What Happens During Meditation?

This is excerpted from Yes! Yoga Events Sadhana Newsletter from the Sivananda Yoga Ashram Farm.

Three things happen during meditation. First, we unveil the subconscious mind and lighten up by letting go. Second, we begin to develop awareness and consciousness. We become aware that the subconscious mind is part of the past and has nothing to do with you. Third, we develop intuition which arises from our connection to sattvic thoughts. Sattvic thoughts reveal the truth as we let go of the rajasic and tamasic thoughts.

Now we are able to connect with the higher mind, what we call the super-conscious mind. We will be able to connect to and download the knowledge of God that has been within us all this time.

So meditation is the way out of the mind’s trap. In order to begin to control the mind we have to make the effort to sit down and turn within. This is already a victory if we can just sit down and attempt to calm the mind, focus on our breath, concentrate on OM and let go all other thoughts.

It  doesn’t matter if you are having experiences or not, if you are good or not, the most important thing is that you recognize the condition of being trapped in your own mind. You know that the mind will repeat its behaviors and patterns and will not bring peace and happiness. Now you are going to consciously sit down and try to calm the mind down.

Go through the process and let go of the results. By doing that every day you are digging your way out to a space of freedom.

Swami Sitaramananda

Photograph: Keith Laban (check out his link – his work is exquisite!)

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