Working at the bench!
While it may look like my pinky finger is ready to casually hold a tea biscuit, in reality it is helping to keep my hand steady. Filing metal requires pressure. It is not soft and malleable like clay, you need to put some strength behind it. As I am pushing the file into this ring I am also pushing my hand against the bench pin. This helps to stabilize the ring so I can out some pressure on it and file away. My little finger is up in the air to help with the balance of the whole procedure.
Every action requires balance.
Creating using our hands reminds us of the importance of process. As we advance through the process of anything we see improvement. We learn techniques to make things more efficient and more precise. We refine our process by discovering ways to create balance.
Balance is what allows is to stand on one foot effortlessly. It is why sports professionals, musicians, artists and teachers make things look easy. It is balance that is the key to achieving excellence. To create balance in a part of your life you feel it is missing mindfully focus on your process and strive for excellence.
The study of Nada Yoga recognizes the role of sound in the quest for enlightenment.
In¬†sanskrit the word “Nada” ¬†translates to¬†sound. The sanskrit word¬†Yoga means to unite. Therefore we can define Nada Yoga as unity through sound. Basically in this type of yoga we are using sound as a tool to connect with the true self and transcend ¬†physical boundaries.
A nada yogi believes that the whole world is a projection of sound itself. ¬†Therefore everything, including human beings, is made up of sound vibrations. ¬†The philosophy of Nada Yoga states that there are two types of sounds, “anhata” which refers to outer sounds, and “anahata” which refers to the sound within. ¬†This sound within is one’s own personal vibrations.
When we think of sound we usually relate that to the sounds around us but in fact we have many sounds within us. To hear one’s inner sound we must practice the art of listening. This can be done through meditation practice.¬†While most people assume meditation is the absence of thought in reality it is the quieting of the mind so we are in tune enough with our own self to listen to our inner vibrations.
When we allow our mind to focus on something using our full attention we will often find moments of bliss. We can relate this to dancing, making love or listening to our favourite piece of music. In order to focus fully we must remove the noise from our minds so we can hear the sounds within and find the joy which comes from accessing the true self.
Music can be used as a tool to aid the mind in this journey. Pleasurable sounds or vibrations can help to tune the body’s frequencies to create harmony within. When we achieve this inner harmony we are able to focus and listen to our inner sounds. ¬†¬†The practice of Nada Yoga can take the mind into places beyond the audible sound.¬†By¬†clearing the noise present in the mind we ¬†can find union with the nada.
Carrying this awareness of sound, vibrations and the art of listening with us through our everyday life will uplift the spirit and attract positive vibrations into our life. Energy attracts energy and our blissful vibrations will naturally tune into others positive vibrations creating a harmony which will resonate in all aspects of our life.