Posted by: everydaymeditation | July 28, 2009

Body Mirror System of Healing part 1

Mind Body HealingThe Body Mirror System of Healing – How It All Works Your Body Is The Mirror Of Your Life Everything begins with your consciousness. Everything that happens in your life, and everything that happens in your body, begins with something happening in your consciousness. Your consciousness is who you are, your experience of Being. You decide what ideas to accept and which to reject. You decide what to think, and you decide what to feel. When these decisions leave you with residual stress, you experience the stress as if in your physical body. We know that stress creates symptoms. The interesting question is, “Which stress creates which symptoms?” When we are able to quantify this process, we are then able to see the body as a map of the person’s consciousness, relating particular symptoms to particular stresses and particular ways of being, in the same way that Type “A” Behavior has been able to be associated with heart disease. Everything Starts In Your Consciousness To understand this map, we must first orient ourselves to the idea that the causes of symptoms are within. While it’s true that germs cause disease and accidents cause injuries, it is also true that this happens in accord with what is happening in the consciousness of the person involved. Germs are everywhere. Why are some people affected and not others? Something different is happening in their consciousness. Why do some patients in hospitals respond better to treatment than others? They have different attitudes. Something different is happening in their consciousness When someone is injured in an “accident,” why is it that a very specific part of the body is affected, and that it is the same part that has had habitual problems? Is that an “accident,” or is there a pattern and an order to the way things happen in our bodies? You Are A Being of Energy Your consciousness, your experience of Being, who you really are, is energy. We can call it “Life Energy” for now. This energy does not just live in your brain; it fills your entire body. Your consciousness is connected to every cell in your body. Through your consciousness, you can communicate with every organ and every tissue, and a number of therapies are based on this communication with the organs which have been affected by some kind of symptom or disorder.From – Body Mirror System of Healing

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Posted by: everydaymeditation | November 11, 2008

You have to know suffering in the smallest detail!- part 2

kidthe moment you stop looking at reality the mind turns to concept. the  more you stay with paramattha the easier it gets.Look at the increasing and decreasing intensity of things, and don’t try to stop their impact, their force.If there is niceness look at that niceness, don’t just have a good time.You shouldn’t try to create any particular feeling. Just know what feeling feels like as it disintegrates and vanishes.the past and the future, they are a trap! No matter how attractive they look. When you go to sleep observe your mind but don’t drift into past and future.When we practise we give our selves a direction and from there we observe what’s happening on the way. And that experience gives rise to wisdom and knowledge about ourselves also.To be able to go through the hard times makes one more skillful and courageous.Don’t think how tiring, boring, difficult, frustrating, competitive things can be (how hard to be mindful is). Because you will exhaust yourself and hinder yourself.ink instead how meaningful it is. ink about the bene-fits that come with the practice.e negative thoughts are hindering, they are Mara, defilements
trying to stop you from trying.Any kind of thought that makes your mind uncomfortable, unhappy, tired, disheartened is definitely a defilement. So always challenge your ideas.

from – Contemplation of the Mind

Posted by: everydaymeditation | November 10, 2008

You have to know suffering in the smallest detail!- part 1

1223Suffering?.. It’s no problem! You have to know suffering in the smallest detail!You can’t learn the Dhamma in luxury because in luxury and comfort you don’t get a chance to go against the defilements and develop parami.We must depend on patience, restraint, renunciation and frugality. When you feel distressed it’s not that the mind is distressed, defilements are distressed.Lobha is not me-mineLustful mind is not me-mine Anger is not me-mine.You don’t ask ‘good attitude or bad attitude’. Just feel, does it feel good, comfortable or uncomfortable and painful; that’s how you know.e mind is one object of awareness; the breath is another and mind object is another. ey are all present in the field of awareness.In meditation you don’t get into a fight and you don’t run away from it.You watch. You don’t blame yourself about what’s happening. Just watch what’s happening.e problem is short and little but we make it very long and carry it around and exaggerate it.You must not look at images and concepts because the more you look at them, the more they grow and expand.

from – Contemplation of the Mind

Posted by: everydaymeditation | November 4, 2008

Meditation is the way

Meditation WayMeditation is the way of knowing the true nature of what is happening in our bodies and our minds as it is. It’s more like observation rather than investigation.ere is a sense of investigation but it must not be clouded by our opinions and judgements.Meditation is to teach the mind to become cultured, refined and flexible. ere is no expectation of the practice on you because you want to see what it presents to you, as it is.In order to realise the Dhamma you will need to see arising and passing away eventually. But as you practice meditation you should have no expectations to see arising and passing away.Everything is actually arising and passing away; so you just watch whatever you see. If you have expectations to see arising and passing away you won’t see arising and passing away.Don’t expect nanas (insight knowledges) or anything. What you need to know is how to meditate the right way. If you do that, all phenomena will show their true nature to you.Do you have greed, anger, expectations, or aversion in that mind that is meditating? Can you see in your mind as you are meditating your own attitudes, your own mindsets, views opinions and ideas in that mind? If you don’t, you are not really practising.If you are practising with the wrong attitude, for example and you are not aware of it in your own mind you won’t be effective in your practice.If you check the mind regularly then it tends to be calm because you are always checking it.ose who practice Cittanupassana see the hidden side of their minds more. ey see the defilements and this is important because only if you see your own defilements you know how to note and deal with the defilements when they arise in the mind. is is very important. When you have no defilements and your practice is going ok that’s not a problem, but if defilement arises what are you going to do?When you come across the hindrances you must know how to handle them, how to note them effectively so that you can get past them because they are obstacles on the path. ey block progress.So to know the mind is very, very important in order to progress. If you only know the wandering mind it is not enough.You have to practice Cittanupassana as well as all other Anupassanas, (Four Foundations of Mindfulness) other wise your practice is not complete . Always remember that when we say ‘noting’ in this practice we mean wordlessly.Labelling in this practice is not used at all.

from – Contemplation of the Mind

Posted by: everydaymeditation | November 1, 2008

Initiation

Initiation‘e watching of the mind by the mind.’With all practices, in all postures: Standing, walking sitting, lying down, eating etc.Watch the mind.Look into the mind, don’t worry about the body so much. With daily activities watch the mind’s reactions to objects. (e outside world and the inside world, so to speak, always react they are in a cause and effect relationship).ere’s no need to walk and move very slowly, just the way you normally walk and move in a relaxed manner will do fine. Adapt to an easy normal pace. If it helps you, slowing down, you can by all means.In sitting meditation stay with that ‘which knows’ everything. Don’t try to go to objects. Let the objects come to you. Try not to react to objects. Whatever arises — greed, aversion, pain, itchiness, metta, likes or dislikes etc. — watch with equanimity, without getting involved, without clinging to it. Stay in the middle path.As the watching mind ‘looks’ directly at the noting mind, passing by objects are seen as if they are being looked by the corner of the eye — not directly —Watch the quality of the mind as it goes to objects. If you see any kind of tension in the mind relax immediately. Tension is excessive energy.You can also start with rising and falling and as the mind goes to things observe the mind not the object. Move with the mind not with the object.So don’t think in terms of ‘what is the object?’ when you sit, but what does the mind know of as its object. Look at that knowing of the mind.Don’t fix your attention on the object of the knowing mind but look at what that mind knows next, as you let the objects come to the mind.e next moment might be a knowing of a sound, the moment after that a knowing of a rising of the abdomen, next moment a knowing of a sensation in the body or mind etc. Follow that trail of ‘knowings’, from moment to moment continuously and in a relaxed manner.e mind that arises and observes the knowing mind is what we call the watching mind.It will all become clear to you once you get familiar with the practice. e knowing mind is also known as noting mind and the watching mind is also known as the observing mind.Both these ‘minds’ are consciousness or citta.Note the mind constantly but silently, without labelling. At all times don’t worry about the body. Try to see the observer, the one who watches that mind. Be mindful at all times, continuously. Don’t fix the mind on anything at all.Let the mind do the job and just watch.Watch that anger, watch that greed, and watch that impatience or confusion. Watch these emotions and mind states, what are they doing, as they are being watched?If you experience pain watch the reaction of the mind to it, don’t worry about the pain at all. (More about pain to come.)Can you see what wisdom is in the mind, or viriya, what is concentration like in the mind or mindfulness?

from – Contemplation of the Mind

Posted by: everydaymeditation | October 4, 2008

Satipatthana

Satipatthana is the most important thing.
It is the way of continuously practising and if you are practising really continuously there is no way you are not going to see the mind. Your sati and samadhi will be so strong that you are going to know that this is the mind; you need a lot more strength of mind to see citta than to observe rupa.
If you want to be very effective you have to practice really hard. The mind you see is very subtle and very fast. You really need to apply your self.
If the mind is really completely relaxed then the body will be relaxed too. If there is some tension in the body it means that the mind is not completely free of tension.
That is why you have to continue to watch what you can watch, that is, the tension in the body.
When the tension in the mind becomes completely zero all this will be very clear to you. (Zero is a balanced level where everything is nice and balanced and makes you feel very awake and light).
So remember, body relaxed, and mind relaxed — but alert!
First you have to ask the yogi to watch his mind or what does he feel in the mind. If he can feel the mind that is fine. So it is not so much to look but feel it and observe it like this.
Pay attention to the feeling rather and not the place (where one imagines the mind to be).
As a teacher you always have to separate the conceived reality from the absolute reality for the student. You always have to remind them that this part is concept, and that part is reality.
Ask the yogis: what is the mind doing now? Everyone can tell you what their mind is doing now. They know what the mind is doing but they can’t observe it. If you know what the mind is doing, you get to learn how to observe the mind. But it’s difficult to explain the whole thing, you have to let them practice, explain, practice, explain and so on.
The other thing is you have to tell them to make the sati-samadhi strong. How you do this? Continuous practice. You practice continuously, moment-to-moment awareness.

From – Buddhist Meditation – Contemplation of the Mind

Posted by: everydaymeditation | September 16, 2008

Prayer Meditation

Most people believe that you must have religious training or attend a church regularly in order to pray. The truth is anyone can pray. You can pray anywhere you like. No one needs to hear you pray except GOD or Jesus, if you believe in them.

Prayer is the best meditation there is. Simply chanting or breathing a certain way might calm you outwardly, but inner peace comes through prayer meditation.

So many people think all praying is like what they have heard. Children saying bless mother, grandmother, etc. Others who say lengthy prayers that seem to be formatted in some special way.

GOD doesn’t listen more to prayers that are said in some sort of format invented by holy men than he does to simple prayers issued by people who are sinners. As a matter of fact, He listens to the prayers of the sinner even more and the angels in heaven rejoice whenever a sinner asks Jesus into his heart.

Jesus didn’t come to earth to gather the righteous, he came to save the sinners. We all sin. None of us are perfect. You do not need to be perfect to use prayer and meditate with GOD. He listens to everyone.

There is always a lot of focus on things to pray for and whether or not GOD will answer your prayers. GOD knows what is in your heart and knows what you need more than you do. Praying for a Ferrari and not getting one does not mean GOD isn’t listening to you or answering your prayers.

Ask for things that will help you achieve the purpose that GOD has for you. Ask GOD to guide you and let you know what that purpose is. Ask GOD for wisdom. Ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you will know the things to ask for.

You do not need to go to a special location to use prayer meditation. You simply need to make time for GOD in your life. Even those of you who go to church need to do this. Not only on Sunday morning, either. Who are you to say how much time you are willing to give GOD, who gave you the time you now have in the first place?

Going to church is a good thing, but setting time aside to pray and meditate alone with GOD is even more important. You can do it at home or anywhere you choose. You can choose a special place that helps you be calm and in a meditative mood.

I like to turn off all the lights and play worship music for awhile. As I listen to the music, I focus on ridding my mind of all things worldly. I attempt to not think about my work, things I need to do, things that bother me, people who irritate me, or anything else that might distract me during meditation.

Once I have achieved that calmness, (you will know), then I begin to pray. I ask GOD to fill me with the Holy Spirit, reaffirm my love and belief in GOD and Jesus Christ, and ask GOD to reveal to me the things I should pray for.

This works. Ask and ye shall receive does not mean you get the Ferrari. It means you can gain the wisdom to know your true purpose on this earth, something that most people, even Christians, do not know.

When you know what GOD wants you to do, then pray and meditate for the things you need to achieve those goals, you will see your prayers answered quickly. You cannot just believe in GOD, you have to believe GOD will provide those things you need.

Believe those prayers will be answered. Meditate and envision those things being given to you, those doors opening for you, that life you want being given to you.

Getting your prayers answered through prayer meditation is the easy part. It is what you do after you receive your gifts from GOD that is difficult. You must openly and proudly give GOD all the glory for the things He has helped you to accomplish.

Give credit where credit is due. We all like to proclaim how smart we are or how good we are and we like people to think that is why we prosper. We want them to think we are special. It is much better for you to let them know that all that you have and all that you achieve is because GOD gave it to you for believing in Him.

However you choose to meditate before GOD, I advise you to start soon. The sooner you start, the sooner you will learn how to talk with GOD and the sooner He can give you all the things He wants you to have.

Remember to do this alone. Remember to rid your mind of all things that are of this world and focus on GOD. Remember that he listens to everyone who will set this time aside in His Name. You will find also that the more glory you give to GOD for all He has done for you, the more He will continue to do for you.

By: Robin Darch

Posted by: everydaymeditation | August 23, 2008

Guided Meditation To Make you Whole

Guided meditation is a form of stress relief that is conducive to relaxing the whole body, in part by finding a way of peaceful and calming relaxation from within the body. Guided meditation may utilize soothing photographs or scenarios to enhance the ability of the mind to relax and guide the body to a point of relaxation so that the person in meditation can find a true sense of inner peace. Quite often, guided meditation will be accompanied by soft music or sounds of nature.

One of the keys to successfully having a session of Guided meditation is finding an area where the one meditating will be free of distractions. Any outside interference will prevent proper concentration and make the attempts at guided meditation futile and perhaps even frustrating, further aggravating the problem seeking to be solved by the very use of guided meditation.

After finding a suitable location for guided meditation, other factors need to be taken into consideration. Some practitioners of guided meditation feel that visual stimuli can be used to help achieve a sense of inner peace and help to achieve true relaxation. Still other practitioners of guided meditation feel that any outside visual simulation will detract from the mind’s ability to properly focus on the body and the results of the guided meditation will be hindered or even reversed.

The same can be said for audio stimulation during sessions of guided meditation. While some individuals believe that soothing sound effects or even quiet music is conducive to the guided meditation, still others believe that it is only a hindrance and will do nothing more than create a harmful atmosphere for the practitioner of such guided meditation.

The basic concept of guided meditation is to relax. This is done by taking oneself on a guided tour of sorts through their own body. In the practice of guided meditation, it is normal to find a focus point in the body and begin there, someplace that is easy to relax. While staying focused on the body and in particular the muscles, the practitioner of guided meditation attempts to relax the muscles of the body. Allowing the body to completely relax allows the practitioner of guided meditation to next completely relax the mind.

When the mind and body are completely relaxed, the person can begin to concentrate on focusing his thoughts and ideas during the guided meditation. When using guided meditation, thoughts are usually thought to be transcendent and more in focus allowing the practitioner to perform better in all aspects of life. Whether or not guided meditation is right for a person is not only dependent on spiritual beliefs. Anyone contemplating the benefits of guided meditation must be seeking to improve themselves as a whole as well.

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Posted by: everydaymeditation | August 22, 2008

Meditate For 20 Minutes Per Day

Meditation or quiet time every single day will do wonders to help alleviate stress. This might be one of the most difficult changes to implement because people generally don’t like quiet and it is difficult in our society to sit quietly doing seemingly nothing to go within. However, it is the most important thing you can do to change your life. Meditation will not only lower your stress but will give you the guidance you need to completely change your life for the better. Whatever you want and need can be achieved through daily meditation.

People think you accomplish through action when in reality you can accomplish much more with regular meditation than you can with action. It’s something like one hour of meditation is worth 7 hours of action. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to do an hour of meditation right off the bat. I recommend 20 minutes to start off with because it’s doable. You can slowly increase the time as you are able to do the 20 minutes everyday comfortably. You can start with a meditation DVD (there are a bunch of them out on the market) or some quiet relaxing music.

If it’s difficult for you to empty your mind then you can pick a phrase or thought to focus on. One common phrase is OM. You can keep repeating OM over and over in your mind. It will get your mind focused on something other than your daily chores. When you get better at meditation, you will be able to clear your mind of thoughts of what is going on in your life and then you will be open to inner guidance to lead you to find solutions to problems you need to solve or ways in which to go in your life.

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Posted by: everydaymeditation | August 18, 2008

Fifteen Tips to Meditate Every Day

Meditation is a practice and one of the primary practices of Buddhism, along with say studying the dharma and generosity. It’s also a major element in a number of other paths as well. Yet setting up a meditation practice can be very challenging. Some in fact see meditation as an act of spiritual will with the implication being that there indeed can be a battle of the wills.

  1. Do it every day. Try to not let one day slip without doing it or there will be others.
  2. Make a list of what meditation will bring you. and a list of what you will miss out on if you don’t meditate. Imagine yourself at the end of your life without having meditated. Make these as powerful as you can. If you feel de-motivated remembering these lists can hold you in the practice.
  3. Identify what you are currently doing that gets in the way of meditation. What habits do you have. Maybe it’s easier to surf the net than to meditate, so we’ll use that as the example. Find a quiet place and try the following exercise. (You may need to repeat the whole exercise two or three times.) In NLP this is called the swoosh pattern:
    1. Create a close-up image of surfing the net.
    2. Create a distant image of yourself meditating. This should be seen as through an outside observer’s eyes.
    3. Swish the two images – rapidly push the stimulus into the distance, and bring the desired response right up to the user’s face. For effect, you can actually make a “swish” sound as the images pop into place.
    4. Allow the images to settle for a minute in their new places.
    5. Clear your mind into a neutral state.
    6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 until any thought of the stimulus leads directly to the response.
  4. Set yourself a time to meditate. An ideal times is first thing in the morning before your day starts. This lets your brain know that it’s your top priority.
  5. Set yourself a place to meditate as well.
  6. Make sure you’re not going to be disturbed. Find a time and place away from distractions.
  7. The Bhagavad Gita observes that meditation is not for those who sleep too little or too much. Make it part of a balanced lifestyle.
  8. Carry meditation into everyday life. Understanding the problem of mindfulness in everday life brings a lot to that concentrated mindfulness we call meditation. They then act to reinforce each other.
  9. Find a meditation practice that suits you. I like Zazen, but you might find something else that you prefer. Spend some time finding it. Experiment with some until you find the one that suits you. Apparently the major reason why 97% of people stop meditating is because they haven’t yet found the one that suits them.
  10. Let the people you live with know what you’re doing and enlist their support if you can. When they ssee how you’re benefiting from it they’ll be even more likely to give their support.
  11. Don’t try and do 45 minutes all at once. Start with even as little as five minutes and gradually work up to 30-45 minutes. Do what you can do without discouraging yourself that it’s too hard. You’ll find yourself after a while naturally wanting to extend the period.
  12. Realise that you may not meditate everyday, especially at the beginning. When you don’t take it easy on yourself and come back to do it again tomorrow.
  13. Make sure your posture supports meditation. Sitting with your back unsupported is a good guiding principle. As is avoiding pain. You don’t want to be uncomfortable, or worse in pain, during your practice. If you’re interested in the Lotus posture, then you might want to try the exercises in
    href=http://membres.lycos.fr/zenmontpellier/Lotus-english.html>How To Grow A Lotus
  14. You might be the kind of person that works better with a group, what Buddhists call a Sangha, that supports you in your practice. If so find a local group in your area.
  15. Be patient with yourself. Meditation takes practice. You will not get it right first time. Or the second time or the third time. In fact meditation is all about practice. This means you can actually look forward to how it will be when you sit down to meditate. You’ll have a whole new set of observations about meditation. You might even say that good meditation is about not getting it right.

Meditation is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. I hope the tips above will help hold you in your practice.

May you awaken and be free.

Mikael Aldridge came to meditation over 20 years ago. Over the past several he’s moved from an esoteric practice towards Zazen, Zen meditation, just sitting.

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