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Wellness: True Meditation

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Meditation does not have to be a complicated, frustrating experience if you learn to apply some fundamental concepts to your daily efforts.  The purpose of this article is to provide you with key skills which we hope will not only benefit seasoned practitioners, but also those of you just journeying forth in your paths to enlightenment!

Create A Space

Create a special space for your  meditation practice. It can be either a room or corner, and use it only for  your meditation or contemplation.  Put  there only those things that help you meditate and keep the space clean and  clear. Always enter your meditation space with respect and become refreshed by  its peace and beauty. You should not be in a situation where your mind could be  easily provoked into anger or other emotions. When you create the right  environment, it’s easier to practice and you’ll receive greater benefit from  your time invested.

Meditation Posture

The mind and body are connected,  and the energy flows better when the body is erect (spine not stooped); when  the body is bent, the flow is changed and that directly affects your thought  process.

A comfortable but alert sitting  position is essential for regular meditation practice. Meditation chairs are  designed to help people with limited flexibility of their back. You should sit  upright with the feet touching the ground. The meditation chair provides more  comfort than sitting on the floor or on a regular chair. Good meditation chairs  should have a slight forward-leaning angle to prevent you from bending during  meditation. They should not tilt more than a few inches; a steeply angled  meditation chair causes overarching.

If you are looking not to spend too  much, a meditation cushion may be a good choice. Meditation cushions are easily  portable. Meditation cushions have a wedge profile that tilts your pelvis  slightly forward, helping you maintain the proper spinal alignment. The Zafu  makes sitting meditation easier on the knees, ankles and back. Other pillows  also raise you off of the floor while supporting an aligned posture.

When using a meditation cushion  find a comfortable position with legs crossed and hands resting palm-down on  your thighs. The hips are neither rotated forward too much, which creates  tension, nor tilted back so you start slouching. You have to find a feeling of  stability and strength.

The Buddhist meditation bench is a  small short bench that lifts you off the floor while helping you maintain a  straight-backed posture when sitting. The sloped seat encourages and promotes  good posture.

For sitting meditation the seat is  a matter of style and preference, the basic principle is to keep an upright,  erect posture with your shoulders and hips level. During meditation, you have  to be awake even though you are calm. If you find yourself falling asleep,  check your posture.

Before You Begin

You will find it helpful to do some  Yoga, t’ai chi, or other mindful stretching and gentle exercise. This will help  you to build energy and focus your attention before quiet sitting meditation.  Sometimes, if you find that your mind is too agitated to start, try walking  meditation or mindful walking.

Release Phenomena

As you begin to relax, it is common  to experience release phenomena, which may include various physical sensations.  These sensations range from quivering as if you are falling asleep, gurgling in  the stomach, to mental images and inner sounds. This shows that your practice  has started dissolving accumulated and rooted physical, mental and emotional  patterns. The best way to deal with them is simply let them take place without  distracting your attention.

As you practice, you will become  aware of subtle physical, mental and emotional changes. Eventually, your source  of stored stress will be exhausted, and you will feel lighter, clearer and  better equipped to deal with the challenges of modern life.

Relaxation And Awareness

The majority of us experience  relaxation as a dreamlike state that lacks awareness, and when we are alert, we  are tense and mentally agitated. Both of those conditions are far from the  alert but relaxed state of meditation.

At the beginning, most of the  practice may be spent returning the mind from distraction or sleepiness and  finding this balance of relaxed alertness. Eventually, you will be able to  become deeply relaxed and lucid during your meditation, and in your daily life  you will find that your understanding of the way things are will become more  clear and unconditioned.

Meditation Inspirations

By practicing meditation, we can  realize our full potential. This is why we should work with our minds. The  long-term result of meditation is a much more joyful, intense and complete  state of being.

Life is impermanent, and we don’t  know how much time we have to realize our true self. What we experience today  is mostly the result of our choices in the past; what we do and think today  will become our future. Remember, that not only what you do but how and why you  do something matters. 

Meditation Phases

You start your meditation with  steadying your attention by practicing concentration for a few moments. Then  you apply your mind to the meditation method you choose. During your session,  observe the quality of the focus of your attention. Watch when your attention  fades. If you find that it is too difficult to maintain your focus because of  distraction or dullness, find balance again in concentration meditation by  watching your breath, then return to your main meditation.

Complementary practice

Meditation practice can help you  develop many dormant qualities. You can use the period of your meditation to  develop clarity, understanding, kindness and vitality within, and then try to  bring these qualities into your daily life.

Throughout the day, recall your  feelings. When you begin to rush, pause within yourself, center and move  towards the sense of balance you experienced in your meditation. Brief periods  of meditation are opportunities for you to get in touch with qualities that  will guide your busiest, most stressful activities.

With time, you will find that any  activity can be an opportunity to train your mind and practice concentration,  awareness, patience and understanding.

Daily Meditation

Intention: Before you begin, make  your intention clear to your conscious and subconscious mind and offer a short  prayer or a call for inspiration. Call upon the sources of inspiration in your  life. Remember, you don’t practice “alone;” recall those who share your life.  Practice to help bring wholeness in the world.

Concentration: Use concentration  meditation (we will be including this in a future post!) to focus, use mindful breathing.

Meditation: Continue with a longer  period of quiet meditation using the technique of your choice.

Dedication: End the session with a  brief dedication, using the accumulated potency of your meditation and sending  it with your heart to all beings.

Application: After you finish your formal meditation  practice, make a smooth transition to your daily life with the intention to  carry mindful presence into your normal activities. During the day, pause from  time to time to renew your connection to mindful presence, continue to fill  your life with insight, creativity and compassion that arise from your formal  meditation practice.

New Age: Abundance

In order for anything to materialize (or matter created from pure energy and consciousness) your vibrations must align with that which you desire. There are key factors that create the formula to vibrate at the same frequency of anything you desire. Here are five factors to consider when striving for Abundance in your life:

1. Realizing Abundance is a Possibility – The source of everything in this world is consciousness, at the highest level of consciousness every frequency is combined. You must align yourself with that frequency, by seeing the world as an abundant, supporting, positive place. When you change your perspective, you change your experience.

This will give you the experience of believing in the possibility of abundance on every level. Certainty shortly follows after belief because your consciousness hits the same level of the highest frequency, where consciousness knows itself as abundance.

2. Know Yourself as Abundance – Abundance is possible because the highest part of consciousness is who you are. When you know yourself as the highest part of consciousness (abundance), you understand that abundance is not out there and you are waiting for it to show up. You are already that which you desire, you just need to match your frequency with who you really are, in order to perceive it as being manifested.

3. Align Your Thoughts With Abundance – Abundance does not have negative thoughts of doubt, unworthiness, guilt, hopelessness, or any other lower vibrational frequency. In the moment, when you notice a negative thought, imagine you have a recycling bin where your thoughts are located and you can choose to delete any thought. Delete any lower vibrating thoughts and start again with thoughts that match the highest vibrational frequency of abundance. When you have thoughts that feel happy, joyous and good, then you are allowing your alignment to be of abundance.

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4. Focus on the End Result – Focusing on the desire as if you already have it, aligns the energy field in order to attract and attach your desire. With this kind of focus, everything you do and say is produced in a passionate way. Act as if you already have your desire and you will produce actions and words of enthusiasm. Keeping a smile on your face, as if you have an abundance of passion, money, love, and life. This is about using actions to produce good feelings of happiness and joy.

5. Know the Abundance of Gratitude & Purpose – Being thankful for all that you experience pushes the lower frequencies away from your experience and keep you aligned with abundance.

Take Abundance With You!

I’ve created a credit card-sized summary you can print and have laminated! Read it everyday, you’ll begin to attract abundance into your life!

Steps:

1. Click on the photo and print! Note: If you have internet settings at “Enable Protected Security” you may not be able to print directly from internet. Online it will print just bigger than a credit card size. However, you can also follow the steps below to save it to your computer, but you may have to play around with the print size.

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To save and print from your computer:

1. Right click image

2. Click “Save As.

3. Name it

4. Open folder where you saved it.

5. Resize it. For a perfect credit card size the dimensions in inches is 3 3/8 width X 2 1/8 height. In pixels, it’s 244 wide X 154 height. Or just have print shop do it for you from disc.

6. Print it.

7. Copy it!

8. Laminate it! Staples or similiar stores will do it cheap.

9. Read it! everyday, twice on Sundays.

10. Practice it! Use a phrase everyday as a mantra in meditation–remember you don’t actually say the words, you think them.

11. Believe it!

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Wellness: True Meditation

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There is a lot of interest in forms of ‘meditation’ by people using or espousing the ‘Law of Attraction’ where certain kinds of ‘meditation’ are utilised to help us feel and visualise our desires as a precursor to manifesting them. I myself am a great fan of the Law of Attraction – it is fun, useful and highly rewarding to manifest our heart’s desires. A lot has also been said about the benefits of meditation in bringing us states of calm, confidence, focus, love, etc…

While some or even all these things may be true, I believe using meditation to achieve these personal, ego-based ends is short-selling the practice and yourself, and misses the real ‘prize’.  Certainly as you practice meditation, feelings of calm, love, rapture and bliss will arise, and of course all these things are wonderful.

But as you simply sit, being here and now, breathing gently and allowing thoughts and feelings to arise and pass away, you will also become aware of many negative things – painful experiences from your past, fear, anger, jealousy, guilt – all the unwanted stuff you’ve pushed into the dark recesses of your mind are illuminated in excruciating detail. No-one really wants to experience these things. No-one want to sit and face these things over and over again, with no escape, nowhere to run to and no distractions. Why would anyone freely dedicate themselves to such a practice?

The wonderful thing is that by merely letting these things come up in your awareness without becoming attached to them, simply allowing them to be there without judgement, without grasping them or trying to push them away you find that they will naturally dissipate. For all things that arise naturally pass away (only our habitual thought-patterns keep us locked in to these unpleasant states). It is then that joy and bliss arise, which in themselves are wonderful ‘rewards’ but we must be careful not to become too attached to these feelings either. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying these beautiful states, like all things that arise, they will also pass away, and attachment to them amounts to what Chogyam Trungpa called the ‘Golden Chain of spirituality’.

We can become so fixated on being in these states that when change happens (and change does happen – that is the only constant n this Universe!) we become upset, distressed, depressed, confused… and before we know it we’re right back where we began!  The beauty of true meditation is that as we go through these cycles again and again, we start to see the futility of identifying with ANY state, ‘positive’ or ‘negative’. All ‘things’ (objects, feelings, thoughts, sounds, ideas) are seen to be unreal in the sense that they have no enduring form.

So as we continue to practice, we stop identifying with ANYTHING transitory, and ultimately this is seen to include anything we imagine to be ‘ourself’. This idea can be terrifying to the ‘ego’, which has spent lifetimes building up layers of illusion to convince everyone that you’re a ‘somebody’ but when we pass beyond it, we see with the ‘eye of God’ – we know directly that for from being a mere ‘someone’ or ‘something’ we are everything, the whole Universe, beyond birth and death, containing but not limited to joy, pain, love, light, suffering and bliss.

And this realisation blows away any such idea as personal gain or ‘personal fulfilment’ whatever that might be!  And so by all means, follow your dreams, have fun creating a beautiful, exciting, prosperous, love-ful life. If this makes you happy and keeps you content, if it works for you, stick with it – it’s a wonderful way to live.

Just bear in the back of your mind, if ever you become tired or dissatisfied or bored with it all, if ever you come to a point where you just can’t shake taht feeling that there’s something more, something you’re missing… there is – your own divinity!

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New Age: Chakras For Beginners

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Life is a circle and at the same time is only a first step, which contains all what man has made: His laughs and his cries are there. There is nothing that is not found in its bosom. Because it is like the voice of man. It will talk to you about his feelings.

Chakras are circles which have inside, the secret of the flower: The flower of existence. The flower of consciousness and unconsciousness, of reason and unreason. Of truth and lies. Of birth and death.

There is a mystical spiritual consciousness in this science, which can’t be contained. It has an unmatchable faculty. It gives the ones who study it, a very special revelation of life, with the deepest and most complete, the subtlest, most delicate and perfect secrets.  Chakras, are the inner path of man. They are the form to distinguish, to differentiate what is in his evolution. They reveal his journey and his end. And the middle point is this moment. They reveal all the paths and secrets of eternity.

The Eyes of Consciousness

I have many eyes. I have many consciousness. They all are different but they all are joined. They truly are as the fingers of the hand, different but joined, closely entwined as the air and the breath. As the vision and the eyes. As the mouth and the word. As the sky and the stars.

The chakras, so much mentioned nowadays and with so many practices to awake them. All this mixed with mystery, fascination of power, with the idea of superior control. But the chakras are more complex, profound, more reliable and also more powerful and humble.

A chakra is a center to command the energy, which is in itself, the equilibrium of the energy of man and the universe. This personal, impersonal and transcendental energy is the source where life flows and dresses in the form of concepts, ideas, feelings of reasoning and absolute expression.

This center of energy is the naked consciousness. It is the purest I, who has been born in man as a seed that must germinate in order to bloom. And it becomes -of the man and in the man- the light of the spirit, who already awakened, has been able to see the presence of Love.

The mind initiates its path beginning in this concentration of energy and with the most basic, fundamental and primitive expression. But it is not despicable or miserable because of it. On the contrary, the chakra is the light of the face of consciousness. The necessary path of the spiritual science.

The chakras are the wings of the spirit, who must grow and mature in order to be able to fly to the heavens of the only true Love, the sincere Love of God, the Father Creator.

By: Oscar Basurto Carbonell
Mr. Oscar Basurto Carbonell is a well known international lecturer, spiritual teacher and healer; poet and author of innumerable writings related to Self Knowledge, Healing, Art for Good Health, Meditation and Spiritual Science, are some of his topics. He is also an accomplished artist with great knowledge of the ancient science of techniques and designs of Sacred Geometry, Ancient Symbols and Healing Energy Main website:Mystic Healing Art

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