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.
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…)
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.