, one way or another. You can sit still for 20 minutes if you want to. You can also meditate while you move. My runs are meditation in movement: focusing on the breath nourishing my body, making my muscles move, that’s focus and stillness of mind.

Today, I just want to share with you the meditation prompt I used in the Serenity Session I held tonight. It is from the Radiance Sutras, a translation of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra by Lorin Roche. This book, my friends, is pure joy and dare I say it, fun. A huge heartfelt thanks to my teacher Claire Missingham for making this book a pillar in my (ever expanding) yoga library.

A suggestion: read the Sanskrit text out loud and let it roll on your tongue and in your mouth, and above all, in your heart.

Hridyam akasha nilinakshah 

padma samputa madhyagah

ananya chetah subhage

param saubhagyam apnuyat

The One Who Is at Play Everywhere  says,

There is a space in the heart where everything meets. Come here if you want to find me. Mind, senses, soul, eternity – all are here. Are you here?

Enter the bowl of vastness that is the heart. Listen to the song that is always resonating. Give yourself to it with total abandon.

Quiet ecstasy is here – And a steady, regal sense Of resting in a perfect spot.

You who are the embodiment of blessing, Once you know the way, The nature of attention will call you to return. Again and again, answer that call, And be saturated with knowing, “I belong here, I am at home.”

If you want to start a meditation practice, head over to Jamie Ridler Studios. Jamie is making meditation her practice for October, joined by a whole group of bloggers. If you need support, then you have found your tribe 🙂

You belong here, you are at home.

PS: no affiliate link here, this is pure love sharing 😉

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