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A Meditation: Dissolving the Five Kleshas

A Meditation: Dissolving the Five Kleshas

by Nischala Joy Devi.
August 7, 2013.

In last week’s blog post, I talked a bit about the kleshas (the veils over the inner Light) and why dissolving them will bring us full awareness of that Light. Here is a guided mediation that can help dissolve those kleshas. Take your time with each of these steps and see where they take you.

Find a comfortable position, either lying down on the floor or on your bed.

Place your right hand on your lower belly and your left hand on your heart.

Observe your breath. Is it deep and regular? Shallow and irregular?

Shift your attention to the idea that breath propels life.

Each time you inhale, there is an inflow of life’s energy entering your body.

With the exhalation observe the energy leaving your body.

This is followed by a moment’s hesitation a space between the two breaths in between the two worlds.

Notice any discomfort in your body, emotions, or mind.

Continue for a few minutes. Invoke the attitude of gratitude for this life-giving breath.

Now, gradually shift your attention to the center of your heart and the light that dwells within, the Divine Self.

Can you begin to experience the light of the Divine Self?

Be still and patient until you feel the veils thinning.

Can you identify any aspect of your belief system that keeps the veil of innocence (Avidya) in place?

Once you have identified it, can you envision a symbol, a feeling, or a word that can return you to the light of the divine?

Breathe deeply, enhancing the energy and spreading the light through the body, mind, and emotions, coming back to full consciousness.

Tuck the memory of this experience deep into the recesses of your heart and sprinkle it liberally throughout your day.

After some time, and with continuous practice, you will find the veils become more and more transparent.

As the Divine Light radiates through us, it illuminates who we are, shedding light on all we do.

Namaste. ♥

♥ partially excerpted from The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi

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