The Sun Always Shines

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Even if the sky is full of clouds, the sun still shines—we just don’t see it. The sun is the nourisher that causes all to thrive.

This month at Ocean Bliss Yoga, we are focusing on one of the eight limbs of yoga “pratyahara” (Sanskrit word meaning “withdrawal of the senses”).  It is the bridge between the external ones: ethical ways to live, self-discipline, yoga poses and breath control and the internal ones of concentration, meditation and enlightenment. “Pratyahara” enables us to acknowledge all of our senses and come away from them from outside to the inner body.  Once we do that, according to Pantajali, who created this classical yoga system, we are better able to get to relax the body, quiet the mind and feel connected to the universe.

Our senses are constantly bombarded with information, especially through digital means and we can easily live in that external chaotic world.  It can be overwhelming and hard to stop. Conscious effort is required here. Focusing the mind to stop the sensory overload can work to come to a different sense of being. Occasionally turning off social media, TV, is a start.  Notice how you feel when there is not a lot of distraction outside of yourself. At first you may be uneasy because it is definitely a habit to have it all out there.  f we can get past that, it could be like relaxing into a hot tub—ahhhh. We don’t realize how tiring it is to have constant stimulation.

Deep within is our peace, the personal and unique home of being.  hat is our internal sun. All of the layers outside of this are like the clouds in the sky. Our inner light of peace is there whether there is a lot of clouding over it, just like the sun on a cloudy day. And this is what causes us to thrive as human beings—our true essence bringing ease physically, mentally and emotionally. 

I create different “mantras” that I repeat to myself. This month: “I am letting go of physical pain, I am letting go of mental anguish, I am letting go of emotional trauma.” Other cloud layers, besides too much external sensory stimulation, is what we carry in our bodies from times in our lives, or from other lifetimes if you so believe, or from our ancestors. These also prevent us from that deep inner peace that is our human essence. Conscious effort to let these clouds dissipate reveal our individual sun center energy essence. 

So take some moments in this beautiful spring when the flowers start springing up from the sun’s energy, to sit back, take few deep breaths and release the sensory overload and the energy-zapping layers, finding your inner sun. May the rays of my sun illuminate my heart, enlighten my mind and nourish my soul.

(Some thoughts on “pratyahara” are taken from an article at www.doyou.com )

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

By Paulette Mancuga 

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