Why Soul Gazing is Your New Yoga Practice
Communication occurs on many levels, we know that it goes far beyond talking and listening. We’re referring to what happens when you open up the energy lines between people with the exercise known as soul gazing. It’s been known to give participants an altered state of consciousness by staring into another person’s eyes for ten minutes. Psychologists refer to this as a dissociative state brought about by the lack of sensory stimulation.
Tantrik Micro Meditation Practices: Everything is Consciousness
Join Hareesh Wallis for a 20-minute Tantrik micro meditation where you will seek to actualize the realization that everything is consciousness – and that consciousness is everything.
The Yoga of Soul of Gazing
If the word Tantra conjures up scenes of sexuality, you’re not alone. The introduction of Tantric practices in the West has inadvertently become identified with a practice that’s laced with nudity, sexuality, and occasionally, promiscuity.
The truth is, Tantra may enhance your sex life, but only by deepening your connection to your energy and your body first. Although Tantric practices are founded on the principal of intimacy, intimacy is not purely physical. It’s the act of connecting so deeply that you feel as if you are getting a glimpse into your and perhaps another’s soul.
The Tantric practice aims to expand beyond perceived limitations of yogic philosophy and the asanas. When one meditates it is the space between thoughts where one begins to find a glimpse of inner peace. As yogis, we cultivate that space until the thoughts become less and less obtrusive, and the space between them becomes vast.
The exploration of the subtle energies within the body and their connection to the universe provide the opportunity to understand the purpose of life and the principles of union in new dimensions.
Try this exercise with a partner
Come into a loose, cross-legged position (typically the larger person in Sukhasana first). Your partner then sits on your thighs and crosses their ankles behind your back. Touch your third eye centers (space between the eyebrows) as you both lengthen through your spines. Gaze lightly into each other’s eyes as you inhale and exhale through the nose. Take 5 breaths, allowing a natural synchronicity of breath, with your palms resting on the backside of your partner’s heart. Surrender to the intimate experience of both your and your partner’s heartbeat. Try this for 10 minutes.
EXPAND YOUR CAPACITY FOR INTIMACY
If you’re practicing Tantra Yoga on your own or with a partner, you’re expanding your capacity for intimacy and union. With practice, we’re able to get up close and intimate with the beliefs and behaviors that hold us back from the intimacy we desire. In addition, Tantric techniques are provided to evolve beyond these barriers so that each and every one of us may thrive and prosper.
The Awesome Power of the Field of Love
In February, a lot of us start thinking about Love and it’s not only because our most widely celebrated cross-cultural holiday is observed on February 14th. Apparently people were thinking of Love at that time of year way before there even was a St. Valentine. Maybe it has more to do with winter turning the corner – the first inklings of springtime, softly fizzling in our future.
No, in our reality it isn’t the seasons or saints that inspire a couple billion dollars worth of chocolate to be sold, the harvesting of two hundred million roses, or the wedding engagements of somewhere around five to six million couples, it’s the most powerful extra-dimensional force known to humankind. It’s Love, silly, and it can move mountains.
“None of the means employed…has a sixteenth part of the value of loving-kindness. Loving-kindness, which is freedom of the heart, absorbs them all; it glows, it shines, it blazes forth.”
Love is a powerful field of positive energy that makes all of Life’s greatest spiritual and material manifestations and realizations possible. The more we consciously engage with the field of Love, the greater those manifestations and realizations will be.