July 18th Dathun Teaching:
      
Pranayama:
108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
                                           
    Meditation for Yoga Sutra 1.39:     Coming Alive
                           
Sitting Practice to Savasana
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Peaceful Reflections

 

Today's Practice: Sutra 1.39
Do What Makes Your Come Alive
    
Welcome to the Dathun: 

 

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 Eighteen: July 18
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: 

Sound Therapy's "Quiet Place",

as you do the 108 Breaths: 

04 Quiet Place (Sound Therapy_ Serenity Onenesssound
00:00 / 05:19
Yoga Sutras Day 18: July 18
(Note for Mobile Users: An Archive of the Sutra Teachings can be found on the DeskTop Version at July Dathun Links Archive) 
 
For Day 18, we will explore Sutra 1.39:
Do What Makes You Come Alive 
Sutras 1.34-1.39 are a grouping of teachings that 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. 
Sutra 1.39 gives us the freedom to explore and do what moves us, to be creative with the teachings, and soar with our heart's delight. Do what makes you came alive for restoration and balance. 
Here are 3 translations for your consideration: 
"The Mind becomes still and concentrated by meditating on anything you choose." (Bharat, 2019) 
"Choosing meditation according to one's affinities also brings clarity and equanimity ." (Bouanchaud, 1997) 
"Dedicate yourself to anything that elevates and embraces your heart." (Devi, 2010) 
A quote relating to today's practice: 

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”     ~ Howard Thurman

How do we know what brings us alive? Here is a practice from Bharat (2019) that may  be helpful: 

In Sitting practice, (or journaling), think of an object or quality that is spiritually uplifting for you. Close your eyes and sit quietly with this awareness for some time. If your mind wanders, bring your attention back to the image or idea and start over again (with a kind-heartedness for yourself). 

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. 

Huff, David Lyndon. (2007). Quiet Place. New Age. 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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