A Present to Promote More Presence
Sometimes we all need a little (or a lot) of help to gain more presence in our lives and make more skillful choices. I've created a 19 minute guided meditation all about bringing our attention inwards so we can be more in touch with ourselves. It brings the listener on a journey through Pratyahara. Listen Now.
Pratyahara, translated as the withdrawing of the senses is described in the Yoga Sutras, an ancient text by author Patanjali as, “The restraint of the senses occurs when the mind is able to remain in its chosen direction and the senses disregard the different objects around them and faithfully follow the direction of the mind.” (Yoga Sutra 2.54 translation by TKV Desikachar).
Why would we withdraw our senses? Because our essence cannot be perceived by the senses. It cannot be touched, smelled, tasted, seen or heard. The senses are useful for experiencing the external world, but to know your true self you have to go beyond the senses.
To learn more about it you can read my full article in the Sivana Spirit online magazine.
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