Continuity in Meditation

My area of work is continuity in mediation.

I choose this because I see everywhere people learn meditation, do it for a few days and then quit. Everyone has one reason or the other.

They all liked it, yet just couldn’t continue. Why?

Have life situations becomes so complex that we can’t have 15 minutes of time for this thing in the day.

Many people say, it has made no difference. Well, that’s because and as my revered teacher says, mind continues in brooding, even when we sit to meditate.

I have chosen this as my area of work.

I faced these challenges. I still continue to face few. Yet, I stayed on and because I did, many things came to me.

I share those findings with all. I do this to motivate more people to meditate.

Meditation is the only way one can be peaceful at heart eternally. Other than this, everything will give only momentary happiness.

Gratitude: My revered teacher Swami Amartayananda & the mantra of SDM – Satsang, Disciplined Life & Meditation.

Entrepreneurs, Artists, Creative guys & Meditation; where is the connection?

Success is becoming difficult to sustain. No one is discovering it tougher than the entrepreneurs, artists, and creative professionals.

They have no job guarantees, no assured streams of cash flow. They survive on sheer belief and a dream that someday they would make it big. No doubt, 95% fail.

I am a writer and an entrepreneur. My clients are reputed names of the industry. I help them pen their thoughts and ideas. Working with these luminaries, I realized today’s entrepreneur & creative souls need more than the support of their skills & raw grit.

I was initiated into meditation by my teacher at the age of 27. I followed his words. Today I reached a situation where uncertainty doesn’t induce as much fear in me. Even when I have no answers to a situation, I am able to stay relaxed and relatively in peace.

When things fail, I am able to smile and continue on.

Over a period of time, I realized that this understanding in itself becomes a tremendous support.

Plus when things work out well, I am not as excited either. That’s because somewhere I understand that the situation could have gone either way. Thus I always end up thanking the Almighty, try stay humble and simply continue.

This way I am able to live on the path of peace, either way.

Having lived this path, now, I strongly recommend entrepreneurs, artists and all creative professionals to learn & practice meditation.

The type or technique could be any. Every form of meditation is guided to the same objective. So it doesn’t matter, though 15 minutes of sincere practice every morning and evening could make countless positive impacts over a period of time.

Start by finding a good teacher. Here’s why:

5 Challenges

  1. Stress
  2. Fear of Failure
  3. Restlessness
  4. Pressure of Uncertainty
  5. Loneliness

These I have learnt are the top 5 personal challenges of people in this modern world. I would be the happiest person if I am proved incorrect in this assessment.

This is what, I observed, disturbs most people around the globe. No matter what country, no matter what culture! These are the 5 challenges that haunt human existence at personal level!

You may question: Why am I writing this? Am I offering some cure? Am I some kind of an expert? Am I above all of them?

Well, no. None of it! I know them so well only because they have been with me as well and probably continue to be, to some extent even now.

Yet, I am writing about them because I did something to make sure that if they can’t be eliminated in totality, their effect is minimized at least.

I share one of my efforts made in this direction.

 

My learning: We can design our own vehicle; we can choose our own route.

The underlying technology is available universally to all.

Now I feel truly that we must not sit back and be a victim; we must get up instead and do something. Also that there is only one thing that can get us killed by these monsters and that’s our own complacency!

That motivated me in my decision to act and do something about it. I wish everyone who reads this does something similar.

We learn & then we quit

We learn things like meditation. We learn them with all intentions of making them part of our life. We practice them as well for some time and then we quit.

Rather, we are somehow forced to quit!

We don’t want to quit, we wish to continue; yet we are not able to.

Why?
Time!
Responsibilities!
And a combination thereof

Plus, weaknesses of our own being!
Lack of personal resolve &
Most significantly, absence of an appropriate inspiration!

I present my case. I learned meditation first at the age of 19 from an instructor. (Transcendental Meditation) I did it for few years, though could never be regular. By 25 I had completely quit.

At 27 I met my teacher. Now I was introduced to a different technique. (Watching Thought Flow). At first I will be regular. But later when I separated geographically from my teacher, after a while I became irregular.

For many years thereafter, I had to struggle balancing my other responsibilities and finding time and mind to meditate.

Yet, because I always had a very strong inspiration in form of the light of my devout teacher, I never gave up on my fight. The more I kept failing, the more I kept coming back.
Today I see, after nearly 15 years, I reached a place very different from most others around me.

Most significantly, I found a place where I know there is absolute peace for sure.

Thus my message: Learn to meditate from a devout teacher and follow it every day.
If you need motivation ever anytime mid-way, visit this website and you shall always find something for that.

I write this with immense gratitude to my revered teacher Swami Amartayananda, who teaches through his life transforming methodology of SDM – Satsang, Disciplined Life, Meditation.

The key skill of life

Somehow the most anxious part of the journey is the middle part.

That is when we have left the beginning far behind and are yet to reach the destination. Also when the journey is not unfolding as was anticipated exactly.

Those are the moments of true dilemmas.

In life, there will always be needs of now and there will be dreams of future.

May be life is nothing but all about winning this fight between the two.

May be that’s what the wise mean when they say, enjoy the journey for the sake of enjoying!

May be that’s what is the skill; to enjoy both, the ups & the downs, with similar intensity. May be that is the key skill of life.

Climate Change & Meditation

Last week we had an unexpected climate change. Due to hailstorm in the district nearby and cold wave in the northern parts of the country, temperature in our location dipped suddenly, beyond expected.

The results, it was colder than what we were mentally ready for at this time of the year.

How may this have impacted our meditation?

Three things happened:

  1. We felt cold while meditating in normal attire.
  2. We felt sweaty when covered self with warmer clothing.
  3. Breathing disruption happened due to irritation in throat & nose congestion.

On a wider note, I feel, unexpected climate changes are now to be accepted as way of life. No matter where we live. We are helpless against them.

Yet, since the determination & desire to meditate is stronger, we may need modifications in our procedures & techniques to absorb such interruptions and take them in our stride.

Expect more on this subject over this blog.

BTW: Is there a similarity between change of climate & change of fate… well think with this short slideshow…

As many paths…

Whose path is the best?

People debate: this path better than that… While the truth is there are as many paths…

People say my path is the best… While the truth is we are naturally attracted to the path that’s best suited for us…

People say my path (technique) is original… While the truth is that every path/technique is aimed to reach the same destination…

Three things decide if we will reach the destination using our natural path…

  1. If we are in the right company (Satsang)
  2. If we are disciplined enough in our actions. (Disciplined Life)
  3. If we have aligned our thoughts in the desired direction. (Meditation)

Finally there shall be natural obstacles, obstructions and difficulties in every path… What we do with them decide our destiny and fate. (Blessed Sufferings)

My learning: There are as many paths… Don’t debate, just follow yours…

Confusion 01

Why think spirituality?

I feel 5 reasons:

  1. Every step of life is consuming more of us from within.
  2. Despite success we can’t find ourselves in peace.
  3. A constant unrest keeps going in the mind.
  4. Despite connectivity, we feel more lonely and disconnected from the world.
  5. No one understands me – is becoming a common expression.

Spiritual practices help us purify such impurities of mind and thoughts. They make us peaceful and contented with our being. This is of course besides allowing us to experience the grace of the Almighty.

Plus, we are drawn to spirituality in a natural way. This is not a subject matter for everyone.

So, if you are drawn to spiritual thoughts, practices or literature, don’t hold yourself back. Go ahead and have your experience. That is because this happens out of a natural pull – a result of your past karma and forces of the nature.

Here’s a short video on why ‘this natural pull’ may be happening to you…

Why must I believe in God?

Yes! Why must I believe in God? What is the need?

I am educated, well qualified. I am financially independent and can take of myself and as well of those dependent on me. Plus I can contribute to the society. I can help others. I can do good work. And I don’t wish to carry away all that I earn. I also plan to do give back what I have got. I can do so much. Isn’t that enough? So, why should I believe in God?

Well, this sounds perfectly logical. Bravo to all who follow this line. Please carry on! Indeed it shall be a great achievement if one can do even this much in one’s life. Nevertheless, and on question of God, I am just reminded to a few observations I could draw from the two legendary epics of India, two stories of God…

May be this slideshow may lend a few answers to the above question… Why must one believe in God?