Monday, 21 December 2015

Meditation - The First & The Last Freedom

Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. But many meditation techniques exist. So how do you learn how to meditate?

“In Buddhist tradition, the word ‘meditation’ is equivalent to a word like ‘sports’ in the U.S. It’s a family of activity, not a single thing,” University of Wisconsin neuroscience lab director Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., told The New York Times. And different meditative practices require different mental skills.

It’s extremely difficult for a beginner to sit for hours and think of nothing or have an “empty mind.” But in general, the easiest way to begin meditating is by focusing on the breath — an example of one of the most common approaches to meditation: concentration.

Concentration meditation

A concentrative meditation technique involves focusing on a single point. This could entail watching the breath, repeating a single word or mantra, staring at a candle flame, listening to a repetitive gong or counting beads on a rosary. Since focusing the mind is challenging, a beginner might meditate for only a few minutes and then work up to longer durations.

In this form of meditation, you simply refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Rather than pursuing random thoughts, you simply let them go. Through this process, your ability to concentrate improves.

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation technique encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises.

Through mindfulness meditation, you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns. Over time, you can become more aware of the human tendency to quickly judge experience as “good” or “bad” (“pleasant” or “unpleasant”). With practice, an inner balance develops.

In some schools of meditation, students practice a combination of concentration and mindfulness. Many disciplines call for stillness — to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the teacher.

Other meditation techniques

There are various other meditation techniques. For example, a daily meditation practice among Buddhist monks focuses directly on the cultivation of compassion. This involves envisioning negative events and recasting them in a positive light by transforming them through compassion. There are also moving meditations techniques, such as tai chi, chi kung and walking meditation.

Benefits of meditation

If relaxation is not the goal of meditation, it is often one result of it. Back in the 1970s, Herbert Benson, MD, a researcher at Harvard University Medical School, coined the term the relaxation response after conducting research on people who practiced transcendental meditation. The relaxation response, in Benson’s words, is “an opposite, involuntary response that causes a reduction in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.”

Since then, studies on the relaxation response have documented the following short-term benefits to the nervous system:

1. lower blood pressure
2. improved blood circulation
3. less perspirations
4. lower respiratory rate
5. lower blood cholesterol levels
6. more feelings of well-being
7. deeper relaxation

Contemporary researchers are now exploring whether consistent meditation practice yields long-term benefits, and noting positive effects on brain and immune function among meditators. Yet it is worth repeating that the purpose of meditation is not to achieve benefits. To put it as an Eastern philosopher might say, the goal of meditation is no goal. It is simply to be present.

In Buddhist philosophy, the ultimate benefit of meditation is liberation of the mind from attachment to things it cannot control, such as external circumstances or strong internal emotions. The liberated, or “enlightened,” practitioner no longer needlessly follows desires or clings to experiences, but instead maintains a calmness of mind and sense of inner balance.

How to meditate: Simple meditation for beginners

This meditation exercise is an excellent introduction to meditation techniques.

1. Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.

4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.

5. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage and belly.

6. Make no effort to control your breath; simply focus your attention.

If your mind wanders, simply return your focus back to your breath. Maintain this meditation practice for 2–3 minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods. 

Mindfulness is a quality that's always there. It's an illusion that there's a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing, because you're either mindful or you're not.

At one point I learned transcendental meditation. I was in that state of oneness with creation and it was as if I didn't exist except as a part of everything. Meditation is to dive all the way within, beyond thought, to the source of thought and pure consciousness. It enlarges the container, every time you transcend. When you come out, you come out refreshed, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life my dear Friends.

God Bless !!

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Happiness is a State of Mind

Happiness is the status of our mind in a given condition. Everybody goes through their own struggles. They may vary depending on who you are, or the way you take on life. Some go through silent struggles, kept away from people and often concealed inside of them. But others go through loud struggles, meaning the battles in which the person is fighting can be easily heard by others. No matter how successful a person is, or may seem, they too have had their own battles to fight so that they can reach their happiness.

A tip to winning your battles, no matter what it is, is to cancel out all the negativity around you. In life, there is always going to be people who will try to drag you down and destroy you. It could be because of their own personal struggles and problems, or envy and fear. Just remember to always believe in yourself and stay strong. At times it may be hard but, be good to the people around you. They may not necessarily be good to you back, but i assure you that it will pay off.

Life is not easy and reaching your goals is not either. We as humans tend to put so much unnecessary weight, and stress, and planning on our shoulders. Too much of that can prevent from easily perusing your dreams. I know when i was younger, all i wanted to be was happy. When people ask me what i wanted to be when i grew up, i would answer with 'to be happy'. So always think of what makes you happy or what you enjoy instead of thinking about what you're good at and over planning. Anything can be improved and polished, anything can be learned.

So it's all up to you. To follow you're dreams and reach your goals.

It is like any other human emotion that we undergo yet profoundly influence the human life on the earth.

Ask anybody around you, for what they want to live. The ready answer is "Happiness". But everyone seek the happiness outside. When it is related to the mind activity we can emanate from inside.

Now the million dollars question is when or by which or in what conditions we become "Happy" But it varies with person to person and conditions they live in. It is completely a relative factor that makes us happy. So when conditions influence our Happiness we shall not subject our happiness to conditions or materials. Then we agree that "Happiness is absolutely an inside job."

It is quite obvious that, happiness is largely dependent on the following,

1. Abundance of what we desire physically.

2. Contentment over material possessions psychologically.

3. Accomplishment in a given task.

4. Winning among all the competitors.

5. Successful in a chosen profession or job.

6. Achievement of a life long purpose or dream.

The list goes on, it is never ending. But all these are the outside things that become reasons for our happiness. What they imply? There should be always a reason for us to become Happy. We can be happy without a reason. When we think about God's wonderful creation and innumerable blessings each day and each moment we receive unknowingly from him, more over an invisible light always shows path to our souls when ever we miss our direction,this kind of thinking stimulate our inner peace it would be reflected on our faces. It is more than happiness and it is "Bliss" which is eternal. When this kind of mental status is achieved, there is no need to seek happiness from outside.

We see many live examples as evidences to corroborate that happiness is not linked to material possessions. Despite getting success or achieving something many people are not happy for the only reason that they change their priorities to become happy. Always pursuing or haunting something makes us restless and ultimately it removes what ever the remnants of happiness from our lives.

Take a minute from your busy life to think about the beauty of the God's creation and just have a inner look for while to appreciate what we possess today, it gives immense pleasure. Make yourself oblivious of what will happen tomorrow, be cheerful about today and save this moment to become "Happy" my dear Friends.

God Bless !!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

I Choose Abundance Over Scarcity

Live a Life of Abundance

Everything originates from the Self. This is the life we feel within us. The same life is expressing through all. The Self wants to explore its highest possibilities through man. For this there needs to be a setting, an arrangement.

So what is the setting of this Play Field? What is the arrangement?

This arrangement is a framework of laws called the Laws of Thought which are the cause for all creation, and the Law of Abundance.

The Law of Abundance

The Law of Abundance states that, “There is abundance of everything for everyone”. There is abundance of love, peace, happiness, wealth, health and avenues for expression in your life and everyone’s life. There is a natural flow of money, time, happiness, and harmony in your life and everyone’s life. Nothing less than abundance will do to provide for exploring the highest possibilities.

There is no limit. Abundance is one of the qualities of the Self. It is an inherent part of the functioning of Nature. Nature is inherently positive. There is no lack or scarcity of anything.

If this is so, then reflect on what is it for which there is a feeling of lack. The cause for the feeling of lack is always a core thought, a wrong belief. By any chance are you thinking that you have got less because an other person has more? Such a belief could be created in childhood when some siblings get more and some get less. A notion forms that our money is stuck with the rich. Do not think that Nature is so stingy. It wants to give generously to everyone. There is no lack there. But if you have received less then there is a core thought somewhere within you which says something like, “Money is less. It is hard to come by. Even if it comes, it does not remain.” Somewhere in your thoughts it is embedded that it is difficult to earn money. You have probably heard this in your childhood from your parents. “This is very difficult… this does not work… It is not easy… one has to go through a lot of hardship.” So much has gone into your psyche that it keeps working on you. Now that you want to break this framework, tell yourself this law. “There is enough.” If you feel you have less, it only means that it is stuck on the way. Why? Because you have taken off your ‘happy hat’. This is the hat of assurance that there is enough whenever and where ever you need it. The laws of thought imply that you will see everything in your life according to how your thoughts are. So wear the hat again and what is stuck will be released. It is stuck because of your chanting, that there is less. “My height is less… I am less beautiful… I am not so smart… I lack these qualities… Something is lacking… I am incomplete…” This thinking arises because of the core thought where one thinks of oneself to be the body. So imagine the feeling generated when even a single hair turns grey. “My God! Am I getting old?… Now my body will deteriorate… these ailments will begin… I will soon die…” The cycle of thoughts begins.

To a women who is childless and wants a child, there is no other topic for her in her life. “Till this happens, I am incomplete… I am inferior…” She remains in this feeling of lack. Her happy hat has come off a long time ago. But there is no need for this feeling. Be in the feeling that everything is available in abundance. Now when such a woman adopts a child, the feeling of lack has now gone. It has been seen in many cases that now this woman bears a child of her own as well. It appears like a medical miracle. But it was actually her own feeling of lack that got released.

The Source of Abundance

The missing link in the practice of Law of Abundance is that, “Things flow into your life according to the feeling you are in”. Happiness is at the source of abundance. The happier you are, the more abundance flows into your life. Be connected to this happiness simply through acceptance, gratitude, meditation and spiritual understanding. No external cause is required. Wear the magical hat of happiness to bring forth abundance. The “happy hat” makes you a magnet. Otherwise you are like bronze. Bronze here is a metaphor standing for a lifeless statue that does not attract anything. Become a relaxed magnet. Release your restrictive thought pattern. Let it go. Remind yourself that there is enough and remember to keep your “happy hat ” intact my dear Friends.

God Bless !!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

सुख और दुख की परिभाषा

ऐ "सुख" तू कहाँ मिलता है..
क्या तेरा कोई स्थायी पता है..

क्यों बन बैठा है अन्जाना..
आखिर क्या है तेरा ठिकाना..

कहाँ कहाँ नहीं ढूंढा तुझको..
पर तू ना कहीं मिला मुझको..

ढूँढा ऊँचे मकानों में..
बड़ी बड़ी दुकानों में..

स्वादिष्ट पकवानों  में..
चोटी के धनवानों में..

वो भी तुझको ढूंढ  रहे थे..
बल्कि मुझको ही पूछ रहे थे..

क्या आपको कुछ पता है..
ये सुख आखिर कहाँ रहता है?

मेरे पास तो "दुःख" का पता था..
जो सुबह शाम अक्सर मिलता था..

परेशान होके रपट लिखवाई..
पर ये कोशिश भी काम न आई..

उम्र अब ढलान पे है..
हौसले थकान पे है..

हाँ उसकी तस्वीर है मेरे पास..
अब भी बची हुई है आस..

मैं भी हार नही मानूंगा..
सुख के रहस्य को जानूंगा..

बचपन में मिला करता था..
मेरे साथ रहा करता था..

पर जबसे मैं बड़ा हो गया..
मेरा सुख मुझसे जुदा हो गया..

मैं फिर भी नही हुआ हताश..
जारी रखी उसकी तलाश..

एक दिन जब आवाज ये आई..
क्या मुझको ढूंढ रहा है भाई..

मैं  तेरे  अन्दर   छुपा   हुआ    हूँ..
तेरे  ही   घर  में  बसा   हुआ  हूँ..

मेरा नही है कुछ भी "मोल"..
सिक्कों में मुझको ना तोल..

मैं बच्चों की मुस्कानों  में हूँ..
हारमोनियम की तानों में हूँ..

पत्नी  के साथ चाय  पीने में..
"परिवार" के संग जीने में..

माँ बाप के आशीर्वाद में..
रसोई घर के पकवानो में..

बच्चों की सफलता में हूँ..
माँ की निश्छल ममता में हूँ..

हर पल तेरे संग रहता हूँ..
और अक्सर तुझसे कहता  हूँ..

मैं तो हूँ बस एक  "अहसास"..
बंद  कर दे तु मेरी तलाश..

जो मिला उसी में कर "संतोष"..
आज को जी ले, कल की न सोच..

कल के लिए आज को ना खोना..

मेरे लिए कभी दुखी ना होना..
मेरे लिए कभी दुखी ना होना..