Mindfulness? No. Meditation? No. Meditative living? Yes

It was my shopping day yesterday...

Through bad design, I have my webinars on the same day as my shopping day.

And yesterday I felt creamed by the experience.

I dragged myself through, slept like a baby, but I am still exhausted today.

The difference for me between tired and exhausted, is my breathing. If my chest is not willing to expand, I call that exhaustion...

Anyway, I went to lie down about an hour ago, and opened a new book, 10-minute mindfulness, or something like that... on my kindle.

Five minutes into it I suddenly I realized what happened, what I didn't do...

OK, first I am going to tell you what others teach you to do to be more present in life and less swept up in the drama of the day.

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Updated: Does Meditation raise your awareness? Your ‘worth a damn’ factor

awareness-meterDoes Meditation raise your awareness?

There are lots of interpretations of meditation, so I am going to share mine.

Meditation is a practice to increase awareness.

Awareness is a transitive word: it has a direction. Awareness of what? And therein lies the mischief when people use the word.

  1. Awareness is always directed.

    When some of my students meditate, they go into la-la land... they literally become unconscious. Although after a long life of busy mind that is blissful, it is not useful.

  2. Awareness, and therefore meditation is useful.

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A short meditation to step out of your mind and the noise in your head

rejuvenating short meditationHere's an awareness exercise (meditation) that I particularly like for rejuvenating yourself with silence:

Sit up straight.

Close your eyes.

Take a few deep breaths to settle down. (if you know how to center yourself, you can do it first)

Then here's what to do with your awareness:

Eyes closed, get a sense of the end of your personal space in front of you. It's an energetic phenomenon, mine is about three feet... You'll feel it.
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Republished: Meditation: How To Use It? Instead of just sitting… or waiting for an experience…

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Meditation: a very philosophical article. You'll probably hate it! I wrote it four years ago, and I revisited, by accident, today.

What is meditation and what is the role of meditation?

I will examine this question as a non-meditator who has tried to meditate (TM) and failed.

I am not against meditation. Meditation is a tool, to allow all knowledge to reach you, past the noise, from all there is, distinguished as knowledge beyond your own, and as a tool: it is invaluable.

I have been quasi "meditating" the past day or so... the questions I am meditating over are

  1. whether God is a sentient being
  2. whether the "law" of attraction, the law that says that you can earn something coming to you by adjusting your vibration to its...

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Meditation: separate yourself from the mind, body and emotions

hydroswissI have started the Osho meditation series with Day One.

Lots of talk... very meditative for me. Participants complained that there was no meditation.

When you meditate, that doesn't mean there is silence outside. The silence is inside. When you meditate it doesn't mean you cannot listen to someone talk: it only means you listen and hear it, but not through the busy mind, that compares, argues, tries to understand, criticizes and judges. No, the mind simply allows it to be, allows it in, in a meditative state.

It is like when you are in the shower. The mind doesn't argue with every drop of water... and you can get wet without the mind interfering.
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REALMeditation: why should you meditate, and how to meditate to become powerful and raise your vibration?

concentrate-the-mind-on-theThe purpose of meditation is to be able to live in the present, powerfully. That is to say: not an experience, some some mystical "meditation experience" like you thought it would be. Meditation experience, if any, is the booby prize... and many fall into that trap... Clear indication that they went into some la-la-land, half-asleep, all mind-induced. I have students like this, they are miserable in their lives.

The purpose of meditation is to be able to live in the present, powerfully... and be happy, joyful, fulfilled... and all that lovely stuff you say you want.

What does it mean living in the present? 1

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How is mindfulness meditation different than other kinds of meditations – a Quora question I answered

mindfulness meditationI sometimes participate in Quora, by answering questions. I like to be challenged, it is the spice of life, and I enjoy being forced to think, solve problems, get out of my little box.

I don't enjoy reading the answers of others, though it gives me a cross section of what so called intellectuals think and teach and live... Sad story.

I thought you would enjoy reading my answer:

Mindfulness meditation is, in fact, an oxymoron of some kind. Meditation's purpose is to lead you away from the mind. But the reason some people use this expression, because what they want to say "awareness meditation" and they don't understand that awareness is not a mind-function, awareness is a consciousness function. Awareness is bigger than the mind, and it is also bigger than you.
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Meditation: What is it and why is it useful?

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I wrote this article a year and a half ago. I never published it, but I will, now. Why? Because I have a lot more insight about meditation I can share, and because I offered a famous marketer to teach him meditation, and he hasn't even bothered to answer my email.

I write many of my articles as a way to poke the Universe for answers, as a way to force my intelligence into gear.

What is meditation and what is the role of meditation?

Quoting from Wikipedia: Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself

I will examine this question as a non-meditator who has tried to meditate and failed.

I am not against meditation. Meditation as a tool, to allow all knowledge to reach you, past the noise of all there is, distinguished as knowledge beyond your own, is invaluable.

I have been quasi meditating the past day or so... the questions I am meditating over are

1. whether God is a sentient being
2. whether the "law" of attraction, the law that says that you can earn something coming to you
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2 Simple Meditation Techniques to Practice Daily

This is an article I copied from someone's blog. This article is a great example of how meditation is taught.

Meditation is an ancient technique, and its main purpose was to gain insight into life, into nature, into how the world works through going withing and upwards.

It wasn't practiced to get healthy, to get exercise, to calm down, to deal with stress. The mindset that you want something and use meditation to get it firmly anchors you in the horizontal plane, where your wants and your likes and dislikes live.

Real meditation is to get you to the vertical plane, where your wants, likes and dislikes are just noise. Where you don't need anything, because you live in the domain of being, the domain of Human Being.

That doesn't mean you don't do, and that doesn't mean you don't like or dislike. It only means: you don't live through those likes and dislikes: you live through being, experiencing the likes and dislikes. No emotional attachment.

This is what I teach, and this is what is possible: a glorious way to live. Now, here is the "borrowed article" you wanted to read. Enjoy.

While it may be next to impossible to find a quiet place for meditation, a constant sense of tranquility is essential to recharge and relax our minds. What follows are simple meditation techniques that you can perform at your own convenience.

Try these two simple meditation techniques that you can do on your own, without the help of a professional or expert.

1. Vipassana: The Art of Conscious Breathing.

Considered the easiest meditation technique, Vipassana simply requires you to be 'aware of your breathing'. This meditation technique traces its root to Gautama Buddha who follows the philosophy referred to as the "Golden Mean". He believes that going extreme is not necessary, be it in terms of fasting or in prayer. Vipassana is the perfect type of meditation for the modern man because it can be done anywhere, at any time.

Breathing is among the most natural process in our body that we can easily be aware of. It is also considered to be the sacred link between our body and our soul.

In Vipassana, the rule is simple: just be aware of your breathing process. Do not control it, but feel your breath as the air enters your body and exits. (Vipassana should not be confused with 'Pranayam', a breathing exercise taught in yoga which controls breath movements.)

In meditating using the technique of Vipassana, you should simply 'watch your breath'. Although you can do this anywhere, it is highly advised that you set a specific time and place to undergo this meditation daily.

2. Mantra Meditation: A Process of Positive Reinforcement.

Feeding our minds with optimistic thoughts does eventually lead to positive results. Mantras are words or phrases that you chant, act as the focal point for the meditation. It has been used as early as the time before the popularity and rise of Buddhism. It is considered to be an ancient meditation technique and is also among the most popular because it transcends time, culture and race.

The practice of mantra meditation requires you to repeat a sentence or a set of words. It should have a phonetic significance, something that's easy to remember.

Similar to Vipassana Meditation, meditating using a mantra can be done anywhere, but it is best done as soon as you wake up. Prepare a set of words that you'll recite, (out loud or to yourself), the moment you open your eyes. Listen to the sound of each word and internalize.

A good and steady practice of meditation will help you to improve your sense of being. By simply allotting a couple of minutes in your day to meditate, you will experience greater peace and connection to your life's purpose, and gradually uncover your full human potential.

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