Here’s hoping that you reward yourself with these 15 minute retreats and that they lead you to always act with intention.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
I am inviting my blog family to join me in The Chopra Center 21 Day Meditation Challenge- Creating Abundance. I have participated in a previous meditation challenges. They are very helpful and helped to begin a practice of meditation. Day 1- is the Reality of Abundance. You can also register here. Please let me know how you it enjoy it!
Meditation is simply directed concentration, and involves learning to focus your awareness and direct it onto an object: your breath, a phrase or word repeated silently, a memorized inspirational passage, or an image in the mind’s eye. The benefits of meditation are numerous, and include:
1. Helping to lower blood pressure
2. Decreasing heart and respiratory
3. Increasing blood flow
4. Enhancing immune function
5. Reducing perception of pain and relieving chronic pain due to arthritis and other disorders
6. Maintaining level mood
7. Bringing awareness and mindfulness to everyday aspects of life http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP04581/Meditate-Each-Day-Keep-the-Doctor-Away.html
Deepak Chopra Meditation– One of My Favorites!
I was raised eating meat just like most other Americans. I believed that finishing my dinner and gulping down my milk would make me grow up to be big and strong. I was given a familiar message that kids (and parents!) are still being spoon-fed today. Never once did I consider exactly what I was eating or what happened to the animal before it reached my plate. Of course, I did have my vegan friends around me, such as my assistant, Simone Reyes, and good friend Glen E. Friedman always pounding me with reasons to join their team, but it wasn’t until about fifteen years ago when I began taking yoga classes at Jivamukti Yoga Center in NYC that I became vegetarian. I credit the teachings at that school with many of the life-altering changes in my life. The teachings of my gurus, Sharon and David Life, are responsible for me not only having a newfound respect for my body, but for changing my eating habits and quieting my mind through meditation. Up until this time, a hamburger was something stuck between two buns — not a cow, a wing was something you dipped in BBQ sauce — not a chicken, and milk was something you drank as a human, never realizing it was only meant for a calf. Yoga continues to teach me many things, perhaps the most important is the concept of non-violence in EVERY aspect of your life as a global citizen of the world. The more I opened myself up to the idea of the full scope of exactly what non-violence translates to, the less interested I became in consuming the energy associated with the flesh of an animal that only knew suffering in his/her life and pain and terror in its death. The more I learned about factory farming and the cruelty animals raised for food must endure before they are led (or dragged) to slaughter, the more I realized that I could not, in good conscience, be a contributor to such violence. The practice of yoga raised my consciousness to exactly what eating meat meant — not only to my own health, but to my karma and the world at large. Then about ten years ago, I began to live my life in what many vegans refer to as “fully awake.” I became a full-on vegan and have never looked back. To me, what Sharon and David were teaching was simple and made sense. What we do to others has a karmic effect on our own lives. If we want to be free and happy, then we should not cause others unhappiness or enslave them. Sharon says it best, “You begin to understand Patanjali’s sutra, Sthira Sukham Asana, which means that our connection (relationship) to the Earth and all other beings (what the word asana means) should be mutually beneficial, should be coming from a consistent (Sthira) place of joy (Sukham).” Being a thoughtful vegan makes our time on this Earth more peaceful and joyous, because you get to have a hand in promoting and increasing the happiness, good health and well-being of others — both animal and human — rather than being an instrument of their suffering and death. I am a father. I want my children and their children to have a healthy Earth to live in for many years to come. The impact on the Earth from eating meat is mind-blowing. Every year in the U.S., more than 27 billion animals are slaughtered for food. Meat consumption is poisoning and depleting our potable water, land and pure, clean air. More than half of the water used in the United States today goes to animal agriculture, and since animals on factory farms produce 130 times more waste than the human population, the result is polluting our waterways. Animal excrement emits gases, such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, which poison the air around farms, as well as methane and nitrous oxide, all resulting in the number one cause of global warming. This needs to stop. I grew up in Hollis, Queens and always make it my job to never forget where I came from and to always give back to my community. So, of course, I am particularly saddened that in poor urban communities the cheapest, most accessible food is fast food, which is also the most likely to increase the risk of developing various diseases and illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes and obesity. That is why, whenever I can, I use my voice to speak out for healthier food options to be offered in vending machines, local markets and inner city classrooms. Slowly but surely, I am seeing change happen. I’m not alone. My longtime assistant, Simone Reyes, is a grassroots animal rights activist who works closely with PETA — and collectively I do believe we are making a dent in the way animals are perceived. We used our reality show to frequently drive home the message of animal rights. I am very hopeful that as more and more videos make their way across the internet of what happens behind closed doors of slaughterhouses, and filmmakers continue to make films such as “Earthlings,” “Food Inc.,” etc., the more educated people will become about their food choices. I am optimistic that through education, people, especially parents, will be able to make wise decisions about what pollutants they want to avoid putting into their children’s bodies and take responsibility as humans for our part in the destruction of Mother Earth.Every day, more and more people are turning vegan, more children are looking at a rib and making the connection that it came from a suffering animal and more people are loving themselves and the Earth they live on just a little bit more by saying no to meat and dairy. By switching to a vegetarian diet, you can save more than 100 animals a year from this misery. But we have a long road ahead of us before everyone’s consciousness is open to making these changes. Until then, we spread the word, we show the videos and we say a silent prayer for the animals that continue suffer in a world that is not their own”.
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a VEGAN
A Dietary Vegan (or strict vegetarian) is one who eliminates animal products (not only meat and fish, but also dairy products, eggs and often honey, as well as other animal-derived substances) from their diet.
Ethical Vegan or Lifestyle Vegan is often applied to someone who not only follows a vegan diet, but extends the vegan philosophy into other areas of their life.
Environmental Veganism– which refers to the rejection of animal products on the premise that the industrial exploitation of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable. Wikipedia
I’m inspired to try it…I’ll let you know how it goes….KDB Better!
“Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than three thousand years ago. Its purpose is to help each one of us achieve our highest potential and to experience enduring health and happiness. With Yoga, we can extend our healthy, productive years far beyond the accepted norm and, at the same time, improve the quality of our lives.”
The Law of Least Effort: Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease, with carefreeness, harmony, and love. And when we harness the forces of harmony, joy, and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease.I will put the Law of Least Effort into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:
1.I will practice acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were.
2.Having accepted things as they are, I will take responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself.) I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.
3.Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.