The Practice of Pratipaksha Bhavana

The Practice of Pratipaksha Bhavana

A Lesson from Carlos Santana

Compiled by Bhaskar Goswami

 

A healthy state of mind implies keeping one’s mind free from sadness, dejection, worry, and tension and negative sentiments such as anger, hate, greed, and pride.

It also implies eliminating these negative impulses and replacing them with constructive ones.

In yoga, there is a useful method for promoting healthy thinking known as Pratipaksha Bhavana. The literal meaning of this term is “moving to the other side of the mansion” and it points to the mind’s ability to completely transfer its awareness from a negative object to another more positive one (prati-other, opposing; paksha-wing, half; bhavana-dwelling, home, mansion, being).

It has 3 stages:

Dilution – You dilute the power of the negative thought back by denying it your attention;

Substitution – While holding back attention from negative thoughts, start asserting that which is positive; and

Sublimation – As you continue doing this, you will find that the negative becomes sublimated (i.e. vaporized) and fades away. To your great amazement, you realize that what seemed impossible to overcome has been overcome.

Where is it that you often feel stuck? Take a moment to sit quietly and identify this clearly. Make the exact opposite your sincere incantation for the rest of the day. If it is sadness, then the repeated thought is “I am happy”. If it is tension, then the thought is “I am relaxed”. If it is anger, then “I am patient”; and so on.

In this season of giving, make Pratikpasha Bhavana a most beautiful gift that you give to yourself.

Pratikpasha Bhavana of legendary guitarist Carlos Santana

I am happy

I am grateful

I am appreciative

I am thankful

I know my life is a gift from above

I am aware that blessings and miracles love me

I am sure my divinity is intact

I am certain my sinlessness is guaranteed by God

I am positive my light guides me

I am convinced my life has purpose

I am clear from fragmented fear

I am sure my salvation is assure

I am that I am, I am the light

I am beauty, elegance, excellence, grace, dignity

I am music, sound, resonance, vibration, frequency

The Practice of Pratipaksha Bhavana

The Practice of Pratipaksha Bhavana

A Lesson from Carlos Santana

Compiled by Bhaskar Goswami

 

A healthy state of mind implies keeping one’s mind free from sadness, dejection, worry, and tension and negative sentiments such as anger, hate, greed, and pride.

It also implies eliminating these negative impulses and replacing them with constructive ones.

In yoga, there is a useful method for promoting healthy thinking known as Pratipaksha Bhavana. The literal meaning of this term is “moving to the other side of the mansion” and it points to the mind’s ability to completely transfer its awareness from a negative object to another more positive one (prati-other, opposing; paksha-wing, half; bhavana-dwelling, home, mansion, being).

It has 3 stages:

Dilution – You dilute the power of the negative thought back by denying it your attention;

Substitution – While holding back attention from negative thoughts, start asserting that which is positive; and

Sublimation – As you continue doing this, you will find that the negative becomes sublimated (i.e. vaporized) and fades away. To your great amazement, you realize that what seemed impossible to overcome has been overcome.

Where is it that you often feel stuck? Take a moment to sit quietly and identify this clearly. Make the exact opposite your sincere incantation for the rest of the day. If it is sadness, then the repeated thought is “I am happy”. If it is tension, then the thought is “I am relaxed”. If it is anger, then “I am patient”; and so on.

In this season of giving, make Pratikpasha Bhavana a most beautiful gift that you give to yourself.

Pratikpasha Bhavana of legendary guitarist Carlos Santana

I am happy

I am grateful

I am appreciative

I am thankful

I know my life is a gift from above

I am aware that blessings and miracles love me

I am sure my divinity is intact

I am certain my sinlessness is guaranteed by God

I am positive my light guides me

I am convinced my life has purpose

I am clear from fragmented fear

I am sure my salvation is assure

I am that I am, I am the light

I am beauty, elegance, excellence, grace, dignity

I am music, sound, resonance, vibration, frequency

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