Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranand Ji
excerpt from "Be The Change….."
Everything that you want is within your own hands. If you are happy or depressed, it's in your hands. Stressed or calm, it's in your hands. Peaceful or irritated, it's in your hands. Kind or selfish, it's in your hands. Even enlightenment, liberation or salvation, are in your hands. Others can only help you - parents, partners, doctors and friends - but ultimately you have to do it.
Yoga declares, that if you want to be master of yourself, first master your mind. The cause of your discontent, stress and tension is an overloaded subconscious. Therefore, monitor your desires and watch your thoughts. Only keep positive and helpful thoughts in your mind and discard the rest. There is no place for them.
To gain mastery of your mind, there is a very practical technique to assist you. It's called Self - Inquiry Meditation and it is a feature of the Yoga In Daily Life System.
In Self - Inquiry Meditation the initial practice is to attain complete physical and mental relaxation. Next is to increase the ability to concentrate through the practice of visualisation. Then the mind is turned to inquire into the contents of our own consciousness - to our personal qualities, perceptions and habits of thought. Throughout the technique, it's important to adopt an unbiased viewpoint in order to gain full insight and knowledge of our own mind.
We think we know ourselves quite well, but Self - Inquiry Meditation systematically helps us to face the qualities that are hindering our development and focus on those that will help us.
This practical meditation technique helps to attain self-control and self-mastery and free us from being dependent upon any-thing or any-one. We come to realise that we alone are responsible for our life-course and that the only way to end all suffering is to gain full self-knowledge.
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