Week 4: OM Meditation

Patanjali_YogaYou may have heard of great ol’ Patanjali. If you haven’t, he has basically been classified as “The Father of Yoga.” He did not create yoga, but he cooked up its template into the more palatable form that we have today. Which, lets face it, is pretty defining of our decade.

I won’t bore you with the details, but the foundation of his work was built on stillness of the mind. And how did he do that? He OM’d. A lot.

If you’ve ever tried it, it feels pretty weird at first. And if anyone were to walk in on you while doing it, I’d reckon you’d feel pretty embarrassed.

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He wasn’t just practicing for Glee tryouts; I swear there was a method to his madness. That old yogi literally broke down this two-letter scrabble word and defined it as the sound of the universal God. Quieting the mind was the highest goal, and he believed the quickest way to do that was aligning your energy with an absolute power beyond the confines of the physical. He makes sure not to assign a name to the “who”, as he leaves that to you.   Without touching that inner divine peace, quieting the mind would become a lot more difficult, but not impossible. That being said, OM was his fast track.

There is a lot more structure to it. The frequency of its vibration is like a tuning fork to the body, and if you would like to read more about it, you can find the sound of the chakras at this page.

2768-1-the-yoga-sutras-of-patanjaliAnd If you’d like to read about Patanjali and the divine sound, here are the Yoga Sutras 1:23-27, where Om is discussed.


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