Reducing fear with sandhya and meditation
- When both nostrils flow freely, that is called sandhya, the wedding
of the sun and the moon, or between pingala and ida. This is a
delightful moment, in which neither worry, fear nor other negative
thoughts can distract the mind.
When there is fear in meditation, the problem often occurs in those
who have avoided knowing and becoming aware of their subtle thoughts,
desires, suppressions, and repressions, as well as those who want to
escape from self awareness, not wanting to analyze or understand
their thinking processes. Actually, a student is always safe during
his or her meditation periods, because the closer that one is to the
Reality and awareness, the safer one becomes. Sincere effort and
practicing one's meditation consistently, at a regular time will,
with firm determination, help the student to eventually overcome such
hurdles and obstacles that arise in one's own mind.
To fear and try to escape from examining one's own thought
processes is a serious mistake for a student to make. You should
examine all your fears, and then you will find that fears are
imaginary and irrational.
Meditation is the highest of all therapies, provided it is
systematically practiced. Gradually, one learns to deal with
one's own problems, fears, and habit patterns. Every human being
has the capacity to advance and is fully equipped to deal even with
gigantic problems, provided one follows his or her path with firm
determination and sincerity.
Meditation and Its Practice