What a Roman Emperor Knew About Yoga Nidra
“Receive without pride, let go without attachment.” - Marcus Aurelius
Waaaay back at the dawn of the common era, Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius hit the nail on the head when it comes to how nidra helps us get past our usual hangups to grow big.
The Emperor Leads Past Ego
I was recently talking about nidra with a graduate of supernova yoga nidra teacher training who now leads practice for a community in recovery. She is the kind of teacher who never stops learning, and she told me that she thinks the reason nidra is so effective is that it gets us past our ego.
Speaking from the firsthand experience of a master teacher, she has seen that with our eyes closed, lying at rest, we’re able to let go of the worry of comparing ourselves to others. We tune into our unique experience as the witness of our version of reality. Layer by layer, we reconnect with our whole self, and then gain access to the profound truth waiting for us in our subconscious mind.
We can’t get there by holding onto our usual beliefs and world views. By entering practice through rest, we’re able to finally find the connection we’ve been longing for – and we begin to learn that it’s always there.
Once we let go of worrying about others, we’re able to tune into our own wisdom. And just like the Emperor, we can receive our lessons without pride and let go without attachment.
Wise Words Forever Ring True
Marcus Aurelius may not have been a teacher of yoga nidra, but he certainly understood the teachings it has to offer. He lived at the beginning of the Common Era, but the innumerable lessons he left us are timeless:
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Ready to tap into your own infinite potential? To practice the emperor of guided meditation practices, you have to do is lie down, and listen.