July 10th Dathun Teaching:
Order of Practices
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.33
3) Sitting Practice to Savasana
(scroll down for details)
A "dathun" (dah-thoon) is a retreat of several days for intentional study
and practice, usually introspective in nature.
A dathun is a time of integration, a time to harvest and make the
practices and teachings your own.
Breath Study Day Ten: July 10
Begin with 108 Breaths: Sweet & Simple
Breath 108 Inhales and 108 Exhales.
You may want to use a Mala to accompany your practice.
You could begin in another way if you wish, or do less
Sweet & Simple Breaths as inspired.
Layering the Practice, If You Like:
Feeling Sensation Possibilities
Let's spend a second day with
Sama Vritti: Equanimity Breath
Begin with the "Guru" Bead which
is usually accompanied by a tassel.
While doing the 108 Breaths, allow
the inhale and exhale
to come to "equal length".
Equal is relative,
a feeling, or it could
be said that the
inbreath and outbreath
become reflections of one another.
This will happen gradually
all on its own.
The pauses between the inbreath
and outbreath could also
begin to be of equal
or near equal length.
One cycle of breath
One bead on the mala.
108 Breaths of Equanimity.
108 Breaths of Balance.
How do you experience a sensation
What else do you notice?
Yoga Sutras Day 10: July 10
(Note for Mobile Users: An Archive of the Sutra Teachings can be found on the DeskTop Version at July Dathun Links Archive)
For Day 10, we will take a look at 3 translations of 1.33:
Intersectionality of Relational Harmony
Soften before you work with the teachings.
As you read the sutras, allow your jaw to soften....perhaps massage the face, TMJ (temporomandibular joint), and your forehead. Also consider relaxing your tongue into your lower jaw (the cradle of the lower teeth, if you like). Relax your throat if you like, you can massage your thyroid as well.
You may want to take a few moments with this relaxation meditation before moving into the readings.
This sutra is often said to be an "intersectionality" of spiritual teachings. A version of this teaching can be found in almost all spiritual views of the world. A map of how to bring meaning and practical functionality to harmonious relationship to self, to others, and to transpersonal connection.
1.33: Maitri Karuna Mudita Upekshanam (My-tree Kah-roo-nah Moo-deet-tah Whew-peak-shawn-um)
"To preserve openness of heart and calmness of mind, nurture these attitudes:
Kindness to those who are happy. Compassion for those who are less fortunate. Honor for those who embody noble qualities. Equanimity to those whose actions oppose your views." (Devi, 2010)
"The mind becomes quiet when it cultivates friendlessness in the presence of happiness, active compassion in the presence of unhappiness, joy in the presence of virtue, and indifference toward error."
"Maitri is loving-kindness, kindness for yourself as the root for kindness for others. Karuna is compassion, the kind that comes from seeing your own humanness in others. Mudita is joy, and effervescent expression of recognition of yourself in others, and others within yourself. Upekshanam is equanimity, a sense of peace in the balance of self-in-self with recognition of self-in-all-around-you. Oneness. These 4 recognitions work together to form an intersectionality of harmonious relationship. If more compassion is needed, bring more maitri into the relationship. If more joy is needed, bring more compassion. If equanimity is needed, more joy of recognition of self in others is needed. Maitri brings equanimity; Joy of Recognition brings dimensional compassion. These are weaved linkages of relationship, a circle of harmonious being, the synapse where relational consciousness is formed. A map of relational plasticity in dynamic motion." (Morrissey, personal journal writings)
For these sutras, consider the following (if you like):
What have I been told about this teaching?
Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.
How do I relate to this teaching on my own?
Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal. This is
the essence of the Dathun; what is my knowing of this teachings?
My work centering around this sutra,
within my mind, my heart, and my body knowing?
How does this teaching feel as a body awareness?
Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.
Going From Here:
(some options, as you like, feel free to use others as inspired):
Sit in Open Awareness Meditation for several moments.
You could journal draw some of the unfamiliar variations of
the OM symbols, allowing your creative imagination to
guide your drawing meditation.
Do several Sweet Breaths, then sequence in another pranayama
like Ujjaii or Merudanda Energetic Breath.
Move to an asana practice.
After an Open Awareness Meditation, lie down for Savasana.
Take a "Savasayatra", a journey within.
(If you like, enjoy "Miles & Maya" on a loop, preceding about 5 minutes of quiet).
Then a Closing and Release the Practice to the Benefit of All Beings.
Thank you for Dathun-ing!
developer, sangha of one
References for Yoga Sutras:
Bharat, Ram. (2019). A Seeker's Guide to the Yoga Sutras: Modern Reflections on the Ancient Journey. Rockridge Press. USA.
Bouanchaud, Benard. (1997). The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjail. Sri Satguru Publications. Delhi, India.
Carrera, Jaganath. (2006). Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Sourcebook for Study and Practice of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Integral Yoga Publications. Yogaville, Virginia. USA.
Devi, N. J. (2010). The secret power of yoga: A woman's guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras. Harmony.
Malchiodi, C. (2002). The Soul's Palette: Drawing on Art's Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being. Shambhala Publications. Boston, MA. USA.
Ravikanth, B. (2012). Yoga Sutras of Patajali: Nature of the Mind, the Universe, and the True Self. Sanskrit Works.
Stiles, Mukunda. (2002). Yoga Sutras of Patajali. Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC. San Francisco, CA. USA.
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Swami Satchidananda. (1978). The Yoga Sutras of Patajali. Integral Yoga Publications. Yogaville, VA. USA.
White, David. (2014). The Yoga Sutras of Patajali: A Biography. Princeton Press. Princeton, NJ. USA.
References for Historical Content:
Swami @ 48yahoo.com. (2014) Om in Various Scripts. https://tamilandvedas.com/2014/12/12/om-symbol-in-europe-2000-bce/
Zelaya, R. (2019). What is the Meaning of Om? Gaia. https://www.gaia.com/article/what-meaning-om.
References for Breathing:
Calais-Germain, Blandine. (2006). Anatomy of Breathing. Eastland Press, Seattle, WA. USA
Chaitow, Bradley, & Gilbert. (2014). Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 2nd Edition. Churchhill Livingstone Elsevier Press.
Farhi, Donna. (1996). The breathing book: Good health and vitality through essential breath work. Holt Paperbacks.
Nestor, James. (2020). Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. Riverhead Books. New York, NY. USA.
Oshins, Linda. (2014). Pranayama: A Compendium of Practices. Yoga On High, Columbus, OH. USA.
References for Music:
Davison, Peter. (1999). Music for Yoga. Gaiam / Davisounds. ITunes.
Kent, Rolf. (2005). Miles & Maya. Sideways Soundtrak.
MC Yogi (2010). Shanti, Peace Out. World Records. ITunes.
Shamanic Dream (2005). Anugama. Open Sky Music. ITunes.
Wertheimer & Kadt. (2012). Worldwide. ITunes.
Yoga Grooves (2003). Soul Food. New Age. ITunes.
References for Art:
Beauregrad, Ellen. https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ellen-beauregard
Reference for Video:
Yamauchi, Samyak. (2005). What is an Intuitive Painter? OPB.org. YouTube: