Fear Visits

Fear cartoon 1If we have a quantity of fear that we can’t bear to  examine, we cope by busying ourselves to ensure the unwelcome guest of fear does not set up residence in our mind.

We busy ourselves with other “guests” – we turn on the TV that fills our environment with sound and images, we go shopping or open a bottle of wine to drink. We do anything to divert our attention from what is scaring us, which is defined as “repression” or denial, that plays a role in many mental illnesses.

Even if what is on TV isn’t interesting, or if drinking we know it harming us, we think it is still better than going home to ourselves and meeting our inner discomfort or pain. Adopting a non-violent attitude toward our own suffering can help. This is an early form of universal acceptance.

Most of us practice repression to exclude or fear, depression or personal shortcomings. But the difficulty with these emotions is that they seem so powerful we assume we can’t survive them, so we repress them or deny that we have them, until they explode and cause hurt to ourselves and others. Simplified, emotions come, stay for a while, then leave. To understand this is to allow emotions, and their disturbing feelings, to flow through without residing.

Prolonging the “staying” interval of the flow of emotion increases suffering, but if we practice looking deeply, we can uproot the sources of troubling emotions. Through practice with, and observant of our breathing, we gain the awareness in this moment that we can and will survive these powerful emotions, letting them flow through our awareness.

As we begin to experience our own survival of strong emotions, we gain the knowledge that next time they come, we can survive them with less pain.

If we model this calm in the face of fear as a way life in the presence of our loved ones, we are teaching them and others that they can weather their own storms.

cat to tigerEach of us lives in two worlds – the subjective inner world of who we think we are, and the objective outer world, of who others see us as.

As in the story of the Rainmaker, the differences between inner and outer reality can be a source of unbalance.  Everyone experiences periods of unbalance – a personal “drought” of no creativity, no money, vacant friendship, sex or love.

Friends suggest: “What you need is a change…”, meaning a change to the objective reality, ranging from a new hairstyle/colour, different employment, breaking up, or divorce. These seem more “real” than inner change because outward change can be measured, proven, confirmed by others.

But despite our obvious change, and our intelligence, resourcefulness, perseverance, and best conscious efforts, we suffer the drought a little longer. We become overextended on outer change and undernourished on inner change. Now we really suffer outwardly and inwardly, becoming conflicted. Disoriented. Discouraged. Disturbed. Anxious. Angry. Bitter. Negative. Confused. Unconscious. We think we are in a bad luck trap… but the exit door is wide open, if only we look in the right direction.

Like fate, we think of luck as a random aspect of reality outside ourselves, completely beyond our control. But bad luck can be seen as a lack of balance between our inner and outer view of reality. And synchronizing subjective and objective reality is called synchronicity, which can be adjusted by the self.

Synchronicity transcends “magical thinking” or New Age metaphysical philosophies. Breaking bad luck is achieved by redirecting efforts to change. Adopting a different attitude. Redirecting energy and time inwardly, rather than outwardly.

Having embraced the truth in reality, reality embraces and supports us. We may not always get what we want. But we begin to get what we truly need. We are now in the right place at the right time. We have followed the way of the Rainmaker. We are back in the Tao. Nature does the rest. Life flows. And the interminable, unendurable drought, at least for now, is ended

Physical Benefits

Physical Benefits of Meditation

With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.

On a physical level, meditation:

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
  • Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy .

Mental Benefits of Meditation:

Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an Alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful.

With regular practice of meditation:

  • Anxiety decreases
  • Emotional stability improves
  • Creativity increases
  • Happiness increases
  • Intuition develops
  • Gain clarity and peace of mind
  • Problems become smaller
  • Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation

A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration.

An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress.

The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection.

Meditation makes you aware – that your inner attitude determines your happiness.