A YOGI CHA BLOG
“Language was invented to hide emotions”
Hi, I’m Charlotte (Yogi Cha). I’m a yoga teacher with a degree in clinical psychology. I’ve always had a deep curiosity toward eastern and western approaches to understanding the mind, and the ming/body union. You’ll find me in the lovely Canggu Bali, nestled amongst coconuts, palm trees and sunshine 🥥🌴🌞
If you think of that phrase, meditation gets another meaning. Obsessively thinking about something is really just a way to not actually feel.
It is to keep focusing on something that is not actually in the present moment. The power of the thought is that it makes us travel, go to the past and the future and places in the universe we have never seen. But it will always keep us away from what is really just in from of us.
I told a friend I kept having this song in my head and he replied the same thing. He said, really having a song in your mind is another distraction from what is really going on. You are distracting yourself from the present moment.
What is so great about the present moment? Because that is where life actually happens. Always and only.
It’s amazing that we can create emotional states with thoughts, impressions, all our senses. But most of the time that is not what we’re doing. And even when we do, we’re not taking the use of it that we could. Manifesting and changing our vibrational frequency is what we could do, if we understood that we were in charge of our own experience. But we don’t. We flee into it instead to not be here.
Meditation gets another meaning all of a sudden. When you meditate, all you really do is to close of the distractions. To sit still, be quiet, in a quiet place and focus your awareness on one point. The reason you focus on one point, like your breath or an object, a vision, is so that you can increase your capacity to concentrate. Because meditation, in the first stages, is concentration.
Yoga is a philosophy, a life style. What is the goal of it? Well, yoga is the goal but more so: it is the stilling of the mind. YOGA CHITTA VRITTI NIRODAH.
It is a process of controlling the ways of your mind. To learn how to take charge of where the awareness wanders off to in order to become present. In order to live in the now, in order to realise yourself as the endless potentiality that you truly are.
The more I can leave the distractions outside, the longer I can learn to focus that one pointed concentration, the faster I become aware of where the thoughts go and their process begins to slow down. The more the process slows down, the longer the moments of stillness in between them become. That moment of silence, of stillness, that is presence. The more those moments of presence becomes predominant, the easier it becomes to let go of the object of meditation and we access the higher state of meditation: the objectless meditation, Asamprajnata Samadhi. Freedom.
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