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[MAPPING THE MIND]
MIND AND BODY
There`s more to meditation than just closing ones eyes and an understanding of this technique demands an understanding of our mental realm. The subtle state of mind, which is the ultimate stage of meditation, requires a tremendous amount of energy to reach. An absolute harmony between our gross physical realm, sensual realm and our life energy is the prerequisite of a meditative state of mind.
Traditional perceptions of our mental make-up are uncommonly useful in understanding the workings of the mind. According to ayurveda and yoga, both the mind and the body are made up of the `Five Great Elements` (Panchabhutas) of earth (prithvi), water (jal), fire (agni or tej), air (vayu) and ether or space (akash).
But in spite of such composition, they have absolutely opposite elemental structures. While the body is made up of the heavier elements of earth…
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As anger builds maintain your breath
Deep and long, slow and strong
Push out the evil until it’s gone
When health is low lift up your head
close your eyes and breathe instead
suck in your gut, push out your chest
When sadness strikes become the wise
lift your arms up to the sky
inhale til you can’t no more
then exhale slow to cure it all
So whether it be cigarettes, swearing, bad behaviour, bad eating habits or anything else that you need to change because you consider it an addiction or bad habit.
What is the best cure for Addiction?
Is Laziness close to Godliness?
Why not try being lazy?
It takes an enormous amount of effort to keep bad habits. For example:
Most people hate getting up in the morning BUT a cigarette smoker will happily;
All for their addiction.
But I seriously doubt that anyone would do the same thing to get something positive like
Healthy food or catch a lecture or buy a bouquet of flowers for a loved one.
So being Lazy can help kick-start your end to addiction but you will also need to know how to take action and do something positive.
The point is that you need control of yourself so that you can become either lazy or active when the situation calls for it; and most of us are active in bad habits and lazy with our good habits. We just need to switch it up.
What is Addiction really?
Smokers are not addicted to how wonderful cigarettes make them feel because cigarettes make you feel crap.
They are addicted to;
As you can clearly see Addiction is more a mental than physical thing, therefore you need more mind power than physical power to control it.
Using Meditation to rid yourself of addiction
We consider two things when creating good or bad habits;
So in order to Delete/Control this habit from your system you must convince yourself that;
1. It is hard to do and uncomfortable.
2. You don’t enjoy it or get any satisfaction both while you are doing it and after you have done it.
How to do it?
An example would be to get yourself into a slow and deep breathing cycle, then be in a positive happy frame of mind.
(The reason you set yourself up in a deep breathing and positive frame of mind from the beginning is so that your mind and body associate all that you now do with these good sensations.)
Remember a time that cigarettes made you feel sick
imagine you have just smoked three cigarettes in a row and get the sensation that you no longer need one for now.
The point is to own your feelings and convince yourself that you do not need cigarettes.
So I have shown how to use Meditation to;
But how about attacking the physical sensors. The mind is a powerful thing and you can use it convince your body it is sick or healthy.
Meditation and Taste
You can also deceive your mind into sensing taste. Self-control is about total control of your sensors so if you are up for the challenge try this out.
Prepare yourself for meditation as I went through in my previous post, low noise, comfortable position, deep slow breaths , release the bad energy and fill yourself with the good, be at a happy state of mind.
Psychology of taste
Taste is about smell and texture so when meditating imagine yourself holding a lemon in your hand.
1. roll it around in your fingers feeling the bumps and hardness of it’s skin.
2. bring it towards your nose and smell the scent of lemon.
3. bring it back out and roll it in your fingers one more time.
4. Finally take a slow bite of that lemon and you will taste the sourness on your tongue.
How did you go?
Depending on how slow and focused you were you should have tasted that lemon.
Give me some feedback and tell me how you went.
Next post I will show you how far physical senses can go whilst meditating.
In April I posted something up about how I had taught myself how to meditate and even physically exercise while doing so.
Imagine Prayer meets Meditation meets Deep Breathing meets Self-Hypnosis meets Exercise.
How it began?
I have a friend that meditates regularly and sends me audio tapes and books about how to meditate involving Chakras and astral projection and other stuff that I find hard to get my head around.
I never mediated except for Dhikr which as a muslim is an act of stopping and remembering God before doing something. But it is also an escape from the world; a small prayer.
While remembering God I’d feel all else fade away except myself and God, but I don’t see God just feel that He sees me. (Just like normal prayer).
Meditation; as my friend told me was to empty your mind and find peace within yourself.
Now I felt I already had peace as during prayer we are to ignore all other distractions, we cannot even break wind because we would become dirty and have to perform ablutions again.
Now I don’t want to turn my teachings of meditation into Islamic Meditation so all I’m talking about here is how I got to my techniques where I came from.
In Islam we don’t need meditation because our prayer is intense personal and our Dhikr (remembrance) is intense and personal.
My reason for getting into meditation was to relax while not in prayer and to try some ideas that I had; to play with my mind-body connection.
The Meditation Empty and fill
After I got nice and calm;
This was the first meditation I did and still do. I have many more advanced ones to share but I’ll leave those for other posts as it is just too much information to take in all at once.
If you cannot find inspiration in this magical world then you are not looking hard or long enough. The truth is that with all our differences we still find similar things to draw inspiration from.
Whether it takes sitting at a cafe staring into the lives of strangers or laying solitaire on your back in the sand listening to the ocean waves crash in the distance we all find our muse in sensations.
I feel myself becoming inspired or ‘juiced-up’ as I put it when my passions are flared. If something I hold great interest in has been drawn into my creative vision I become alive and attack it from all angles.
Sometimes my hunger is satiated from within, other times the source is external.
I see no distinction between writing a song, an article, a speech, a piece of poetry or a short story; they each consume my whole being and take me to places that I could only ever dream of.
Writing is escapism, a healthy addiction. To get paid for being an addict would be great, but even greater is the self-realization that we as individuals have grown as writers.
Inspiration can be drawn from our own genius. We can be our own muses.
Don’t flip out but why not try creating your own universe.
You heard me…
I used to get writer’s block a lot, especially when I was writing comedy shorts. To resolve my problem rather than having a good meal and a good night’s sleep I decided in my zombie state to expel the universe and create my own.
Go outdoors and be sure to rug up if it’s cold. Be sure you are alone and there is minimal noise.
Kneel or sit in a comfortable position. Then proceed to practice calm brreathing and arm movements.
Without making any noise tear away the universe in pieces. With your right hand suck up the trees and discard them. With your left destroy the ground beneath your feet until you are solely floating in space, your creative space.
Think of nothing except the emptiness surrounding you and the strength of your creative genius growing stronger and stronger.
Did you know that meditation is a great way to calm your nerves and build better focus in your life?
I have been meditating for years and have come up with an the easiest way to harness your non-physical power and even a way to use your mind and spirit to exercise your physical body.
Keep watching this space as I will soon reveal my techniques for all to understand, benefit and grow from.
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