Feel It: Part 2

While practicing mantra meditation, the mind will wander. When the mind wanders away from the breath, you then determine where your mind has wandered.

People often wish to avoid physical pain and painful emotions. Instead you are going to feel those things, also you are going to identify where the pain is and take your mind there. If the pain is in your neck, you take your mind to that place and feel that pain, and the mantra becomes “pain.”

If you are experiencing a painful emotion, you will identify which emotion it is, and you will use the word which describes that emotion. The mantra may become “feeling angry,” or “feeling sad.” Once again you do not avoid it.

Let it happen. Feel it. And when you notice it has passed you can go back to observing the breath, using the “rising” and “falling” mantras again.

If you feel calm. The mantra becomes “feeling calm”. And that feels good. But it is ok when it passes. We are not hoarding the good things. We are accepting that thoughts, emotions, and sensations come and go.

To be continued…

Published by Renée Martel

I am a yoga teacher, and an electrician. I write a yoga blog, and I teach yoga classes online. My other blog is called End Lockdowns. In a democracy we accept that people have different opinions, and we allow those opinions to be voiced. My opinion which is that lockdowns are not scientific, and do not create healthy communities. The medical community at one point knew that informed consent was an important value. Currently the medical community has been split and there is a vocal part of it that thinks there are no issues with coercion and force in medicine. The part of the medical community that believes in mandating medical procedures and segregation is currently promoted through social media and other big tech. We are seeing a huge shift in wealth as a result. Poverty does not make people healthier. I do not think using force and coercion in medicine is a health promoting way to function. In the future, this will fail. It is only a matter of when. "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya 

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