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The Path of Meditation

In Vedanta, which comes from the same roots as Ayurveda, there are four “yogas," or paths, through which to pursue our spirituality. The word “yoga" comes from the Sanskrit word “yuj" which means“to yoke," or “to unite."  The practice of yoga helps us to unite with body, mind, and spirit.  For the month of May we are looking at each of the four different yogas.  This is the third:

Raja Yoga is known as the path of meditation.  The idea is that by stilling the mind through meditation, we can experience more of our true selves.  It explains that we need to settle the mind, which is constantly stirred up with thoughts just as a lake is muddied through activity.  When the lake settles down, the water becomes clear; so it goes with our mind.  This tranquil state of mind lets us think clearly and see what is important in life.  Kaphas, who like to be still and quiet, may be attracted to Raja Yoga.

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