July 17th Dathun Teaching:
                                                Order of Practices
                     
                                   Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
                                           
                                            Meditation for Yoga Sutra 1.38:
                                                      Peaceful Reflections 
                           
                                           Sitting Practice to Savasana
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Peaceful Reflections

 

Today's Practice: Sutra 1.38
    Peaceful Reflections

 

A "dathun" (dah-thoon) is a retreat of several days for intentional study

and practice, usually introspective in nature.

With daily practices, a dathun is a time of integration, a time to harvest and make the practices and teachings your own.

Breath Study Day Seventeen: July 17
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. 

A possible music inspiration: 

Onenesssound's Moola Mantra,

as you do the 108 Breaths: 

04 Moola MantraOnenesssound
00:00 / 09:36
Yoga Sutras Day 17: July 17
(Note for Mobile Users: An Archive of the Sutra Teachings can be found on the DeskTop Version at July Dathun Links Archive) 
 
For Day 17, we will explore Sutra 1.38: Peaceful Reflections 
Sutras 1.34-1.39 are a grouping of teachings which offer yoga practices for restoration and balancing. 
Sutra 1:34 began a swadhaya of the utility and spiritual beauty of the simple, gorgeous exhalation. 
Sutra 1.35 suggests tratok (trah talk), candle gazing, for sensory repatterning. 
Sutra 1.36 teaches to find refuge in the Heart Light (Hridhaya), the Heart Chakra, reflecting upon the Light within all.
 
Sutra 1.37 says stay inspired! People, writings, creations, education, conversations....who are the great inspiring souls for you?  
Sutra 1.38 teaches us to appreciate the power of reflection upon peaceful feelings, as a recharge of our living embodiment of the sensational peace-being that we are. 
Here are 3 translations for your consideration: 
"Calmness comes by concentration on some insight achieved during reflection, dreams, or deep sleep."
(Swami Kriyananda, 2013) 
"By abiding in being that honors the Light as omnipresent, one acquires an inspired passion for life." (Mukunda, 2002) 
"Reflect on a peaceful feeling from an experience, a dream, or deep sleep." (Devi, 2010) 
Often the paths for restoring balance are already within us, and we find them trying to get our attention in daydreams, deep sleep, or in moments of journaling and reflection. 
Swami Satchidananda (1978) gives us a sage piece of wisdom in his commentary of this sutra, teaching us that it's the peace feeling of sleep or deep meditation, not memory of the inactivity, which recharges our embodiment in the present moment of peacefulness as a state of being.
 
Past peaceful feelings can be sourced as a practice of in-the-moment centering  and consciousness softening. Give it a try!  

For this sutra, consider the following (if you like): 

 

What have I been told about this teaching?

Throughout the Dathun, we have been encouraged to 

make these sutras our own, gently sorting out

what you have been told they mean from

what they actually mean to you. 

What have I been told about this teaching? 

 

pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember....feel.....breathe

Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.

 

How do I relate to this teaching on my own?

(pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember.....feel.....breathe.

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?

(pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember.....feel.....breathe.

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.

 

Do several Sweet Breaths and/or 

move to an asana practice. 

After an Open Awareness Meditation or other practice,

lie down for Savasana.

Then a Closing and Release the Practice to the Benefit of All Beings. 

Thank you for Dathun-ing! 

Becky Morrissey

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. www.sanskritworks.com 

Stiles, Mukunda. (2002). Yoga Sutras of Patajali. Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC. San Francisco, CA. USA. 

Swami Kriyananda. (2013). Demystifiying Patajali: The Yoga Sutras. Cystal Clarity Publishing. Nevada City, CA. USA. 

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 and Research Sources: 

Miller-Karas, E. (2015). Building resilience to trauma: The trauma and community resiliency models. Routledge.

Moondeva. (2020). Sutra 1.36: Lotus of the Heart. https://soundcloud.com/moondeva/visoka-va-jyotishmati-mantra

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. ITunes. 

MC Yogi (2010). Shanti, Peace Out. World Records. ITunes. 

Onenesssound. (2008). Moola Mantra. Deeksha Through Music. ITunes. 

Snatnam Kaur. (2002). Prem. World. Records. ITunes. 

Shamanic Dream (2005). Anugama. Open Sky Music. ITunes. 

Sounds of Nature: Forest. (2012). Hot Ideas. 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: 

Ephemeral RIft. (2016). The Wind in the Trees. Youtube: https://youtu.be/4KzFe50RQkQ

Yamauchi, Samyak. (2005). What is an Intuitive Painter? OPB.org. YouTube: https://youtu.be/HWYavceHeUU

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