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Yoga Wisdom at Work by James D. Showkeir, Maren S. Showkeir

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sixTHE FIFTH LIMB: WITHDRAWAL OF THE SENSES (PRATYAHARA)

The world within and the world without aretwo entirely separate realities.The external world dissipates energy,but the internal world showers blessingsthat fill the vacuum created by the world.

Swami Rama

 

In the meditation hall, where hundreds of people sit in reflective silence, a woman begins to cry. The soft gulps of emotion soon escalate into deep, piercing sobs. The room begins to vibrate with bright tension as the outburst diverts others from their inward journeys, an unwitting and unwilling audience to the woman’s sensational drama. After a few moments, the person assigned to “hold space” for those meditating quietly but firmly says, “Please. Be quiet.”

Almost immediately, she ...

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