The Present Moment

All the ‘good’ books, tell you to live ‘in the present moment’, which sounds like a really great idea.  But, you can’t help but live in the present moment, because that is where you always are anyway, so, it is impossible NOT to BE in the present moment in ordinary attention. Though, sometimes, in our present moment, we are reminiscing about the past, or dreaming about the future, you have to consider that this is just a quality of the present moment.  ie, ‘in this present moment I am reflecting upon the past’.  Since this comes so naturally to us, I have a hard time labeling it as ‘bad’. Personally, I think we have to transcend the present moment.  Sort of fly up and look down upon it from above.  From that vantage  point, you realize that it doesn’t matter what is taking place in your present moment.  There is… Read the rest....
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Yantra Meditation

Today I would like to introduce another meditation technique called Yantra Meditation. A yantra is a sacred geometric diagram some of which have been around for thousands of years. A yantra is said to be a symbolic depiction of a doorway into a higher dimension of mind. By focusing on a yantra during meditation, you can draw some of the energy and awareness from that higher dimension into your own mind. There are many different yantras. Find one that seems to feel right for you. The yantra below is my favorite. It is known as the Sri Yantra. It is associated with the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, who is also associated with the Heart Chakra energy center (more on those in a couple of days). To use a yantra in meditation, you should print one out on regular 8X10 photo paper, and mount it in a simple frame that you set… Read the rest....
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Breathing Meditation for Beginners

Today I’d like to introduce an easy breathing meditation technique. In meditation, first of all, our objective is to stop all thought. It would be nice if we could flick a switch and just turn off all thought, but it can be pretty difficult to do, especially in the beginning. So, one technique is to focus on one thing to the exclusion of everything else. If you focus on one thing intensely, you push all the other thoughts out of your mind. In this exercise, all we’re going to focus on is the inhalation and exhalation of our breath. OK, maybe two things, we’re also going to count (or is that three things?). Sit up with your back straight. You can sit in a chair, or on a cushion on the floor, whatever feels most comfortable to you, just as long as your spine is very straight. Close your eyes,… Read the rest....
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Chakra Meditation

Chakras are energy centers that appear in the subtle-physical or energy body.  The word ‘chakra’ means ‘wheel’;  the luminous lines of the energy body come together in several nexus which appear like the wheel of a chariot.  Most systems of yoga recognize seven principal chakras, though there are many more.  The seven are usually referenced by their approximate relationship with the physical body, though they do not exist in the physical body.  These would be the root chakra, located at the base of the spine, the sex chakra located at the base of the genitals, the navel chakra located just below the belly button, [note: some systems substitute a chakra located above the navel in the solar plexus area for the navel chakra], the heart center located in the center of the chest, the throat center at the base of the throat near the collar bones, the third-eye center which… Read the rest....
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Guided tour through the chakras

For beginners, here’s a video to guide you through the chakras!
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