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Friday, April 13, 2012

Free Yourself from Thoughts and Time

For this practice you will need a yoga mat.  The practice is called the R.O.B.E. (Relax, OM, Back, Expansion).


To begin this practice it's very important to be able to relax your body and mind. All sensations must be focused on two things: the body and the breath. The body and the breath are interconnected in such a way so when you focus on them at the same time thoughts cease almost immediately.
 Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, take a deep breath, hold it for five seconds and breathe out slowly.  As you breathe out focus on your chest and rib cage as they contract. This action of  slowly exhaling while focusing on the body engages the parasympathetic nervous system which in turn decreases the production of stress hormones such as cortisone and norepinephrine. The result is deep relaxation. Do five or six deep, slow breaths feeling the expansion and contraction of your rib cage and chest cavity.   You should be able to feel tension in your body melt away


While still sitting, chant OM several times using a deep resonating voice.  Focus on the vibrations in the body.


Tuck your knees into your chest and gently roll onto your back.  Roll around on your back for a while feeling various pressure points on your spine and back muscles.


Lie on your back, spread your feet apart as wide as the mat, and extend your arms straight out from your shoulders.  Breathe allowing prana (life force) to move into your body, down your legs, out your arms and fingers, up and out your head.  As prana moves through your body you may feel as though your body is expanding.  It may seem like your legs, arms and neck are getting longer.  You may feel as if all the molecules and atoms in your body are expanding out into space. Simply allow any and all feelings to occur without judgment.

This practice allows the robe of awareness to cover your body.  When you get up from the practice try continue wearing the robe day and night. You have moved beyond thought and time.  You are as close to enlightenment as one can get.

See when you look.
Listen when you hear.
Taste what you eat.
Feel when you touch.
Sense what you smell.


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