Tag Archives: Meditation

CHALLENGING THE NARRATIVE IN THE MIND

Challenging The Narrative In The Mind As long as we adhere to the heap of ideas in the mind, we will never be able to think or see clearly. This heap of ideas consists of vague memories and bits of … Continue reading

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THE CONNECTION: BRAIN, MIND, CONSCIOUSNESS

The Connection: Brain, Mind, Consciousness Mind overrides consciousness. Brain overrides mind. In our formative years, the brain pathways are formed, and this sets up our approach to life. We can either feel entitled – high self-esteem ā€“ or feel inferior … Continue reading

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THE GREAT MANIPULATION

The Great Manipulation We suffer because of manipulation. Manipulation means changing or inventing, or inventing to bring about change. The great manipulation is the belief that our acquired thoughts are us, and it’s not easy getting out of this collective … Continue reading

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HOW TO MEDITATE WITHOUT MEDITATING

How To Meditate Without Meditating Just be aware of awareness in everything that you do and think, and equilibrium falls into place. In this way, we do not lose consciousness. šŸ™‚ Gradually, karma (the result of previous actions and reactions) … Continue reading

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FUTILE DILIGENCE

Futile Diligence Futile diligence is addiction. Life seems purposeless, so we make a purpose. When we obsess about a subject or activity, we lose sight of our actual reality, and focus on something or someone else, making our life and … Continue reading

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SPIRITUALITY CAN BE A PRISON

Spirituality Can Be A Prison Doubt imprisons us. Once we understand the principle of any activity, we are free to go away and develop it. When we get a glimpse that we are pure consciousness, meditation verifies it. If people … Continue reading

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SHORT MOMENTS

Short Moments Meditation and daily activities should both be paused from time to time, to just be. In this way, we remember that we are pure consciousness, and never get lost in the activity. This is balancing meditation and life … Continue reading

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MEDITATION IS A TUNE-UP

Meditation Is A Tune-Up Tune-up: adjusting mechanism to perform at maximum efficiency. Merely sit in silent awareness, without following thoughts. The mind can then run silently, and consciousness will automatically clarify itself. šŸ™‚

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SELF & ESSENCE

Self & Essence Self is merely a collection of thought-projections in the mind that essence (pure consciousness) perceives: when consciousness forgets its purity, it clings to these projections, creating a sense of I. We are, firstly, consciousness. The purity comes … Continue reading

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DON’T BE A ‘PERFECT MEDITATOR’

Don’t Be A Perfect Meditator Meditation isn’t about being a ‘perfect meditator’. Meditation is about being aware that pure, perfect awareness is always present. We don’t make that happen: we are this pure, perfect awareness. Whatever we do, pure, perfect … Continue reading

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APPRECIATING OUR STUPIDITY

Appreciating Our Stupidity Appreciate: recogniseĀ the full worth. Be grateful for something.Ā Understand aĀ situation fully, along with the full implications.Ā  Basing our existence on whatever we are told, without knowing why, is mere belief. Stupidity is underestimating how much stupidity there is … Continue reading

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TRUTH BEYOND BELIEF

Truth Beyond Belief I keep on about belief because it is not direct experience; it’s borrowed, it’s second-hand. We only know when we have direct experience of a subject for ourselves. This world bombards us with ‘information’ – so much … Continue reading

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HOW NOT TO MEDITATE

How Not To Meditate Although meditation is yoga or union, it isn’t an exercise class where we do something special on a cushion šŸ™‚ Meditation is barely resting in awareness. It is the unity or oneness of consciousness in an … Continue reading

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KARMA IS COGNITIVE BIAS

Karma Is Cognitive Bias Karma is cognitive bias: more of the same, ā€œrecommended for youā€ by your echo chamber. In body, speech and mind, our lives become formulaic, and that reinforces attitude and behaviour. We conform to a type, creating … Continue reading

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THE PURPOSE OF MEDITATION

The Purpose Of Meditation Meditation is simply being aware of thoughts and emotions that control us, running around in the mind and diverting our attention. When we become aware of the awareness that is observing these thoughts, this is meditation. … Continue reading

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CAN WE KNOW THE ULTIMATE TRUTH?

Can We Know The Ultimate Truth? Can we know happiness? Yes. How? We are what we pursue. We just have to realise this. How do we do that? Through meditation. Meditation is letting go of all concepts and allowing pure … Continue reading

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THERE ARE MANY APPROACHES TO REALISING TRUTH

There Are Many Approaches To Realising Truth There are many approaches to realising truth – intellectual, ritual, experiential – such that suits our temperament. We all approach Dharma with some understanding, a process, and a feeling. It isn’t mechanical. Spirituality … Continue reading

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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 theĀ mentalĀ characteristicsĀ and attitudes of people or groups watch usĀ 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 ā€“ Concentration The term, ā€œthe six paramitasā€, 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 ā€¦ but it can easily be turned into mindfulness. Make meditation a hobby! šŸ˜€ Mindfulness is the … Continue reading

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MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Managing Expectations Expectation:Ā aĀ strongĀ beliefĀ thatĀ somethingĀ willĀ happenĀ orĀ 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. šŸ˜€ 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, ā€œThere ‘I’ go againā€. 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 ā€¦ 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 ā€¦ 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 ā€œcan of wormsā€ – 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”

ā€œI Can’t Meditateā€ It isn’t the I that meditates. šŸ™‚ 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, ā€œNot too tight and not too loose.ā€ 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 notĀ dependentĀ onĀ theĀ mindĀ forĀ 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 ā€¦ 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! šŸ˜€ 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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