#216 ZEN SAYING Feb. 28th 18

                                                            ZEN saying Feb. 28th 18

Make peace with the past & future (nothing you can do about them: too late for the first one, too early for the second.).
The former is dead and the later not born yet.

Both are destroying your present and the present is the only reality. The rest is mind-made fiction trapping you 24/7.It works very well.

What others think about you is none of your business unless you can improve from.

Time heals everything: give plenty of time to time.

No one is the main reason of your happiness or sadness except yourself.

Don’t compare yourself with others. You have no idea what their journey will be.

Unless you need it for a specific purpose, stop thinking too much. It is just filling time and creates ongoing deceptive illusions like mirage.

Smile: you don’t own the problem of the world.

 

#215 MEDITATION: a misunderstanding Feb. 24th -18

                                                   Meditation: a misunderstanding

We are attracted to practice mindfulness meditation from many reasons:because of what we read from Google or were told by others or because we want more out of our life and ourselves.

We want to be more peaceful, more centered, more balanced, more patient, more in control, wiser and more compassionate. We want more of this and more of that, less of this and more of that.

In other words, we are continuously looking for a better life from life itself. This is pure mind-made delusion.

This permanent search for changing the outside is like having a six-foot fire dancing in our restless head, fueled by external causes for which we have little control if any. (more…)

#214 ENLIGHTENMENT: when you think you are enlightened Feb. 18-18

                         Just when you think you’re enlightened

 Sooner or later it’s going to happen…maybe. It might be the very first time you meditate or few years

after a long and dedicated practice.

But someday you are going to have some sort of spiritual, extra natural or weird experiences.

These experiences come in many forms, ranging from deep tranquility to radiant ecstasy.

It their fullest expressions and intensity they are like spiritual earthquake that may transform your life.

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#213 Few tips to keep a regular daily meditation practice Feb. 12 18



Few tips to keep a regular daily meditation practice Feb. 12 18

About yourself:

Prioritize. You need to somehow insert into your brain that meditation is just as important as brushing your teeth, showering, eating, and reading, whatever it is. I think it’s amazing how much time we find to answer irrelevant email but how so little time there is to sit daily. We always find time for priorities, never enough time for what we perceive as “non priorities”.

Pick a doable amount of time to sit. Don’t strive for an hour unless it seems easy to you. Fifteen minutes to a half hour daily work fine. Up it, if that seems easy and fits in with your schedule. Even five minutes will activate those neural pathways. (more…)

#212 ZEN Practice in few words Feb. 8th 18

                                              One way to think about Zen practice is:

A total, non-judgmental awareness (mindfulness) which incorporates together body and mind in the present reality of the moment, that is in the same current space-time & doing the same thing.

To do this:

Dropping all illusions and experiencing things and people as they currently are without the distortion created by our own relentless thinking and feeling.

#211 DON’T fight your thoughts while meditating Feb 1 18

                                           Don’t fight your thoughts during meditation

Can you stop your heart from beating or your kidneys for making urine? No

While keeping your eyes open, can you stop seeing? No

Can you stop thinking? No, even while meditating. This is a fake news.

Our brain-mind that is hardware and software has 4 main duties: Making our body working, relating self with our environment via our 5 senses, thinking and having emotions. All of them are unstoppable.

How to work with our thoughts and emotions is the biggest challenge during meditation and life. While sitting, thoughts, feelings, perceptions, past and future are always present regardless your level.

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#210 AWAKENING INVENTORY using a scoring system Feb. 3rd 18

               “Awakening inventory” using a scoring system     www.mindfulnesszenmeditation.ca

Are you “awake” or close to “awakening”? Please note: this is a very rough, non-scientific and limited inventory that may help you or not to assess your journey. The highest score the closest to “awakening”.

Score the following statements as:

Strongly disagree=1 Disagree=2 Neutral =3  Agree=4 Strongly agree=5 and be very honest with yourself!

1       2      4       5

I have an ongoing sense of contentment, ease, equanimity & open mind……………………………………………………………………………………..( your score here ).

I have pleasure for doing routine stuff / non exciting stuff………………………………………………………………………………………….

Life and things are what they are and not what I want them to be……………………………………………………………………………………………

I am trying to stay more in the present moment than being in the past or the future…………………………………………………………………………………………

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