My Mind will not become Blank

A common challenge for many people undertaking mindfulness or meditation is that they cannot make their mind go blank or empty, however much they try. You will be glad to know that most people have noisy minds, so you are not alone in your struggle to tame the endless chatter of your mind.

The ultimate goal for anyone meditating is to achieve a full quietness of mind, but for many of us, this is simply not attainable. If you have a noisy mind, stop trying to achieve absolute silence of mind. Realise that often your own efforts to quieten the mind, fill your mind with the noise of the very thoughts you are trying to banish. While you may not be able to achieve a complete quietness of mind, you should instead be focusing on becoming master of your mind. The difference being, that as you become that master, you can learn to focus your mind with Ekagrata (focussed thought).

Applying Ekagrata enables you to focus on one thing, such as your breath, or repeating a mantra, or mindfully shifting your attention to a specific thought. As a master of your own mind, you are not thinking of everything at the same time, you are being intentional and focusing on one thing at a time. If stray thoughts enter into your mind, you acknowledge them, and push them aside to achieve that focus of mind which is Ekagrata. Become the master of your own mind with Ekagrata, so that you may learn to create a quiet space even within a noisy mind with KIA0006 .

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Know Yourself First

One of the aspects of attunement, awakening or meditation which is often overlooked by those starting on the journey, is the importance of knowing yourself.

If you do not understand yourself, your thoughts, emotions, reactions, aspirations and fears, then you will always struggle to be in harmony within yourself. Any form of awakening or meditation will lead to an inevitable increase in the energies of your true self. As these energies increase within you, if left unchecked, they can cause issues as they feed your own emotions, reactions and fears. If you do not know yourself, you may seek to blame others for your problems, when in fact the challenges are within you caused by the awakening of your own inner energies feeding aspects hidden deep within your own persona.

Without this knowledge of yourself, you cannot know who you appear to be, even though you are you. This is a paradox, to say the least; but one which must be overcome.

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What is Modern Meditation?

Modern meditative practices have been influenced by Eastern philosophy, yoga, Hinduism and Buddhism; combined with some aspects of Western culture to evolve into a range of various techniques. Many of these techniques aim to bring serenity and balance within you, allowing access to other realms of consciousness. Most of the practices involve the participant setting aside some specific time during the day for undertaking their meditations.

Over recent decades, modern meditation has morphed, with mindfulness programs bursting onto the scene. Their key tenant is to live in the moment with non-judgmental awareness. Many modern meditative practices include techniques such as: mindful breathing, the body scan meditation, or letting thought arise and pass.

All techniques have their place. Ensure that you task your meditative practices with renewed focus, to help you adequately deal with the challenges of life. In whatever form of meditation you perform, always apply your focus and set clear intentions for the greatest benefit.

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Take a Hike

Walking has been used as a conduit for spiritual development for thousands of years. More recently, people have begun to rediscover the simple pleasure of walking and have found it illuminating. A walk can be incorporated into a break at work or at other times of the day. If you are feeling stressed, taking a walk can usually ease the pressure, often bringing a new perspective to the situation. Just getting up and taking a short walk around the block can diffuse a situation and can have a beneficial impact on your day.

The simple act of going for a walk, enables you to have a change of scenery, often enabling you to be more mindful or take a different perspective. As you walk, try to be more aware of the sensations within your body, such as the movement of your feet or arms as well as your breathing. You can also be more mindful of the world around you, hearing the sounds which continually waft into your ears, the temperature of the air on your face and the smells which fill your nostrils. So why not take some time out and go take a hike into the outdoors and avail yourself of the opportunity to be more mindful, to take a break and refocus on the important things in life.

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You Become what you Think

How many times have you heard the expression “You become what you think” or “Your life is an expression of your mind”? Consider for a moment that your thoughts have causality which is intertwined in our life and living. For every thought or action, there is a reaction or effect, which is very similar to the observations made by Newton when he penned his third law of motion.

Your thoughts and reactions in life can lead to a build-up of emotional energies within you. These energies can have damaging effects on your body, often leading to ill health. Take control; learn to change your thinking and reactions in life to improve your health and wellbeing.

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The Fundamentals of Vacuus and Sunya

This fundamental activity, introduces you to the concept of directives and the aspects of vacuus (emptiness) and sunya (a state of nothingness). When these aspects are combined with directives, they can assist you to achieve improved states of meditation.

Directives enable you to step beyond simply placing thoughts. Directives form the first and most important key necessary for progressing beyond the basic mindful thoughts. Through the application of directives, it is possible to achieve a new state of quietness of mind and body. In the activity KIA0006 Fundamental06 VacuusAndSunya, you then realise why directives and these aspects are important steps on the pathway to Cognition and illumination.

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Simply breathe

For many of us, it has become all too easy to fall into a pattern of unconsciously rushing through our lives without ever being fully immersed in the present moment. Even though many of us may practice meditation or mindfulness, often we do not seem to have the time.

The simple activity of pausing and observing consecutive breaths can help to calm or refocus your mind, to continue your day with the intention of remaining aware and mindful. Visit our webshop for a free complementary activity on Breathe with Purpose which expands upon simple breathing to bring calmness within you.

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What is my Life Force?

Over the years, much has been written about the power source behind our human mechanism. The living energies which are present in all living things are your Life Force.

You may relate to your Life Force energy as an inner awareness, your true essence, your spirit dwelling within, or your soul, to name but a few. Some may see this concept as elusive, vague, intangible and often a mystery hidden within religion. The ability to work with your Life Force energies is not a mystery but is achievable through Cognition (a true calmness of mind) and Ekagrata (focused thought).

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Become Aware

How many times do we look back at situations in our lives and recognise that, with hindsight, we could have acted or reacted differently? If you become aware of your thoughts, emotions and feelings, then you have the opportunity to no longer become lost in these aspects. When you are angry, be aware of your anger. If you become stressed, be aware of your stress. When you become annoyed or irritated, be aware of your irritation.

As soon as you become aware of these thoughts, emotions or feelings, you have the opportunity to choose how to act or react. Your awareness allows you to become mindful as you witness these aspects as if you were viewing them from the outside looking in. Once you are aware, you can pause, then make a choice to change your way of thinking or react differently.

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Listening to your Thoughts

If you pause for a moment to listen to your thoughts, you are likely to find that most of the thoughts you have do not register within your consciousness. However, you may observe that you are reacting to these thoughts without you realising it. Take the opportunity to listen to your thoughts as they enter the mind, like an outside observer. Then strive to catch hold of any negative or damaging thoughts before they take hold within your consciousness. Then push such thoughts out of your consciousness, indicating that you do not want them to be part of your life.

In order to master your thoughts, you have to learn to listen to your own thoughts. Skills acquired through Life Force mindfulness, meditation and cognitive practices can all help you to listen to your own thoughts as the impartial arbiter.

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A Fundamental Bundle

The first fundamental bundle helps you get started with activities to regain an understanding of how you think and act in the world. Each of the five activities builds upon the basic activities of mindful breathing and Line of Light to centre yourself, calm your mind, relax your body, balance your emotions.

This special bundle includes: Starting Out – which examines what are your intentions for undertaking activities such as Meditation or Mindfulness? The Second Step – provides the opportunity to comprehend how your mind orchestrates your own brand or personality. The Third Step – provides you with insight into how thoughts can control and cause emotional responses within you. The Fourth Step – enables you to consider how excuses of the mind can be a major factor in not making changes in your life. The Fifth Step – investigates how thoughts can lead to overthinking and how to stop thoughts consuming your life.

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What is Active Intellect?

As individuals, each of us differs from one another in our ability to understand complex ideas, to adapt to our environment, to learn from experience and to engage in various forms of reasoning through the application of active intelligence. These differences are never entirely consistent as your intellectual capabilities will vary on different occasions and in different aspects of your life.

Active intelligence is the manifestation of intellect through free will or volition. Stop and pause for a moment to observe your own thoughts, then apply active intellect rather than just reacting to stimuli.

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Life’s Energies Revealed

Many of us are blind to all of the influences which affect us. Each of us as human beings, strive to live our lives to the best of our ability. However, we are not fully aware of the diverse aspects of energies which exist within ourselves, and the universe around us.

These energies affect each of us in varying ways. Take the opportunity to learn how your thoughts manifest to create your own reality.

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What are Emotions?

People often wonder: What is the basis of emotions which seem to rule many people’s lives? At the most basic level, emotions are lower level responses occurring within areas of the brain and mental form, in response to stimuli and thoughts. Emotions themselves are often short-lived, but lead to longer-term mental associations. Over time, your emotional responses are subjectively blended with personal experience, beliefs and memories to create your feelings.

Take the opportunity observe your thoughts and emotional reactions in life, so that you can choose how to respond, rather than just reacting with passive intellect.

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Fundamental Fifth Step

The fundamental Fifth Step activity helps you to identify the endless conditioned thoughts which lead to overthinking. When overthinking starts to consume your life, it can become a serious problem.

The activity will extend on your mindful breathing and Line of Light to centre yourself, calm your mind, relax your body, balance your emotions and instil a healthiness of mind. Stop to identify the endless conditioned thoughts which lead to overthinking, which if left unchecked, can consume your life.

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