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.

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.

When to Meditate

Many people ask when or what time of day should I meditate? There is no golden rule on the subject, but most will agree that the most important aspect is to create some time for you, irrespective of the time of day or any schedule.

While formal meditation practice in a peaceful place where you are unlikely to be disturbed is beneficial, there should be no reason why you can not apply aspects at other times or places in your life. You can apply aspects of mindfulness, meditation or Life Force cognition at any time and in any place. Indeed it can often be in these hectic or uncontrolled moments when you need the benefits of these practices the most.

There are many times throughout the day when you can apply your attention to help bring aspects of calmness within you. When you are on a train or bus, you could bring your attention to your breath. As you walk down the street, or through the park, you could focus on the sounds you hear. What’s important is that you are in that moment, mindfulness should not be a chore to be performed once a week.

Many of the aspects of Breathe with Purpose and Life Force Mindfulness, once programmed within your mind, can be easily recalled and applied at any time in your life. You can apply these techniques without the rigour of a schedule; all that you need is sufficient time on commencing any activity, then you can benefit from their application at any time in your life.

Mindfulness is Just the Beginning

The modern practices of Mindfulness are a distilled portion of the eastern meditative process, which through attentive thought, provides awareness of the world within and around you based on the current moment.

Once you have mastered the basic principles of Mindfulness, you can then direct this learning to assist you in mastering your thoughts and emotions.  As you learn about this part of your being, you realise the true and hidden potential of your Life Force. Through the combination of your Life Force energies to focus the intentions of your Mindfulness activities, you can reach new levels of understanding and achieve greater wellbeing in your life.

Reinvigorate your Mindfulness

In today’s modern world, many of us have stopped noticing many aspects of the world within and around us, especially when we live busy lives. It is all too easy to lose touch with the sensations of life and living, to become someone who acts purely through the conditioned thinking of our passive intellect to the various stimuli in life.

You do not have to change who you are or alter your beliefs to become more self-aware with active intellect. We all have the capacity to be mindful, to pay attention to and be aware of the present moment. Reinvigorate your mindfulness pursuits to bring about the change within you by focusing on your true intentions with Life Force mindfulness.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boost your Mindfulness

Some people may still question mindfulness as New Age thinking, but numerous mindfulness techniques have become part of business and healthcare services, to help people deal with the challenges of daily life.

However, for many people, these benefits lay unrealised as the various techniques do not deliver on the original intent. For others, mindfulness often lays abandoned on the scrapheap like last year’s resolutions. Focus on the true intentions of your Life Force to boost your mindfulness.

What is The Life Force Institute?

The Life Force Institute and the Life Force Institute Australasia, have been set up as a means to help present information on how to live your life with harmlessness. We all live in a world filled with many challenges which we face on a daily basis. Many of us are looking for ways to comprehend life and to understand ourselves.

To help comprehend life, many of us have tried aspects of mindfulness or meditation, but sometimes these approaches do not deliver on the original intent. The Life Force Institute presents information and provides activities which are designed to help you to look at life differently; to equip you with a set of tools to help deal with life and living.

Fundamental Second Step

Your mind orchestrates your own brand through your thoughts, emotions, feelings and actions. The fundamental Second Step activity investigates how your mind controls your perceptions of yourself and the world around you.
In this activity, you will take the initial steps to look at you, your perceptions and view of the world. This brand you represents you and portrays how you react to life and living.

Take the opportunity to realise how your mind orchestrates your own brand or personality. The activity will extend on your mindful breathing to centre yourself and vitalise your body and includes the Line of Light to bring improved calmness within your mind.