If you’re leading a yogic life, you meditate as regularly as you do your asana. If you’re really leading a yogic life, you’re meditating more than you do your physical practice, for as much as that tight butt, flexy hamstrings, svelte figure and nimble step are nice to have, you’ve come to realize–through your practice–that they’re merely cosmetic when compared with the profundity one encounters with a regular meditation practice. A lot of what passes for yoga today produces a “Vogue on the outside, vague on the inside” type of person, who, despite their ability to contort or maintain seemingly impossible poses–for the non-yoga mortals–can be a little loosy-goosy when it comes to morals, integrity, dealing with stress, and really having something to offer. Sure, looking at your swell keester makes both sexes feel tingly, but somehow that kind of tingly sensation doesn’t translate into something they can share. Yoga is much more a discipline of the self than the body, and meditation is where a lot of the heaviest lifting is done, but also where a lot of the most ‘great’ changes and rewards occur.
So you meditate. And perhaps you meditate in the morning, when you first arise from bed. Many people who pursue their physical and so-called spiritual paths (i.e. doing asana and meditation) have developed patterns and sensibilities that become such routine, they cannot be ignored. In the case of this author, his capacity for alcohol consumption has diminished to a drastic degree, and his ability to eat a lunch including starch has been reduced to zero: a pasta or sandwich or any type of foodstuff that’s composed of starch will put me to sleep, narcoleptic style. Bosses have literally thrown things at me at 2pm meetings to keep me awake.
As we also know, a yogic lifestyle takes some time. If you have a job, maybe a spouse, throw in kids, add a passion (one residing outside of yoga, that is), sleep, and a desire to remain sane, it’s downright challenging to find time to both meditate and do asana. Which is why so many of us knock it off first thing in the morning. Yet, to refer back to the patterns of life and health, sometimes our desire to meditate at six in the morning comes into conflict with our desire to move the bowels at the same time. Both important, but which takes precedence? In my own case, I’ve gone both ways, and I’ve come down resolutely on one side of the fence, after more consideration than is probably sensible to admit. What is your stand on the issue? if at 6:03 in the morning you’re already sitting in your lotus (or thereabouts) and you feel the rumble down where the first Chakra awakens, which do you give attention to? The meditation or the morning Charmin? “Drop” a comment below!
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