Even when the air currents are ascending, no bird can soar except by outstretched wings. – The Urantia Papers
This quote is informing on two fronts!
- That there is a Universal (or life) current which we can attach ourselves to, which will take us to wherever we need to go.
- And that we must make the minimum effort required to participate in that Universal program!
To connect with this Life source meditation helps tremendously.
Meditation Tip #2: Sit down (at least thrice a day or when you need to feel the calm), close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths.
The breaths should be long drawn, held for a few seconds and then exhaled slowly. This relaxes your body and starts to relax your mind.
Breathe naturally now. Put your full attention on your breath. Watch and experience the breath as it goes in/out. Notice how you might lose track and get lost in a thought. Notice this too. And then put your attention back on the breath.
Practice for 5 minutes!
Reference: Meditation Tip #1
Recommendation: The Center Within
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. – Mahatma Gandhi
Imagine entering your bedroom, shutting the door behind you to the day’s worries, the hustle and the noise. You are now feeling very calm and settled. Next you sit (or lie) down and settle into a quiet repose. You now experience a peace and joy that’s impossible to describe to anyone else!
This is a good description of what Meditation/Stillness feels like. It’s something you can practice even beyond the confines of your private retreat.
Meditation Tips: Below is a first step towards learning how to practice stillness. About once a week I’ll be sharing a new tip, the series will guide you into meditating like a pro!
Meditation Tip #1: Try this. Notice the palm of your hand. Just experience it for what it is, don’t create a thought about it. Now put your attention on your breath and just experience it. Breathe in/out normally.
Most of us are lost in the inner chatter of our mind making up thoughts about everyone and everything. As you notice your body you enter the present moment and it stays that way until your mind manufactures a thought about the experience.
Now all day try to recreate moments like these, become present by noticing your body/breath and don’t think about it, just experience it.
This is the first step (and actually the last….tell you more later) towards stillness, peace and calm!!
Recommendation: Gateways to Now by Eckhart Tolle
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. – William Penn (1644 – 1718)
How do you obtain true rest? True rest isn’t possible without being able to rest (or completely rest) your mind! So what are the mechanics for achieving this? A mind at rest is one that’s not overcome by uncontrolled thoughts (of the past and the future) and one that’s not feeling the ravishes of fear.
Over time I’ll share several techniques with you, here are a couple for starters: Continue reading Truly resting your mind……