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Enhancing our ability to understand ourselves and our motivations and learn more about our own values by Svadhyaya ( contemplation ) helps us take the power away from the distractions of our modern, fast-paced life, and bring our focus back where it belongs
EASIEST WAY OF SVADHYAYA FOR A LAYMAN ?
AFTER YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING, CONTINUE LYING DOWN IN THE HALF AWAKE CONDITION FOR 15 MINUTES - YOUR BRAIN WILL DRIFT TO ALPHA MODE..
Then ask yourself one or two questions every day..
Who am I ?
Am I waking up in the morning with a sense of purpose , ready to take on the day?
If this were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
Am I using my time wisely?
When did I last push the boundaries of my comfort zone?
Am I holding on to something I need to let go of?
What worries me most about the future?
Am I taking anything for granted?
Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
Am I employing a healthy perspective?
Am I living true to myself?
Practicing svadhyaya allows us to see when we are NOT behaving in alignment with our goals.. We notice when we are putting on a show for someone rather than aligning our behavior with the truth.
We will know when get get caught in activity traps.
We will notice when we are smiling even though we are deeply sad, or when we say we are fine even though we are not.
ASK YOURSELF ,IF THE CHOICES YOU MAKE ARE SERVING YOU OR CUTTING YOUR FEET.
The goal is to begin to familiarize yourself with your authentic self, and your inauthentic self. As you learn to tell the difference, you will be better able to align your choices with who you really are and what you really want to create.
The ability to detach and observe ourselves separates us from animals
A goal of svadhyaya is to look at how people are responding to us and let that be the opportunity to understand something about the way we habitually operate.
Svadhyaya suggests that we can use all of our activities—solitary and relational—as mirrors in which to discover something important about ourselves and that we can use what we discover as valuable information in the process of arriving at a deeper self-understanding.
The ultimate purpose of svadhyaya is to function as a mirror reminding us of our higher potential—in other words, as a way into the interior where our true Self resides.
Svadhyaya is the means of self-reflection through which we come to an increasingly deeper level of self-awareness and self-understanding.
Svadhyaya develops tapas, tapas develops svadhyaya, and together they help us awaken to the spiritual dimension of life. Tapas is any intense or prolonged practice for Self-realization, which involves overcoming the natural tendencies of the body, emotions or mind.
The goal of tapasya is to control the disturbance created in mind, not to punish the body. Tapas literally translates as ‘heat’ and is where we build the inner strength to create the best version of ourselves.
And we do this by going against what’s comes easiest to us. Tapas as “a burning desire to cleanse our body and our senses, so that the senses and the body may be made permanently pure and healthy and leave no room for impurities to enter into our system
2.01--- tapahsvadhyayeshvarapranidhanani kriyayogah
The practice of yoga is the 'yoga of action', kriyayoga', comprising tapas, self-discipline, svadhyaya, self-study and Isvara pranidhana, surrender to God. -- PATANJALI YOGASUTRA 5000 BC
Tapas is the blinding desire to burn away the impurities of body, senses and mind. Svadhyaya is the study of spiritual sacred texts, and contemplation in order to comprehend one's own self. The disciplines of cleansing man's three constituents - body, speech and mind constitute kriyayoga - the path to perfection. Human bodies are purified by self-discipline (tapas), words by contemplation (svadhyaya) and minds by love and surrendering to Him (Isvara pranidhana). This sutra symbolises the three great paths - karma, jnana and shraddha . The path of action (karma-marga) is the discipline (tapas) of body, senses and mind. The path of knowledge (jnana-marga) is the study of the self (svadhyaya) from the skin to the core and back again. The path of love of divine ( shraddha-marga) is surrendering (pranidhana) to the supreme . Sadhana pada distinguishes the source of all these paths. The first symbolises life, the second wisdom. The third, through the surrender of ego, brings the humbleness that leads to the effulgent, sorrowless light of Isvara, God.
And thus, as we go deeper and deeper into the process of self-investigation and self-discovery, we also go deeper and deeper into the Self, until eventually we discover (or uncover) the Divine.
This is akin to a drop of water dissolving into the ocean. At first we wonder whether we are the drop. But eventually we discover that we are not and have never been the drop, but only the water itself.
Only when you do Svadhaya can you dive into your subconscious. Your subconscious mind is where your self-image is stored. All of your attitudes, experiences, beliefs, and values are stored deep in your subconscious, forming the core of who you are and driving your behavior.
Svadhaya will help you achieve a new, higher level of consciousness, and it will help you find valuable information and answers about yourself and your beliefs
The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between a real experience and one that you vividly imagine. The subconscious mind does not think—it is only a store house of our experience. It has no sense of time. It cannot differentiate between positive and negative input. It cannot tell the difference between real and imagines experience. The conscious mind can be engaged 100% in talking or deep thinking while the subconscious keeps the car on the road. The conscious and subconscious minds are connected through a filter. So we cant read the contents of our subconscious mind.. When the situation demands we are able to use the subconscious memory to the full extent—but only in relation to the specific problem. The conscious mind has limited memory. The subconscious mind has unlimited memory. Every experience we have ever had is impressed somewhere in the electrochemical cells in our brain. The brain records every thing—every thing senses by our 5 senses—and it is imprinted in the brain cells for ever. Whenever something reactivates those cells we get a mental picture duplicating the original experience. The subconscious has a perfect memory. Every thing you have experienced using your 5 senses is part of the permanent memory of the subconscious mind, which never sleeps The subconscious mind acts on old beliefs stored over a lifetime. Many of those beliefs you may have accepted without thinking. Or you may have absorbed them when you were too young to exercise choice. Hypnosis is state wherein your conscious (thinking) mind becomes bored … it relaxes and stops thinking Persons who can do self hypnosis has discovered the secret of successful living. All hypnosis is self hypnosis.—no one can hypnotise you against your will. There is no loss of consciousness in hypnosis. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, during which the conscious critical mind is relaxed and relatively inactive, and the doorway to the subconscious, inner mind is opened with a person’s permission. A hypnotist talks directly to the subconscious mind, without interference from reasoning . Truth serums are also used in psychiatry to help patients speak more freely during psychoanalysis because they help the patient release many thoughts locked in the subconscious. The subconscious mind is protective. Hypnotized people will accept suggestions that are acceptable, and reject suggestions that are not acceptable The hypnotized subject or patient is NOT asleep. He is relaxed, comfortable, focused, and in a state of daydream type thinking. His analyzing thinking mind (Conscious mind) is turned off and his feeling and intuitive and creative mind (Subconscious) is aware of everything that is going on. A hypnotized subject cannot be made to do anything he is not willing to do. If a person is not willing to cooperate, he cannot be hypnotized.. By following the "hypnotist's" instructions, you become more suggestible. When you are in this altered state of increased suggestibility, your mental "clutter" is cleared away so that you can pay attention to the hypnotist's suggestions and be open to experiencing new perspectives and solutions to your problem. Once the Hypnotic State is induced and the doorway to the Subconscious Mind is opened, with your permission, the competent Hypnotist can provide information, in a language and form that the Subconscious can accept, to help you change the behaviors, feelings and thoughts that you want to change. We utilize the fact that the Subconscious Mind has the ability (actually the tendency) to accept what it imagines as real. A hypnotic stage is not mysterious. You actually enter and exit this state of mind many times during a ordinary day. Something triggers this state. Subconscious mind has a memory of 100 trillion images, all our experiences, emotions and feelings are stored as an image or a sound in a digitised manner . Data that cannot be recalled are retained in the subconscious. A person may be unconscious of ever having been locked in a closet as a child, yet under hypnosis he may recall the experience vividly.
Below: A good hypnotist can clear the cobwebs in the mind
During hypnosis –our conscious mind goes into a trance and suggestions are given directly to the subconscious mind, which cannot argue but accepts the suggestion at its face value. We do self hypnosis unknowingly several times an a day while doing our day to day activities. This is how our body learns to relax otherwise we would die of stress at a very early age. Any monotonous sequence of events make it boring for the brain and eventually it starts producing a hormone called Serotonin which induces a drowsy state of mind. On my ship if have seen the POWERS OF VODKA as a truth serum especially in conjunction with suitable music and blue light for the alpha state , that can open pathways to the subconscious.
Self-reflection and introspection are important exercises that can help people grow and develop by looking inward instead of outward.
The “insula” and “posterior cingulate cortex”is specialized in observing our internal landscape.
An internal world, with its varied landscape of emotions, feelings, and sensations exists which determines whether we are having a good day or not, whether we are happy or unhappy. That’s why we can feel angry despite beautiful surroundings or feel perfectly happy despite being stuck in traffic..
Exteroceptive attention relies on the frontal lobes of the neocortex (literally, “new” cortex), the evolutionarily newest outer layer of our brains that most distinguishes humans from other species.
Interoceptive attention, however, relies upon brain regions that link the cortex to the limbic system, an evolutionarily older brain system that we share in common with many other animals. These limbic connections support more direct access to emotions and physical sensations while the neocortex is more responsible for a conceptual sense of self.
By recruiting “limbic-bridge” areas like the insula and posterior cingulate, a person using interoceptive attention may bypass the pre-frontal neocortex, directly tapping into bodily awareness that is free from social judgment or conceptual self-evaluation.
States of mind such as anxiety, depression, and anger engage the prefrontal cortex.. Neural networks of interoceptive attention provide an inbuilt system separate from the thinking mind to help ourselves find calm.
We can’t control our mind with our mind (or our pre-frontal cortex with the pre-frontal cortex), but with interoceptive awareness, we may be able to escape our racing thoughts. The expression “take a deep breath” in a moment of anger or fear is a common saying that directly taps into our ability to use our interoceptive awareness
SWARA YOGA MASTERED INTEROCEPIVE AWARENESS.. THIS PLANET HAS NOT YET WOKEN UP TO THE ASTOUNDING SECRETS OF YOGA.. ITS AMAZING EFFECTS ON VAGUS NERVE AND AMYGDALA..
When the left nostril ( right brain lobe for right hander ) is PREDOMINANT it is the lunar energy or Ida Nadi which is flowing.
When the right nostril ( left brain lobe ) DOMINATES, the solar energy or Pingala Nadi is flowing.
People who meditate have greater interoceptive awareness than dancers who, though they also have trained awareness of their bodies' movements, are perhaps less in tune with their emotional states.
For some, turning attention inward can be distressing, because it may tune us into emotions that are not comfortable..By learning to engage through our dedicated interoceptive awareness, we can heal ourselves..
We have an inbuilt ability to calm ourselves down. Swara Yogis are masters of this art.
Many people do not understand their potential, or attempt to live up to that potential, because they simply do not know who they are really. We Are conscious humans , we can create positive change for ourselves and forge the HINGES OF DESTINY on our own terms.
Fate can be called as something that is predetermined. It is something that has been written in your life even before you were born.
By fate, it has been already decided that you should be born to certain poor parents, born at a certain godforsaken place UGLY --BONDHU ,.
Fate is that one cannot change. Karma or the conscious actions that you do in the present life is passed on to the next life. But fate is not passed on to the next life — read this a million times
WITHOUT INTROSPECTION YOU CAN NEVER BECOME A LEADER OF MEN, YOU CAN ONLY BE A MANAGER OF INVENTORIES
I GAVE EVERY MESSAGE OF MINE TO MY ASHORE BOSSES , A FOOTER UNDER MY SIGNATURE.. EACH AND EVERY RITD “ RE-INVENTING TEAM DYNAMICS “ WAS A SUBJECT OF CONTEMPLATION FOR ME.. I CAN WRITE A BOOK ON EACH YELLOW COLOURED LINE IN THE LINK BELOW
MY WELL WISHERS / FANS IN THE SHORE OFFICE TOLD ME , THAT ALL READ MY FOOTERS , INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME OR MY SHIP--- AD THEY USED TO MARVEL AT THE WISDOM PACKED IN EVERY FOOTER..
Self-reflection is a positive form of introspection, from which people attribute meaning and significance to their thoughts and actions, accept and learn from their mistakes, and increase their self-awareness.
Self-rumination is the opposite: it is a negative form of introspection, from which a person obsesses over their shortcomings, doubting themselves and their self-worth.
Svadhyaya an act of self-awareness that involves thinking about and analyzing your own thoughts and behaviors, is one of the defining characteristics of man versus animal. We are naturally curious about ourselves. We replay our own experiences and actions in the hopes of understanding who and how we are.
Regular contemplation is an essential part of our happy, fulfilled, lifelong journey. It is our compass, our rudder and wind in our sails.
Yoga provides the tools— postures, breath training, meditative methods, and self-reflection—to actively engage with inner life. As a result, yoga is described as a moksha shastra, a “liberation teaching.” at although yoga may be described as a moksha shastra, it is not an escapist path.
Yoga does not tell us to turn away from the world or to avoid human affairs. Rather, yoga calls for self-effort and self-reflection.
Reflection takes us into what we are are doing and how we might change it, were we to try it again in the future. Contemplation is asking why.. . This introspective practice asks you to look back on what you have done, how it might have worked, how it may have failed.
Contemplation takes us into the inner workings of our selfish desires, egocentric motives and ultimately, our deepest sense of purpose.
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF NEGATIVE DISTRACTIONS YOU SUBJECT TO EVERY SINGLE DAY?
SOMEBODY INVITED YOU TO A WHATSUP GROUP, TWITTER GROUP OR FACEBOOK GROUP..
AFTER THAT WHAT DO YOU DO?
YOU SPEND A MAJOR PORTION OF YOUR WAKING HOURS IN CHECKING OUT MESSAGES AND FORWARDS FROM SOME REALLY OBNOXIOUS –NAY- CHOOTIYA PEOPLE.
All these drains on your time and energy..
Without even realising, you’ve spent an entire day jumping from one task to the next, responding to other people’s requests on your time and energy.
YOU ARE FORCED TO RUMINATE
YOU ARE FORCED TO RUMINATE
And some of these CUNTS get upset if you have not wished them for some insignificant festival or you have not put a thumbs up sign for some shit ass comment he made.
You are forced to develop a cowboy riding posse GANG MENTALITY.
You are asked to sacrifice your individuality and your penchant for telling the truth because you don’t want to hurt the feelings of some TURD IN THE PUNCH BOWL..
Self-reflection is a very important skill to cultivate because it enables us to assess the patterns and activities of our daily lives in order to see how our actions and habits contribute to our overall well being, success, and happiness..
BHAGAWAD GITA ASKS YOU TO CONTEMPLATE -
तं विद्याद् दु:खसंयोगवियोगं योगसञ्ज्ञितम् |
स निश्चयेन योक्तव्यो योगोऽनिर्विण्णचेतसा || 23||
taṁ vidyād duḥkha-sanyoga-viyogaṁ yogasaṅjñitam
sa niśhchayena yoktavyo yogo ’nirviṇṇa-chetasā — BHAGWAD GITA 4000 BC
BG 6.23: That state of severance from union with misery is known as Yog. This Yog should be resolutely practiced with determination free from pessimism.
Yoga implies both 1) attainment of bliss, and 2) freedom from misery. Krishna emphasizes both successively.
Never allow anybody to arm twist you to dig into your own rumination hole.. We need to know how to prevent healthy self-examination from degenerating into unproductive rumination.
There is an important difference between introspection and rumination. Time spent alone in thought can be positive – a rich environment for personal growth and creativity, but it can also be dangerous when we are negatively turned against ourselves.
Introspection can be a process of healthy self-reflection, examination, and exploration, which is good for your well-being and your brain.
The problem is that your mind is not always a safe place. Every person is divided between a healthy attitude toward themselves that is goal-directed and life-affirming, and a destructive side of themselves that can be self-critical, self-denying, paranoid, and suspicious.
This inner critic, --the “critical inner voice” can take over our thinking and lead to rumination. Rumination occurs when you become trapped in this negative cycle of circular thinking. This type of thinking has a strong link to depression and suicide.
When we are in the realistic point of view of our “real self,” we can have positive self-reflection. When we are in the point of view of our anti-self, experiencing thoughts that focus on ourselves as “bad,” we must avoid ruminating.
Introspection is about growth, we look inward in order to learn. Rumination is about getting stuck. The wheels are turning but you're not getting anywhere-- other than frustrated or depressed or angry.
With introspection, there is a sense that you are exploring something, considering new perspectives, and are more aware of feelings. Rumination feels like not just going in circles, but also digging yourself further into your distressed feelings.
The tools of contemplation and self-reflection built into the yoga system itself. One example of these tools is the collection of the yamas and niyamas, the restraints and observances that are the foundation and first two limbs of raja yoga (Yoga Sutra 2:29).
2.29— yamaniyamasanapranayamapratyaharadharanadhy anasamadhayo-a-shtava anggani
Moral injunctions (yama), fixed observances (niyama), posture (asana), regulation of breath (pranayama), internalisation of the senses towards their source (pratyahara), concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and absorption of consciousness in the self (samadhi), are the eight constituents of yoga.
This sutra sets out the eightfold path of yoga (astahgayoga), which Patanjali continues to describe in detail in the remaining sutras of sadhana pada. Restraints and observances that are bound by tradition and lineage follow uninterruptedly in the practice of yoga. Although asana, pranayama and pratyahara are separate entities, they depend on one another for expressing the hidden aspects of yoga. These stages, which enable the seeker to heighten in the art of yoga, are called progressive sadhana. Through them one achieves a higher and even more higher state. The first five aspects of yoga are individual efforts for the evolution of the consciousness, while dharana, dhyana and samadhi are the universal manifestation or the natural states of yoga (yoga svaritpa). The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualized beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. In short it is about making balance and creating equanimity so as to live in peace, good health and harmony with the greater whole. It is important to perform all the eight limbs successfully to attain the objective of yoga.
Moderation of the senses
Trustful surrender to the Infinite
Efforts to practice the yamas and niyamas are an essential ingredient in the yogic process of introspection.
When we consciously quiet our attention and turn it inward to CONTEMPLATE how we are or are not practicing these 10 commitments, it is naturally drawn toward the most refined part of the mind, buddhi.
There, sensitive both to what is pure and what is impure, buddhi guides us. It provides an inner sense of whether we are on the right track, centered within ourselves—even in the face of competing distractions—or whether we are starting to veer off the path, and what we might need to do to get back to center.
When the approach we take is to align ourselves with what we sense to be wise and true, then CONTEMPLATION will lead to balance and self-understanding.
For instance, if we feel angry, we can respond in one of two ways: we can react and strike out in return, which will cause even more harm, or we can step back, take a few deep breaths, walk away, and CONTEMPLATE what triggered our anger and why—and then work to resolve it.
You can cultivate a similar practice of CONTEMPLATION based on the list of nine obstacles (antarayas) and the symptoms accompanying them, found in Patanjalis Yoga Sutras 1:30–31..
1.30—vyadhistyanasanshayapramadalasyaviratibhrantidar shanalabdhabhoomikatvanavasthitatvani chittavikshepastentarayah
Disease, inertia, doubt, lack of enthusiasm, laziness, sensuality, mind-wandering, missing the point. falling away from the state when obtained - these distractions of the mind are the obstacles.
This sutra delineates the nine obstacles or deterrents, which hinders progress and deflects the aspirer's consciousness. Unhealthy persons cannot be Yogis. Mental laziness makes us lose all lively interest in the subject, without which there will neither be the will nor the energy to practice. Doubts will arise in the mind about the truth of the science, however strong one’s intellectual conviction may be, until certain peculiar psychic experiences come, as hearing, or seeing, at a distance, etc. These glimpses strengthen the mind and make the student persevere. Falling away when attained. Some says or weeks when you are practising the mind will be calm and easily concentrated, and you will find yourself progressing fast. All of a sudden the progress will stop one day, and you will find yourself, as it were, stranded. Persevere. All progress proceeds by rise and fall.
1.31— duhkhadaurmanasyanggamejayatvashvasaprashvaa vikshepasahabhuvah
Sorrow, despair, unsteadiness of the body and irregular breathing further distracts the citta.
There are four more causes of distraction - sorrow, despair or evil disposition, tremble of the body and irregular or laboured breathing ( hyperventilation taught by fake gurus ). These cause further distractions which excites the mind and consciousness. These hindrances are of three kinds - self-inflicted (adhyatmika), imbalances of elements in the body (adhibhautika) and problems arising from fate, e.g. genetic defects (adhidaivika). They need to be fought and curbed through yogic disciplines. Concentration will bring perfect repose to mind and body every time it is practised. When the practice has been misdirected, or not enough controlled, these disturbances come. Repetition of Om and self-surrender to the Lord will strengthen the mind, and bring fresh energy. The nervous shakings will come to almost everyone. Do not mind them at all, but keep on practising. Practice will cure them, and make the seat firm.
Inability to withdraw from sense cravings
Clinging to misunderstanding
Inability to reach higher ground
Inability to retain the ground that has been attained
Disturbance of inhalation
Disturbance of exhalation
These obstacles indicate blocks in the unfolding process of yoga. They represent circumstances in which equanimity and concentration have been diminished and replaced by one or more roaming tendencies of the mind. But the nine obstacles and their accompanying symptoms are also opportunities.
They act as food for CONTEMPLATION and supply us with questions—ones to be answered by our practice:
Of the nine obstacles listed above, which is the main one keeping my practice (and my life) from being less than perfect? What symptoms do I notice that are holding me back? Identifying these tells us what to prioritize—where to start, and where we might need more guidance, self-effort, or a change in attitude.
In the process, we start to view more clearly our own transformative journey and the signposts along the way.
Yoga reminds us that all suffering is a teacher and that its lessons are for our upliftment.
We shouldn’t imagine that reflective thought alone, without the other practices of yoga, automatically brings productive change. In meditation, we often see our shortcomings as well as our potentials.
Existentially, we abide midway between the two—glimpsing the final goal but often falling short of it. Ultimately, yoga restores balance at our deepest levels. In the process, we learn to listen more attentively to buddhi, the voice of our heart—a voice frequently lost among competing inner perspectives.
Yoga reminds us that all suffering is a teacher, and that its lessons are for our upliftment. With that understanding, we can begin to see periods of reflection as opportunities—gems of quiet, shining light.
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