In my fourth year of university I took a Kinesiology course that focused on understanding the connectedness of the body, mind and soul. I had tried yoga maybe once or twice before this and I had friends who were super connected to their spiritual side, complete with crystals and meditation and the whole 9 yards. I was ignorant to this lifestyle and didn’t really care about or appreciate this spiritual side of me and what kind of person I could become if I just got in touch with that side and who I could become. I remember my instructor for this course was extremely into meditation and yoga and made us meditate atleast once a week. At first I thought this was stupid and skipped class on those days but then I started hearing feedback from classmates about how much they were enjoying these classes. I decided to swallow my pride and attend a meditation class, and little did I know this would be the beginning to my awakening of realizing how incredible spirituality and being aware of your state of mind is. I wanted to share some key points that I learned in this university class and what they have since done for me.
Synthesis – Connecting Single Parts into a Unity
Synthesis is the connecting of single parts or elements into a unity; it is a spiritual ability
based on highly developed consciousness and knowledge of cosmic laws. Meditation utilizes images of unity through symbols of oneness which are part of both ancient and modern transformative practices. Since our various parts tend to mirror one another, such practices facilitate internal unity and our sense of solidarity with others.
It is important through synthesis that one learns to unite their body and mind. Think about when you are trying to master a skill, such as driving. When you first start driving you are constantly thinking about the actions that your body is doing because you are not yet adjusted to your surroundings and your actions. You turn the wheel, you step on the brakes, you check your mirrors to see any cars around you. Think about a couple of weeks after you started driving, and then a couple of months. Were you thinking as much about where your hands were while you were driving? Was it more of an automatic action that didn’t require much thought? I don’t know about you, but I have been driving for over 6 years (I started a bit late) and sometimes I am in complete auto-pilot mode while driving because my mind and body are so aligned when it comes to my skill of driving. I don’t have to think about what I’m doing because it just comes natural. Don’t get me wrong, I pay attention while driving but I mean to say that the ability of driving comes natural after years and years of practice. Take this logic and apply it any skill you can think of. Experts say it 10,000 hours to master a skill.. imagine how aligned your mind and body would be after this?
I think this is particularly interesting in relation to yoga and the spiritual practice. Yoga is a calming and meditative process that is said to calm the mind and help an individual in many aspects of their mental and physical health. Maybe our next challenge can be practicing yoga until we become so spiritually connected that we don’t think about our next movements? I have never regarded myself as a ‘yoga’ or even a calm person but I’ve already made it my resolution in the next couple of years to see if I can become an apprentice of Yoga. Challenge accepted.
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