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Thoughts on Meditation, Yoga and Emptying the Mind




Thoughts on Meditation, Yoga and Emptying the Mind




a lady at yoga class confessed that she was thinking constantly about things during the session… when yoga was supposed to calm her mind and help her focus.

to be honest, i was perplexed. but i think that is because people approach yoga with a western mindset.

in yoga you are supposed to empty your mind and focus at the immediate tasks at hand, to practice the asanas (poses) with concentration and focusing on the breath.

Meditation

“Meditation is a practice where an individual operates or trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.”Wikipedia

as a matter of fact, you have to REALLY focus on the breath during yoga. it’s part of the meditation. but maybe i’m coming from the fact i’d been practicing meditation for years and take it for granted that i have no problem clearing my mind of pre-conceived thoughts.

but that is what yoga has always been to me, a physical form of meditation. i think if you approach it from that perspective, then you will benefit from the postures.

meditation has helped me focus during music performance and whatever i do that requires some effort of concentration.

in meditation you clear your mind of thoughts. one visualization is to picture the various thoughts going on in your mind as trains of thought. and many times emotions are connected to your thoughts. for example, you might have a desire to buy a new car, like say a Tesla, and that thought might be running through your mind. or better yet, you’re thinking about what you’ll be having for dinner tonight and whether you should cook or take out. you might be worried about paying some bills.

the idea is to think of these thoughts as simply thoughts and not attaching emotion (worry, dread, pleasure, etc) to them. treat them as simply thoughts that need to be erased one by one.

nothingness.

i think that is the state you want to be in. emptying the mind of all thoughts.

and this is where you gain control of the mind. because the thoughts in your head are attached to some form of desire or emotion. and during meditation you need to free the mind.

i think to me that is the true meaning of living in the moment, because when you translate what you have learned and experienced in meditation or yoga, it can be carried over to whatever you do in life.

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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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