Inspiration & insights along the path toward happiness & wisdom
blackwhitecupcake said:: what about all the psychological aspects that take part in the formation of “self”.Your answer made me realize that the way we experience reality depends on our past experiences, how we were brought up and the image we have of ourselves.
Lyndon:: Our past definitely shapes our experience of reality, but the idea of past is just another mental formation. It doesn't exist outside of the storehouse of our memory anymore than the future. So we don't have to be held hostage to it or bound by it. We can choose differently any time. We don't have to keep replaying the same old footage, reliving the same tired old dramas. We can see them for what they are, let go, and move on. There is only the present moment, as we perceive it.
Maharaji told us to meditate like Christ, and when I asked him how to do that, Maharaji closed his eyes and sat in front of us, completely still; so still that it felt like the whole world stopped turning.
After a couple of minutes, two tears came down his cheek, and then he opened his eyes, looked at us and said, “He lost himself in love. That’s how he meditated. He’s one with all beings. He never died, no one understands. He lost himself in love.””
“Contemplation is a way to describe what Jesus did in the desert. It is not learning as much as it is unlearning. It is not explaining as much as containing and receiving everything, and holding onto nothing. It is refusing to judge too quickly and refining your own thoughts and feelings by calm observation and awareness over time—in the light of the Big Picture.”
“The scary stuff and the beautiful stuff both come in practice. Our work is to relate with awareness and compassion.”
Hi :) I'm exploring Buddhism, meditation, yoga and all those stuff that come along, trying to get some peace into my life because I'm very veeery anxious person and I had panic attacks, but I can't hold on to think positive. So nothing changes, and I'm constantly in fear. I was wondering if you could tell me with what can i start, what's the first step to inner peace. I really appreciate the opinion :) Thank you in advance!
“Mindfulness allows us to watch our thoughts, see how one thought leads to the next, decide if we’re heading down an unhealthy path, and, if so, let go and change directions.”
“Our wisdom is all mixed up with what we call our neurosis.”
“A very good place to become familiar with the way mindfulness works is always close by—our own bodies. Investigating physical sensations is one of the best ways for us to learn to be present with whatever is happening in the moment, and to recognize the difference between direct experience and the add-ons we bring to it.”
“Silence is meditation without mental activity. The inner silence is self-surrender and that means living without the sense of the ego. Silence comes into being when the individual is completely free from ego, when he surrenders himself totally to the Lord.”