Meditation Is Not Evasion


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Meditation is not evasion.
It is a serene encounter with reality.
by Thich Nhat Hanh 

 Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content. Meditation can also be an end in itself for those who seek to distress themselves and live a peaceful life of balance and harmony. Why you chose to meditate is up to you but since its benefits are manifold it is suggested worldwide and by anyone who has even tried it once. Change your life today, by simply meditating for 10 minutes every day. Do nothing, just sit in silence and lose all thoughts....love n light

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Courage Is In Your Heart

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To have courage is to have the mental and moral strength to listen to our heart. 
It takes courage to do what is morally right.
Native people were told by the Elders to be proud of who they were 
and never to deny the way of life the Great Spirit gave them. 
It is with courage that we reclaim our rightful place in the circle of life 
and the right to honor the Great Spirit and pray for all people.
Ya-Native

Just dance...



You will never find a better Dance Partner then your own Spirit..

Feel the rhythm, hear the beat 
Love the music 
now move your feet...

The Hopi Concept of Time





  The Hopi’s universe has only two great temporal forms: the manifest and the manifesting (or not yet manifest). Manifest is everything which we perceive with the senses; it is objective and past. The manifesting is purely subjective and is a content of our heart. It is simultaneously present in the “Heart of Nature,” in the “powerful something” (a’ne himu) or Spirit of Breath (hi’wsn); it embraces everything of the future. The razor’s edge situation between the subjective and its having become objective is what we would call the present. But the Hopi circumscribe it by indicating either that the causation of something has stopped or by an inceptive suffix telling us that the end situation is beginning to manifest. The Hopi verb tunátya means “think,” “wish,” and “cause”; it is the word for what is subjective and not yet manifest.



 The past, on the contrary, is manifest and perceptible until, in its most remote forms, it re-disappears into the realm of the Origins, into the time and place of myths. There it becomes again “subjective” because it is only known to our consciousness after having come to visible forms in the world. It is as if from the original divine “Heart of Nature” a stream of events would flow out, becoming manifest and thus already past, while ever-new events still press forward from the realm of the subjective into actual manifestation. The remote past is, as I said, again “subjective” because no longer perceptible. One is reminded there of the Aljira of the Australian aborigines, who know a mythical Dreamtime (Aljira) where the great mythical figures walked about and created the world and from which the souls of the children still come and to which the souls of the dying return. It is the sphere from which dreams come. This is just another instance of the relative timelessness of what we would now call the collective unconscious.

Meditation Tips

Relax..............
Take it eeeeaaaassssssyyyyy...................
That's it now notice your breathing
Notice air flowing in deeply 
As you pause then notice air leaving your body and return
Notice the area of your heart, heartbeat
And again notice your breathe  

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You have just done a mini meditation by focusing inward and directing your thoughts and you can of course do it for as long as you like. Congratulations and notice how easy it can be and trust that it gets even easier with practice

When to do it? 
Anytime that's convenient and safe.
First thing when waking, absolutely and preferably before your eyes open and thoughts start
With your first cup of coffee  (a mindful cup meditation)
Shower time, breakfast, lunchtime, on a walk ...
Stop light meditation, sure and at work? yes especially when you may feel stressed or pressured ;)


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How do you do meditation?

For a regular meditation, you may just sit comfortably but the positions of sitting developed and used by monks, helps your body to stay in one position comfortably. One I use is to sit with legs crossed on the ground or on a thin pad and you may use a small cushion under you. Tuck your feet into the fold of each other legs, one below and one above. This takes the weight of your body off the feet and all helps to keep your back straight as you sit. There are other variations and choices if you look on wiki or google "how to sit in meditation". You can also sit comfortably in a chair or laying down but if you fall asleep (which is ok) then next time you may want to try a seated position. Rest your hands on your lap if you like, with palms up and one on top of the other or whatever comforts you without any effort.

Meditation does not require that you select something to "distract" you from your thoughts but you can use music (I prefer soft music with no singing), a mantra (chanting "om", "aum" or "amen" as has been done for perhaps 1000's of years and is said to be the resonance or frequency of the Universe, Cosmos or Spirit) You can use a candle light or a long video of flowing water (or long video of a candle burning) or the number "1" to focus on as many do, a prayer or whatever you choose or choose nothing at all. Binaural Beats are another tool used in meditation and built into music as in this site where free and free to listen songs and albums are available.

 A favorite method of mine is the 3 2 1 method from The Silva Method  "breathe in deeply and picture the number 3 as you exhale 3 times (in one breath/exhale 3..... 3..... 3.....), then another deep breath and picture the number 2 as you exhale 3 times (2...2...2), and again breathe in and out and picture the number 1 for 3 times as you exhale (1...1...1). With this you are falling deeper into the inner silence and you can also from there count backwards from 10 to 1 by viewing the numbers (not naming them) and knowing you are going even deeper and deeper with every number...

Or to put it simply,  begin your own mindful meditation practice. Find a quiet place, then focus your mind on the present moment. Don't think of other things, but sit in silence, eyes closed. Begin with ten minutes and meditate daily. Be aware of your thoughts, but be willing to release them and stop thinking about or focusing on them.

Keep your focus and be intent on practicing and you can accomplish anything.


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More practice can be throughout your day and just being the observer of your thoughts when you can helps you gain life changing control. No judgement when you do but often catching yourself going over issues of the past in your head or fantasy or whatever instead of noticing the finer things all around you, you decide. Smiles, butterflies, someone made fresh coffee in the office, the birds are chirping a soft melody. The natural ringing in your ears (which is said to be the music of Mother Earth and is the same frequency as Gaia or Earth)  

A technique I use is listening to every noise I can instead of labeling and blocking out much as we generally do. Also walking through nature doing this and noticing, but not labeling everything that you see also, is a good and refreshing method of mindfulness.

There will be more tips coming soon.

I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful day.

Chris

QI: THE VITAL FORCE IN THE BALANCE OF LIFE


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The concept of Qi has a long theoretical and practical history in traditional Chinese culture. Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) is considered to be the vital energy that circulates around the body (and throughout nature). The concept is a key principle in Chinese traditional medicine where the cultivation and circulation of Qi through appropriate exercise is responsible for maintaining and improving the health of the mind and body. 

Conversely, deficiencies or blockages in Qi flow result in imbalances that are the root causes of all sorts of disease and ailments. For many centuries, Chinese medicine has been mainly directed towards the ultimate goal of maintaining Qi balance in the body through certain exercises known as Qigong, acupuncture & acupressure massage and medicine concoctions from natural herbs and roots.


Outside Chinese culture, other traditions have recognised and integrated the idea of vital force – such as ‘Prana’ in Hindu traditions, ‘Lung’ in Tibetan Buddhism and ‘Mana’ in Hawaiian culture amongst others.  The flow of Qi in the body has been extensively mapped  through various channels and meridians along the body. These points and meridians are also the basis of acupuncture and acupressure massage therapy.

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Ancient Medicine & The Limits of Western Science  

Although alternative medicine has been slowly integrated in the West (even in national health structures), the concept of Qi remains somehow alien and difficult to be integrated with the current models of medical Science. This does not mean that our two hundred year old modern Science has debunked the millennia old notion of Qi, but rather that it cannot be easily accommodated within its structures and logic. 

Science is top-down analytic, that is, it explains phenomena according to their underlying measurable and observable chain of cause and effect. Chinese medicine, on the other hand is bottom-up and holistic, meaning that it explains observable phenomena according to imperceptible higher-order principles governing nature such as Qi.  Despite the differences between modern Science and ancient medicine,  I am a strong believer that Scientific knowledge is still young, provisional and always expanding its horizons. It is quite possible for western medicine to also integrate the idea of Qi in its theory.

For instance studies have very clearly shown the indisputable benefits of Qigong and Tai Qi exercises, acupuncture and acupressure yet Scientific methodology cannot translate the idea of Qi because it is immeasurable (for now perhaps).

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The Healing Power of Qi 

So what does Qi do? or else, what are the benefits of maintaining good Qi in the body?
The main practice of maintaining and cultivating Qi is the ancient practice of Qigong and/or Tai Qi. Wake up early in any city in China and have a stroll in the parks. You will see large groups of people from young to ninety year olds practising Qi Gong or Tai Qi in unison or individually. According to millions of practitioners of Qigong or Tai Qi, the benefits are all encompassing – from a relaxed and focused mind to organ health, immunity to diseases, good blood circulation, healthy digestion and joint strength amongst others.

For example a large-scale study carried out by the University of North Carolina found that Qi Gong practice is highly effective in easing pain and reducing stiffness in Arthritis patients. Another study published in the journal of American Geriatrics Society (April 2007), shows how regular Qi Gong practice enhances white blood cell production, revitalises the bone marrow and increases the number of T-cells in the Thymus gland thus boosting the immune system. There is a large number of other studies which continue to corroborate the benefits of Qi Gong in relation to health.

The practice of Qi Gong has been developed and refined over centuries by physicians who discovered that certain movements or exercises increase Qi circulation around the body and the internal organs. Some of these movements have been mirrored on movements in nature, primarily certain animals. This is very much in line with the Daoist philosophy which holds following nature’s cycles and rhythms as one of its core principles.
              
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Start Moving with the Energy
There are many resources available for learning Qi Gong online. I found the exercises by Qi Gong Master Lee Holden particularly helpful and simple to integrate in my morning routine. I have been practising these simple exercises every morning and throughout the day for some time now and I feel it has greatly improved my overall health and wellbeing (Incidentally I never got sick since started practising). Holden’s training program is extremely accessible to everyone. It doesn’t require time or effort to learn – you just learn the first easy movements and you’re off.

You can of course also attend some local classes if these are available in your area or if Qi Gong is not available perhaps even learn some forms of Tai Qi (Tai Chi) which is also another Chinese practice aimed at improving the Qi flow in the body…but whatever your disposition is, it is highly recommended to spend some time trying it out.

This article was used with permission from the author, Gilbert Ross. 
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or read his book "The Art of Simple Living"