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      AHYMSIN NEWSLETTER, ISSUE - Nov 2016 
     
       
     
       

    Breaking Down the Walls

    by Daniel Hertz

    When we feel threatened, the natural tendency is to want to protect ourselves. For example, if we find out there are more burglaries in our neighborhood, we may react by locking the doors and windows in our house. If we are threatened on a larger scale, by another country, we may react by wanting to build a wall between us and the other country. These kinds of reactions may be justified and needed to protect us and to help us feel safe.  But building walls and locking the doors doesn’t get to the root of the problem. To really solve these issues we have to move beyond fear and separation.  When things are calmed down and it feels safe to proceed, we need to go to the other side of the wall and look for solutions. This could take a long time. Eventually the wall may not be needed anymore. But if we never move beyond the wall, we will never find this out.

    In the same way, every time we have a traumatic experience, we put up an emotional barrier. For example, if we open up enough to fall in love and something goes wrong, we can get hurt. We then build an emotional wall so we don’t get hurt again. This can protect us in the short term, but what happens when the threat is no longer there? We still have the walls, even though they may not be needed. How do we begin to break down the walls that are no longer needed? It is not easy, but if we can do it, it will allow us to continue to grow as a person. It will allow us to fully feel again and to connect more deeply with others. There is always the risk we will be hurt again. But with great and persistent effort and the courage to take a risk, we are able to begin to chip away at the wall. Piece by piece, and brick by brick, the wall begins to crumble.

    Yoga postures and meditation practice are the perfect tools for breaking down these emotional walls. Often our practice gets tough and giving up is tempting. It takes a relentless determination to maintain a regular practice. But the practice also gives us hope. In Keys to Successful Living, Swami Rama wrote that, “We can analyze our personality by understanding our habit patterns. This is not difficult. We should simply try to be consciously aware of every action we perform and realize that our actions are virtually our thoughts. Without thought there can be no action. Habit patterns and thoughts are revealed through behavior. Once we become aware of harmful thoughts and emotions that have created deep grooves in the mind, we can begin to change them by creating new grooves. Then the mind will stop flowing to the old grooves and start flowing to the new ones. In this way we can change our habits.”


    Editor’s Note:

    Daniel Hertz is on the faculty at The Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He is internationally certified in both Yoga/Meditation (E-RYT 500) and Biofeedback (BCIA.org). He is the author of two Yoga/Meditation related books that benefit SRIVERM, the school in the remote Himalayas founded by Swami Hari (Swami Hariharananda Bharati). The books are available world-wide on Amazon.com.

    More information on the books Swami Hari: I am a simple forest monk and We are Only Visitors can be found at this website:  www.DanielHertzBooks.Wordpress.com

     

       
           

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