nondual experience

Meditation:
  
  
The actual practice of meditation is to go beyond concept and simply rest in the state of nondual experience. The ability to rest in that way comes from contemplation, from analytical meditation, which gradually leads us to the stage of nonconceptual meditation.
  
Shamatha meditation is a practice that supports the development of a stable, one-pointed concentration, which brings the mind to a state of peace and tranquility. Thus, it is also known as “resting meditation.”
  
Vipashyana means “clear seeing” or “superior seeing.” Fundamentally, it consists of methods that bring about the recognition of the nature of mind, and is marked by a sense of openness and spaciousness.
—  Dzogchen Ponlop, Mind Beyond Death

analisamariayoung  asked:

I recently started Kundalini Yoga because I was looking for an avenue to silence my overactive thoughts and to try to get in touch with my true inner being. What are your thoughts on this type of yoga and how would you compare it to others?

Kundalini Yoga originated as an advanced system of yogic practice. It is also a technology that is intimately woven with the esoteric path of tantra.

Generally before a yogi would enter the practices of tantra and Kundalini Yoga, he or she would have spent several years in practice of meditation and mindfulness. While Kundalini and tantra can be potent expedient means for unburdening confusion, they can also solidify the ego into diamond-hard ignorance if not practiced properly. 

The way Kundalini Yoga is taught and spoken of in the west varies. Some are very hindu in their approach, others entirely new age, while more are just jumbled visualizations. Keep in mind that this is a very intimate and powerful practice that originated from a culture very different from our own. Given that fact, you can imagine how many poor translations of that spiritual technology have diluted today’s western understanding of it. 

If you are seeking to still your attention, ease your mind, and regain awareness of Being, I would highly recommend you take up daily meditation and mindfulness. The book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle would also be very helpful. 

Kundalini Yoga is like snake-handling. Your mind and awareness must be peaceful and focused in order for you to be successful with it. This doesn’t mean Kundalini practices can’t be helpful for those who are relative beginners but its progress in dispelling illusion will be uneven and potentially confusing. Without direct personal experience regarding nonduality, a yogi cannot properly contextualize the energy-consciousness practices. 

So while I would not dissuade you from pursing your Kundalini Yoga studies if you feel so inspired, I would strongly recommend you add meditation and non-dual contemplation to your approach. That way you will find that steadiness and peace of mind while also preparing yourself as the fertile soil of a victorious kundalini yogini. 

Namaste sis :)