Meditation Tips

Why Desire A Quiet Mind?

The memory of God comes to the quiet mind. - A Course in Miracles (ACIM)

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a still mind

Why is a still mind desirable? Only from the vantage point of a quiet and still mind can we begin to understand. We can understand what’s going on and where we might venture next…

stillness

Imagine standing in front of a clear, still and reflective pond. The pond reflects a perfect blue sky, the evergreen trees and snow-capped mountains around it. It also allows one to peer into its depths. Such a pond can our mind be. It takes just 10 minutes, twice a day. Will we do it?

Daily Affirmation: Today I AM still.

Recommendation: A Course in Miracles by Dr. Helen Schucman

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Meditation Tips

What Is True Meditation?

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. - Voltaire

so far

I’ve had the pleasure to share with you several meditation approaches on this page. In general I like to view meditation as ‘relaxed awareness’ a certain consciousness which allows us to watch self. It starts with physical relaxation followed by mental relaxation and goes into a thoughtless awareness mode. Some view this as an end state, an end in itself. It is that, in some ways, because when we’re in that state we can feel a certain peace, a well being that cannot easily be matched by any other experience of the mind. In this blog I attempt to take this level of meditation to the next step, as I understand it…

Previous Tips:

Tip # 1: Connecting with your deep self

Tip # 2: Stretch your wings out

Tip # 3: Arise out of fear!

Tip # 4: Do Nothing!

Tip # 5: Sitting!

Tip # 6: Just Be

Tip # 7: FLaG It!

Tip # 8: Let It Be

Tip # 9: What Is True Meditation?  

true meditation

So what is true meditation? The next level of meditation is to go beyond the ‘relaxed awareness’ state and make contact with Universal Intelligence, with God, the Creator, the Architect and Parent of All That Is…. Here are the suggested steps:
  1. Read: Do some spiritual reading, this will help us get into the right frame of mind.
  2. Breathe: Breathe 3 deep breaths, relax, see this tip for more: Do Nothing!
  3. Visualize: Visualize being in a beautiful relaxing place, like a beach or a mountain resort, smell the air, feel the sand with the fingers, try and truly be there!
  4. Ask: Ask God for help to meditate, tell him what’s on your mind, just chat…While doing so FLaG It! This includes an exercise in forgiveness and gratitude, a piece that is super important.
  5. Receive: Finally ask him for his love. Sit back and receive God’s love because undoubtedly with just a little practice you’ll palpably experience God’s love…simply receive…
  6. Journal: If you’d like to deepen this experience and continue this practice, start journaling, more here…Emotional Freedom!. At this point we can receive inspiration from the Creator. This voice will exhort us to love, to forgive and to trust…..
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Meditation Tips

What Is Meditation?

So meditation is a process of freeing the mind from systems, and of giving attention without either being absorbed or making an effort to concentrate. - Krishnamurti

conditioning

We are thoroughly conditioned beings. We get conditioned by our surroundings, our culture, our parents, friends and innumerable other sources. We think in certain ways and find it hard to break out of our self-created molds. When we start becoming aware of such conditioning then meditation is truly happening.

effortless awareness = meditation

Krishnamurti describes meditation very beautifully and succinctly in this quote. If we can practice awareness, full awareness, without any effort then we’re in the state of stillness. This is the state in which transformation of self can occur. Transformation happens as we become more aware of our conditioning and also when we readily receive divine inspiration during meditation. Armed with what needs to change and how, all we need to do is act on this knowledge!

Daily Affirmation: Today I AM blissfully aware!

Recommendation: Awakening of Intelligence by Jiddu Krishnamurti

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