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How To Wake Up Every Morning On Top Of The World ....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on December 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

“You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind."  -Remez Sasson


What’s the first thought that goes through your head when you wake up in the morning? Is it deliberate or is it the default “Oh shi#$, it’s 6am!”?


If that’s how you start your day, then it’s likely your day will be filled with anxiety and stress. It’s not exactly the most productive mechanism for getting things done.


In the last week or two, I’ve been experimenting with something that has really changed how I feel about everything. I’ve talked about morning power questions in the past and have suggested you should ask yourself before anything “What’s the best that Could Happen?”. Questions are quite powerful if used in the right way.


How to Use Morning Power Questions


When you wake up in the morning you are always asking yourself questions whether you realize it or not. As you brush your teeth, drink your coffee or eat your breakfast thoughts are running through your head. You might be thinking “why am I so I tired, why didn’t I sleep earlier, what am I going to eat, etc, etc.”


These things generally don’t serve any useful purpose and in some cases as you can see are even hurting you. The idea behind using questions is to take conscious control of the direction of your day. So, let me give you a few examples of things that you could ask yourself first thing in the morning:


*What do I have to look forward to today?

*What’s absolutely perfect about my life?

*How can I make today absolutely awesome?

*What’s the best thing that could happen today?


By asking yourself these kinds of questions you start to shift the focus of your mind towards all of the things you want to have happen. One interesting thing to note is that your questions don’t need to have any basis in reality because your brain will answer anything you ask it quite literally. So if you’re going to be delusional, you might as well make your delusions extremely empowering.


The key to using this effectively however is to do it for 30 days in a row. What happens when you do this is that your brain will create a link, known as a neuro-association, between the empowering states you create with your questions and being awake in the morning.


One Question to Ask Yourself Every Morning


For about two weeks now, I’ve been asking myself one question from the moment I wake up. “What am I grateful for?.” You’ve heard before that you should start every single day with an attitude of gratitude. This is probably the simplest way to actually do that.


If you ask yourself that question enough days in a row you will wake up feeling on top of the world every single day. As you start to view your life and the world around you as full of things to be grateful for, you’re going to bring more and more of that into your life.


We all have lots to be grateful for, but we often get caught up in all the things that are wrong with our lives. Hopefully this will enable you shift your focus.


Ways to Change Your Morning Routine


I want you to give some consideration to changing up how you start your day. In addition to power questions I encourage you to start your day in a more peaceful, quiet way than you have in the past. I think you’ll find that the impact this will have on you both physically and mentally will be quite powerful.


1. Don’t Turn on the Computer or TV :-


As a blogger, for the last year or so the first thing I would do every single morning is turn on the computer. Even if you are not a blogger you may have a tendency to turn on the computer right when you wake up. Starting your brain off with so much information overload right when you wake up can’t possibly be healthy.


I encourage you to just enjoy your coffee or breakfast for about 20 minutes. Turning on the TV is one of the most insidious things you can do. The news can have such a negative impact on you that you might not even realize it. The news is generally about everything that’s wrong in the world and this is the first thing you become exposed to in the morning.


One thing that we know from years of self help is that our minds tend to be extremely receptive in the morning. That’s why I encourage you not to turn on the TV if you’ve been doing it.


2. Listen to Music/Something Uplifting


I love listening to music and when possible I even use an alarm that actually plays music. I try to find really uplifting songs or even songs that have really peaceful melodies. One of the best times to listen to a self-help tape or program is right when you wake up. Think about how the effect this will have on you if you do this for about 30 days.


If you listen to inspirational/uplifting material right when you wake up then you will eventually condition that message into your mind and connect it with waking up in the morning.


3. Meditate


I think one of the most challenging things about meditating is to free yourself from thought. As somebody with a mind that moves at what feels like a million miles a minute, this isn’t something I’m great at myself. Early in the morning your mind is in a fairly quiet state and even 5-10 minutes of deep centered relaxation/meditation can make a huge difference in your day.


How do you start your morning routine? Is there anything else you’d add to this list?

 




 


 



Yoga....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on November 29, 2012 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Overcome Fears Through Lucid Dreaming ....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.”

~Yogi Bhajan


It took me a second to realize what was happening.


I was hanging onto a rope and headed straight for the sky.


I must have been around 100 feet in the air.  I was looking at the ground and it kept getting smaller and smaller. I couldn’t take it anymore and closed my eyes.


When I opened them again I was lying in my bed.


But this was no ordinary dream. I was actually aware of what was happening, as it happened. I was “awake” inside my head.


Let’s Rewind 7 Days


I was looking around the Internet and came across something called lucid dreaming. It talked about learning how to hack your dreams, to wake up inside the dream world and manipulate it as you wished.


I wasn’t skeptical in the slightest. You see, I remembered back to my childhood where I would “wake up” in these strange places then all of a sudden I’d be right back in bed.


Could it be? Something I’d been puzzled about my whole life was finally to be answered. It was more than I could ever have imagined.


Not only could I wake up in my dreams, but I could train myself to do it whenever I wanted. I’d heard it can take up to three months for the average person to learn, so I got to work straight away.


Seven days later when I was thundering toward the sky, it was my first taste of intentional lucidity. Nearly one year later and my eyes have seen things people only dream about.


Let’s Get One Thing Straight


I don’t want you to think of lucid dreaming as some weird new-age phenomenon. That couldn’t be further than the truth. Buddhists have been practicing it for thousands of years, and it’s even been scientifically proven.


A lucid dream simply means you are aware you are dreaming. Even though you might not remember them, I can guarantee that you dream multiple times per night. All you need to do to become lucid is switch on your conscious mind.


Once you are awake inside the dream you have the power to do anything. The dream world is inside your head, which means you can control anything with your mind.


You can fly like a bird

You can walk through doors

You can visit alien planets


There are literally millions of things you can do. I’m not going to waste the next 1,000,000 words listing a few of them. I would like to tell you about one special thing I’ve noticed.


What Is an Amygdala?


The amygdala controls the body’s flight-or-flight response. And it can cause you great pain because of the way it works. Let me explain…


Imagine some bullies threw a young boy into a swimming pool. He is frightened for his life and thinks he will die. His amygdala programs itself to associate water with fear.


Now that young boy will grow up scared of going in the water. The only way to reprogram the amygdala is to expose himself. If he goes into the water and his amygdala realizes nothing bad will happen, the fear will be gone.


Vertigo and Roofing Don’t Mix


I was scared of heights. I also ended up working with my dad’s roofing company, which meant I was required to climb up high ladders and walk around roofs.


I’m sure you can imagine how scary this was. I knew the subconscious mind couldn’t tell the difference between the dream world and reality, so I decided to do a test.


I would overcome my fear of heights using lucid dreams.


For the next few months I would do crazy stuff in my lucid dreams: jump out of a helicopter without a parachute, climb about roofs, and even do massive backflips off a huge ski jump.


After a while I just stopped being afraid of heights. I reprogrammed my amygdala to stop flicking my flight-or-flight response on overdrive when I was up anywhere high.

 


This Can Work for You


After hearing about what people use their lucid dreams for, I determined one thing: I wasn’t the first person to use lucidity to banish fears, anxiety, and confidence issues.


People have been using them all the time, only they didn’t tell you about it because they didn’t have lucid dreaming blogs.


Let’s Talk Pick-Up


I only use this example because you will recognize it, plus it can give single people around the world hope.


In pick-up (I’ve read The Game) the teacher will tell the student to go around the club and ask hundreds of girls out. They do this for a reason. Once the student has been rejected hundreds of times his amygdala will reprogram itself to feel no fear.


Now he can confidently walk up to any girl in the club and speak to them with ease. It’s such a famous tactic because it works. But that’s hard, right?

 


Who has the guts to get rejected by hundreds of girls in a club?


Do you remember what I said about the subconscious mind not knowing the difference between dreams and reality?


Dreams Can Mimic Reality


You can walk up to hundreds of girls in your lucid dreams and ask them out. You can do the funky chicken in the middle of the dance floor if you like. But after a while you will no longer fear approaching girls in clubs or doing the funky chicken.


And your brain is reprogrammed so you have no fear in the real word, too.


This is another list that goes on and on:


Practice giving speeches in front of an audience

Touch scary animals

Ride in an elevator

Shop in a busy supermarket


You can banish any fears, anxieties, or confidence issues through lucid dreaming.


Let’s Get to the Juicy Stuff


You know the score by now. The possibilities within lucid dreams are unlimited. Here’s a simple way to start today.


1.  Remember your dreams.

You won’t remember being lucid if you don’t have good dream recall. This means you have to start training yourself to remember your dreams. Pretty self-explanatory, yeah?


All you need to do is start writing down your dreams in a journal. As soon as you wake up in the morning, go over the dream in your head then write them down before they disappear forever. Your dream memory will slowly improve.


Try remaining still and keeping your eyes closed before you start going over the dream in your head. Don’t worry if you don’t get this part straight away as it takes time.


2.  Perform reality checks.


Some things won’t be as they seem in the dream world. You need to start staring at your hands during the day and asking yourself if you are dreaming. You really need to shift your awareness onto your hands and really believe it could be a dream.

Soon it will eventually become a subconscious habit and you will automatically stare at your hands in a dream. When you do, you will notice they are completely different and your conscious mind will switch on. Remember and do about 20-30 of these reality checks during the day.

 


3.  Use lucid affirmations.


When you go to bed at night it’s important to give yourself affirmations. It’s a bit like planting secret codes inside your mind. Tell yourself when you are dreaming you will realize it’s a dream.


A better one to do is stare at your hands for about five minutes while repeating to yourself, “When I see my hands in my dream, I will become lucid.” This might not bring on lucidity on its own, but it’s part of the full package and they all work together.


4.  Visualize your lucid dreams.


Once you finish your affirmations you should be getting ready to go to sleep. When you are lying in bed try and visualize yourself dreaming, then suddenly becoming aware it’s a dream.


What are you doing? Who are you with? When you are visualizing the lucid dream you should try and use as much of your senses as possible. I want you to continue visualizing the lucid dream until you fall asleep.


These 4 Steps Work


The steps I’ve laid out for you are the exact same ones I used to have my first lucid dream. If you keep doing them every day you will definitely wake up inside the dream world at some point. It’s all about remaining committed.


I can honestly say that lucid dreaming is the most important thing in the world to me. I hope you push through until you have one, because I know it can change your life.



Jamie Alexander

*He teaches people how to have lucid dreams and explore the dream world at his website, www.LucidAbility.com.

 


 


 


 



 


 


 


 


 


 



8 Reasons Why Yoga Beats The Gym....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on September 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)



     By nature, I am not a comparer. Everything has its plusses and minuses in my book (except, of course, yoga which is all plusses!). So, while I am not anti-gym, I do think that yoga kicks the gym's derrière on every level, and you can kick your own (butt, that is) in yoga, literally, if you feel like it!


     People are always curious as to "what else I do" to "work out" other than yoga. The answer? Nothing! Yoga is everything my body needs to function at it's absolute best. Here's why:


It's efficient!  Why would I waste so much time at the gym working each part of my body separately when I can connect all of the dots and do it all at once with yoga? No amount of lifting weights is going to make my arms as strong as holding up my own body weight in yoga. Also, practically everything you do in yoga is engaging your core, from core-centric poses to moving from pose to pose, using your core to stabilize your body. And in different inversions and arm balances, yoga allows you to raise your heartbeat, strengthen your muscles, and lengthen them out all at once. How's that for efficiency?


It can count as cardio.  All you have to do is try a few sun salutations or any flow at a good, steady pace, matching your breath to your movement. Or, if you are a bit more adventurous, try some Kundalini kriyas (like the Kundalini frogs in the step-by-step breakdown of shoulder press pose).


Yoga is not a competitive sport!  I prefer yoga to the gym as I steer clear of anything that involves pitting myself against others. Isn't there enough competition in work and in life in general? While some people thrive on trying to be the fastest in spin class or trying to run longer than the woman on the treadmill next to them, in yoga it doesn't matter what any one else is doing. There is no comparing or competing because there is only you.


It saves money.  In fact, yoga doesn't have to cost a penny. All you need to practice is you. You can wear any clothes that allow you to move, and you don't even need a yoga mat : grass and carpet work just fine. If you want some inspiration, there are plenty of great, inexpensive yoga DVDs or free online videos.


You can do it anywhere.  With no equipment necessary, it doesn't matter if you are at home, at your office, on the road-or even in the streets of NYC , as in the SHAPE Yoga Anywhere videos. So long as you have the desire, you can strike a few poses.


Yoga will help you lose weight.  Practicing yoga changes your mind: It changes the way you approach life, your body, and eating. Yoga shows you how to appreciate your body for all of the amazing things that it can do for you and points you in the direction of wanting to fill your body with the best possible fuel rather than processed junk food. And changing your mind about your body and the foods you feed it will be a much more effective weight-loss tool than burning a bunch of calories in an aggressive kick-boxing class and then mindlessly plowing through equal or more calories later that day.


Hello, variety.  Yoga can be different every single day, if you want it to be. Want a challenge? Throw some arm balances and inversions into your practice. Need to focus? Try a few balance poses sequentially on the same foot. Or if you're seeking relaxation, hang out in pigeon , a few seated forward folds, and a restorative backbend.


No injuries.  In yoga, you learn to unite your body and mind. This allows you to move with ease and pay attention to how your body is feeling at all times, so you move in a way that feels good for you and not one that puts you in places your body doesn't want to be. The result? An injury-free, strong, healthy, whole you.


By: Heidi Kristoffer

(Visit Shape.com for more Yoga tips from Heidi)



Please Note:  While Yoga is arguably the most beneficial exercise for your body, mind & soul...I would highly recommend people not to try any advanced yoga poses; especially if you are a beginner, without any serious knowledge in the area or without the supervision of a trained Yoga Guru...as it may result in serious injuries!

 


How Doing Nothing Helps You Get More Done...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 24, 2012 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”  ~Sydney J. Harris

Have you ever been “insanely busy”?

 


That’s been my world for the last two weeks. Not only have I been writing posts for my websites and creating meditation products for my subscribers, I’ve also been busy planning the end of year music events at the school where I work.

 


During this time I discovered something that helped me stay on top of things and keep my productivity high: I started making appointments to do nothing. Sometimes I scheduled this time at work, sometimes at home.

 


If I’m struggling to write posts, articles, or plan music workshops, I find that allowing myself time to do nothing and let my mind unravel brings many benefits. The main ones are creating new ideas and finding solutions to problems that have been unsolved for a while.

 


Doing nothing feels like the complete opposite of being productive, but after you’ve tried it you will see how effective it can be. Why do you think Google adopts a company policy that has an emphasis on allowing their staff so much free time?

 


A lot of people say that they are too busy to do nothing. Yet those same people will happily invest hours in front of the television, or spend plenty of time fretting and worrying about something without allowing themselves the pleasure to just be.

 


I’ve noticed that an hour slumped in front of the TV feels very different than one hour sitting in the park.

 


Actually, doing nothing can be a great investment into your personal well-being and something worth making time for.

 


It doesn’t take a huge change in your lifestyle—perhaps just a change in your thinking—and once you experience the benefits you will be more likely to make it a regular part of your schedule.

 


I have two preferred methods for doing nothing, and they can both be of great benefit.

 


The first way is to forget feeling guilty and to just take the time to zone out. Unplug from the internet for a while, stare out of the window, or just into space, and luxuriate in a special time of doing nothing.

 


It’s important not to try and do stuff while you’re doing nothing. No reading of letters, catching up on emails, or even listening to the radio. Try to disconnect for some replenishment of the soul.

 


If possible do nothing alone. With others around, it’s always tempting to start chatting instead of allowing a stillness and detachment to enfold you. Think hot bubble baths and scented candles.

 


The second way is to enter a similar relaxed state, but to allow an active awareness of everything around you.

 


Although there is a bit more effort involved in this kind of doing nothing, with a bit of practice it becomes quite natural. This sort of state will leave you fully relaxed but also revitalized to the point where you feel energized to dive back into an activity again.

 


This type of doing nothing is similar to meditation, but you don’t have to think of it that way unless it helps. Just as in meditation, by focusing on your breathing as you sit comfortably doing nothing, you will find that your body begins to relax.

 


There is a circular connection between your breath, body, and mind, and anything that affects one of these things ends up affecting all three.

 


Start by getting into a comfortable and still sitting position and begin to slow your breathing, making each breath as full as possible. Allow the breath in through your nose and feel your belly expand as your lungs fill. By gently squeezing your belly on the out-breath you will find that your next deep in-breath happens all by itself.

 


As you sit comfortably, doing nothing, begin to notice all of the physical sensations in your body. Try to be still as you do this, without any fidgeting or restlessness. Now start to become aware of the contact of your body with the chair you’re sitting on, with your feet with the ground, or the feel of the clothes on your skin.

 


After a short time, turn your attention to your thoughts. Become an observer of each of them as they emerge into your consciousness; watch them until each one disappears and is replaced with another one.

 


You might start to feel that there are no thoughts in your head. This is another thought for you to simply observe.

 


Become the watcher of this procession of thoughts, this consciousness stream, and marvel at the range of memories, ideas, images, and opinions that come up.

 


With practice at this, almost by working at your doing nothing, you will find that the train of thoughts actually slows down. After some time gaps will appear between thoughts. This is the emptiness that Buddha spoke of, the natural condition of the mind.

 


It takes a while to master this, but it’s a great justification for doing nothing. As the emptiness between thoughts increases you will find that you develop a richer awareness of the world around you and also a great serenity. Next, you will find ideas and solutions begin to pop into your head almost automatically.

 


So the next time that you sit down to do nothing, become aware of this great opportunity—and enjoy every minute of it.



By: Craig Coggle

Visit his blog at: http://21stcenturymonk.net.

The Materialistic Evolution Of Yoga...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Just like everything in life, yoga too is evolving...


     Not just the styles of yoga or the methodology of the teachers, but the clothes and accessories of the teachers and students as well.

 


     I began practicing yoga before I knew it was yoga. Running for many years was my meditation as it was a way for me to break away from the chaos around me and focus on me, my breath, and my mind/body connection. As time evolved, so did my practice. I joined yoga classes at my local gym, tested out some yoga DVDs and eventually went to dedicated yoga studios.

 


     Every form of life evolves, so maybe it’s only natural for yoga to evolve as well, but what about the materialistic side of yoga? What about spending hundreds of dollars to have the latest yoga clothes or the newest and hottest yoga mat? What about having to wear gloves, socks, special headbands, etc. just to be in alignment with your breath and to feel that mind/body connection? Is it all really necessary? Is it truly living yoga as well as practicing yoga?

 


     In essence, could one argue the materialistic evolution of yoga is an oxymoron in and of itself. I’ll be honest, I was intimidated entering some yoga studios because everyone had the best and most expensive yoga clothes and mats that could do circles around my old standby of a mat. I know I’m not alone and in fact, it saddens me a bit to know there are others who will not try yoga for this very reason. Yet, as a community, we continue down this road without realizing we could be isolating so many.

 


     Now, I’m not saying to fore go the latest and greatest, but make sure you are doing it for you. Ensure you are spending the money to please yourself and not other yogis. Hopefully you are getting the accessories not because you feel you need them to fit in, but because you truly feel they enhance your practice. Be positive that you are staying true to why you love yoga and what brought you to yoga in the first place. Make sure you are not only practicing yoga, but embracing its potential outside of the asana practice. Stay true to all aspects of yoga by staying true to your innate self.


     No matter where you are, no matter where life takes you, yoga is there. That’s really the beauty of yoga as it can be practiced wherever you are; whether it’s biking up a hill and igniting your oceanic Ujjayi breath or stuck in your hotel room where you, without a mat, flow through a downward dog pose and a couple warriors.

 


     Yoga should be built on a solid foundation with everything else just “extra.” Just as how my yoga evolution began with meditation evoked through running, your yoga also began somewhere. At the beginning, it was only you, your breath and the mind/body connection that made yoga so special. Always remember your foundation and stay true to the real reason that brought you to your mat in the first place.



By: Aimee Hoefler

Visit her site at: aimeehoefler.com


How To Find Peace Of Mind In Under 500 Words...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on July 20, 2012 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”

~Proverb


     Practice and patience are like inseparable twins that have the capacity to bring us great joy when in harmony—and great angst when they are not.


     Consider the phrase: “Practice and all is coming….”


     I didn’t realize the depth of this statement when I first read it in my Ashtanga yoga manual several years ago.


     Sri K Pattabhi Jois was the Yogi who said it repeatedly to all his students.  And it is perfectly reasonable for one to assume he was referring to the daily practice of yoga.


     But one morning during my writing practice (my daily moving meditation) I realized the true essence of his statement.


     For as long as I can remember I have strived to know peace—that is peace while living in the ‘real’ world and freedom from my cluttered mind.


     We all do, don’t we?  And I’m guessing that we all have some idea, whether through books or people of how we are supposed to achieve this.  Self awareness, detachment, letting go of failure, hurt, pain, being present—the list goes on and on.


     Despite being fundamentally aware of what we need to do, why do we often fail to apply?  Why are we all not at peace?


     At times we might achieve small bouts of contentment—and I believe as we get older we get better at it—but why should this be the case if we know now what we’re supposed to be doing?


     So here’s the realization, in all its simplicity:


     Practice and patience.


     Even peace of mind comes with daily practice and patience.


     Just realizing this will improve our daily state of mind, regardless of how old we are.


     We don’t need to think hard for examples to labor the point.  To become great cooks we have to practice cooking—we have to master the recipes.  Great athletes dedicate their lives to their sport.  Yogis practice postures, singers exercise their voices.  The same is true with what goes on in our heads.


     We have to constantly remind ourselves to let go of the pain, hurt, failure, whatever it might be that is causing distress and cluttering our minds.


     I say identify, resolve and let go constantly.  Repeatedly.  Daily.


     This is what I now do every day and particularly when stress, sadness or frustration comes knocking at my door.


     Let these random thoughts pass and if something needs to be done, do it.  Otherwise, plan when you will get it done and deal with it at that necessary point.  Then let it go.  Let go of the thought and also the result and expectation tied to it.


     Do this with everything that causes you stress and don’t punish yourself when you can’t or struggle to process—patience, remember?


     I know it’s hard, but we can get better over time.


     Practice the art of peace daily and have patience with it—all is coming.



By: Ramaa Sharma.

 


Meditations For The Day...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on July 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 


  God is your inner voice. You do not need a priest, you do not need instructions from anyone about his life.


  But one thing must be done: you must go inside to hear that small, quiet voice.

 

  When she is heard, when you know she can be heard all your life becomes. And then all you do is right.


  Socrates says that knowledge is virtue. And for knowledge he means not the accumulation of information, but insight, knowledge.


  His sentence is tremendously significant. The intuitive knowledge is a virtue because the man who knows intuitively, the man who can hear your deepest intimate, it is certainly virtuous, nor could it be otherwise - is inevitable.


  Once heard that voice, you can not go against it, because nobody would be so foolish - it is unimaginable.


  I'm not giving you an earful, just want to help you to listen to his heart and then follow your heart. This is due, and that's true character, that is the true morality.


  But all this comes from your deepest core, is not something imposed from outside.

 


---Osho

9 Powerful Life Lessons From Studying With A Monk

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on June 20, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

“Doing your best means never stop trying.”
~Unknown

     When I was 18 years old, I suffered from anxiety and stomach problems. A compassionate physician and practicing Buddhist referred me to a Taoist monk who specialized in meditation and martial arts. I ended up healing myself of anxiety and stomach issues by doing meditation, and went on a great journey of self-discovery.

 


Here are 9 lessons I learned while studying with a monk:


1. Keep trying until you get it right.

 


The most important life lesson I learned was trying something three times (maybe even four times) before you stop trying and move on. Also, this monk taught me that, even after multiple tries, you should work on different angles to approach things that are difficult.

 


If you keep trying, you’ll eventually get where you’re going.

 


2. The answer to your question is inside of you.


 

     As part of the original monastery training, a monk didn’t answer direct questions from a student unless it was a well thought-out question. A Chinese proverb says, “Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”


 

     Some forms of Zen Buddhism use a very similar style of training.  An old saying (by Taoist monks) goes like this: “In making a four corner table, the teacher shows the student how to make one corner. It’s the student’s job to figure out how to make the other three.”


 

     They did this because they were preparing a student to deal effectively with problems in the real world.


 

     I traveled to South Korea one time, and I found it fascinating how much you have to rely on your intuition when you don’t speak the native language of a country. I remember one instance, I had trouble explaining to the cab driver where my hotel was, and he didn’t speak English. So I had to get out of the cab and ask several people until I could find someone to tell the cab driver in Korean how to get to my hotel.


 

     In life, whenever we try new things, we have to go into new places with only a small amount of information. The real world doesn’t give us all the answers. The greatest teacher is inside of us

 


3. Real wisdom in life comes from doing something and failing.


 

     Prior to starting meditation, I used to get upset when I’d try something and fail.


 

     I’ve been in sales since I was sixteen. I remember going to work and getting so angry with myself because I didn’t get a sale. If I ever got rejected, I’d get upset with myself, and I’d want to quit my job. But I just keep failing over and over—until I became good at it.


 

     I remember, when I first started doing meditation, I ran into several problems. For example, at first it was difficult to calm down; but if you stick with it, its gets easier and easier. I tried for only a few minutes, and then every day, I added more time onto my meditation.


 

     When we struggle, we learn about ourselves and what we need to do to become stronger.


 

4. When you start to do meditation you recognize the egotistical mind.


 

     Everything in the ego’s world is the result of comparing. I compared myself to other salesmen and would blame myself because I wasn’t making as much money as them.


 

     When I started doing meditation, I began to build separation from this egoistical mind, which is consistently making these comparisons. A lot of us try something and get rejected, so we give up. Even worse, we blame ourselves for a long time and get depressed. When I started to do meditation, I began to identify my ego and was able to build separation from it.


 

     That’s what happens when we meditate: We separate from the part of ourselves that dwells on comparisons, and start learning to live a life that isn’t driven by our egos.


 

5. We must be both compassionate and resilient.


 

     The monk wouldn’t meet with me to train unless I called him a minimum of three times. I hated this part. I used to call and call and he would never answer. But this is how life is. How many times do you have to call or email someone to get something done in the real world? It’s usually several times.


 

     Most of us blame ourselves when we try once to do something and fail. At the time, I hated this part of the training, but now I think it was the most important life lesson.

 


     There’s a Taoist proverb that says, “Cotton on the outside, steel on the inside.”

 


     It reminds us to be compassionate, but not weak.

 


6. Patience is a virtue.


 

     The monk always made me wait—and I dreaded this.

 


     For example, when I got to his house to train, he’d make me wait for a minimum of a half-hour, sometimes longer. We’d go out to dinner on Friday nights and he’d show up at the restaurant an hour late.

 


     He’d tell me to meet him at a particular restaurant at 7:00. I’d get there and find out that he wasn’t there. So I’d usually be sitting in the restaurant by myself fumbling with my phone, acting like I was texting someone, while worrying about what everyone at the restaurant was thinking about me.

 


     Keep in mind, it’s not like I could call him; I don’t think the guy ever turned his cell phone on. Then he’d show up at about 8:15 and act like nothing happened.

 


     His first question was always, “How’s your mother and father?” (Of course in my head I’m thinking, “What do you mean, ‘How’s my mother and father?’ I just waited here for an hour and fifteen minutes.”)

 


     But after a few years of this, it never bothered me; and not only that, it spread to every area of my life. Because of this training, I can honestly say that I very rarely get upset about anything. I never get agitated anymore when I have to wait in a long line or when someone cuts me off on the highway.

 


     Patience is the gift of inner calm.

 


7. Detach from your ego.

 


     At first, it’s hard to sit at a restaurant by yourself. You’re constantly worrying, thinking that people probably think you’re a loser because you’re sitting by yourself. But the reality is, you will never be happy if you care about what people think you!


 

     Prior to starting meditation, I’d get upset over just about anything. Now, nothing really bothers me. Recently, I was in the airport and there was a several hour delay on my flight. I just used that time to do meditation. Ten years ago, I would have become extremely upset. An airplane delay would have ruined my day.


 

     When you let go of your ego needs, it’s easier to accept and even benefit from whatever comes at you.

 


8. In Taoism, they say, “Know thy self, Know your enemy.”

 


It’s the enemy within that causes all of our fears, worries, and insecurities. If you come to terms with this enemy within, it will impact every area of your life. It’s the identification with the “self/ego” that causes all of life’s problems.

 

How many times do we not go for something because of fear? Think about all the fears that we have conjured up in our minds that stop us from being truly happy. If you can conquer the enemy within yourself, you won’t have an enemy outside yourself.


9. Happiness come from within, and also comes from outside.

 


     I learned this from observing the Buddhist Physician I met. He used to do meditation in his office before he would interact with his patients. He was one of the happiest and most compassionate people I’ve ever met.

 


     By creating happiness inside, he was able to increase that emotional state by spreading it to others.

 


     We must cultivate happiness from within, and work to spread it around to everyone we interact with. The monk used say, “Everyone has a purpose or a mission in life.”

 


     We have to find happiness within, and also find our purpose on the outside.




  Robert Piper is a meditation instructor & the creator of monkinthecity.com. He studied with a Taoist monk for 9 ½ years & traveled to Asia & Australia in search of other meditation teachers.  Robert is currently writing a book on meditation to make it more accessible for stress relief, health & happiness.












Benefits Of Meditation...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on November 26, 2011 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)



Meditation is one of the proven alternative therapies ;

It can be broadly classified under the mind-body medicine ...


“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in the Eternal awareness ;

Or Pure consciousness without objectification ...

Knowing without thinking...Merging finitude in Infinity!”

 

- Swami Sivananda

Health Benefits Of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 23, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

   

     Surya Namaskar(Sun Salutation), provides all of the key health benefits of yoga in a very succinct package.  It is a holistic exercise that provides physical health benefits, but also mental or emotional as well as spiritual benefits.

 

     The obvious advantage of Surya Namaskar is the workout it provides for the muscles, but it also benefits joints, ligaments and the skeletal system by improving posture, flexibility and balance.  In addition to these physical benefits,Surya Namaskar practice stimulates and conditions virtually every system in the body. 


     It is good for the heart and stimulates the cardiovascular system.  It oxygenates the blood and helps strengthen the heart.  It is is also beneficial for the digestive system and the nervous system.  It stimulates the lymphatic system and supports respiratory system health, as well.

 

     Practicing Surya Namaskar also benefits the Endocrine system and enables the various endocrinal glands to function properly.  These include the thyroid, parathyroid and pituitary glands as well as the adrenal gland, testes and ovaries.

 

     Like most forms of exercise, Surya Namaskar provides mental benefits to regular practitioners.  You will feel wonderful after performing the Sun Salutation.  It is relaxing and rejuvenating, and tension, stress and anxiety melt away as you perform Surya Namaskar.

 

     Surya Namaskar is an excellent alternative to caffeine and other stimulants. If you suffer from insomnia or sleep disturbances, you will find practicing Surya Namaskar aids in helping you fall asleep without the need for depressants.

 

     With regular practice, Surya Namaskar is an excellent way to manage stress and alleviate depression.  You will expend a tremendous amount of energy as you move through the two sets of poses.  Surya Namaskar teaches you to concentrate, and learning to achieve the poses can often feel incredibly gratifying.


By: Peaceful Soul.