What +seen/mindfulness and yoga
Is mindfulness the new fashion in yoga? It is a light way or decaffeinated do meditation? Where does it come from? What is the relationship with yoga? Write loyal Zaira.
In the last few months I have the word Mindfulness everywhere and it's fantastic! Some of my students are attending monographic courses on the subject and it seems that if you don't join the mindfulness cart you're falling behind. Even on a couple of occasions I have been hired to teach courses on the subject. In this article I try to undo several key elements for the correct understanding of mindfulness in the practice of yoga.
Where it comes from
Even love my novelty and new spiritual approaches because they use a modern language that make that awaken inner reaches ordinary people better, I always need to investigate and learn where things come.
The root of the word mindfulness lies in the teachings of the Buddha and, in particular, in the Maha Satipattha Suttaone of the basic texts on Buddhist meditation which establishes that the four pillars of mindfulness are to be focused on:
- The physical body: where it is in space, what is your stance, how is breathing, is doing, etc.
- Feelings: I feel good or bad, what feelings I'm feeling here and now.
- Mental state: my mind may be busy or not busy, focused or dispersed, etc.
- Thoughts: What thoughts pass through the concrete State of mind in which I find myself.
Another very interesting text says that the mindfulness keeps us away from what is happening now because most of the time we had either in the past or in the future, but not here. However, all traditions agree that is very important to remember, not to forget, and work with the memory.
Memory and mindfulness
Both Buddhism and Yoga the past is very important and inevitable. It exists and you can not hide it under the carpet. The theme of the memory is more complex than it seems because meditation is not to put the mind blank under the effects of an idiotizante amnesia that erase all the things you've done wrong or unconsciously in the past thus giving you a false sense of peace. When a child was I remember that attracted me much attention how there were people in my environment carrying fatal and who then went to the Church, they confessed and they cleaned their sins, but they changed nothing in their behavior. Lately I've seen corrupt people join the mindfulness, meditation or yoga, and think: will be able to review your past and transform their way of operating in the world?
It is important to remember, You should remember what you were and what you did because there are many mistakes that you should never repeat. Follow a spiritual path aims to be a person better each day through the understanding and transformation of not the abstraction of your past memories.
Then how do interact the mindfulness and the past? The following fundamental concepts present in Buddhism and yoga may help:
The samskaras they are fingerprints karmic who have left a print on your subtle field and which determine who you are at the present time.
Smriti It is the memory of the past, it is one of the five types of thoughts that all humans have. It is also translated as consciousness of the present moment. The practice of smriti reminds us to be vigilant now and, on the other hand, leads us to examine where are the thoughts that we are having a moment in determining.
In that review and examine we can heal the memories of the past and rewrite our own history. In fact, whenever we think of the past are changing it slightly so that it was not is but you think it was. One of the most powerful ways to rewrite your history is to ask you what you learned from the experience and how that lesson did you improve. It is interesting to observe how to heal and release your past, you're more awareness in the present. It is as if you deshicieras the ideas of who you thought that you were and will create clean and open spaces that allow you to be more aware and less samskara. This transmutation process can only happen in the now, being aware, mindful of your body, your feelings, your thoughts and your state of mind.
It is to continue with the power of your being because the clean slate does not work on the internal road, nor in life. That continuity goes from the past to the future, living both times in the State of presence here and now, in the present.
The incredible value of the mindfulness and the big trap that we must avoid
The mindfulness is a wonderful journey of self-knowledge and deep relaxation. With so much multitasking and this live at the speed of light, the mindfulness is returning life to many who before finding this meditative practice were losing 99% of their lives because they were unable to realize where they were , since his mind kept them away from the here and the now. It returns to us the ability to enjoy life, to realize the countless blessings that we have, and arouses a genuine sense of gratitude and wonder.
But beware, because there is a great trap. When you're fully aware of yourself, from what can be forgetting you? ... Of others. One of the major problems of our society is that we are absorbed in ourselves. Therefore, to run the mindfulness, it is essential to learn to control how much attention give to yourself and begin to pay more attention to others. What do the others need? What can I do for a child slave in a mine in Africa, a mother with two children waiting for refugee to be accepted in a Europe that does not want it, or a family doomed? How can I help?
How do we practice mindfulness in yoga?
The powerful asana yoga practice can become is incredible. Today we know that memory is also stored in the body's tissues and that working at a physical level can drop many old patterns not only movement but also thought. Although it may seem simple, form reports. Changing the way people in the space of your own material you can change many things in yourself at the emotional level. In our posture or the way we move we can read the story of our mind and our vision of the world. Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the greatest teachers of mindfulness of our time, teaches that the first great act of love is to pay attention to the body.
People who practice yoga work the body from the insight that we have it, we feel it from the inside being fully present in the now. In that process can arise to the surface many sensations or feelings related to memories of the past that, in their day, you suprimiste at the subconscious level because they were too intense or because you could not give you the time to live it to the full. You have the opportunity to be attentive to everything that arises, check it and transform your pattern of movement and thought. When that happens, we begin to create a new mind-body pattern more open, free, vital and conscious. You are practicing mindfulness in its four pillars.
The key is to transfer what you have learned about the mat to the rest of the time and apply the tools of mindfulness to make everyone's life more and more aware... or mindful.
Loyal Zaira She is the author of A feast for the soul and Yoga in the kitchen. He is considered yoguini from the cradle and began teaching yoga in 2000. She teaches public classes and trainings for yoga and meditation teachers, training programs for teachers, as well as monographic health workshops and topics for women. He also works as an Ayurvedic lifestyle health and wellness coach.
Linguist, is master's degree in education and is accredited in different styles of yoga, meditation and ayurveda.