Are you inflicted with negative thoughts? Have you developed bad habits? and become a victim to your habits. Through Yoga-Nidra, you can get rid of your negative thoughts and bad habits. You will develop a distaste for the negative. You will start liking the positive. In this total process, the negative idea or the bad habit is to be erased or expelled, and a positive idea or a good habit is to be imprinted in the subconscious or the unconscious mind as a substitute for the formerly printed thought. Listed below are few cases as examples to use Yoga Nidra.
Giving up Addictions
You may be addicted to drugs. You may be an alcoholic. You may be a chain-smoker, with chronic throat problems. If you want to get rid of such bad habits, practice yoga-nidra with any of the following sankalpas as suitable in your case.
“I hate drugs. I have stopped taking them.”
“Alcoholism is harmful. I have stopped drinking.”
“Smoking is injurious to health. I have stopped smoking.”
To Switch Over from Non-Vegetarianism to Vegetarianism
You may be a non-vegetarian, voracious eater of meat, fish, and eggs. You may have a strong taste for such food. The doctor predicts that you are prone to heart attack and advises you to become a vegetarian. It seems impossible for you to give up meat, fish, and eggs. Still, for your good health, you cannot afford to ignore your doctor’s advice. To get over the dilemma, practice yoga–nidra with the following sankalpa:
“Non-Vegetarian food is bad for health. I have become a Vegetarian.”
To Give Up an Unconscious, Psychotic Behavior
There are many types of unconscious, undesirable actions. All these may be grouped under psychosis. For example, you might have developed a habit of washing your hands frequently. The same thing may be true with your feet, floor, bathroom, etc. When some outsider comes to your house, you may feel that he has made your house dirty, and immediately you may develop the urge to wash your floor, furniture, and utensils. You may be conscious of the fact that your actions are not correct. In spite of that, you helplessly and irresistibly continue to do the same thing to satisfy your inner, unconscious urge. You want to get rid of this mania. You have no remedial measure. In such a situation, practice yoga-nidra with the following sankalpa:
” I wash without any purpose and necessity. I give it up.”
To Control Anger and Short-Temperedness
At the slightest provocation, you may be losing your temper. You may not be able to tolerate dissent and criticism. You may be fond of your own ideas and may have hatred towards others’ ideas hostile or disagreeable to yours. In meetings and personal discussions, you may immediately become wild with others when they express their ideas or arguments contrary to yours. You may be losing your temper very shortly and calming down after a moment. You may be very good in your heart. You may repent for your fault immediately after the angry moment. You may be ready for apologizing after the angry moment is over. But everything might have been spoilt irreparably by that time. What has been damaged in a moment can hardly be repaired in a life’s time. Unnecessary enemies may be created. Home, as well as public life, may be ruined. If you are a victim of your own ill temper, practice yoga-nidra with any one of the following sankalpas:
“I give up anger. I am calm, quiet and tolerant.”
“I destroy anger and imbibe forgiveness”
To Give Up Cruelty and Violence
Anger is associated with cruelty and violence, but it is not always the sole causative factor of the latter. Some persons are cruel and violent by nature. They might have stored bad samskaras* from their previous lives. Some genes may be responsible for such undesirable traits. A bad nurture at home, a bad social environment, a bad indoctrination, bad company and lack of good and liberal education might be conducive to the development of cruel and violent behavior. Sometimes, the person concerned with cruelty and violence is repentant too at later moments. Such individuals may immensely be benefitted in getting rid of these bad traits if they practice yoga-nidra. The following sankalpa may be used:
“Cruelty and violence are inhuman. I am kind and non-violent.”
Not to Hate a Person
You may be hating a person because he is inimical to you or his actions give you pain. You may be very much revengeful towards him. You may be mentally allergic when you remember his name. You may be a good man and he may be a bad man. It is your duty to save you from his attack. But you harm yourself by your mental reactions and pass through sleepless nights. Maintain mental calmness and avoid mental agitation. Do not allow the feeling of hatred to be nested in your mind. To become revengeful is not a good quality. Do not entertain revenge in your mind. In spite of taking all physical measures to protect yourself from your enemy, on a psychological level, love your enemy, avoid bad will towards him, do not hate him, hate his actions and ignore his fault personality. For achieving such a mental status, practice yoga-nidra with the following sankalpa:
“I forgive him and ignore his faults”
Not to Covet
Avarice is one of the major enemies of a person. Covetousness is a bad trait engendered by bad samskaras* through past lives and the present life. It leads to exploitation of others and accumulation of wealth. Such a person, through accumulation, may become the richest person in the world, but at the mental level, he still remains the poorest and miserly. As he gets more and more, his thirst for wealth, without being quenched, is more intensified. Being mentally impoverished, he develops anxiety neurosis for more and more acquisition and for the so-called precarious protection of his accumulated wealth. His acquisitive tendency increases. He is covetous of everything of the world. He desires to devour everything and thereby to bloat himself. He becomes apprehensive of the safe custody of his accumulated wealth.
He becomes a neurotic patient. Avarice is a potent malady of modern civilization. It must be cured in order to get peace. You need wealth for your living and your family. To earn wealth in an ethical way is your duty. But accumulation is a social evil and personal problem. Why should you earn more than your basic requirements? Why should you deprive others of their fundamental rights of basic living? For a purposeful living, you are to take care of your belly, your head, your heart and your spirit. Don’t be fully engaged with the three lowest chakras of your body – the Muladhara, the Svadhisthana, and the Manipura, the centers of activities of eating, excreting, sex, and procreation and material attachment. To conquer greed and avarice, practice yoga-nidra with the following sankalpa:
“I live for simple living and high thinking. I am generous.”
To Shun Jealousy
Jealousy or envy is a fire that burns the person who indulges in it. A jealous person does not take a broad view of the full height of the ladder. He stands on one rung of the ladder, higher than which there are some and lower than which there are many. He takes pity on himself because he looks upward to see people standing on higher rungs. He does not bother to look downward and see multitudinous mass suffering and agonizing. He has no sympathy for them because he rarely thinks of them. He invites physical and mental illness by his jealous behavior. Peace and contentment are alien to him because of this envy. If you are a victim of your envy, practice yoga-nidra with the following sankalpa:
“I am happy with others’ happiness.”
*Samskaras – Karmic impressions stored in the Subconscious and the Unconscious.
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