#MeditationMonday: Pratyahara

Tonight's meditation was on one of the eight limbs of yoga. Pratyahara is the practice of withdrawing from the senses or gaining mastery over external influences. You may have experienced something like this in a "good savasana" or during a "daydream". When you allow yourself to acknowledge any distractions, they begin to drift away or even disappear. You find yourself in a blissful space where time seems to have almost stopped. Just as a turtle retreats into his shell, you can retreat into your Self. Everything is as it should be. You are doing everything you can do. Just be. We can use meditation as a vehicle to practice pratyahara by quieting the chitta vritti or chattering "monkey brain". These fluctuations of the mind distract us from realizing the present moment. Whether on your mat or at your desk, take a moment to just sit quietly with the breath and observe a shift in energy as the mind begins to organize and calm.