Tag Archives: Meditation

OUR PROBLEM: WE GET USED TO IT

Our Problem: We Get Used To It Ideas are projected into our minds; if images are repeated enough times, they become our normal without us realising it. Those who study the mental characteristics and attitudes of people or groups watch us settle into our … Continue reading

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WHY I WRITE A BLOG

Why I Write A Blog Life is about getting to the point of why we are here, staying with that point, and seeing how that point refines through experience. We cannot assume that, by just reading or hearing teaching, we … Continue reading

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MAKING THE MOST OF OURSELF

Making The Most Of Ourself Our ‘self’ is an idea in the mind held together by memories to which consciousness clings. These memories are karma: this karma causes us confusion as we think it’s our reality, while feeling there is … Continue reading

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MEDITATION CURES AGITATION AND DULLNESS

Meditation Cures Agitation and Dullness How? When we focus on either the breath or resting in emptiness, our attention is not elsewhere, so all other thoughts subside. When we forget to focus, thoughts come tumbling back. This is normal. We … Continue reading

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TWICE A DAY, BE PURELY AWARE

Twice A Day, Be Purely Aware Twice a day, be purely aware, at a set time and for a set period. This meditation discipline allows our energy to settle down and recharge itself, enabling consciousness to be purely present. With … Continue reading

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DON’T MAKE MEDITATION INTO AN ART FORM

Don’t Make Meditation Into An Art Form Don’t make an art form out of spirituality. That is religion. Meditation is merely sitting still, quietening the mind through concentration to bring all that inner chatter and judgement to rest. Then clarity … Continue reading

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THE FIFTH PARAMITA – CONCENTRATION

The Fifth Paramita – Concentration The term, “the six paramitas”, is Sanskrit for the six essential abilities or perfections of generosity, patience, morality, discipline, concentration and transcendent wisdom. Concentration is meditation; simply being aware, being mindful without effort. We merely … Continue reading

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WHEN WE COME TO OUR SENSES

When We Come To Our Senses When we come to our senses, no thought is present in that moment; that is pure awareness. When thoughts arise, all we have to do is become aware of one or other of the … Continue reading

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ARE HOBBIES A WASTE OF TIME?

Are Hobbies A Waste Of Time? No, if one is focusing one’s attention, and being mindful. Yes, if it’s an escape from life … but it can easily be turned into mindfulness. Make meditation a hobby! 😀 Mindfulness is the … Continue reading

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MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Managing Expectations Expectation: a strong belief that something will happen or be achieved. In everyday life, we believe we can achieve a goal, but this has limitations. We narrow experience down to our limited view of life, and are always trying to anticipate and make everything familiar for safety. … Continue reading

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RECOGNISING THE NEED TO RECONDITION THE MIND

Recognising The Need To Recondition The Mind Recondition: bring it back to good working order. 😀 This is the Buddha’s third noble truth. We find a method to undo all the programmed conditioning that we have been through since birth … Continue reading

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GROWING IN CONFIDENCE

Growing In Confidence As we realise certain truths about our being, doors close on others’ ‘certainties’, and new doors open. We learn sequentially at an individual level. We do not learn en masse; we can hear en masse, but that … Continue reading

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A GENUINE PRACTITIONER IS PRACTICAL

A Genuine Practitioner Is Practical We all know that the world is ‘off’ in some way. When we only choose one or two aspects of this ‘off-ness’ and identify with them – making us ‘off’ as well – we do … Continue reading

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MEDITATION IS DOING NOTHING

Meditation Is Doing Nothing It’s that simple. Consciousness doesn’t do anything: it merely observes. Even while the body is doing things, consciousness is just aware. An example is fastening our shoe laces; we’re simply aware of the fingers, and no … Continue reading

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DOES THE PAST EXIST NOW?

Does The Past Exist Now? Yes – through our karma. ‘Karma’ is a Sanskrit word for the residue of past actions lodged in our mind that creates our habitual re-enactments such as, “There ‘I’ go again”. This is why most … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM DESTROYS BUDDHISM

Buddhism Destroys Buddhism In the moment of pure consciousness, we drop all ideas. The meditation, me, the Buddha, Buddhism … everything goes.

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FORGETTING AND REMEMBERING

Forgetting And Remembering We generally go through life oscillating between being conscious and not being conscious. We are involved in everydayness and, in between these activities, we come to our senses but then fall into vacancy until the next ‘attraction’. … Continue reading

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IF WE DO NOT MEDITATE …

If We Do Not Meditate … If we do not meditate, we will not know how to drop it. In dropping the meditation, we realise the final answer. No one became enlightened through meditation. They became enlightened by dropping the … Continue reading

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WHY DON’T WE TALK ABOUT HOW WE REALLY FEEL?

Why Don’t We Talk About How We Really Feel? We don’t talk about how we really feel because we fear it will open a “can of worms” – the tangled, unpleasant mess that we hide away from others. By putting … Continue reading

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MEDITATION STOPS US PANICKING

Meditation Stops Us Panicking If we listen to the news, we will think the world is out of control. On the other hand, it could be seen as total control If you can weigh up all possibilities, then you can … Continue reading

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“I CAN’T MEDITATE”

“I Can’t Meditate” It isn’t the I that meditates. 🙂 We need a little intellectual curiosity to understand this. The I is consciousness associating with thoughts and clinging to them, thus creating an I-illusion. We (consciousness) have thoughts, but we … Continue reading

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MEDITATION ONLY SPOILS IT

Meditation Only Spoils It Meditation is a method to bring the mind to stillness for the clarity of awareness to be acknowledged though mindfulness. It is in relating to this experience, however, that we end up in a constant duality … Continue reading

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WHAT IS DZOGCHEN?

What Is Dzogchen? ‘Dzogchen’ is a Tibetan word for natural, pure consciousness. What is the practice of Dzogchen? To realise it. How? Drop any meditation. Why? Dzogchen is what we already are. And it isn’t a practice. We are Dzogchen. … Continue reading

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WE ARE MORE POWERFUL WHEN WE KNOW

We Are More Powerful When We Know We are more powerful when we know than when we do not know. Every time we ignore, we lose. This isn’t about knowing one thing as opposed to another thing, judging everything by … Continue reading

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ACTUAL MEDITATION IS NON-MEDITATION

Actual Meditation Is Non-Meditation The Buddha said, “Not too tight and not too loose.” What did he mean by that? We neither cling to the method nor become distracted. Meditation is just a reminder. Once we remember or realise our … Continue reading

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THE SHOCK OF REALISATION IS ALMOST UNBEARABLE

The Shock Of Realisation Is Almost Unbearable Nine and a half billion people on this planet are unaware of their true reality, and so they’re not free. We just accept the status quo of following everyone else in our particular … Continue reading

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LIVING IN REALITY, OR IN A DREAM?

Living In Reality, Or In A Dream? When we connect directly to whatever presents itself, that is reality. Object and consciousness are one. Non-duality. Seeing the moon reflected in a pool, the moon, the reflection and consciousness are simultaneously one. … Continue reading

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STIMULATION & BOREDOM

Stimulation & Boredom Being trained to be stimulated, we are easily bored, and driven to seek out more stimulation. This process suppresses inner enquiry and inner peace. Get people to be excited about politics, sport, fashion, sex, celebrities, foreign antics … Continue reading

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MEDITATION ISN’T THE ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEMS?

Meditation Isn’t The Answer To Our Problems!? This was said by a very influential professor who actually meditates. And it’s doublespeak. He means that meditation isn’t the answer to his – and his organisation’s – problems, but it is the … Continue reading

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WHEN TO DROP THE MEDITATION

When To Drop The Meditation Just meditating and feeling calm is still working in the dark. We have to know the objective, which is not dependent on the mind for existence; that is pure consciousness, working in the light. Realise we are pure consciousness, before thoughts … Continue reading

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SOMEONE’S TURNED THE CRAZY KNOB UP?

Someone’s Turned The Crazy Knob Up? Er … no. The world has always been this way. We just suddenly noticed. It’s like meditation; our thoughts and emotions seem to get worse. They haven’t. We’ve just become more aware of them. … Continue reading

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DON’T TRUST ANYONE WHO MENTIONS VIPASSANA! :D

Don’t Trust Anyone Who Mentions Vipassana! 😀 There is enchantment and bewilderment in exotic words. If we are dissatisfied with our life, we look for something more, something different. This is a bit of a trap, as we still end … Continue reading

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WHY WE SHOULD TRUST OUR SELF

Why We Should Trust Our Self Our self is an image that we have built up through the adoption of cultural ideas, and we believe this image to be what we are. In reality, it’s a false identity that transmits … Continue reading

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HOW DO WE PROVE OUR REALITY?

How Do We Prove Our Reality? What we think of as our reality is merely a fixation in the mind. That is our global prison. We can only be free when, through analysis and meditation, we clear the mind of … Continue reading

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A MOVING MIND CAN MEDITATE

A Moving Mind Can Meditate We do not have to be still and silent to meditate. Whether thoughts are present or not, awareness remains unchanged. We are therefore never carried away. This is how we lead a contemplative life. Modern … Continue reading

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TAKING OURSELVES APART

Taking Ourselves Apart It’s not until we take something apart that we understand it,and see what is left.This is especially important in understanding the mind. And what is left?Consciousness.Pure consciousness. Whatever is seen, however uncomfortable, loses its gripas we become … Continue reading

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THE WORLD IS A STAGE … STAGED!

The World Is A Stage … Staged! We make our entrance, receive our script, and live our life according to that script. There are different parts, but it’s all the same illusion. Meditation tears up the script.

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STOP MEDITATING WHEN …

Stop Meditating When … Stop meditating when you recognise that there is just seeing (pure consciousness) taking place. Merely relax and rest there. All the senses are wide open, as pure perception is present. The outcome of this is that … Continue reading

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WE HAVE NEVER BEEN SEPARATED

We Have Never Been Separated We have never been separated from the enlightened state. Few see this, looking elsewhere for happiness. Realisation of our true nature isn’t something to achieve. It is merely washing away the doubt and confusion of … Continue reading

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TRUTH IS NOT A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION

TRUTH IS NOT A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION Truth is not a philosophical discussion. Philosophy is for those who don’t know or don’t want to know, as knowing means our view of life will totally change. In discovering absolute truth, we realise … Continue reading

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EXERCISE: CATCHING THAT FIRST MOMENT OF REALITY

Exercise: Catching That First Moment Of Reality This practice is consciousness watching thoughts that come to pass. Play a video of someone you normally do not like. Just watch with an open mind, without any judgement at all. In just … Continue reading

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RIDING THE WAVE OF A COLLAPSING SYSTEM

Riding The Wave Of A Collapsing System System: early 17th century, from French système or late Latin systema, from Greek sustēma, from sun- ‘with’ + histanai ‘set up’. Realisation is all about riding the wave of a collapsing set up, both externally (others’ minds) and internally (our mind). Life as we know it is collapsing, … Continue reading

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MEDITATE LIKE A FLY ON THE WALL

Meditate Like A Fly On The Wall Meditate like a fly on the wall; quietly observing, but not involved. Living life like a fly on the wall teaches us much. Whatever we learn enhances our skills and abilities to be … Continue reading

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FEELING WOBBLY?

Feeling Wobbly? When there is general anxiety in the population, and people feel psychologically and spiritually disconnected from their essence and purpose, they are ripe for exploitation.  This is social engineering at work, when everything seems chaotic and confusing, and … Continue reading

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MEDITATING, AND NOTHING HAPPENS?

Meditating, And Nothing Happens? Aware that nothing happens in meditation, we have arrived at our true being, pure awareness. The truth is this simple, and that is precisely why we miss it. Occurrence that appear in the mind are merely … Continue reading

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DAMNED BY DISTRACTIONS

Damned By Distractions We are damned by distractions. This is why we meditate – to recognise that we are the clarity of consciousness. Distraction: A thing that prevents someone from concentrating. Distraction: A disturbance, intrusion, interference, obstruction, hindrance. Distraction: Amusement, entertainment, diversion, pastime, recreation, hobby, game, leisure pursuit. Distraction: Bewilderment, befuddlement, perplexity, confusion, disturbance, agitation. We do not have to be … Continue reading

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PURE CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Pure Consciousness Is The Elephant In The Room The ‘elephant in the room’ is a metaphor for something that is obvious but no one mentions because it makes us feel uncomfortable. We will talk for hours about other matters, but never about our … Continue reading

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OUR SPIRITUAL PATH IS OUR GREAT UNDOING

Our Spiritual Path Is Our Great Undoing 😀 Spirituality is pure consciousness. It is not a thing; it’s … infinite reception and transmission. Our so-called path is merely our confusion which, when recognised, does not exist, so hanging on to … Continue reading

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MEDITATION WORKS

Meditation Works Sacred moments. The mind is a sacred space, and should be treated with respect so that clarity is revealed, and we see and think clearly. It’s that important. Meditation works because, in silence, the mind’s inner temple is … Continue reading

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