Category: Meditation/TM


Published on Nov 11, 2016

The responsibility of a teacher, the ripeness of our age for the Direct Path and true devotion are the topics spoken about in this conversation.

From Seven Day Retreat at Mercy Center – 26 Oct. 2016


Published on Oct 25, 2016

Join us as we Meditate at Polling Stations around the U.S. on November 8.
Let’s #ElevateTheVote and raise the consciousness of this Election!
Find an Event close to you, or tune into the Audio Broadcast online, at https://elevatethevote.com

The Maharishi Effect


Published on Nov 2, 2016

Can Meditation change the World?


There is more to meditation than simply sitting quietly and emptying our mind. When we look within and practice contemplative meditation, we will be able to connect to a higher world, and receive inspirations and guidance to live a better life. This book introduces various types of meditation, including calming meditation, purposeful meditation, reading meditation, reflective meditation, and meditation to communicate with heaven. Through reading and practicing meditation in this book, we can experience the miracle of meditation, which is to start living a life of peace, happiness, and success. With how-tos and answers to common questions about meditation, this simple but profound book will awaken your soul and encourage you to start living a more mindful, positive, and fulfilled life.


RYUHO OKAWA
is a global visionary, renowned spiritual leader, and best-selling author in Japan with a simple goal: to help people ­and true happiness and create a better world. His deep compassion and sense of responsibility for the happiness of each individual has prompted him to publish over 2000 titles of religious, spiritual, and self-development teachings, covering a broad range of topics including how our thoughts influence reality, the nature of love, and the path to enlightenment. He also writes on the topics of management and economy, as well as the relationship between religion and politics in the global context. To date, Okawa’s books have sold over 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into 28 languages.

Okawa has dedicated himself to improving society and creating a better world. In 1986, Okawa founded Happy Science as a spiritual movement dedicated to bringing greater happiness to humankind by uniting religions and cultures to live in harmony. Happy Science has grown rapidly from its beginnings in Japan to a worldwide organization with over 10 million members. Okawa is compassionately committed to the spiritual growth of others. In addition to writing and publishing books, he continues to give lectures around the world.

The Grand Strategy for Prosperity

In this video, Ryuho Okawa talks about the importance of making efforts and not to rely too much on other people or the government. Every one of us must perservere and to keep making efforts that will gradually make your country prosper. He empowers us to survive through tough times and guides us to choose a path to a more positive future.

Please refer to our official website for more information:
http://ryuho-okawa.com


How to be detached in a relationship? Beautiful perspective on attachments and relationships by Sri Sri

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded The Art of Living as an international, non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization in 1982. Its educational and self-development programs offer powerful tools to eliminate stress and foster a sense of well-being through powerful breathing techniques such as Sudarshan Kriya and Yoga. Appealing not only to a specific population, these practices have proven effective globally at all levels of society.

What is Yoga?
The secret to health and happiness lies deep within every human. Yoga is the science of discovering one’s own self – the very source of pure consciousness, peace and bliss. Everyone knows that we don’t feel good and we get stressed when there is disharmony in our lives, when our bodies are tired and our busy minds constantly chatter and judge. Through the discipline of Yoga we become more aware of ourselves by doing simple postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation to rejuvenate the body and quite the mind. It is in this manner that we cultivate harmony in ourselves.

What is Meditation?
Settling the surface mind is meditation. Living in the present is meditation. Relaxing deeply is meditation. When you are really happy, reposing in love, you are meditating. Meditation is that space when the thoughts have subsided, and the mind is in complete rest.

What is Sudarshan Kriya?
Sudarshan Kriya incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonize the body, mind and emotions. This unique breathing technique eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving you calm yet energized, focused & yet relaxed. It increases energy, improves intuition and makes you innovative. Millions around the world have done this unique practice and have reported better quality of life.


Published on Oct 7, 2016

http://adyashanti.org – In this soothing guided meditation, Adyashanti invites you to step out of resistance with the moment and embrace unified spirit. Letting go of old realizations, you open yourself up to the present moment, and allow it to spontaneously unfold. By allowing your insight to take its natural course and flow through you, without trying to grasp onto it beyond its natural lifetime, you release yourself from struggle, and settle into accepting the moment as it is. Adyashanti guides you to the realization that unity is ever-present, and all that is required of you is a stepping back from the belief that unity isn’t already existing here and now.


Being aware of being aware is the highest form of meditation; being aware of being aware is the only knowledge that is not relative to the finite mind; Awareness’s knowledge of Itself is God’s knowledge of Itself.

The lives we lead, particularly in the Western world, are technologically overburdened and spiritually impoverished. Our children can tell us the various merits of different operating systems for electronic devices, but are rarely in touch with how different emotions are experienced in the body, or how it feels to bring kindness to a moment of difficulty. They are bombarded almost constantly with information at a rate that mankind even 50 years ago would have struggled to begin to comprehend, and mental illness is at an all-time high. Research indicates that one of every four adolescents will have an episode of major depression during high school, with the average age of onset being 14 years of age. The human race is at a tipping point, and we have no sane choice but to begin to awaken the capacities within us that have too-long lain dormant. We can choose to lead a child towards awakening, and thus awaken ourselves.

Heather Grace MacKenzie was brought up on the Scottish Isle of Islay, daughter of a farmer and a conservationist. She is a Mindfulness Teacher, Reiki Master and Empowerment Coach. Heather has taught meditation and mindfulness to her own three children and her two step-children as well as children of all ages and stages in both family and school settings.

With the backing of the Mindfulness Association, founded by Rob Nairn, she is currently working on creating and evaluating a mindfulness course for secondary school students that is based on the Mindfulness Association’s Mindful Based Living Course (MBLC), as part of her studies for a PhD in Education with Aberdeen University. She is passionate about focusing her research on teaching children mindfulness with a strong emphasis on self-compassion, helping children and adolescents learn to live in a way that honours the deepest longings and aspirations of their heart.
Heather owns a successful holistic therapy business in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, working with therapists who excel in their fields of expertise, to offer therapies, workshops and courses to support people in becoming all that they are destined to be. Her most important work, however, is mothering four boys.

She is passionate about focusing her research on teaching children mindfulness with a strong emphasis on self-compassion, helping children and adolescents learn to live in a way that honours the deepest longings and aspirations of their heart. Fostering the development of mindfulness in the home as well as in schools seems of primary importance in creating a more peaceful future for us all.

She owns a successful holistic therapy business in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire (www.wheredragonsfly.net), working with therapists who excel in their fields of expertise, to offer therapies, workshops and courses to support people in becoming all that they are destined to be. She also promotes her mindfulness work through her personal website – http://www.heathergrace.co.uk. Her most important work, however, is mothering four amazing boys.

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Awakening Child Book

Published on Jul 5, 2016

‘AWAKENING CHILD: A Journey of inner transformation through teaching your child mindfulness and compassion’ by Heather Grace MacKenzie is a book that invites parents and those working with children to engage in a journey of self-acceptance and self-compassion in order to create a more peaceful life, both for ourselves and for our children. Learn to become more present and to move through life with greater ease through teaching this to a child.

‘Soothing Words’ Guided Meditation

Published on Aug 1, 2016

A mindfulness practice by Heather Grace MacKenzie who is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, and author of ‘Awakening Child: A journey of inner transformation through teaching your child mindfulness and compassion’.


Finding awareness in any kind of ordinary daily activity–the first book from a Southeast Asian Buddhist monk-teacher who is becoming prominent worldwide, particularly in the Insight Meditation community.

The flame of wisdom can be kindled in the midst of any life, even one that might seem too full of personal and professional commitments to allow for it. Such is the teaching of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, who himself learned to cultivate awareness in the raucous years he spent in the Burmese textile business before taking his final monastic ordination at the age of thirty-six. Train yourself to be aware of the clinging and aversion that arise in any situation, he teaches. If you can learn to do that, calm and deep insight will naturally follow. It’s a method that works as well for sorting the laundry or doing data entry as it does in formal sitting meditation. “The object of attention is not really important,” he teaches, “the observing mind that is working in the background to be aware is of real importance. If the observing is done with the right attitude, any object is the right object.”

SAYADAW U TEJANIYA
is a Burmese monk in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw who teaches meditation at Shwe Oo Min Dhamma Sukha Forest Meditation Center in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar. He’s unique among the more high-profile monastic teachers of his tradition in that, though he began practice under his teacher at age thirteen, he didn’t enter monastic life till he was nearly forty–after an active career in his family’s textile business. His teaching emphasizes the application of awareness to every aspect of life, de-emphasizing the centrality of practice forms–even as he teaches them rigorously–and his style is relaxed, funny, and informed by his intimate knowledge of the workaday world. He has taught in Australia, China, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Israel, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States.

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The Path of the Mind – Sayadaw U Tejaniya

Yogi relates how mindfulness and thoughtfulness on how to meditate in face of paralyzing fear in daily life situation led to realization. Different kinds of thinking will change the mental path in different ways


Deep within the heart of every soul is the desire to experience and communicate directly with Spirit. The divine presence is not the exclusive property of great saints, sages, or holy men. Everyone is worthy to receive the blessings of Spirit.

In this profound, practical, transformational book, you will learn proven techniques to open your heart, mind, and spirit to the riches of inner divine contact. You will open the pipeline to the divine and begin the flow of inner guidance, love, healing, wisdom, and inspiration from your center of being. You will awaken the still, small voice within, go directly to Spirit without a middleman, and experience higher consciousness.

Awaken Your Divine Intuition, along with the included link to an online meditation, will help you:

  • Tap into your ‘in-house counselor‚” your inner guidance and inner genius.
  • Receive unique signals that identify specific aspects of inner divinity.
  • Get divine messages and inner guidance and test whether they are real.
  • Awaken your clairvoyant, clairaudient, and clairsentient gifts.
  • Experience radiant light, supernal love, and spiritual grace.
  • Heal ego blockages that have inhibited your intuition.
  • Experience the divine presence anytime you want.
  • Never be alone again.

 

Dr. Susan Shumsky has dedicated her life to helping people take command of their lives in highly effective, powerful, positive ways. She is the best-selling author of 13 books, published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, and New Page. A pioneer in the human potential field, she has spent nearly 50 years teaching thousands of people meditation, prayer, affirmation, and intuition. Her book titles include Miracle Prayer, Divine Revelation, Exploring Meditation, Exploring Auras, Exploring Chakras, How to Hear the Voice of God, Ascension, Instant Healing, The Power of Auras, The Power of Chakras, Awaken Your Third Eye, Awaken Your Divine Intuition, and Color Your Chakras.

Dr. Shumsky is a highly respected spiritual teacher, award-winning author, and founder of Divine Revelation®—a unique field-proven technology for contacting the divine presence, hearing and testing the inner voice, and receiving clear divine guidance. For 22 years, her mentor was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was guru of the Beatles and guru of Deepak Chopra. Dr. Shumsky served on Maharishi’s personal staff for 7 years.

A sought-after media guest and highly acclaimed professional speaker, Dr. Shumsky has done over 600 speaking engagements and over 750 media appearances since her first book was published, including Woman’s World, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Los Angeles Times, nationally syndicated TV and radio on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX news, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, and William Shatner’s Weird or What? She is featured in the movie Three Magic Words. Her website is http://www.drsusan.org.

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Susan Shumsky on Living A Divinely Guided Life

Published on Jul 12, 2015

http://www.AnjulaRam.com

In this wonderful dialogue Susan Shumsky focuses in on how to receive and follow Divine guidance and the importance of spiritual discernment. She also covers daily practice for balanced life, auras, chakras, meditation, manifestation, and how to pray forwards, not backwards. We close out with her kindly sharing her popular self-authority affirmation and cutting ties affirmation.

Dr. Susan Shumsky has dedicated her life to helping people take command of their lives in highly effective, powerful, positive ways. She is the best-selling author of 11 books, published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, and New Page. A pioneer in the human potential field, she has spent more than 47 years teaching thousands of people meditation, prayer, affirmation, and intuition. Her book titles include Miracle Prayer, Divine Revelation, Exploring Meditation, Exploring Auras, Exploring Chakras, How to Hear the Voice of God, Ascension, Instant Healing, The Power of Auras, The Power of Chakras, and Awaken Your Third Eye.

Dr. Shumsky is a highly respected spiritual teacher, award-winning author, and founder of Divine Revelation®—a unique field-proven technology for contacting the divine presence, hearing and testing the inner voice, and receiving clear divine guidance. For 22 years, her mentor was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was guru of the Beatles and guru of Deepak Chopra. Dr. Shumsky served on Maharishi’s personal staff for 7 years.

For more info: http://www.drsusan.org and http://www.divinetravels.com

by Eckhart Tolle: Addiction to thoughts…


Your mind is an instrument, a tool. Thoughts are there to be used for a specific task, and when the task is completed, you lay them down. As it is, I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true. It causes a serious leakage of vital energy.

This kind of compulsive thinking is actually an addiction. What characterizes an addiction? Quite simply this: you no longer feel that you have the choice to stop. It seems stronger than you. It also gives you a false sense of pleasure, pleasure that invariably turns into pain.

Why are we addicted to thinking?

Because you are identified with it, which means that you derive your sense of self from the content and activity of your mind.

Because you believe that you would cease to be if you stopped thinking. As you grow up, you form a mental image of who you are, based on your personal and cultural conditioning. We may call this phantom self the ego. It consists of mind activity and can only be kept going through constant thinking. The term ego means different things to different people, but when I use it here it means a false self, created by unconscious identification with the mind.

To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important. This total reversal of the truth accounts for the fact that in the ego mode the mind is so dysfunctional. It is always concerned with keeping the past alive, because without it – who are you? It constantly projects itself into the future to ensure its continued survival and to seek some kind of release or fulfillment there. It says: “One day, when this, that, or the other happens, I am going to be okay, happy, at peace.” Even when the ego seems to be concerned with the present, it is not the present that it sees: It mis-perceives it completely because it looks at it through the eyes of the past. Or it reduces the present to a means to an end, an end that always lies in the mind-projected future. Observe your mind and you’ll see that this is how it works.

The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind.

I don’t want to lose my ability to analyze and discriminate. I wouldn’t mind learning to think more clearly, in a more focused way, but I don’t want to lose my mind. The gift of thought is the most precious thing we have. Without it, we would just be another species of animal.

The predominance of mind is no more than a stage in the evolution of consciousness. We need to go on to the next stage now as a matter of urgency; otherwise, we will be destroyed by the mind, which has grown into a monster. I will talk about this in more detail later. Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought.

Enlightenment means rising above thought, not falling back to a level below thought, the level of an animal or a plant. In the enlightened state, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a much more focused and effective way than before. You use it mostly for practical purposes, but you are free of the involuntary internal dialogue, and there is inner stillness. When you do use your mind, and particularly when a creative solution is needed, you oscillate every few minutes or so between thought and stillness, between mind and no-mind. No-mind is consciousness without thought. Only in that way is it possible to think creatively, because only in that way does thought have any real power. Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness, quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive.

The mind is essentially a survival machine. Attack and defense against other minds, gathering, storing, and analyzing information – this is what it is good at, but it is not at all creative. All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. The mind then gives form to the creative impulse or insight. Even the great scientists have reported that their creative breakthroughs came at a time of mental quietude. The surprising result of a nation-wide inquiry among America’s most eminent mathematicians, including Einstein, to find out their working methods, was that thinking “plays only a subordinate part in the brief, decisive phase of the creative act itself.”1 So I would say that the simple reason why the majority of scientists are not creative is not because they don’t know how to think but because they don’t know how to stop thinking!

It wasn’t through the mind, through thinking, that the miracle that is life on earth or your body were created and are being sustained. There is clearly an intelligence at work that is far greater than the mind. How can a single human cell measuring 1/1,000 of an inch across contain instructions within its DNA that would fill 1,000 books of 600 pages each? The more we learn about the workings of the body, the more we realize just how vast is the intelligence at work within it and how little we know. When the mind reconnects with that, it becomes a most wonderful tool. It then serves something greater than itself.
Source: The Way Of Meditation

Essential Practices for Resilient Well-Being

Based on a modern evolution of the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, the easy-to-learn iRest program provides a flexible toolbox of meditation practices that you can incorporate into your lifestyle to carry you through adversity. In these six audio sessions, Dr. Miller takes you step by step through a progressive series of guided exercises for managing stress utilizing the breath and body, decoding and balancing your emotional state and connecting you with deep inner resources that replenish your vital energy and sustain you regardless of your circumstances.

“The practices in this program teach you how to respond rather than react to challenging situations and emotions,” says Dr. Miller, “allowing you to experience all of life with unshakeable inner peace, mental clarity, and a harmonious relationship with the world around you.”

i Rest Yoga Nidra Developed by Richard Miller Ph.D.

Published on Mar 15, 2016

this is an iRest yoga Nidra session developed by Richard Miller Ph.D. one of the foremost leaders on yoga Nidra and Prana yama

As Self Falls Away When Self Falls Away – Richard Miller

Published on Mar 7, 2016

There are distinct phases that arise as our belief of being a separate ego-I-self falls away, and when it has fallen away. As self falls away, three subtle but distinct aspects of identification with being a separate ego-I-self are be revealed, which need to be understood and, in turn, set free. Then, the realization of what lies beyond all sense of self, mind and separation can be recognized, and its fragrance integrated into all aspects of daily life.

Richard Miller Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Richard Miller is a clinical psychologist, researcher, yogic scholar, and contemporary spiritual teacher in the tradition of nondual selfinquiry and meditation. Richard is founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and a senior advisor to the Baumann Institute. Richard serves as a consultant researching the secular form of nondual meditation that he’s developed (Integrative Restoration – iRest). Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Resiliency and Well-Being, and The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, Richard leads retreats worldwide. irest.us


Published on Jul 7, 2016

‘I Am’ is the mind’s primary knowledge; our essential being is uncoloured, unconditioned, untouched.


Published on Jul 1, 2016

http://adyashanti.org – In this calming guided meditation, you are invited to inquire within and explore the true nature of self. Adyashanti guides you to direct your awareness inward and experience the blanket of silence that intrinsically underlies every moment of your life, while also pointing towards the ineffable mystery inherent within all of existence. Adyashanti offers a few questions: What is the nature of one’s self? Where is this thing called me?

Excerpted From “Guided Meditations Volume 2”
http://bit.ly/298QGDQ

Quotes from this video:

“Meditation is the opportunity to look within for your self and to find out: Is it true? Is there a somebody?”

“The more we look for our self, the less we find.”

“When you look inside, what am I? Really. Truly. Without recourse to some past explanation, some theory, some dogma. But in one’s own actual experience: Where is this me?”

The noted research psychiatrist and New York Times-bestselling author explores how Transcendental Meditation permanently alters your daily consciousness, resulting in greater productivity, emotional resilience, and aptitude for success.

Most of us believe that we live in only three states of consciousness: wakefulness, sleep, and dreaming. But there is so much more.

In Super Mind, clinical psychiatrist and bestselling author Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., shows how the incredibly simple daily practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) can permanently improve your state of mind during the routine hours of waking life–placing you into a super-mind state of consciousness where you consistently perform at peak aptitude.

In his most ambitious and practical book yet, Rosenthal shows how TM is more than a tool for destressing or for general wellness. It is a gateway to functioning physically, emotionally, and intellectually at levels we never knew we could attain. Written in Rosenthal’s trademark style of restraint and intellectual carefulness, Super Mind explores how we can aspire to so much more than we ever thought possible.

Norman Rosenthal is a psychiatrist and scientist who in the 1980s first described winter depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and pioneered the use of light therapy for its treatment. Rosenthal was born and educated in South Africa and moved to the United States to complete his medical training. He established a private practice and spent 20 years as a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where he studied the disorders of mood, sleep, and biological rhythms.

Rosenthal’s research with SAD led him to write “Winter Blues” and two other books on the topic. More recently Rosenthal has written a book on the Transcendental Meditation technique and conducted research on its potential influence on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In total, he has written seven books, including one on the topic of jet lag, and published 200 scholarly papers.

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Dr. Norman Rosenthal Introduces “Super Mind”

Published on Mar 22, 2016

Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D. introduces his latest book, “Super Mind.”

In this 2:44 minute video Dr. Norman Rosenthal talks about Transcendental Meditation, his previous book, “Transcendence” and what drove him to write, “Super Mind, How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation.”

With “Transcendence” Dr. Norman Rosenthal has thought he had said all that he had to say on the subject of Transcendental Meditation,” but he turned out to be wrong. As he continued with his own meditation practice he observed his own consciousness grow and become more awakened. This excited him and lead him to pursue a survey which involved over 600 meditators. The findings from this data are noted in “Super Mind” and help to make this book a one of a kind.

Miriam Knight is the host of this award-winning radio show and publisher of New Consciousness Review, a digital magazine with articles, interviews and reviews of books and films contributing to conscious awakening. Be inspired by fresh perspectives on body-mind health, science, consciousness, our place in the cosmos, and service to the greater good.


Published on Jun 6, 2016

Deepak Chopra Sacred mantra and life transforming meditation

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of over sixty-five books with twenty New York Times best sellers in both the fiction and non fiction categories.

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