Buddha’s Wisdom – Timeless Insights Into Personal Success

Buddha’s Wisdom – Timeless Insights Into Personal Success

Buddha – Wisdom is Timeless

Considering the timeless wisdom of Buddha, it would seem as though the success of your reality and the happiness of your existence has more to do with imagination and visualisation than action.

What will you think of next? Perhaps you could rewrite your destiny by spending a few moments visualising the life you want and how you want to live it. 

Tears of Shiva – The Beads to Enlightenment

Tears of Shiva – The Beads to Enlightenment

The Tears of Shiva

Yoga is a philosophy and science of the mind, and it’s teaching are tens of thousands of years old. The Vedas are said to be the earliest written spiritual text known to a man still controversy overshadows the authorship and origin. No one source can clarify how old the Vedas are or even who wrote them, thought to have always existed, the speculated age is 12,000 years old.

Woven to the fabric of the worlds oldest living philosophy are stories, allegories, and metaphors in creation of the universe, the values and ethics of humanity and the theory of our origin and our journey to guided emancipation.

Rudraksha – Tears of Shiva

Rudraksha – Tears of Shiva
The name Rudrā is one of 1008 names of the Hindu deity Shiva and the word Akśa means tears in Sanskrit. After 1000 years of meditation, tears began to fall from the eyes of Shiva in compassion for humanity, and the tears became the Rudraksha Tree.

It is said in the Rudraksha Upanishad (an ancient Hindu text that is included in the Vedas, humanities oldest spiritual and philosophical book), that those who wear the Rudraksha close to the skin will absolve their sins.

The Rudrakśha Upaniśhat is one of the 108 scriptures of the Upanishad, (which are the final scriptures of the Vedas), and it says that even uttering the name itself – “Rudraksha” holds pranic and Karmic merit and wearing the beads is akin to wearing the sacred ash, Bhasma.

 

The name Rudrā is one of 1008 names of the Hindu deity Shiva and the word Akśa means tears in Sanskrit. After 1000 years of meditation tears began to fall from the eyes of Shiva in compassion for mankind, the tears became the Rudraksha Tree.

Rudraksha Mala

Rudraksha is the small earth coloured seeds that sometimes resemble an apricot kernel worn on the necks and wrists of practising yogis, spiritualist and fashionistas alike. Wearing a wreath or mala (garland) of beads is popular among western spiritualists. The mala is meant to protect you from bad vibes, balance your karmic debts and enhance your psychic powers.

The beads are strung together into a mala, (wreath) of 108 beads + 1, or 111 +1 depending on your sources. There are some texts that state in the time of Kaliyuga – which is now – 111 beads are worn. (The plus 1 accounts for the guru bead and is not included in the mantra or prayer count). Japamala is the practice of using beads in mantra, meditation and prayer. The user sits quietly and work thumb and middle finger across each bead in a clockwise direction, one mantra for each bead.

Mala can be made of other organic materials that include lava, mineral rocks and semi-precious stones, precious metals, bone, shells, pearl and wood. Different organic compounds compose different resonant frequencies – just like a medical prescription, different compounds suit different needs. But it is the Rudraksha, and Tulsi beads that remain the favourite amongst Sadhus, Yogis, devotees of Shiva and aesthetics.

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Not All Beads Created Equal

The Rudraksha plant itself is a very potent healing plant, (Ayurvedic Medicine), the seeds, berries, bark, leaves, and even ash are used to treat inflammatory diseases, measles, dermal problems and skin rashes, mumps, measles, schizophrenia and cancer. There are 360 species of Rudraksha found across Australasia, and 25 are unique to India alone. The different strains appear to have various medicinal properties, as well as a different energetic and spiritual value.

The value of the beads is given based on their Mukhi – the number of individual segments counted inside the seeds. The number influences how the beads work and their spiritual value. The number of Mukhi range from 1 up to 27, 1 being the rarest. Single Mukhi Rudraksha is of the highest importance and is meant to enhance your spiritual development. The warning to someone who wears the single Mukhi is they are likely to renounce all worldly possessions and leave his family within seven days.

Rudraksha beads also have the ability to determine the difference between negative and positive energy and can tell if water has been contaminated and is undrinkable. Sadguru demonstrates this in the online video posted here. There are other mystical qualities that set the Rudraksha beads apart from other types of Mala Beads including the electromagnetic properties of the seeds and the the ayurvedic quality they poses.

For the beads to work, they need to be activated, which means you somehow switch them from inert compounds to active and receptive to the wearer and the mantra they have chosen. It might be the same as when you buy activated grains or Vitamin B12, I think!?.

You can buy activated  Rudraksha mala online or buy them directly from stores, suppliers and even gurus in India (if you go there). I am not too sure how one would know what qualifies for fraudulent or counterfeit beads, I guess only a true Yogi can understand that.

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The Reasons Why

The Reasons Why

The Reasons Why

The eruption of contemplative practices into our daily lives seems to be in direct response to the amount of stress and mental illness we are experiencing. 
At least 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness which means 30% of the population is affected at some point, by 2020 depression will be the second biggest illness internationally.
(Harris – p.3)

As modern medicine fails to provide the solutions to our systemic health crisis could we find the solution to good health and happiness in our own minds? As ancient technology becomes new-science we discover that within us are all the tools we need to live well, live long and be happy.

Most people come to meditation to escape stress in mind and ailments in the body. Meditation offers a way to decompress tension and quieten the mind while providing a safe space to escape your children.

Along with the benefits of a soothing retreat for mind, body and soul meditation can also help us to face the more significant questions in life like; who am I?,  why am I here?, and will I ever look as happy and relaxed as that girl over there?.

Along with managing the symptoms of stress, meditation can heal the damage stress does, reverse the impact of stress-related illness and can also get to the very bottom of why you are so imbalanced in the first place, (if you stick with it long enough).

Meditation can be beautiful, magical, otherworldly and deeply rewarding and it can also be very confronting, sometimes frightening and confusing as you face life’s biggest obstacle – your mind.

 

It takes courage and consistency to overcome the mind – but the benefits are unlimited- as so it seems. Looking at the science that supports the practices of meditation we are hinging on a door to a limitless reality where the mind can be used to heal the body and change your perceptions.

Whatever your reasons for taking the practice of meditation – whether it be to master your mind or heal the body – the success of your practice lies with your ability to focus and concentrate.

Books

1. Russ Harris, 2007, ‘The Happiness Trap’, (Harris)

Videos & Youtube

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Published on May 30, 2017

https://youtu.be/s5Hpm-6Inxc

http://www.healdocumentary.com A documentary film that takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that by changing one’s perceptions, the human body can heal itself. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis.  Featuring Dr. Deepak Chopra, Anita Moorjani, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Michael Beckwith, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Anthony William ‘ Medical Medium’, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Gregg Braden, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Dr. David Hamilton, Dr. Kelly Brogan, Rob Wergin, Dr. Kelly Turner, Peter Chrone, Dr Darren Weissman, and Dr Jeffrey Thompson.

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The Simple Things

The Simple Things

The Simple Things

We have heard it time and time again that happiness comes from the inside but not too often are we told how to find it and what it feels like.

Happiness is interpretive, but collectively people describe it as a sense of peace and acceptance of themselves, the world around them and the satisfaction in their own humble existence.

 True happiness as it seems comes from the ability to manage and understand our thoughts, feelings and emotions, make good decisions and remain equanimous in moments of unease and unrest. This brings satisfaction and joy as we understand the simple pleasures in their fullness and with gratitude.

 What makes unhappy is the thought that who we are and what we have isn’t enough, that life didn’t measure up and everything feels like a disappointment. Failure, resentment, blame, and loathing erupts in the mind and spill out to create dysfunction, corrosion and disease in our life. 

 We tend to extricate ourselves from our misfortunes by blaming and shaming the outside world and its constituents instead of looking inward for the cause of our malady. The pointing of fingers and blaming isolates us and separates us from our community and life as we describe the world as ‘them’ and ‘me’.

 

The idea that everything in your reality is a result of your own mind and behaviour can be hard to understand at first, because how is it your fault if another person knocks you down in a park? There is complex and simple reasoning into how we shape the landscape of experiences and the answers can be found in philosophy and science.

 On a simple scale, the things you do and say have a really powerful impact on the environment inside and outside of you. What you think, what you speak and what you imagine design the life you live. With little awareness into your unconscious mind and its role in creating your experience, you may be missing out on the life you seek.

 

The reality you experience is filtered through the lens of your mind, your unconscious beliefs, your desires, anxieties and self-made dialogue. Everything that you think you are is made up of a story in your head, Whether something is good or bad depends upon the individual and how they experience it and therefore is subjective, meaning it is your interpretation of the truth. 

 The objective reality is the reality that is concrete, unchanging and exists as it is; without comparison, meaning or description – a river is a river, a mountain a mountain and exists whether you name it or not.

When you experience the objective reality,  the mountain as it is – without the overlapping of opinions, memories or your comparable experiences, it just is a mountain, and you are only the witness. There is no ‘I’ and’ It’ because the identity, which is your internal dialogue has gone silent. 

The turbulence in your day to day life is merely a construct of your mind and without thoughts, the truth that is – stillness, serenity, bliss and equanimity is realised. Life is energetic and intelligent it knows no time, no comparison, past or future, it just is as you are, existence and awareness.

If you and the mountain exist without thought, then the mind and reality are two separate things; Therefore happiness begins where ideas and thoughts end.

Just Breathe

find out more on the topics and ideas mentioned in the blog :

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The Objectivity Illusion | Lee Ross | TEDxSonomaCounty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCBRB985bjo&t=271s

 Decoding The Power of Now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uXm65gtyAA

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Mindfulness and ADHD

Mindfulness and ADHD

Mindfulness in the mainstream.

Since founded in 1979 by  Jon Kabat – Zinn, Mindfulness or MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) has been used the world over in hospitals, corporations, the military and schools as a form of brain training, stress reduction and cognitive boost.

There are over 600 published studies verifying mindfulness meditations effectiveness in reducing stress, building mental resilience, improving cognition and helping the body to repair itself.

The Doctor Who Took Kids Off Drugs

Dr Chris van Tulleken takes over part of a GP surgery and stops patients’ prescription pills. This time, his focus is on children on medication and taking them off drugs. (English, SBS)

https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/the-doctor-who-took-kids-off-drugs

Because of the effectiveness mindfulness has in developing self-awareness, emotional self-regulation, cognition and concentration it has application in the treatment of cognitive disorders like ADHD in children have been adopted and explored by clinicians and psychologist as an alternative to medication.

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurobiological impairment and not a product of bad parenting. ADHD affects people in different ways and the symptoms and severity can differ. People that have ADHD can have difficulty with planning, being motivated, regulating behaviour and emotions, sitting still, paying attention, memory, and making friends.

Not everyone with ADHD appears to be over-energetic, some people have problems with motivation, making decisions or remembering what to do next and can be labelled as lazy when they are not.

Other Traits Of ADHD

  • Being sensitive to sounds and lights
  • Touch sensitive
  • Inability to express emotions
  • Impulsive relationships
  • Intense emotional fluctuations
  • Anxiety
  • Indecision
  • Low motivation

Seeing things as they really are

Mindfulness is a style of mediation derived from Tibetan Buddhist practices of  Vippasana, (which means to see things as they really are). A lot of what we experience is filtered through the lens of our own emotions, expectations, awareness and cognitive bias. 

Mindfulness style meditation helps to separate our attachments to thoughts, feelings and emotions and help us to look upon the world in a more objective way. It gives us greater clarity which means we have a more positive outlook and the skill to navigate our attention and our choices.

Mindfulness helps us to maintain concentration so we then recognise when our mind is wandering off. We also can then observe the fluctuation of negative thoughts and feelings without bias and through effort retrain the mind to be more positive.

Practising mindfulness daily has been proven to increase working memory which means information is stored in long-term memory which helps students to perform better in exams, cope with stress and perform tasks that require prolonged attention.

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The Yogic Breath

The Yogic Breath

The Yogic Breath

The yogic breath is a breathing activity that extends upon the diaphragmatic breath.
Learning deep breathing which incorporates visualisation and rhythm helps to focus the mind, increase concentration and develop the ability to extend the length of the breath. 

In this pranayama activity, we move the breath from the lowest point of the spine to the highest point in six counts. The yogic breath is a deeply relaxing activity that helps to strengthen mind-body connection and trains you to stay focused and present.

To learn how to perform the Diaphragmatic Breath click here.

Tips and Tricks

  • After establishing a smooth and rhythmic diaphragm breath practice, begin to extend the length of your breath to a 3 part yogic breath. Once you are able to complete a 3 part breath then graduate to the 6 part breath.
  • Aim to keep the breath smooth and relaxed as you work your way up and down the spine.
  • This breath is best performed sitting or standing in a straight position with the shoulders relaxed and the spine straight.
  • Try this activity for at least 10 minutes for the best results.

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