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Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Books.
Lesson 52 - Pranayama Q&A Big little nerve
Date: Sat Dec 20, 2003 3:50pm
New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: It is the strangest thing. I am doing spinal breathing, going up and down in the tiny
little nerve, and the next thing I know I am in this huge blissful space, I think still
going up and down, but I'm not sure. I'm not even sure I'm still breathing, but there is
no discomfort. On the contrary, it feels fantastic. Am I still in the nerve when this
A: Yes, you are still in the nerve. It is a very big little nerve. An amazing paradox. The
inner dimension of it contains galaxies. Yet, you are sitting there on your seat doing
this simple pranayama procedure in such a tiny channel in your body. If your breathing
naturally suspends in that situation it is okay. Nothing to worry about. The breath will
return to normal rate as you return to regular body functioning. We don't force the
breath. It finds its own level according to the state of our nervous system during
practices. Sometimes the breath may not settle down much in pranayama. That is fine. We
just go with it wherever it is, breathing as slowly and deeply as we comfortably can.
Other times it may settle down right away. It all depends on the cleaning out process that
is going on inside at that time.
Be nice to yourself when doing pranayama. The benefits do not come from practicing
heroically in a session. They come from practicing comfortably like clockwork in many
sessions over months and years. Slow and steady wins the race.
It is a glorious mystery, this human nervous system we have -- our doorway to the
infinite. All we need to know is which levers to pull every day.
A couple of lessons from now we will begin to explore further means to systematically
awaken that great realm within us. As we continue to practice, the play of pure bliss
consciousness will become more and more dynamic inside. It will also become increasingly
perceptible in our daily activities. That is when we might be seen singing and dancing
down the street for no apparent reason at all.
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on spinal
breathing, see the
AYP Spinal Breathing Pranayama book.
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