The fountain of youth flows through an expanded mind.
Wherever there is space, there is expansion. You can see it happening in every direction, not only in the natural sense (trees growing, rose buds blooming, the deltas of every river), but also in the ways that humans interact with their environments. For example, a skyscraper expands into upper space, and a metropolis sprawls into suburban space. A man occupies some space on the moon. And with each expansion into a new space, a new perspective emerges.
So, what happens then, when you look inside? The space of the mind, internal space, is as vast and as potent as, what we call “outer space”. And just like “outer space”, the more we explore internal space, the more capable we are of seeing a new perspective of our world. Fortunately for us, we were born with all the equipment required to access the deep space of the mind. And it is free.
Energy emerges in space. For example, in clearing a corner of the kitchen, energy emerges, often in the form of a lovely, nutritious meal. Stretching and clearing space within the body (joints, muscles, organs) results in the emergence of energy in the form of more range, comfort, and good general health (and also more “energy”). Furthermore, when we shed the extraneous layers of mental “stuff” (anxieties, stressors, old conversations, dilemmas, etc.) and clear the mind-space, energy emerges in the form of a new, unlimited perspective.
An expanded mind is more capable of rich experience, more receptive of life’s possibilities, and more imaginative. An expanded mind is a marker of youth.
Get comfortable and close your eyes. Take a few slow, deep breaths through the nose and relax.
Affix your gaze (under closed eyelids) as if to see beyond your thoughts into vast and empty space. Whenever a thought or pattern of thoughts disrupts your view, push past those thoughts and look more deeply into the vacuum of the mind.
This technique cannot be performed incorrectly. Therefore, let go of any expectations, moving beyond even those thoughts into the spacious, unlimited mind.
Heather Promise is a perpetual scholar whose commitment to yoga is the guiding force in her personal, professional, and academic pursuits. Her dedication to yoga has spanned the last 15-years, and she has been teaching for nine of those years.