Asanas – physical exercise
Pranayama – breath for clarity and life force
The functioning of breath and mind are closely tied together. Ever noticed your breath rate/depth during different moods (anger, anxiety, relaxation, happiness, contentment)? If we wish to understand and work with mind patterns, breathing exercises are a wonderful tool. They help us connect to the life force in our body, which is responsible for mental and energetic balance and well-being.
Sound healing, music, mantra
Sound is a subtle form of vibration, which can serve as a bridge that connects physical and spiritual realms. Out of all art forms, music might be the most powerful one for the artist to reveal the treasures dormant in our heart. It can be highly therapeutic and healing if coming from the right intentions. For some it is the fastest and easiest way to get in touch with their soul, that bright light which is clouded by our imperfect ways of living and relating to the world. Traditionally mantras are recited as magic spells, and when practiced with devotion, their effects are truly magical.
Focus, meditation, contemplation
When the environment – the soil is favourable, body mind and soul are in alignment beautiful flowers can grow. True focus becomes possible and a meditative state is entered. Having our “monkey mind” silenced for a moment, we can have a fresh, unclouded vision of whatever question is dear to us. Without active thinking answers may present themselves. At this stage there is no willing, just letting go and surrendering to life so that it can show itself fully.
First-hand experience is a crucial part of any growth. But it is important to recognize that beyond that the theoretical understanding of reality is just as important. It is said that the bird can fly by the virtue of having two wings – just as spiritual upliftment is gifted through both intellectual and experiential knowledge. As after an experience we are often left wondering about it’s meaning, invoking the wisdom of teachers and seers can contribute to true insight.