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The Driving Force of Meditation....

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I wage a continuing battle with my mind in my intent to have a regular *sitting practice* as I call it. I know the value of it for EVERY ASPECT of my life-in-a-body, not the least of which is proper care of this vehicle I've been entrusted with. That doesn't lessen the battle. It rages...and I fight! Here is the sage Sri Easwaran again, providing wonderful insights on the power and importance of meditation:

Dive deep, O mind, dive deep In the ocean of God’s beauty;
If you descend to the uttermost depths,
There you will find the gem of love.
-– Bengali hymn

Don’t think the purpose of meditation is to go deep into consciousness, wrap a blanket around yourself, and say, “How cozy! I’m going to curl up in here by myself; let the world burn.” Not at all. We go deep into meditation so that we can reach out farther and farther to the world outside.

In meditation we are going deep into ourselves, into the utter solitude that is within. As a counterbalance to this, it is necessary to be with people: to laugh with them, to sing with them, and to enjoy the healthy activities of life.

Meditation and selfless action go hand in hand. When we try to live more for others than for ourselves, this will deepen our meditation. When we deepen our meditation, more and more energy will be released with which we can love and help others.
-- Eknath Easwaran

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LOLAGEEK 6/6/2009 4:04PM

    I think it is interesting that you write that the counterbalance of this inward practice is to be with people. For me meditation is a tool to have better relationships with those I interact with. Meditation helps me clear the clutter in my mind that allows me to be dishonest with myself. With a clearer mind I have a more direct relationship with myself and as an extension of that with others. I have noticed that with my practice I am able to voice my discontent with others easily as it arises as well as be able to laugh and enjoy my interactions with others more easily. I am freer and don't hold on to hurt and disappointments like I have in the past. I think I also love my relationships a little bit more (if that is possible).

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WOOLANDWOOD 6/4/2009 5:52AM

    Last Tuesday when I asked my yoga teacher for advice after a class where we did a lot of pelvic floor and sacrum work. You see I have some "issues" with the 2nd chakra that arose from the same series of incidents that also mixed up my blessings with a dissociative "disorder"

I found while we were doing the pelvic work a huge amount of resistance expressed itself in my jaw and shoulders. I could NOT no matter how I breathed to it, stop the resistance. I wanted advice on how to overcome my resistance.

She spoke right to it with her reply. She said " You could just go ahead and resist."

What it says to me is to not fight the Fight. Cause then what do we get???
Fight squared.

I love you dearly, sister fish

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    Could it be that you are trying too hard to match an image of what you think meditation should be? Personally, I think meditation is very personal and each one of us finds our own way to meditate. Granted many people do not really get the idea of actually relaxing the mind leading to relaxation of the physical body. I dont want to leave my mind open to the influence of something that would lead me in a direction I do not want to go, so I will not completely relax, ever. What does help me to relax is to practice focusing on something, a verse, a flower, my mood, a picture. When Ive done that I have truly relaxed both mind and body. Actually, I think I get better at this as I age because youth tends to be a natural distraction with all the directions we think we need to go! Can you tell that I am not an expert in this?! But that first question might be helpful.

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KEEPITMOVING 6/3/2009 2:07PM

    this is a great blog. it hones in on what really matters. thanks for sharing your insights. n

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Farewell Letter From Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, famous writer from Colombia, and Nobel Peace Prize winner for literature, has retired from public life for reasons of health. He has a form of cancer which is terminal. He has sent a farewell letter to his friends and it has been circulated around the Internet.

It is recommended reading because it is moving to see how one of the most brilliant of writers expresses himself with sorrow. He says:

If God, for a second, forgot what I have become and granted me a little bit more of life, I would use it to the best of my ability. I wouldn't, possibly, say everything that is in my mind, but I would be more thoughtful of all I say. I would give merit to things not for what they are worth, but for what they mean to express. I would sleep little, I would dream more, because I know that for every minute that we close our eyes, we waste sixty seconds of light. I would walk while others stop; I would awake while others sleep. If God would give me a little bit more of life, I would dress in a simple manner, I would place myself in front of the sun, leaving not only my body, but my soul naked at its mercy. To all men I would say how mistaken they are when they think that they stop falling in love when they grow old, without knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love. I would give wings to children, but I would leave it to them to learn how to fly by themselves. To old people I would say that death doesn't arrive when they grow old, but with forgetfulness.

I have learned so much with you all, I have learned that everybody wants to live on top of the mountain, without knowing that true happiness is obtained in the journey taken and the form used to reach the top of the hill. I have learned that when a newborn baby holds, with its little hand, his father's finger, it has trapped him for the rest of his life.

I have learned that a man has the right and obligation to look down at another man, only when that man needs help to get up from the ground. Say always what you feel, not what you think. If I knew that today is the last time that that I am going to see you asleep, I would hug you with all my strength and I would pray to the Lord to let me be the guardian angel of your soul. If I knew that these are the last moments to see you, I would say 'I love you'. There is always tomorrow, and life gives us another opportunity to do things right, but in case I am wrong, and today is all that is left to me, I would love to tell you how much I love you and that I will never forget you.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed to anyone, young or old. Today could be the last time to see your loved ones, which is why you mustn't wait; do it today, in case tomorrow never arrives. I am sure you will be sorry you wasted the opportunity today to give a smile, a hug, a kiss, and that you were too busy to grant them their last wish.

Keep your loved ones near you; tell them in their ears and to their faces how much you need them and love them. Love them and treat them well; take your time to tell them 'I am sorry';' forgive me',' please' 'thank you', and all those loving words you know. Nobody will know you for your secret thought. Ask the Lord for wisdom and strength to express them. Show your friends and loved ones how important they are to you.

Send this letter to those you love. If you don't do it today...tomorrow will be like yesterday, and if you never do it, it doesn't matter, either, the moment to do it is now.

For you, With much love,

Your Friend,

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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CAROLYN4033 6/1/2009 10:12AM

    Dearest Maha,

Once again you have me deep in thought. I too agree with Keith, you are a loving teacher and I know I am a better person because of you and your teachings. So thank you for sharing this letter with me today.

Peace and Love,

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JAZZTAZZ 6/1/2009 10:02AM

    Beauty in it's purest form. Thank you for sharing this loving message, it has touch my heart.


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KUZINKEITH 6/1/2009 9:26AM

    There is so much in here, and it mostly boils down to giving as much love as you can to everyone you meet - every chance you get -- and give yourself more chances ...
So, in case my journey ends today, let me tell you, MAHA, how glad I am we stumbled into one another on this journey. You are a loving teacher, and my life is much better for having you as a part of it. Consider yourself hugged and kissed.

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"true happiness is obtained in the journey taken and the form used to reach the top of the hill. " I hope that I can travel with a little more dignity and a lot more love today.

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SUSANLUSAN 6/1/2009 6:47AM

    There is a beautiful organic-ness to his love -- "Tell them in their ears and to their faces". It reminds me of how I have often hoped to live as long as I fully alive and not a moment more.

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MAZZYR 5/31/2009 11:22PM


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DRAGONFLY7149 5/31/2009 10:43PM

    And, again, it all comes down to love...
thank you, Maha, for sharing this beautiful letter.


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Moderation is everything.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

These wisdom teachings have informed my life for many years. The Bhagavad Gita, a small volume of just 18 short chapters, captures for me the essential truths of life-in-a-body on this crazy planet (and as always, Sri Easwaran's wisdom elucidates and expands so beautifully)!
Those who eat too much or eat too little, who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not succeed in meditation. But those who are temperate in eating and sleeping, work and recreation, will come to the end of sorrow through meditation.
- Bhagavad Gita

Once, when the Buddha was told that one of his disciples was having trouble, he went to the young mans room to see what the problem was. This young man had been born in a rich family, and he had been trained in music, so he still kept his vina an instrument something like a guitar in the corner of his room. When the Buddha entered, he saw the vina and said, Let me see if I can play your vina.

The disciple reluctantly brought it forward. He didnt know that the Buddha had been an expert musician.

The Buddha tightened the strings of the vina until they were about to break. The disciple protested, You are not supposed to tighten the strings like that, Blessed One; they will break!

So the Buddha, with tender cunning said, Oh, yes! Then should I make them loose? And he loosened all the strings until they couldnt be played at all. Here, let me do it for you, Blessed One, said the disciple, and he adjusted them. They are now just right, neither too tight nor too loose.

The Buddha smiled, Yes, you see, that is what my path is: just right, neither too tight nor too loose. Moderation in everything. Temperance in everything.
-- Eknath Easwaran

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MADANNIE71 5/30/2009 12:25PM

    The reading and commentary are an excellent reminder. Thank you for bnringing them to my attention today.

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LIZARDG7 5/30/2009 11:44AM

    This reading touched me also this morning! He is always right on! Peace, Lizzie

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BAREFOOT-LISA 5/30/2009 11:32AM

    You know, even though we study on the same path, sometimes a little reminder is all it takes!
Thanks friend!~

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SUSANLUSAN 5/30/2009 9:52AM

    I soaked up this post like a Bounty paper towel! That was lovely. Excuse me please while I go tighten some loose strings and loosen some tight ones using humble instruments of torture -- elliptical and bowflex devices ; )

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MAZZYR 5/30/2009 9:44AM

    LOL, I guess I'm on the right path, dear Maha, my wise SP friend. Each day my wish is to pay attention, balance my choices, and practice moderation.

Wishing you a nice day.


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Adam and Eve, God and Satan

Thursday, May 28, 2009

God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them." And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it "Angel Food Cake," and said, "It is good." Satan then created chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food."

God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes! And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

Then Satan created HMOs.

Thought for the day:

There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

Shamelessly *lifted* from VEEJAY3's comment on MTER67's terrific blog, "I am blaming it all on Eve:"

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DRAGONFLY7149 5/31/2009 10:52PM

    Now that elicited a grin from ear to ear and an oh, ain't it all so true!


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WOOLANDWOOD 5/29/2009 8:05PM

    thank you for the giggle!

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CONTENTHERMIT 5/28/2009 3:24PM

    Maha my friend. Thanks that is so true. What else you got? We are waiting here with baited breath for your next pearls of wisdom. tina emoticon

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LIZARDG7 5/28/2009 12:17PM

    Maha - This is too funny! Thanks, Lizzie emoticon

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MAZZYR 5/28/2009 10:12AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank for a good laugh!

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CAROLYN4033 5/28/2009 9:56AM

    emoticon emoticon amen

Peace, Carolyn

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MADANNIE71 5/28/2009 9:35AM

    Maha, I always find your blog entries so stimulating. This one is great. see you around,

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GBOOMER 5/28/2009 9:26AM

    Haha! I hadn't realized that I've spent most of my life as a Satanist! emoticon Hee hee hee!

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GEEOHDEESGIRL 5/28/2009 9:04AM

    Doesn't it really seem just like that? Dude..the enemy created Krispy Kreme. Hilarious!!!!!

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STEVEND18 5/28/2009 8:54AM

  this is great

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Become love itself.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sometimes I just can't resist, when it's so full and juicy and...THE RIGHT STUFF, nutrition and exercise or not! --

Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each separate fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God.
-- Dostoyevsky

Most of us think of love as a one-to-one relationship, which is the limitation of love on the physical level. But there is no limit to our capacity to love. We can never be satisfied by loving just one person here, another there. Our need is to love completely, universally, without any reservations – in other words, to become love itself.
-- Eknath Easwaran

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WOOLANDWOOD 5/29/2009 8:07PM

    "Love is all you need! da da dada da! emoticon

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ZORAHGAIL 5/28/2009 12:05PM

    Thank you. These are great.

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 5/28/2009 10:41AM

    Such nourishing quotes with which to begin my day. I like seeing Sri Easwaran included, as he is lesser-known. I have a story to share. He became my guru at the age of 21, when I discovered him through his book, Meditation. I would later become a part of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation community. And, small world that it is, when I became a vegetarian as a young teen, it was Laurel's Kitchen cookbook that would provide the guidance with which to nourish my body, my family at a loss! I later learned that Nilgiri Press, Sri Easwaran's publishing company, was the catalyst behind Laurel's Kitchen. I've since met "Laurel" and the co-authors. So, your quotation brings back many Earthly memories, in addition to spiritual inspiration.

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SUSANLUSAN 5/28/2009 6:37AM

    I agree with all my being. And as for those one-on-one people relationships, I have found it is not a failure to be loved that is so painful to me as it is the blocking of my ability to love, usually by their demonstrating a commitment to being untrustworthy. Loving someone I cannot trust is a challenge. I am still working on being as unconditional in my love for all humans as I am with everything else in this world.

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PEACEFULONE 5/28/2009 2:34AM

    Yes! It's All about LOVE!

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