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Advanced Meditation Guide

Advanced Meditation Guide
Basic instructions Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight, the crown of your head ‘pulled upwards’ and your chin turned in a little towards your chest. If you feel any pain in the knees or in the back, sit a little bit higher on a cushion. It is of essential importance that you can relax deeper and deeper, and potentially even fall asleep while sitting. If this is not the case, choose to sit in a chair or to lie down on your back. During the meditation, try to concentrate on the physical, bare, sensations of the breath. Start with 5 minutes twice a day. Intermediate instructions. When you are around the 10 minute mark you probably noticed already the crazy habitual stream of thoughts. The more you meditate, the more you will notice that thoughts are just clouds passing by in the mind space. When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick. The next step is to go deep into the sensations. Advanced Instructions 1. Continue focusing on the breath. 2. 3. Related:  eumihaiMeditationSkills

How to Meditate- Siri Mangalo Ancient Hand Gesture (Mudra) for Receiving Intuitive Guidance digg HJ: Mudras are an ancient series of hand gestures that have metaphysical properties which influence our consciousness through a variety of means. They are tools to help us reach a higher level of conscious awareness and better understand ourselves. If you have the ability to tune into subtle energies and trust your intuition (both of these can be cultivated), it is easy to feel the energetic circuits these mudras create in the mind, body and spirit. Therefore, one can discover their own mudras if they so desire. In fact, a highly advanced kinesiologist friend of mine has done so with an amazing degree of accuracy. I highly recommend combining these mudras with meditation, as this helps us lock in the effects they have on our energetic makeup. - Truth Learning Days Naga Mudra – mudra for unlocking mysteries and finding answers Serpent throughout time and civilizations is associated with esoteric, mystery, death and rejuvenation.

Law of Attraction – Take Control of Your Life Warning: This article will sound like complete bullshit to the conservative mind. If you can go into the reading with an open mind and are willing to try the methods described with the intention of attracting good things to your life, please proceed. However, if you are already swaying towards skepticism, please save this article for a time when you are dying for a change or confident that this method could work for you. This might be the most important and eye-opening article you will read in your entire life so plan accordingly. Thank you Introduction to The Law Of Attraction: Many of you have probably heard of the Law of Attraction, The Secret, visualization, or some of the other popular manifestations of this technique, but most likely do not fully know what it is. Basics: Manifesting your ideal is not as hard as it sounds. 1. Other Tips: - Positive things come to positive people, so practice a good demeanor about life. 1. The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. 2. 3.

How To Maintain That Post-Meditation Glow It’s happened to all of us. You start off your morning with the perfect meditation. Thirty minutes of mindfulness goes by in no time. Two hours later the magic has all but evaporated. Bad traffic, a rude encounter or a stressful assignment has thrown you off course. What happened? This is the challenge with meditation: it’s not a permanent solution. How can you achieve that state of mind without spending all of your waking hours in Lotus? Required materials for this awesomeness 1) A cell phone or alarm clock 2) Self-awareness 3) Will-power Think you’re up for the task? Good. Keep in mind if you half-ass this, you will get half-ass results. 1) Set your timer to go off every 30 or 60 minutes. I use 30 minute intervals in conjunction with the Pomodoro Technique. 2) Each time the alarm goes off, take 2-5 minutes to become completely present. This is harder than it sounds. These constant state corrections will slowly train your mind to stay present at all times.

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer When George Plimpton asked Ernest Hemingway what the best training for an aspiring writer would be in a 1954 interview, Hem replied, “Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult. Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.” Today, writing well is more important than ever. So what can we do to improve our writing short of hanging ourselves? 1. Don’t just plan to write—write. 2. [The] Resistance knows that the longer we noodle around “getting ready,” the more time and opportunity we’ll have to sabotage ourselves. 3. Find your best time of the day for writing and write. 4. Work on a computer that is disconnected from the internet. 5. Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. 6. 7. Hone your outline and then cling to it as a lifeline. 8. 9.

8 Basic Kinds of Meditation Alright, so we all know we should meditate. Regular doctors now recommend meditation to their patients. But how do you do it? And does it matter what kind of meditation you do? There are some basic, fundamental differences among the kinds of meditation that most people practice, and these differences ought to be considered while you’re deciding what is right for you. So here are eight popular kinds of meditation: Vipassana comes from the Buddhist tradition 1. Zazen comes from the Japanese Buddhist tradition 2. TM comes from the Hindu tradition 3. Kundalini Yoga comes from the Hindu tradition 4. Qi gong comes from the Taoist tradition 5. Guided visualization doesn't come from an established tradition 6. Hypnosis produces a trance state 7. Heart-based meditation focuses your attention on your heart and emotions 8. So as this list shows, there are some basic differences between meditative methods.

Cutting Out the Crap 2/3: Negative Emotions (Link to Part 1) Simply put, these are the emotions you should banish from your life. I just picked the five worst emotions I could think of because the list would get quite lengthy otherwise :) Regret ..is feeling bad for something you have done in the past, something you cannot change. Worry ..is like regret but for the future. Indecision What do you want? Hatred I am far from Christian but I agree with this the “Love thy enemy” concept completely. Impatience You’re sitting in traffic, the doctor’s office or maybe your date is running late. So how do you get rid of these? 1) Rationalize — Give yourself some sound logic as to why the emotion is not doing you any good or even harming you. 2) Stop and Smile — Whenever you find yourself feeling that emotion, stop for a moment. 3) Freak Out! Have any other emotions you hate or release techniques you want to share? Click here to read Part 3: Dynamism Vampires Original photo by scott.kerr (is back!)

Why You Meditate For Others At first, every one of us became interested in meditation for purely egoistic reasons. ‘I want to calm my mind’ or ‘I’d like to decrease my stress levels’ or maybe even ’Whoa! I can become enlightened?’ These reasons are not bad in itself, they have undoubtedly inspired many to begin the journey of walking this contemplative path. These ‘non-egoistic’ reasons to meditate could be to increase compassion for others, to be less judgmental in general and to actually be there for others without a conflicting personal agenda. This effect has been long understood, and economists call it ‘Network Effects’. If we look at meditation we can easily argue for the same effects. Freeing oneself from material desires can lead to a whole society transcending superficial values and adopting sustainable wholesome ones. Remember, you’re not only doing it for yourself.

Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You Image from Flickr by Lazurite This is not particularly relevant to the post, but I’m getting an awful lot of comments telling me, often a little snarkily, “it’s ‘THAT’ not ‘WHICH’”. The “don’t use which for restrictive clauses” rule comes (as far as I can tell) from Strunk and White. There was never a period in the history of English when “which” at the beginning of a restrictive relative clause was an error. I thought about putting “that” in the title – but I like the sound of “which” between “secrets” and “writers”. And with that out of the way, enjoy the post! A few years ago, I’d look at published writers and think that they were somehow different from me. They were real writers. But as I’ve taken more and more steps into the writing world, I’ve realised that my perception just doesn’t match up to the reality. I’m going to go through eight secrets. Secret #1: Writing is Hard Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

True Health: How to Tap Into the Healing Abilities of Your Chakras This is a wonderful article detailing how the Chakra system works. It goes very well with the Emotional Guidance Scale Explained and Chakras, Endocrine Glands & Organs: Explained by Ra in the Law of One. Our Chakra system helps us understand how we relate to ourselves and our outer world experiences. - Justin Source - Waking Times The human energetic body, also referred to as the pranic sheath or astral body, is an intricate network of 72,000 nadis that facilitate the movement of prana, the vital energy of the human body. Tapping into the healing abilities of your chakras can be achieved through various means, such as changing your lifestyle and diet, establishing a meditation practice, taking time for personal exploration, and integrating physical practices such as yoga into your daily life. Root Chakra – Muladhara – I am Location: The base of the spine in the tailbone area. Purpose: Keeps you grounded and centered. Mantra: Lam Sacral Chakra – Swadhishtana – I feel Mantra: Vam Mantra: Ram

50 Life Secrets and Tips Memorize something everyday.Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options.Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions.Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content.Develop an endless curiosity about this world.Become an explorer and view the world as your jungle. Read “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chris Prentiss.This book will give you the knowledge and instruction to be happy at all times regardless of the circumstances.

The Simple Secret to Enjoying Meditation Meditation is not easy. Many people read about the benefits of meditating for 20 minutes each day and try to do just that, resulting in discouraging failure. Meditating for 20 minutes the first time is like trying to bench 450lb on your first day at the gym. It’s going to end in frustration and boredom, and will likely taint meditation for a long time. Instead, shoot for just 30 seconds. When your mind does wander, don’t be down on yourself! You’ll work your way to 20 minutes in no time.

The Nonsense Society | Arts, Music, Film, and Literature Community 8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. Mike made a shift about every thirty seconds between all of the above. Do you know a person like this? The Science Behind Concentration In the above account, Mike’s obviously stuck in a routine that many of us may have found ourselves in, yet in the moment we feel it’s almost an impossible routine to get out of. When we constantly multitask to get things done, we’re not multitasking, we’re rapidly shifting our attention. Phase 1: Blood Rush Alert When Mike decides to start writing his History essay, blood rushes to his anterior prefrontal cortex. Phase 2: Find and Execute The alert carries an electrical charge that’s composed of two parts: first, a search query (which is needed to find the correct neurons for executing the task of writing), and second, a command (which tells the appropriate neuron what to do). Phase 3: Disengagement 1. 2. 3. 4.

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