Imagine yourself dropping onto a soft bed of grass in a fragrant meadow with a murmuring brook flowing nearby. As you lie still, head propped on arms, gazing silently at the clear blue sky and the occasional cloud floating by, your mind grows quiet––a feeling that ‘All Is Well’ effortlessly seeps in. There’s nothing more you want from life in that moment.
What if it were possible to feel that way right here, right now without going anywhere?
Yes, this is indeed possible since this state of wellbeing and calmness is our natural state. What gets in the way is our mind.
Would You Like A Quiet & Relaxed Mind?
If you pause right now to simply watch your thoughts, you will be amazed at how many thoughts rush through your mind within a matter of seconds. It takes very little to distract us. In fact our mind is a like a sponge which effortlessly collects thoughts and impressions as we go about the business of living. Imagine then how dirty this sponge is likely to be?
On the other hand have you ever noticed how your mind goes silent and you lose track of time when you are focused on doing something you love like listening to music or pursuing a hobby such as gardening or painting?
This is because when the mind is completely absorbed you effortlessly move from a distracted, noisy mind to a silent, focused mind.
And a silent focused mind is the gateway for effortlessly entering our natural, meditative state, one in which we feel utterly content and calm.
Therefore it is valuable to learn the art of nurturing a quiet mind, one that remains stable despite the whirlwind of activity, emotions and challenges we face daily.
Mindfulness & the Koshas
The aim of any mindfulness practice is to develop our subtler bodies—so that we can experience unchanging peace, joy and bliss (anandamaya-kosha) by rediscovering our inner spark.
Before you read any further, I invite you to read this article to get a perspective on the Koshas.
However, this becomes difficult if we over-identify with the grosser bodies—such as our physical body— and fail to look after the health our other koshas—for instance, suppressed emotions will lead to knots in the manomaya-kosha.
Therefore, a well-rounded mindfulness practice should ideally cultivate self-awareness at the level of each of our koshas.
Mindfulness & Wellness Coaching: What to Expect
In my one-to-one sessions, I will work with you on the level of each of the koshas systematically so that you can cultivate a quieter, more friendly mind and experience a greater degree of wellbeing.
- I follow the systematic approach provided by Ashtanga Yoga (in fact most people don’t know that Yoga is classically defined as the practice of stilling the fluctuations of the mind)
- I guide you step-by-step in the process of Meditation or ‘Dhyana’. The eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga serve as different gears of meditation practice. I teach you how and when to apply these gears so that as you keep practicing, your mind gets trained to spontaneously meditate without too much resistance
- I support you in cultivating a regular meditation practice––dealing with practical issues that often arise
- I coach you in practicing Mindfulness through your day––paying attention to the present moment, not letting memories of the past or worries of the future carry you away
The following list gives an idea of the different aspects of mindfulness we will work on … the order in which we will take each of these up would vary from person to person depending upon unique needs and interests.
- Physical sheath (annamaya-kosha) – Mindful Eating, Mindful Walking, Mindful Exercising
- Energetic sheath (pranamaya-kosha) – Conscious Breathing, Pranayama
- Emotional-mental sheath (manomaya-kosha) – Mindful Management & Expression of Emotions
- Intellectual or Wisdom sheath (vijnanamaya-kosha) – Mindful Contemplation of your Life Journey, Deepest Values, Desires & Motivations, Examining and Clearing Limiting Sub-Conscious Beliefs or Mental Patterns
- Bliss sheath (anandamaya-kosha) – Meditation, Reading Books of Wisdom (from different traditions) to Contemplate the deeper realities of life
I coach in-person and on Skype. Sessions are for 45-50 minutes and are personalized for your needs.
“Tara is the right Meditation teacher for anyone. Her simple and balanced approach to effectively teaching beginners and advanced alike, really resonates with all. My high performance leadership team and I found stillness and peace and learnt to disconnect from our challenging roles. Whether you’re an individual looking at the spiritual & health benefits or business leader looking at relaxing your mind and super charging your performance, Tara is highly recommended” – Rahul N. Bhardwaj, COO Junglee Games