Sunday, 24 March 2013

For You

Your breath is the interface between your body, mind and Self. We begin life with an in breath and we leave life with an out breath. 

It is the only connection you have between the external world and the internal world.  Between your external senses and your internal feeling within the body, between your intuition and your inner voice.

It is your dearest friend and companion, for without it you cease to exist. Every thought you have, every action and emotion you have experienced is imprinted on your breath. To breathe well is to live well.

Understanding how to uncover your natural breath is one of the most powerful methods you have available for wellbeing and health. Your body is a living system constantly recreating itself, renewing and revitalising.

Being present with your breath brings your awareness into the feeling aspect of your body. It allows you to be both present in body and time. Your mind likes to believe to breathe consciously involves work, it doesn't. 

Conscious breathing is one conscious thought with intent.  This thought then brings your attention into the ‘feeling’ aspect of your body not the mind. It creates a gap in the constant flurry of mind activity and gives you an opportunity to be present in the body. 
Try this now. Close your eyes and choose your next thought to be, where am I breathing in my body? See, it is easy. Now do it again and this time see if you can invite your breath to draw down lower within your body into the lower belly. Now watch, observe the breath here for a moment.
This in itself is a welcome relief from the exhaustive process of living with a 'virulent' mind. Now if you wish to stay in this space a little longer, comes the discipline of remaining with the breath allowing no thoughts to disturb you.
So throughout the 'working day' it only takes a second to choose to become conscious of where you are breathing in the body, the more you can do this the more you will benefit in your life. You can create countless opportunities to be present with your breath; after all it is with you all the time.

Close your eyes and come to the breath

How to master your mind beyond all suffering

How does one come to master the mind? I have written a book based on my discourses as a teaching tool, currently being edited, should be available within two months. This will be supported by a series of recordings of my live discourses with students loaded as 'you tubes' based on the lessons in the book.

In the meantime one of the first qualifications of a student is to be able to master the mind sufficiently to 'quieten the mind' by choice. Ones mind must be open in order to receive this knowledge.

This blog has plenty of entries to help you do this. The more you are able to access this state of 'no mind' you will find that the words and tools shared in the discourses will reach you and provide immediate  positive changes in your life.

Megan - Om Shanti

The true nature of your mind

The mind can be considered a relay station, its purpose being to receive instructions from the intelligence within. The role of a thought, which we have an infinite number of, are a little like building blocks from which our intelligence can build from.  
Pause here for a moment, see if you can quieten your mind, now watch the next thought appear. Stay detached but alert, a little like a cat waiting at the entrance to a mouse hole, who is doing the observing? Now let go of this attentiveness and notice how the mind attaches to the thought, note the quality of your mind becoming dull and how you feel.
Now rather than focusing on the thought look at the space, the silence that exists at each side of the thought, the space that allows the thought to exist, rest in this space. Note the quality of your mind, how you feel here. Can you feel the difference?
Rather then using our thoughts as we were designed to, we immediately falsely identify with our thoughts as being us and create ‘stories’ projections and ‘what if’s’ around them. And like any form of intelligence if we do not know how to use it, it will lead to chaos and destruction.
When we receive a computer, we sit down to learn how to run the programs. We organise our files and create structure and come to understand how to use our computers. What happens when we get a virus on our computer?  Suddenly files won’t open or other pages pop up when we don’t want them. Files are manipulated and distorted. And sometimes we have a really vicious virus we don’t even realise we have until it has infiltrated and corrupted all our files. What do we do, do we throw the computer out and get a new one?
No, we have valuable files and memory stored on that computer, our life experiences. We remove the virus and only then are we able to receive information that has not been altered or corrupted.
Imagine your mind is a computer, a very sophisticated computer. It has more megabytes than any other known to man. However it has a virus, which is so virulent you don’t even realise it exists, yet you feel the effects of it.   
Lack of control in your life, a continual struggle to maintain your thoughts that have the ability to drive you to fear, sadness, loss, alienation and despair. Or perhaps for you that vague feeling of is this it? Is this the sum total of my life, what have I actually achieved; it all feels so meaningless, have I chosen the right pathway in my life? You were designed to be master of your mind, in order for it to receive the knowledge that would guide you on your life path. Instead the virus of false identification has resulted in the mind controlling you.
While the virus of false identification associated with its limited beliefs and perceptions exists in the mind whatever knowledge is gained will be tainted/corrupted by the virus. This is why the enlightened beings understood the first requirement to understanding the Self was to prepare the mind to be open to receive.
How do you remove the virus and false attachment? It is not sufficient to simply empty your mind, you have precious information, knowledge and memories. To understand the nature of your mind and gain control of it you need to go beyond the current self-limited beliefs. You need to access an open mind in order to use your higher intelligence. The knowledge is revealed only when we begin to quieten the mind and return to the stillness within.
We are all like the seeds of a banyan tree; all the knowledge is within this tiny seed to grow into a magnificent tree. If the ground is fertile the seed will grow, to its full potential. If the soil is compacted and hard the seed cannot survive or the tree will grow weak and twisted.
As it is with each of us, we all have the knowledge, dormant within us. Like the seed of the tree, we all have the potential to be cultivated to our full potential if our minds are prepared for the seed of knowledge to grow.
We were designed to be masters of our minds instead it is more likely you are being controlled and dictated to by your mind, resulting in most people living in a state of permanent exhaustion. Because this is your ‘normal’ state of existence you don't even realise you are operating in this state of mental fatigue.