The Meditation Benefit of Saving Time

The meditation benefit of saving time, how important is it? According to the “Yoga Vasistha,” one of the great books of the Vedic wisdom traditions, “Time is the consumer and we are its food. We are time’s food,” and “The inexorable passage of invisible and intangible time eats up all creatures. Knowing this, the wise keep their attention on the timeless;” so, the wisdom imparted here, would answer our question with a resounding, ‘very important.’

The Meditation Benefit of Saving Time

The Meditation Benefit of Saving Time

ᅠ“Among all the substances we misuse and abuse, the greatest is time. Time is life; we squander it at our peril. Killing time deadens ourselves,” begins Lama Sura Das in his article, “6 Time Management Tips from the Buddha.” The funny thing about time is that it has no absolute reality; in fact it was Einstein that taught us that it was relative. ᅠ

Alan Watts once used an hourglass as a metaphor in describing time, saying the way we view time is as if the big bulb at one end of the hourglass represented the past, and the big bulb at the other represented the future, with the narrow neck in between being the present. But when our perception of time changes we discover that, “…we have, in fact, an enormous present in which we live and that the purely abstract borders of this present are the past and the future.” ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ

Because time is a creation of thought, you move beyond time when you move passed thinking into the now, with your attention fully in this moment. How do you do that? Well, enter Lama Sura Das…

“Does anyone have time today? I do! During the 40 years I’ve spent studying and teaching Buddhism, and in the process of writing my new book, “Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now,” I’ve learned how to find, make, and keep time.

Actually, it’s not time we lack; it’s focus, awareness and a sense of priorities. We must change the space of the pace — wake ourselves up by shifting to another way of being. We have all the time in the world. It’s up to us to choose how to use it.

Create Some Space in the Pace

Re-mindfulness — remembering to remember, being mindful, returning to the moment, not living in the past or future — is the core of the Buddha’s path to awakening and enlightenment. This doesn’t mean being narcissistic or regressing to a teenager’s self-conscious whine of “What about me?” But rather recollecting ourselves and staying constantly aware of what we’re really doing right this minute.

Time-sickness is rampant today. People say they want to slow down and live more naturally and in a healthy and sane manner, but who knows how to actually do so, has time-medicine available, and is also ready, willing, and able? “Buddha Standard Time” offers a potent dose of tools and techniques, tips and pointers to heal this affliction. Awareness is the essential ingredient in this great journey, delivering to us the bigger picture as well as minute details along the way.

Catch Yourself Before Things Catch You

Annie Dillard wrote, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” The choice is yours. You can learn to catch yourself before things catch and entangle you. Try to apply remindfulness — intentional and nonjudgmental consideration — to everything you do, say, and think, before you blindly react.

In other words, pause and consider. Do you really want to play another game of Angry Birds, or would you rather giggle with your children for five minutes? Watch a rerun of a television program that wasn’t that great the first time, or spend half an hour meditating? Bury your head in the Internet, or put it on the pillow and get a good night’s sleep? With a mere moment of lucid attention we can increase the quality of each minute, each hour, and ultimately our lives.

Conscious Reframing

Sometimes it only takes a simple re-framing of our mental outlook to change our lives. I remember discovering that I could consciously and intentionally turn the interruptive chore of walking the dog twice a day into my time, and it became the best hour of my day. My loyal blond canine companion, Lili, taught me to re-frame dog walking as meditation. I could be with nature; befriend the world, my neighbors, and myself; develop a more inclusive attitude; and even get a little exercise. All it required was a small adjustment in consciousness and perspective. I call this conscious re-framing. It’s easy, free and extraordinarily rewarding.

Mindful Anger Management

Learn to utilize what I call a “wedge of awareness.” Impose your consciousness between thoughts, words, and actions — outer stimuli — and your inner reaction. If someone cuts you off in traffic, consciously stop and let it go; don’t cling to rage as you drive and allow someone else’s action to steal your time. This simple practice of equanimous detachment — it’s like returning to the breath again, again and yet again in meditation — can be extremely helpful because it liberates us from regret, anger and guilt and ultimately frees our time. It is the heart of what I call mindful anger management and can be applied to emotional processing of any kind…”

“…Time is an excellent servant but a poor master; you have to take time to make time, by intentionally creating some space in the pace. It’s now or never, as always. Who can afford to wait? Better to wake up to our lives, by thoroughly and uninhibitedly engaging in what we’re doing right now, mindful of our words, thoughts and deeds…”

As he continues in this post Lama Sura Das offers more wisdom and other ‘time management tips from the Buddha,’ such as, “mindful anger management,” to help us ‘find the time’ to connect with ourselves.

Meditation teaches is how to enter into the space where we can put our “attention on the timeless,” and learn how to be present. So that is the meditation benefit of saving time; saving our lives by keeping our attention on the place outside of time and space, the Divine.ᅠClick here to visit the original source of this post

The Meditation Benefits of Quieting Your Mind

The meditation benefits of quieting your mind is the reason for this blog in the first place, so occasionally I’ll select a post that is specifically about practicing meditation, even if some are a lacking in information bit simplistic.

Meditation Benefits of Quieting Your Mind

Meditation Benefits of Quieting Your Mind

All meditation is about quieting the mind. In the beginning a meditative practice is developed by practicing concentration, to become either, fully present without judgment (mindfulness) or using a vehicle of the mind, such as a mantra or a breath meditation (transcendental), to slip deep into the silence within.

The influence of the mind and our thoughts in conditioning the quality of the expression of our body is greater than the influence of the body in conditioning the quality of the expression of the mind.

What is the nature of the human mind? What is consciousness? Where do our thoughts come from? Can we observe our thought processes? Can we think about thinking, per se? Is consciousness able to observe consciousness or mind itself? Is it possible to examine consciousness or mind with consciousness or mind itself? Or, better yet, is there anyone at home?

If there is any one technique or skill that one can learn for the entry path onto the road to health, well-being and rejuvenation, it is meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn states: “Meditation is simplicity itself. … It’s about stopping and being present, that is all.”

The medical health/religious/spiritual aspects and foundations of meditation will be the topic of future letters. Let’s cut to the chase and go right to how to meditate.

•Find a quiet place to sit, one with few distractions

•Commit to a set amount of time. Two minutes is a start. You want to work yourself up to 20 minutes. Time yourself with a clock.

•Sit in a comfortable position that you can maintain, with your back straight.

•Initiates should close their eyes and relax.

•Notice your breathing. Notice your breath as you inhale and exhale.

•Slow your breathing down.

That’s it; that’s all it takes. Easier said than done. It takes practice. But with a dedicated and carefree attitude, the benefits will literally blow your mind.

The “quieting of the mind” is a unique process for every individual. As you gain in the practice of meditation, you find it easier to quiet the mind. And all those questions that I posed at the beginning become more real and curious, demanding more seeking and searching for the life force or inner essence that radiates from us during these meditation sessions.

Your sense of time will expand, your sense of love and compassion will be enhanced. A deeper awareness of your spiritual life and experience will manifest itself.

A 19th century Russian peasant summed up the journey of meditation as follows: “At first, spiritual practitioners feel the mind is like a waterfall, bouncing from rock to rock, roaring and turbulent, impossible to tame or control. In midcourse, it is like a great river, calm and gentle, wide and deep. At the end, its boundaries expand beyond sight, and its depth becomes unfathomable as it dissolves into the ocean, which is both its goal and source”.

This post on the meditation benefits of quieting your mind, opened with a quote by Max Planck, which I thought a fitting way to sum up this post.

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature…because in the last analysis we ourselves are part of the mystery we are trying to solve.”ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ         –Max Planck Click here to visit the original source of this post

Meditation Benefits – 3 Ways to Get in State

Meditation is a way of helping us slip beyond the mental negativity of anxiety, fear, judgment and doubt into the field of silent expanded awareness, where we rediscover our essential nature as creative, joyful, peaceful, and centered; these are the meditation benefits.

Meditation Benefits

Meditation Benefits

By practicing a few minutes a day we can return to wholeness which brings the experience of balance, healing and transformation. Through meditation you become increasingly conscious of the place in you whichᅠ is silent, whole , creative, the place where you make choices that bring peace, love and meaning to your life. ᅠᅠᅠᅠ

Here are three way to help you slip into the ‘gap’ of silence; the instructions are simple but can be effective. The ‘trick’ is not so much in the how but in the actual practice.ᅠ

“Each of the methods that I will talk about can be done in 15 to 20 minute intervals. Longer if you wish.

Focus on your breathing.

One of the easiest ways that I know that can get you into a meditative state is to simply pat attention to your breathing. This is a method I picked up from the writings of Ekhart Tolle. It’s best to put yourself in a quite environment where you can sit quietly with your eyes closed without being disturbed. You really have to listen to and feel the air going into your nose and out of your mouth. When all of your attention gets focused on this, you can’t possibly think of anything else. Your brain isn’t built to multi-task to that extent. This effectively clears your mind. If your mind ever starts to drift, all you need to do is gently guide your attention back to your breathing.

Focus on the present moment.

Another easy method to put you into a meditative state is to put your attention and focus on things currently going on around you. This puts you mind completely into the present moment. Here’s an example; try taking a walk at a park. Listen to birds in the sky, smell the grass around you, feel the warmth of the sun hitting your skin. As you put your attention on your current moment, you will start to get a blissful feeling. This will seem to happen out of nowhere, but it is a good indication that you have reached a meditative state.

Focus on empty space between sounds.

This is the only method I will talk about that require that you use some sort of prop. It’s a very powerful method of meditating. One I use on especially hard days. Here’s what you do:

Get yourself a metronome or a sound file that sounds like a metronome. A metronome is a piece of equipment that musicians use to help them stay on track with a particular beat. Set it to tick at slow intervals. Once you’ve set the pace, close your eyes and put your attention on the space between the ticks. When you focus on the emptiness between, you effectively clear your mind. This will put you in a deep meditative state fairly quick.

Meditation isn’t hard to do if you know some simple techniques. Try doing it daily for the next 30 days or so. Keep your sessions no shorter than 15 minutes long. You’ll definitely see a marked improvement in your overall mood. It could actually make you healthier too.”

With practice you will gain an understanding of the different experiences you can have in meditation the benefits you will begin to notice in your life. Ultimately, one of the most powerful meditation benefits is, an expansion of your internal reference point, so you will slowly awaken to your essential nature as infinite and eternal.ᅠClick here to visit the original source of this post

Is Learning how to Receive Support and Love a Meditation Benefit?

Becoming more self-aware is the number one benefit of meditation, because self-awareness creates the opportunity for self-acceptance. You need to know and accept who you are now, especially if you want to transform any aspect of your life. When we are more self-aware, it also means we have the opportunity to become less self-critical and allowing ourselves to open to receiving.

For me a guided meditation or centering technique is like a poetic journey that my mind agrees to take By simply choosing to

Because the Universe operates through a constant exchange of energy and information, with giving and receiving being the different aspects of the flow, creating homeostasis or balance is the key to peace and happiness. And the act of being able to graciously receive is as necessary as giving, especially when receiving life’s most precious gifts like love, appreciation, laughter, wisdom, support or joy.

Self-awareness creates discernment, allowing to dig deeper and distinguishing the root causes of feeling and emotions, which are often different than what they appeared to us to be on the surface.

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Deepak Chopra offers an Introduction to the Secret of Healing

The secret of healing is Enlightenment, also called finding the essence or transformation.

The Secret of Healing – Introduction.
Meditations for Transformation and Higher Consciousness. 1. Preparation 2. The Secret 3. The Healing 4. The Yoga of Meditation 5. The Benefit 6. The Practice
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This is an introduction to Deepak’s “Secret of Healing” CD.  It’s a short six minute audio, so go ahead and give yourself a treat and take this opportunity to experience a little bit of this CD.

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The Laughing Meditation Benefits

Laughter is a basic human need and provides a number of health benefits. Laughing meditation is a simple technique that allows you to experience all the positive benefits, from stress reduction to an enhanced immune system.

Laughter is contagious, spreading its benefits of inspiration, optimism and when shared, it brings a closeness that binds people together. Because laughing meditation helps lighten burdens it’s a wonderful resource for overcoming problems.ᅠ

by Contributed – Story: 61955 Regular readers of this column might recall a previous story about Angus the dog and the problems inherent in walking meditation with such a dog. That problem was solved in a rather ingenious way, if I do say so myself.  
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Like music, laughing is a universal language, crossing all language and cultural barriers. Besides, laughing is fun and the side effect is good health. Laughing meditation classes are starting to show up all over and this technique has proven itself to help you create real well-being.

 

A Complement to Cancer Treatment-a Meditation Benefit

Using meditation as a complementary treatment for cancer is gaining wider acceptance as more and more rigorous studies begin to emerge. But as the author, Joseph Nowinski Ph. D points out; we are talking about complementary and not alternative treatment.

It’s noted, in this piece, that there is no evidence that meditation leads to remission or a cure, it does help with the mental stresses, as well as, helping reduce some of the side effects of chemo.

I am a big time meditator and do lots of energy work. Frankly I think that has had some impact on my being alive eight-plus years with mets. We all have to die of something. I am not afraid to die, but am afraid to die before I am able to fully accept

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There are two types of meditation that are often studied, concentrative meditation and mindfulness meditation. These two different types of meditation are ones being used in the newest research and it’s from them that we can expect to see the newest meditation benefits.

Maybe its not a Meditation Benefit but it’s been a long, strange trip for Wavy Gravy

I’m going to step out of the ‘meditation benefits’ mode for a moment and back into history, present and not so long ago.  And for those of us from a certain generation, the survivors of the sixties, it’s a bit of time-tripping.

Ram Dass) in Service to Love

Ram Dass

Wavy Gravy is an iconic figure from latter part of that decade, and the reason I came across this post was his connection to another icon of that decade, Ram Dass. They cofounded with Larry Brilliant the Seva (a Sanskrit word for “service to humankind”) Foundation, which they started with a $10,000 donation from rock promoter Bill Graham.

Ram Dass a teacher, guru to me; his path as always been that of Bhakti (the yoga of love) Yoga, in service to love, through his teacher Maharaj-ji, was in a sense an incarnation of Hanuman, who took an incarnation of a monkey to serve God. One of the ways that Ram Dass has promoted loving service is in supporting conscious care for the dying, something that has been pretty close to home for me lately.

Maharaj-ji and Ram Dass

Maharaj-ji and Ram Dass

It’s a fundraiser for Wavy’s favorite charity, the Seva (a Sanskrit word for “service to humankind”) Foundation, which Wavy cofounded in 1978 with spiritual leader Ram Dass and public health expert Larry Brilliant to fight preventable and curable

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My mother-in-law, affectingly known by all the family as GG, is transitioning, here at home, even as I’m writing this. The conscious, loving care of our hospice practitioners was the result of the Buddhist tradition inspired, Metta Institute, founded by Frank Ostaseski. On the board of the Metta Institute, Ram Dass, so for me it’s come full circle.

When I read about Wavy Gravy, the Hog farm and his life of service, I’m simultaneously transported into the past and made fully present and for that’s a meditation benefit. You can find out more information about Ram Dass and his compassionate community at ramdass.org.

Benefits of Buddhist meditation – Tommyjisplace.com

The core benefit of Buddhist meditation centers on getting to know your own mind. Meditation is the process of becoming so familiar with yourself, with all your feelings, attitudes, sensations, conditioned responses and thoughts, in a way that is so deep and intimate you didn’t think it possible.

Benefits of Buddhist meditation

Benefits of Buddhist meditation

Buddhist meditation is basically arises from three separate but interrelated aspects or skills; concentration, mindful awareness, and insight. While there are some variations in technique, how the different traditions arrive at the at the goal of spiritual realization, they agree that three skills of concentration, mindful awareness, and insight are essential.ᅠ

Many of the benefits of Buddhist meditation center on showing up in life, becoming present and developing a greater awareness. When you are present,
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Buddhist teachers will often remind their students that their mind is either their best friend or their worst enemy.  The mind can run wild, like a crazed monkey, constantly darting from one thought to another, building negative, distorted and conditioned patterns. But, taming the mind through a consistent meditation practice, your mind becomes your best friend