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From Wired How-To Wiki Photo by Renee Barron/ Flickr /CC Meditation isn't just something for yogis or crystal-collecting New Age fanatics. It's also for overworked, gadget-loving geeks who need a little bit of downtime in their busy schedules.
Meditation needs absolute quiet, a silence so deep that nothing stirs within you. Once you understand exactly what meditation means, it is not difficult to attain it. It is our birthright; we are absolutely capable of having it. But you cannot have both: the mind and meditation.
Editor’s Note: This is a contribution by Erin Lanahan “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” -Lao Tzu In my quest for personal development, I’ve done a ton of processing, meditating, reading, praying, exercising, eating well, and helping other people. All of these things are amazing, and I still do them regularly, but none of it matters if I don’t guard my thoughts as though my life depends on it.
10 Signs Of A Spiritual Awakening Welcoming Transformation Within Yourself By Desiree Lanz Sooner or later, we all get the feeling. We become particularly pensive, or look back and think, was that really me ten years ago, three years, or even a month ago? Could I have changed that much?
“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” - Henry David Thoreau If you’re trying to simplify your life, it’s best to follow the four simple steps I’ve outlined before — it’s just the simplest method. But sometimes life gets in the way, and you need a workaround, some way to get past your usual obstacles and to trick yourself into keeping things simple. I use these “hacks” myself (in this case, “hacks” refers to workarounds or tricks to reach your goal), and I’ve found them to be effective in many cases. Please note that you might have read some of these once or twice (or thrice) on this blog before, but I thought it would be a useful resource to gather them all into one post.
I spent the day before the ordination at the temple dressed in white clothes. My room didn't have any mosquito nets or furniture so I had to sleep on a thin rice mat. As a monk you really part with comfort. The monastery was located in a small fishing village some 300 km south of Bangkok.
By Leo Babauta Be still. Just for a moment. Listen to the world around you. Feel your breath coming in and going out. Listen to your thoughts.
C onsciousness is not a fixed energy or quantity. Consciousness varies greatly from person to person, some people being much more aware, alert, wise, causal, loving, and happy (the Essence Energies ) in life than others. Consciousness of Self (and therefore, consciousness of Essence) also varies in the same person in the normal daily cycle of sleeping and waking. They also vary according to how much vital energy we have used and wasted in thinking and emoting and resisting life.
First of all some people do not understand what insight meditation is, we have all heard about mindfulness of breathing meditation and compassion meditation. There are so many forms of meditation it would take up half this article to list the names. But insight meditation is actually one of the easiest forms of meditations that you can do. This is a great meditation to teach to beginners or for anyone just starting out to use. It’s so simple because all you do is meditate in silence concentrating on nothing but your breathing. When you notice a sensation such as a sound, a tingling in your foot or if your leg falls asleep you focus on that.