In celebration of the Second Annual International Day of Yoga, we would like to encourage all aspiring and seasoned yogis to spend
at least 15 minutes in yoga meditation this morning and again this evening, and perhaps turn today’s experience into an everyday
Among the guidelines that Paramahansa Yogananda offered to begin a meditation practice are to: select a quiet peaceful place where one can be secluded and undisturbed during meditation; sit in the correct posture with spine erect, sitting either on a straight chair or cross-legged on a firm surface, stilling the mind and body; close the eyes with the gaze lifted to the point between the eyebrows, the spiritual eye of divine perception; and to silently chant or mentally pray to the Divine.
Following is a meditation from Paramahansa Yogananda’s book Metaphysical Meditations to inspire you during your practice of meditation.
by Paramahansa Yogananda
Look at a light and close your eyes. Forget the darkness around you and watch the bright red color within your eyelids. Look intently into that violet-red color. Meditate on it and imagine that it is becoming bigger and bigger. Behold around you a dimly shining sea of violet light. You are a wave of light, a ripple of peace floating on the surface of the sea.
Now watch carefully. You, the little wave, are tossing on an ocean of light. Your tiny life is a part of the all-pervading Life. As your meditation deepens, you, a little shallow wave of peace, are becoming the deep, wide ocean of peace.
Meditate on the thought, “I am a wave of peace.” Feel the vastness just beneath your consciousness. The wave should feel the sustaining life of the vast ocean beneath it.