A Few Thoughts About Love
Just a couple of quick thoughts came to me this morning:
First, the most obvious one: It's really a fabulous feeling to be deeply loved by someone you love, but it's even more incredible to feel the miraculous good your love does for themin terms of healing old wounds, bringing joy, giving peace.
Now something a little less obvious: Have you ever been with someone and felt their love like a tangible, powerful wave sweeping over you? I realized today that to be a person who can transmit
love like that, you have to have lots of Being (spiritual power, consciousness). Being is the medium for love to radiate tangibly. Without being, love remains a small ripple in the pond of limited consciousness. You may feel it inside yourself, but it doesn't radiate into the environment powerfully. Only upon the ocean of pure unbounded being-consciousness-bliss (Sat Chit Ananda) can love rise in a huge tangible tidal wave that concretely washes over and uplifts those around you. That said, any love is a good thing, but why not increase the voltage? Of course, you know my approach
for doing that...
Why All the Stars?
Okay, if you've ever gone to my Web site
, you might wonder, Why all the stars? What does outer space have to do with meditation? Good question.
Actually, if you've been meditating for some years, you probably already know the answer: In deep meditation, the limits to the mind dissolve, and the mind "becomes" of the nature of space, so to speak. That is, extremely subtle, unbounded, pervasive, cosmic. Thus the term, cosmic consciousness, also "chit-akasha" or the "space of consciousness."
Now if you're really paying attention, you'll notice that in the previous paragraph I put "becomes" in quotes. Why? Because the real nature of the mind already is like space. It's just that consciousness is so subtle that it assumes the form of whatever it associates with, and most of the time our consciousness is associated with the material world through the senses. Consciousness identifies with the boundaries of sensory and mental experience and so we mistakenly feel consciousness is limited and bounded, when in actuality, if we could experience consciousness in itself (which is what can happen in meditation), we would realize that it is subtler than the subtlest, absolutely unbounded and all pervasiveeven more so than space. So that's why all the space. Hope you enjoy my site
What's the Value of Pranayama?
Someone recently asked me this, so, as I couldn't think of anything else to blog about, I thought I'd say just a few main things about pranayama (which, for anyone who doesn't already know this, is basically a term referring to various techniques of regulated yogic breathing; it is one of the 8 limbs of yoga described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, and a favorite practice of yogis). First off, I love pranayama. I practice a number of different types of pranayama, and it is quite a powerful adjunct to meditation. And perhaps just for that reason, it should be taught by an experienced teacher. I don't recommend experimenting from a book, as some pranayama practices can be quite powerful. Anyway, here's a few of my impressions:
Physics tells us that matter is energy. Well, that applies to air as well. What I find is that during pranayama the breath becomes more and more refined and subtle, and the mind also becomes more subtle and focused. You can get to a point of such subtlety that you literally feel that you are not simply breathing in air, but pure energy. No kidding. Further, you can feel this energy filling you up, or perhaps moving up and down the spine. Of course there's much that could be said about this in relation to the nadis (subtle conduits through which energy or life force moves throughout the subtle body), spine, and the nostrils, but I'm not going to venture there right now. I don't want to talk theory, but direct experience.
When I say this energy fills you up, you can feel your whole body and being becoming stronger, invigorated, and as you get filled up by the subtle prana from pranayama, your mind becomes more and more still, which is great for deepening meditation. Think of it like this: Take a closed jar with some water in it. If the jar is only half full, and you shake it, you get lots of waves and bubbles. That's like if the subtle body is only half filled with energy, then when it's "shaken" by sensory experience, the mind wavers and quivers in lots of activity and thought. But if the jar is filled to the brim with water, you can shake it and see hardly any change inside the jar. Likewise, the subtle body, filled to the brim with life force or prana from meditation and pranayama, is much more stable. As the mind and subtle body are so directly related, this means that even in the midst of experience, the mind remains unshaken, clear, and stable. This is why it's generally said that pranayama promotes steadiness of attention (dharana), which is supportive of meditation (dhyana).
Okay, time to meditate. Don't forget to visit my Web site
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Have You Tuned Up Your Consciousness Today?
Okay, so it may be a corney analogy, but we all tune up our car from time to time, why doesn't everyone also take the time to tune up our consciousness? After all, the quality of our experience of life every moment depends upon the quality of our consciousness: How alert, how creative, how happy, how loving we are all depends upon our consciousness. For instance, if you miss a night's sleep or two, you're not going to feel so great. How can we afford to miss a meditation, which fine-tunes our awarenenss as even sleep can't? Awareness is the basis of our every experience, thought, feeling, and action. Seems to me if there is one thing in our lives we should be taking good care of, it is this. And fortunately it's not exactly a painful process; in fact, it's an exquisitely subtle and sublime experience.
Okay, so it's time for me to do it. Yeah, I need a tune up.
Oh, I just posted an article on my site about What Is Meditation
if anyone's interested. And by the way, if anyone knows of a site where I can blog and allow people to post comments to my blog, can you e-mail
me and let me know? Thanks.
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