30 Days of Yogi Wisdom – Day 25 featuring Paramahansa Yogananda
“By the practice of meditation,” the master said, “you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.”
As if we needed another reason to take on a solid meditation practice! Imagine, as Paramahansa Yogananda suggests, that wherever you went you could access bliss. That no matter what you had with you and no matter what circumstances you were experiencing within your life, you had the power to step into a paradise in only a few moments. This is what the practice of meditation promises us.
This sounds lovely, right? Unfortunately, getting to paradise takes some serious practice and beginner yogis often get discouraged along the path. In fact, there are many days when my meditation practice feels like more of a painful struggle than a foray into peace. Learning how to get exclusive access to paradise is one of the greatest challenges of yoga. I have spent many years attempting to grope my way to those fleeting moments of meditative bliss only to spend the majority of my time frustrated. There have been mornings I’ve passed sitting in lotus in my sunny backyard thinking, ‘everything about this moment is perfect for meditation, why can’t my mind just be still?’ Nevertheless, one tiny glimpse of this paradise is all we need to realize the benefits of visiting more frequently!
The best part of visiting Paramahansa Yogananda’s meditative paradise is that it is available to everyone. Although it takes work to get to a place in your meditation practice where you can truly be at peace, it is a practice that anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or circumstance can take on and achieve with due diligence and a little bit of elbow grease and compassion. How cool is that?
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