Meditation

Unstressing Is Good

Unstressing is good. We need unstressing because it is the only way to get rid of our stresses. In our meditation, what causes us to unstress is the use of the mantra.  The mantra brings our awareness into a less excited state, which brings the body into that less excited state.  Then, the body starts releasing stress.  Our mantra is the anchor, pulling us inward. (more…)

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Meditation: No Dark Side

Whenever asked about his own level of consciousness, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi would reply, "We're doing just fine, thanks." At the level consciousness, we are all pure enlightened Beings. That is our common basis point.  Our individual stress muddies and distorts the Bliss that is already there into bad behavior and negating thinking patterns. There is no "bad" consciousness.  There is no "mean" consciousness.   There is no Dark Side of the Force.  In reality, there is only the Bliss of pure consciousness filtered through myriad physiologies, the vast majority of which are littered with stress. (more…)

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Meditation: Identity Crisis

To grow the best fruit, the farmer does not water each individual mango 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. (more…)

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Our Full Potential

The more optimistic psychologists and neuroscientists agree that most of us use about 10% of our full mental potential.  The pessimistic ones say that number is closer to 2% - but whatever the figure is, it's certainly small.  That leaves 90% or more of our mental capacity spent recycling, rehearsing, regretting or simply dormant.The Vedic model of the mind states that we are only aware of the surface levels of mental activity.  Mental stresses maintain background neural activity at a high level, preventing awareness of the quieter underlying levels of thinking.  It's not unlike speeding down the freeway in a

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The Unconcern of Meditation

Sitting quietly in meditation is a practice which reveals our least excited state - the very basis of our Being.  However, our least excited state may not always result in an experience of sustained pure silence.  Instead, we must think of our least excited state as our simplest form of awareness in that particular moment.  (more…)

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Meditation and Understanding Fulfillment

How Fulfillment Comes Transcendence in our meditation is an experience of bliss.  Bliss in its pure state it is far beyond interpretation by the senses.  All the senses go silent.  In this state of pure contentment, all cognitive processes come to an end. However, sometimes meditators report going deep while maintaining an awareness of thought.  That experience has been described as a blissful feeling of total knowingness.  Since it is a feeling, it is therefore a sensory experience.  (more…)

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Meditation and the Mantra

There are many forms of meditation out there and certainly giving yourself time to engage in relaxation and meditation (no matter what form) is better than nothing. Specifically, for people who practice Transcendental or Vedic Meditation, a mantra is used, along with effortless breathing, to fully "transcend" and reach "bliss", where anxiety and stress melt away and the body begins to release. The mantra, a simple collection of sounds or words is used as a focus for the person meditating, but is essentially a forgetting device.  Based on sound quality alone, a Vedic Meditation mantra is a forgettable thought.  In

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Meditation: Spending Wisely

The most valuable asset each of us owns is our attention.  It is like currency.  Our attention funds and provides growth to all that we are attending.  So it is important to take care with how it flows. Whenever a demand or a change of expectations is made upon us, as meditators, we are able to make a choice and ask ourselves the question: where will I place my attention right now? We can focus on the worst possible interpretation of the event or circumstances and construct an assumption-laden story-line to support that viewpoint.  (more…)

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Meditation: From Heart to Heart

Part of the human condition is to strive for greater and greater happiness, to attain a deeper and richer experience of life.  Whether we express it in that way or not, it is our actions that speak volumes on the topic.  The old paradigm is to seek escape or distraction - we externalize our condition and attempt to pacify it through some form of consumption.  The result brings only temporary relief, and once the novelty wanes we look to the next experience.  This is life as a "seeker." (more…)

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Meditation: Finer Levels of Thinking

In our most excited state, we are only aware of the surface layer of  mental activity.  Mental stresses maintain a high level of background  neural  activity, preventing awareness of the quieter underlying  levels  of the thinking process.  It's just like speeding down the freeway in a  car  with the windows rolled down - the noise of the air and engine  requires us to turn up the radio, yet still we hear only the general outline of the music. The effects of stress are like mud in water - a bubble can only be detected at the surface when the water is  murky.  As

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