Meditation and "Drugs" It's a not-so-dirty little secret that most of today's leading meditation teachers were interested in drugs. By "drugs," of course, I don't mean alcohol or Oxycontin, but rather that subset of chemicals which our society has deemed unfit for human consumption, including cannabis, psilocybin, MDMA, and others. Many of today's leading Buddhist teachers, for example, credit their first taste of altered mind states not to samadhi but to LSD or mushrooms, and almost every spiritual teacher I know (and I know a bunch) smoked pot. So what's the connection? 1. The first and simplest answer is that both drugs and meditation are pleasurable -- and a specific kind of pleasure, namely pleasures of the mind. I remember, when I had just started meditating, it was like I had received the answer key to a hundred spiritual questions. And, of course, meditation offers these benefits without the side effects of chemicals, and with longer duration. The type of pleasure is similar as well. 2. 3.
Sun Yoga Practices for Spiritual Development When we hear the word "yoga," we imagine a yogi twisting his body into a pretzel or performing special breathing exercises. This is hatha yoga or physical yoga. "Yoga" means union. The goal of every type of yoga is union with God, the Solar Presence. Hatha yoga tries to reach this union through the body, karma yoga through service, kriya yoga through light and colors. Jnana yoga attempts to unite us to god through study, reflection and intellectual activity. Sun yoga is still practiced as a daily ritual called Surya Namaskar by Hindus and Jains although its significance and correct procedure has been lost. The second person was the maverick archeologist, Gene Savoy, who discovered several lost cities of South America, read the records of the ancient solar science and rediscovered its principles and techniques. The third person is sun yogi Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) who in 1992 began to teach simple, safe and enjoyable techniques of sun yoga such as sun gazing* and sun-charged water.
100 Benefits of Meditation Did you know that people who meditate for a short time each day are much happier than people who don't? Meditators are much healthier with greatly extended life spans, too. As a matter of fact, their health is so much better that a number of insurance companies have reduced premiums for people who meditate. Did you know that experienced meditators have developed many latent abilities that they never knew they had, abilities that exist within every person? And they have gotten much closer to answering life's mysterious questions? They are much smarter, too. Were you aware that meditators produce immensely more pleasurable brain chemicals, the same chemicals that flow through your system on the days when you feel very good, and these pleasurable brain chemicals are produced constantly? Did you know that they also sleep much better? Also, meditators have far superior mental and emotional health. 1- It lowers oxygen consumption. 2- It decreases respiratory rate. 4- Increases exercise tolerance.
Meryl Davids Landau: 6 Tips For When Meditation Gets Rocky Here's what happened when I went to meditate the other day: The phone rang as I was about to start. I figured I hadn't even closed my eyes yet, so I answered. After finally extricating myself from the call, I had to search high and low for my lighter to get my candle glowing. Then I sat down and momentarily entered the stillness, only to be jarred by a honking car outside. Roughly five minutes in, I realized I had to go to the bathroom in the worst way. Alas, this was not an uncommon session -- and it was an occasion when I actually got around to putting butt to cushion, which I freely admit isn't every day. But most people -- myself among them -- find meditating a challenge. Yet, from studying with meditation teachers and muddling through my own sitting practice for years now, I've come to realize her comment stems from a misunderstanding of what meditation is, and what it isn't. Loading Slideshow
Eight weeks to a better brain Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reported the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. Subscribe to the Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails with the latest Harvard news.
5 Ways Mindfulness Changed My Life | Inspiration and Encouragement for Mindful Living Hi Gorgeous Soul! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to the email newsletter to receive exclusive updates that uplift and inspire. Thanks for visiting! It’s incredible to me how mindfulness has changed my life. When we understand on a very real level that everything we focus on we are bringing into our lives, we begin to see that there are fewer and fewer things that really deserve that kind of power. This is incredibly liberating and powerfully creative. As a result of the laser-like focus of mindfulness, I’ve learned the following life-altering things: 1. 2. It’s also a joy now to hear about new things that others are doing, and to be excited for them. 3. In asking myself, over and over, in so many beautifully present moments, “What do I love now? Should I feel guilty that I’m not: training for a marathon, writing the next great novel, learning Chinese and travelling constantly? 4. Now, it’s obvious to me that being a size 0 is not on my priority list, and that’s perfect. 5.
How to Meditate: What you didn't know about Empty Mind Techniques and your bliss Sow a thought and you reap an act; Sow an act and you reap a habit; Sow a habit and you reap a character; Sow a character and you reap a destiny. Empty mind meditation is one of the most popular and yet misunderstood types of meditation. I love it because it trains you to still (or control, depending on what you want) your thoughts and emotions. Why should this matter? Your very destiny begins in your thoughts. Your very happiness begins in your emotions – combined with your thoughts, they take you up to heaven or down to hell. Empty mind meditation is also a neutral form – it is free of all the different teachings and belief systems, so everyone can practice it without getting sucked into something they might not want to. I’ve been asked a few times about my favourite meditations, so I’ll describe it here, with a few personal variations. If you’re an experienced meditator, you can skip the next few sections and get straight to the goods. Benefits of empty mind meditation When and where
beginning to see by sujata pen-art by julio lynch this book is dedicated to the 9 to 5ers and everybody else a collection of epigrams about the problem of living and the freedom to be gained through meditation much sufferingcomes into thelife of one whotries to be anywherebut herein this presentmoment are you content with where you are right now? because "right nows" are all you have there is nothingin this life that we canhave for very long things and peoplecome ... then leave us ... an immense amount of fear is created if we spend our lives dodging pain an immense amount of fear is created if we spend our lives dodging pain an immense amount of fear is created if we spend our lives dodging pain the world continually demands that we direct our attention outside ourselves meditation teaches us to revolt and turn that awareness toward our insides ... painful feelings * in the mind indicate wrong attitudes about lifemeditation can show us what we're doing wrong we live our lives fearfully yaw cificeps ego
Metta Bhavana Meditation The development of loving-kindness. Introduction. This is a Buddhist meditation practise, illustrating the importance placed on the development of compassion in Mahayana Buddhism. The Meditation. Choose a Posture you feel comfortable with. If there is stress or tightness in any part of your body then just let that stress or tightness 'fall away'. When you're ready concentrate on the breath. If your mind wanders off in any direction, gently bring yourself back to an awareness of each breath you take. Now shift your attention to the body as a whole, focussing on any emotions that you may be experiencing within yourself just now. The 'tranformation' or 'education' of the emotions is an important part of the mettta bhavana practise, so always come back to focus on the emotional aspect of yourself when you find yourself going off in some other direction, but don't forget that all parts are related. The second stage is about cultivating metta towards a friend. This well-wishing is metta.