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« Reply #45 on: Feb 07, 2017 12:51 pm »

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One further important observation. Everybody has things they want to accomplish and manifest in their lives: A home. Pay the bills. Get a car. Find a boyfriend or girlfriend. Experience an emotional high. Sexual satisfaction. The right political system that fits our ideas. Have friends. And the list goes on. But what we do not realize is that all these desires, though may not in themselves be bad, contribute to a restless mind. Very few people are happy with what is, what they have and more importantly what they are.

+1 on that, avoiding material and mental clutter is vital.
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« Reply #46 on: Jan 10, 2018 01:21 pm »

Without a comfortable and relaxed body it is very difficult to meditate. This means keeping in shape so that we are not bothered by aches and pains. That is why hatha yoga was developed, energization exercises by Yogananda and
IAM exercises by Amma as well as hatha yoga at her retreats. However the mind itself makes the body restless and tense.
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« Reply #47 on: Jan 23, 2018 05:22 am »

I try to keep it simple and focus back to the breath. I layed outside tonight to meditate- we had clear skies. I noticed many distractions- like my thoughts and my surroundings. I continued to lay on my back and breathe. Every now and again my thoughts would pull me away from the present. Thinking on the past, thinking on the future- how Iíd react or choose what to say to things that havenít happened and truly donít matter. Iíd try to let these go by recognizing it as ego and maybe even a distraction from the present moment then going back to the breath. When I did this I noticed a comet. I think it was a comet, it was a quick white light shooting across the sky and quickly disappearing as it hurled forward. I thought that was pretty neat... anyways, sometimes a car would drive by and distract me from the meditation or some neighbors would walk by and I noticed them. I tried to dismiss it and keep my eyes rested on a fixed point in the nights sky and breathe. Tonight had many distractions and restlessness isnít just physical but mental too. Slowing down and focusing back to the breath helped me be present, which is all I was trying to do tonight...
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« Reply #48 on: Jan 23, 2018 06:00 pm »

Eric and everyone else.

Thanks for this entry. Sometimes we feel as though we are alone in this struggle and it is easy to give up some of our practice because of temporary distractions and pressing concerns....never acknowledging that history on this earth has never been different personally and socially. There will always be drama around us to keep us away from our most important appointment and purpose in life. That is to use this life, while we can, to be spiritually free and find increased awareness and enlightenment.
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