Time never stops. It is inexorable. In moments of joy and tragedy, the earth continues to rotate and the seasons continue to alternate. Shabbat and meditation offer a glimpse of existence outside of time. There we reside in the presence of the Source: no limits, no boundaries, only the vibrations of no/thing.
This is a timely piece giving a real sense of the difference between modern fitness yoga and the authentic tradition of spiritual discipline practiced by Indian yogis and yoginis. Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice that was then adapted in other religious traditions in the twentieth century. Yet, it has its roots in Indian religion, and this is how it first came to the US. Yoga is not necessarily exercise or breath work, but a system of feeling, thought, and experience. In fact, Yoga does not even have to involve the body at all, but can consist of communal activities or study. Yoga simply means “union” (as in union with God).
Because of the massive information overload that affects soldiers in the US military due to a heavy emphasis on sophisticated technology and multi-tasking, there is greater need than ever for awareness and grounding. This article shows the unstated influence of Buddhist meditation, with its ubiquitous focus on mindfulness–an intriguing development. (via Dianne Bazell)
“And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at sunset”: Gen 24.63.
(Meditation means both “meditate” and “study” in Jewish interpretation and bears both connotations here, along with “stroll.”)
“The Tibetan spiritual leader gave $50,000 to a new center devoted to studying the power of meditation.”
Meditation, study, dreaming, praying: moments when time and the I depart and the Source enters.
Meditation is awareness. That’s all there is to it.
Taking time to meditate and pray is one thing. Living in meditation and prayer is quite another.
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