A word that is so widely used and "practiced" by many. But, are we really meditating? Can one really "do" meditation?
The ancient art of meditation- as scripted in the sutra, is a process of focusing the mind and freeing the mind from scattering thoughts to enable one to connect with our inner wisdom, Divinity or true Self.
Meditation is not an escape from stresses or "pain" but rather a state of realization, although it does provide such benefits. Meditation once achieved, even for a short moment is absolute, and it goes beyond time, space, conditions & limitations. As such, meditation is not really something we can "do" but much more of a situation that happens when the conditions are right at the point of the time.
The state of meditation is beyond words. Meditation can only be experienced.
Therefore, we are merely learning techniques to induce a meditative state in which concentration of our mind in combination with the overall wellbeing of the body are the indispensable pre-requisites.
Yoga as defined by Sage Patanjali in Yoga Sutra: "Yogash Chitta Vritti Nirodha" translated into English as "the stilling of the mind", meditation is thus the supposed core learning for all practices that call themselves "yoga", for the ultimate purpose of Samaadhi (self-realization).
Stillness in action
To meditate, one first need to observe stillness physically & emotionally:
a) Observe posture: observe comfortable postures (sthira, sukham, asanam). Only when one is at ease, then one can stay still.
b) Observe breath: be aware of your breath, as the breath directly affects and reflects the state of mind. The breath should be gentle, long, slow, deep, diaphragmatic yet natural.
b) Observe thoughts: observe the rise and fall of emotions and thoughts. Do not get attached nor resist them. Staying present and aware, allowing our consciousness to see, to observe, to recognize and to feel and eventually allowing them to pass.
I am Stillness
"Still" is more than the physical description of appearing as "not moving" in the yoga context: It is the quality of stillness that we hold even though we are in motion, be it the body or mind; that the physical turmoil is not the reflection of our inner peace of mind, body and soul; that we are only as still as the whole of "stillness" that is held within, regardless of external factors; that it is a realization that motion and stillness are in fact one- Just like the water rippling from the depths of stillness.
Jia Ern is a practitioner since 2005 and is an experienced teacher in KL, Malaysia. Her students range from expatriates to locals, moms to corporate professionals.
She has trained with Sebastian Pucelle and Murielle Burellier on Yin Yoga and Anatomy, with Shilpa Ghatalia in Integrative Yoga, Paddy McGrath in advanced back bending techniques and mainly Hatha yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga from the Himalayan yoga tradition etc.
She is certified by Malaysia Association of Yoga Instructors (MAYI) and is a RYT-500, with Yoga Alliance, USA.
She teaches both Yang & Yin yoga, also specializing in Pre-natal yoga since 2013. Her teaching emphasizes motion from the spine.