The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost

Electric Feel

For the first time since graduating from college in 2011, I’m living in an apartment of my own. My roommate is a great guy in the same premed program that I am. And while the road ahead will be a challenging one, the way is lit and I know what I must do. 

There is the potential for a sense of rootedness, agency, and security that I haven’t known in many years. All of those qualities fall into the purview of the Muladhara chakra, the root chakra. Therefore when I first moved two weeks ago, I decided to involve my first chakra in my spiritual practice.

Ever since my teenage years, I have experienced a surplus of nervous energy in my system. My mind could be calm and even still my body would be rattled and overflowing. Typical symptoms of being ungrounded. 

However, things took an interesting turn when I went to physical therapy for the first time this week. Some of you may remember that about two months ago I had an episode in which both of my knees locked up for days and strangely aggressive muscle spasms wracked my legs before spreading throughout my body. It was diagnosed, after quite an exhaustive process, as patella femoral syndrome.

But it was at physical therapy that they finally got at the root of the problem: my coccyx. The physical therapist said that not only was my coccyx borderline dislocated but that it was also twisted to one side. Additionally, my sacrum is also twisted asymmetrically. Sound much like lower chakra issues?

Just one day of physical therapy and I already started feeling in a way I haven’t since childhood. The palpable effect of even just a sliver of release was mind-boggling. 

For those like me who don’t know much about the coccyx, the essential point that she explained to me was that not only is there a nerve cluster at the coccyx but it’s also an important place where certain leg muscles attach. The muscle spasms I had experienced occurred as a result of those nerves being aggravated. 

All of this felt like the final piece to a puzzle that’s been baffling me for years. Another interesting thing I learned through my research on the lower chakras was that sometimes instead of opening from the bottom up, for some people the chakras open from the top down. Given that I was playing with my third eye in seventh grade, I think I’m a top down person. 

So now I’m learning myself in the ways of grounding. I’m using certain stones, walking barefoot on grass and earth, and engaging in specific physical exercises. The whole thing feels like revisiting the electro-magnetism chapters of physics. I can feel the electricity in my body—in fact the very act of feeling is itself the electricity. 

I was once told that the first person a healer must heal is him or herself. The wounded healer is an interesting Jungian archetype as well. This new breakthrough is the opportunity I’ve been looking for to help me sort out my life on the physical plane within society. We’ll see what comes of it. 

Bombs away!

Namaste :)

I walked upstairs to see if we have a roof from which to view tonight’s potential aurora and came across these beautiful handmade tibetan prayer flags tied to the fifth floor banister. Awesome discovery.

I walked upstairs to see if we have a roof from which to view tonight’s potential aurora and came across these beautiful handmade tibetan prayer flags tied to the fifth floor banister. Awesome discovery.

The top image is from my bio textbook. The bottom image is from a study in which the effect of meditation on brain activity was observed. Note that both the “normal” and “before meditation” brain states are rather active with a lot going on. Whereas the “after meditation” and “depressed” brain states show decreased activity. Yet how different are the perspective and quality of life between a depressed person and a daily meditator! I don’t know about you but it seems to me that a brain stuck in a depressed configuration may be more suited for meditation than trying to make their brain more like a “normal” person’s. 

The truth of art lies in its power to break the monopoly of established reality to define what is real.

Herbert Marcuse

kevluvs said: Sometimes people can be disappointing, especially when they break their word and seem to not care about how their actions affect others. How do you not get turned cynical when people you meet constantly act inconsiderate. This is not to be needy or anything like that but one would think that there should be a certain courtesy in our disposable society. What do you think??

Outwardly, our actions do affect other bodies. If someone slaps you, your body will register pain. But how you take that experience into your mind varies from person to person. How you are affected by actions internally has more to do with your mind than it does with the other person. 

If someone is discourteous to you and it hurts your feelings, that’s your challenge to face. This doesn’t mean that person should just do whatever they want and it’s on you to just deal with it. It just means that people will always be a mix of courteous, discourteous, kind, mean, happy, unhappy, and so on. Instead of policing everyone with a general doctrine of courtesy, which is a lovely idea and yet failed by every major world religion, you can address the root of your discomfort which is within. 

It’s like this well-known proverb once voiced by Ramana Maharshi: “Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.”

Wearing shoes in this instance means continually aspiring for inner clarity and therefore peace. How to do this? Here are some tips:

1. Stop and see. When someone is being discourteous, what do you think that indicates? Are they a happy person? Are they rooted, clear, insightful, and worth learning from? We often forget that the condemnable behavior of others comes from a place of deep confusion and suffering within. If you are not willing or able to see this, it is because you have yet to remove your own confusion. It’s easy to see the splinter in your neighbor’s eye while missing the log in your own. 

2. Be humble. Humility doesn’t mean bowing down to others. It means lowering your head to no one and allowing no one to lower their head to you. Humility is the recognition that no one being is inherently more or less important than another. Period. Be that human, insect, or fungus. 

3. Cease judgment and conclusions. You’re getting cynical because you’re generalizing the concept of the persons you have encountered with the concept of People as a whole. Then you draw half-baked conclusions. Humanity is not wonderful and all good and brilliant. Nor is it evil, worthless, or basic. Our bodies are all just bags of molecules.

You’re feeling disappointed because you were hoping for something else. But for peace to be possible here and now, all hope and fear, all judgments and conclusions, must be suspended. In order to come to know ourselves, each other, and reality as they are, we must be ready to abandon our habitual conceptions at a moment’s notice. 

If you ask me, modern day society is a very uncreative and somewhat mean game. We don’t need to be competing with each other, getting the newest iPhone, or working in an office for the majority of our lives. Our species has enough technology and learning to take care of everyone. So why don’t we? We’re bogged down by the inertia of the past. Cultural conditioning, language-bound perceptual confusion, and enduring issues from previous generations are part of the pre-existing framework with which we are forced to deal. 

Playing the coulda woulda shoulda game with modern society is just an exercise in frustration. It is only the future in which a harmonious society will be possible and nothing happens in the future for which we do not sow the seeds in the present. 

Attend to your own contributions, your own awakening. At the same time, strive to understand and give compassion to those people to whom life brings you. Daily meditation is essential. 

Namaste :)

kumbeechoi said: Do you write a journal? If yes, what do you usually write about? Daily life, your thoughts on world issues, people who have hurt your feelings, happy moments of the day, etc?

Yes, although I write on none of those things. 

It’s more like a mythology of science, consciousness, and reality in the context of modern life. 

Oh wait, that’s this blog :P Besides Lazy Yogi, I don’t really have much time for writing, unfortunately. 

Namaste!

ig0tmyhashpipe said: Hi wondering if maybe you could help me out...What do you think philosophy and religion do as disciplines? But most importantly what do you think the Whoooole purpose of philosophy or region is anyway?

As a discipline, religion and philosophy don’t do much besides spin the mind round and round. As a way of life, it’s poetry in your bones, science in your brain, and love in your eyes. 

The purpose, to my eyes, is an attempt to describe the indescribable. 

Namaste!

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Lao Tzu

onebasictruth said: What was the last book that you picked up, and were compelled to finish in that sitting?

Harry Potter :P

Namaste

If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.

Eckhart Tolle

adressbar said: Lazyyogi, are you currently reading a book? (If yes) what is it?

Books I am in the midst of reading:

Turning Confusion into Clarity and The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Original Innocence by Traktung Yeshe Dorje

The Avadhuta Gita translation by Sri Purohit Swami

The Essence of the Spiritual Instruction by Sri Ramana Maharshi translated with commentary by Master Nome

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I guess that whole English major thing carried over!

Namaste :P

dissonance-mind said: "What’s the human realm? Fear, separateness, and a sense of lack." So.... how do we get away from the human realm? What's the point then?

Are fear, separateness, and a sense of lack actual places? They are states of mind, states of perception. That is the realm of humanity, a tiny niche of habitual perception in a sea of potentiality. 

You don’t need to escape anything. All you need do is cease regarding a minuscule pinpoint of perception as the entirety of reality. For that, I recommend daily meditation. 

What’s the point? The same point for why you turn on the lights when you enter a dark room. To see reality as it truly is and to live in that light harmoniously. 

Namaste :)

So long as you want something from the human realm, you will never leave it. 

Let it go and it’s already gone. 

What’s the human realm? Fear, separateness, and a sense of lack.

Emptiness and godliness are like a swing on which the magical child of illusion plays as love.

Traktung Yeshe Dorje