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Meditation: Antar Mouna – Ajapa Japa -Trataka. The Satyananda Yoga system offers many different traditional techniques to help the practitioner to turn the. TSYN: Antar Mouna. 14 minutes. An attempt at a more trauma-sensitive yoga nidra: heavy on choices and invitations; light on visualisation. This one is an. Mindfulness And Antar Mouna Meditation. Meditation has two main aims, the cultivation of witness consciousness, and the evolution of your.

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My name was called to sit in a row of students. We were propped up in chairs, our spines erect, staring at a blank wall, waiting for our turn to have an interview with our teacher, Michael Stone. It was my first silent meditation retreat. An interview is a meeting with the teacher, where the student has the opportunity to ask questions and recieve guidance.

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I knew exactly what I wanted to ask. I was overwhelmed with shame, and it was consuming me. The bell rang… sntar was my time. I rose from my seat, turned to my right, and walked into a small room, where Michael was sitting. I bowed and sat on the cushion in front of him.

As I spoke, tears silently rolled down my cheeks. I told him I felt like a bad daughter… actually, a bad person. Compassion and clarity radiated from his face, his body posture, and through his language. Feel the emotion in your body and be present with it, but stop the story and notice what happens.

I stopped telling that story, and allowed my body to process the shame.

I was no longer trapped in that cycle of suffering. For the last seven years, meditation has been the foundation of my practice. Learning to sit with discomfort, and learning tools and techniques to help me navigate the sometimes-stormy waters of my emotions, has profoundly changed my life.

My formal meditation practice seeps into my time off of my cushion, allowing me to take leadership within my mind, and that translates to leadership in my life. Our mind colors every moment of our lives. This includes the time I spent in India, where my teacher Swamiji Tureyananda taught me the technique that empowered me to sit every day, as well as my time with Michael, and my continued practice.

Join me, this Saturday, February 3 rd for the Meditation workshop. You can find more details here. The 30 Day Challenge! The Path to Stillness, Antar Mouna. Antar Mouna is a Tantric technique used to prepare the antqr for the state of meditation. I have found this structure to be an invaluable tool in my practice. This article will wrap up the series, covering the last two stages of Antar Mouna. This stage is one described as a mental vacuum.

The subconscious thoughts have been purged, and the mind finds a place of calm, while alertness moyna awareness is still maintained. Thoughtlessness leads to actual Inner Silence and will arise spontaneously as a result of having perfected the previous stages.

When the mind is purified and no unnecessary thoughts arise, spontaneous symbols may arise, or they may not. This symbol surfacing is due to optimal prana flow, the vital. If we see a symbol in our mind, let that be the focal point of the mind during meditation. The intuitive symbol will show itself time and time again. We all have varied abilities and natural inclinations in how we engage our sense organs.

The main focus of stage six is to observe what happens when the flow of thoughts slow and then cease. When the waves and ripples of a lake settle, the surface of the lake becomes a mirror. If there are waves and ripples, the surface of the lake distorts the reflection of that which surrounds it. We have the opportunity to see clearly only when our mind is clear as well. We have the opportunity to experience Supreme Reality when our thoughts, conditioning, impressions, and habits and patterns, dissolve.


This is the limb right before the state of Dhyana or meditation. In Dharana, the mind is fixed to an object or idea. This practice of concentration will wax and wane. The mind will still and then wander, still and then wander. Many blessings to you, and may your fire or tapas burn bright, providing you with all the inspiration, self-discipline, and vision necessary to walk this path. Antar Mouna, or Inner Silence, is a Tantric Yoga technique to prepare the mind for the state of meditation.

Antar Mouna is an invaluable tool for training the mind and the senses. Here we draw upon the witness consciousness once again and take a step or two back to watch the movie in our mind. This step begins like stage two, where we allow thoughts to arise spontaneously.

However, instead of continuing to watch the progression of the movie scenes, once the thought is acknowledged, we hold it in the mind so it can attract related thoughts, feelings, and memories, just like we do in stage three.

This holding step cleans house, so to speak. It dredges up similar thoughts from the subconscious, and after a while, we have a big ball of thoughts, rather than only that first one. Finally, once we feel ready, we release that bundle of thoughts, and I often signify this with a long exhale through the mouth.

Stage four of Antar Mouna is structurally similar to stage three, so it can be a smoother transition than the earlier stages. One of the notable considerations when practicing stage three is to disregard any spontaneous thoughts that float into the consciousness, and only engage with the thought, feeling or memory that has been specifically cultivated.

That is to hold the thought in the mind. I soon realized that though these are decent arguments to be made, ultimately, the structure of Antar Mouna is what hooked me.

And now, after practicing stage three for a good long while, I can clearly see the benefit of training the mind not to engage with the spontaneous thoughts. In stage three of Antar Mouna, we are choosing what to focus our attention on. This is an essential step in preparing the mind ,ouna a little less structure.

Now in stage four, we give the mind more freedom and allow for spontaneous thoughts to climb onto the center stage of our awareness. Please comment with questions and insights so we can build community or sangha, with all restraints of time and space dissolved in the format of this forum.

I invite you to take deep inhales, with long exhales, and allow for the free flow of spontaneous smiles steeped in joy! Welcome to mind training, stage three of six. In stage three of Antar Mouna we voluntarily create any thought, and then concentrate on that thought for some time. While concentrating on this thought, use vivid and detailed imagination, and then after a while, let it go. I like to escort the thought out of my mind with an exhale out through the mouth.

The exhale part of the breath cycle is the most effective in aiding the release of impressions in the mind as well as tension or pain in the physical body.

Meditation: Antar Mouna – Ajapa Japa – Trataka

This may seem strange, however, our minds have become accustomed to, and even comfortable with, these lower thoughts. The consciously created thought acts as bait to attract and catch other thoughts related which hang out in the subconscious mind. This means we have to hold the cultivated thought in the mind for a while. When the other thoughts surface, maintain the focus on the original thought.


So, instead of leaving the first thought and progressing anar the next in a wandering tangent sort of way, compile them into one big thought bundle. Drawing subconscious thoughts to the surface is a deeper form of mental hygiene.

Once we see what our consciously created thought attracts, we are lessening the power of those subconscious thoughts, because they have angar brought to the surface. To see is to have the ability to transform. The cultivated thought can be an idea, a memory or something we want to manifest.

They have subconscious thoughts attached to them, weighing them down, and preventing their full processing and release. This stage of Antar Mouna is a useful tool to practice manifestation. For example, if we want to attain a new job, we can create a positive thought surrounding the acquisition of the job. On the flip side, if miuna need to let mounw of a responsibility, we can create mounx thought of separation from the responsibility, such as thinking of shifting that duty to another person.

Take as much time as needed to hold the conscious thought in the mind. This stage is fascinating! The stuff that pops up into the conscious mind can be antaar, and immensely beneficial in understanding our habits and patterns.

Each stage prepares us for the next, and in moving onto the next stage, if something feels off, or it feels too challenging, go back the previous stage and work with that a bit more. May we find the patience and courage necessary to accompany us on the journey of Self-inquiry.

And may this journey guide us from the darkness to the Light! Before you jump right ,ouna this part, begin by reading wntar first and second ajtar of this series on the Tantric technique to prepare the mind for meditation, Antar Mouna. In part 2, we explored the first stage of this practice, and now moving on to part 3, we will look at the second stage. For example, when I began this practice, while I was studying in southern India, I felt finished with the first stage in about a month, and then Antxr practiced the second stage for over a year and a half before I felt ready to move on.

So, take your time, pay attention, and honor your experience on this path. Once we antarr ready to transition to stage two, we may become more drawn to observe our thoughts, or we may simply become less interested with the engagement of our senses outwardly.

I felt ready to transition to stage two after a month of dedicated practice of stage one. If we build a strong and stable foundation, we can continue the challenging and rewarding practice of self study. However, if we skip the proper cultivation and strengthening of the Witness, then further self exploration may become hindered due to a lack of skill, or due to the intensity of the experience.

The concept of spontaneous thoughts is quite amazing. Our conscious mind is not actively creating a thought, the thought wntar to randomly pop up to the surface of the conscious mind.

So what exactly is the source of this thought? The source is the subconscious mind.