March 01, 2013

Accept Resistance

Don't be afraid to meet resistance in meditation. Make the commitment to sit and meditate regularly. A willingness to stay present with the resistance that surfaces during meditation will help you cope with those complex emotions that continually arise in daily life.

While meditating, the mind starts to open; there's an expansion of awareness. Allow yourself to melt into that spaciousness. Sit slightly longer and meet the resistance that often stems from fear—fear of your emotions, fear of the unknown, and, lastly, fear of your own essence, your own grandeur.

Listen to your resistance—it almost always has something useful to tell you. Often resistance masks fear, an unwillingness to move deeper or to engage a block, a reluctance to explore an unexamined belief. Experiment with staying inside the meditation posture until you feel shifts—then try staying a little longer and feel the new level that has opened up.


IN THIS ISSUE

Free Yourself

http://www.yogajournal.com/wisdom/2516

What Are You Resisting?

http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/2580


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