Today’s Meditation

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I breathe in. I breathe out.

I am present in my body.

I am here and not anywhere else, knowing there is nowhere else to be.

This is meditation.

It doesn’t matter how I sit or don’t sit, or how I hold my hands. It is not how still I stay or silencing my mind.

Meditation is noticing my body’s posture, whatever form it takes, and noticing how my hands rest if they are resting, their movements if they are in motion.

It is following the quiet of each breath.

It is stepping back and listening to the music of thoughts, one note at a time, and watching the beauty of cognition.

It is opening space with curiosity for observation and observing, across the hush of that space, the dawn and dusk of joy and sorrow, seeing the winter and spring of laughter and tears, seeing and not changing anything.

It is gently watching the poetry of life breathing without waking it.

Myths About Meditation

What is Meditation?Meditation is an art of realizing and mastering self. Meditation does not mean the art of obtaining something from outside as it is an art of unlocking your energy from within. It is an art and it can be learn by any person. Some person does meditation for few years and after that they give up it as they were expecting miracles which is a wrong way of looking at meditation. Meditation allow you to enjoy life. It is not the path of running away from family life as it is an art of living a family and social life at it’s best. Now lets look at the first myth.

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Finding Freedom in the Least Likely Places | Wake Up World

So much of our freedom revolves around healing the wounds that have caused us to disavow important aspects of ourselves. Too often we unilaterally gauge freedom in terms of being able to do and have things: lots of money, being able to travel, or being able to act as we like. These are external, feel-good freedoms. But how often do we gauge our freedom by the inner freedom we get to experience from imposing certain external limitations and making sacrifices? By Contributing Writer Jack Adam Weber

Source: Finding Freedom in the Least Likely Places | Wake Up World

From the Halau Archives ~ “A Spiritual Conspiracy”

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On the surface of the world right now there is

war and violence and things seem dark.

But calmly and quietly at the same time,

something else is happening underground.

 

An inner revolution is taking place,

and certain individuals are being called to a higher light.

It is a silent revolution.

From the inside out.

From the ground up.

This is a Global operation.

 

A Spiritual Conspiracy.

 

There are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet.

You won’t see us on the T.V.

You won’t read about us in the newspaper.

You won’t hear about us on the radio.

We don’t seek any glory.

We don’t wear any uniform.

We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles.

Most of us work anonymously.

 

We are quietly working behind the scenes

in every country and culture of the world.

 

Cities big and small, mountains and valleys,

in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands.

You could pass by one of us on the street and not even notice.

We go undercover.

We remain behind the scenes.

It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit,

but simply that the work gets done.

Occasionally we spot each other in the street;

we give a quiet nod and continue on our way.

During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs.

But behind the false storefront, at night is where the real work takes place.

 

Some call us the Conscious Army.

 

We are slowly creating a new world

with the power of our minds and hearts.

We follow, with passion and joy.

Our orders come from the Central Spiritual Intelligence.

We are dropping soft, secret love bombs

when no one is looking

Poems ~ Hugs ~ Music ~ Photography ~

Movies ~ Kind words ~ Smiles ~ Meditation and prayer ~

Dance ~ Social activism ~ Websites Blogs ~

Random acts of kindness …

We each express ourselves

in our own unique ways

with our own unique gifts and talents.

 

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

That is the motto that fills our hearts.

 

We know it is the only way real transformation takes place.

We know that quietly and humbly

we have the power of all the oceans combined.

Our work is slow and meticulous,

like the formation of mountains.

It is not even visible at first glance.

And yet, with it entire tectonic plates shall be moved in the centuries to come.

 

Love is the new religion of the 21st century.

 

You don’t have to be a highly educated person

or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it.

It comes from the intelligence of the heart,

embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings.

 

Be the change you want to see in the world.

 

Nobody else can do it for you.

We are now recruiting.

Perhaps you will join us —

Or, already have.

All are welcome.

The door is open!

 

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This is being distributed as an anonymous piece to share with the World …

Please feel free to block and copy this Mission Statement to all who can read, recite it to all who can hear.  It’s true … the Revolution will not be televised:  We are living it.  Aloha pumehana  e malama pono kakou!

Herbalogy ~ Salvia Divinorum: Mexico’s Most Mysterious Healing Herb

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Not nearly as well-known as Ayahuasca, but every bit as miraculous, Salvia Divinorum is a small leafy shrub growing in Southern Mexico’s Oaxaca province that is one of nature’s master healing herbs with significant psycho-spiritual effects.

Difference Between Shinto and Buddhism

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Shinto vs. Buddhism

Shinto or kami-no-michi (the original traditional term) is the natural spiritual cult of Japan extensively followed by the Japanese people. Shinto or literally meaning the way of the Gods was originally adopted from the ancient Chinese inscriptions. The very word Shinto is the combination of the two terms, “shin” or ‘shen’ meaning gods or spirits and “tō” or “do” denoting an idealistic path of study or path of existence. On the other hand, Buddhism is a tradition envisaged as the ultimate path of salvation which is to be achieved through an imminent approach into the absolute nature of reality and existence.

Shinto essentially integrates the various religious practices consequent of the diverse regional and local prehistoric traditions that were practiced in ancient Japan. On the other hand Buddhism takes within its purview many diverse traditions, religious practices and spiritual beliefs which are majorly based on the teachings of the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.

Shinto is a unique religion where the ritual practices, actions and rites are a lot more significant than the words or preaching. On the other hand, Buddhism is a religion that does not recognize many religious rites or practices. It primarily focuses on the relation and study of the words and philosophies of the Buddha and the paths of existence as showed by him.

Shinto exemplifies the worship of the abstract forces of nature, the ancestors, nature, polytheism, and animism. The central focus remains on ritual purity which revolves around the honoring and celebration of the existence of Kami which is the ultimate spirit of essence. In a differing way, the foundation of Buddhism lies on the performing of altruism and following the paths of ethical conduct. Some of the common practices of Buddhism are cultivation of wisdom through meditation and renunciation, invocating the bodhisattvas and studying the scriptures.

Buddhism has two main branches termed as Mahayana and Theravada. Mahayana includes the traditions of Pure Land, Nichiren Buddhism, Zen, Shingon, Tibetan Buddhism, Shinnyo-en and Tendai whereas Theravada centers on the thoughts from the earliest surviving School of Elders. But Shinto has no branches and exists as one single institution of ancient Japanese religion.

Summary:

1. Shinto is an ancient religion from Japan whereas Buddhism is a tradition envisaged in India by Siddhartha Gautama.
2. Shinto originated from ancient Chinese inscriptions, whereas Buddhism has its inception in the thoughts and teachings of Gautama Buddha.
3. Shinto lays importance to religious actions and rites rather than words and preaching whereas the foundation of Buddhism is the words and preaching of Buddha. Buddhism focuses on an altruistic life that leads to salvation.
4. Buddhism has religious branches in the form of Theravada and Mahayana whereas Shinto has no such religious sects.
5. Shinto worships the forces of nature, polytheism and animism whereas Buddhism is all about following an ethical code of conduct in one’s life and practice meditation and renunciation.

 

Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks

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Original article here

Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University.  The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter.  “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

Sue McGreevey of MGH writes: “Previous studies from Lazar’s group and others found structural differences between the brains of experienced meditation practitioners and individuals with no history of meditation, observing thickening of the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration. But those investigations could not document that those differences were actually produced by meditation.”  Until now, that is.  The participants spent an average of 27 minutes per day practicing mindfulness exercises, and this is all it took to stimulate a major increase in gray matter density in the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.  McGreevey adds: “Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress. None of these changes were seen in the control group, indicating that they had not resulted merely from the passage of time.”

“It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life,” says Britta Hölzel, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany.

You can read more about the remarkable study by visiting Harvard.edu.  If this is up your alley then you need to read this: “Listen As Sam Harris Explains How To Tame Your Mind (No Religion Required)

Just For Today

Be open to the natural world anywhere and everywhere you find it, from bugs to clouds to birdsong on the city streets.

The Importance of Swapping Screen Time For Sunshine

In “How to Raise a Wild Child,” Dr. Scott D. Sampson asserts that topophilia, a love of place, is the key to restoring sustainability on our planet. As chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and host of the PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train, he argues that the current disconnect between kids and the natural world is a threat to their physical, mental, and emotional health. Sampson offers the topophilia hypothesis: that bonding between people and place offers adaptive advantages to human beings. He believes topophilia can become the foundation for the young generation to regain their connection to nature.

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FINDING THE FLOW …

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When you are living in your sweet spot you feel … calm and energetic, accomplished and joyful. As more and more things continue to drain and distract our attention, it is imperative that we uncover ways to gain back our focus. Try creating an environment that is relaxed, comfortable and productive, versus a mental state that is filled with anxiety and stress.
 
Next time you have an important task to tackle, be sure to make an effort to see if you can achieve a deep focus by getting into your ‘sweet spot.’

Keeping Your Magic Alive

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The most common reason that people lose their magical “mojo” is that they don’t practice daily rituals. Daily rituals provide regular contact with spirit guides and the Universe, and a good working relationship with these beings does improve chances of getting assistance in magical acts. Also consistent practice of regular magical rituals helps boost your magical force — every successful daily ritual adds magical force until your magical bank account is overflowing; but failing to keep in touch with your magical practice can leave you magically bankrupt!

As Above So Below
How much do you move your body? Many of us spend a great part of the day sitting and not moving. By the esoteric law of “As Above, So Below” each part of our being affects the other parts. So when you find yourself mentally stuck, moving your body helps get your mind moving. By this law, when we change one part of our being, every other part has to change to match it. So as you move your body, your mind and spirit move to match it. Understanding how this law works can help you transform every area of your life.

Slow Movement
Now that you see how moving your body can help get your mind and spirit moving too, you can also use this principle to control your mind when it starts running away with you. That means times when you start obsessing about something that happened during the day or incessant worry or just mind chatter that interferes with your inner silence or trying to meditate. In these cases when you get up and move your body, move it slowly. Walk across the room taking slow deliberate steps or slowly do some Tai Chi or yoga moves. Whatever type of movement you do, do it consciously and slowly, feeling all the sensations of your body moving and your breathing. This slowing down of the body will help slow down your mind so you can have some inner silence to hear your guides, higher powers and beings and your own inner wisdom. Regularly practice with moving your body slowly will help your mind slow down and stay more focused and help you get better sleep at night. The next time you’re feeling nervous or anxious, give this a try and magically help slow down your racing feelings and thoughts.

Give these techniques a try and add them to your magical toolbox.

Paradigm Shift ~ The Unmasking

 

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The ancient Egyptians understood harmonics and the wave form universe.Temples and chambers were built by the ancient brotherhoods, in order to amplify the lights, sounds and frequencies.
This was to manipulate the vibratory resonance within the temples.
DMT -:The PLANTS OF THE GODS or Teacher plants Opens your 3rd eye …
Let’s quickly look at the word GOD…
In the disclosure series it claimed, there is no God, and off course there isn’t.
We are talking about the GOD of dogma, the revengeful; blood thirsty and racist God that was created in the minds of men to control the docile masses.
•Let’s look at the word GOD spelled backwards, it spells Dog ,referring to the dog star, Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major.  (The Greater Dog or the top dog)
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Keeping Your Eye On The Gold Means Committing To A Goal

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There are many tips and tricks out there on how to best set and manage your goals and at times it can all seem a bit…overwhelming.

The most important tip anyone can ever give you on goal-setting is this:To just set a goal.

Before you set your goal, it is just a dream, an idea…something vague in the back of your mind. Once you state it clearly and write it down, your play is set in motion.

Setting your goal is the first step toward success and thus the most important one.

After that, the Universe will align and conspire to assist you. Doors will open, opportunities will arise and things will start to fall into place.

Before you know it momentum will be carrying you forward.

Of course, after you get started you can refine your goal, strategize how you will keep moving down the field and fine tune how you handle the challenges you’ll encounter along the way.

But you don’t need to know all these things to call the first play… just call it and get started.

As the old saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”

Have A Magnificent Monday!

11 Signs You Need A Spiritual Detox & How To Make It Happen, by Rebecca Butler

MGB  |  I recently had a night where I just couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t blame it on the baby, though I was tempted to. I was up. Grinding my jaw. Worrying. Sleep would come mercifully here and there, but it was never deep and truly restful. I know what this means, I thought to myself. It’s time for a spiritual detox.

Just like the body, the soul needs occasional, mindful cleansing. We’re barraged by media of all kinds, and it’s all too easy to consume spiritual junk food.

Are you aware of when you might need a spiritual detox? In other words, are you aware of when you’re feeding your spirit too much junk for the soul to feel good?

Just in case you aren’t following, here are some spiritual junk food items that you can become addicted to:

  • Endless Facebooking
  • Constant patrolling of TMZ’s Twitter feed
  • Compulsive digging into the latest from Perez Hilton
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Binge-watching Netflix

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with these “junk food” items in moderation, but it’s possible to go overboard. The result can be toxic to your soul.

Here are some signs you might need a spiritual detox:

  1. You find yourself scrolling through your newsfeed seeking negativity. Misery loves company.
  2. You open your mouth and spew sarcasm unintentionally. You try to be more mindful when you speak, but you can’t seem to help yourself.
  3. Your friends don’t want to be around you.
  4. Your heart hurts. Or worse, it doesn’t. You are numb.
  5. You find pleasure in other people’s misfortunes. (Again, misery loves company.)
  6. Happy people piss you off. You don’t even want to hear the word “joy.”
  7. You don’t sleep well. You’re having bad dreams and catch yourself grinding your jaw. A lot.
  8. You keep finding yourself in circumstances where you feel like the victim.
  9. You shy away from prayer, meditation, anything inspirational.
  10. You are bored — all the time.
  11. You can’t even remember the last time you took a walk, watched the sunset or sunrise, walked barefoot in the grass, or felt the summer breeze on your face.

Here are a few ways to engage in a spiritual detox. Remember, please do so with compassion. Above all else, be kind to yourself. We are all doing the best we can, and everyone wants to be happy and free from suffering.

1. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and genuinely make you happy.

Laughter is good for your soul. Seek the company of those who make you feel light and buoyant. Don’t question why you enjoy someone. Just enjoy them.

2. Uplift others.

When you feel downtrodden, it can be helpful to find the things you enjoy about others and to offer that feedback liberally. It’s important to remember that the things we see in others are also reflections of ourselves. Find a way to connect with and uplift someone. Attend a yoga class, read a blog, take a spin class — reach out to your favorite wellness warrior and uplift them. You’ll feel better almost instantly.

3. Try shifting your addiction to kindness.

Kindness is a drug. When you extend, witness or receive an act of kindness, your body releases serotonin, an endorphin. As cliché as it may be, practice a random act of kindness. You’ll feel delicious in doing so.

4. Make time and space to develop a meditation practice.

Meditation soothes the soul. There are incredible sites and courses to lead you through meditations if you don’t already have a meditation practice. Turning inward is a beautiful way to clear away the muck of spiritual junk food. Listening to your internal wisdom is a quick path to shedding that which does not serve you.

5. Get in touch will all of your senses.

Go outside. Enjoy the summer weather. Move, sweat, breathe. This will bring you into a visceral experience of the magic of this life. And it is so worth it.

6. Seek something sacred.

Turn to joy. At our essence, our foundation, we are spiritual beings who share a human experience. Sometimes the heaviness of our human experience can weigh us down. It’s important to remember that you are more than this physical body. You are expansive consciousness incarnate. As such, you can find and experience joy even within difficult circumstances. You mindfully start training yourself to start looking for the gift in the moment. Like anything worth practicing, it can be difficult at first. Over time, it becomes simple and easy.