When your mind is uneasy, a sense of urgency is communicated to the body, causing your nervous system to respond with anxiety and adrenaline. Science has demonstrated that even the smallest forms of sickness are far more difficult to overcome when the mind is in constant distress.
The ancient technique of meditation teaches us how to apply focus to our surroundings by bringing us closer to the sensations of our body. This is exactly when your mind can relax and be at peace.
*From MindBody Vortex | December 12, 2016
Zen is not a moral teaching, and as it is without dogma, it does not require one to believe in anything. A true spiritual path does not tell people what to believe in; rather it shows them how to think; or, in the case of Zen - what not to think.
Zen is not a theory, an idea, or a piece of knowledge. It is not a belief, a dogma, or a religion...Zen Buddhism is not interested in metaphysical theories and rituals and focuses entirely on the mindful practice of Zazen. Zen is very simple. It is so simple, in fact, that it's very difficult to grasp.
In the silence of the dojo or temple, quietly sit down, stop moving, and let go your thoughts. Focus just on your Zazen posture and your breathing. Keep your back straight. Let your ego and your unconscious mind melt away, merge with the universe. This is Zen.
When we cleanse our perceptions of grasping and attachment, we experience a universe that is infinite, awakened, and full of delight. Lions Roar features Francesca Fremantle on sight, sound, touch, and other miracles.
In an article written for The Urban Monk, Pedram Shojai discusses a network of veins called Batson’s Vertebral Plexus, a blood pathway which rises up the spine and dumps into the brain - especially the pineal gland. What makes this particularly interesting is that this becomes the preferential pathway for blood’s return to the brain with abdominal pressure.
If you look at the ancient traditions of Kundalini Yoga and Taoist Nei Gong, you see an emphasis on breathing to the low abdomen and the contraction of the pelvic floor. It is said that by increasing pressure in this region, we can draw our energy up the spine and into the spiritual centers of the brain…leading to self realization and enlightenment.
sensitivity to the beauty of things, a lamentable state of affairs.
*from ESSAYS IN IDLENESS by The Surezuregusa of Kenko. Translated by Donald Keene
"It is best to do this meditation when you have time to sleep afterwards or when you have a hard day to face. Both times are best for this. It will give you absolutely powerful energy and will balance that most effective computer that we call the brain. It is the best remedy for 'brain drain."
From The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan and 3HO.org
Remain calm in every encounter.
Speak less. Hear more.
Believe nothing you cannot verify for yourself.
Investigate and master what you do not understand.
Accept that there are things you may not ever understand.
Do not re-live past mistakes or predict future distress.
Live ONLY in the moment.
Make a complete study of how the human mind & body function and be master of yours.
Do not participate in or associate with ignorance.
Never define yourself.
Finish what you start.
Always do the very best that you can.
Do not be chained to anything that in the long run can destroy you.
Assume the best in others until proven otherwise.
Always be kind and well mannered.
Be generous without witness or need for recognition.
Receive gifts with gratitude.
Keep home and work areas organized and clutter free.
Do not take up too much space.
Do not lie, steal, or cheat.
Do not seek fame or excessive wealth.
Do not follow trends that are not in line with your own code.
Question the status quo.
Do not make unnecessary noises or gestures.
If you are not at peace, act as if you are.
Do not be impressed by strong personalities.
Eat and sleep only as much as is necessary.
Sit quietly for a few moments at the start and end of each day.
Do not discuss your personal problems.
Do not pass judgments or criticize when you do not know all the facts.
Do not have useless friendships.
Do not follow fads.
Do not sell yourself.
Respect the contracts you have signed
Be on time.
Do not be envious.
Speak only when necessary and with few words.
Do not make threats.
Follow through with your promises.
In an argument, put yourself in the place of the other.
Accept when someone is better than you.
Do not react when others speak well or ill of you.
Transform your pride into dignity.
Turn your anger into creativity.
Transform your greed into respect for the beauty.
Transform your envy into the admiration for the values of others.
Do not praise nor insult yourself.
Respect the property of others.
Do not complain.
Use your imagination.
Do not give orders or make demands.
Pay what you owe.
Do not fall into debt, buy and pay immediately.
Do not boast or brag about your possessions or accomplishments.
Do not rest on your laurels.
Do not seek or request pity, admiration, or sympathy from yourself or others.
Never contradict, just be silent.
If you offend someone, ask for forgiveness.
Admit and accept your mistakes and abandon them immediately.
Do not keep useless objects.
Be your own judge.
Do not let your possessions define you.
Never talk about yourself.
Be willing to change.
Accept that nothing is yours.
Never speak poorly or critical of others, especially when they are not present.
Look everyone and everything directly in the eye.
Live within your financial and moral means.
If you are meditating and a demon arrives, make the demon meditate.
Do not kill.
Be prepared to take risks.
Re-write this list and edit where you deem appropriate.
“Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it, for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work on themselves for a very long time and very persistently in order to attain it.”
“Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
This book, written by Nobel Prize-winner Maurice Maeterlinck, is essential reading for those seeking the hidden origin of religion and the meaning of life itself. The author explored the world's hidden mysteries for many years until stumbling upon a startling insight. This spiritual insight from long ago is revealed early in the book. He then follows it with a complete history of what arose on that foundation -- how the secret was carried to other ancient cultures around the world, then up into modern times.
Hooked on a Feeling
Let’s start with a fact: What you choose to think is what you will feel and what you feel is how you will act. If you think this way on a daily basis and therefore feel this way on a daily basis, eventually your body becomes addicted to this feeling and begins to crave it.
Knowing that your thoughts have a profound effect on your emotions is a primary ingredient to every recovery success story of people just like you and from all walks of life. I urge you to invest yourself in this knowledge. Read it, know it, memorize it if you must. I can assure you that it will produce profound and amazing results in all facets of your life.
With the majority of people I have worked with, one consistent response when presenting this idea is, “But I can’t change how I think. This is who I am, like it or leave it.” It doesn’t matter whether or not I or anyone else likes or dislikes it. What should matter to you is how it makes YOU feel. More importantly, you CAN change how you think. It has been proven by science to be a fact. Here’s how it works:
Inside your brain, there is a tiny chemical factory called the hypothalamus. It may be tiny, but it is one of the most productive chemical factories in production on the planet! The hypothalamus produces chemicals called peptides. These peptides are created to duplicate specific emotions, such as: joy, sadness, excitement, fear, relaxation, stress, anger or depression.
From the hypothalamus, the peptides are sent to the pituitary gland and then out into the blood stream which contains anywhere from twenty to thirty trillion cells. Each cell has receptor sites. The peptides dock onto the receptor sites, taking control of the cell, and eventually creating new cells with more receptor sites ready and waiting for that particular type of peptide.
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