I found an interesting reading that I would like to share regarding these three jewels:
"The practice of yoga is designed to help you confront your negative patterns, in the interest of creating positive changes. If you do not provoke and confront your own ego, how can you transform your negativity and build new positive habits? Don't be surprised if you notice resistance to daily yoga practice or to creating a new habit in your life. The victory is in keeping your promise to yourself to make time for the self-healing and relaxation that benefit your health and well being. Keeping this commitment to yourself is the first step towards inner happiness.
The process of transformation through yoga practice can be best described as the process of CRYSTALLIZATION.
The first stage is called Sadhana (Pronounced sah-duh-nah). The word Sadhana actually means 'practice' or 'discipline.' The first step in using yoga to transform yourself, help heal an imbalance, or shift any mental attitude is to simply keep your word to practice every day. Even a few minutes of long, deep breathing is yoga Sadhana. Whatever your inclination-- whether you're comfortable starting simply or prefer to start right off with a more complex regimen- start a yoga regimen and practice it daily. Through this first stage, you will undoubtedly confront your ego and question your motivation and/or your abilities.
Be sensitive to the ways you may try to sabotage your practice, and give yourself a chance!"
We watched a video of Yogi Bhajan during class yesterday, where he said: "Meditation is cleaning your conscious."
The reading I am posting reflects this next: "Meditation is taking out the garbage. This is a metaphor for eliminating thoughts that continuously interfere with yours success or limit your potential. Taking out the garbage is not a blissful experience. At times, you will have to count on your commitment to preserve through any resistance you experience. At other times you will rejoice as the self-healing aspects of yoga practice begin to liberate your energy and change your negative thought patterns."
The second stage of Crystallization is called: Aradhana. Aradhana (pronounced ah-rah-dah-nah) is reached after a period of time in practicing Sadhana. In Aradhana you read a new level of subconscious cleansing through your meditations. At times you may experience boredom or you may believe that you have already finished what you have set out to do. You may feel that you have accomplished something great and feel satiated. The trick at this stage of practice is to keep going! The process of self-healing has no end: The Divine Self is greater than any of us can know; there is always more positive growth to experience. As you continue your practice, you will inevitably discover more ways in which your mind is limiting your infinite potential, and your experience of the divine power with you will expand and deepen.
The third stage of Crystallization is called: Prabupati (pronounced pray-boo-bah-tee). This is the stage where you achieve mastery of the neutral yoga mind. your motivation to practice is purely to experience the union of your true self with your physical being. Your practice is generated from the knowledge that is your inner light, your self-love that gives you radiance,-- not any outside circumstances, superficial appearance, or physical abilities. This is a stage of awakening in which your senses are aware and you feel pain and pleasure but are motivated by neither. You operate in the world and simultaneously are not out of it. The polarities of your desires do not distract you from maintaining the practice to experience your life fully. The entire process can take months or years, depending on many factors; each individual brings a unique history, temperament, and capacity for practice. The journey itself is worth the effot.
It takes about 40 days of practice to begin to break an old habit and replace it with a new one. Within a relatively short time, these new habits can create a new, healthier you. As with any discipline, strive to practice every day to heal the body, focus the mind, and uplift your spirit. Once you create the habit of yoga practice, the daily and cumulative benefits of this action will support each day of your life."
A Woman's Book of Yoga: Embracing Our Natural Life Cycles
By Machelle M. Seibel, Hari Kaur Khalsa