• It took him a while, but Bill has finally come to his senses and stopped drinking too much alcohol.
• Kerry says it's time we came to our senses and started treating our planet with the sort of love and care it needs.
The Hatha yoga promotes awareness it directs us to be in the body, to become aware to our body.
According to Yoga, our physical body (the skin, the muscles, the bones) is the first of five layers that we have which is called Annamaya Kosha (the food layer), the second layer is Pranamaya Kosha (the energy layer), the third layer is Manamaya Kosha (the mental layer), the forth is Vijnanamaya Kosha (the intuition) and the last one is Anandamaya Kosha (the bliss layer).
By promoting the awareness to the physical layer, and through experiencing the skin, bones, muscles, internal organs, etc. we open ourselves to a new feelings that are not coming from the physical layer but from the energetical one, we become aware to Prana (energy). We continue our practice and step-by-step we come to realize the deferent layers that we consist of in the same way we experience our physical body. And as we become more and more aware and continue our journey from the physical body inward, we will come to realize that we are much more then what we came to experience in the different layers.
For a long time I could not comprehend the meaning of Pratyahara, the fifth step in the eight steps of Patanjali maharishi. Many instructions refer to the withdrawal of the attention from the external stimulation and focus within. They explain that the senses are working but not perceiving anything from the outside, like when we are walking in the street emerged in thinking and we do not see our friends walking in front of us or we do not hear someone calling our name. We are fully absorbed in the thinking process but we still get home safely which means that the senses are working but we are not there…
Well, if we will take our experience from the Hatha yoga practice and the journey of developing awareness inward, we will understand the Pratyahara.
Coming to our senses is so important in this journey. We are not accustomed to be in our senses; not just to hear sounds but really listen; not just to gaze but to really see, watching carefully; not to smell occasionally but to deeply breathe the smells of life; not to eat while doing other things or while being absorbed in thoughts but really taste, to be in our skin (the sense of perception) and enjoy the touch of our clothes; enjoy the wind on our face… We will begin to open ourselves not only from the senses out but also in, the sounds, smells and tastes sensations and visions that are not external but internal ones. And by becoming more aware to them we can start following them exactly like we do in the Hatha Yoga practice, with the body following your feelings, your sensations to a new reality, an internal one. This will lead us away from unconscious Pratyara and into living meditation.