Be present with all sensations that are moving through you
the body is the vehicle by which you experience bliss…
turn in, tune in and be
Why? Throughout most your day there is a series of brain structures known as the Default Mode Network that are active
Functions of the Default mode network include:
– autobiographical memory
– giving a sense of time and space
– recursive thinking
– contemplations on self and other
The Default Mode Network is also involved in circular thinking, which is the habit we have to think in loops, and negativity bias, which is the notion that, even when of equal intensity, things of a more negative nature have a greater effect on one’s psychological state and processes than neutral or positive things.
The default mode has many other functions and research on it is still underway.
In a yoga class the default mode is of little value. If one is stuck comparing yourself to others, or the mind is moving in circular patterns, perhaps thinking about old memories, then one is not in yoga, one is not in union.
To reach union, one must tune deeply into their mind, body, emotion, and spirit as a unified field of awareness. Which is to say they must be wholly present in the sensation of being here and now as a stream of moment to moment awareness. If there is absolute atunement to the practice, then the default mode deactivates and the sense of being a separate self in time and space can fade, judgements of self and other can fade, the sensation of being a seperate self can simply fade. When the awareness of the separate self is released there is only bliss left, sat chit ananda.
When awareness is pure like a mirror, it reflects a beautiful emptiness; a void. The buddhist have a term for this void, they call it shunyata, and it means void, but not an empty void, it is the void from which all existence springs out of. Or like the void of genesis “Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Yoga is the way back
The way back to who you were before you had a name
The body is the vehicle to awaken
There is bliss at the center of your being
turn in, tune in, and be