Yesterday I had acupuncture to treat my left knee. Lying on a table with needles in my body and a heat lamp on my knee, covered in warm blankets and listening to soothing music, I meditated. I could feel waves of energy in various parts of my body. I could feel the meditation deepen as I went through the parts of the body, focused on the so ham breath (inhaling you silently say ‘so,’ exhaling a silent ‘ham’). It became yoga nidra, a very deep form of meditation known as yogic sleep. So I don’t know if it was the acupuncture or the meditation or both, but for hours afterwards a calm, balanced presence of mind was a noticeable contrast to my normal flurry of activity. Driving around picking up my children, I drove a little slower, relaxed about the time, took my son to the hardware store. A few hours of clarity. David Magone taught us Yoga Nidra in his teacher training program and I remember after one 40 minute session feeling as if the world had been washed clean, everything was crisp and bright, almost hallucinatory but in a good way.
Will it help my knee? Will I be able to get a tighter lotus in 30 days? Who knows. The clarity alone was priceless. I have gotten away from my meditation practice a bit to focus on the intense nature of a morning Ashtanga asana practice, and to have this time for morning writing. But that moment of clarity gives me pause to reevaluate. More of this, I think, more of this.