Diversity in Meditation

Meditation is a group of broadly similar practices, or sets of practices which are found across many cultures and traditions.

Meditation has been practised since ancient times in most religious traditions and beliefs. There is considerable homogeneity in meditative practices across the various traditions, despite there being over fifty methods for developing mindfulness and forty for developing concentration.

Contemplation is a very old and important meditation technique and is an important aspect to achieve Life Force Meditation. Why not explore some of the diverse aspects of meditation today?

The Power of Thoughts

Many of us are familiar with the concepts of positive thinking. You may have read or even understand how the use of mantras and other means can give us all the opportunity to bring forward aspects within our lives.

But, have you really taken the time to consider the power of your own thoughts. If you knew how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative or detrimental thought again. Take the time to contemplate the power of your thoughts and how powerfully they affect your life.

Do Not Be too Negative

Often a lot of emphasis nowadays is placed on things being negative; without understanding it is how you act, which is the key. It is important to understand that negative energies are part of the universe and part of the circle of life; as night is to day, or ying is to yang. Realise that negative energies exist and are necessary to maintain the balance in the Universe. Knowing that there is a natural flow of energy from negative to positive to form a complete circuit, in the same way that the field of a magnet flows from north to south and then back through the body of the magnet.

The key to understanding negativity is how you react to life and living. You can choose to react to negative energies and become involved in the emotional consequences. Alternatively, you can pause, keep your balance, and choose not to react. In effect, you are staying neutral to the negative influences.

The Second Fundamental Bundle

The second fundamental bundle helps anyone continue with activities with a dedicated purpose of thought to awaken your inner Life Force energies. Each of the five activities provides you with a means to instil directives within your mind. Then as you progress, you will learn to access the hidden potential of your Life Force energies.

This special bundle includes: Fundamental06 Vacuus and Sunya – introducing directives as an important key to achieve emptiness and quietness of mind. Fundamental07 Awakening Your Life Force Energies – leveraging directives to awaken your Life Force energies so that you may experience and appreciate the very existence of your Life Force. Fundamental08 Enlivening and Expanding Your Life Force Energies – enables you to enliven and expand your Life Force energies to envelop and encompass all parts of you. Fundamental09 Raising Your Life Force Energies Upwards – utilises Ekagrata to raise your Life Force energies upwards throughout your whole being. Finally, Fundamental10 Attaining Life Force Cognition – On raising your Life Force energies upwards within, you are then capable of achieving a state of Cognition within your Life Force mind.

Granting Gratitude

Gratitude is an often forgotten virtue in today’s modern world.  Gratitude is simply the quality of being thankful, or the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Many people are unaware of how expressing gratitude can change their lives for the better. Through granting gratitude to others, you are expressing a sense of kindness which can flow on your words or through the deeds of your actions.

You can grant gratitude to others by truly listening to what they have to say, without criticising or judging them.  To express your gratitude, you can thank someone as a sign of appreciation. Sometimes even a simple smile or the appropriate words to say thank you in the local language, will make a person’s day.

So take the opportunity to express some kindness with gratitude into the world around you.

Do Not Let Emotions Win

Do not let emotions win to control you and ruin your life. You should strive to let go of any negative emotions so that they do not become a controlling factor in your life.

If at all possible any feelings of unhappiness should not be allowed to exist within you at any time. All situations you are going through in your life, in the workplace or home, wherever possible, should be observed and understood as being experiences for learning.

Try to be an observer of emotions as they spill into your life, rather than being drowned in the torrent of thoughts and feelings which arise as a result of “playing the game”.

Be Purposeful

Be purposeful with your Mindfulness – as it is not about slowing down or speeding up!

A mindful practise is about doing things on purpose and with purpose. Sometimes you may speed up, other time you may slow down – it is about the balance and being mindful of the circumstance in which you find yourself at any given time. So take the time to be purposeful with your mindfulness endeavours.

What is Inner Knowledge

The progression of knowledge from potential to actual is activated by the energies of your Life Force and the intuition within. It is through your intuition working from your Life Force that you can comprehend those hidden truths which evade sensual observations and rational opinions.

All knowledge comes about through the union of the human mind and active intelligence. Inner knowledge can open your mind to expand the understanding of yourself. It can bring forth illumination to your life with a realisation of the tremendous hidden potential within each of us.

The Fundamental step to Achieve Life Force Cognition

In this fundamental activity, Achieving Life Force Cognition, you learn to awaken and raise your Life Force energies upwards to achieve a state of Cognition.

Through directives, you achieve the emptiness within, awaken and then expand your Life Force energies. As you apply Ekagrata, you can then slowly raise your Life Force energies upwards. You are then capable of achieving a state of Cognition within your Life Force mind.

Reducing Causality

Containment can be a very effective tool to assist you in reducing Causality (or aspects of Karma) in your life. Containment describes thoughts and actions which are proactively taken to reduce the causality (effects or reactions from some other event or occurrence) in your life. To apply containment, you will need to contemplate some of the potential consequences or ramifications of your thoughts, actions, inactions or other events which are occurring at any point in time.

The key aspect of containment is to apply active intellect and some common-sense in whatever you do. So rather than immediately reacting to stimuli, pause for a moment to consider your various courses of action, before proceeding. The judicious application of containment can lead to a happier life with less causality.

The Space Between your Thoughts

Witnessing the space between your thoughts can be an effective means to help you calm your mind and achieve aspects of meditation.

It can be common to hear people ask “How can I clear my head when I meditate?” Often, the more you try, the more that your thoughts seem to arise. This can be entirely expected, as trying to clear your head is also a thought.

So do not try to get rid of your thoughts, as for most people, this will not work. Instead, you need a way to bring focus to the mind, through a process called Ekagrata. Even in a noisy or chaotic mind, there will be spaces between your thoughts. So instead of focusing on the thoughts which you are trying to push aside, apply your focus on the space or gap between the thoughts. All the while, as you continue to focus on the space between the thoughts, witness this space become larger, so that it fills more of your mind. Continue to focus on the space so that it pushes more and more of your thoughts to the side of your mind or your thinking. Gradually this quiet space will grow to provide you with an opportunity to have some calmness of mind, from which you can continue with your other mindfulness or meditation activities.

Your Digital Persona

In an increasingly connected world, we are all affected by our presence of social media. On social media, you are open to the thoughts, emotions and feelings of others who may follow you, like your posts, make comments or otherwise engage with your digital persona. It is increasingly easy to be influenced and affected by others through an increasingly complex web of interactions which happen almost instantly across the globe.

What you share online is your choice and your responsibility. Once you have posted it online, it is out there, forever. You may be able to limit who sees your updates, pictures, comments and the like, but it is still worth giving some thought to how posts can affect your life, that of your family or others.

Realise that these aspects flow in multiple directions, what you post affects or influence others as what you see affects or influences you.  Over time, what is posted by you and about you build up this false illusion of you, as this digital entity. Over time this digital entity can grow of form its own illusion, which in some cases can become larger or more overwhelming than the originator. Always strive to be kind and considerate to others, never posting anything online which you would be unwilling to say directly to the person themselves.

Dealing with Strong Emotions

One of the most commonly asked questions is how can meditation or similar practices help deal with strong damaging emotions, such as anger, hatred, and jealousy.

The good news is, that if you are asking the question, you are already part of the way to the answer. The fact that you have asked the question indicates that you may have been sufficiently mindful and observant to notice the negative states of your mind.  Which, by the way, is not an easy accomplishment. Most people are entirely absorbed in their emotions and have limited self-awareness. Generally, those who ask this question have noticed what is happening in their minds as they were being swept into a whirlwind of negative emotions.

The best course of action is that you need to learn to become the master of your mind as well as your emotions. The moment that you feel a strong emotion building, first pause so that you can regain control and not fall into the pending onslaught of emotions, thoughts and feelings. Once you have paused the reactionary processes of your mind, the most effective choice is not to participate. In effect, you do not want that emotion or that emotional reaction to be a part of you. If you feel sufficiently in control, you may take the time to observe the emotion, but always push those emotional aspects away as you do not want them to become part of your life. Applying aspects of Life Force Cognition can help to bring greater control to your mind to help you deal with such situations.

Fundament Steps to Raising up

This fundamental activity, Raising up, provides important knowledge regarding your Life Force energies, as you learn to activate these energies within yourself.

This activity leads you through a sequence of directives designed to bring an emptiness within, which is then filled with the energies of your Life Force. Through the appropriate application of Ekagrata, you bring focus to your mind and directives, as you activate your Life Force energies throughout your whole being, combining these energies as they flow upwards throughout your body.