Seven Points of Vairochana

Incorporating the 7 points into the daily meditation practice may deliver you into a “glowrious” day where all the great things you need will just fall on your lap, and it is because this technique connects you to the global magnetic alignment.

It brings you to a state of “activitylessness”, it places you in the higher unified field of “thoughtlessness”, and opens your body and heart to allow pure organic healing of its highest caliber. Whether you seek physical healing, mental relaxation, peaceful vibrations, or just want to discover a new way to joyous meditation, this practice is the one for you.

Its an excellent way to get your meditation practice started if you are new, and a powerful dedication to your already established practice if you are a practiced meditator.

From the moment of conception until the moment of death, mind and body are inextricably linked. Were it possible to separate them (it isn’t), one could say that they constantly affect each other. Most people understand that mind affects body, as they see examples of this all day long. The moment people come into a room, their posture tells us whether they are feeling good, depressed, self-confident, afraid, tense and so forth – long before they say a word. But few people realize just how much body and breath can be used to help the mind. As meditation is concerned with taming and awakening the mind, posture can be mobilized to great use.

Although one can think, visualise, pray or do mental exercises in any position, there are few in which can remain healthily and comfortably for the time it takes to accomplish most meditations. The few that permit this (lying flat etc) often tend make one sleepy as the meditation brings relaxation. This is not what meditation is for. In a good meditation posture, relaxation becomes the basis for the crystal clarity of awakened awareness, not a sleepy haze.

Although it may be hard for beginners to get used to a classical Buddhist meditation posture, the rewards of a few sessions with aching knees are tremendous, as one can meditate in that good position for the rest of one’s life. Correct posture helps the mind find peace, strength and control. It benefits the physical body by bringing its energies and bio-systems into balance. And one can spend all day in a classical posture in a state of great harmony – virtually impossible in everyday positions. Below you will find the classical 7-Point Posture of Vairochana, with some variations.



1. The back (the complete line of the spine, from top of neck to the small of the back) should be made as straight as possible – like an arrow or like a pile of coins.

2. The legs should be crossed in the vajra or bodhisattva posture.

3. The hands should be ideally right hand over left, palms facing up, thumbtips against each other. Hands are to be about 4 fingers below the navel (without resting on the feet), the elbows slightly out. The shoulders are held up and back (‘like a vulture’)

4. The chin should be tucked in slightly, ‘like an iron hook’.

5. The eyes should be relaxedly looking into space, at nothing in particular, somewhere close to the tip of the nose and no more than a foot away from it.

6. The tongue should be held against the upper palate.

7. The lips should be slightly apart, the hint of a smile, the teeth not clenched.

Vajra posture – right leg is above left leg, the backs of the feet sitting flat on the tops of the thighs. Ideally, the two feet make a straight line. Bodhisattva posture – left sole fits under right thigh, back of right foot lies flat on top of left thigh.
The right hand sits on top of the left, 4 fingers’ width below the navel, the thumbs touching.

Meditation: What Happens When the Mind Wanders

Meditation for You, Me & The World

Does your mind ever wander while you’re trying to meditate? Yeah, mine too. That’s just what it does.

To dedicate a time to sit and meditate is the yummiest thing we can do for ourselves and for the world. Although most people think meditation is “sitting like Buddha”, cross-legged with hands in gyan mudra and ommming away in blissfulness, it is so much more than that. A great teacher once told me that if I sit to meditate and float right away into the infinite then that practice isnt so successful. A successful meditation is moving through the busyness of one’s mind and clearing away the density of pointless thoughts, the ego. Learning to work with the ego and through its analytical nature so that then we may reach high into the vastness of consciousness is a successful meditation practice, clearing away the subconscious mind.

The mind is good at thinking about things, which is fantastic when you’re trying to schedule meetings, or plan a road trip. It’s doesn’t feel so great when you’re trying to meditate, right? 🙂 It’s amazing how easy it is to give full attention to the internet or tv, and how challenging it is to sit in thoughtlessness meditation for 15 minutes. Meditation masters and teachers have offered many tips and tricks to help us keep our focus when our mind starts to wander. Here are a few that have worked well for me along all these years.

Grab hold of the object of your meditation.

If you are doing mantra meditation, hold onto your mantra. If you are watching your breath, breathe more deeply. You may notice that when your mind starts to wander, your voice becomes softer or your breathing becomes more shallow. A good way to bring yourself back is to give your all to the object of your meditation.Give your attention. Chant with everything you got. Sing from your heart in a full voice, noticing the movements of your mouth and the sounds of the words. If you are focusing on your breath, feel the sensation as breath enters your body. Notice the way your chest and belly feel as it moves into your lungs. Really going for it will help you break the spell of daydreaming and return you to your meditation.

Posture Is  Key.

Just as our breathing and our mantras diminish when we’re distracted, our body positions may do the same. Sometimes it’s just a subtle shift, perhaps a slight lowering of our hand position, your mudra, or a slight collapsing of our chest or ribcage. Bring your attention to your body. Feel your connection to the floor thats holding your body, notice the placement of your hands, and the lift of your chest, the straight line of your spine and the angle of your chin. Occasionally sweep your attention over your body and refine anything that seems to be fading. If you find that you’re beginning to doze away perhaps you can gaze at a point in front of you. Nothing specific just at eye level to assist your posture and focus. This is also known as Eye Gazing Meditation. its an excellent practice for posture.

Intention Delivers Commitment

Buddhists will often dedicate any merit accrued in their practice to the benefit of all beings. In other schools of meditation, it’s common to set an intention for your meditation practice. That intention could be something personal, a wish for another person, or a hope for the world. In my personal sadhana each morning, as I step onto my yoga mat to begin my practice I usually dedicate it to the children and animals of the world. Having an intention can be a powerful motivator to keep bringing you back to your commitment and away from mundane distractions. It can also be helpful to have a visual reminder of your intention in your meditation space, such as a photo or other meaningful object. Spending a moment looking at the object at the beginning and end of your practice can be quite powerful. However, during your practice, you want to keep your mind’s eye focused within and into the infinite.

Curiosity As A Tool.

Getting frustrated when you catch your mind wandering is normal. Our ego wants to “do it right” and the mind cannot stop thinking, analyzing, reasoning….etc. Beating yourself up is not the way to go about it; when suddenly you realize you’ve been making a grocery list instead of concentrating on your mantra or your breath simply bring your attention back to intention, to your breath. Acknowledge the mind,and without engaging it take the attitude of interest and curiosity at the way it works. Are there certain kinds of thoughts that are more likely to carry you away from your meditation? How does your body feel when you are carried away by thoughts vs being fully present? Stay focused on your breath or mantra during your meditation, and in awareness of these happenings. After you have finished you may have insights about the interactions with your selves during your practice of meditation that will help you refine your technique more and more.We learn something new each time.

The Power of Positive Thinking.

Thinking during your meditation practice is not a bad thing. The quality of thoughts is what matters, some thoughts are helpful and feed your practice while others may hinder it. Instead of battling yourself to “not think” or “stop thinking” remind yourself of what to think.This is where mantra comes in handy. Holding your focus on a mantra will keep your busy mind busy. Give your mind a job and you will stay present in the space of your intention, in your moment, in your now. Focus on the ebb and flow of your breath, on the sweet sound vibration of your mantra, on the serenity of the sounds of nature if you are outdoors,. Meditation is about being aware of the space you are in, the present moment, the reality of your existence in the now, the whole you. This i where your power is, from here you can achieve everything and anything you wish for your life and for the world. When we see the world as a peaceful, abundant and happy place, then it will be so. The power of our intention is strong enough to make it so.


I wish you a happy and blissful  meditation practice!!

Hello Happy Place

Life brings us to intense places from time to time. Intense in every good sense of the word. Even challenges are great in life, they give us the opportunity to expand and keep the ebb and flow of life from being still.
It was around 1999 and shifts were taking place in every corner of my life. I was experiencing challenges in my life and therefore searching for ways to help myself get through them with ease and grace. I remember I was at the book store in Manhattan and in a self-help book I read “happy place meditation” … I immediately started researching. Back then I didn’t have the easy access to the world wide web so researching was definitely a hands on task. I read the little I could find about it, bits and pieces here and there but nothing that gave me the sense of knowing exactly what to do, how to get started with it…
I went home and sat on the floor next to my dog, my greatest friend. He was looking right at me with such kindness. Spending this great moment with him helped me feel so relaxed. …meanwhile, in the back of my mind all those things I had read earlier were still churning.
I kept saying to myself, I’m going to try meditating to visit this happy place.

I was sound asleep, that night, a night no special from any other, or so I thought. Something made me open my eyes, this strange force, a hungry curiosity drove me to get out of bed, I didn’t know what I was looking for but I knew exactly where to go, what to do. And I knew there was something asking to be discovered. The night was still, the windows were opened and i could hear the sounds of the nature peeking in,, but nothing could distract me from what I was seeking. This force was taking me, moving me, bringing me to my closet. Even though I know what’s behind my closet door I opened the door feeling like I was about to find something unknown. And so it was.
I walk inside the closet and begin to walk thru the hanging clothes, I can hear the hangers’ hooks rubbing against the rod as I move the clothes to get through,, Suddenly I notice the smell has changed …the scent of fresh humid earth was so prominent and when I realize where I am, I find myself walking out of a jungle like place and I’m standing at the edge of a trail. “But this is not just any jungle” I thought to myself.
“Where am i?” I said.
The trees, the plants, the leaves, its all alive!, I noticed. I stand at the edge of this trail that goes I don’t know where, and I take a moment to observe this world, this place my eyes see and cannot believe. The ground looks beautiful, almost golden brown earth, the sky is clear and of a perfect baby blue. The yellow radiant Sun inviting me to enjoy this perfect day in this perfect place.
I take a step forward wondering if I am even allowed to walk thru this very beautiful place, not yet understanding whats happening. A few butterflies flutter by and I can hear them giggle as they play, a million questions invade my mind. So I give myself a moment to look around before I go anywhere . …im not even sure I know how to get back home from here,, but that’s not a concern at the moment.
The weather is perfect. On the other side of the trail there is the most perfect field of green grass I’ve ever seen and here and there its decorated wit beautiful patches of flowers of every color, I can smell their fragrance… I sigh..
I slowly begin to walk down the trail exploring and wanting to catch every detail of this dreamland when I notice up in the distance what looks like a twinkle. A light that sparkles brighter and bigger. I focus my eyes to see better until it becomes clear that something very bright is approaching … it’s a pegasus!! Oh my sweet creator!! Standing in front of me for my eyes to see, a beautiful white horse with lavendar colored hair and the most glorious looking shimmery lavendar wings. “a miracle standing in front of me” I thought. The creature stands firm on the ground, I cant stop staring in awe, its wings, its size; then it looks at me and with a graceful bow says “greetings. I am Wah, we are so pleased you made it” and smiles!!!!! I felt as if I had known this creature all my life. My heart was pounding, I couldn’t wait to get closer, to touch it, to hug it ..i was still expecting to wake up from a very beautiful dream.
We flew across this wonder land soaring through the air, “OhMyGoddess!” I kept thinking “this is a dream come true!”. We stopped somewhere way up at the top of a ledge where the view was breathtaking. Land and water, trees and fields of grass, of flowers, of so much to discover, yet somehow it all seemed so familiar. I’ve dreamed of so many things I see here”, I said to Wah. Then he explained what this place was.” …There is a level of existence, an inter- dimensional realm where bodies of light come together with the purpose of co-creating inJoy with much ease, much more than the physicality of the third dimension and without the density and conditions of the human mid. We are deep in your creative body of consciousness. This place is your favorite world, it is where you come when you seek relaxation and rest from your physical existence. You call it your happy place. You have met many wonderful creatures here and have made many good friends, for eons, this place has been a part of you. We have known each other for many moons and have been through so very many shifts. …….keep calm and breathe dear friend”

I took a breath and opened my eyes. I was home, There was a sweet feeling of fulfillment through out my whole self, and I realized I was smiling

What a great meditation. I am in Gratitude.


Inner Sunrise

A Brand New Day
by DailyOM

We don’t need to wait until tomorrow to start fresh,
today can be a blank slate starting right now.


When today is not going well, it is tempting to focus on tomorrow as a blank slate with all the possibilities that newness provides. It is true that tomorrow will be a brand-new day, but we do not have to wait until tomorrow to start fresh. We can start fresh at any moment, clearing our energy field of any negativity that has accumulated, and call this very moment the beginning of our brand-new day.

There is something about the sunrise and the first few hours of the morning that make us feel cleansed and rejuvenated, ready to move forward enthusiastically. As the day wears on, we lose some of this dynamic energy and the inspiration it provides. This may be why we look forward to tomorrow as providing the possibility of renewal. Many traditions consider the light of the rising sun to be particularly divine in its origins; this is why so many people in the world face east when performing ritual. We too can cultivate that rising sun energy inside ourselves, carrying it with us to light our way through any time of day or night, drawing on its power to awaken and renew our spirits.

One simple way to do this is to carry an image or a photograph of the rising sun with us in our wallet or purse. We can also post this image on our wall at work or at home, or have it as our screensaver on our computer. When we feel the need to start fresh, we can take a moment to gaze at the image, allowing its light to enter into our hearts. As we do this, we might say out loud or quietly to ourselves, I am ready to let go of the past and start anew. We might visualize anything we want to release leaving us as we exhale, and as we inhale, we can take in the fresh energy of the eastern sun, allowing it to light the way to a brand-new day.

Source: DailyOm.com

Benefits of Meditation

17 Benefits of Meditation

Meditation results in holistic health. It gives good health on the physical, mental and emotional levels. Specific health benefits reported by some who meditate are:

1. The stabilization of high or low blood pressure, blood sugar, body heat and

2. The balancing of mind/body rhythms.

3. Reduction of muscle tension, stronger bones, immunity from disease.

4. Cleansing – quicker elimination of toxins and body waste.

5. Overcoming insomnia and improved quality of sleep.

6. Enhanced energy, increased work capacity.

7. Longer life span – improved body metabolism and body cells with a longer life span.

8. Secretion of healthy body chemicals – increased secretion of natural anti-depressants, enhanced secretion of endorphins, the body’s ‘happy chemicals’.

9. Relationships – Meditation inherently puts you in tune with yourself and others. The direct result of this is deeper, more meaningful interpersonal relationships with family, friends and with everyone you encounter in your daily life.

10. Intelligence – To work efficiently, one needs intelligence. Meditation ignites your innate intelligence making you more aware and sharp. The natural result of this is improved, efficient and effortless performance in whatever you do.

11. Creativity – Each of us holds within us an undiscovered treasure of talent and potential. Meditation reveals and helps you realize your inner talents and latent creativity.

12. Authenticity – Meditation allows you to touch base with the real you, and makes you realize your uniqueness. Self-confidence then becomes a natural by-product.

13. Balance – Most of us live life as a roller-coaster ride, held in the sway of emotions like worry, jealousy, discontentment, fear, anger, guilt, etc. over which we have no control. Meditation enables you to be centered in yourself, have a solid inner balance and thus be the master of your own self.

14. Relaxation, peace, bliss – A natural byproduct of meditation is something we spend almost a lifetime trying to attain: inner relaxation and peace. With meditation, you automatically drop out of the vicious cycle of fear, greed and stress, and enter the virtuous cycle of bliss.

15. Holistic spiritual growth – To measure intellect, we have IQ or Intelligence Quotient, which is measured by many standardized tests. Of late, another measure is gaining importance, especially in the corporate world, namely EQ or Emotional Quotient. However, the most important factor of our lives which is inner satisfaction and fulfillment, is what matters at the end of the day. Meditation enhances this very important factor of life – SQ or Spiritual Quotient – besides also increasing IQ and EQ.

16. Life – As of now, our mental setup is rigid and reflects our personality. Because of this self-image we carry in our minds, we face a lot of troubles in life and are not able to enjoy life completely. Meditation simply reprograms the software of the mind so that we can live life completely.

17. Ultimate potential – You are like an airplane with the potential to fly, but you think you are an ox-cart because you have not actualized your potential. Meditation simply makes you realize and experience who you really are and the enormous capabilities you are born with.

by InnerAwakening.org

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About Meditation

The mind is ever active. Whenever you make time to have a few moments to yourself, you end up getting distracted by the worries and problems of the earthly life. Thoughts like whether you are doing the right thing, or where you are headed, how to make more money, how you will get ahead at work, and a million other things keep getting in the way. To take charge of your life, an effective way to approach these problems without overwhelming yourself is to spend some quiet time with your mind, when the part that is often unused can take over, and give yourself the joy of becoming aware of the infinite abundance the Universe blesses us with daily. Prepare yourself to accept with an open heart the new thoughts, ideas and the gifts of love, harmony and balance you are about to receive.
In the art of meditation there are techniques used to assist in stress relief, insomnia, anxiety and emotional distress. It’s great for studying and concentrating as it aids in memory, and its a wonderful treat for the soul. There are many wonderful rewards behind the practice of Meditation. Discover them!

meditating hands

    ~ Meditate ~

  • Close your eyes -knowing (telling yourself) this will only take a few minutes of your time.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Calm your mind and relax your body: Connect with your surroundings, then gently shift your focus to hear the silence within you. First your body, then your mind. Listen with love.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Dismiss distractions by focusing on relaxing your body. Part by part surrender to the weight of your body.
  • Let your consciousness expand, with any limits. Let it do what It knows to do, and just flow.
  • When thoughts arise, gently filter them away from the forefront of your mind. Allow them to shift to the back of the mind. As if a TV was on in another room, you can hear it, but it does not distract you.
  • Keep your heart and mind open to the infinite possibilities the universe constantly sends your way.
  • Be willing and accepting, without judgment.

Meditation -like yoga- originated in Vedic Hunduism many centuries ago, and it was much later adopted into a wide variety of practices of religious and non-religious formats which emphasize mental activity or quiesscence.
The English word comes from the Latin meditatio, which originally indicated every type of physical or intellectual exercise, but which later could perhaps be better translated as “contemplation”.
When we meditate we are allowing our brain to function in ways that it does not do so when the conscious mind is awake. It is when we quiet the most active part of our mind and yield to the inspiring world of our subconscious. The goals we wish to achieve when we meditate are various, beginning with spiritual enlightenment, to the transformation of attitudes, to better cardiovascular health and for the union of our energy body with the energy of the Universe. The benefits are endless, including an unlimited source of health and well-being, and overall balance and abundance.

The following are some fundamental definitions of Meditation:
– a state that is experienced when the mind dissolves and is free of all thoughts
– focusing the mind on a single object (such as a religious statue, or one’s breath, a mudra or a mantra)
– a mental “opening up” to the divine, invoking the guidance of a higher power
– reasoned analysis of religious teachings

These practices are found within Eastern religions as well as some secular contexts, such as the martial arts. A man called Edgar Cayce taught that “Through prayer we speak to God. In meditation, God speaks to us”.
From the point of view of psychology, meditation can induce an altered state of consciousness.
It is easy to observe that our minds are continually thinking about the past (memories) and the future (expectations). With intention it is possible to slow down the mind. We are able to observe a mental silence, also called experience of the present moment. This is a subjective sense of being connected with the universality of being. Meditation is the method one may follow to verify this experience. It is an experiential means of separating thoughts from the part of our consciousness which perceives the thoughts, the observer. By disengaging our mind we are able to observe the more subtle details and gain better control over what we give attention to. The experience of thoughts winding down and stopping is also known as timeless awareness.

According to research, the different types or techniques of meditation can be classified according to their focus. That is, whether they focus on the field or background perception and experience, also called mindfulness, or whether they focus on a preselected specific object, also called “‘concentrative’ meditation.” There are also techniques that shift between the field and the object.
Meditation, to reflect on the translation of “contemplation,” is also a method of essay or contemplative writing in which one does continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep nature.
There is also “outward meditation” (when we open up and send energy out and receive “visions”) and “inward meditation” (when you concentrate on and visualize something that you desire, like recreating the Safe Place.

While meditation focuses on mental or psycho-spiritual activity, this is of course only one of several spheres of human existence; and we are social beings as well as individuals. Most traditions address the integration of mind, body, and spirit (this is a major theme of the Bhagavad-Gita); or that of spiritual practice with family life, work, and so on.

The immediate meditative environment is often held to be important.
A well equipped Dojo is not necessary, just as long as the space to use is clean and free of any type of clutter.
Quiet is often held to be desirable, and some people use repetitive activities such as deep breathing, humming or chanting to help induce a meditative state. During the time of meditation it is strongly recommended to disconnect or turn off any phones, tv and radio. However, if music is desired during the practice see that it is soft, relaxing music that will inspire tranquility and love, as sound is also another tool many meditators/practitioners like to use.
There exist other details that are shared by more than one religion. One example would be “navel-gazing,” which is apparently attested within Eastern Orthodoxy as well as in Chinese Qigong practice. Another would be the practice of focusing on the breath, which is found in Orthodox Christianity, Sufism and numerous Indic traditions.
Even regular mundane tasks are to invite a moment of meditation, for example when we come in any type of contact with water.
If at all possible, place a nice, green, healthy plant nearby. Water is also a good omen to have around, specially if its running water like a water fountain, a candle and incense are also beneficial. These components represent the elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air.
Posture is also an important step in the practice of meditation.
Purpose drives us to practice meditation and focusing on the intention is what helps achieve a successful meditation session.

The purposes for which people meditate vary almost as widely as practices. Meditation may serve simply as a means of relaxation from a busy daily routine; as a technique for cultivating mental discipline; or as a means of gaining insight into the nature of reality, or of communing with one’s God. It has been reported improved concentration, awareness, self-discipline and equanimity through meditation. Also an increase in patience, compassion, and the understanding of other virtues and morals. Feelings of calm or peace, and/or moments of great joy. Experience of spiritual phenomena such as Kundalini, extra-sensory perception, or visions of deities, saints, etc.
Some people have even experienced “Miraculous” abilities such as levitation (or also called yogic-flying).
Some traditions acknowledge that many types of experiences and effects are possible, but we must keep in mind the spiritual purpose of the meditation, and not be distracted by lesser concerns. For example, Mahayana Buddhists are urged to meditate for the sake of “full and perfect enlightenment for all sentient beings” (the bodhisattva vow).

In the recent years there has been a growing interest within the medical community to study the physiological effects of meditation. Many concepts of meditation have been applied to clinical settings in order to measure its effect on somatic motor function as well as cardiovascular and respiratory function. Also the hermeneutic and phenomenological aspects of meditation are areas of growing interest. Meditation has entered the mainstream of health care as a method of stress and pain reduction. For example, in an early study in 1972, transcendental meditation was shown to affect the human metabolism by lowering the biochemical byproducts of stress, such as lactate, decreasing heart rate and blood pressure and inducing favorable brain waves.
As a method of stress reduction, meditation is now often used in hospitals all over the country in cases of chronic or terminal illness to reduce complications associated with increased stress including a depressed immune system. There is a growing consensus in the medical community that mental factors such as stress significantly contribute to a lack of physical health.
According to research – Dr. James Austin, a neurophysiologist at the University of Colorado, reported that Zen meditation rewires the circuitry of the brain. This has been confirmed using sophisticated imaging techniques which examine the electrical activity of the brain.

Dr. Herbert Benson of the Mind-Body Medical Institute, which is affiliated with Harvard and several Boston hospitals, reports that meditation induces a host of biochemical and physical changes in the body collectively referred to as the “relaxation response” (Lazar et.al, 2003). The relaxation response includes changes in metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and brain chemistry. Benson and his team have also done clinical studies at Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan Mountains.
Among other well-known studies within this particular field of interest we find the research of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts who have done extensive research on the effects of mindfulness meditation on stress (Kabat-Zinn et.al, 1985; Davidson et.al, 2003)

Mindfulness meditation and related techniques are intended to train attention for the sake of provoking insight. Think of it as the opposite of attention deficit disorder ADD. A wider, more flexible attention span makes it easier to be aware of a situation, easier to be objective in emotionally or morally difficult situations, and easier to achieve a state of responsive, creative awareness or “flow”.
One theory, presented by Daniel Goleman & Tara Bennett-Goleman (2001), suggests that meditation works because of the relationship between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. In very simple terms, the amygdala is the part of the brain that decides if we should get angry or anxious (among other things), and the pre-frontal cortex is the part that makes us stop and think about things (it is also known as the inhibitory centre).
So, the prefrontal cortex is very good at analyzing and planning, but it takes a long time to make decisions. The amygdala, on the other hand, is simpler (and older in evolutionary terms). It makes rapid judgements about a situation and has a powerful effect on our emotions and behaviour, linked to survival needs. For example, if a human sees a lion leaping out at them, the amygdala will trigger a fight or flight response long before the prefrontal cortex knows what’s happening.
But in making snap judgment, our amygdalas are prone to error, seeing danger where there is none. This is particularly true in contemporary society where social conflicts are far more common than encounters with predators, and a basically harmless but emotionally charged situation can trigger uncontrollable fear or anger — leading to conflict, anxiety, and stress.
Because there is roughly a quarter of a second gap between the time an event occurs, and the time it takes the amygdala to react, a skilled meditator may be able to intervene before a fight or flight response takes over, and perhaps even redirect it into more constructive or positive feelings.
Some studies of meditation have linked the practice to increased activity in the left prefrontal cortex, which is associated with concentration, planning, meta-cognition (thinking about thinking), and with positive affect (good feelings). There are similar studies linking depression and anxiety with decreased activity in the same region, and/or with dominant activity in the right prefrontal cortex. Meditation increases activity in the left prefrontal cortex, and the changes are stable over time — even if you stop meditating for a while, the effect lingers.

Meditation and the EEG
Meditation also effects brain wave production as measured by an EEG machine. While the brain at a waking state is primarily in the Beta range of frequencies (14 – 21 cycles per second), while under meditation the brain tends to slow down the Alpha range (7 – 14 cycles per second). One of the first Americans to study the effects of meditation on brainwave production was Jose Silva who founded the Silva Method. Silva theorized that meditation, in addition to stress relief could also be used for enhancing creativity and developing intuition.
Electroencephalographs (EEG) recordings of skilled meditators showed gamma wave activity that gradually expanded across the brain during meditation. Gamma waves indicate synchrony between sections of the brain. These meditators had 10 to 40 years of training in Buddhist-based mental training. EEGs done on meditators who had received recent training turned up considerably less synchrony.
The experienced meditators also showed increased gamma activity while at rest and not meditating. The results of the study do not make clear whether meditation training creates this activity or if individuals with high gamma activity are attracted to meditation. (Antoine Lutz & Richard J. Davidson, 2004)

Indulge in the discipline of Meditation and allow yourself to receive the extraordinary rewards the practice leaves you with.

The Practice of Loving-Kindness


Metta (Pali) or maitra (Sanskrit) has been translated as “loving-kindness”, friendliness, benevolence, amity, friendship, good will, sympathy, “active interest in others.” The cultivation of “metta” is a popular form of meditation in Buddhism.

The object of metta meditation is to experience loving kindness in its pure form (love without attachment). Traditionally, the practice begins with the meditator cultivating loving kindness towards themselves, then their loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally towards all sentient beings.

Followers of Buddhism believe that those who cultivate metta will be at ease because they see no need to harbour ill will or hostility. It is also known that Buddhist teachers may even recommend metta meditation as an antidote to insomnia and nightmares. It is generally felt that those around a “metta-full” person will feel more comfortable and happy too. Radiating metta is thought to contribute to a world of love, peace and happiness.


What does all this mean? It means that when we allow our innate energy of Goodwill and Kindliness to emerge and consciously feel it, embrace it and be taken by it we merge with the Creative Field. Words are limited to describe the feeling this experience introduces. Have you tried it yet? Tap into your own benevolence within and swim in this blanket of energy feeling blissful while bringing restoration to the being on every level.

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linga mudra

The Basics of Mudras

Mudras are different postures of the hands basically meant for relaxation and healing, by treating certain physical and emotional conditions.
Mudras originated from Yoga, they work on the same principle as acupressure and acupuncture and are very easy to do and understand, even children can practice them without any effort.
They are another wonderful technique for a successful meditation.

To practice a mudra: make sure you set a time where there won’t be any distractions. Find a comfortable place to sit, however your body feels comfortable, and take a few deep breaths. Relax the body and mind.

linga mudra

Cross the fingers of both hands and make the inside thumb very erect. This mudra is useful to cure coughs.

prithvi mudra

Oppose the little finder with the thumb, keeping the others straight. This mudra is useful to increase body strength and remove weakness and fatigue from the body.

shunya mudra

Bend your middle finger and touch the thumb as shown in the diagram -touch the skin above the nail of the middle finder with the pad of the thumb, keeping the other 3 fingers straight. This mudra is very useful for ear ailments.

surya mudra

Bend your ring finger and touch the thumb, as in the diagram -touch the skin above the nail of the ring finger with the pad of the thumb, keeping the other 3 fingers straight. This mudra is useful fto remove unwanted fat from the body.

gyan mudra

This is one of, if not the most popular mudra.
Oppose the index finger with the thumb, keeping the other fingers straight. This is a very powerful mudra, useful for treating mental disorders, sleeping disorders (excessive and lack of), weak memory, and hot-tempered individuals.

pran mudra

Oppose the little and ring fingers with the thumb, keeping the other fingers straight. This mudra is useful to decrease the necessity of wearing glasses after a period of time, and for other eye problems.

varun mudra

Oppose the middle finger with the thumb, keeping the other fingers straight. This mudra is useful in disorders such as anemia and skin disease.

vaayu mudra

Bend your index finger and touch the thumb as shown in the diagram -touching the skin above the nail of the index finger with the pad of the thumb, keeping the other 3 fingers straight. This mudra is useful in treating disorders of the joints and stroke (paralysis).