In our heart of hearts we all have a deep longing to be at peace. How can we experience inner peace? Conflict is not just external but the deepest conflict we face resides in the deepest part of our mind. To meet the challenges of external conflict we have to develop peace of mind.
Your personal yoga practice is the greatest vehicle to help bring peace to this troubled planet. You must start with yourself. This is the heart of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings. Start by finding peace of mind and conflict will not disturb you. When conflict does not disturb you, fear dissolves and courage reigns. Yogi Bhajan taught us to fight for this inner peace every day by applying the pressure of sadhana (our daily yoga practice) and never giving up on ourselves or on each other. To “fight for peace” is the paradox of our existence. Understanding this paradox—to stand for truth and peace in the presence of fear and conflict—leads to the courage
Guidelines to Inner Peace
Our inner awareness of Peace begins in our neutral mind. The awareness guidelines below direct you to your neutral mind and to an experience of one of its primary qualities – peace. To access your neutral mind, close your eyes and look inside your head, 1. Identify what you see. Some possibilities are — space, empty, black, cave, void, nothing, etc.
Identify something that is under or behind your thoughts. If you are looking at colors or images and they change, then that is not IT. Look deeper into a generic uncluttered space. Whatever IT is, is your access route to your neutral mind.
2. Pay attention to your experience.
Pay attention to what you see. What matters is that you focus your attention on something. There only two options (1) pay attention and (2) do not pay attention. To awaken our neutral mind, to wake up, to cultivate awareness, and to have an experience of peace, we must train ourselves to pay attention. Keep looking until seeing becomes awareness. We pay attention with our faculty of awareness. We are either aware or thinking. When we are thinking we are in our dualistic mind. In awareness we can experience our neutral mind.
3. Exercise – Always There
After you have identified your inner space, open your eyes. Then close your eyes again and look into your space, darkness or whatever IT is for you. Is IT still there? If IT is still there, then this experience is IT for you. If you were looking at something that is no longer there, then that is not IT. Again look deeper. It is of critical importance that you experience that your space is always there for you. You may not pay attention and lose connection. But when you look for it, it will always be there. Over time, the experience of permanence and stability will become stronger and anchor into your psyche. This experience is very healing and empowering. Our neutral mind becomes a sacred refuge where we can go to experience Peace, which grows into a Presence that supports us and accompanies us wherever we go.
- Exercise – Control and Not Control
Once you have identified your ‘space, black, etc.’ do something to try to change it. Use your breath, intention, or movement to try to alter your space. Did it change/ Could you influence it? The answer is ‘no.’ You may be more or less aware of your space. But you cannot change it. If you were paying attention to colors, movement, or thoughts in your space, then look beyond or underneath this activity until you identify what is still there that you cannot change. This exercise is very important because it gives us a visceral experience of what we cannot control. It helps us distinguish at an awareness and feeling level that which we can influence and that which we cannot. In our neutral channel we can experience an imperturbable force that which remains stable and does not move. We do not create our neutral space or its qualities. It is there all by itself. It exists independent of our thoughts, desires, intentions, etc.
- At Peace
In our neutral space is a Presence, a universal energy that is peaceful and unaffected by what we do, think, or feel. When we can experience within us this energy that exists independently of our whims, thoughts and moods, we can experience the essence energy of Peace.
Once we have identified the experience of Peace, we must pay attention to it with awareness, listening, and feeling. Stay conscious in your mind and feel in your body that which is at peace within and with itself.
I spent a blissful yet challenging weekend confronting my mind daily on a Guru Dev deep meditation and healing Retreat. It was wonderful to watch my mind for hours and today I feel better able to fight for inner peace in my world.
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Mon 21 Mar 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 22 Mar 4.30-5.30pm Gong and sound healing@Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place
Tues 22 Mar 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 23 Mar 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)
Wed 23 Mar 3-3.45pm Kids Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 23 Mar 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road
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Sat 25 Mar 9.30-10.30am Hatha General Class @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd
Sun 26 Mar 6-7.30pm Gong and sound healing@ Sri Yoga Shala, Galle.