Yogini Jaima: Hi everyone, it's Yogini Jaima.
Yogi Cameron: And this is Yogi Cameron. And this is Inspire Living. And one of the things we hear the most is, I can't meditate. We've been discussing this, and why. The major reason you can't meditate is because this is a high practice. You know, everybody's kind of talking about it, like, yeah, I meditate, and I do this and I do that. And we're thinking is, wow, you are?
Yogini Jaima: That's amazing. I do like three hours of practice every morning, and, you know, we're getting there. And everybody sort of speaks about it like, I'm there. It's kind of like when we were discussing one time the Om Mantra, and everybody's like, yeah I've done Om. Om is like expansion of the universe, how can you just finish it? So, that's the major reason, is because this is a very high practice, and we're kind of bringing it to the level where we think we're doing it, but actually there's a lot more to it.
Yogi Cameron: Well, let's kind of debunk the myth about, you know, you just sit down and close your eyes and are able to have complete stillness of mind. Like, nobody does that.
There are preliminary practices in all of the sciences. In Ayurveda, which flat-out prepares the body, 'cause if there's any disturbance in the body, you're gonna have a disturbance in the mind. And all of the practices, and all of the systems of Yoga have preliminary practices to prepare the mind for that stillness. And, two of those practices are pranayama, breath control, and dee-ahn, concentration practices. So, in those two there are many different practices, so many, hundreds, thousands that you can do, but just take in mind two practices, breath control and concentration.
Why breath control? Why do I need to control my breath? What does that have to do with the mind? Because they're directly connected. You breath according to the thoughts in the mind. So, the ancient yogis, they understood I might not be able to control all the thoughts in my mind and the activity in my mind, but I can control my breath, and if I slow my breath down and I make it longer and deeper, I'm gonna slow the thoughts down in my mind. That's number one.
Number two, concentration. Along with controlling the breath, so we're controlling the mind. We're gonna start to give the mind something to focus on. A friend of mine said it so great the other day, he said, My mind, it's like a dog, you know, and it's just out there on the leash. And he goes, so I gotta throw it a bone. And that's what concentration practices are, just throw the mind a bone while you're doing those long, deep breath work and give it something to focus on.
Yogini Jaima: Yeah, otherwise it's going to focus on something that you're thinking about. And this is what we're doing, we're bringing the senses from that heightened state to the lower state. So, you're not so bothered about what you're seeing, what you're feeling, what you're touching, what you're smelling, and everything is sort of in order so the mind is subdued a little bit. 'Cause normally the mind is running after the sense, and then you get out of breath, and then the mind is all over the place because it's following the breath.
So here, breath work, concentration. And preliminary practices in themselves take time. You don't just suddenly build your house and say, yeah, don't worry about the ground, we won't dig up the ground and put the foundation. And that's what this is. This is foundational work to your meditation. So, don't be in a hurry and don't worry about people saying, I meditate and I sit there for hours. They're probably thinking about a sandwich or something, so don't worry about it.
Yogi Cameron: We are going to introduce to you some practices that are going to help you meditate. In the next upcoming videos that we'll do, understand, try them out, and find out which one works for you. Also, a practice might work for you at a different time. Sometimes the mind is more active and it needs more rapid focusing, so we continue to move the consciousness and have it focus on one thing to another.
At other times it's able to do a slower focus, and a slower kind of breath. So, we'll introduce to you some different practice because our effort is to get you all meditating. It's absolutely possible. Anyone can do it, it just takes a little training and a little effort.
Yogini Jaima: Yeah, so look out for the next videos. We'll get into some breath work, some concentration work, and then you'll have the foundation so then you can build up. Then, we'll get into more meditation. So, namaste.