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srkudai

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Guided Meditations and Miscellaneous pointers on Meditation
« on: August 02, 2017, 11:56:28 AM »
Hi Friends,
         For all of us , whether we are students of Vedanta or whether we are seeking worldly success, its important that we gather our minds together and sharpen them so that they could be used effectively. Most often, our minds are not really with us. Let me take a simple example: Swami Vivekananda says "Be Strong" but then a "weakness" overtakes us and we are gone for a toss. The teaching is correct but we are not really in a position to "own it up" because our minds are not with us. To assimilate the teaching we need to introduce certain simple sadhanas into our daily practice. Daily practice is absolutely important and very basic. In this thread I will be presenting a few simple techniques / articles /videos on useful daily practices. In my opinion, any of these [or a combination, one can try some variation] can be of immense benefit in assimilating self knowledge. These are very elementary but "regular" practice of these simple and elementary techniques can transform our lives in big ways and also make assimilation of knowledge very easy.

Here I would also like to present some modern research findings on the effects of meditation and other  miscellaneous stuff.

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Re: Misc Ideas on Meditation
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2017, 12:02:36 PM »
The Most Elementary Meditation Technique

So here is the most elementary meditation technique which everyone should definitely try:
https://palousemindfulness.com/meditations/bodyscan.html
its guided , so very easy to focus and if one does this regularly it changes the brain structure in very favorable ways. :) I make it a point to share this with every friend of mine, since its so easy to do and the benefits are really enormous. These simple techniques can be life transforming really.

Jon Kabat-Zinn of MIT medical  school has developed an entire project called MBSR , that revolves around using mindfulness for calming the mind and reducing stress. Here is an online program based on this:
https://palousemindfulness.com/index.html

There is elaborate research done on the benefits of mindfulness -- the physical benefits are only tip of an iceberg, the real benefit is that these methods help us gather the mind and allow us to assimilate the vedantic teaching.

A note for Vedantins: 
Mindfulness = being Awareness = Abiding as Self = Just Be
but here we are doing it as a practice while vedanta says that we should remove our ignorance so that we can naturally abide as self and mindfulness becomes natural

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Re: Guided Meditations and Miscellaneous pointers on Meditation
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2017, 12:52:13 PM »
Thich Nhat Hahn Guided Meditation:

Thich Nhat Hanh is a wonderful teacher. His teachings on living in mindfulness and present moment are definitely among the best. The following is a guided meditation from him, yet again its easy and very suitable for regular practice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIgdz-M2UrA&t=86s

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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2017, 04:41:18 PM »
Meet The Happiest Man :)

Mathieu Ricard is famously known as the happiest man. This is why:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzBEaBEkcXU

Some interesting videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_30JzRGDHI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbLEf4HR74E

There are many more, worth searching on youtube. He is an inspiration too, just as Thich Nhat Hanh is.

These techniques of mindfulness, kindness, altruistic love, compassion really are the fundamentals ... once these are well learnt, we can easily assimilate self knowledge. in the end, its indeed true that we are not the mind and as vedantins we should be very clear not to associate calmness  of mind with our calmness  and agitations of mind with our agitations. but how do we actually see this ? mindfulness is a great aid and once this is mastered, self knowledge amazingly simple to live.

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Re: Guided Meditations and Miscellaneous pointers on Meditation
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2017, 08:16:46 PM »
Welcome back srkudai

Thanks for your links . Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my favorites .
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2017, 05:22:27 PM »
Dear Atmavichar,
             :) Very nice to communicate with you after a long time :)

yes Thich Nhat Hanh is really exceptional.
did you see his video on emptiness is not nothingness ? :)

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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2017, 03:36:16 PM »
Ajahn Brahm

Ajahn Brahm's talks online are great source material for meditation and related practices..
He has a fantastic book called "The Art of Disappearing". That is a very nice book to possess.

He says meditation is :" being kind, being mindful and making peace"
I found this definition to be very useful.
while youtube is full of his videos which everyone can listen to and enjoy, A guided Meditation session by Ajahn Brahm...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwlo_uOWxMc

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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2017, 01:11:06 PM »
This is from James Doty.
This is just 10 min meditation technique , we can try it multiple time throughout the day to keep ourselves centered.

:) These are all good aids to owning up  Self Knowlege and living it 24 7. one may chose some or many of these techniques.

BTW, James doty's book "into the magic shop" is a fantastic book to read.

http://intothemagicshop.com/sites/default/files/ITMS_Relaxing_the_Body-1.mp3
a few more exercises may be found here.
http://intothemagicshop.com/exercises

Guided meditations are very useful to introduce children and first timers into meditation.
With some training we might ourselves not need these, as we can do it without any other aids , and perhaps even without sitting down we may be in a position to transform our lives into meditation .... and yet, these exercises practices that only help .... its like , you may not require their support but the support itself is nice to have when its there.

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Re: Guided Meditations and Miscellaneous pointers on Meditation
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2017, 03:28:59 PM »
Thnaks Udai for the links . Will go through the same .
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2017, 10:32:08 AM »
Dear Atmavichar,
    :) Very nice and Thank you. Please do let me know how you find some of these meditations to be :)

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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2017, 08:56:10 PM »
Excellent lecture: Ajahn Brahm.
Explains the essence of living in meditation in the most direct and simple way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isfuvHljSU4

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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2017, 04:28:31 PM »
Thich Nhat Hahn ...

I REMEMBER A SHORT CONVERSATION between Buddha
and a philosopher of his time.

"I have heard tell of Buddhism as a doctrine of enlightenment.
What is its method? In other words, what do you do every day?''

"We walk, we eat, we wash ourselves, we sit down ... "

"What is there that is special in those actions? Everyone walks, eats, washes himself, sits down . . ."

"Sir, there is a difference. When we walk, we are aware of the fact that we walk; when we eat, we are aware of the fact that we eat, and so on. When others walk, eat, wash themselves, or sit down, they are not aware of what they do."

This conversation clearly expresses the Awareness of Being which in Buddhism is the secret by which man "sheds light" on his existence, produces the power of  concentration, and, finally, brings wisdom to fruition. Awareness of Being is the backbone of the Buddhist method.