Roadblocks To Meditaiton

Meditation Roadblocks

There are four main roadblocks to meditation:

1. Sleep

This is one of the most common obstacles. We lead busy lives and sleep deprivation is common. It is natural to fall asleep in such circumstances. You must make sure that you are well rested with adequate sleep. Also meditate at least 3 hours after a meal. Meditate after a bath or wash your hands, feet, and face with cold water. Do not meditate when excessively tired. Start initially with a short meditation session of 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Distraction

It is not unusual to feel distracted with a constant flow of thoughts. One feels difficult to sit still and focus the mind. If this happens the best course is to do a round of relaxing yoga practice followed by 10 minutes of breathing exercise to elongate your breath. This should allow you to feel relaxed and centered and allow you to focus your mind. Avoid stimulants like tea or coffee, and excessive spicy or sugary food.

3. Dullness

In some instances the mind does not feel sleepy or distracted but instead it feels dull. A round of energetic yoga practice before meditation should help in such circumstances. Sometimes dullness may be a result of suppressed feelings and you may have to persist with your meditation practice to allow it to work itself out. It may also help to share your feelings with somebody or write them on paper. Devotion and submission to a Divine power also helps.

4. Tasting Tranquility

This is a very subtle form of obstacle to achieving deeper meditation. Sometimes we get a taste of tranquility or some higher conscious experience. We then either remained trapped at this level or we want to try and replicate this experience. The best way to meditate is to do it with complete and total submission and free yourself from all expectations. Treat all experiences as gifts or blessings and avoid forming any kind of mental model to frame your experience into words.

Wayne Dyer once said, “I am a human being, not a human doing.” Meditation is something that allows us to go from doing to being. This article shows how to remove roadblocks to meditation and return to become human beings.

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Credits:This has been written by Raj Shah and edited by Ketna Shah. This is based on an article by Swāmi Paramārthānanda and has been modified and adapted by the author.

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Things Dogs Teach Us

If you are a dog lover you will love this short video that has been watched by a million plus people. But even if you are not a dog lover you may find this video throws light on an unique aspect of life: The power of unconditional love’s ability to transform.

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The Dalai Lama’s Instructions For Life

The Dalai Lama's Instructions

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama’s Instructions For Life:

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s:
    • Respect for self.
    • Respect for others.
    • Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
  20. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

Credit: You can find these instructions here.

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Some Wrongs Too Small To Matter?

Too Small To Matter

We tend to think that some wrongs are so small that doing them makes no difference. If I keep my heater on during a power shortage, perhaps the shortage lasts a hundredth of a second longer than it would otherwise have done. I tell myself that this effect is too small to matter.

But imagine a village in which 100 tribesmen are eating lunch. 100 bandits descend on the village, and each bandit takes one tribesman’s lunch and eats it. The bandits leave, each having denied a tribesman an appreciable amount of pleasure.

The next week, hungry again, they descend on the village and tie up the tribesmen. At first they have some moral qualms about robbing them again, but then they notice that each tribesman’s lunch consists of 100 beans.

“The pleasure derived from one baked bean is below the discrimination threshold,” writes philosopher Jonathan Glover. “Instead of each bandit eating a single plateful as last week, each takes one bean from each plate. They leave after eating all the beans, pleased to have done no harm, as each has done no more than sub-threshold harm to each person.”

The outcome of the second raid is the same as that of the first, yet this time no tribesman has been “significantly” wronged by any bandit. Can we still say that some crimes are too small to matter?

Credit: Jonathan Glover and M.J. Scott-Taggart, “It Makes No Difference Whether or Not I Do It,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes.

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How To Start A Movement

This is an awesome TED video that provides some important lessons on how to start a movement. These lessons can be used to create change and transformation. In business settings these lessons can be used to create new products and companies.

Here are some lessons:

  • If you are the leader then remember that the movement is more important than you. Embrace your first followers as equals and teach them how to follow. Show others that followers will be treated with respect and that it’s safe and profitable to follow.
  • The first followers are equally important as the leader. Do not be afraid to be the first follower when you see a brilliant idea worth adopting. The first follower shows others that there is something worth trying. While leaders will get a lot of credit, the first followers also have the advantage of being early adopters.

Too many times a great idea is killed because its leaders are too self engrossed and do not treat first followers as equal partners. It is also true that many times great ideas don’t turn into movements because we are too afraid to follow. Remember first followers are as important as the leader. Do not be afraid to be an early adopter.

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