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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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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 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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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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