Meditation

Intention and Attachment

In Vedic Meditation we're instructed not to emphasize a particular outcome or a singular experience. We have an intention to think our mantra, but we find it disappears spontaneously.  We're left with silence or thoughts, or both one after the other. We need to make a distinction between intention and attachment.  We have a preference to to think our mantra, and to come back to it once it gets replaced with some other thought or experience.  However, we're not riveted to our mantra, meaning that we embrace a willingness to let it go it.  And when we let it go, we can

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Meditation: Self Nurture

SELF NURTURE To grow the best fruit, the farmer does not water each piece individually as it hangs from the tree. Instead, great care is taken to ensure that the roots of the tree are watered sufficiently in order for the tree to reach its full potential. The product of that full potential is delicious fruit which everyone can enjoy. The farmer knows where the source is, and how to nurture it. Similarly, all of life's problems - how to be happy, how to love, how to be prosperous, how to be peaceful, how to unlock creativity - cannot be

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How to Live

Each of us has our own unique path. In the Vedic Tradition, we say that each individual has their own dharma, their own purpose and role within the process of Evolution. The more we live our own dharma, the more frictionless life is. So when we experience less friction, that's how we know we're on the right path. Frictionless does not mean non-action or non-effort. In fact, there can be quite a bit of activity involved. However, it is performed in an inspirational way. As meditators, we locate our path through the mechanism of following charm. Charm does not require

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Meditation

Rearranging Reality

Reality is not weak. It is our perception of it that is weak. Specifically, it is a weakness of perception that yields anything other than Unity, or Oneness. A wave is already connected to the Ocean. The Ocean is the source of the wave. Without the Ocean, the wave simply wouldn't exist. When we are caught up in our wave status - our individuality - we forget that which is our source, and that which connects us to all the other wave forms. Our Universal nature is part of who we are too, but it is so easily forgotten when

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Ignorance and Realization

Whether through accumulated stress or the mechanism of social conditioning, we may have become habituated to the practice of ignoring subtle changes. These subtle changes give rise to vital information on how to act in accordance with the needs or demands of the moment. In that moment, we may have some flicker of awareness - either on the level of the intellect, or on the more subtle level of the intuition - that we discount or disregard. Therefore, our subsequent thoughts and actions fail to factor in vital information. (more…)

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Meditation: The Coherent State

Luckily we don't have to take steroids in order to improve our brain functioning. Regular meditation is all the juice we need. When water boils, the water molecules move helter-skelter, quite rapidly. But when water freezes, the molecules arrange themselves into that near-perfect, matrix-like crystalline structure we call ice. De-excitation - in this case induced through the cooling process - gives rise to greater orderliness. (more…)

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Meditation: The Problem with Transcendence

Everyone who learns Vedic or Transcendental Meditation loves the experience of transcendence (where no more thoughts are entered into the head and you are just sitting in pure silence, contentment, and bliss without reacting to internal or external influencers). It's new, it's different, and actually quite unique.  It seems like the more we meditate, the more transcendence we should experience. But there is a problem with transcendence. (more…)

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Health

The Whole Purpose of Meditation

Every thought we have is a stream of energy and intelligence. We know thoughts are energy because they can be measured as electrical impulses via an electroencephalogram (EEG).  And, we know thoughts have intelligence because each one is about something very specific. Each day, we experience a stream of thoughts that is seemingly never-ending.  There must be a vast reservoir of something at the their source. (more…)

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Too Much Thinking

TOO MUCH THINKING Present moment awareness is a state of Being and not a state of the intellect. In fact, countless amounts of suffering are caused by one common condition:  too much thinking. One who is living pure Being (one result of a stress free physiology) doesn't wonder, doesn't speculate, and doesn't hatch contingency plans. When we truly live in the present moment, action occurs spontaneously and in accordance with the need of the time.  It is action which promotes the greatest Evolution to the whole. We cannot think ourselves into present moment awareness.  By the time the intellect is

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Beneath the Surface

Meditation takes us beneath and below our daily worries and concerns to a place of inner rejuvenation, from which we return refreshed and renewed. All our stresses are completely forgotten, and we begin to cultivate Bliss. Below the choppy surface of thought is a world of inner calm. To dive deep we need the proper orientation, and in this practice our mantra is the orienting device. Like an anchor or a touchstone, we keep coming back to the mantra whenever interrupted by thought, emotion or sensation, and have a neutral attitude toward how many times a return is needed. (more…)

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