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Sunday, 10 March 2013 13:50

The Roaring Silence

A few years ago at dawn one Summer morning, a friend and I pedaled to the top of Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko. This is possible and pretty easy because Australia is the world’s oldest continent and Kosciuszko (7,310 feet or 2,228 metres tall and named by Polish explorer Strzelecki in 1840) has been weathered over millennia into a place more rounded than its younger, steeper and craggier equivalents elsewhere on the earth. But that’s by the by.

The thing is that when we got there not only were we alone at the highest point on the world’s biggest island but up there it was absolutely, utterly, wonderfully silent.

No wind and no wind through leaves (no bushes or trees), no chirruping insects or croaking frogs, no twittering birds or lowing of cows, no distant bark of a dog on the breeze, no traffic, no lawnmowers, no voices. Nothing -- just glorious silence. Absolute silence is a thing most of us rarely get to experience and when you do it can be profound.

Isn’t it strange how silence – if you care to listen -- feels full rather than empty; pregnant with possibility rather than absent of meaning?

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:22

Meditation and Creativity

If Jackson Pollock was the archetypal boozing, tortured artist, would he have painted anything worthwhile if he had found inner peace? Or would he have been an even better painter if he had indeed found inner peace.

If Steve Jobs was the super-cool Zen creator, would Apple even have come into existence if he had not meditated?

If, as Spike Milligan said “it is all in the mind”, how does sitting quietly to train your mind through meditation build creativity?

Maybe it is because of the type of mind meditation produces.

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:18

What's up? Meditating with your child

Our deepest wish as parents is for our children to be happy. We feel intensely our children’s pain and suffering and would literally do anything to help them. But often we find ourselves at a loss - we don’t know what is troubling them, or how to help, though we keep trying to talk it through, figure it out, fix it up!

Really listening and attending to our children can often be enough to ease their suffering. However, sometimes they do not know what is distressing them, or they may feel powerless to change an old habit such as worry and anxiety, an explosive temper, or fragile self-esteem. Some children also feel that they are in some way ‘bad’, they feel unloved and unlovable.*

Published in Meditation Blog

Do you ever long for dead silence in your mind?  Do you think this is what meditation really is?

Basic meditation is sometimes called “calm abiding”, “peacefully remaining” or “tranquility meditation.”  

Sounds good, right?  Given the 15,000 to 50,000 thoughts popping about in your brain on any given day, a moment of quiet seems like outright bliss.  I bet you’re wondering, “Where can I sign up?”

Many novice meditators believe that meditation means putting an end to thoughts and emotions.  Well, at least the bothersome ones.  I’ll tell you a little secret.  Even experienced meditators may be hoping for the same isle of peace.

Is it devilish of me to burst the bubble?

Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 11:09

The value of silence

Imagine for 8 days you have no mobile, no television, no email, no mp3 player, no radio, no newspaper, no Internet and you are not supposed to talk at all except once a day. You spend these 8 days in a retreat place sorrounded by a lovely countryside together with a few others in complete silence.

Would you be willing to participate in such an experiment, to see what effect silence or more precisely a full week spent in silent contemplation and meditation has on you?

Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 13:53

The value of silence

The best foundation for meditation practice is to understand the value of stillness and silence, says Khandro Rinpoche.

Published in Khandro Rinpoche
Sunday, 09 January 2011 14:15

9 Angeleitete Meditation

Da du jetzt mit der grundlegenden Meditationshaltung vertraut bist und auch mit den Methoden, in denen man sich auf den Atem oder ein Objekt konzentriert, kommt nun eine einfache angeleitete Meditation, der du folgen kannst.

Du kannst dir dies so oft anhören wie du möchtest und wenn es dir hilft, kannst du es auch in deiner täglichen Meditationspraxis verwenden.

Download Name Play Size Length
download The Posture
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

1.4 MB 2:32 min
download Watching the Breath
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

2.7 MB 4:57 min
download Watching an Object
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

2.8 MB 5:17 min

Download der Dateien: Rechtsklick auf die grünen Pfeile (bei Mac auch Strg +Klick)

 

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Mache nun weiter mit dem letzten Schritt: Meditation im täglichen Leben




Published in Wage es zu meditieren
Sunday, 02 January 2011 11:26

9 Guided meditation

Now that you’re familiar with the basic meditation posture, as well as the methods of watching the breath and focusing on an object, here’s a simple guided meditation that you can follow.

You can listen to this as many times as you want, and if you find it helpful, you can use it as part of your daily meditation practice.

Download Name Play Size Length
download The Posture
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

1.4 MB 2:32 min
download Watching the Breath
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

2.7 MB 4:57 min
download Watching an Object
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

2.8 MB 5:17 min

To download the file right click (control click on a Mac) the green arrows

 

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Published in Dare to Meditate