Over-thinking takes us away from the deep inner peace in our Heart. It is important to practice getting out of our head and going into our deepest Heart where inner peace is revealed as our True Nature.
Since our culture values and promotes mental/intellectual activity it is only natural that we try to use our mind to solve the puzzle of finding inner peace. We may try meditation and mindfulness but it ends up being another mental activity; mindfulness is quite literally full of mind. The mind watching the mind is like two mirrors facing each other. The reflections are endless but they are two flat surfaces. They do not lead anywhere. True inner peace comes by learning by rest our attention in our deepest Heart. Our true spiritual Heart is endlessly deep, peaceful, and alive; full of love and free of mental activity. It is here that we "step through the looking glass" to the real reality of our Self free of limitations.
I have studied heart-centered meditation from various wisdom traditions for over two decades, but by far the quickest method is the one taught by my parents, Ruth and Bruce Davis. They graciously offer their teachings at Silent Stay Retreat Center in Vacaville, CA. I am honored to offer these one-on-one teachings as well during my yoga & silence retreats and with private clients. More about my retreats and private sessions.
In Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicine), there are three main forces that determine your health and well-being: Ojas, Tejas, and Prana. Ojas is your reservoir of health, resilience and vitality. It is the most subtle form of the water element and, since we are mostly water, it is the most important and fundamental aspect of your health and well-being.
Think of Ojas like a deep well that your body relies upon for life, just like a remote homestead might depend on a well for its drinking water. If you had to rely upon a well for your all your water needs, you would be sure that it was clean and full and you likely would feel stressed or in ill health if it was depleted or contaminated. Same with your body and Ojas.
The incessant pace of modern life is an assault on our senses and depletes our reservoir of Ojas. The chronic stress of over-work, over-thinking, and over-exercising draw so much water from our reservoir that we suffer on all levels. Signs of low/weakened Ojas are low immunity, chronic pain/illness, mental imbalances (anxiety, depression), and feelings of apathy.
In contrast, a full well of strong Ojas results in radiant and resilient health, happiness, and wisdom.
Ojas is strengthened by calming, quieting, nourishing and joyful activities, that connect us with the deep peace of our innermost nature.
Hatha Yoga was designed to help you fill your deep well with lots of strong Ojas! Done properly, with slowness, kindness, attention to the breath and Heart/Spirit, your Yoga practice will nourish you for your whole life.
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