The following information is from: https://chopracentermeditation.com/resource/1-prepare_for_meditation Deepak Defines Meditation – Everyone thinks that the purpose of meditation is to handle stress, to tune out, to get away from it all. While that’s partially true, the real purpose of meditation is actually … Continue reading
Normalcy. What is that exactly? For me it is being in close contact with my grown children, my momma, & my sister. It is getting up in the morning with a plan, albeit a flexible one, but a plan nonetheless.
I haven’t been blogging much this past year. I just haven’t been interested & that is NOT normal for me! I have lots to say, lots to share, & I love doing that.
Today in meditation I focused on Trust and Acceptance. The trust thingy has been a huge roadblock for me since I was a young child. I am getting better & better at trusting my intuition; better at heeding that still small voice of God. Acceptance? I am fairly accepting in most areas of my life. Why fight? I have found it to be fruitless to fight the flow of life and so I flow in acceptance of it. I am training myself to live more & more in the NOW of life instead of in my dreams & wishes.
Trust & Acceptance meditation (Deepak Chopra)
Today I will trust the unknown. The known is a prison of the past.
Today I will relinquish the known.
Today I will step into the unknown and in every moment I will lay my trust in the field infinite of possibilities.
By trusting the unknown I will find creativity, imagination, inspiration, intuition, insight, and conscious choice making.
Today I will step into the unknown.
Today I will relinquish the known. I will realize that the known is a prison of my past conditioning. By stepping into the unknown in every moment, I will enter the field of infinite possibilities.
Today I will trust the unknown and enter the field of infinite possibilities.
When I got on facebook today I saw a post from a woman I follow….Maggie Perkins (http://frommaggiesfarm.blogspot.com/2014/01/change-is-in-air-new-directions-from.html?spref=fb). She posted a quote by Gilda Radner (Roseanne Roseannadanna….lol)
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”
― Gilda Radner
“If you are too technique oriented you will miss the mystery of Tantra. It is pseudo-Tantra that is based on techniques because if techniques are there, ego will be there, controlling. Then you will be doing it – and doing is the problem, doing brings the doer.
ESV 1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
A more accurate statement cannot be said of me! My Soul Thirsts for You. I have been a seeker of God and the Truth for most of my life. That includes the childhood years. I have come to this earth this go around to really KNOW God in a way I have yet to Know. There has been the deepest of yearnings in the very core of my being. It is to Love and to Be Loved.
Initially my search began in the Christian Church. I was raised a Southern Baptist in the US Air Force. Sometimes we simply attended the Protestant services, which were generic in structure so the Methodist, Baptist, Episcopalian, Presbyterian denominations, and so on were accommodated. However, whenever we were anywhere near a Baptist Church it was there my mother shepherded my brothers, sister, and me. I enjoyed being a part of this community. I learned of Christ’s love for me. I learned of forgiveness. I learned that NOTHING could ever separate me from the Love of God…Nothing, not even myself. I learned what it means to be a true servant. Servant. The very heart of who I am.
The church taught me about community, too. In the 1960’s when the world was in turmoil over the Viet Nam War, it was the church where we gathered our strength and our solace. I lived in a community filled with all branches of the military and we drew strength from one another. We went to school together, to church together, shared meals with one another, were there for each other should one of our family members not make it home alive.
The 1970’s ushered in my teen years. I turned thirteen (13) in 1971. Changes were assailing me in so many ways. I had my first real kiss as we transitioned from living in the lushness of Wiesbaden Germany to the arid climate of Albuquerque, New Mexico. People were protesting in huge numbers against the Viet Nam War. The end of it came a year later. Unless you were part of the military community, you could not even begin to know the jubilation we felt when President Nixon said he was bringing everyone home! Most of my friends were wearing bracelets for the POW’s & MIA’s and we were hoping we would be able to take the bracelet off soon. I had a bracelet for Sgt. Ryan and he never came home. I remember the day I took it off and put it in my jewelry box. I cried for him and for his family.
My search for God &Truth continued. We were in the middle of the Sexual Revolution and the Women’s Rights Movement. Abortion became legal when I was sixteen (16) years old. I will never forget that day. We were assailed with tremendous force on what we were to believe, how we were to behave, and so on. I wasn’t seeing a whole lot of God and Truth. What I was seeing was Anger & Frustration. And then there was the “Alternative Lifestyle” going on all around us, swirling in the ethers. The Drug Revolution. I embraced it wholeheartedly. I tried just about every drug available at the time. I quit going to church at fifteen (15). I bought metaphysical books and devoured them with a fierce hunger. I listened to FM radio all night long. Music was the gateway to a whole new way of thinking for me. I purchased the Satanic Bible. I read anything I could on Astrology, Witchcraft, Numerology, Eastern religions. You name it and I dabbled in it. Numerology was taught to me by my eighth grade math teacher. I was exposed to Transcendental Meditation in the tenth grade. I always felt I was before my time. Not many people seemed to be on the same path as me and I felt lonely. Still, I kept searching for God and for Truth.
Fast forward a few decades and my search continues; only now I am not alone. While I was in college in my thirties (30’s) and studying computer science, a new and wonderful thing happened to all of us…the INTERNET! It was just released by the military (that is who created it after all)in the middle nineties (90’s). None of us knew what a great liberator and unifier this new technology was going to be. One of the first browsers, after AOL, was Excite! And I got an email address immediately. Soon after Yahoo came out & took Excites position. Then there was Google, and we all know what happened after that. We are GLOBALLY CONNECTED and it is exciting!
Now I am really not alone because we are in the throws of a Spiritual Revolution. My soul sings with joy because of this. Like-minded souls are connecting. We are gathering strength. We are affecting social and political policies. We are beginning to shape economics. No other time in history has shown the wide-spread generosity and concern for others as the time we are living in now. Social enterprise business models are being established in rapid numbers. The term Conscious Economics is beginning to creep into our everyday language.
“A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders. Social enterprises can be structured as a for-profit or non-profit, and may take the form of a co-operative, mutual organization, a social business, or a charity organization.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_enterprise
“We are so close to a world that works for everyone that I can taste it. The right kinds of enterprise design, money and finance, government, local economy and social-ecological accounting are at our fingertips. We only need to make enough consensus through dialogue in diverse communities to bring this about. This requires open-minded and mindful people who operate out of maturity and mutual respect.” Torrey Byles [http://consciouseconomics.org/defining-conscious-economics]
It is an exciting time to be alive! And you know what? I have finally found Truth and I have found God. The Divine was inside of me all along. I just didn’t know it. I believe it is part of my mission, my dharma, to pass along what I have learned. Yes, I am still a servant and I will serve humanity with the gifts, talents, and strengths I have been blessed with. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief. I have found You, God. I have found Truth and my soul is at peace. My niche is called Namaste Healing Center and Thrive Farm, an organic permaculture urban farm (social enterprise)and I work with the forlorn, the forgotten, and the very people that Jesus came to serve. I am honored to have been chosen for this work and I give it my all. Namaste
Patience—employing the wisdom that things must unfold in their own time.
Beginner’s mind—Cultivating a mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first
Trust— Developing a basic trust in one’s own self, intuition, and feelings.
Non-striving—Allowing anything and everything we experience to be here, because it
Acceptance—Seeing things as they actually are in the present.
Letting Go—Letting be, allowing things to be, accepting things as they are.
Full Catastrophe Living
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D
So…Take a moment to congratulate yourself that you are dedicating some precious time right now for mindfulness meditation practice. May you know that this is an act of love…
Gradually bring your attention to the present moment and begin to focus on your breath, breathing normally and naturally. You can place your awareness either at the tip of your nose or upon your abdomen. If you’re focusing at the tip of the nose, feel the touch of the air as you breathe in and out… If you’re focusing on the abdomen, feel the belly expand on an inhalation and contract on an exhalation… As you breathe in, be aware that you are breathing in and as you breathe out be aware that you are breathing out… moment to moment…
Without any judgment, just watch the breath. There is nothing to figure out… there is no place to go… there is just being in the here and now, noticing the breath. Just living your life, one inhalation and one exhalation at a time. Breathing in, breathing out, watching each breath appear and disappear. Just breathing…
Now, releasing your awareness of the breath and bringing attention to the body, let yourself feel the sensations within, without any aversion or indulgence. Just acknowledging the multitude of varying sensations moment-to-moment.
If you come across areas in the body where there is tightness, allow it to soften, if possible. However, if the sensation remains and persists, then just let it be there, remaining and persisting, and observe the waves or resonating rings of sensations, just letting them flow wherever they need to go.
Try to have the mind be like a meteorologist, just watching the internal weather patterns without judgment, just being with the way things are… Sensations rise, sensations fall… watching them appear and disappear… just sensations.
Now releasing awareness of sensations and bringing attention to the mind: to thoughts and emotions. Observe the mind without any aversion or indulgence. Just acknowledging the multitude of varying mental formations moment-to-moment… Like lying on a field and watching the clouds float by… watching the mind in the same way… thoughts rise, thoughts fall, watching them appear and disappear… just thoughts.
Now releasing the awareness of the mind and bringing attention to hearing. Observe the sounds without any aversion or indulgence. Being aware of sound at its most basic, fundamental level. Because of the mind and the eardrum there is audibility. Be aware of sound at this level… just acknowledging the multitude of varying sounds internally or externally… moment-to-moment… sounds rise, sounds fall… watching them appear and disappear… just sounds.
Now coming back to the breath and feeling the whole body as you breathe in and out… feel the whole of the body rising upwards with an inhalation and falling downwards on an exhalation… Feeling the body as a whole… connected and whole…
Again congratulate yourself that you are dedicating some precious time right now for mindfulness meditation practice. May you know that this is an act of love.
Source of info: http://jailstojobs.org/html/meditation.html
Deepak Defines Meditation – Everyone thinks that the purpose of meditation is to handle stress, to tune out, to get away from it all. While that’s partially true, the real purpose of meditation is actually to tune in, not to get away from it all, but to get in touch with it all. Not to just de-stress, but to find that peace within, the peace that spiritual traditions talk about that passes all understanding. So, meditation is a way to get in the space between your thoughts. You have a thought here, a thought here, and there’s little space between every thought.
According to wisdom traditions, this space between the thought is the window, is the corridor, is the vortex to the infinite mind – the mystery that some people call the spirit or God. We don’t have to use those terms, but it’s your core consciousness. And the more we learn about this space between thoughts, we find certain things to be true of it:
- It’s a field of infinite possibilities – infinite possibilities, pure potentiality.
- Everything is connected to everything else.
- It’s a space of infinite creativity, infinite imagination.
- It is a place where there is something called observer effect, or the power of intention, which means intention is very powerful when brought to this space and it orchestrates its own fulfillment – what people call the law of attraction – so those are wonderful qualities of your own spirit.
In meditation, we get into this space so we find ourselves infinite possibilities, infinite correlation, infinite creativity, infinite imagination, and infinite power of intention. That’s what meditation is really about. One of the benefits is how good you feel when you have finished.
Where to Meditate
If you are doing guided meditations, you can plug in, close your eyes, and go within in any safe place you choose where you will not be disturbed. Once you become accustomed to meditating, you can do it anywhere and I do mean anywhere. I have gone into meditation of public transportation. The people around me may think I am asleep, but I am fully aware fo my surroundings, while going deeper into myself. People have commented to me that there is a peace about me that they couldn’t put their finger on until they saw me meditate.
Morning and evening coincide with our body’s quieter rhythms. Our body knows how to be still; we just have to give it opportunity. Studies show that routines begun in the morning last the longest, but any time you look forward to meditating is the right time. This goes along with the Ayurvedic medicinal philosophy of our body’s rhythms. My experience is that I need to be up for at least a half hour to an hour before I can meditate. Some people do it upon rising in the morning. I think it is important to discover your own bodies rhythms.
Being comfortable is most important. It is preferable to sit up straight on the floor or on a chair to help cultivate alertness, but if you are ill or need to lie down, that is fine. The mind has been conditioned to sleep when the body is lying down so you may feel sleepier. Your hands can relax on your lap, palms up or any way that you feel most open.
Thoughts will inevitably drift in and dance around your mind, but that’s normal. Don’t try to do anything with them – let them be. If you find yourself thinking about what’s passing through your mind, just return to focusing your awareness on the mantra or your breath – you will soon slip into the space between thoughts. I have also been instructed by others who have been meditating for a long time that when thoughts occur we are to simply observe them & let them pass. Do not dwell on the thought or try to come to a resolution regarding the thought. Let it pass like a cloud in the sky.
When we pay attention to our breath, we are in the present moment. In an unforced, natural rhythm, allow your breath to flow in and out, easily and effortlessly. It is important to use proper breathing. For instance, does your diaphram fill with air or are you shallow breathing with your chest. It took me a little bit to remind myself to breath as babies do, with the diaphram.
The effects of meditation are cumulative, and setting aside as little as 15 minutes a day to retreat and rejuvenate is beneficial. Many schools of meditation prescribe 30 minutes of meditation twice a day, and as your meditation practice evolves, you can extend your time. It’s better to spend just a few minutes meditating every day rather than meditating for an hour a week. I have found that once I get into a deep meditation I am loathe for it to end! It feels so good to sit in nothingness sometimes, especially when you have a busy, hectic life.
During meditation, five things can happen:
- We can experience thoughts.
- We can mentally repeat the mantra.
- We can have thoughts and repeat the mantra at the same time. If this happens to you, place greater attention on the mantra.
- Our thoughts and the mantra can cancel each other out, and we can slip into that place of stillness between our thoughts, the “gap.”
- We can fall asleep. If you fall asleep, when you awaken and if time permits, allow yourself about five or ten minutes to complete your meditation.
Sources: Me and http://www.chopra.com/meditationtips#whatis
Abstain or reduce usage of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, processed foods, meat, & excessive sugar for approximately the next few weeks. Spend time every day channeling Reiki using the symbols you have already meditated on.
Recite the five spiritual principals of Reiki upon arising in the morning and retiring in the evening.
Surf on the Internet & research chakra clearing & grounding techniques. Whole courses in themselves, but it would be very helpful to get an idea of how this is done.
Meditation is a method by which an individual seriously contemplates past, present or future events. It can be beneficial in helping you relax and experience less stress in your life, and can even assist in stopping panic attacks. It can also help you become more positive as well as helping in attaining important goals.
This world is stressful. From the hustle and bustle of driving to work, being under pressure to exhibit peak performance at work, to being the perfect parent at home, all adults are under stress. It does not stop with adults either. Children are expected to make top marks in school and to be the perfect offspring. And the list goes on.
So, how can you and everyone else deal with the day to day stress and find time to stop and relax occasionally? Meditation might be the answer. You may ask, “How can thinking about something bring results like that?” You would be surprised what deep thinking can accomplish.
One inventor would take about 3 hours each day, go into a dark room and think, just think. There were no distractions, and because he was free to think anything, he wound up getting hundreds of patents. Some were patents that others had gotten, but the inventions did not work, and he discovered how to make them work. He became rich just from thinking. Never underestimate the power of thought.
When you are stressed out and need to relax, consider meditation. Taking some very simple steps can help you relax more and experience less stress.
What are some of these steps?
- Find or create a calm, quiet environment with no distractions. Make sure there are no interruptions by family or friends.
- Wear comfortable clothes that do not bind.
- Choose a comfortable position.
- Close your eyes if that helps with distractions.
- Breathe deeply.
- Concentrate on being very relaxed and peaceful.
- Focus on your breathing if you have trouble focusing on being relaxed.
- Remain positive.
You may find that the hardest thing about meditation is staying focused on your goal of relaxing and experiencing less stress. Disruptive thoughts (what do I want for dinner, what to wear tomorrow etc.) can create problems with your focus. It takes discipline and determination to stayed focused. If you find that, for some reason with this particular session, you cannot remain focused, it might be best to stop. Another time might work better for you.
If you can keep your focus, then continue for a time until you have attained your objective. You should be very relaxed with a normal heartbeat, breathing easily and feeling good. Some have even found that a meditation session helps them get balanced even if they are sleep deprived. However, this does not replace a good night’s sleep.
If you have trouble relaxing and feel stressed out most of the time, meditation could be a solution for you. After all, it is drug free and cost free and could be a great help to you.
About Jamila Gorman
Jarmila is a writer in the personal development niche with a strong – and ever-growing – desire to help people create their dream lives. She is a passionate student of the amazing abilities and potential of the human mind. From her lifelong love of athletics came an interest in finding out just what the words “limit” means; and how to get the mind past its whining to push on and do more. Years of ultra-cycling and an attitude of “bring it on, I can do this” have honed her ability to overcome self-imposed limitations in other areas of her life, a skill she now shares with a worldwide audience. Jarmila is a writer with a goal to inspire you to LIVE your life, on purpose, out loud and with a big smile on your face. You can find more of Jarmila’s articles on meditation at the Silva Method Life. When she is not writing, Jarmila is outside taking photographs, hiking the Colorado mountains or cycling to the far horizon.