The Hindrances – Working in Meditation

Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from Meditation?”

He replied “Nothing! However Let me tell you what I have lost: Anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”

In meditation, profound happiness may be found, but at first it is not easy to establish deep concentration, and for various reasons our mind throws all kinds of blocks and distractions at us. It is as if the ego, or Mara, is trying to stop us from freeing our minds and transcending egoic thought. These distractions are known as the hindrances.

Each meditator must learn their own habitual tendencies, and try out various antidotes to find ways to settle the mind in meditation. Here are some tried and tested methods to work with these psychophysical tendencies and move beyond them until you are able to look within and find no trace of them,  just states of deep concentration and bliss. Continue reading The Hindrances – Working in Meditation

Happiness Lies in the Appreciation of Beauty

To love beauty is to see light.

Victor Hugo
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It doesn’t matter what mental state you find yourself in, they change all the time, but I guarantee that if you are able to get out into nature, it will improve. Even if you simply start to take stock of the positive, if you start to see what is around you with gratitude and through the eyes of appreciation, if you can practise seeing the beauty, then uplift will follow .

To simply go for a walk, to see the world, especially nature, cannot help but lift low spirits and confused minds. Looking outward, dropping commentary, dropping into the body. To walk amidst the change of the weathers and the seasons, and see that each is unique and beautiful, this is the path of happiness.

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Positive Thinking – Learn Affirmations and Your First Meditation

Positive thinking is the basis for happiness.

The way to gain mastery of your thoughts and emotions is through meditation and discipline. Great awareness is needed to constantly notice and reframe the contents of consciousness.  Try this, just sit now and close your eyes for a few minutes with the aim of noticing what thoughts happen, and whether they are of a positive or a negative nature. Continue reading Positive Thinking – Learn Affirmations and Your First Meditation

Sky

When you watch a sky, every moment of cloudscape is impermanent, empty of any substance, like an illusionary dance. In that dance is  absolute singularity, every sunset a unique and beautiful emanation which will slowly flow into night.

Experience is like this, awareness of any moment in any place is totally unique. Never before has a being who is conditioned by the life you are, sat and read these words conditioned by another unique life.

In its utter uniqueness it is all both empty and heartburstingly beautiful. This sky, that smile.

Knowledge of its passing  lends beauty even more feeling, like the longing gaze at eternity from the point of view of a passing moment.

The tiny must yearn for the great, the separate for the whole, the one for union.

Experiences of full appreciation, often during or after meditation, in skygazing or in love, connect us to field, to oneness, to sunshine. Rushes of delight raise our body to sky, and like sunshine our union pervades everything we see or think of. As sunshine pervades the world, so ours does.

There is a reason why they reflect on insight after meditation. Light, open and expansive, there is natural appreciation and insight, there is raised consciousness. Gratitude and joy spontaneously arise.

So as the dancing sky of your experience, be it anywhere, flows and whirls and delights, make sure to notice. Have a look, and know who you are, the most full experience of the universe knowing itself.

Pure consciousness devoid of taint, watching the universe playing one of its beautiful solos and all there is is harmony.

 

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A Letter to the Addict – A Seed of Hope and a Lamp for the Path

Let me  take you on a journey, from the hells of addiction to the peaks of experience. I wish I had heard this when I was younger, so please allow me to give you a gift, a gift I need to give.

We all seek a refuge in life, we all seek happiness and freedom. Drugs and alcohol are an easy way out, a well trod path from pain. Sadly though, they lead to more suffering.

Addiction is very much like a cave system, you leave the world and go into a warm and inviting room. A cosy pub or party, with smiles and beautiful,  jolly people. You like it there, and you want to stay. Your social life is now a search for this feeling of cosiness, of security, of confidence, of smiles. Continue reading A Letter to the Addict – A Seed of Hope and a Lamp for the Path

Hearing The Song of Awakening

Change is coming. If you become still and listen, it is whispering. Resonating with life, overwhelming beauty. Set the intention to listen, to be guided by music which may be barely audible, but may be driving your dance in this world. Continue reading Hearing The Song of Awakening