Posts Tagged ‘concentration’

Sitting Using Gyan Mudra

In Spiritual Practices and the Sliding Scale of Identity I wrote about using the TSSFIT approach to the human sensory system. The practical applications of using the TSSFIT chart are many, and this article will elucidate how it can be applied to Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

I began studying with Yogi Bhajan in 1984, and my love and gratitude for his teachings continue, almost five years to the day after Yogiji’s physical death. Combining Shinzen Young’s Vipassana (mindfulness meditation) training over the last ten years, particularly his sensory clarity, his TSSFIT chart component, and his “taking the mist out of mysticism”, has helped me clarify Yogi Bhajan’s deep yogic teaching of moving from “mystery into mastery”, in a form that is “trackable, and therefore tractable”.

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Yogi Bhajan, Summer Solstice, New Mexico.

Yogi Bhajan, Summer Solstice, 1985, New Mexico.

Yogi Bhajan gave thousands of different meditations for people to use. Whichever meditations you choose to work with there are two strategies for building momentum in your Kundalini Yoga practice: meditate more often, and deepen the quality of that meditation. Meditating more can involve formal sits, yoga sets, and using various techniques to extend your concentration and awareness throughout the day. Deepening the quality of your meditation is written about in Patanjali’s classic Yogic Sutra’s, particularly in the Eight Limbs of Yoga. The limbs five through eight Patanjali calls pratyahar, dharana, dhyana and samadhi.

Our attention is constantly being pulled here and there when engaged in the outer world. When we withdraw our attention from the outside world, with the eyes closed and the listening directed inwards – unless you’re listening to the activity of chanting – there are less distractions. This enables us to direct attention inwards, which helps us engage in pratyahar. As we’re persistent in applying concentration at deeper levels, we begin to synchronize and merge with the Source first in formal meditation, and eventually throughout daily activities. This synchronization and merger throughout formal meditation and in daily life is the deeper meaning of pratyahar in Kundalini Yoga.

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