Phase 2: Daily Yoga & Meditation Practice
You have now begun to build a foundation. Phase 1 should have started to get your body accustomed to sitting (or being still in another posture) and begun to give you some level of awareness into the workings of your mind. From phase 1 you should now select the basic meditation that you find most suited you. It does not matter which one you use; they are all effective. It is also important to listen to your intuition at this stage, if for any reason you feel that you are not quite ready to progress to the next phase and are still establishing your daily routine, there is no harm in continuing the phase 1 daily practice for more time before jumping ahead. Each individual is going to take their own unique path so it’s important to listen carefully to your inner voice and start to become your own teacher and guide.
In phase 2 you will start to incorporate the SM specific core meditations into your daily sessions and you will be practicing the Yoga for Energy set. Since silent and still meditation may still be new to you, the time requirement for the meditation portion is not excessive. You will be sitting in meditation for a total of 30 minutes instead of the 20 minutes from Phase 1. For the first 2 weeks you will be doing your chosen basic meditation for the entire 30 minutes and then for the final 2 weeks you will do 10 minutes of the basic meditation followed by 20 minutes of a core Silent Mind meditation. It is important to note that this duration may not be sufficient for SM meditations but it will help get you ready by introducing you to the process and requirements of SM meditations. The Yoga for Energy set is designed to build up your systems so that when you enter Phase 3 your energy will be vitalized. The following table [Table 3] details the Phase 2 practice. The absolute need for passion and urgency will also be the focus of this phase for the emotional and psychological dimensions respectively. More about that in the following chapters.
|Week 5||Yoga for Energy||Passion||Urgency||Your Basic Meditation|
|Week 6||“||“||“||Your Basic Meditation|
|Week 7||“||“||“||Fact of Struggle|
|Week 8||“||“||“||Pursuit of the Ideal|