More on asteya

Following a reading by Swami Vivekananda, forward bends, backward bends and twists are the order of the day.We’ll work lying, seated and then standing. This week we’ll have a particular emphasis on observing the next three exhalations…

Meditation is an exercise in mental concentration – dharana. We’ll be counting backwards from 200, but every time the mind wanders we need to return to 200 and start over. Interesting to observe the persistence of the mind in its restlessness!

Relaxation features sama vritti pranayama – the square breath. Can we stay present for the entire relaxation time, and thus adhere to the rule of asteya? If we allow ourselves to be distracted or to sleep, we’ll be stealing away the benefits of the relaxation from our entire being.

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

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