बाह्याभ्यन्तरविषयाक्षेपी चतुर्थः I
The fourth (caturthaḥ) state transcends (ākṣepī) the field (viṣaya) of exhalation (bāhya) and inhalation (ābhyantara).
PRACTICAL LIVING Even the person observing and lengthening their breath for the first time experiences the calmness that it brings. There are numerous techniques teaching us how to lengthen the breath and add pauses in between the breaths, guiding us to direct energy into our bodies. A simple yet very powerful meditation is simply to observe the breath in and out through the nose.
There are three parts to the breath: (i) inhalation; (ii) exhalation; and (iii) the pauses in between the inhalation and exhalation. Here Patanjali tells us that there is a fourth state to the breath, which takes us beyond the mind. In this place, the mind is so calm that it is no longer thinking about what it’s doing with the breath. It feels magical. It is invigorating yet very relaxing.
IN THE YOGA WORLD This fourth state, beyond the mind, beyond words, occurs effortlessly and non-deliberately. One cannot “train” to reach this state. It happens without our will. There is no methodology to reach this state. When it happens, we’re not doing the breath anymore, it is doing us. Then, we become the breath. Consciousness is then transcended.
INSPIRATIONAL PERSON Sandi, oh Sandi. What a light this woman is. I have known her for just under a year and she has chosen to dive deeply into a path of transformation that makes my heart sing and my eyes tear-up. The layers of stuff are coming off and the light of profound love is shining brightly. You teach me so much Sandi! You are a mixture of butterfly, tree, sunshine and moon. You radiate. Thank you for being part of my life and showing me the profound transformative abilities of the human being. Love you Sandi!
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Thanks and next week we will discuss the veil surrounding the light!