The Journey Within – Stages of Meditation

Meditation – The Journey Within

You use and abuse your brain every living moment. You are either  observing, creating, resolving, inspiring or worrying, cursing, cribbing, plotting, planning. Have you ever tried to understand the intelligence behind your brain which makes all this possible?

This intelligence, which you often take for granted, is nothing but the cosmic divinity exhibiting itself through you.  Not many have the power of evoking this intelligence, as it requires you to make the most tedious of journey’s. A journey which doesn’t involve moving  a million miles but sitting still.

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A journey which requires you to activate your divine elements like calmness, concentration and intuition through yoga and meditation and use them to take a walk with your soul in the garden of universal bliss.

Meditation: From Body to Soul to Spirit

Meditation is the transcendence from bodily sense consciousness to super consciousness of the soul and further to the cosmic consciousness, the ultimate spirit( energy) governing our cosmos.

Only the ones who defeat the resisting restlessness of the senses and overcome delusions of the material world,through regular and effective meditation, can look within and carry forward on their journey to experience inner ecstasy.

To get in touch with the paradise within you have to forego the sensory disturbances outside. Only then can you make the connection from body to soul and consequently to the universal spirit.

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This connection occurs through different stages of meditation. Here is a brief about the stages of meditation.

The Stages of Meditation 

  1. Restlessness of sensory consciousness- The delusion of sense consciousness are the most difficult to overcome. The responsiveness to your sense of taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound are heightened when you try to sit still and meditate. The first stage of Meditation is to observe this restless aspect within you and overcome it through calmness, concentration and persistence. It is a battle between the soul forces of calmness and intuition and your senses preventing you to sit still.
  2. Realization of Super Consciousness- The few of you who outlast restlessness are awakened to the super consciousness within you. You understand that you possess subtle divine perceptions along with gross sense perceptions which work against each other. This realization is also referred to as middle point. You are exactly in the middle of the divine elements pushing you towards the spirit and the sensory elements pulling you back towards the physical world. .  In this state you can , from time to time, taste the sweet nectar of the cosmic consciousness and feel deep peace.
  3. Cosmic Closure – With constant practice you empower the divine elements further, thereby reducing the powers of the restlessness causing sense elements and opening the doors to cosmic consciousness. The more divine fuel you add to your super consciousness the closer you get to the divine element(cosmic consciousness). You start feeling this deep blissful feeling of oneness with the everything around you, yet the unrelenting  forces of desire and sensory temptation are omnipresent waiting for your concentration to slip.
  4. Samadhi(ONENESS)– You align yourself perfectly with the (GOD entity)cosmic consciousness. In oneness with the very root of the cosmos you either drown yourself in yourself or find yourself in yourself. Desires and sensory temptations have little or no hold on you at all.

CONNECT meditationThese four stages of meditation are stated in numerous ancient scripts of wisdom.  Although the words and languages might be different but in the end the concept is the same. Facilitating an inner connection of the soul with soul of the universe is the underlying motive of most ancient scripts.

Modern world distractions have made it increasingly difficult for this to happen. In a material and desire driven societies, very few have the time to look inside. With ready made virtual rewards on your fingertips why would someone make all the effort to silence senses and look inside in the first place.

Yet this bubble is on the verge of bursting as more and more people seek salvation beyond substance, meditation beyond limitation, and fulfillment beyond desires.  Discover ways of aligning and moving beyond material desires by reading 6 Ways to The World. It will help you in understanding and connecting with yourself.

 

 

Mindful Habits : Taking a Breather

You are Mindful when you to train your mind to be empty.

You occupy the moment when you meditate to  relieve yourself from momentary existence.

 You observe more when you train yourself to think less.

Mindful-ness makes you observe your actions while you do them. This way of life is cultivated by sitting and observing your thoughts, understanding the nature of sensory triggers and habit induced instincts and finally learning how to distinguish yourself from these actions in the heat of the moment as a separate observing entity.

Over time we engage in lot of activities, which either become our passions or profession.  For me it is business, health and writing, for others it might be something else.

While pursuing any kind of work or activity, you get so engrossed in doing, that you forget observing yourself as a separate entity from the activity or work that you do. In due time you are so lost that you end up believing this activity to be a natural part of your life, your calling, passionate pursuit, objective in life.

Failing to be mindful, you get engrossed in work and observe little, as a result you make these external activities larger than your own life.  This sets you on a pathway of stress and worry when expected results are not met.

Taking a breather

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It is essential to temporarily detach yourself  from the activities you pursue, even if you love doing them.

When you take a breather, you take your energies out of the task and exist, be it for a few moments, as an absolute singularity. This is essential as it lets you create a distance between the activity and yourself. Which might be temporal but at the same time necessary to observe your singularity.

You will observe that your singularity much more than whatever it is that you pursue. Your activities don’t define you rather you define your activities.

Ego will never let you out of the vicious cycle of work and passions but it is highly recommended to take a breather from both once in a while. It might seem impossible and irresponsible to leave work and even more with passionate work, but if you don’t give yourself breaks you will let yourself slide in an infinite loop of doing.

By taking breaks you will boost your minds capability of observing. This makes you more mindful and make better life decisions when you are moving at the speed of life. If you dare to be mindful in the modern world you will empower yourself to find the best in every situation in every dimension of life.

I DARE YOU TO BE MINDFUL

I dare you to be more mindful in this world which forces you to worry about unfinished work.  In a world where every action is mandatory to produce some end product. I dare you to be more mindful in this world where we act more and observe little. Where we are countering evolution and becoming work horses.

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I dare you to be more mindful in the modern world where you are being hustled into becoming an ever working hustler.

(Disclaimer: It is to be noted that a “taking a breather” is a temporary phenomenon aimed at upgrading mindfull-ness and not aimed at making you lay.)

Mental Wellness-Ancient Treasure Beyond Measure

Ancient treasure is either a valuable pot of gold or an invaluable pot of knowledge. Ancient scripture has much to learn from, if applied appropriately it opens the doors to riches beyond human perception.  I came across one such ancient treasure while reading and wanted to share my riches with all of you.

Yes it might not make you instantly rich but it provides you with wealth beyond measure.

A pot of gold is insignificant in front of a pot of knowledge, the actual ancient treasure.

Weeding Your Mental Garden

While reading some scriptures I cam across certain mental traits which most of us occupying the material realm possess.

Most skip through life unaware of these mental traits, others accept them as a part of material existence and very few try to overcome them. The ancient treasure which I am going to share is about these negative traits(weed) which needed to be weeded from the garden of your thoughts.

By weeding your mental garden you not only purify your mind but also align your thought process with universal energies of goodness and positivism. By being in alignment with these cosmic energies you open the gateway of infinite possibilities, and actually become LIMITLESS.

On the contrary if you while away your life without paying heed to the quality of your thoughts you fail to maximize your full potential. You live an unfulfilled life chasing material pleasures without ever finding inner peace.

The Gateway to Hell

If mental energies go unregulated they lead to your own downfall, making your life a living hell. Mentioned in the info graph below are 5 characteristics which your mind has to guard against repetitively as they come up in your life time and again:
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Matsarya (Envy, Materialistic Pleasure) is another such trait which you have to guard against.

These traits are so powerful that they take a hold of your mind and make you create a false identity for yourself. If not discovered and removed these traits cripple normal mental faculty.

Ancient Treasure Beyond Measure

I will keep sharing more ancient treasure, hoping we can understand and apply at least some of these ancient practices to make our minds look beyond instant gratification and think wholly.

The scope of learning and progress is infinite we can all make use of ancient treasures to become better people and creating a better world.

The Art of Procrastination – Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

The only way to get better at anything is by repetition. Sadly the same goes for procrastination. All experienced procrastinators, me not being an exception,  have mastered this art to such an extent that  nowadays excuses to delay precede plans of execution.

As a result dawn keeps turning to dusk and the procrastinator keeps sitting, waiting, wishing. The art of procrastination is the single biggest reason for unfulfilled goals, unrealized dreams and wasted potential and more than most are diagnosed with it, some still unaware.

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The first step in achieving any task is knowing what to do, the second part is planning and then finally executing on your idea. As a generation we have become very good at the first two parts, but when it comes to execution we sit, wish and wait.

Inertia of rest and motion

Inertia is the state of a body to stay in its state of rest or constant motion. For achievers it implies constant activity for procrastinators, constant rest.

While the achievers keep acting constantly the ones who get used to rest seldom move. With time as procrastination becomes a habit, the inertia of rest becomes too big a force to overcome.

All of us find ourselves procrastinating sometime or the other.  Some are more chronic procrastinators while others do it moderately. 
MOST REQUESTEDSharing Solutions

I, over the last few months, have been delaying writing an article for my website (Earlier I used to write as many as 5 of them in a week). Everyday I used to wake up with the intention and slept with no end product.

As I made my journey to turn intentions into an end product, I thought what better way to end my period of procrastination than by writing an article on the art of procrastination. By sharing my experiences in a nutshell I wish to help others struggling with similar problems of inaction.

So here are ways of combating procrastination:

  1. Give yourself deadlines- We used to end up doing herculean homework because it had a deadline attached to it. It appears impossible to solve so many sums, write so many letters, draw so many diagrams now, but we managed as we were time bound. Similarly I gave myself a stern timeline to finish this article or delete my website.
  2.  Break down the task into smaller bits- At times we postpone acting because the amount of work involved involved seems too much. In these cases it is to be understood we should divide the same task into smaller bits. By doing this we trick our minds into action as the task appears relatively smaller. I divided the task of writing the article into topic research, headline selection, content creation, graphic creation, content editing so I had clear and simple picture of executable tasks to fulfill my ultimate aim.
  3. Do what you love first- Once you have broken down the task into smaller portions, you can select the part that you love doing and act on it first. As I have a new found love for CANVA, I started with graphic creation and headline selection. As I executed, my interest in the task grew, and as a result I tricked myself beyond procrastination. (That has to be confirmed if I don’t find any other excuse to delay it by EOD today)
  4. Silence your mind- You cant shut down all devices but to focus on one task you can at least silence your mind from other activities and temptations.  Meditation will help you reach this state when even after being disturbed you will get back to the work at hand.  Yes social media alerts, phone calls, even toilet or snack breaks are trigger points of a train of thoughts which can totally distract you from the task. But with some meditation you will be mindful of how your brain works and get back as soon as you get distracted.

So finally I made it through this article without getting up even once. Barring a few editing and posting formalities I believe I have for now won the war against the procrastination. Do share your thoughts and experiences with regards to the art of procrastination and how you combat it.

 

Realigning your awesome

You inspired awe when you were born, and as time flew by so did your aura of awe.  There was no right and wrong at that time, no good or bad, your instincts were appreciated and allowed to exhibit themselves in the most natural way. There was no self editing, self judgement and you just flowed in the most natural way.

As you grew up you were moderated and controlled, told to do the right things, corrected at every step by structures of our society, families, religions and governments all seemed to know whats right for you. These structures of society dictated your actions and their lessons, which you were better without, seeped through to your sub conscious. Thereby developing a self editing software which crippled your awesomeness. The same has been going on from generation to generation.

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The social prison, which cages your thoughts, limits your natural genius, forcing you to relinquish your instincts and choose a mechanical life instead. The things which you notice least are the biggest influencing factors here. Religion, family, governments all impose restrictions on your free spirit. They make you believe social acceptance and long term stability are the actual purpose of your life rather than creativity and imagination,

The blueprint of your life is designed by someone else even before you can make sense of the world properly.  By the time you understand how the word works, you have already gone too far on the path of mediocrity to take a step back.

But there is always freewill and choice. At any point of time in your existence you can decide to realign your life and get in touch with your own awesomeness once again. There will be sacrifices, fights, feuds and misunderstandings, but all are a small price to pay in order realign with your awesomeness.

Realigning with your Awesome

Weed out the society induced stresses from your brain. There are methods ad ways to observe yourself, to find whether you are in tune with your own awesomeness and working on passions or your alignment is off, and you base your life on fear.

If you are in alignment with your awesome self, you will work on faith rather than on fear.

Here are some ways of recognizing and re aligning with your awesomeness:

  1. Pause: The first and most difficult aspect of realigning with your awesomeness is to take a break from whatever you are engaged in. Yes, the task demands you and it would be impossible for you to get away from it, but your life is more important than all the money you make.
  2. Silence Logic- Your socially conditioned brain will talk you out of all your attempts of realigning with your awesomeness, so observe these thoughts and let them pass till they get muted by themselves. Meditation or just sitting alone with oneself will be effective in doing this.
  3. Identify Bliss- It is not selfish to do whats best for you. After silencing the mind, it will be easy to identify things which make you feel blissful. These are the things you are genuinely passionate about. Things which you can work on endlessly, without expecting rewards.
  4. Flow- Once you attain this blissful picture, just let your spirit flow in this direction. Observe the resistance that you will face but do whatever it takes to overcome it to let your spirit flow.

This is how you will realign with your awesomeness. A state of mind with effortless execution of all tasks, a belief system fueled by faith not fear. This state will help you follow passionate pursuits and empower you with a relentless obsession which will help you fulfill your purpose on the planet.

We are not occupying Earth to spend most of our lives behind desks and jobs to ensure weekly and monthly sustenance. We are not here to spectate events, news, shows and the lives of those around us. We are here to contribute, and an awesome mindset will definitely contribute.  My book 6 ways to the world elaborates on other ways of realigning with your awesome, read it now.

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