Consider using a slightly different language when talking about your inner life as you explore the path of meditation:

Paths of Renunciation Intimacy

People who take vows of celibacy and poverty have a slightly different approach to meditation than people who live in the world. If you are a person with a job and family, and you love people, practicing detachment can be like taking medication for an illness you don't have. Practicing alienation from yourself can result in loneliness, lack of joy, and depression.

Use the approach that works the best for you, whatever combination of detachment and attachment works best in each given moment.

42 deep rhythms of life

ānanda or ananda: "Happiness, joy, enjoyment, sensual pleasure, the thing wished for, the end of the drama."


Here is a universe of practices encoded in the thirty-two syllables of a sutra. Notice that
ananda is used twice, to emphasize that sensual pleasure and happiness are essential. Here are a couple of mantras you can play with as a way in:

Sva ananda bharitam: “I am nourished and filled with the bliss of my soul.”

Sva amritam: “I am suffused with the nectar-essence of life.”

The verse also uses the word
amrta or amrita: “Immortal. Imperishable. Beautiful, beloved. An immortal. A god. Name of Shiva. The plant Phaseolus trilobus. The nectar (conferring immortality, produced at the churning of the ocean), ambrosia. Nectar-like food. An antidote against poison. Medicament in general. The residue of a sacrifice. Anything sweet. A pear. A ray of light. Name of a meter.”

You could begin meditating with the amrita that permeates your body — sva amrita — and as you shift levels, you accept that the entire universe is Filled with your joy and your essence. Or you could meditate on the cosmos and your body simultaneously as being filled with your ananda and amrita.

Bliss is a necessary foundation for yoga practice. Without it, the electricity of the life-force can grate on your nerves. Bliss is nourishing, and it suffuses, lubricates, and coats the nerves with the deep pleasure of existence. When you find bliss, notice and welcome it.

Do not let any voices tell you that feeling pure joy is not a serious meditation practice. Bask in pleasure, shamelessly.

Amrita is also “an antidote against poison, a medicine.” If you have ever gotten involved in service, working in the harsh, broken places in the world, you may need to get away and bathe in your own ananda and amrita for sustained periods to counteract any poison you have been exposed to. Amrita and ananda nourish and heal every cell of the body and sustain the heart as we live in the world.

  • sva - own , one's own , my own , thy own, his own, her own, our own, their own. One's self , the Ego , the human soul. one's self , the Ego.
  • sva deham – your own body;
  • deha - the body. (√ dih, to plaster, mould, fashion) the body. Form, shape, mass, bulk (as of a cloud). Person, individual. Appearance, manifestation, having the appearance of.
  • va – or, and, even;
  • sva ananda – your bliss, the inherent bliss of the self;
  • ānanda - happiness, joy, enjoyment, sensual pleasure. "Pure happiness," one of the three attributes of ātman or brahman in the vedanta philosophy. (In drama) the thing wished for, the end of the drama. A kind of flute. The sixteenth muhurta. A name of Shiva.
  • bharita – nourished, full, filled with.
  • smara - remembering, recollecting. Memory, remembrance. Recollection. A loving recollection love, especially sexual love AV. Kama-deva, god of love. an interpreter or explainer of the veda (and " the god of love "). the 7th astrol. Mansion
  • smaret – remember, meditate on;
  • yugapad – simultaneously, side-by-side, all at once;
  • sva amrita – your amrita or nectar-essence of life;

Spontaneity and Rhythm

Pranava Meditation
Om is

OM originally yes

pranava, pra, before + nava, shout, exult - Chapple

pranava is shout of joy
(exult = feel lively joy, rejoice, be elated, jubilant)

Mantras are sounds of intrinsic joy. The primordial joy of existing, expanding, experiencing the universe.

Ahhhh Ohhhhh Uuu Mmmmmmmmmm

The primordial YES.

Do Nothing Technique
Salute to the Senses
Aham / Idam
I am / I do
I am established in Being, I act (in this world).

I welcome all the impulses of life

The Journey Model of Meditation

(Which Lorin has been using for 50 years)

There is a
call. Life needs something. We need to be refreshed.

refuse the call. I don't have time. I don't know how. There isn't a quiet spot. Maybe later.

We finally
answer the call.

There are
obstacles. I don't know how. My mind is too busy. I am too tense. I am too tired. I am falling asleep.

There is a road of
trials. Ouch.

There is a
glimpse of the goal. I feel relaxation for 5 seconds.

There is an apparent setback. I lost that loving feeling!

There is a moment of

There is a time of
healing, ouch and Ahhh!

There is a call to
return to everyday life, refreshed in the Elixir of Life.

Journey of Meditation mandala

The Journey Model relates the rhythms of meditative experience to the dynamic flow we see in movies, novels, TV shows, plays, novels, myths, and biographies.

The Journey Model is actually the same as the Triple Loves of Shakti Model.

triple shakti web

In the Triple Shakti Model, the "call to adventure" is the inward call — give in to life's call to refresh itself. Give in to the adventure of letting pranashakti renew and repair your body-mind and soul-heart-mind-body-environment connection. The "call to return to everyday life" is the call to action we all feel at times during meditation.

Another way of looking at the journey is as life's dynamic adventure to fulfill needs. Abraham Maslow put forth a hierarchy of needs that is useful:


And a more modern version:


Journey Model as the 8 R's









Giving in to the urge to rest leads to

relaxation of the muscles

which leads to

release of

which leads to

reviewing what we were tense about

which allows the body to

repair the areas that were tense and

restore blood flow and relaxed functioning

which then invites the body mind system to

rehearse moving through the actions of life in a more relaxed mode

as we emerge from this mental rehearsal,

which is also very physical, we

remember that we are meditating,

we orient to the outer world, notice it is still there,

and we can get up

or continue for another cycle.

. . . This rhythm is an observable tendency
of the intelligent life energies.
You can observe it for yourself.
Always welcome the unique way this rhythm
shows up in each moment.
The pattern may have subtle variations in every moment.
Every repetition of the rhythm is revealing.

8 R Cartoon

Rhythms - life seems to like to flow through these modes of restoring and renewing itself. These R's may flow from one to the other in any periodicity, from every few seconds to every few minutes.

A full cycle may be very quick, 20 seconds, then slower, 40 seconds, then slower still, 90 seconds, then a leisurely 3 minutes.

Unpredictable and surprising. This is what makes things interesting.

Once you accept how surprising meditation is - and this is a great skill - the whole process becomes entertaining and absorbing.

There are different phases of the overall rhythm in which you may be totally
absorbed in the flow of experience and not "self-conscious" so to speak. You are in a flow state. You may be enchanted by the beauty of breath or motion or a mantra, or you may be lost in thoughts, or absorbed in choreographing a conversation you want to have with someone.

Learn to be tender with yourself in these transitions.

2 or 3 or 8 Phases of the Rhythm

If you want to have
2 phases of the rhythm: rest and action. During meditation, you may notice there are times you are more restful, and times when you are oriented toward action. Because you are meditating, this action takes the form of mental rehearsal. You are practicing action while in a restful state.

3 phases. Even in a brief rest phase, the body attempts to do some repairs and restoring, so a 3 part rhythm is rest — healing — action.
This is the Triple Shakti Model:
"I love resting,
I love healing,
I love action."

You can say these are the Three Loves of Shakti because life maintains itself by flowing through these phases.

8 phases or the 8 R's. This is a more nuanced view of the same process.

These are observable rhythms in the dance of life. Get to know them in yourself and learn to notice them in the experience of people you are coaching.

Note that these are rhythms that life is engaged in. Life is a self-renewing phenomenon, which means that it is repairing itself and healing any damage as much as it can in the flow of the day. The Radiance Sutras approach to meditation is that we are cooperating with the evolutionary dynamics of life, the brilliance of the cells.

We notice the rhythms of life during meditation because we are giving in to them.

Skillful meditation is —

Surfing the wave structure of the rhythm of life.

Rhythms of Meditation in Yoga Jargon


yātrā -
यात्रा going, setting off, journey, march, expedition. To undertake an expedition, take the field. Going on a pilgrimage. A festive train, procession. A feast, festival

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