This week in class we will be exploring Samyama (integration or synthesis).
What I needed most was to love and to be loved. I rushed headlong into love, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers of jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by bursts of anger and quarrels.
Even in the most intimate of personal relationships, most of us still live inside our own private mental worlds. Our attention is often preoccupied - sometimes more in the past and future than in the present - so that we have very little attention to give to those we want to love. Despite our best intentions to draw closer, all kinds of distracting thoughts - likes and dislikes, attachments and aversions, private moods, dreams and desires - come in any time they like, keeping other people at a distance. We yearn for closeness and find, more often, disappointment.
Here Augustine echoes the experiences that almost all of us go through, starting often in our adolescence. The journey into deeper consciousness is one we must take up if ever we are to find the love, the closeness, and the fulfillment we all so earnestly desire.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to consider what Yoga practices encourage us to " journey into deeper consciousness". Review the eight limbs of Yoga paying close attention to what is referred to as Samyama. Samyama is the practice of Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi usually in relation to objects or ideas and connected with some kind of result. This result is usually some kind of Siddhis (accomplishment or supernatural power) or Vibuhti (blessings or power) and implies integration or synthesis. Sutra III:4
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