Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Live Your Meditation
"Ultimately meditation should be lived all through
the 24 hours of the day. It's not that you just meditate
only in the morning or in the evening. Meditate on
everything you do, on everything you think. When you
talk, meditate on that. When you eat, meditate on that.
When you sleep, meditate on that. So I say concentration
should be on everything. When we eat, we don't seem to
concentrate on eating. We are very busy doing business or
talking about some serious world problem. When you eat,
if you don't concentrate on eating, you don't know exactly
what you ate and how much you ate. Concentrate on eating.
Chew well. Swallow well. Drink all your solids. Eat all your liquids.
"God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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- Watch your mind. Watch your breath. Become an observer, which is the key to Jnana Yoga. Don’t worry about particular techniques. Just sit back and observe the breath, mind, and thoughts. Just see what’s happening within you. Become a witness, which is a wonderful form of meditation. Be still and watch what is happening in your mind and in your body. Maybe you have been repeating a mantra or focusing on one object for a time. You may then relax and sit calmly and watch the mind; observe the peaceful vibrations that come. Listen to the silence completely. Observe your own brain. See how peaceful you are. The mind seems to be totally at rest. You might think the mind is almost asleep, yet you are still conscious of the whole thing. The body is resting. The breath has very much slowed. The mind is almost sleeping but you are aware of everything.
Ask yourself, “Who is aware of them? What is this awareness? Who knows all these things? That is You, the Knower. You are totally different from your body, from your mind. You are the witness—what you call the Self, the pure Self—the witness of the body and mind. If you could maintain this witnessing constantly, still knowing you are the witness all the time, you would reach Self-awareness or
Self-realization. Keep up this awareness, even in your day-to-day activities. When you are eating, when you are walking, and especially when you are distressed, you can still witness. You will constantly enjoy supreme peace. Through this practice you become the master of your own body and mind. You’ll walk through life like an undisturbed sage.