A Breathing Technique to Overcome “Lustful Thoughts”

Question

Hi,

I am trying to control lustful thoughts, especially when I am alone and could lead to self-indulgence. I would like to know if there is an asana which can enable me to do this instantly. I have tried deep breathing (brastika) pranayama but the thoughts always come back and its really easy for me to look up stuff on the internet and defile myself. I want to stop for good — I want an asana which is easy and instantaneous. Thanking you

—Prashant, India

Answer

Dear Prashant,

The best way to overcome undesired thoughts is to replace them with positive uplifting thoughts, repetition of mantras and japa (repeating the name of God).

Unfortunately, there is no asana that can do what you ask. It’s simply not that easy. What you need to do is to change your consciousness and redirect your energy inward and upward to the center of your higher Self at the point between your eyebrows.

A simple breathing technique can help you with the lustful thoughts: as you inhale, consciously lift energy from your lower torso up toward the brain. Infuse your mind with positive, uplifting thoughts.

Study uplifting spiritual teachings. Engage yourself in wholesome activities, and service to others. Find a temple that inspires you and spend time with people who are seeking spiritually. Stay away from lurid Internet sites.

Remember: self-transformation is a process that takes time and perseverance, but when you make a sincere effort, God will respond!

I hope these suggestions will help you make the change that you are seeking.

Blessings,

Diksha