Shiva is the destroyer, which is an aspect of the Trimurti in yoga. Destruction is part of creation; for any thing to be created a change is necessary, something must be destroyed. Life depends on destruction as much as it depends on creation. Each moment stars are sucked in to black holes and new stars created in distant galaxies...Within our bodies cells die and new ones created. This cycle of destruction and creation is the breath of life and the shadow of death, the vibration that pervades throughout universe, the Ek Ong Kar. In the auspicious moment that Shiva (the destroyer) encounters Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Sustainer) appears and a glimpse of light shines casting away the darkness: man's soul is awakened.
Though stars may appear crossed now, the heavenly bodies are forever changing. Attuned to the heavens as birds are to the season, man can learn to flow with the subtle movements of cosmic energy. This flow is always in harmony with love.
One meditation that I've been sharing with my students recently is the Inner Conflict Resolver Reflex meditation. I've used it myself and my students have used it with great success. I'll describe it here:
~ Sit in Lotus position, or any comfortable position
~ place your hands on your chest, not overlapping, with the fingers together and the thumbs pointing up.
~ let the shoulders be relaxed
The following is an excerpt from a letter Sevara wrote to a friend having a tough time coping with life.
I turned to a devout spiritual practice of yoga. Though meditation, the use of breath and postures, as well as ruthless mental discipline I was able to get over fears and enjoy life again, not only enjoy life but feel blessed and in gratitude for all the good and bad that has happened. In other words, my suffering has been a miraculous catharsis that has lead me to my inner flowering.
The question was posed: Lately I'm having a difficult time quieting my mind. Any tips you can share for basic meditation? Specifically, my body seems to be resisting it, so I'm patient and letting it be.... but eventually I need to harness it and start to go deeper.
The question was posed:
"How do you explain what is happening in the world today from a spiritual point of view? How do we best keep our balance in the chaos?"
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What is the Kundalini?Submitted by sevara on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 20:06.
Kundalini is a Sanskrit word meaning “coil” and is ofter depicted as a coiled serpent at the base of the spine. Kundalini energy lies dormant in the perineum, forming a 3 and 1⁄2 circles coil. It is the goal of many yoga traditions to awaken the Kundalini. These yoga traditions believe that the Kundalini is the power that is required to attain the ultimate goal of spiritual achievement, the union (or “yoga”) with the divine.