When I am totally engrossed in a thought activity, I lose perception of the world around me. I don't notice that I'm hungry or thirsty, that I need to go to the restroom, that it is hot or cold, etc. My perception of the universe is largely a result of the thought-world I am in, and it can and does trump what is so at the physical level. The third thought, which I didn't share in the group to keep it short, was on the business of dwelling on an evil thought.
The author has gone to the root of himsa or violence and explained how physical manifestations of violence are but a downstream expression of deep-rooted violence in the mind that happened much earlier. But, one question may be raised. When we meditate and observe our thoughts, both positive and negative stop bothering us.
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How is it then that by dwelling on the negative and receiving the same effect of not being bothered by such thoughts , we end up on a very different path? I think the answer lies in the metaphor of "dwelling. Effectively, it is about how and where we choose to confine ourselves. Observing on the other hand, is like being a traveler who passes through the dwelling while it is under construction, and notices the raw materials that are going into creating it. The observer is shocked by the non-realization of the dwellers that the materials are rotting, and will only lead to disease and infirmity.
But the dwellers do not realize this - they are now used to the rot. Their seeming equanimity comes from the space of ignorance. The observer now has compassion for the dwellers - they do not see it as it is. But that compassion is also born out of ignorance, which is realized the moment the observer realizes that the observer and the dweller are one and the same. Then, the observer wakes up.
There is no contradiction, and the author has used sharp words to drive home the distinction between creating a dwelling and observing the creation. The final thought is on the third paragraph, where the author says that the best method to overcome depression is to think inspiring thoughts. Doesn't this fly in the face of instructions of meditation, where we are required to "not think" - and simply observe what happens?
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How do we reconcile the two ideas here? When I thought more about this, I realized that he isn't talking about any random positive thoughts like watching a movie or going to a bar. He is talking about inspiring thoughts - we can only be inspired when we remember something about ourselves, and our sense of freedom increases. We recognize that power in ourselves through some trigger, be it a dualistic form of what some might call "God," or an attachment to what others might call "selfless service. I remembered my time in a day meditation seminar, where around the middle, I was having serious doubts about my ability to complete it.
As I took a walk around the premises of the retreat, I noticed the tall trees that stood up to the scorching sun, without complaining, and didn't stop being true to their nature of giving shade. The lovely flowers which would often be covered by the dusty of our feet would not stop blooming - that was their nature and they would be true to it to the day they died. And here I was, not being able to recognize my own nature and complaining about this and that.
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At the next meditation session, I had been so inspired by the tree and the flower, that I call on them for help as my meditation teachers. As these thoughts multiplied, the negative thoughts on wanting to run away diminished, and were completely vanquished. Although my body was weak, I had never felt so strong before.
I knew what the outcome of the next few days would be and there was no more trouble there was still pain and all of the scary stuff, but it didn't scare anymore. After remembering this, I realized that the author has shared with us a masterful insight of meditation. Theoretical meditation is about observing your thoughts, opening both the front door and the back door of your mind and letting the thoughts go through.
Practical meditation is a battlefield! The forces of good and evil are stacked up against each other, and we must feed the positive so the negative is forced out. When the feeling of power and confidence has set in, only then will we have the strength to become an outsider in our own mind and observe our thoughts.
They feed on each other. I am reading "Biology of Beliefs" by Dr. Bruce Lipton. The research of epigenetic shows how our thoughts affects environment around cells in our body. Excellent read on this topic. How interesting and important it is that we become conscious of the power we have in and with our thoughts. IT'S time to take up our responsibility for thought and the energy it creates. Its time to build a more meaningful relationship we our very own thoughts.
I just stumbled onto your website. I'll keep the things I've read here in mind. I've been very, very depressed lately, so perhaps a change in thinking is in order. It certainly wouldn't hinder the thought process. A friend told me last night that I need to stay positive, and to remember you don't find happines, you make your own.enter
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This is an excellent passage. Mind is an important component of our existence. Prana Vital air is subtle than Physical; Mind is subtle than Intelligence and Self is subtle than intelligence. Yoga basically means the union of all five layers.
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Yoga starts with physical exercise physical poses , Breathing exercise Vital Air followed by Mediattion union with Mind and ultimately Samadhi union with self. This also explains why group meditation is so powerful. What you play there, determines the kind of life you live and the experiences you meet.
To make changes in your life, you have to play a different video, one that you like more. You can train and strengthen this power. You can use it to make changes in your life, and also to influence other people's minds. If you plant seeds, water them, and give them fertilizers, they will grow into healthy and strong plants.
Thoughts, like seeds, have a natural tendency to grow and manifest in your life, if you feed them with attention, interest and enthusiasm. Your thoughts pass from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind, which in turn, influences your actions in accordance with these thoughts.
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Your thoughts also pass to other minds, and consequently, people who are in a position to help you, might offer you their help, sometimes, without even knowing why. This might some strange and unbelievable. You don't have to accept these words, but if you analyze the kind of thoughts you think, and the kind of life you live, you will discover interesting things about the mind.
The power of your mind is part of the creative power of the Universe, which means that your thoughts work together with it. You are a manifestation of the Universal mind. When you repeat the same thought over and again, in one way or another, this mighty power helps you make your thoughts come true. Actions, situations, and objects that you visualize frequently, eventually, manifest on the material plane in a natural way.
In order to make changes in your life, you must change the way you use your mind.
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You cannot think both negative and positive thoughts at the same time, as one will always dominate the other. We must make sure empowering thoughts and positive emotions are the dominating influence in the mind.