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Daily Affirmation Daily Affirmation:
I will do my best today, because I want to do it, not because I have to do it and not because I am trying to please others.

   

Meditation: 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.

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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 ratification from our intellect. Instead, it is something we detect on the intuitive level.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Finding Our Edge. . . Finding My Edge

 Many times people run away from feelings or emotions that are confronting. Fearing judgement from others. Fearing judgement toward one’s self. In the developed world, we are conditioned to blindly shuffle from one indoor task to another without taking time to lift our heads and make eye contact or physical connection; without putting down our forks in between chews, without questioning why we must have Monday office meetings or obey silly laws or eat the food given to us. We are taught to stop crying, stop feeling, and suppress our emotions that help us to understand the truth within ourselves. We keep minds and bodies busy to avoid the awkward silences that may challenge us to be alone with ourselves. That is confronting. Silence. Cause then we would have to perhaps face our own demons that hold us back from growth, authenticity, truth and imperfection

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Why the Mind Matters Most

Our lives are formed with the thoughts that we think. Life is a reflection of each thought, and with each thought (conscious, unconscious or subconscious), the physical structure of our brain changes. It actually does. The brain expands, grows, new neurological pathways are being created, synapse are firing and hormones (oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins) begin pour in. May it be thoughts of abundance or lack, poverty, wealth, safety, danger, bliss, trauma, love or hate, our thoughts form our feelings (expressed in life as what we experience), which then form our experience, and then turn into our beliefs. The more thoughts about our experience, the stronger our feelings and the more we believe it to be true.

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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.

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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.

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