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Meditation

Whether you’ve tried to pursue a meditation practice, and failed to continue it regularly, or you’ve never attempted to sit and meditate for even a moment, the greatest path to developing a practice that works for you is to pursue it in a total sense; an integral way.

The numerous problems of life can be handled with great speed and ease when your body, mind, and energies become meditative.

But, how can we expect to enter into this sublime & blissful state of consciousness when the body won’t sit still for more than a minute (or less), the mind goes about chattering and thinking of ‘this or that’ and the energies become dull and sleepy the moment the eyes close.

You wouldn’t construct a home on a foundation on sand and swamp land. It wouldn’t last long even if you managed to build it up.

Same with meditation.

Your foundation must be sturdy.

There is great pleasure in having a body, a mind, and energies that are in harmony and have been mastered (or at the very least managed well).

Even greater is the pleasures found in deeper, more profound meditative experiences. A spiritual practice that enriches every aspect of your life.

“SADHGURU QUOTE ABOUT YOGIS AND PLEASURE”

A life where…

  • stress melts away
  • anxiety is a thing of the past
  • depression or sorrowful moods have no foundation on which to stand
  • and success in your relationships, your finances, and all areas of your life become more easily acquired.

It sounds like a GRAND promise. (possibly too good to be true)

But, for those who are willing to pursue these treasures of life, and put forth the proper self-effort and commitment that is necessary, the rewards are far and beyond even these small achievements.

{SHARE SOME STORIES VIA VIDEO OF THE EFFECTS IN YOUR LIFE – Calmer, More caring, personal power and self-control, responsibility, unshakablilty, peacefulness, profound and sublime enjoyments in meditation, communion with saints and sages and dieties, and more…)

The Greatest Possibility…

Yoga is the solution to developing these powers and nurturing these innate qualities

Regardless of race, religion, creed, philosophy, or location… Yoga is the solution to Life’s most troubling challenges and struggles, as well as the most profound questions and experiences.

Yoga means Union.

The science of Yoga is all directed towards this ONE goal: Union.

Union with the Divine. The realization of the Self.

And the beauty of this goal is that to get there… to realize… requires that one has developed their life energies, their mind, and their body to such a degree of mastery that life is THE MOST PLEASANT within themselves.

This does not mean that there will be no more challenges, ailments, or troubling situations… Or that your body won’t ache any more, or that you won’t have the occasional sneeze. Those are always possibilities.

But, it is just that you will be able to handle them with expertise, equanimity, poise, inner peacefulness, and wisdom.

The problem is not the problem… The problem is how you perceive the problem.

Develop your perception to be more inclusive and less tangled up in attachments, expectations, and fear, and there is no problem or challenge that can’t be solved with great speed and ease.

Change your perception to this: Every problem comes with a solution. This is a realizaiton that came to me early on. It was a reflection on the duality of nature. Every thing in this existence has an opposite pair, isn’t that true?

Male – female. Good – Bad. Painful – Pleasurable.

So, I reflected thus… If this is so, then it must also mean: Problem – Solution.

From that realization forward, I never felt a victim to problems or challenges. How can you when your realize that not only is there a way to solve this problem, but the way already exists.

You don’t have to “come up with a solution”… You only need to FIND it.

And a calm, collected, unshakable mind seems to find the solutions with least resistance. So it would seem practical to develop this type of mind.

 

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You’re The Architect

what comes before…

You’ve always been the architect of your destiny. Everyone is.

It’s just a question of whether you are consciously designing every aspect of your life, or unconsciously? Most are unconsciously going about their lives.

They constantly affirm their helplessness in the face of adversity, or the unfairness of how things are panning out for them… not knowing that it is the very statements (words) and affirmations (thoughts) that are guiding their life in those directions.

As an Ex. You constantly think, “Every time I talk to this person they ignore me or are disrespectful!” Then every time you talk to that person, this will be the situation you encounter.

We design our situations based on our thoughts – conscious or unconscious of it.

If you wish to have more of something in your life, you must direct your mind to think positively in that direction: “How can I become more persuasive with my words?” “How can I earn the respect of others?” “How might I be the type of person that people listen to whenever I speak?”

Now, those are questions that will guide you towards the outcome you desire.

SIDEBAR: If you want different results, you best be prepared to think different thoughts, say different words, and act in different ways. Ways that might not be within your current personality. If you wish to unlock these possibilities for greatness, you have to be willing to let go of the ways that are not serving you.

This is not something that you can simply read a few books about, or listen to a couple videos on and think you have it all figured out.

But, this is something that must be constantly worked upon in our lives.

Mystery of the Mind

A tool for misery or bliss

In this area, share the Mystery of the Mind…

The mind and it’s vrittis. The mind has no substance of it’s own. Just as the clouds move through the sky, but the sky remains unscratched, unscared, and unstained… So, too, do the thought-waves (vrittis) move through the mind which is boundless and remains ever untouched.

The texture of the thoughts are determined by the quality of your unconscious and conscious mind. More than 99% of the thoughts that arise are unconscious. Going on without your direction or even your involvement.

And in a way, this is a great thing. What a great instrument.

Think about it… You wouldn’t be able to achieve much in this life if you had to constantly keep your attention on all of the organs of the body… making sure the heart pumped blood, the liver cleans the system up, and the digestive system properly digests your afternoon snack.

How many numerous processes go on without your direct attention? It’s a wonderful thing!

It’s only when something has gone wrong that you notice the organs, the tissues, the body. When it’s all going on well, you don’t mind that it does so automatically.

It’s the same with the mind. It’s just that, more often there is negative thoughts, compulsive thoughts, reactive thoughts going on all the time in your head.

It’d be like having indigestion all the time – and some people have that issue too. (because of the compulsive eating and drinking behaviors that got them into the mess and continue to affirm it)

So, there is no issue with the mind and the thoughts.

It’s just that we need to feed it the correct “food.”

If you wish to be sublime and blissed out, you need to feed the mind thoughts, input, and actions that support this particular state of being.

If you wish for the mind to only think in the direction you wish to go, then you need to understand how this great instrument works…

But, most of all, and first of all, you must understand that you are not the mind. You are not the body. And you are certainly not the thoughts that arise and fall.

If we can come to this understanding then, you create a little bit of distance from YOU and the instruments. This is a fundamental teaching in Yoga practice.

To become un-identified with what you are not… and to become re-identified with what you are.

Vedanta goes very deep into this field of understanding. This can be helpful for the intellectual types, who wish to know in great depth what this game is all about…

But, it is not necessary to move towards your ultimate realization – enlightenment.

{VIDEO + “I am not the body… I am not the mind” meditation + 4 Vedantic utterings”}

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Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga

In order to fully understand what “Meditation” is, we need some context. Where did this originate? What does it really mean? <<<<< This Might Go In The First Lesson (front Page) with Videos explaining each and share insights and practices.

 

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