I’ve written here periodically about the key value of meditation in any spiritual journey. Without a systematic way to connect to our source within, our journey can be superficial and more conceptual than spiritual. While we might like to think of ourselves as “spiritual” because we do such and such practice or attend this church or that satsang, unless we’re actually connecting to spirit, it’s all just an idea. We’re playing another role, building our identity rather than our spirit.
In this article a friend recently sent me, the author discusses the curious development in the West of Yogic practitioners and teachers who don’t actually practice Yoga. At least not in the sense Patanjali described. Yoga has become synonymous with stretching exercises, just one aspect of Yoga’s 8 limbs. While there is certainly benefit to asanas, will they alone bring you home?