Recently my mother met a friend on the street.
“How’s your son doing?” the friend asked. “Is he still unemployed?” “Yes,” my mother replied, “but he’s meditating now, so at least it’s better than sitting around doing nothing!”
Recently my mother met a friend on the street.
It is important to remember that ultimately meditation is a way of being, not just a functional technique designed to produce results but a way of orienting and grounding oneself in the world. In other words meditation is not just something that you can do; it is also something you can be.
The Way of meditation is the ongoing holistic experience of being self-aware, open and kind-hearted, not only when sitting silently on a meditation cushion, but at all times. (more…)
This short chapter is remarkable in several respects. Superficially it seems that he is describing the recommended zazen posture for the body. Looking more deeply at several statements in this talk, however, I realize that he is presenting us with non-linear Zen thoughts. Many statements impact me as wake up calls, directing me to leave my conventional thought patterns. This short talk is very rich and deep in its potential to show me the multiple levels that his communication contains. Here are some of my reflections on his statements from this point of view.
Dialog on the Way of Commitment
In Dogen Zenji’s Shobogenzo he addresses the topic of meditation and realization and their relationship to each other in his response to Answer 7: “At the risk of casting pearls before swine, I would advise you that thinking of meditation and realization as two separate things is just wrong. We teach that meditation and realization are identical.”
Waterfall Meditation, feel it’s flow
This Waterfall Meditation becomes a natural timing and feeling associated with being. The effect of this timing has an effect on human health. Reflected in having a sense of flowing from moment to moment with the world at large. This Waterfall Meditation is a good one to help set up an Out of Body Experience. The Waterfall Meditation has been studied and found to be a wonderful way to start the flow of other world experiences. This dreaming Journey will take you out and bring you back again. Nothing to lose but the Physical Body itself. Really, who needs that anyway? There’s more where that came from, or you can take it with you. (more…)
EMPTINESS IS THE INNOCENCE TO BE.
“Appearances, sounds, and objects are one’s own mind; There’s nothing except mind.” Niguma, Mahamudra
“The pure mind sees things as they are – bubbles in consciousness. These bubbles are appearing, disappearing and reappearing – without having real being. Each bubble is a body and all these bodies are mine.” Nisargadatta, Consciousness and the Absolute
My comment: It is said that first there is the Absolute, which has no qualities, no attributes, and thus cannot be known as I know an object of perception. It is the non-experiential state.
It is said that second there is the “I Am”, which is the very subtle sense of beingness, but it also has no further attributes, such as “I am this” or “I am that”. It is also known as consciousness and is the most subtle state that can be experienced.
This following text of Jiddu Krishnamurti is another passage from one of my favorite books of his:This Light In Oneself p. 73 – 75 The first passage that I published on Heartflow2013 is in the post “Observing from a Quiet Mind – Krishnamurti”
The selections in this book present the core of Krishnamurti’s teaching on meditation, taken from discussions with small groups, as well as from public talks to large audiences. His main theme is the essential need to look inward, to know ourselves, in order really to understand our own—and the world’s—conflicts. We are the world, says Krishnamurti, and it is our individual chaos that creates social disorder. He offers timeless insights into the source of true freedom and wisdom. (more…)
Tibetan Buddhist Medicine is a traditional system of healing. It looks for the causes of disease, including karma, and incorporates herbs and foods as its medicine. In addition it uses meditation, visualization, and mantra as forms of medicine. The Medicine Buddha Mantra is a meditation practice, a visualization practice (on the Blue Medicine Buddha), and a mantra. Chanting the Medicine Buddha Mantra can assist the healing process.
The next mantra I’d like to present to you is a mantra to the Divine Mother. Most religions, whether monotheistic or polytheistic, have a figure who represents the Divine Mother and Mother Earth, such as Gaia, the Virgin Mary, Frigg, Demeter, Tara, Pachamama, Isis, Prakriti, and Shakti. Ancestral spirits, the souls of mothers, grandmothers, etc. who have past, can also represent the Divine Mother.
Om Mani Padme Hum is a mantra associated with the Bodhisattva of Compassion, also called Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit), Quan Yin (Chinese), and Chenrezig (Tibetan). Recitation of Om Mani Padme Hum is said to purify one of the sufferings of the ego: pride, jealousy, desire, ignorance, clinging, and anger.
The Twameva Sarvam mantra, sometimes called the Twameva Mata mantra after the first two words, is a another beautiful Vedic meditation chant. Twameva Sarvam means: You are all in all (everything). This mantra is a meditation on the True Self, the Ultimate Reality, the Universe, the Oneness of All.
This is what I call “living meditation”. It is not about sitting quietly in order to allow thoughts to subside, or concentrating on an image or words or breathing in order to focus the mind while sitting quietly. Living meditation is to go into my normal daily activities, but keeping my inner focus on a certain frequency. It could be “generosity”, or “understanding”, or “acceptance”. This focus is “love”.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali mention focus on something that is your passion as one of the ways in which the vrttis (mental modifications) can be brought to subside. This results in the state called “yoga” as defined in the Yoga Sutras. Thus, the increasingly intense focus on the frequency of love, allowing it to pervade your whole being, can lead to freedom from the fragmented state of conditioned consciousness under which mankind suffers.
The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a beautiful and powerful meditation mantra. With the epithet “three-eyed one”, this mantra addresses the god Rudra, the fierce and destructive aspect of Shiva. This is a mantra for overcoming illness, mental and physical, and for rejuvenation, healing, and longevity. (more…)
The Gayatri Mantra is one of the most ancient mantras known. It comes from the Rig Veda, which is an ancient Vedic collection of sacred hymns from around 3000-3500 years ago. It was given by the Supreme Being to the Rishi (Sage) Vishvamitra, who recorded the Gayatri Mantra in the verses of the Rig Veda to share with all of humanity.
A while back a friend of mine was going through a particularly stressful period and I was trying to figure out what I could recommend to help him de-stress as quickly and easily as possible. We live busy, fast-paced lives and while it would be tempting to recommend he head off on a week-long meditation retreat, that’s impractical for most people. Instead, I recommended this amazing, simple technique developed by the HeartMath Institute. It’s so simple and so effective! (more…)
The Chakra Vibration Meditation Practice is just one of many ways to balance the seven main chakras for meditation, and health and well-being. Another way to promote the flow of prana (chi, ki, energy) and bring the energy flow into balance and harmony is with the use of gemstones. In a chakra gemstone meditation practice you can use a gemstone for each chakra, or focus on a specific one that needs attention or healing. Gemstones can purify/cleanse, promote healing, harmonize imbalanced prana, and facilitate the flow of energy through all the chakras.
Chakra comes from the Sanskrit word, चक्रम् cakram, which means wheel. The chakras are energy centers or wheels where energy, also known as prana, chi, or qi, rotates and flows. Anatomically, the chakras correspond to the locations of major plexuses of the nervous and circulatory systems. Though some of you may recognize this from chanting mantra in your yoga practice, here I will introduce a chakra vibration meditation practice for the 7 main chakras that run from the base of the spine up to the top of the head.
Meditation is an ancient eastern practice that has slowly gained acceptance of those of us in the western world. One of the main reasons for this is that the effects of meditation are being scientifically studies and the results continue to be positive. It is well established that meditation can have a positive effect of the mind and body of those that practice it regularly. (more…)
There is peace to be found through quiet and lately there’s been a lot of noise about silence. There are many books on the subject including Susan Cain’s 2012 best-seller Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that cant stop talking. In her very theatrical TED talk with over 3 million views on line she says “Solitude matters, and for some people it is the air that they breathe.” There has also been an Oscar-winning film ‘The Artist’, a silent motion picture! We live in a culture that celebrates the extrovert and is impressed by the loudest achiever but the truth is that solitude is a crucial ingredient to creativity. (more…)
Everything in this Universe vibrates on a specific wavelength and these wavelengths can be manipulated. An example is the opera singer that sings a pitch high enough to shatter glass. Learning how to manipulate your own vibrations is vital to finding harmony and balance in your own life. It may seem difficult at first, but by understanding the tantra of sound it becomes a more attainable goal. So before I get started, let me clarify the word tantra. In western cultures the word tantra is synonymous with sex, but in all truth that is not the case. (more…)