The Mystical Power of Sun Gazing

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“Three things that cannot be long hidden:  the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

-Buddha

When it’s cloudy and rainy outside, people are often in a bad mood.  Sometimes we can go days without seeing the sun depending on the weather forecast in our area, and it can really be a drag!  When the sun finally reappears, people are happier. They smile more and want to be outside and feel the warmth of the sun on their skin.  I have always been fascinated with the power of the sun and began to wonder if we as humans can harness this power.

The ancient practice of sun gazing dates back to many different civilizations including the Aztecs, Mayans, Egyptians, Native Americans, and Indians.  Performing sun salutations or surya namaskar during yoga practice is one of my favorite parts of the session.

So what are some of the benefits of sun gazing?

Disclaimer:  I don’t recommended looking at the sun for more than a few seconds per day to be on the safe side.

  1. Vitamin D–  The sun is a “sunshine vitamin” that allows the skin to produce vitamin D when exposed to direct sunlight.  This is wonderful, especially for people lactose intolerant or for people that don’t eat or drink animal products such as milk.  As we all know, vitamin D provides calcium which promotes strong bones and healthy teeth.  Vitamin D is said to decrease the risk of heart disease, depression, and decrease anxiety.
  2. Sunshine as food?–  There are some people known as breatharians that believe humans can exist without consuming any food, and live on just sunlight.  I find this  extremely far fetched because humans need nutrients to survive which can only be obtained from food.  But what if sun gazing lowers your appetite?  Loss of appetite is one of the benefits I have read on several different sites but unfortunately there is no scientific evidence to back up this claim.  Decreased appetite means more weight loss for those that seek it.
  3. Increased energy-  From my own personal experience, I have noticed an increase in energy after sun gazing.  It gives me extra strength to finish the rest of my work day.  Could it just be my own perception?  Yes.  But it’s certainly made me feel refreshed.  I’ve always wondered about Superman and how all his energy and strength would be restored when he would fly out of the earth’s atmosphere and get as close to the sun as possible.  Were the writers of Superman on to something?
  4. Third Eye-   The Egyptians were very fond of the sun which can be seen frequently on their hieroglyphs.  Ra was known as the sun god to the ancient Egyptians.   It’s evident that the Egyptians knew there was more power to the sun other than providing warmth and sunlight for plants to grow (among many other things). Did they absorb sun energy to open their third eye? Is this how they were able to build the pyramids?  No one really knows.

I know this discussion ventures far off into the occult but what do you think?  Is it a bunch of pseudoscience or is sun gazing something we all should do as often as possible?

Thank you so much for tuning in this week. Namaste!

The Heart Chakra and the Power of Yam

“When you touch the celestial in your heart, you will realize that the beauty of your soul is so pure, so vast and so devastating that you have no option but to merge with it.  You have no option but to feel the rhythm of the universe in the rhythm of your heart.”

-Amit Ray

In Sanskrit, the heart chakra is called Anahata, which means “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten”.  The element associated with Anahata is air and is responsible for many feelings such as love, compassion, forgiveness, and love for oneself.  The Heart Chakra is the fourth primary one that is green in color.

I had no idea how important chakras were and didn’t take much time to learn them before I began practicing yoga. Since I’ve improved a great deal in my practice, I’ve noticed a constant tightness in my chest.

It seems no matter how much I stretched it, the tightness and strange feeling would remain. I meditated and focused on deep, long even breaths and still nothing.

I recently went to a yoga class and the instructor put much needed emphasis on our breath.  We also chanted Om several times throughout the session.  I felt an energy that I had never experienced before.  It was like I was on a different plane of existence.  The feeling was electric, like I was in another realm.  It was one of the best yoga classes I’ve attended.

After an hour or so, the feeling began to fade and I was back on earth again. I knew at that moment I never wanted it to end.  I wanted to reach the ultimate level of consciousness and stay in a constant state of blissful peace.

I was intrigued and began reading more about chakras and that’s when I came across Yam.

Yam is the cleansing mantra for your Heart Chakra. This can heal our physical and spiritual center and open ourselves up to love.  It can also heal past wounds and emotional heartache.

I’ve officially been chanting this mantra 3 times a day for 15 minutes. Not only is the tightness in my chest gone but I feel more calm and alive than ever.  I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too much chanting because it can bring on too many emotions that you have to be ready to handle.

For now I’m going to focus on Yam and eventually I will move on to each mantra for all seven of our chakras.  For anyone that is looking to heal past heartache or chest pain, or to open yourself up to love and forgiveness, I hope this article will help guide you in the right direction.

Namaste.

 

 

How to Attain the Ultimate Consciousness through Meditation

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you” -Deepak Chopra

I didn’t know much about the different paths of yoga when I first started.  Yoga was just a form of exercise like it is for many.  There’s nothing wrong with stretching and staying is shape, but yoga is much more than just asanas (poses).

I knew that yoga began in northern India more than 5,000 years ago, but that’s really all.  Even the training materials I was given lightly brushed the surface of what yoga really is.  I started researching online and the two books that were recommended to read were Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

I started reading Bhagavad Gita which is a sacred 700-verse Hindu text that was written sometime between 400 BCE and 200 CE.  The story was about a battle between two cousins belonging to the Pandavas and Kauravas clan.

Arjuna (the leader of the Pandavas), did not want to fulfill his duty of battle because he did not want to the kill people he loved and then Lord Krishna explained that we never actually die, we are reincarnated.

I wasn’t sure how to feel about the concept of reincarnation but I’m very open-minded and I realized that so much about yoga seems to be omitted because it doesn’t fit the Christian beliefs of most westerners.

Another part of Bhagavad Gita that interested me is it specifically talks about letting go of passion, desires, and wanting wealth.

How can we not desire wealth in a world that is controlled by it?

Are we wrong to desire nice things?  Or should we only want things out of necessity? I decided to interpret this as not desiring wealth through evil or greed.  Here is a verse in the Bhagavad Gita:

A person of yoga obtains everlasting peace 

by abandoning the rewards of action.

The person ignorant of yoga,

selfishly attached to reward,

remains bound.

(Bhagavad Gita 5:12) 

So it seems being self-less is the true path of a yogi.

No matter what our religious beliefs may be, these teachings are universal.

I continued reading Bhagavad Gita and I realized what the real purpose of practicing yoga is to relax the mind so that you can mediate which is something I have not mastered.

Raja yoga is controlling the mind through mediation and achieving spiritual clarity.  Raja yoga is also called Ashtanga yoga which includes 8 limbs:

  • Yama- Self Control
  • Niyama- Discipline
  • Asana- Physical Exercise
  • Pranayama- Breath Technique
  • Pratyahara- Withdrawal of the senses
  • Dhyana- Meditation
  • Samadhi- Complete Observation
  • Dhyana, the 7th limb is discussed in chapter 6 of the Bhagavad Gita.  There are a few things we must do on our path to obtain spiritual bliss.
  1. Moderation-One topic that’s mentioned is eating in moderation.  We are not to eat too much or too little, or to sleep to much or two little which is discussed in Verse 16.  So it is best to meditate when the stomach isn’t completely full such as after dinner.  I have also found that my yoga sessions flow much smoother when I eat lighter meals.  Perhaps this is why most people that practice yoga become vegetarians.
  2. Still the Mind- This is brought up quite frequently throughout Bhagavad Gita.  It explains that the mind constantly has thoughts and when we mediate we must concentrate on ourselves.  We are to free our mind of passion and material desires and concentrate on our inner self.
  3. Materialism– Letting go of the desire for material things is something that is highlighted several times.  I’m not sure how this principle really fits in our modern world which is controlled by money.  Is it wrong to want nice things?  This concept would be very difficult to let go of but I’m sure through constant practice of yoga, eventually the desire will fade.
  4. Posture- Verse 13-14 discusses holding the body, head and neck straight and gazing at the tip of the nose.

With much dedication, patience, and focus, we can all achieve the ultimate consciousness. Free from desire, pain, heartache or sorrow. We can all be at peace from within. Namaste.