Deepak & Oprah-21 Day Meditation Challenge

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Im looking for a few members of my blogging family to join me for the Oprah & Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge- Perfect Health which begins on March 11th!  I have participated in past meditation challenges and I must say that I really begin to look forward to each day of the challenge.  I have dedicated a page “Dont Meditate Alone”  to share our experiences and comments as we go through each day of meditation.

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Lets share this experience together! Are You In?

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Monday Motivation…Breathe.

This seemed to be a great way to end the year and begin a new!

BREATHE

BREATHE

 

Breathe.
Breathing can transform your life.
If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.
If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present.
If you are discouraged and have forgotten your purpose in life, breathe. It will remind you about how precious life is, and that each breath in this life is a gift you need to appreciate. Make the most of this gift.
If you have too many tasks to do, or are scattered during your workday, breathe. It will help bring you into focus, to concentrate on the most important task you need to be focusing on right now.
If you are spending time with someone you love, breathe. It will allow you to be present with that person, rather than thinking about work or other things you need to do.
If you are exercising, breathe. It will help you enjoy the exercise, and therefore stick with it for longer.
If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.
So breathe. And enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.

Tip: Put the word “Breathe” as a screensaver or desktop pic, or put it up as a note on your wall or fridge or on your desk. Then do it every time you see the word.

Post written by Leo Babauta.

Reblogged- http://zenhabits.net/breathe/

Sunday Inspiration- RAJA YOGA

Swami Vivekananda-Raja Yoga

Each soul is potentially divine.  The goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature: external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy– by one, or more or all of these — and be free.

Swami Vivekananda

 

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Swami Sivananada

He is the founder of The Divine Life Society (1936), Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy (1948) and author of over 200 books on yoga, vedanta and a variety of other subjects. He established Sivananda Ashram, the location of the headquarters of The Divine Life Society (DLS), on the bank of the Ganges at Shivanandanagar, at a distance of 3 kilometres from Rishikesh

Born September 8, 1887- Died July 14, 1963

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A Little More on “Yogi Philosophy” – Mystic Lesson on the Road to Meditation

Miami Metaphysical Study Group

Miami Metaphysical Study Group

Yogic Meditation is far more than just closing your eyes, regulating your breath and just sitting still quietly.  There’s actually an ancient science to the process of achieving meditation.  True meditation is a life long goal for the yoga practitioners.  To achieve a true state of meditation is an optimum goal for the yogi and is believed to take life times to reach.

The pathway to meditation consists of detailed lessons in mental concentration procedures that teach the yoga meditation student to channel his or her thoughts in one direction for long periods of time.  The restriction of the mind and concentration of a single thought for a determined period of time leads to a calmer and clearer mind.  And a crystal clear process of thought formation, which allows the student to access huge amounts of information from any targeted subject and also stored memories with their subconscious mind.

The constant practice of these concentration techniques leads the student of meditation to the door of contemplation, where he begins to have episodes of increased sensory perception which brings into play new information of the item, subject or object that is being concentrated on.  This is known as clairvoyant powers such as; psychic sight, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting and telepathy.  When the concentration moves into this stage it becomes contemplation, the second major path toward meditation.

The student then takes his new ability to concentrate and contemplate to the next level by constant practice of his contemplation which leads him into a series of contemplative states of samyama.  This samyama allows him or her to formulate mental and energy patterns of those things that they are concentrating and contemplating on which brings the knowledge and similar power of that object into manifestation and deposited into the mental and physical structure of the practitioner of contemplation.  The student then performs this samyama on everything that he can, in order to gain as much psycho-mental spiritual conscious experience.  This leads him to deeper states of conscious contemplative experiences, where he begin to control the flow of mind and subtle energies within the nadis, which are the subtle nervous system of the auric structure and the chakra system which are the major points of man’s consciousness.

At this level of contemplation the student has achieved the ability of long periods of concentration which easily moves the practitioner into a highly mental sensory perception state of contemplation. Where the student begins to consciously raise the power of kundalini partially in order to go into higher spiritual states of contemplation that leads into true meditation states.

True meditation is brought about by the ability to bring about a singularity of mind without fluctuation of thought and the ability to move large quantities of mind substance and vital energies through the nadis and chakras in order to achieve a full movement of kundalini a highly concentrated vital force used by the Soul to gain higher states of consciousness through the purification of nadis and opening and synchronization of the chakras.

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CD audio – Concentration, Contemplation and Meditation; lecture by Dr. George King
CD audio – The Psychic Centers – Their Significance and Development; lecture by Dr. George King

A Little on Yoga Philosophy

It surprises most people to know that “Yoga” actually means union with God (the Absolute). And that there are many forms of yoga for making union with the Absolute the Supreme Being.  Yoga Philosophy tells us that the various forms of yoga are used to make contact with God through various components of the temple of God (the body and mind).  There are five main forms of yoga that are popular around the world and are given safely to the public, which are; Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Bhakti yoga, Jnani yoga and Karma yoga.

  1. Hatha Yoga      is a system of physical exercises that brings about a balance in the physical body which allows the person feel and come closer to presence of God within.  So Hatha yoga is making union with God through physical well-being.
  2. Raja Yoga is a system of procedures that enhances the mental faculties of a person giving them the ability to make contact and come closer to the higher essence of their consciousness unifying them with the creator of all consciousness God the Supreme Being.
  3. Bhakti Yoga  is the yoga of devotion; it is a system of procedures that lead man down a balance pathway of worshiping God and devoting their lives to God unconditionally. It is the yoga that unifies man with God through devotion.
  4. Jnani Yoga is the yoga of wisdom, in this yoga system the practitioner uses knowledge and wisdom to make union with God.  They shape their whole life around procedures and methods of obtaining higher forms of knowledge that leads toward a balance and harmonies union with the Divine Spark of God within.
  5. Karma Yoga  is the yoga of actions under the divine laws of God.  The word Karma means action and all actions work within a framework of divine laws that places the exact pressures on each action. Karma yoga is about molding all your actions under the divine Laws of God thereby making unit with God through all your thoughts and actions.

These free ebooks on this subject can be downloaded from  http://www.mysticknowledge.org/ :

Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Practice of Karma Yoga,- By Swami Sivananda

Hatha Yoga or the Yogi Philosophy, Series of Lessons in Raja Yoga, Series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga,  and Advanced Course Yogi Philosophy,- By Yogic Ramacharaka