Meditation

Meditation

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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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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Inspirational Quotes, Meditation

Highest Aims

I continue to learn about what exactly my “purpose”, “mission”, or “goal” is in this lifetime. The more I learn, the more it is clear to me that this all mighty purpose of my “self” is more and more fundamental and simple than I can ever expect or plan for it to be. This question is enigmatic and has crossed my mind throughout my adolescence, and young adult years, as I was conditioned to focus on making decisions that would bring me the biggest return on investment and provide the best “karmic” debt payment. As I work on exploring the

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Meditation

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

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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Inspirational Quotes, Meditation

Being Kind to Ourselves. Permission and Love

I have an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. Everyday. It oozes out of my heart, into my blood stream, my arms and legs, out the top of my head and shoots down from my feet, deep into the ground of which I find myself always running on. I am even more grateful for the people around me that help serve others, that are raising families, that are working to keep our society flowing, that offer enlightening concepts, inventors, scientists, children and their energy, as well as their sweet and bright outlooks on life, talents on a streaming media platform to brighten

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Meditation

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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Meditation

Happiness: Getting Into the Flow

Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D. writes a wonderful book called Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. He is also the author of the pursuit of perfect. There are many great points in his books and I wanted to share a quick chart he explains which according to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, exemplifies flow (a state in which one is immersed in an experience that is rewarding in and of itself, where action and awareness are merged, and where happiness tends to find us). (more…)

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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

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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