Discussion of spiritual practices: awakening, meditation, and the freedom that cannot be lost or found. All perspectives are welcome; advaita, christian, buddhist, islam or even no perspective at all. Just pointing to that which is nearest and dearest.


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Friday, March 25, 2022

 





The first purpose of meditation is to become familiar with our inner life. As we begin to witness our negative thinking and our obsession with the past and the future, they cease to control us - the mind becomes quieter and life takes on a fresh tone.

The ultimate purpose of meditation is to find out who is meditating.  Who obsesses? - who meditates? - and who desires peace?  

With practice (noticing and seeking the seeker), you will come to see that you need do nothing to get out of a problem you don’t have.

 

Monday, November 22, 2021


Reading books on meditation are a way to avoid practice.

Just sit in Silence, empty yourself utterly and all will become clear.  

Peace on you,

bob


Saturday, September 4, 2021

The way to a peaceful Heart


 While meditating this morning on faith, by responding to every thought or feeling that arose with: "You [God] alone I trust, thank You [God]".   It became clear to me that to have faith is to just eliminate everything that is not faith: mistakes, worries, grief, guilt, ideas of control, hope, even trying to have more faith, and so forth.

So simple! This is the way to a peaceful heart ... just eliminate everything that is not Peace.

 Peace on you.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021


 All your thoughts are wrong!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Repeating the past

 

Expecting specific results from our meditation practice blinds us from the Truth that is only available in the present.


Expectations are just the past clothed with slightly different attire. 


To find that which is always fresh, and true, and whole: empty yourself utterly. 


Expectations will ruin your practice.


Peace be upon you

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Keeping it simple

 



Keeping it simple

Given that meditation is the practice of letting go, why do we complicate it so?

We have mantras, incense, mandalas, special rooms for sitting, pictures of various sages, soothing sounds, the list goes on ...

Perhaps the best way to meditate is to just sit in silence and "take what you get". Don't try to do anything.

Become a finder - give up the seeking.

Peace on you!


Tuesday, July 28, 2020



Every meditation technique is based on some underlying purpose. The purpose of the meditation in the link below is to reduce stress

What is the cause of stress? But first a little story.
A man traveled from New York to Boston on a train, about a four hour journey. At the end of the trip he was asked by a fellow passenger, as he disembarked, how he found the trip. He replied, "HORRIBLY EXHAUSTING because my baggage was so very heavy for this long trip". The fellow passenger remarked that, had he put his luggage in the overhead racks and taken a seat, the train would have done all the work for him.

Meditation is the practice of putting down our 'baggage'. What is the 'baggage' that causes stress? 

It is, very simply, our THINKING about the past and the future and missing the fact that all is well right here right now. THINKING about the past or the future is the root of stress. 

THOUGHTS create emotions - emotions like stress cause behaviors like agitation. So to get rid of agitation we must change our thinking.

Check out this meditation:  http://www.robertflegal.com/allison/

Peace be upon you

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