By Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
Any practitioner, after meditating for a while, unavoidably wonders what meditation strategy the ancient Buddha Shakyamuni himself used whereas underneath the Bodhi Tree. many folks keep in mind that ahead of his consciousness, Shakyamuni Buddha studied with a lot of nice yogis of his time, yet such a lot have no idea what approach he finally discovered leads so much on to Nirvana. In Ajhan Buddhadasa Bhikku's e-book, Mindfulness With Breathing, the Thai meditation grasp offers practitioners with penetrating insights into the Anapanasati Sutta, the sacred canonical textual content which many think is the main direct transmission of Shakyamuni Buddha's breath meditation tools. mixed with a concise translation of the Sutta itself, Mindfulness With Breathing is among the most sensible courses to Buddhist meditation perform to be had within the English language.
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Sacral or svadhisthana chakra The second chakra is located at the site of the sexual organs and the third and fourth spinal vertebrae. It is associated with change and its element, water, reflects its qualities – flow and flexibility in life. This chakra controls sex, reproduction and mental creativity. People balanced in this chakra are creative and have a passion for life. They usually have a healthy sex life and are aware of their generative power to pass on life. An imbalance of energy in this chakra can create an unhealthy obsession with sex or indulgent fantasies, leaving us feeling empty, shameful and guilty.
Kundalini and sexual energy Because Kundalini involves the union of female and male energies, your sexual experiences are likely to be heightened as you work with Kundalini energy. Kundalini is concerned with the development of awareness and understanding in every aspect of life, and sexuality is no exception. All the exercises and meditations in this book work with the concept of integrating female and male energy. By removing blocks and cleansing the subconscious mind, we can experience the essential nature and qualities of the male and female polarities.
That is why mantras underpin so much of our Kundalini practice. The Subtle Energy System To understand how Kundalini energy works you also need to understand your subtle energy system. Ancient texts held that, in addition to our physical body, we also have a “subtle” body that is not visible in the ordinary sense, but is nevertheless a powerful energetic system. Some texts stated that as many as five subtle energy sheaths surround the physical body. These sheaths or layers help us to connect with universal energy, as each sheath is linked not only to this infinite energetic flow, but also to the body’s chakras.