Originally, my plan was to spend three days in Oklahoma practicing yoga two to three times a day and spend at least a couple of hours a day in meditation. The first day went alright for a little while. I arose at ten o’clock or so and began with an hour and forty-five minute session with kriyas and meditation. That yeilded a wonderful, relaxed feeling. Afterwards, I was inspired to take a rare cold shower. Throughout the rest of the day I attempted short meditations. My problems with this were that my diet did not support me nutriciously and I did not leave my mother’s apartment. I was left with a feeling of being trapped in an unhealthy and stiffling environment. Later in the evening, because I felt closed in and bored, I went out with a friend and smoked marijuana. I believe it could have been useful if I had done this in a more controlled setting and with the intent of spiritual exploration, which I failed to do in that regard.
I struggled further during the subsequent two days.I wake up a little early to practice yoga, but I did not do it again later in either days as I had planned. I found it increasingly difficult to meditate. I attibute that to the reasons mentioned above, as well as trying too hard when I mustered enough energy to attempt it. Finally, on the third day I simply gave up and decided to try another intensive routine when I got back to school.
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When I did return to school, it took me two weeks before I wrote down a proposed schedule. My lack of initiative was probably caused, unconciously, by my poor experience back at home, plus my general laziness towards a project that decreases my previously unscheduled time.
I eventually did design a three day plan, involving waking up an hour and a half earlier than normal and doing yoga before TMS meets each morning. During community silence I would meditate ten to fifteen minutes. During the two hour break in the middle of the day I proposed doing a combination of yoga and meditation. At some point in the evening I envisioned doing both as well. As was the case in Oklahoma, the first day went well and I more or less adhered to what I had scheduled for myself. My housemate Mikey led my morning session, which was relaxing, and quite simply, wonderful. During class, later in the morning, we tried a thirty-minute meditation that went okay. My concentration was limited because my feet fell asleep. Still, for the most part, the meditation was nice. My afternoon session was alright, but the relaxation afterwards was deep and incredible. I became so relaxed it was hard to concentrate on furthering the process. In the evening I failed to do yoga, but did manage to meditated some.
The most interesting aspect of my purification regime that first occured during the morning opening at TMS. Someone read a poem on appritiation for what we have, like food, shelter, religious and political freedom, ect… I was beginning to contemplate what was said until only a few seconds later another person read a poem they had written. In contrast,that one concerned the hate and anger felt from racism. The tone of voice, the sheer rage in her words, made me feel intensly uncomfortable. I could feel the energy of the room pulse through my body. I physically, as well as mentally, lost balance and my ability to center. In retrospect, this was an incredible experience and enriched my experience of meditation.
On the second day, Tuesday, I awoke with my alarm at 6:15. I turned it off and went to back sleep. For some reason I decided not to get up and do yoga. I was sufficiently awake and not particularly tired. In any case, I went to opening and likewise it slipped my mind to meditate. This severely altered routine and I felt guily of it for the rest of the day.
... I reminded myself of the benefits I had experienced through meditation and found myself again. I think one ... one just has to invest 5 minutes of his or her day. However, I do not really know ... any change after I had meditated; I actually felt pretty awkward sitting on the floor of my ... and practices are sort of questionable, but Yoga and its meditation techniques can definitely have a positive effect ...
On that day there was no time in my schedule to do yoga until five o’clock, however I had just finished work study and felt to physically drained to try . Finally, later that night I did yoga for an hour and fifteen minutes, which left me very rested and feeling laid-back. That was followed by ten minutes of meditation. I also spent some time meditating before going to sleep, which seemed enlightening and serene. A truly wonderful experience, I felt in-tune with all the energies surrounding me.
On Wednesday, the third and final day of my project, I awoke at nine o’clock and did yoga for an hour and fifteen minutes. This time I led Mikey and myself through the posture flow, which was a new challenge for me. Because I had not done yoga with an experienced practitioner in a while, I had some trouble creating the posture sequence, but eventually they came together and it was fine. We ended with a particularly long deep-relaxation, about fifteen minutes, which both of us enjoyed very much.
At worship later that day i meditated for about half an hour. The Meeting house was a nice, well-lit, peaceful place and I found my meditation to be productive in centering myself for the community meeting that followed. Eventually, my mind began to wonder, even though I retained a focus via my breath. In addition, my feet and legs began to fall asleep. I then laid on my back in contemplation for the last ten minutes.
When I got back from town later that night, I did about thirty-five minutes of yoga, not being very into it at the time. Of course, it was only moderately relaxing , seeing, as I did not put much into it. Later, a little while before bed, I did a small meditation and went to sleep.
Overall, it was a good experience. I felt very calm and focused most of the time during the days I had done this at school. My body felt incredibly limber, as well as my mind. Because my mind was focused on breathing for such a large portion of the day, I began integrating the centeredness that comes it into the many other parts of daily life, most notably ceramics. This made my time and energy more valuable and productive.
Through this experiment, I learned how my connection to myself is blocked and how it is open. Yoga provides a unique experience of being acutely aware of the body and the mind, helping to relax andrelease tension in the body as well as calm and clarify the mind. Often these sensations were intensely present, and the practice of yoga and meditation helped to keep these feelings constant. I also learned of my shortcomings, in that I have a strong urge to experience my spiritual nature, but also how I allow desires get in the way of attaining this.
English ENG 2000 Spring Semester 1997 The first agency I volunteered to work for is a program called Summer Quest. Summer Quest is designed to help students that are in the sixth through twelfth grade experience a "positive summer experience." What this actually means is that it provides students an opportunity to do fun and exciting things, in a positive atmosphere. Instead of the students ...