Our SWAN meditation continues, with further guidance. SWAN is an acronym for: Strengths, Weaknesses, Ambitions and Needs and is a meditation practice to help us understand and accept ourselves. Need to catch up? See the AEY blog entries below for previous entries on SWAN Meditation.
Week 1: Highlight Strengths
Write down all strengths you’ve noticed in previous months and display this list in a place where you can see it daily.
This list is a reminder of your positive qualities and will encourage you in your SWAN practice. You will gain more strength each time you look at them.
Week 2: Highlight One Weakness
Choose one weakness to eliminate and, using your strengths and your sankalpa (statement of positive affirmation), work towards overcoming that weakness.
When that weakness is eliminated, chose another.
Week 3: Patterns of Thought
What patterns of thought have you noticed since practicing SWAN?
Are these thought patterns different from strengths to weaknesses? Ambitions to needs?
Have these patterns of thought changed from the start of your SWAN practice until now?
Week 4: Patterns of Emotions
What emotions have arisen in your swan practice?
Do these emotional patterns change as you move from strengths to weaknesses and from ambitions to needs?
Which negative emotions (if any) can be shifted towards positive ones?
Although this series of SWAN is complete, this is a practice that evolves as we continue on our yogic path. SWAN is very effective when we require clarity. As we continue to explore the deeper aspects of SWAN meditation practice, we gain a greater understanding of the different levels of our personality and integrate the positive changes we wish to bring to our life.
Hari Om Tat Sat
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