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Lesson 148 - Q&A Why practices twice a
Date: Tue Mar 23, 2004 4:49pm
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Q: What is the importance of doing practices two times daily?
A: When we do practices, we coax our nervous system into a different style of functioning
-- sustaining deep silence (pure bliss consciousness). And in later stages when kundalini
is active, ecstatic bliss. To stabilize all this we go out and are active in the world
every day. There is fading of the higher functioning during activity as we work it into
daily living. The fading happens over 5-10 hours. Then we can do practices again and
re-establish the higher style of functioning again, to be faded in activity again. This
cycle can be done twice a day by doing practices morning and early evening. It provides
for the most purification and growth possible during waking hours for people with active
Doing practices once a day is much slower - it is only one daily cycle of cultivating and
fading, instead of two. And it is too much fading before reinforcement of the higher style
of functioning happens again the next day. Twice daily practice is a matter of
effectiveness and efficiency.
With twice daily practice over time, the fading of ecstatic bliss in activity becomes less
and less, and the higher style of functioning of the nervous system becomes steady and
unshakable 24 hours a day. This is the fruit of the process -- enlightenment in daily
activity, and all night too. It is the ongoing cycle of practices and activity that
produces this result.
During retreats, where responsibilities are suspended, more than two routines of practices
per day can be undertaken, alternating with meals, light activity, and satsangs (spiritual
gatherings). Three or four cycles of practice can be done in this kind of environment.
Maybe more for diehard yogis and yoginis. It is a matter of self-pacing for comfort and
effectiveness. Then one can go very deep over a period of days, weeks, or months in
retreat. This introduces another cycle between retreats that lasts a much longer period of
time (weeks or months), superimposed over the twice daily cycle of practices we continue
with in our regular life when we are back in the world. Retreats accelerate progress in
this way. But retreats are not a substitute for long term twice daily practices at home.
What we do every day over the long term is what will make the most difference in the end.
All of this is designed for maximum progress, making the best use of our nervous system's
natural abilities for enlightenment and the time we have available to do the job.
You are in charge of your journey. These are tried and true principles of unfoldment you
can use as you see fit to travel home to enlightenment.
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed
instructions on building a practice routine with self-pacing, and on
increasing practices during retreats, see the
AYP Eight Limbs of Yoga book and the
AYP Retreats Book.
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