My client was seeking meditation to relieve the stress of his day. He wanted a greater connection to his higher self and for his mind to soften. I shared with him that the connection and softening of the mind is aided by a holistic practice that includes an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle. This is the purpose of Ayurveda -- it is a way of living that promotes greater consciousness. When my client experienced the tools of Yoga and Ayurveda together, incredible results followed for everyone in his home.
The purpose of meditation
Meditation brings us along the journey of remembering that we are eternal spirit. Experiencing this is the first step toward moksha, or liberation.
What is moksha?
Moksha comes when your mind is free from clutter, what we call samskara, or impressions that create habits of thinking and attachments. This clutter is such a part of your life that you may not realize that it is there. Some of it is useful, but much of it is not. For instance, you have samskara about how to pick up an object based on your experience learning this as a child. This allows you to function in life. But you also have samskara that clouds your view of life.
For instance, think of a time when you met someone who reminded you of a person from your past who had hurt you. Triggered by the similarity, you likely closed off your opportunity to connect with this new person (and perhaps heal the residual pain). By basing your present experiences upon your past, you create attachment instead of freedom.
Moksha in the body
Being in your body comes from going within on a moment-to-moment basis. While the negative experiences in life often send you out of your body, these negative experiences exist as an opportunity to grow and move along your path. When you slow down and pay attention, everything can fuel your personal and spiritual growth.
Finding your path to moksha
What I shared with my client in Hong Kong is this: The more you invest in revealing your true self, the more you will find glimpses of moksha. By eating in a balanced way, you step more into your body. By devoting a few minutes each day to meditation, you will calm your mind. Life will still continue to happen all around you, but you will move through it with a greater sense of ease and peace. Life will begin to even out and you’ll find a steady pace. Take small steps, one foot in front of the other, toward moksha and you will experience the limitless joy of liberation in life.