All posts by Manu

Arise out of fear!

To him who is in fear, everything rustles.Sophocles

  • How many fears are you harboring in your life?
  • How many of these fears are actually conscious ones? How many lie deeper still?
  • What do these fears cost you, your life and family?
  • How would your life be if you were calm, peaceful, at-ease and fearless!?
  • When do you plan to answer some of these questions for yourself?

Meditation Tip #3:

Start with Tip #2 and then once you feel settled let yourself relax even further. Now connect with your inner self by consciously putting your attention on your heart. You’ll notice that your attention so far had been inside your head and now can shift, if you let it.

Notice all thoughts as they arise. Just notice them, do not attach to them. As soon as you notice that you’ve attached to a particular thought and followed it, because that will happen, let go, and just be. Now notice the next thought that soon arises. At first this will happen a lot, over time though your mind will settle down, bit by bit.

The key is practice and regularity.

Can you invest just 10 minutes morning and evening, in this practice, for your own greatest benefit?

Previous meditation tips.

Recommendation: AM Meditation

Live like a butterfly…

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.Charles Dickens

It comes back to the heart. Your heart first, then someone else’s and then to the heart of the matter! Gentleness touches the very core.

If your heart is gentle, your temper is not likely to flare. Your approach to life will be akin to that of a butterfly as it gently flies through the air to set down on a beautiful flower.

Can we be like a bright butterfly that is gentleness personified? Then the gentleness in your heart will touch the heart of another. From one heart to another will the benign virus spread!

Recommendation: Love: What Life Is All About

A unified self leads to happiness

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  – Mahatma Gandhi

True harmony can only come from a self that’s unified. Such a self is calm, intellectually growing, physically healthy and spiritually attuned.

Such a personality can handle disappointments more easily, can pick up and keep going towards insurmountable goals and is a pleasure to have around.

Such a person is not a saint, s/he’s a human who’s worked hard on self and has allowed the divine the pass through. Such a person has not reached a spiritual plateau, because there isn’t such a thing, but keeps growing while helping others along.

You can be such a person. Part of you already is.

Recommendation: Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth

Embrace fear…

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.Bertrand Russell

Fear is our constant nemesis. How do we defeat it?

Do we need to defeat it though? What if we embrace each fear to try and experience the very worst that’s possible? What happens then?

When we do so in full awareness, from our center, the fear tends to melt away. We understand better whence it arose and why it has such a hold on us.

Run not away from your fears, nor bury them deep into an emotional corner, instead face each fear and let it do its worse on our own turf. It has no chance.

Recommendation: God Is Closer Than You Think

A mind open in wonder!

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.Gerry Spence

And that’s what all belief does, it closes our mind to something greater and richer. Don’t get me wrong, belief is good and serves a great purpose, we just have to be prepared to adopt a higher or wider understanding of anything and everything as we grow.

An open mind filled with wonder, curious to know and learn, is just richer.

Recommendation: Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tse

Do you have the blues?

Nobody can teach you to sing the blues, you have to feel the blues.Ernestine Anderson

Well hopefully you don’t because Spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest, the air smells sweet and the sun is still gentle as the snow begins to slowly melt in the mountains.

When you feel the blues, change your body chemistry by imagining more beautiful and sunny times in your life. As you visualize such beauty, your body will produce mood enhancing chemicals which will make you feel better.

Want to feel like that at all times? Then simply observe life as it happens, don’t live in your thought labyrinth, liberate yourself by simply being. Pure awareness puts you in touch with the peace and joy that resides within you.

Simple. Like Spring.

Recommendation: In Tune With the Infinite

Quit now!

Quit now, you’ll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you’ll be halfway there.David Zucker

It’s not as much what others tell us but what we tell our own selves, without even knowing it most times. We do this all day, and have probably done it all our lives.

It pays to become aware of our thought habits and replace the thoughts that don’t support our well being and the future we want to create.

Thoughts become things.

Remember that, make each thought count.

Recommendation: The Secret