all about meditation
A sacred space is no place for the power mad petty tyrant, the enlightened guru status, the bully, the narcissist, the egocentric know all who wishes to control. There is only a place for those who love and do not judge, those who can put aside their thoughts and feelings of the every day walk of life and can focus as a group with one heart, one mind and one prayer for the uplifting of all life.
Learn how SHAME factors into life purpose, karma, religion and spirituality, and blocking intuition. Lilou Mace interviews Robert Ohotto.
In Buddhism one of the ‘Three Characteristics’ is No-Self (the other two are impermanence and suffering which are closely associated with this). This refers to the illusion of reality having a permanent and separate self. There is this notion that there is a permanent “I” or “me,” which is a separate entity that can be found. The obvious assumption of we are our body sounds good until we look at it and say “this is my body,” which implies at that moment that whatever owns the body wasn’t the body. The observer and the observed; duality denies our body being what we are. It is also in a state of impermanence, and at a sensate level it is made up of energy flickering at a similar rate to reality.
It’s easy to get caught up in negative emotions, often without even realizing it. Stop for a moment and check in on how you’re feeling. Is there anything bothering you right now? Perhaps it’s something to do with your finances, your job, a particular relationship, or your health? If you look beneath the surface, however, you’ll discover that it’s really none of these things that are troubling you. What’s really bothering you are the stories you’re telling yourself about your current circumstances.
In this TED talk, Andy Puddicombe — who is as equally as turned off by incense as me — shares the fascinating story of how he become a monk, and gives a convincing argument for why it is worth it to take 10 minutes a day to refresh the mind.
Michael Neill gives a really interesting talk on the power of thoughts and how they create our reality. “You’re never more than one thought away from a whole new experience of being alive,” he says.
Ten things you (probably) didn’t know about the wonderful phenomenon of lucid dreaming – the ability to have conscious awareness during your dreams.
There are so many beautiful, powerful and life changing lessons I have learned from studying Buddhism and from reading many of Buddha’s quotes. And today I want to share 25 of these beautiful lessons with you. Here are 25 Life Changing Lessons from Buddha.
Well-being can only be cultivated when you take time every day to slow down and turn inward. So as fabulous as it is to click a few buttons on your phone and receive a package at your doorstep two days later, the momentary thrill is quickly tempered by the undercurrent of anxiety and emptiness that pervades most people’s lives.If you need a jump start reminder for how to do that, experiment with the following simple suggestions.
Meditation makes people connect better with others and feel more compassionate towards them. Given how many of our daily and worldly challenges stem from seeing others as a problem to our own lives, could gaining a connection to others create a more peaceful and joyous reality?
In this guide on how to meditate I will answer all of the basic questions of how to meditate, what meditation is, why it’s important, the benefits of meditation, and a basic exploration of the process itself (what we are doing when we meditate). This is the absolute basics of how to meditate, so if you need a more detailed and comprehensive guide on meditation, check out the meditation techniques page.
What is meditation? There is a lot of confusion about this question in the world today, at least among the majority it seems. Some people view it as sitting quietly because that is what meditators appear to be doing, thus they think it is about relaxation. But to describe the external appearance of the practice is to miss 99.99% of it’s substance, which is the exact same thing we are doing with our understanding of reality.
A team of researchers just published some remarkable information about meditation. It turns out that non-focused meditation, wherein a meditator allows the mind to just relax without a particular object of focus causes the brain to process more thoughts, feelings, and memories than when the mind is just ‘at rest.’ In essence, during non-focused meditation, the brain gets ‘smarter’.