Missouri is a hotbed of nonduality. Here are a couple very recent articles mentioning nonduality in Missouri’s mainstream media.
From the Kansas City Star:
Shankara’s key insight was that reality is “non-dual,” ultimately undivided. The Sankskrit term for this school of thought is Advaita.
For Shankara, there is no real difference between the individual person and the “conscious principle underlying and sustaining the universe” called Brahman — God, Nishpapananda said.
“This means that in the highest mystical experience, the world disappears completely. There is no subject or object in this experience; only the divine reality is. In the West mystics like … (the Christian) Meister Eckhart, among others, had this experience,” Nishpapananda explained.
The perception of divine reality within the mystical experience can be compared to awakening from the illusion of a dream.
I asked how one can achieve liberation from the illusion that things are separate from the divine.
Nishpapananda replied: “Christ put it most succinctly: ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’ A pure heart is without desire or enmity. Purity comes from sustaining a moral course while pursuing secular goals. The Sanskrit term is dharma.
Read the entire article (not very long) at www.kansascity.com/255/v-print/story/607546.html
No downward dog or tree pose here. In a Columbia yoga nidra class, it’s even perfectly acceptable to doze off.
In Columbia, yoga nidra is gaining popularity among students and hip professionals, and it has also been used to help soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Richard Miller, director of a non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching of yoga nidra, has repackaged it as iRest for U.S. soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
His Center of Timeless Being in Petaluma, Calif., conducted several studies to measure the impact of iRest on the mental health of these soldiers, as well as on the homeless.
The center’s first study at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital in West Virginia in 2006 showed that practicing iRest dramatically lowered levels of stress, depression and anxiety in the soldiers.
After the study was complete, Miller said, the hospital invited a teacher from the center to create an ongoing program for soldiers there.
Miller also worked on two studies in Petaluma that measured the effects of iRest on the homeless and came to the same conclusion.
In Columbia, registered nurse Terry Wilson has been conducting pilot studies to investigate the effects of iRest on college students. The studies have yielded positive results.
Even individuals facing the daily grind of work and family find yoga nidra a successful way to unwind, relax and learn something about themselves.
“We all have had these experiences where people curse us to believe that we are a certain way,” McRae said. “But with yoga nidra, you realize you are something more.”
Beyond the actual practice of yoga nidra is an underlying convention known as non-dual philosophy that enables individuals to see themselves as part of the bigger picture, not as a single entity, McRae said.
“Non-dual philosophy means that we are not separate, we are the same,” he said. “If you and I really are the same thing, whatever I do to you, I am doing to myself.”
Read the full article.
Richard Miller’s website is nondual.com .