“Pratyahara centers on the right intake of impressions. Most of us are careful about the food we eat and the company we keep, but we may not exercise the same discrimination about the impressions we take in from the senses. We accept impressions via the mass media that we would never allow in our personal lives. We let people into our houses through television and movies that we would never allow into our homes in real life! What kind of impressions do we take in every day? Can we expect that they will not have an effect on us? Strong sensations dull the mind, and a dull mind makes us act in ways that are insensitive, careless, or even violent.”

David Frawley

2017-11-27T23:07:39+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Impressions

Restoring the Sensory Mind

In our daily lives, many of us are exposed to a constant stream of images and sounds designed to get our attention and sell us something.  Withdrawing our senses in some meditative practice can be very restorative to the mind. Spending time in nature surrounded by soothing sights and sounds can be equally beneficial, and bring balance to the barrage of sensory stimulation often coming our way.

2017-11-21T00:26:00+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Restoring the Sensory Mind

Sensory Indulgence

“Most of us suffer from sensory overload, the result of constant bombardment from television,
radio, computers, newspapers, magazines, books — you name it. Our commercial society
functions by stimulating our interest through the senses. We are constantly confronted with
bright colors, loud noises and dramatic sensations. We have been raised on every sort of sensory
indulgence; it is the main form of entertainment in our society.

The problem is that the senses, like untrained children, have their own will, which is largely
instinctual in nature. They tell the mind what to do. If we don’t discipline them, they dominate us
with their endless demands. We are so accustomed to ongoing sensory activity that we don’t
know how to keep our minds quiet; we have become hostages of the world of the senses and its
allurements. We run after what is appealing to the senses and forget the higher goals of life. For
this reason, pratyahara is probably the most important limb of yoga for people today.”

David Frawley

2017-11-16T22:55:09+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Sensory Indulgence

An Education in the Senses

“The practice of Pratyahara is an education in the proper use of the senses. It requires and cultivates discipline, discrimination, memory, and courage: discipline to shift attention from sense objects; discrimination to assess the appropriate use of the senses and to understand the motives behind the compulsion to remain engaged in objects that catch the senses attention; memory to examine the benefits and liabilities resulting from the use, abuse, and overuse of the senses; and courage to temporarily give up indulging a particular sense in order serve the purpose of self – realization.”
Rev. Jaganath Carrerra, excerpted from Inside the Yoga Sutras

2017-11-13T22:38:04+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Comments Off on An Education in the Senses