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How to Meditate

How to Meditate
Note: These instructions are drawn from the vipassana traditions of Mahasi Sayadaw and Chao Khun Bhavanapirama Thera. It is assumed the reader is familiar with the article, What is Vipassana? Contents This article offers step-by-step instructions for nine insight meditation exercises, as well as a detailed explanation of mindful eating, hints on dealing with problems such as wandering mind, sleepiness, disturbing mental images, unpleasant emotions, and more. The following exercises are not necessarily listed in order of difficulty. To start, choose one or two exercises and practice them daily. If there's something you don't understand at first, please don't let that daunt you. Although these Buddhist meditation exercises come from the traditions of the Burmese teacher Mahasi Sayadaw and the Thai teacher Chao Khun Bhavanapirama Thera, you don't have to be a Buddhist to practice them. [Note: This information is not meant to substitute for the guidance of a qualified instructor. Clothing Pain Related:  Inner Search

100 Ways To Become More Conscious: How To Raise Your Consciousness 1. Connect with nature – Go for a walk in the forest, jungle, field of daisies, or wherever you feel like getting a connection with nature. It is possible to feel at deep sense of peace and oneness when you attempt to connect with nature. As you learn to connect and appreciate nature, you allow your consciousness to rise up. 2. – Exercise and dancing will raise your consciousness by promoting healthy brainwave patterns, healthy neurotransmitter levels, and great circulation throughout your nervous system. 3. - Whether you are an advanced meditator or a beginner, the benefits are tremendous and will allow you to tap into your highest state of conscious functioning if you stick around long enough. 4. - Find only friends that align with who you are, your beliefs, and your values – they will make you more conscious. 5. – If you have the intention to raise your consciousness and state of awareness, you are on the right track. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. - There are many ways to become more intelligent.

What is Vipassana? Contents What is Vipassana or Insight Meditation?The Two Kinds of Meditation: Mindfulness and ConcentrationWhat is Mindfulness? / The Country of NowLetting Go of Memory and NamesConventional Truth vs. Ultimate RealityNama and Rupa / The Absence of "I" / Objects / PersistenceSoap BubblesThe Four Foundations of Mindfulness / The Rate of RealityThe Juggler / The Five SensesSeparate YourselfStop the WheelDigging Out the Root What is Vipassana or Insight Meditation? Vipassana (insight meditation) is the ultimate expression of Socrates' dictum, "know thyself." Vipassana meditation is a rational method for purifying the mind of the mental factors that cause distress and pain. Vipassana is an insight that cuts through conventional perception to perceive mind and matter as they actually are: impermanent, unsatisfactory, and impersonal. Insight meditation is concerned with the present moment— with staying in the now to the most extreme degree possible. The word "vipassana" has two parts. No. No.

The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch I’ll admit it—my workday lunches can get pretty boring. I always think I’m going to finally make use of all those delicious recipes I’ve been pinning away, but then nighttime rolls around and I’m too busy watching really important things like The Bachelorette and Vampire Diaries. And then morning comes, and I’m running around like a headless chicken and I’m lucky if I remember my keys and bus pass on the way out the door, let alone find time to throw a tasty lunch together. But with a teensy amount of planning, delicious lunches can be just a few easy steps away. Why mason jars, you might ask? There really are only two rules to the mason jar salad: Start with the dressing or sauce, and end with the lettuce and herbs. The best part is you can make five salads at a time, and they’ll stay fresh for the whole week—just grab and go on your way out the door! To get you going, check out three of my favorite recipes, ingredients listed in layering order. Caprese Pasta Salad 1 cup cherry tomatoes

The Ultimate Weight Loss Guide This is it, folks. This is the first, last and only weight loss article you will EVER need to read. Only, this is much more than an article. This, my friends, is a guide. And no, I'm not exaggerating. Everything you need in order to lose weight is here. Table Of Contents Since this could very well be the world's most comprehensive guide to weight loss, I figured a table of contents would be useful. How To Lose Weight It would only make sense to start this off with the one fact that is the basis for nearly all weight loss related information. The One Fact Your body requires a certain number of calories per day in order to maintain your current weight. As you already know, we supply our bodies with these calories through eating and drinking. However, if you do consume more calories than this maintenance level, your body will store the excess calories as fat. Basically, consume the same number of calories that your body needs/burns each day and you maintain your weight. What should you do?

Learn How to Astral Project. Techniques for Beginners Are you aware of a compelling phenomenon called astral projection? Would you like to experience travel in another realm? Are you ready to have an out of body experience? If you’ve heard about astral projection, but aren’t quite sure what it entails, you need to learn more about this intriguing possibility. People have been astral projecting throughout history. Do you want to embark on journey through the universe? Sign up for Steve G. Tips for the First-Time Astral Traveler If you’ve taken the time to do some research into the art of astral projection, you’re getting closer to readying yourself to have your first out of body experience. You are not alone. Your First Journey through the Astral World Astral travel for beginners can be an exciting and breathtaking cosmic frontier. Before you take this journey, you must realize that you can’t hold any expectations for your first time in the astral realm. If you’d like to experience astral projection for the first time, find out more today!

Beginning Insight Meditation And Other Essays by Dorothy Figen Beginning Insight Meditation For the beginning meditator I believe it would be helpful to establish an order in the various steps taken in meditation. First, then, it would be wise to establish a place of quiet to which one may retire daily and not be interrupted in his endeavors. Then wash carefully face, hands and feet. As Sujata states in his little book Beginning to See, "Meditation is the best thing you can do for yourself." Why meditate? You are seated now, cross-legged on the floor, in a quiet chamber. The first stages of meditation should be simply observation of breath. The idea is to "empty the mind," to get rid of all "garbage," all fleeting and intruding thoughts. Just allow the mind to feel the "touch" of breath as it flows in and flows out. I keep a candle burning in the meditation chamber. But you, now, are still in your beginning stages. Other hindrances will obtrude themselves. A Personal Observation Is Buddhism a Religion?

Citrus Chicken with Spring Vegetables This is a first for me to "re-post" a recipe. I have been craving a little sunshine in my life. About this time of the year I'm so ready for winter to be over. I want to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and to lighten my meals. The good news is that each serving is less than 300 calories. It has been snowing in Utah for several hours now. I think I'm ready for spring. This recipe is NOT hard, just a bit time consuming with several steps. In the above picture you will see all of the ingredients for the first step of the recipe. Chop the onion, carrots, orange, lemon, celery and garlic. Salt and pepper the chicken breasts. Heat two tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy saute pan or dutch oven. Add the chicken breasts to the heated olive oil. Turn the chicken over and brown the other side. Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a plate. Remember these ingredients? Give them a good stir. Notice how everything has cooked down a bit. The mixture will look like this. Back to the chicken.

Burpees Exercise: Lose The Fat In One Simple Move That was the drill every morning in middle school. I hated it. I know everyone in my physical education class hated it, but we did not have an option. All we wanted to do was play basketball, softball or flag football, but not this. At the time I did not understand just how valuable an exercise this was. Build Athleticism Using A Simple Exercise In order to becoming athletic or simply get fit it takes doing a lot of cardio or lifting weights- or so we are told. Bodyweight workouts are often not even mentioned in gyms and are rarely talked about in fitness magazines. Burpees Exercises- A Full Body Exercise To Lose Fat The burpees exercise is a simple exercise that only requires your body and nothing else. In order to do a burpee you have to follow this sequence: Note: the movement should be done without stopping and each repetition is performed non-stop, moving from one repetition to the next. Do as many burpees as fast as possible for a period of one minute. Why This Exercise Works So Well

Astral Plane - A World Of Ethereal Being As we enter the twenty-first century, with all its overwhelming confusion, stresses and disheartening material disappointments, it has come as no great surprise to learned people around the world that more and more people are looking inwards and turning to ancient spiritual practices with which to make order of their lives. We all sense a feeling of imbalance, of disconnection between body, mind and spirit, and as such, many of us are taking positive steps towards discovering what is possible with our other, etheric and astral forms. If you are reading this, the chances are you are just beginning your journey of self-discovery, and are relatively new to the world and concept of astral projection. Don’t worry, you’re in safe hands, and have a wealth of knowledge, which stretches back thousands of years and has survived the rise and fall of empires and civilizations at your disposal! However, in all likelihood, your mind is riddled with questions and doubts. Watch this video of Steve G.

My 10 day vipassana meditation experience I did the Vipassana meditation retreat between 16th july - 26th july. In short, it was a roller-coaster ride. The ride was ofcourse in the mind . It’s interesting to note that as we go about our daily lives, we look at external objects, people and issue out reactions or responses. But observing your own body, your own mind, can some useful information be gained, can a new perspective be gained, can you actually even go looking for the root cause of misery by looking within? These are some questions that have fascinated me and these 10 days were my time for focused observation of the body and mind to possibly answer these questions or atleast get some perspectives. I have got a few insights and many experiences to reflect on(those I have reflected on, I have applied the lessons learnt with good benefits so far). Talking to different people at the end of the retreat, I realized that everyones’ experience is different and unique. The Setting Boredom “Oh wow, what’s on the menu?” “Oh ok”.