Things we do quickly…
Yoga philosophy always informs the meditations I teach, but I have avoided making the connection explicit.
After all, my students are coming to experience a meditation, not to become yogis.
It became time for me as a teacher to lift the veil.
“Set an intention for today’s practice of compassionately observing yourself.”
“The yoga that I study and practice emphasizes observing yourself as a key part of the path to liberation. We’re going to take a step toward liberation today.”
Part of the self-observation was physical. For each movement I introduced, I added an instruction to feel your spine as you move and breathe.
Then about halfway through, we turned to a meditation object, borrowed from Yogasutra III.22.
“One of the suggested focuses for meditation on the path to liberation is to notice things you do right away and things you put off doing. No judgement. Just taking a little step back to watch your amazing, awesome self. Noticing things you do right away and things you put off doing.”
At the end of the meditation, I guided participants to gently open their eyes as they continued to move and breathe.
“Getting ready to return to your day. Newly liberated. Ready to do some things right away and put off doing others.”
Self-observation is fascinating, so important. What we see can be somewhat painful.
So I was intentionally a bit campy, and very gentle.
And I certainly didn’t get into what the sutra notes as outcomes of this particular self-observation. (III.22 Through repeated meditation over a long period of time on the things that we do quickly versus the things that we procrastinate on, a result can be understanding our enemies and the time of our death…)
That’s not the point, not why I chose the meditation object. I wanted an accessible, interesting, fairly light introduction to self-observation during meditation.
If you decide to do the meditation, I am always interested in hearing about your experience.