April 2015

Meditation and the Breath

A Letter from the Siddha Yoga Swamis

April 1, 2015

Dear Siddha Yogis,

Namaste!

As we enter the fourth month of 2015, we, the Siddha Yoga Swamis, invite you to focus your study on prana-shakti, the vital energy that creates and sustains the universe and that impels the movement of the breath. By reflecting on prana-shakti and on the significance of breathing in your practice of meditation, you will continue to expand your understanding and experience of Gurumayi’s Message for 2015.

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In the beginning of the year we were given the mantras for the practice of Surya Namaskar. I've since re-focused on hatha yoga, going back to basics, to beginning classes that go in depth into the actions of the poses. This has led me more and more to discovering the breath and its connection to action. I see that when there is a connection between the breath and action, a subtle link is formed, opening the body like a flower. I’ve been discovering the prana, which permeates and unifies. I’ve experienced the sense of separation between layers of muscle, tissue, and bone dissolving, unifying my mind, body, and heart.

And now, here we are, focusing this month on prana-shakti! Such a joyous unfoldment of the teachings on the Siddha Yoga path website!

Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Sitting in the local coffee shop, I began reading the April letter from the Siddha Yoga Swamis. As I followed the instructions given from Gurumayi’s book The Yoga of Discipline and breathed in and out deeply several times, a wave of gratitude passed through me.

This year, more than any other, meditation has come easily for me. Thank you, Gurumayi, for your loving care and attention.

a Siddha Yogi from Pontypridd, United Kingdom

Reading this letter from the Swamis led me to contemplate the importance of the simple, yet primordial act of breathing in my life. Breath is essential to life. It is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do when we leave.

I think of how, when we are born, we gasp for air, our lungs fill up with oxygen for the first time, and we embark on a new journey. We don’t need to be taught how to breathe. Breathing freely is natural to us. Yet, as we grow, we may unlearn this perfect inborn ability, which is a lifeline to our inner Self.

As a Siddha Yogi, I can tap into this natural process again, guided by the Kundalini Shakti awakened by my Guru’s grace. I simply need to be steadfast in my meditation practice, and focus on my breathing throughout the day to calm my mind and soothe my emotions.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for being a constant source of inspiration.

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina