Self Inquiry Yoga
Self Inquiry is and integral component of my yoga practice. Self inquiry is the only way to really get anywhere. When I am able to see myself as I really am then I am able to see truth. The truth is that I am not who I think I am. I am a conscious series of results from all the decisions I have made in life. I am the effect that I caused in life. My only job is to accept everything and have genuine gratitude for the life that types these words.
Ramana Maharshi was a modern mystic who influenced many other gurus and students. Maharshi taught that the “I”-thought will disappear and only “I-I”[web 1] or self-awareness remains. This results in an “effortless awareness of being”, and by staying with it[web 2] this “I-I” gradually destroys the vasanas “which cause the ‘I’-thought to rise,” and finally the ‘I’-thought never rises again, which is Self-realization or liberation.
It is with extreme gratitude that I am able to engage in honest self examination. Humility and gratitude are the keys to my current self inquiry. Usually I engage this practice from an Eastern or yogic approach. Lately my Self Inquiry comes within the Body of Christ.
The Eucharistic celebration of the Catholic Mass is a ritual of devotional gratitude. The mystical union of my being with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost occurred prior to my birth. There is only one Mass and it is occurring eternally and permeates all of reality. My gratitude is eternal and cosmic.
My Current Self Inquiry
I have the ability to develop my meditation practice and yet I still distract myself with sensual pursuits. I have a dangerous addiction to cigarettes that the Holy Spirit has relieved me of this week. I have an attachment to socializing with other people and making small talk about the weather. The world I am looking for is right inside of me all the time waiting for me to discover it. The purpose of this blog is to encourage you to engage in meaningful self introspection. This constant self examination is similar to the Fourth Step of the 12 Step Program of AA. If I am aware of my part in everything I empower myself to change myself and my relationship to my world. I learn to practice emotional hygiene.