A 6 year old in Samadhi

Yesterday I sat down next to my 6 year old step son as he was watching cartoons on the television. After about 10 minutes he jumped and in a suprised voice said “Nemir! How did you get here? I didn’t even notice!”, he was so totally absorbed in what he was watching he had lost contact with the world around him. Many children are like this when they play, adults much less so. Yoga teaches that we can become absorbed in perception of an object and so arrive at a state called samadhi where “the mind blends and becomes one with the object of meditation” (Desikachar heart of Yoga p110).
Children find this easy, with adults it is usually the exact opposite, we can hardly ever focus on something for long enogh to become absorbed in it totally, perhaps with good reason, and our impression of what we see is influenced by our ever acumulating memories and conditioning. The purpose of Yoga is to remove the conditioning and train the mind to be calm and still, in this way we can observe clearly and without distraction , to be in other words, Present in what we are doing.

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About the naked human

the naked human is what we are underneath. When we shed our thoughts and look calmly in the mirror upon the light of the soul. Peace and Love.
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