This morning I realized that if I don’t meditate before 6 a.m., it probably won’t happen until the afternoon. I am an early riser. So are my neighbors who drive by on their way to work beginning at 6:15 a.m. The traffic noise makes it challenging to do the kind of morning meditation I’ve done for thirty years.
It was then, in January 1991, that I learned how they meditate at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. Gurudev Amrit Desai was their leader at that time. In fact, “Kripalu” is short for his teacher’s name. Guiding a meditation on a Yoga Nidra CD, Gurudev says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Raised as a Baptist, I marveled at an East Indian Hindu quoting the Christian Holy Bible.
I was taught to do pranayama like Ujjayi Breath and Anuloma Viloma. Reaching the alpha state (deep relaxation), we were told to focus on our Third Eye. With practice, it became easier to still the mind and connect with Source. Besides the peacefulness of that connection, this meditation usually includes guidance about whatever is “up” for me.
As a Baptist, I learned Bible verses like “The kingdom of God is within.” But I didn’t understand them until I became a yogini, hearing about the Bible from Gurudev and reading about it from Paramahansa Yogananda.
In the early ’70s, I started reading books about the spiritual law of attraction by Esther Hicks. In her book, Getting into the Vortex: Guided Meditations CD and User Guide, Hicks talks about breath and aligning with Source (God): “The process of breathing is much more than an essential function of your physical body. Indeed, it is the flowing of Spirit to you and through you. (p.4)”
[What’s fun for me is knowing that there are as many versions of Hinduism as there are of Christianity and the Occult (a metaphysical school’s category for all those things that don’t fit in Hinduism or Christianity— like Tarot and Hicks’ channeling Abraham, a group of non-corporeal beings).]
My point is this: there are many ways to meditate, many ways to connect with who you really are. And I can simply choose a different one for my morning mediation.
For those who do not believe in God (Source), note that scientists are once again acknowledging the “energy” connecting all of us. As Peter Russell stated in The Global Brain 1983, “We’re all part of something greater.” Think about it.
*The Global Brain was published as The Awakening in the UK. The Global Brain 1983 video is based on that book.