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Meditation and Guided Imagery


 

GOALS

 

To unify the self: our goal is to maximize our potential by cultivating both sides of our brains, developing all our multiple intelligences.

To practice emotive ethics, as we have defined it,that is, to send love or light or ............

To discover what is blocking that love or light or ........

 


"A Zen-inspired blend of meditation, breathing exercises and focus techniques are in vogue in corporate America—championed by blue-chip employers like Google Inc. and General Mills Inc. as a simple but potent mind-sharpening tool."

Gershman, Jacob. "Lawyers Go Zen, With Few Objections." WSJ. June 18, 2015. Accessed September 20, 2015 by Starfish, E603A

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OBSTACLES TO THE GOLDEN RULE

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mental chatter blocking meditation and guided imagery 

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On the other hand, "if we imagine that our mind is like the blue sky, and that across it pass thoughts of clouds, we can get a feel for that part of it which is other than our thoughts" Dass, How Can I Help?

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"There is such pressure on me to constantly have my mind turned on and be ready to spring to action so that I can get everything done. Usually during meditation, my mind is racing with thoughts about the day and checklists of homework and errands I need to run. So, for me, meditation usually fails. However, the Letting Go meditation in "How Can I Help?" gave me an entirely different way to think about it: "If we imagine that our mind is like the blue sky, and that across it pass thoughts of clouds, we can get a feel for that part of it which is other than our thoughts" (Dass 102). That whole idea of the unchanging sky with clouds of thought drifting by resonated with me. I didn't have to clear my head of thoughts during meditation, I just had to be aware of them and just let them pass by while I focus on the sky." (LEOPARD E603)

 

"Within the mind, we tend to constantly stress about things that do not matter and we have to realize that it is time to let go.' This mental chatter goes on and off. Sometimes we really get lost, and by the time we're back, we realize we've missed a key point, and it's too late to ask for it to be repeated. At other times we can take quick note of our reactions and still stay with it. Perhaps we just let it all run off; it's not something we even notice - it fades into the background like film-score music we're hardly aware is there.' (Dass 98) ... Sometimes we worry, sometimes we're stress free, sometimes we're sad, our mind is constantly in motion and that is why we worry.'Our thoughts are always happening. Much like leaves floating down a stream or clouds crossing the sky, the keep on coming', ( Dass 101) and the only way to achieve a calm mind is by meditation. Letting all the thoughts flow through like the wind and when you need solutions, you could easily find them in your mind." (Victor UGS 302)

"In our weekly meditation sessions, I feel so relieved and joyous. I remember wondering why we would even take time out of our days to meditate. It just seemed like such a waste of time in this fast-paced world. Now, whenever I am bothered and bogged down by homework or too much stress, I find myself settling to the back of my chair and turning on any meditation I can find online. Relieving ourselves of our daily lives and struggles, as Purun Bhagat did, is possibly one of the few paths to true enlightenment and happiness. The image of the lotus below is especially important, because I have become more and more aware that whenever I am meditating, I mimic the lotus' shape. I mimic nature while I am trying to get in touch with nature. And after all, wasn't that our purpose on Earth after all?" (Peacock E350)

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Meditating and Sharing in a Group

"I know when we first began our in class meditations, I wouldn't allow myself to completely let go. I was running through a mental list of what I had to do for the day. I would think about the last time I ate or what I would eat for lunch when class ended. I would think about how late I would have to stay up or when I would finally get a chance to call my parents. I would be conscious of how other's hands felt when we joined hands. I was overly conscious of my own hand movements—are my hands dry? But then, with more and more meditations, I was able to completely indulge in Ram Dass's voice. I was able to release myself of all other thoughts and truly clear my mind. I felt at peace and my mind was decluttered enough to serve as a light source for those in pain. I was then better able to understand other's pain and suffering during their best and worst, as well as their happiness and joy. I was able to have the listening mind, "this kind of listening to the intuitive mind is a kind of surrender based on trust. It's playing it by the ear, listening for the voice within. We trust that it's possible to here into a greater totality which offers insight and guidance" (The Listening Mind, 111). I think this is particularly true when we all join hands. Depending on whose hands I am holding, I try and think back to their most recent best and worst, then I send them light from my heart. With this clear mind, I am able to more fully relate to those around me.   (Peacock E603)

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COMPASSION FOR YOUR SELF OR SELVES: Circle includes your current and past selves, including all your childhood selves

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Lovingkindness is a form of meditation designed to cultivate feelings of warmth and kindness to all people, including oneself, the researchers said. Practicing the technique may activate a soothing-caring regulation system that is probably deficient in chronic self-critics, they suggest ......., this practice may...... help in breaking down perfectionist tendencies. I know that at least for me, if I choose to allow myself forgiveness, encouragement, and grace, then I will be happier and more peaceful. The harshest of "self-critics" can use this meditation to learn how to better handle their self-judging nature. When we are less demanding of ourselves, we can in turn, be less demanding of others.

Lukits, Ann. "After Meditation, Self-Critical People Ease Up." WSJ. August 13, 2015. Accessed September 20, 2015 by Starfish, E603A.

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The Buddha is reported to have said, "It is possible to travel the whole world in search of one who is more worthy of compassion than oneself.  No such person can be found"  (Black Bear 603A15)

"In order to manifest effective compassion for others it is first necessary to be able to experience and full appreciate one's own suffering and to have, as a consequence, compassion for oneself." (689) Although it seems intuitive to have compassion for yourself, in practice it can sometimes be difficult. In my own life, I've struggled with treating myself with kindness when I suffer or fail. My first instinct is to ignore any pain or hurt myself further with self-criticism. Being compassionate towards myself required understanding that adversity and imperfection is inevitable. Having compassion for yourself makes it easier to reflect compassion back unto the world." (Jaguar  603A15)

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*Oneness Symbol and Sound

 

Om (IAST: Auṃ or Oṃ, Sanskrit: ) is a sacred sound and a spiritual icon in Indian religions….. part of the iconography found in ancient (~ 2000 BC) and medieval era manuscripts, temples, monasteries and spiritual retreats in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.[5][6] …..

In Hinduism, Om …… refers to Atman (soul, self within) and Brahman (ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge).[9][10][11]The syllable is often found at the beginning and the end of chapters in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other Hindu texts.[11] It is a sacred spiritual incantation made before and during the recitation of spiritual texts, during puja and private prayers, in ceremonies of rites of passages (sanskara) such as weddings, and sometimes during meditative and spiritual activities such as Yoga.[12][13]…..

 

In BuddhismOm is often placed at the beginning of mantras and dharanis. Probably the most well known mantra is "Om mani padme hum", the six syllable mantra of the Bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara….. The first word Om ….. Mani means "jewel" or "bead", Padme meaning the "lotus flower", the Buddhist sacred flower, while Hum represents the spirit of enlightenment[2][3] wikipedia

 


FEELING STRESSED?

Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, once wrote, "to allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.

 

More than that, it is cooperation with violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his work for peace. It destroys her own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful."

 

One interpretation: The fear of failure and the need to get things done create this downward spiral of the spirit. To break this "circle of violence" we must step back, reflect, meditate. While at rest we may be able to see things anew, which will increase our "fruitfulness at work" and at home.

 

Stressed by papers? Tests? Relationship issues? For these and other stressors, take a few minutes to check out a new interactive website called “Stress Recess” at

http://www.cmhc.utexas.edu/stressrecess, a component of the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center. This site is loaded with videos, animation, video games, body scans, quizzes, clickable charts and graphics and practical information tailored to YOU. Learn what causes stress, signs of stress and—most importantly---what you can do to manage stress in healthy ways!


 honi soit motto

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