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Lesson 178 - Q&A Dharma
Date: Mon May 3, 2004 11:15am
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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
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.
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