Meditating at Work

Do you feel unable to succeed in accomplishing your goals? Have you been knocked back so many times that you’ve lost your confidence and lost the will to keep trying?

Don’t stop. Never give up. You are perfect just as you are.

I saw that you were perfect and so I loved you.

Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.

Angelita Lim

You can harness the power of positive thinking to overcome the particular self-destructive demons—the entrenched thoughts and beliefs—which are preventing you from fulfilling your life’s destiny.

You have all the skills and abilities to live up to your highest potential.

Affirmations can empower you to take the necessary steps to accomplish your goals. Here are just a few affirmations I’ve created to consider using in this regard:

I release all worry and doubt. I have absolute trust and faith in myself. I proceed calmly and confidently one step at a time towards my goals.

 I am success. I am abundantly able to succeed in every effort that I truthfully designate.

 Step by step, day by day, I am better in every way.

In 2012, researchers in Japan conducted a study of 54 university students. The students were divided into two groups: an experimental group instructed to do a daily 10-minute Buddhist-based meditation at home, and a control group, which did not meditate. All participants were assessed through questionnaires before and after the experiment to determine their sense of coherence (a view that recognises the world as meaningful and predictable), self-esteem, and purpose in life. The duration of the experiment was one month.

Meditating for the World

At the end of that month there were marked differences between the two groups. The meditators showed significant increases across all measured parameters; the non-meditators did not.

The students who meditated had a greater sense of coherence, meaning they felt their lives made sense and that life challenges were worthy of commitment, even in light of stress and out-of-balance lifestyles. Their self-esteem had improved and their life purpose was clearer.

The experiment indicated that just 10 minutes a day of meditation benefitted these students and helped them to clarify their unique life purpose.

We’re each here for a reason. Just a few minutes a day for meditation and for affirmations can change your life by bringing you into alignment with your deepest calling. It simply requires regularity and a positive intent. Go for it!

Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com 

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What does it mean to be present? Is it posture dependent? Is it something we can strive for is it something we find when all else falls away? The Buddha said that the root of all suffering is desire. When I meditate can I let go of craving? When I sit and lean forward do I lean into the future? When I lie down do I immerse myself in the ocean of the past?

What does it mean to be present? When the bird sings does it do so to attain something or does it sing for the pure joy of being alive?

What does it mean to be alive? What is required? Is breathing enough? Or is to be alive to be present? Is not everything contained within this moment? Is not every historical conquest contained within one conscious breath?

And what is a conscious breath? Is there anything else I really need to do in this life? Is there anything I can do to change the circumstances of this life? Do I need to?

Can total acceptance of all that is and of who I am be attained through one conscious breath?

Enlightenment is never further away than the next conscious breath.

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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

 

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

 

 

You say you cannot create anything original.

Create a cup from which your brother or sister can drink.

Rumi

Inayat Khan

Henry Ford once said to Hazrat Inayat Khan, the Sufi mystic

, “If one meditates too much there is not likely to be much work done.” Inayat answered him:

But if one meditates somewhat there will be much work done, and better done, and with it will be happiness and peace. I do not preach denial of things of the world, nor do I condemn worldly accomplishment. I preach only that with the things we must do here in the material world there must also be real attainment in the world of the spirit. (Detroit News, 7-2-1926)

Why do we meditate? Can we make time in our busy daily lives for it? I say: Can you afford not to? As the traditional saying goes: Those who take their time have a lot of time. Meditation brings clarity in times of doubt and uncertainty. Meditation assists one to view the trials and tribulations and ups and downs of life with equanimity. Meditation allows one to be more detached, to more in touch with the core than with the periphery, with the soul rather than the personality. Then if someone is cruel to you, you can see that very act as a gift, as an opportunity to be more accepting, more forgiving and more loving. The last of human freedoms is the freedom to choose our attitude regardless of the situation in which we find ourselves.

When you meditate in a group you are able to make deep heart connections with the people in the group, avoiding the distraction of words. When you meditate alone you make a deeper connection with yourself, and through that a deeper and truer connection with everyone else.

In traditional Eastern forms of meditation it is taught that you gradually release samskaras, the karmic tendencies born of the past. You then tend to act in ways more attuned to the present unencumbered by the baggage of the past. Meditation is a science that cleans the mind. When you consider that some 90% of your thoughts are not your own, can you afford not to meditate? Do you want to react to situations based on conditioning or would you rather respond with wisdom; wisdom born of depth of beingness?

Take time to meditate daily and create a cup from which your brothers and sisters may drink. Then empty the cup and be the formless space within it. In so doing, truth is born.

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In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

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True success is measured by peace of mind.

Peter Bligh

Peter Bligh was my special guest last night on Voices from the North. From Hastings to Herekino, with many hallowed stops in between, Peter Bligh’s life journey has been more than one of physically moving north and west on New Zealand’s North Island. It has been a journey of awakening to the reality that success is not necessarily measured with dollars and cents or with rungs on a career ladder, but by the peace of mind felt in daily life. His school days saw him rubbing shoulders with people who’ve become household names. Paul Holmes was a classmate. Paul is indisputably the most well known of this country’s media stars. Paul has been successful in a traditional sense. Peter Bligh’s life has been a success in another less tangible way.

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Today Peter is a teacher of yoga and meditation. Yesterday he was a professional fundraiser. He sees no dichotomy between these two functions. For centuries Indian holy men have answered the call to move to forest or mountain to establish ashrams: places of retreat from the pulls of everyday existence; places specially designed for immersion in the ancient arts of yoga and meditation. The building of such ashrams requires external input and money. So, perhaps, these Indian saints have been the originators of what is called fundraising today.

Vivekananda in London in 1896

Thou art He that beareth the burdens of the universe;

help me to bear the little burden of this life.

Extract from a prayer Swami Vivekananda delivered at the Chicago World’s Parliament of Religions September 1893.

In our hour together Peter told the story of how the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s largest and best known philanthropic charities, was seeded through a meeting of John D.  Rockefeller with one of India’s greatest yogis, Swami Vivekananda, in the last years of the 19th century. When Rockefeller foisted a huge sum of money on Vivekananda, he was surprised to hear not even a word of thanks from the saint. Swami Vivekananda’s only words were, “It is for you to thank me.” Perhaps the pundit was pointing out through his actions that through receiving the monetary gift from Rockefeller, he was giving the wealthy industrialist the joy of giving. For more on that famous story visit here. 

Sometimes the greatest act of giving you can make is to wholeheartedly receive the gift of another.

Mandala Yoga Ashram

Peter Bligh has spent years working, studying and teaching overseas: at Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales (the UK’s largest ashram), at Satyanandashram Hellas in Greece, throughout northern Europe and in India. He initially came to the relative remoteness of Herekino in the Far North to deepen his own spiritual practice.

He teaches yoga and meditation because he sees these skills as indispensable means for improving flexibility of body and mind and for training one to overcome the fears innate to the human condition—fears which often motivate us to turn to temporary antidotes like alcohol and drugs or to indulge in the over-busy-ness we in the West tend to turn to. Peter wonders if this tendency to over-activity represents a running-away-from or masking of the innate fears chasing us all. I wonder too. I am grateful for the hour I had with Peter Bligh on the radio. Once again, you can hear it below:

 

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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Your thoughts speak so loudly you can hardly hear the call of your soul.

This morning, as always, we finished my wife Lucia’s yoga class with a shared meditation. At the end of this period of silence, while our eyes were still closed, Lucia asked one question: “Which part of your body do you love most?”

For me, two voices spoke. First I heard the one which said, “Of course you love all parts of your body, or at least you should.” Let’s call this the ‘should’ or the ‘must’ voice which speaks for the ego and reflects all the experiences and memories of your life, for better or worse, both positive and negative.

There was also a still but quietly insistent voice which seemed to emanate from the centre of my being. It simply said, “Your heart.”

It is this still, calm voice which, when listened to, guides us unerringly and effortlessly through life. This voice is always there, but is often drowned out by the cacophony of noisy thoughts within us.

In being present, truly present, that avalanche of noisy thoughts begins to dissolve, allowing us to hear the calm, guiding presence that is always with us, patiently waiting for our attention.

Listen, deeply listen. Your soul is gently calling with infinite patience. Isn’t it time to heed that call?

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A friend of mine on Facebook, Jeannie Whyte sent a message to the members of Psychic & Spiritual Collaboration group. I am pasting it below because Jeannie is enunciating her awareness that world peace is inevitable, something I totally agree with. I thank her for working for a positive present and future for all the inhabitants of this planet. Join the peace train. It’s mostly in our minds.

John

Dear wonderful friends,

It is said that if just 1%
(or some other
very small number)
of the ENTIRE world population
were to meditate
for just 5 minutes a day,
world peace could be attained.

Will you join me in AFFIRMING that
this has already happened?

By making an affirmation, you,
as a SOUL, made in
the image and likeness of God, your creator,
are powerful and can do all things.

Therefore, claim your divine birthright
and claim what is rightfully
yours to live in PEACE and HARMONY
on your beautiful MOTHER EARTH.

One of our members, Robert, has asked that
we use Twitter and if you’d like to,
please do so because the more
often we AFFIRM something,
the more powerful it becomes.

However, feel free to do whatever
you feel led to raise
your vibration/consciousness
to align with the “good” that
lives within you.

You already are GOOD and PERFECT and you
can choose to move
away from duality.

REMEMBER to choose to align yourself with
your SOUL qualities, which are all GOOD
and POSITIVE.

YOU are already a DIVINE BEING and if anyone
has ever told you otherwise
they were not telling YOU
the truth.
So RELEASE that limiting belief, my friends.

I love you and I AFFIRM our DIVINITY and PEACE ON EARTH!

Love, light and in sincere gratitude,
Jeannie Whyte

Spiritual Life Coach/Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner
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www.psychicjeannie.com

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I thought some of you might be interested in the various practices I use on a daily basis.

 John

I’m an early riser. I wake between 12:30 AM and five o’clock in the morning. Just after midnight is on the extremely early end and only happens when I’ve gone to bed before nine o’clock. Typically, I rise between 2:30 and 4:00 during a period of inspiration.

I start by drinking a glass of water I’ve set out beside my bed before going to sleep. While still in bed, I do Taoist eye exercises and massage my feet with a focus on the colon areas on both feet. I then make my way to the bathroom to say a set of affirmations while smiling into the mirror. While saying the affirmations out loud I do Touch for Health switching on exercises and a Time of Day Balance (also from Touch for Health). Most of the affirmations are ones that have come to me in those wee hours but I also use a few others such as the following one:

I am a messenger of Light. I am a pilgrim on the way of love.
I do not walk alone, but know myself as one with all great souls,
and one with them in service.
Their strength is mine. This strength I claim.
My strength is theirs and this I freely give.
A soul, I walk on earth. I represent the one.
 

from the work of Djwhal Khul and Alice Bailey

 

It’s now time for yoga asanas followed by relaxation and meditation. I always have a pen and paper beside me. During inspired periods I write by hand before getting out of bed or I jot down ideas that come up while doing affirmations or doing yoga. I’ve learned not to resist this inspiration. It comes at times of its own choosing. I simply need to be available as scribe for the ideas that arise. Just before the meditation I perform a short Triangle Meditation with two people I’ve never met in person – one lives in Michigan and the other in Qatar. For more on Triangles visit here.

 

Coopers Beach

 

Next I walk in nature or I go straight to the computer to begin writing and editing my earlier handwritten notes. This is still before anyone else in the house is awake. The best inspiration comes then. Depending on the season and the weather I will walk before or during sunrise. I often receive more inspiration then. I’ll be chanting mantras or singing songs that I’m working on while I walk. It’s amazing how many inspirational ideas (for writing, or a person I should call or an activity that needs to be completed) will come to the surface of my consciousness during these solitary, joyful walks in nature.

Many mornings, at some point during the walk, I will stop and do what I call Four Directions Eurythmy and/or certain breathing exercises designed to clean the lungs. I find it particularly beneficial to do breathing exercises on the beach or in the forest where the air is pristine and the prana highly charged.

During the day, if I’m doing a lot of work at the computer, I get up regularly from my chair, doing some jumping on a lymphasiser (mini-trampoline or rebounder) or wander out into the garden to do a little pruning, weeding, hand watering or harvesting.

Late in the afternoon, before the evening meal I do Six Healing Sounds and the Inner Smile. It’s a great way to release any tension or emotional dross accumulated during the day. I love this practice. Sometimes I do a little yoga before the Six Healing Sounds or in place of them. The asanas I choose would be dependent on how I’m feeling. It is likely I would include Cat/Cow, the Shoulder Stand or the Fish.

Before bed I offer a prayer, read a little and fall asleep, often midway through a sentence with the book open on my lap. Lucia often sorts me out or I wake later to turn the light out (not ideal but that’s me; I can fall asleep anywhere, which is a bit of an issue when I’m driving the car!

Please note I am intentionally not rigid about the above practices. I apply them consistently but I will miss some elements at times. I feel it is important to go with the flow. There’s no freedom in ‘have to’ or obligation. Do what feels good. On average I probably do yoga six days a week.

A practice is ever-evolving. Back in 2000 and 2001, after Power of Sound Teacher Training with Chris James in Australia, I used to retire in late afternoon to our little octagonal eco-lodge and spend about 45 minutes to an hour doing sound work. I had some real breakthroughs with my voice after I’d done those exercises daily for three months.

Success with your practice, folks! I’d love to hear your comments.

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