Time To Go Inside

Written by on November 19, 2019 in Conscious Living, Meditation with 0 Comments

Turning Inward

When it turns cold outside it's time to come inside. The Medicine Wheel in Native American spirituality uses the direction north and the season of the winter to invite us to hibernate, draw inward, and reflect on our deeper and true wisdom.

One way to think of this true wisdom is the instinctual knowing that is beyond rational thought. It’s instinct. In the yoga philosophy of subtle body (energy), the part of the body associated with this connection to our inner knowing is Ajna chakra, or the 6th chakra, located on the forehead between the eyes. This energy center is often referred to as the 3rd eye, the one that looks inward instead of those which look outward.


Whether or not it is cold where you live, consider the seasonal invitation to draw inward, to hibernate in a way, and develop your inner-knowing by the deep work of looking inward through the practice yoga and meditation.

 

Two Practices

“There Is” Practice

Firs, try a simple meditation technique I call the “There Is” practice. First, sit. Close your eyes. Start to listen and pay attention to everything you can experience, both inside and out. You could become aware of sounds, smells, textures, thoughts, emotions, images, anything. Without any judgment, simply notice everything and point to it with the phrase, “there is.” For example, “There is cold. There is the sound of cars passing. There are thoughts of work. There is a cat licking my toes.” Try not using personal pronouns (I, me, and my) and let things just be. Before you react to anything, just sit with it and try to be an observer. Allow your mind and thoughts to do what they will, but remain the observer that notices your thoughts, sensations, etc. This practice may help discover that who you are is deeper than your thoughts, experiences and emotions. Those are an important part of who we are but in themselves do not make up our true identity, an identity that is based in awareness, an identity that is this inner knowing.

 

Yoga Nidra

Photo by David Newkirk

Another practice to help you go inside is Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a practice similar to guided meditation where you lie down, close your eyes, and listen to the facilitator lead you deepening layers of Awareness. As begin to refine and deepen your awareness, you start to become less and less identified as the things you are aware of and become more and more identified as Awareness itself. As Awareness itself, you can look at many different aspects of your body, mind, and spirit with some clarity. You can even begin to source some parts of your deeper archetypes held in your unconscious. I have created a great Yoga Nidra practice that is designed to help you become deeply relaxed before sourcing the wise person inside of you.

Enjoy this free guided Yoga Nidra practice: Yoga Nidra for Inner Wisdom. You may listen to it and gain clarity and insight as well as deep relaxation.


 

Photo by Seneca Moore

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US (New York, Salt Lake City, LA) and abroad and currently lives in Southern France. When he's not teaching or conducting retreats, or traveling to teach, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats and trainings in places like Tuscany, France, and Hong Kong , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program

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