The Meditation Benefit of Living Life in Buddha Standard Time

All too often we feel controlled by our blackberry’s, appointment books and to do lists, leaving us too tired and haggard to do the things we really want to do, like spending time with loved ones, doing our yoga or enjoying the benefits of meditation.

The Meditation Benefit of Living Life in Buddha Standard Time

The Meditation Benefit of Living Life in Buddha Standard Time

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Here’s the secret, you don’t need to be a monk or even be retired, in order to create the time to meditate. You can awaken to presence and practice mindfulness even while occupied in the most mundane of activities.

Lama Surya Das, in this article address and offers solutions to this common complaint of “how do I create spiritual space for myself?” ᅠᅠ

“Tuning into the present, the moment, is curative, a natural medicine. It heals us because it allows us to connect to the holy now — the sacred within mundane, conventional time.
Rest is sacred. This is not a new concept. The spiritual culture of India has long understood that faster is not necessarily better; we need meaningful time to accomplish our best self’s aims and purposes. Tibetan Buddhism’s esoteric Diamond Path reveals that right now is the perfect time, right here is the perfect place, our presence is sublime, it is the perfectly appropriate teaching lesson and each of us is the ideal person to be where we are right now. (Perhaps this last perfection is the hardest to swallow because of the critical way we habitually see ourselves.) These are called the Five Diamond Perfections, a marvelous system of elevating how we view the world and all things in it, which can ultimately reveal the innate light of divinity, the Buddhaness or Buddha nature, in everyone and everything.

Once taking a breath break has become a part of your day, try a more advanced practice of inquiry and reflection by asking: Why do I feel that I must do what I’m doing right now? And whom am I doing it for? If you’re overwhelmed, look for the wiggle room. What can you do to make things manageable — the project, the to-do list or the obligation — to avoid being overwhelmed? It sounds basic, but this is a life-saving practice because it greatly helps reduce the stress and tension that both wears our physical organism and enervates our energies, which is our life force and vitality.

Personally, I find it extremely helpful to focus on trying to do less and be more. This lets me leverage my time, energy and resources more effectively, while emphasizing meaningful time and activities that matter. We can learn mindful time management through breath breaks and reflection, by returning our awareness to the present moment — one moment at a time — and catching ourselves before the busyness of our lives overwhelms and entangles us, since this so often leads to unnecessary stress and even victimization. This nowness-awareness is living in Buddha Standard Time.”

Become the master of yourself and your life, rather than a victim of obligations and conditions, by cultivating this process of awakening to the present and practicing it again and again. Carry on with this practice until it naturally and spontaneously starts to carry you. This is spiritual practice with benefits.

There is a meditator’s lesson I first encountered as a young child playing hide-and-seek, and later as a three sport athlete: The more still and focused I become — in body and mind — the more clearly I am able to see. And as I see things clearly, more and more things become clear to me. This is a manifestation of self-mastery and harmonious oneness through heightened awareness.

So what’s the most important thing? To remember to catch yourself before things catch you; to take care by staying aware; and to live free in your own time. Breath breaks, reflection and seeing clearly are means of nowness-awareness, the ultimate therapy, freeing us from preoccupations with past and future concerns and healing our psychological conditioning and self judgment and limitations. Nirvana isn’t an esoteric concept; it is right here and now, in this very moment. Living in the present helps us to be there while getting there during every moment of each day. This is life in Buddha Standard Time.

The benefit of meditation comes in being present, whether we are watching the breath or chanting a mantra, eating mindfully or walking mindfully, all of which are ways of awakening us from our distracted mind into being fully present.

Remember, it’s always your choice, you have the right to use your time as you see fit. And even though we all create ‘obligations’ for ourselves when it comes to work, family and friends, its knowing that it’s ok to take a half an hour for ourselves is a wonderful meditation benefit. Click here to visit the original source of this post

The Meditation Benefits of Tibetan Healing Bowls Music

I have had the opportunity to study with a master teacher, Suren Shrestha, in the healing bowl tradition.ᅠThis video will give you a sense of their presence, but if you have the chance to hear a master play them, take it.ᅠ

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There’s a growing body of experience and research that shows that meditation and sound therapies have a positive effect on actual measurable, identifiable anatomy and physiology.

Vibration and sound can be used to re-tune our health and one of the most powerful tools are the Tibetan singing bowls. The body is affected at the cellular level, aligning the flow of energy to move us back towards health.

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The meditation benefit that could change your mind

In Mindfulness meditation you start by focusing your attention on your breath, paying attention on purpose, in this present moment, around the qualities of acceptance (non-judgment) and compassion.

In the case of this particular article, the perspective is decidedly Jewish. In fact the author quotes Dr. Elliot Cohen, from Leeds Metropolitan University, who expressed his view on mindfulness this way, “although mindfulness has Buddhist origins, it is being used more and more in clinical settings.”ᅠ

Mindfulness is an integrative mind-body practice that uses elements of meditation, yoga and breathing techniques to help change the way you think and feel about your experiences, especially stressful ones. Research shows practising can boost
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Mindfulness is the quality of being in harmony with the present moment. Mindfulness is not a religion, thought the practice is found in all religious traditions. However mindfulness is most closely associated with Buddhism, because the teachings of the Buddha are very clear and comprehensive on the subject of mindfulness meditation.

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ZEN Stillness as a Meditation Benefit

“Whenever you feel Turmoil around you Ensure stillness Surrounds you.”
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A short Meditative Break – Zen style.

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Traditional Buddhist Meditation Chants for healing

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The second is music of traditional Buddhist meditation healing chants for relaxation and good health.

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The Emotionally Unexpected Benefits of Meditation

One of the benefits of meditation may not seem like such a benefit when it first occurs. The benefit I’m talking about is emotional release. In this article, what the author’s experience of his first few days of Vipassana, while they are unique to the individual, they are not unique to the process.

The emotional release that he experienced was, at first, shocking to him. And all the tears, the “powerful surges” of emotion, seemed, to be foreign to what he understood meditation to be.

The realization that meditation is not all “sweetness and light” and that it’s part of the awakening process is facing our shadow energy’s. Enlightenment is the process out ‘lightening up or letting go and that includes all our repressed emotions.

So when would-be practitioners ask about the benefits of meditation, I tend not to give a straight answer. Will it help you be less stressed? Reduce your pain? Make you think more clearly? Stop you from eating too much? Well, maybe it will help with  
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For many people the real meditation benefits occur as the result of an emotional realization; the release of stress and, many times, the relief of physical pain come as the result of a deep seated emotional release.

This is meditation’s gift and it’s challenge, to experience the benefits you must be willing to take the responsibility, not the blame, that is the process of self-realization and emotional freedom.

The long Meditation – a benefit or a Re-treat?

Michael’s take on the effects of a long meditation retreat had me rolling on the ground, especially when he said, “for short-term pleasure, nothing beats that magical moment when you perceive that, having slogged through several difficult days doing nothing and saying even less, you’re as high as a hippie in the seventh hour of a Grateful Dead gig.”

Satisfying as the meditation high can be — one prominent teacher half-joked, “That’s why we do it” — there are no short cuts to the benefits of tough, prolonged practice. As Spirit Rock teacher Will Kabat Zinn put it, quoting the oft-lionized text of

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One of the reasons it made me smile was because I’ve been there and the ‘side effect’ of retreat high seems to carry on longer and longer each time. This very funny and mindful look at the benefits that you experience after extended periods of meditation. And that the real meditation benefit, bringing it back into the ‘real world,’ it’s a re-treat.

 

Is there a benefit in a chocolate meditation?

How could chocolate play apart in meditation and, moreover, how could it benefit a meditation practice? In a word, mindfulness, and in a few more words, mindful eating.

Mark Williams, clinical psychologist at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) suggested that a “chocolate meditation” may be one of the best ways to help someone understand mindfulness. This introduction to mindfulness seems lighthearted and fun, which it is, and yet, in these few moments of increased sensory awareness, we begin to notice that time slows down and we become more present.

This “chocolate meditation” has a deeper purpose. Because, Prof Williams, has been using mindfulness as a treatment for clinical depression, in combination with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a way of helping patients manage their anxieties.

We start the chocolate meditation. Standing together, we each unwrap a chocolate, shut our eyes, inhale its aroma, then look at it and, finally, eat it. Guided by Prof Williams’s gentle voice, the world slows down as I create a pocket of space in which  
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Professor Williams has co-authored a book, ‘Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’, introducing a combined approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness, called Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which he first developed in the 1990s.

According to Professor Williams, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, “is the first genuinely preventative treatment for serious depression,” and “has been clinically proven to halve the risk of depression in those who have suffered the most debilitating forms of the illness.”

A Standing Meditation?

When we think of meditation the first thing that comes to mind is not usually standing up. There are, however, a number of meditation practices that require standing, and moving, walking meditation and Tai Chi come to mind immediately.

Any activity can be a meditation; this is the practice of mindfulness. But this post is on the benefits of Tai Chi as a meditation practice, a way in which to still the mind.ᅠ

You can meditate while standing up. Sensai Sandeep Desai, a T’ai Chi Grandmaster, shows you how What is the ideal posture to meditate —sitting or standing? If you are a T’ai Chi practitioner, you will probably say it’s the standing posture.

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The author believes standing and moving are the best ways to still the mind, personally I believe, as with all aspects of life, balance should be sought and meditation is a practice, and becomes how we can move through all aspects of our lives.

Could meditation slow ageing?

When researchers first begin to study meditation, gaining any credibility was tough because of the close ties to spirituality and religion.

That all changed with new technology, FMRI’s and clinical trials allowed scientists in diverse fields to begin compiling evidence that showed that meditation could have long-term implications for physical health. Many of these tests were focused on the ability to self-regulate emotions or improved cognitive function.

A psychologist from the University of California, San Francisco, Elissa Epel, began to look at was happening to the chromosomes, in particular their telomeres, to those who were participating in long meditation retreats. This was important because the telomeres play a key role in the ageing of our cells.ᅠ

Visitors here to the Shambhala Mountain Centre meditate in silence for up to 10 hours every day, emulating the lifestyle that monks have chosen for centuries in mountain refuges from India to Japan. But is it doing them any good?

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What was found was that meditators had significantly higher telomerase activity when compared to the control group.

The conclusion was that by simply doing something we love, like meditating could protect us from stress allowing us to live longer; a strikingly unscientific conclusion.