If you are curious about what the techniques are all about, I can say ‘it’s nothing special’, at least not outwardly. At first I didn’t feel much when I tried them, but after a couple of weeks I started to get the good ‘fuzzy feeling’ in my chest that is described by many. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. If you learn how to meditate, you may be doing so due to the many meditation benefits you have been told about. The benefits start even with meditation for beginners, and the stress relief effects are well known and researched.
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Meditation is the practice of calming the mind, connecting with the body, and focussing on what is happening in the present moment. With meditation you can reduce stress and pain, be happier, more focussed, increase your memory, and generally improve your quality of life.
Basic and detailed instructions - one pointed concentration, walking meditation, body sensations, postures, lying down meditation, stretches for sitting, and tonglen meditation.
The Gayatri Mantra, Om Namah Shivaya, Maha Mrityunjaya, Ganesh Mantra, Lakshmi Mantra, Durga Mantra, Hanuman Mantra, Moola Mantra, Om Mantra, Aakhan Jor and So Ham. Teachers from different traditions answer the same questions in this series of video interviews. A hand-picked selection of the best meditation and spiritual videos available on the internet, from Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Barry Long, both Krishnamurti's, Pema Chodron and Douglas Harding. Everything on this website is offered freely, and donations help us pay for the ongoing cost of this website and are greatly appreciated. To provide information on meditation that is not specific to or funded by one particular meditation organization or philosophy.This website recognizes that we are all individuals, and as such may need different techniques or paths to achieve our personal goals.
Basic and detailed instructions - one pointed concentration, walking meditation, body sensations, postures, lying down meditation, stretches for sitting, and tonglen meditation. Our thanks to Jaya Ashmore of Open Dharma for providing and allowing the use of these instructions. These reactions are interesting in their own right, but for now open yourself again and again to the naked sounds themselves.
Returning attention again and again to a fixed, relatively unchanging object sharpens and strengthens our ability to pay close attention to life. 3) Rest the eyes while seeing: practice relaxation whenever tension in the body-mind becomes noticeable. 4) Neither fight with nor entertain any images that seem to appear in the object. 5) Sometimes it can be useful to pinpoint the vision on a tiny detail of the object. Once we can gather the mind in one-pointed concentration, just for a couple of minutes, then we are much better equipped to continue the inner journey. Sustaining awareness of the physical sensations in the legs and feet while walking helps bring interest and openness into everyday life. Simply experience the changing textures, temperatures, weights, densities, vibrations, and so on. It is the way we take in experience, the way sights, sounds, smells, tastes, physical sensations, and thoughts get immediately filtered as pleasant, unpleasant, or neither. We don't just see color, we automatically see a color we like, or don't like, or don't care abouta€”a color that is good, bad or unimportant.
An unnoticed unpleasant feeling-tone that persists for half an hour can create a bad mood that lasts all day. Cultivating loving kindness is a crucial counterpart to other meditation practices such as concentration, awareness, equanimity, and investigation. Traditionally prescribed to relieve fear for those who walked through jungles and slept in caves, loving kindness practice is an antidote for negativity, whether self-hatred, anger, insecurity or resistance to change.
Formal loving kindness practice taps into the power of intention, the ability of the mind to set itself moving in a particular direction.
If I have caused any living being harm, intentionally or unintentionally, I ask forgiveness.
If any living being has caused me harm, intentionally or unintentionally, I offer forgiveness.
Connecting to the meaning, repeat the words slowly, perhaps in rhythm with your breath, for at least 5-10 minutes. Note that at times it might be helpful to focus lovingkindness on oneself throughout the entire meditation period. For several minutes or more, offer lovingkindness to all the beings in the hall, room, garden, or landscape. After several minutes, again expand your sense of the moment to include a broader area, offering loving kindness to the surrounding ashram or neighborhood or ecosystem. Then expand your awareness periodically to embrace the town, the state or province, the country, the planet and the universe. A third way to practice loving kindness is to focus on specific individuals, as usual starting with yourself. The third individual to receive your well-wishing is a person about whom you feel neutral. Once you have become familiar with the suggested forms of loving kindness cultivation, you can be creative and find your own forms.
You may find it more effective to start with what is easier and move towards what is more difficult. Notice how striving to find an imaginary perfect posture is just a nagging, unpleasant, mind-game. For many people, lying down is the position most suitable for being relaxed, open and still.
It is really worthwhile to experiment with different degrees of softness and different heights of cushions and surfaces. Make sure you are lying on a soft enough surface and preferably with no extra pillow under your head.
With feet resting firmly on floor or cushions, sit upright and without leaning on the back of the chair if possible.
To rest is not only to relax but also to energize ourselvesa€”a paradoxical combination of qualities essential for the alchemy of meditation. In contrast to sitting for meditation, lying down to rest or meditate brings a different atmosphere which can be disconcerting at first. Experience shows that, yes, it is very likely that we will sometimes fall asleep and perhaps even snore! In the meditation hall, we can welcome sleep as well as waking and the many, often fertile, states of mind between sleep and waking. You may remember sometimes waking up from a sleep anda€”before plugging into your persona, your list of things to do, and your limited sense of who you area€”feeling for a moment a breezy, caring ease. We desperately need to discover a different kind of wakefulness, clarity, and creative actiona€”a way of being moved from within by our connection with life and with our deepest wisdom. These stretches, when done regularly for several months, can help the body sit more comfortably for a longer time.
The most important thing to bear in mind while stretching is that each person's body is unique.
It is especially important that you give the highest authority to your own body's wisdom, since I am not an expert. Relaxing into the back of the body, connect with the natural generosity of the out-breath, and the natural receptivity of the in-breath.


We can start to feel for a more spacious sense of presence by tuning into the space at the end of the out-breath, or by feeling the space around the body as we let the body breathe. The breath, the mind, and the body are just some of the sparkling things happening within gentle spaciousness. If we cannot feel very vividly the texture and flavor of what is important, then we may remember a time we experienced clarity, freedom, joy, feeling at home or loved, or a deep happiness for no reason. Again, choose something specific and clear, and tune into the texture: burning? Remembering the night sky, we continue to let the inhalation bring us into intimacy with the texture of the difficult. Vatican's chief exorcist has claimed that practicing yoga and reading 'Harry Potter' brings evil. And when doing the WMD meditation one can of course do any kind of meditation that works best for the purpose. The ‘problem’ with this practice, though, is that you can only learn the techniques from Maharaji himself, and you have to plow through a host of DVDs with him talking first. And for the first time, a meditation techniques eased the ’shortness of breath’ that I have felt so many times during stressful periods in my life. I think this technique complements The Knowledge in many ways, even though it can totally stand alone. Two of them are quite challenging in the beginning and includes static body positions held as long as you can. I must say, I do them to infrequently, but alternating between them every second day would be the ultimate combination. You become more self aware, it helps you focus, helps you calm your unwanted thoughts, concentrate and even become more creative.
But you need to make sure you follow a simple program, one that helps with meditation for beginners. Although they may differ considerably, most meditation practices aim to calm, or quieten the thoughts.
It helps us live more fully in the present instead of being lost in thoughts, images, regrets, and fears about the past and future.
They each have that special combination of supportive atmosphere and stillness that nurtures the cultivation of a quiet mind and depth of meditation practice.
Thus we offer a range of methods and techniques in the hope that you may find something that resonates with you, and assists you in finding what you are looking for. To begin with, invite your body to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible, lying down or sitting on a cushion, bench, or chair.
Whenever you remember, relax into the back of the body and allow attention to receive direct experience.
With the sounds more in the background, let this same receptive attention open to the body: its weight and posture, movements and textures, warmth and coolness. The opposite of what most of us are used to, this training of the mind is simple but not necessarily easy. If there is pressure on the eyes, unusual visual effects, such as seeing colors or losing focus, may occur.
The main focus is on the soles of the feet, as you walk back and forth at a normal or slow pace. It can be possible, to expand this alertness to the intentions to lift, move, or place a foot. Conversely, a good mood can make us more likely to give our attention to experiences with pleasant feeling-tone, to notice what we like, to think optimistically, etc.
Diligent loving kindness practice brings easy sleep, pleasant dreams, protection from danger, a radiant face, a serene mind, and an unconfused death. The practices mentioned below use the silent repetition of words expressing love to self and others.
The Buddha said, “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. Once you have spent some time directing lovingkindness towards yourself, you can send it out to all beings in each of the directions one by one: north, south, east, west, above, and below. It can be difficult to think of such a person, since we usually jump to conclusions about others as soon as we meet them. For example, if sending love to yourself is excruciating, you can break from the usual pattern and begin with a benefactor or friend. This relaxed stillness makes it harder for the controlling mind to dominate and therefore leaves space for a deeper and more fluid awareness to come through.
Usually a yoga mat is too thin if you want to be able to stay still long enough for a deep meditation.
Usually a very small, soft pillow under your ear is enough, but be caring about your neck. Your head will need to tilt slightly to one side, and a soft pillow under the ear may suffice. At the same time, you can place your upper arm along your hip and buttock, so that the fingers are near the coccyx.
Bend the other leg to one side so that the knee points to the front and the foot points behind you. In spite of our conditioning to the contrary, sleeping is not a sin, and snoring is actually just one more sound of nature.
If one knows one just needs a nap, then feel free to do it in bed rather than the hall.
The flavor of such moments gives us the taste of genuine meditation much more so than do our usual attempts to control or train the mind.
The challenge is to stay in touch with your own body, and make sure that you don't overdo it.
I am just sharing, as a friend, these stretches that I have gathered from various yoga facilitators and physical therapists over the last few years. Cross right leg in front of you, with knee pointing towards the front, and right foot close to, but not under, left buttock.
With sole of left foot flat on floor and not far in front of left hip, turn left foot and bent left knee out towards left.
Use a blanket under the back edge of your buttocks to help you sit up on your sitting bones. Let the memory be as vivid as possible, as we remember sounds, temperature, posture, etc. Then think of a moment of difficulty in your own or someone else's lifea€”not an overwhelming difficulty but something that moves your heart, something you can feel.
On the out-breath, we can now also re-connect with the texture of what we love in life, the texture of what is important. As we get more familiar with this technique of reversala€”of stopping our usual running away from the difficult and burying the light--we may find that it helps us uncover a natural, uncontrived circle of transforming generosity. November 27, 2011 - London Vatican's chief exorcist has claimed that practicing yoga and reading 'Harry Potter' brings evil. He went to graduate school at Boston College, became a social worker, got married, raised four children, got elected to the Clinton Board of Selectmen and over the past years, has watched three wars unfold on his television screen. Now, I will admit that he has a lot of good things to say, and I managed to get through the DVDs eventually, but it took me about a year. They are 4 simple ‘positions’ of your arms, hands and head that are to be held an amount of time each.
While The Knowledge is mostly about ‘inner peace’, Falun Gong also helps to heal your body in a unique way. Our inclusion of these links is for your convenience only and does not imply an endorsement of any material on such linked sites or any association with the site operators. To help yourself fully arrive here, breathe out two or three times as profoundly as possible. After a few minutes, begin again the practice of continually returning the attention to simple seeing.
Awareness of intentions gives more space between unconscious urges and following through on them. It is not important to feel anything special, but rather to connect again and again to the meaning of the words. With the first few breaths, receive a sense of your body, heart, and mind as they are right now. If while sending love to a large group you become distracted, then return to a smaller group for a while.


Use a mattress, folded blanket, soft carpet, or a combination of two or more things. Even better for many people is to place pillows under the whole length of your legs, with the feet higher than the knees and the knees higher than the hips. Some people prefer this position without a pillow under the head, and others prefer to put a larger pillow under the whole upper body.
Some people need to have the hands not touching the body; others find certain hand positions helpful for meditation.
As with other cross-legged positions, please alternate legs in alternate sittings: if the left leg is in front in one sitting, then have the right leg in front in the next sitting. Cross left leg over right, so that eventually left knee will be over right and left foot will be next to right buttock. Next, keeping in tune with the breath, circle the ankles: first together in each direction, then in opposite directions. Use left arm to pull left leg towards you on in-breath; down towards floora€”gentlya€”on out-breath. What makes life worth living?" We can throw the question into the gap after the out-breath, and just wait for a natural response, as the in-breath answers the out-breath. Father Gabriel Amorth, who has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in the past 25 years after being appointed by the late Pope John Paul II, surprised delegates at a conference by revealing his dislike for yoga and 'Harry Potter'. Dziokonski, who was a Navy corpsman assigned to a Marine Corps rifle company in Vietnam and a recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with a Combat "V," considers himself a strong man, a self-described curmudgeon. In this article I want to write about two meditation techniques that work for me on a daily basis, and they’re free to learn too.
Of course, this might discourage you trying to learn these techniques, but be assured, it’s all free, (and you can skip ahead, but don’t tell anyone I told you).
One have to understand, though, that the techniques are not ‘end all be all’ when it comes to Maharaji.
The advantage of Falun Gong is also that it can be taught by anyone that have learnt it, and of course, it’s also free. The static techniques are the more meditating ones, even though the whole process is done with closed eyes and an inward meditative focus. Unfortunately Falun Gong has been banned in China by the Chinese government, and practitioners have been arrested, tortured and stolen organs from.
Let about 25% of your attention rest in that place, while also staying open to sounds, thoughts, and the whole body. Once the following methods are familiar to you, you may experiment with a focus other than words, such as visualization or the simple sense of love.
It may be a facilitator, friend, or even someone like the Dalai Lama whom you may not know well. Be careful with your knees: if the legs roll out to the sides too much, you may feel strain in your knees after a while.
You may also like to put one hand under the hip of your straight leg, and the other near your forehead, face, throat or upper chest. Top of hips is slightly rolled forward, so that abdomen opens and spine is supported and straight.
Clasp hands (or wrap a cloth) over ball of foot and gently pull leg down towards trunk.
So when he found himself at the top of a mountain crying over a dead butterfly, he knew he needed help. You borrow the DVDs from a local ‘library’, send them back when you’re done, and order next package of 6 DVDs. While The Knowledge builds on a thousands of years old technique from India, Falun Gong builds on thousands of years old chi gong techniques. Falun Gong didn’t give me that deep relaxed breathing I got with the Knowledge, at least not in the beginning.
Falun Gong is a meditation technique, like Yoga or Tai Chi, that is efficient and helpful for ones health. Gently lower right knee, left hip, and torso towards floor until you find a good stretch.
If we are focusing on a specific person other than ourselves, we can direct the silkiness (or whatever texture) towards that person.
They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. And he found relief and release in a yoga program designed specifically for war veterans called Yoga Warriors International.
Falun Gong also includes a whole philosophy, even though more Buddhistic in style than Maharaji’s ‘religionless’ talks.
What it does do, though, that The Knowledge does not (not in the same way, at least), is to heal my whole body, straitening up my back and curing any ills I might have. Notice if any image comes to match a sounda€”a mental picture of a bird for a birdsong, for example. Some people need to sit directly on the floor without a cushion, and some people need several cushions stacked up.
Cimini, the founding director of Central Mass Yoga and Wellness in West Boylston, designed to alleviate the symptoms of combat stress or post-traumatic stress disorder. It is done by you coming to a designated location and watching Maharaji from a DVD teaching the techniques on a screen. Is it possible to know the difference between the image of a bird and the simple sound?
Notice if any other reactions come in response to the soundsa€”the body tightening or the mind judging and commenting.
Speaking on the subject of People And Religion at a fringe event at the Umbria Film Festival in Terni, Father Amorth spoke of his distaste for JK Rowling's young wizard. Even though their respective ‘guru’s’ will probably say that you should only stick to one practice, I follow my own feelings about this.
In Harry Potter the Devil is at work in a cunning and crafty way, he is using his extraordinary powers of magic and evil," he said. He studies each and everyone of us and our tendencies towards good and evil and then he tempts us.
With PTSD, your emotions are ruled by what happened 20 or 30 years ago." Dziokonski originally took yoga to gain more flexibility. As he practiced yoga, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were unfolding a world away, but were hitting close to home for Dziokonski. This is not the first time that the 85-year-old has raised eyebrows with his forthright views, as last year he had said that the ongoing child sex scandals rocking the Catholic Church were evidence that "the Devil was at work in the Vatican".
The war was in our living room," Dziokonski said, recalling the firefights that were being broadcast on the nightly news.
In fact, Dziokonski had asked her to teach a class at the Worcester Veterans Center, which fellow veterans later decided to continue. In addition, she is the co-author of a study that will appear in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, "The Effects of Sensory Enhanced Hatha Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel." The study was done by Maj.
Jon Greuel, an Air Force instructor pilot, in Kirkuk, Iraq, from November 2008 to November 2009 in collaboration with Cimini. She is also working with Worcester State University to study the effect of the Yoga Warrior program on military students at the university. Zest Yoga and Fitness in Auburn is one of the local studios offering the Yoga Warriors class with a certified instructor. Zest Yoga and Fitness in Auburn began offering a Yoga Warriors class in September, and is open to all veterans and active-duty military personnel.
Dziokonski, who regularly attends a Thursday morning Yoga Warriors session, said yoga has returned to him a sense of calm, and has improved his sleep. Many Vietnam veterans are enrolled in Yoga Warriors, and also some World War II veterans, and now Iraq War veterans.
Dziokonski and Cimini said the emotional impact the war has on returning veterans may not become evident until months or years later.



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