#250 Spiritual awakening : towards a new entity Part 1 Nov 18 18

                                     Spiritual awakening: Toward a new entity  Part 1

This is the first of 7 talks about awakening: towards new self (2), new mind (2), new life (2) and new world.

Awakening is not adding something divine to what you are but simply removing what you think you are.

1) A new identity away from our egocentric one:

When we experience spiritual awakening, one common sign is that our inner life changes. There’s a shift in how we feel inside. This shift changes us so profoundly that, we feel as if we have a new and less egocentric identity….as if we have been somewhat reborn.

It may not even be a noticeable symptom or sign of spiritual awakening, except in retrospect.


#249 What mindful people do & think differently Part 2 Nov 11 18

What mindful & serene people think and do differently    Part 2

 Mindful people try to live in the moment because this is the only time where we are alive. Past and future are mind-made noise.

Are active listeners w/o trying to judge, ignore or control.

Realize that happiness comes only from the outside world and, therefore quest for happiness is endless never totally satisfied and often out of their control.


#247 2 to 3 min. Centering space. Oct 28th 18

                           Two-three minutes centering space

 You don’t have to meditate formally to practice mindfulness-based awareness.

This short and easy “on-the-go” exercise will provide you an opportunity to:

1) Step-out from our autopilot behavior and ongoing mental agitation.

2) Reconnect and experience with the present moment, its content, your body and true surronding true  surrounding   genuine reality.

3) Reduce stress.

There are 3 steps to follow. They can be done in sequence1-2-3 or simply by picking one of your choice and another one during the next exercise.


#245 What is a Zen mind? A pic to explain. Oct 21th -18

                                       What is a Zen mind? A pic to explain it
Click on the pic below:
This beautiful lake, at sun set, has a perfect Zen mind:
Reflecting, in a mindful way,  things as they are in the moment.
 No thinking, no mind-set, no judgment, no decision, no past, no future,
 no feelings……putting the mind on “Pause mode”** for the time being.
**PS: Use your mind only when you need it

#244 How can I stop my thoughts while meditating?

                          Meditation: How can I stop my thoughts while meditating?

How can I stop my thoughts? “, “ Should I try to stop thinking?” How to empty my mind?”

How to deal with our thoughts and feelings is one of the biggest challenges in meditation and in life in general.

Most of us coming to meditation read that meditation will clear the mind and make it quiet and still.

But, after few sessions of sitting meditation you realize that your own experience comes closer to rocking back and forth between ongoing thinking, worrying that you should not be thinking, struggling to stop your thoughts or trying to empty your mind. This is a wrong approach and source of absolute failure & quitting. (more…)

#243 Baby mind vs. closed mind Oct 7th 18

From baby mind to closed mind

Great Japanese Zen Master Suzuki wrote a famous little book called “ Zen mind, beginner’s mind”

He wrote: ““In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

Have you notice how the mind of a baby works ?. (more…)

#242 When the mind is squeaking, the body listens Sept 23th 18

When the mind is squeaking, the body listens

Contrary to our Western medicine, the Oriental one and Zen Buddhism consider Mind and Body as an unbreakable single unit in which each part affects the other back and forth and continuously and at different degrees. Body functions, thoughts and emotions are the jobs of our subconscious and conscious mind and our brain which is made of contains around 100 billions neurons.

Recently, millions of neurons have been identified in our small and large intestine. There is a subconscious thinking and emotional loop between brain and intestines.

Rational thinking does not affect our body but our emotions, even at their subconscious level, could have significant impacts on various organs.


#241 Love and Attachment: is there a difference Set. 16 18

                                Love and attachment: Is there a difference?

Difficult question. since these 2 words are perceived almost synonymous.

From our own experience we know that when we love someone or something we become, subconsciously attached to this person or a thing like home, car, sex, chocolate, addiction, etc.,

We are even totally attached to our thoughts.

What we perceive as love is probably more attachment and we will see below that attachment and love are complete opposite of each other. (more…)