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Lesson 178 - Q&A Dharma
Date: Mon May 3, 2004 11:15am
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: I have been an outdoor painter for many, many years. Though I have never sat to
purposely meditate, I can not recall once while in the 'painting process' consciously
'thinking.' There is the 'stillness' of being in right brain mode, that I always felt was
my meditation. I'm not far into the messages, but finding them interesting and will
probably try 'meditation without painting'...
A: Your "painting meditation" is beautiful. Everyone should be so blessed to
find inner silence in the work they do. I'm sure it has brought you much peace and
spiritual growth over the years. It is called our "dharma" activity we do
which supports our spiritual unfoldment.
Adding sitting yoga practices such as deep meditation and spinal breathing will broaden
and stabilize your presence in silent pure bliss consciousness. One of the wonderful
characteristics of yoga is its connectedness through our nervous system. By this I mean
that your painting meditation will help your sitting meditation and vise versa, and so too
will breathing (pranayama) methods interconnect with the other practices you are doing.
All yoga practices connect through our nervous system, producing a leveraging effect,
taking us ever higher.
By the same principle, one kind of practice will often lead us to additional kinds of
practice. The nervous system instinctively knows what it needs once the inner doors begin
to open. So, it is likely that your painting meditation has increased your receptivity to
other methods of yoga.
I wish you all success on your continuing inner journey. Enjoy!
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on
employing desire and action on our spiritual path, see the
AYP Bhakti and Karma Yoga book.
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