The Highway 101 Blues
It's Monday morning and your late again. Your stuck in bumper to bumper traffic and losing it. That jerk in the convertible just cut you off and that crazy person behind you is ridding your ass. Your trapped behind a Wal-Mart truck that is spewing diesel fumes into your passenger side widow making you choke and tear up. The widows rolled down because the air conditioner is on the fritz again and your spritzing like an animal. You can feel the rage beginning to build up inside you.
It's hot, smelly, overcrowded and insane. Your on the edgeâ€¦How can you possibly meditate or relax in this situation? Listen to this podcast to learn some ways to help you navigate through the chaos and noise. Explore some innate abilities that help you cope and relive your suffering, dis-ease and stress.…
When the attachment to thoughts subsides our mind naturally gets quiet and we begin to experience gaps between thoughts. In these gaps we can hear the soft -spoken voice of the heart. This soft-spoken voice is a compass, that can point us to the direction we need to travel - inward.
In life sometimes we need guidance and advice so we may look outward to our friends and family for counsel and wisdom. My advice to you is this, seek the inward path to your own inner teacher, itâ€™s there for us at anytime and any place. This guide has always been there within us we were born with it, at times itâ€™s just difficult or impossible to hear. The voice of the heart is quiet, soft and non intrusive. On the other had the external noises of life are often so harsh and loud that the soto voice of our heart is drowned out completely.What can we do to hear our inner guidance? Daily seek a place of solitude and calm and simply stop. Set everything down. Be still. Take several long slow deep breathes in and out. Allow yourself to settle. Each day we have the opportunity to acknowledge this inner stillness and the soft voice of our can our heart-mind. Each day we can make this moment of stillness a priority. Itâ€™s up to us.…
In every moment there is the opportunity to see that your true nature is happiness. There is no need to seek for what is already yours. The treasure is within you.Spend quiet time alone contemplating nothingness See that you are perfect in this moment Accept things as they are and be gracious Change is a constant Thoughts will come and go You are much bigger than you know Practice being still The felling you have that everything is OK is not wishful thinking In the morning be aware of the morning Grinch telling you that everything is miserable, you are miserable, it's all miserable. Who or what is that voice inside you? Enquire, be curious and know your true Self …
How to Wake Up
Everyone wants a clear and concise "how to wake up" method, this is impossible without the willingness of the participant to jump in and take the necessary risks to give up their old ways of thinking and seeing.
The Podcast is at the bottom of the article
If you want to know the truth about who you really are and what this is really all about you have to be willing to give up the old methods, to reach beyond thought and thinking mind and to take the dive into the unknown.
You must ask yourself, â€œWhat do I want?â€ and then be willing to risk it all to have that.
So what do you want? If you want peace, happiness and serenity, what are you willing to give up to have that?
Are you willing to give up your attachment to thoughts, memories, concepts, judgements and beliefs to have peace?
Sacrifice is part of the path of no path.
You donâ€™t have to give up everything and walk into the woods (though Iâ€™ve done that) to discover the truth, but you may have to give up trying to think your way to the truth. There comes a time when we have to leave behind our precious beliefs and open to newness.
Iâ€™m not talking about Robertâ€™s way, Iâ€™m talking about rediscovering your own innate wisdom, happiness, and contentment that you arrived with.
I can only point to this truth and MY way means nothing at all.
All I ask of you is this -Can you look deeply into your own heartmind and see that you had it all along, that nothing is broken in you and nothing needs to be fixed. Your OK The way to IT is simple. Itâ€™s down beneath the thinking mind and itâ€™s found in silence.
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Returning to Intimacy
Return to the one that is not touched by the circumstances of the world. The one that lives in this world but not of this world. Drop the meditator, drop the form and just sit without any rigid model. There is no reconnection or creation of anÂ experienceÂ or paradigm, it's ordinary and easy to do.Just sit Don't try to do anything Accept, accept , acccept Be compassionate with the mind noises Invite them in for tea and cake Don't try to create a quiet mind Don't try to let go Don't try to do it right Be breathed No special tools required No special words or prayers needed Just be you. A stillness practice does not need to be another task or your list, just sit and be there with what is and don't resist whatever comes up. Just embrace all arrisingÂ phenomenonÂ as it is and sit with what is. You are not here to accomplish anything or get anything right, Â just be and remember all thought is just thought and all pain Â isÂ arisingÂ phenomenon. Breathe and accept. Breathe and be. Breathe and return toÂ intimacy.…
Barking Dog Mind
Do you have a barking dog mind that wont shut up?
Are you trying to distract it with treats, and other bribes? Do you ignore is barks and try to drown them out with other sounds? Do you numb out with television, alcohol, food, games, internets or other drugs? Are you tired of the non stop yapping? Are you ready to learn how to quiet your inner barking dog? Then read on. At present we can observe that we have a very noisy mind, it barks day and night, even in our sleep. Weâ€™ve tried a million things to quiet it and it never stops and in most cases it gets even louder. If we can be honest with ourselves and see that the present methods of taming the inner canine have failed then we have reached the first step accepting what is so. Up to this point your methods have failed, or they are temporary and fleeting at best. Can you drop your old ways and open to something new? That is the second step. The third step is to introduce new ways of thinking about your mind barking.
So we have these steps to take. Accepting old methods are not working. Make room for some new ideas Introduce a new way to look at your present state of being.
When we accept things and stop fighting our own minds the brain has a chance to rest and settle. When it settles we can reach a point of clarity and stillness that allows for a certain freshness, a hollowed ground so to speak, a place to plant new seeds?When we let go of ideas and preferences we can make room for newness to enter into our experience. When our minds are full there is simply no room for new ideas. Can you suspend your beliefs and have an open mind? If so continue on.
Congratulations you have moved on and you are ready to test out some new ideas and concepts. Thatâ€™s right we are going to test things out for ourselves. A wise teacher once said, â€œYou donâ€™t have to take my word for it. Simply try it for yourself.â€ And this is very true, we should always try a teaching for ourselves and see if it fits.
New ideas. You are not your thoughts. You are not who you think you are. You can be free from you barking dog mind. Know that most of what we see and experience in others is also barking dog mind. Presently we think that we are the thoughts that stream through our minds. They come and go and sometimes never leave us alone. These thoughts are just like radio signals, we can choose to tune in, or tune out, or tune off. Can you try out this new way of thinking?
The new way to think is, â€œIâ€™m not my thoughts, or the voices arising from this mind and I can let them passâ€
Try this out for a week and report back to share your insights.…
The invitation to arrive in this moment is constantly being offered to you. It's up to you to take it.
Breathing in I accept what is so in this moment. Breathing out I accept what is so in this moment. No resistance to what is so. Just being in this moment radically accepting what is so. Know the rat-mind, from the heart-mind. Embrace the path of no resistance.
The mind wants to believe that we can't live without it and when we begin to see that we can, it's soft underbelly is exposed and vulnerable. In this state it's first reaction is to strike back against it's attacker and use all of it's defense mechanisms. These defense mechanisms come in varied form but in most cases it uses fear as it's primary weapon. It may also use numbing tactics like immersing oneself in a mindless television shows, playing a video games, or getting drunk, or high.
What can we do?
When we use our breath to come home and check in we can catch ourselves before we use a tactic, habit or substance to escape the rat mind. When we catch ourselves before we engage in that habit we can instill this practice, the practice or activity of just observing. Observing silently, without judgment and letting the thoughts pass by. Try sitting today for just two minutes. If your mind say's it's bored, then just sit there and be as bored as you can. Do boredom all the way. If your mind wont stop spinning, just let it spin and don't try to do a thing. Do nothing all the way everyday for just a few minutes. There is no need to have a formal meditation practice, just sit quietly, watch, listen and breath.
Fire your ego and call off the search. You are home and you have arrived.
There is nothing to discover There is nothing to remove There is nothing to add There is nothing to see You are fine and there is nothing to fix There is no one to save You are whole and complete The journey is over You are home You have arrived …
Learning to breathe.
This is not about pushing these feelings or emotions down, or to be in denial of your personal rights, freedoms etc. This is about calming the ego/mind before you respond using your emotions, rather than calm reason. This is about creating a platform for a proper response. The concept Iâ€™m presenting here is about not been run by the emotional outbursts that our ego may throw out there to defend itself. We are calming the mind in order to relax back into our natural state of being before we respond or act on impulse. Just breathe...…
What is your heart's desire? With Mallika Chopra
Here are the four questions we asked Mallika Chopra.
Please share your thoughts, feelings, insights and wisdom here. Visit Mallika's site Intent.com
What would your answers be? 1. What is you heart's desire? 2. What motivates you? 3 How do you stay on track when you feel like giving up? 4. What is the biggest secret to following our heart's desire?
Please share your thoughts, feelings, insights and wisdom here.
Visit Mallika's site Intent.com…
Who or what am I?
An interesting question to ponder is, "Who or what am I?" If asked silently to oneself alone in a room the answer can be dare I say it, enlightening. Be curious, be daring, be open. Empty your cup and see what happens. …
Where I become a test subject for following your heart's desire.
I'm jumping in and taking you with me! Join me on the journey of following your heart's desire. Let's step into the unknown together and take the leap of faith. In this podcast we talk about: Embracing your own inner teacher/guide and waking up to your full potential.
We create an experiment to see what happens when we turn around 180 degrees and go in the direction we are guided to go.
Embracing the opportunity to wake up and see our true self.
The void we feel. The disconnect is nothing more than a thought or thoughts arising that we decide to hook in to, give meaning to, embellish and create the story we call 'self'. We look at being content, happy and peaceful by dropping the concept that something from the outside will make us whole. (If only I could change such and such about myself, I could feel good and be happy.)
If you no longer attached to these thoughts and you dropped thinking all together, what would your life be like ?
We came in here complete, needing nothing but the basics in life. We complicated this by constructing a separate self. That is the idea of a self that is separate from all others and all things. We can dissolve this separate self and experience life the way it was meant to be experienced. Happy, blissful and full of joy! …
Heart's desire or just more mind stuff?
Are you following your heart's desire? How do you know that it's you heart that is speaking to you? Is it just more mind stuff, or is there something driving you beside your ego and your desires. This podcast features an interview with Jonathan Mead from Illuminated mind.
Here are the four questions we asked Jonathan. What would your answers be?
1. What is you heart's desire? 2. What motivates you? 3 How do you stay on track when you feel like giving up?
4. What is the biggest secret to following our heart's desire?
Please share your thoughts, feelings, insights and wisdom here.…
Bow in gratitude
The practice of gratitude is honed over time with patience and humility at itsâ€™ core. A good way to experience this practice is bowing in gratitude. This doesnâ€™t have to be the physical act of bowing (but that helps); you can just bow in your mind. When you see something arising in the mind where you see yourself stuck and desiring something you donâ€™t have, stop and bow to what you already have. If you find yourself in the old habit of grumbling, complaining or finding fault in something, stop and find something to be grateful for. Look around you at those that are in need and give something to them. The ego resists this practice so we know we are chipping away at something of substance. I bow to you all.…
Success is in the eye of the beholder
How do we define success?
In our society success seems to be measured by what we have done, created, or collected rather than what we have given or shared with our fellow sentient beings.
I had always seen success as money, cars, big houses and fame. I lived most of my life in pursuit of all of these material things and it wasn't until I had many life changing experiences that my opinions on what success was dramatically altered. One of these life changing experiences happened while living on the Big Island of Hawaii and I relate that story in this podcast. So do we need a life altering experience to change the way we see things? Yes I believe sometimes we do. How can we have a life altering experience? Stay open and don't be afraid to look deeply into your heart. Assess your life daily and see where you can change current beliefs and opinions to bring about more compassion and empathy. Open yourself to new ways of thinking and seeing. Sit quietly on a daily basis. It is in solitude that we can begin to open to a new way of looking at our ourselves and our intention. How do we re-define success?
Who gives the most. Being happy in each moment regardless of the circumstance. Putting others before ourselves. One who follows their heart to serve others without expectation of the outcome. …
Tweet my Facebook status on MySpace
Are you using social networking to avoid being social.
Have you noticed yourself Tweet-ing and Facebook-ing in social situations to avoid talking and interacting with people? I'm constantly observing people in line at the store, at the airport, on a plane and in the elevator engaged with their device. We are immersing ourselves in a medium that is helping to create social barriers with our fellow beings. A new distraction that keeps us from meeting our true self in the form of those around us that manifests as our peers. Our peers can represent aspects of ourselves we may be having trouble accepting and we don't want to confront that because it's uncomfortable.put your phone down at lunch in the elevator put the phone down and smile at someone make a time at night to turn off all devices and sit quietly for five minutes leave your phone at home one weekend day or part of that day
Take it slow, take your time and be easy on yourself.
Peace can't be obtained
How can we obtain that which we already have? Should we drop the goal of obtaining peace as a result of our meditation practice? Can we just sit without wanting something to happen and just be with what is? Having a gaining idea can lead us into a circle of suffering, pain and confusion. Nothing is permanent, so trying to reach a state of permanent peace is an unreachable goal. Can we accept that we will never have a continuous, blissful state of oneness? Can we call off the search and see that the thing we are looking for is right here, right now, in this moment? It can be nowhere else but here because only this moment exists. Everything else is only thought. The one who seeks peace doesn't exist. The one who is looking for enlightenment doesn't exist. The one who wants to keep peace blocks the peaceful state that already exists. It's not possible to attain a perfect, constant state of peace. That which thinks it's not at peace will never attain it. We must ask who or what is seeking peace. Who or what is not at peace or is agitated with present circumstances. …
The true essence of mind
Don't be fooled by the carrot life is dangling before you. That which you seek is inside of you waiting to be discovered. There is no need to look outside yourself for happiness, love, bliss or completeness; everything that you seek, you already possess. Look no further than your next breath.
Are you a spiritual seeker?
Are you a spiritual seeker? Do you want to control your own destiny, the universe or just your dog? This podcast may have the answers that you seekWho are you? Where did you come from? Where do you go when you die?
Big questions aren't they? Have you ever asked yourself who is the one asking these questions? Who is the one that is seeking something? Who is the one that is looking for the answers? Who is the one that I call myself, me? Who is the one that we call "I". Want to learn more? Listen to the podcast.…
What to do with pain, heartache and loss.
In our daily lives we have so much distraction and stimulation that we barely have the time to feel. What do I mean by feel? Feeling our pain, loss heartache, frustration anger etc. Our society is built up in a way that we don't have the time that we need to get in touch with our emotions.
Find others to talk with about how you feel.
Make time to be quiet and alone. Loose the distractions by turning off the TV, phone, computer etc.
Find others to talk with about how you feel.
Learn how to identify the signals that you need to wind down and check in. Anger, sadness, depression, agitation etc. Watch for body signals as well. Backache, neck tension, jaw clenching, upset stomach. These signals are there to remind us to check in, wind down and listen.
What are you willing to give up to feel peace right now?
In our lives we are attached to many things. We are attached to objects, feelings, emotions, opinions, thoughts and desires. When we are attached we are imprisoned by our own mind's limited perceptions and expectations. When we become detached we open ourselves to possibility, spontaneity and freedom from suffering. We are no longer limited to our minds old habits and paradigms.
Look at what you can give up to feel the peace that is present in this moment. Are you holding onto anger, fear, loneliness, sadness, expectations or desires? Ask yourself, "Do I want to feel anger, fear, loneliness or depression more that I want to feel peace right now?"Peace is always present Freedom is always present Stillness is always present
Get out a sheet of paper and put this down at the top: What am I willing to let go of to feel peace right now? Look at what you are feeling right now and ask yourself for each emotion, thought or feeling: Would I rather feel this or would I rather feel peace?
If the birds are doing ok right now, why can't I be ok right now?
When everything is crazy, nature can help soften the blow.
Out in nature, things make sense. It's balanced, harmonious and abundant. When we feel at our wits end, sometimes just a short walk in the woods can clear our heads and help us get back on track.
Observe the abundance all around you.
Listen to the wind, the birds or the sound of running water.
Recharge yourself by releasing your problems and your concerns into nature. …
How can you best serve Humanity?
What the heck are we doing here?
What is our true purpose in life?
What is our deep driving desire?
These questions are the big questions in life right? I myself have been asking them for years and I know that I'm not alone in wanting to know the answers. I have read hundreds of books ranging from contemporary esoteric thought, to ancient texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, The Tao and the Bible. All of these books had answers to theses questions and not surprisingly they were very similar. After many years of self study, meditation and literary research I have come to a conclusion. In most cases the simplest answers to life's most difficult questions are usually correct.
Ask yourself these questions:
Why do I think that I'm here? What does my intuition tell me? What are my talents? How do I best serve Humanity? Work on developing your insight into these questions by doing the following: Meditate on opening your heart to your inner Buddha, Joy, God, Spirit. Make a list of your talents and dreams and carry it with you. Look at the blocks you may have created around your dreams.
Remember to open yourself to all possibilities.Play and laugh like when you were young: Make a date to do something you enjoyed as a child. Draw a picture. Goof off.
What do you think of this? Please comment on this post or join the forum and tell us how you feel about your special talents.…
A Guided Meditaiton to open the heart to giving
This podcast is a tool for opening the heart through allowing.
This is a guided meditation with images I have photographed in Sedona.
There are no opening or closing credits in this podcast, so that you may
be able to use it without distractions.
Are you getting what you want?
Try giving to receive.
Are you not getting what you want out of life, your relationships and your job? Have you ever tried to give what it is that you want?
If you give what it is that you want from life to others, you will receive all that you want out of life and more. We all want love, kindness, safety, security, health, wealth and well being and we know that as truth.
So if we know what it is that we want, we can easily see want others want too. In these tough times we tend to curl up in out little cocoons and hide away 'till the storm passes. We need to break out of our shells, step forward into the great unknown and do the impossible. One truth that I know that will explode your spiritual growth is this:
The next step that you are afraid to take is exactly the step that you need to take.
* Practice empathy by understanding all people are suffering and have experienced loss.
* Commit to a full day of giving from your heart.
* Meditate on opening your heart to giving.
* Give something small like a compliment or a hug.
* Am I coming from a place of lack?
* Am I coming from fear?
* Am I projecting poverty consciousness?
* Am I being selfish?
Remember not to condemn or judge yourself, just observe.
Why does giving work?
Giving works because it emulates nature and nature is always giving and abundant. Can you feel yourself as a giving and abundant being like nature? Observe nature, spend some time out there in it and see first hand its never ending supply that is given without expectation of any return. Can we give this freely and openly? Practice opening yourself to what others want by observing these facts:
* People often give exactly the opposite of what it is that they want.
* Most reactions are conditioned and habitual. "They know not what they do."
* People are wearing masks that protect them from attacks.
* Suffering is often projected by others as fear, anger, or frustration.
When you open yourself to what others want you stretch yourself out beyond your safety zone and this creates growth. This growth mixed with wisdom and discernment practiced openly sets the example of love and kindness.…
Look Mom, I can meditate all the time!
Meditate always, with these simple steps.
Do you have the time or patience to meditate twice a day for two hours? Most of us just don't have that kind of time, energy, or focus. So how the heck will we ever become the perfect person we can be if we can't meditate daily? In this podcast we learn a few things about meditating while on our feet, doing our job, eating our lunch and brushing our teeth. How can that enlighten us? You'd be surprised. Why not try these few little steps and see what happens for yourself.
Today when you brush your teeth, just brush your teeth. Whenever the phone rings, treat it as a meditation bell. Take three deep breaths before you answer and relax. When passing through doorways notice them. Walk with mindfulness to your car, the bus or from the couch to the fridge. Be gracious for something or someone in your life. Help a stranger. Give yourself some approval.
What do you think about these steps for mindfulness? Do you have any stories, ideas, suggestions or little tricks for mindfulness you can share on our forum?
If so, join the Part Time Buddha Club and be a part time enlightened being:)…
Guided Meditation on facing our fears
In this podcast we do a guided meditation to face and over come our fears.…
My gift to you! Two tracks off my CD, Flight of the Hawk
It's with great pleasure that I announce the re-release of my CD, Flight of the Hawk!
This CD was recorded in Sedona, Arizona in 2000 and then re-mastered by an old and dear friend of mine, Kevin Peterson (thanks Kev!). It contains music performed on the Native American Flute, drum, didgeridoo, and guitar, all performed by me and accompanied by nature sounds. This CD is very special to me as it has some recordings that were created in a little cabin in one of the most inspirational and spiritual places that I know. The magic and wonder of Sedona comes through strongly in this recording and I do hope that it heals, brings peace and a little joy into your lives.
Flight of the Hawk is available by download from Amazon, Itunes and many other distributors on the Internet. As a gift to you, my valued listeners, I am making two of the tracks available at no charge for your enjoyment.
If you have a coupon for this CD from a previous sale that had not gone through, please contact me and I will make sure that you get your copy. It's available only in digital format at this time.
Enjoy a few tracks from Flight of the Hawk by clicking one of the links below, when you do so it should open your web browser.
Cry of the Loon
If you vist A Quiet Mind You can download the mp3's to your hard drive as seen in the illustration below. Control click on the audio mp3 bar and choose "save as".…
New Year or new moment?
Learn in this new podcast how to come from the moment by connecting with your inner guidance and make decisions based on new habits we create through awareness and calm.…
Merry Christma-Kwanza-Hanukkah!! to you all!
From all of us here at A Quiet Mind we wish you all a very Merry Christma-Kwanza-Hanukkah- Diwali-Rohatsu, and a very Happy New Year! We love you all and we are very grateful to have you in our lives.
Robert, Tanya, Arlo, Tooney and Crusita.…
SPAIN Builds the first Solar Concentrator Tower in Europe
Earlier today the BBC World announced a groundbreaking event for all humanity. Solar Power Concentrator Power Station - the first of its kind! Until recently ideas for such solar power stations were considered a mere science fiction and dreaming about our near future, but no longer. Engineers and Scientist joined forces in Seville, Spain and made the first solar collector power station. The system is made from 642 giant mirrors that focus sunlight into a single spot - the top of a 40 story concrete tower. The concrete tower is covered with water pipes and due to the intensive heat (sometimes more than 400 degree Fahrenheit) its converted into steam. The steam then goes to Steam Power Turbines which produce the electricity.
Why be Quiet?
Why sit quietly when the whole world is going crazy!
In this episode we take a look at the positive effects of sitting and gaining insight into the "self " benefits not only ourselves but the people we love, and the rest of the planet.…
Forgive and Forget
Let's turn the other check this week! I rhymed, how cleaver. Forgiven and forget and feel free and at peace. Quiet the mind by letting go of the bullsh*t.…
Live Meditaiton Update
LIVE Podcast Saturday @ 8:30 am Pacific!.
Join me this Saturday for a live meditation @ 8:30 am Pacific time. This time we will use Yahoo! Live which is a very cool interface and looks like it will be very easy to use. Looking forward to seeing you and please share your comments on which Live video chat application you like the most.
1. Remember to breathe.
Pause at least three times today and become aware of your breath for a short time. Try counting each breath or simply be aware of your chest rising and falling and as you do this be thankful for each breath you take. It is a wonderful thing that we can breathe.
2. Notice doorways.
Each time you walk through a doorway today notice that you are walking through that doorway by bringing your attention to it. You can do this by repeating to yourself "I'm walking through this doorway now." This brings present moment awareness to your conscious mind. (You can choose not to say "I" if you really want to see something interesting.)
3. Be Gracious
Pause three times today close your eyes and be thankful for three things in your life. You can write them down if you wish and remember to smile as you are doing this. Being gracious proliferates happiness.…
Stuff is coming up!
Accepting what is so can be a very difficult task, especially when all of your board members are involved. Discover a new tool for gaining more peace around acceptance in this new podacast.…
Transform Part 2
In this episode we begin to study the Seven Spiritual Steps to a quiet mind. We start with acceptance.…
Transform Part 1
In this episode we begin a series which will delve deeply into transformation and also the exploration of Zen Buddhism. I'm working on a longer post that will follow in about a week. Stay tuned.…
Fast and clenase into the New Year!
Not much to report today on the fast and cleanse but a nasty coat on my tongue that feels like a slick and tacky everglades born moss - ewe. And a little athlete?s foot (not on the tongue thankfully but the foot). I've had a few skin break-outs but nothing too horrific. I'm still passing some things (sorry to mention that but hey, we?re all grown ups, right?) and I can't believe it! You would think after almost a full week of not eating that you would be pretty much emptied out. Apparently that's not the case for yours truly. I have taken a picture of what I've been consuming over the last six days not including the salt water flush that I drink in the morning (10 ounces of filtered water and 1/2 a teaspoon of sea salt)
The drink consists of filtered water that I'm getting from our neighborhood Whole Foods and a truly delicious grade B maple syrup that I received as a Christmas present from my brother-in-law Aron (thank you Aron!). Now I must warn you if you want to try this out, though you may be tempted to use that old bottle of Aunt Jemima with the crusted screw off top, don't do it. You really need this grade B syrup for this fast because it's not as processed as grade A syrup and not all corn syrup as Aunty's is. Therefore it has more of the good stuff like minerals and vitamins that you really need while on this fast. I'm also using organic California grown lemons as I can acquire them (some recently stolen from a friend?s house - thanks Tak!) and a good pinch of cayenne pepper to turn up the heat and get the old furnaces blowing nicely. No doubt some of you may find this recipe very familiar and know it by it's name "Master Cleanse". (I wholeheartedly recommend getting the book and doing a little research on your own to get a better feel for what happens when you cleanse.) It's been around for years and as a matter of fact, this was my first introduction to cleansing about fifteen years ago. But that is not where I had first heard about fasting. My Dad had done it years ago when he had been inspired by Werner Erhard's "The Hunger Project". I know the guy got tons of bad press but that was one thing that made a very lasting impression on a young kid. Not so much Werner but seeing my Dad go without food so that he could better relate to those that had no choice and went without food because they had none to eat. Thanks Dad. I remember.
So getting back to my first fast. At the time I was living in Sedona, Arizona and I was reading a fantastic book about Frank Fools Crow that inspired me to do my first sweat lodge ceremony (more on that in a later post). As I researched more and began to meet people that did these ceremonies, I found out that much of the ceremony is in the preparation. It includes a fast of three days (not the same with all tribes ) and a bit of reflection on what you can release. I thought long and hard about this commitment to starve myself willingly and many things surfaced around that. One thought that kept coming up for me was how can I possibly go without eating for one day, let alone three. I'm going to go crazy and lose my mind, I'll never make it, and, can you die from fasting? Well I had proof of that being false because my Dad was still very much alive. I had gone without food before but never of my own free will. Unfortunately for me, poverty had forced me to go without food at times. I therefore had empathy and understanding for those who had to go without unwillingly (not nice). A close friend at the time recommend the Master Cleanse and promised me that I would not perish and that I had plenty of fat store to hold me through the lean times. So in my naivety that has so many times led me into the most amazing and memorable times in my life, I leapt in with both feet and began the fast.
Again I notice I'm carrying on a bit so I must steer myself back to the present moment which brings me to the big question some of you may be asking: Why fast now? Well I learned many things from that first fast and if or when you read the latest post to the blog "Happy New Year"you will already know the why. If you have not attempted to read what I have named the longest post yet, I will paraphrase here. Basically I just need to un-cloud my head and get centered and fasting is a great way to do that. I can highly recommend fasting if you see yourself as stuck or constipated (bad joke) in your life. It's a fantastic way of ridding yourself of mind, body and spirit toxins and getting things moving and flowing again.
I'm going to try and post about this as much as I can over the next few days as I expect the fast to last at least that long. I will also work on getting more details on the effects it's having with my type II diabetes as well if folks are interested in that. So far so good. I must say I'm not checking my glucose level as often as I should be on this fast so knowing that it can help you out if you have type II, I?ll start checking more often to see the results. Happy fasting and remember; be careful and use common sense when starting a fast or cleanse. Do your research and check forums for what to expect along the way.
Yours in service,
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Five ways to embrace the one you love
In this episode we are going to relaaaaaaaax and embrace everything with love!
Five ways to embrace.
What do we mean by embrace? The easiest way to explain embrace is to describe a hug. When we hug someone there is no space between us. Our hearts are close and our bodies are pressed together tightly. If we really have done the job of hugging properly, our breathing and heartbeats will sync up and it feels as if we are one with each other. The next time you hug a loved one, try to become conscience of your breathing by just being aware of the rise and fall of your chest and the rise and fall of your hugging partners chest. Just watch this then follow these steps.
1. Close your eyes: We are so visual that we are distracted easily by things in our eyes' path. Closing your eyes allows you to focus better on the embrace.
2. Don't grasp: When we try to hold on too tightly we can make our partner feel trapped and uncomfortable. A light yet firm embrace is the key.
3. Avoid the slap: The action of slapping the back is jarring and a bit disturbing to some. Try not to get over zealous.
4. Breath: Remember to focus on the breath and feel the sensation of your chest rise and fall as the breath moves in and out. There is no need to try and control your breath.
5. Acceptance: While you have this person so close it's a great time to embrace with your mind as well as your arms. Try saying this as you watch your breath: "I accept you just as you are right now."
This exercise can be used not only with a partner but on your self! Try the same method but hug yourself this time. You may also use these steps when your are faced with a difficult scenario or even with a difficult person. They don't have to be literally hugged (though that would be ideal). You can practice with your imagination. So hug your enemy today and relieve some of that pain you may be carrying around.
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Happy New Year
Well I see by the old clock on the wall that I have been doing this podcast for two years now. Wow has it really been two years? I can't believe it's been that long! I must say that I'm very happy that all of you out there like what you are hearing and continue to listen, learn and share. I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for all of your support, love and kindness over these last two wonderful years. I know that "A Quiet Mind" would not be here without you and your support. I'm very grateful to all of you and I'm honored to have this gift in my life. I thank you with all my heart and so does little Crucita.
I'm writing this post on the second day of a fast so I'm feeling rather lucid and sentimental. I don't know how long the fast is going to be; as long as it takes I guess. Why am I fasting you ask? Well I wanted to do the fast for a few different reasons, number one being holiday over-indulgence and number two being the cheating. No not that kind of cheating - the other kind. For those of you who didn't know I'm diabetic (type II) and vegan (type IV "the cheating type"). Oh cheese you are a devil and a temptress. That being said, I also wanted to fast because it brings me clarity when I'm having difficulty with something and can't seem to get my head around it. Even when the usual means of walking meditation, quieting the mind, breathing, etc. have little or no effect, there's nothing like a little self imposed starvation to inspire clarity I always say. So the result is what you see before you. I've been inspired to write the longest post in AQM history. Hold on, here it goes...
I was reflecting back on the podcast today and I realized that many of you might not know the history of AQM and how it came about. So if you are interested, read on. One evening about two years ago, a co-worker of mine (that at the time of this posting shall remain anonymous) was in need of a good listener and confidant. I received a phone call from him and he began to confide in me with some of the difficulties he was facing in his life. I was simply there for him and listened intently. I gave him a few things to try out that I thought would hopefully ease his pain and suffering a bit like breathing, forgiving himself, and accepting what is so. We said good-bye and I thought nothing of it.
The next day he called and told me that he had not felt better in years and that his depression was gone! Not only that, he said he felt fantastic! As we spoke further, he related to me more information about his present "condition" and mentioned that the tools and suggestions I had shared with him that previous night had worked better and more effectively than the drugs and therapy he had been receiving for most of his life. I was amazed and in utter disbelief. As far as I was concerned we had just had a simple conversation between friends and I had mentioned very casually a few things that I thought may help him . I had no idea these few simple things I shared with him could have such a powerful and life changing impact on him and myself.
As the conversation continued, my friend mentioned that I should share these concepts and tools with others. He said that these concepts could really help people out like himself tremendously. Then he asked if I had ever heard of a thing called a podcast. "What's a podcast?" I said, "Sounds like a 70's Sci-Fi movie that I remember. Didn't it star Donald Sutherland?" Needless to say he patiently explained podcasting and blogging to me in great detail and of course, I was overwhelmed with all the techy stuff. After all, I was a visual web designer and back then we didn't do all that coding stuff. As I told him this he said something truly amazing, "Hey you helped me Robert so I'll help you. I'll set up a podcast for you and teach you how to do it." "Wow!" I said, "That's so cool!" So this wonderful new friend who just happened to be a very savvy web guy set up the AQM blog and podcast in a couple of days! Not only that, he mentored me for months thereafter in the ways of The Techy Warrior.
He taught me how to do everything that was involved from creating the podcast itself, to uploading the files, images and podcasts. He also taught me about blogging and how to post and tag things so that I could be found by people. He also set up the Itunes account as well. Every time I think back to that moment I'm forever grateful for his help and feel indebted to him always for his generosity and inspiration. I don't think he really has any idea of the impact that he made on me and what has become you, our listeners as well. One other thing that will always leave me in awe was the snowball affect that occurred after we launched. I can still vividly remember being blown away at being in the Itunes top 100 in Religion and Spirituality shortly after the blog was created. What a moment. Especially since I didn't even know this list existed and received the news one day from this same friend. It was also a real thrill to see my subscriber base rise and rise from hundreds to finally thousands of listeners in a few short months. What an amazing journey this has been.
As I look back over the last two years as host of A Quiet Mind, I can't help but think about the truly amazing miracles and many wonderful people not mentioned here that have led to its creation and success. It has brought me not only some of the most touching, personal and special moments in my life but has allowed me the gift of sharing and being of service to all of you. It's been my humble honor to be here for you and to be a part of your lives in my own small way. I will continue to help you in any way I can along your journey of awakening and enlightenment as long as I'm able.
On that note I must say that I have found out a truth in my life recently that has come about by hosting this podcast. I have discovered that this is my only wish; that I can be of service to those in need and help bring joy and peace where I can. I now realize that hosting AQM is not only my life's dream, it's my true purpose and passion as well and there isn't anything else I'd rather do in the world than be here for you right now in this way. I have seen that I have abilities that can help people that are in pain and I feel it's my duty and honor to continue to share these. The path that has been given to me is to serve. I know that I must share from my own personal experiences, traumas and triumphs the tools that have helped me to overcome my own pain and realize a more peaceful and happy life. I can see that when I do this it helps people to heal and it fills me with joy to see that happen for you. Not only that but I know that when I do this for you, you will do the same for someone else when they are in need. This is magical, miraculous and liberating. I love it! I love being a part of that magic.
The magic works a bit like this. When a person is in pain they can't function and can only think about and feel their own suffering. They become like an island unto themselves blinded by the aching misery from within. They are no good to anyone else or themselves. This causes a feeling of great sorrow in me to see this because I know that this pain can be lifted from us very easily and we can be free from our heartache. When a person is in this state there is only the pain and the primal need to escape or simply put an end to it forever. Without the necessary tools to make that escape, misery takes over. But once they posses the tools they need for transformation, they are free almost instantly. In this state of freedom they express joy instead of sorrow, courage instead of fear. Now that they have the tools for overcoming their agony, they can help others escape from their own self imposed prisons. This spreads joy from one person to the next. As others are relived of their pain and suffering they are filled with joy and pass it on. We are doing that with AQM; we are spreading joy. So as I see it, the more joy-spreading the better!
That's a good segway into the next part of this post. (I can't believe I just used the word "segway"!)
At this time I'm working on creating new and helpful content and more in-depth articles that deal in greater detail with the topics that are discussed on the podcasts. As you can see, the site has a new look and I have added some Amazon and Google links in the right hand rail and within the context of the blog. Some of you may wonder why these changes have been made. I'm glad you asked. Some of this has been added due to your requests for book recommendations and related content. Some of this has also been added in an effort to enable me to respond to the many requests I receive in comments and by email. Many of you who write are truly suffering and in need. I want to reach out to each and everyone and ease the sorrows right away and provide more in depth help but I simply can't find the time in my busy life. In order to be able to help all of you that are in need and do this full time I must put some ads on the site and make a few changes. I'm sure this will have little or no effect on the quality and content on the site and as a matter of fact, may actually help boost it.
I'm sure that a few ads will not scare you away and after all; they may make it possible for me to be here more for you and create more helpful content. As always the content of this site will remain totally free of charge and you may share it with those you love in any way, shape or form. So I do hope that I have your continued support as we let AQM grow to its full potential in the coming years.
In closing this very long post I just wanted to mention the two blogs that inspired me to take this giant leap into the full time blogosphere. They are Zenhabits and Steve Pavlina. Thanks to you Steve and Leo! I highly recommend both of these blogs for your self-enrichment and inspiration. If you don't already read them I'm sure that you will find them a good addition to your life and practice.
Happy New Year!
Yours in service,
podcast, self help, spirituality, peace, meditation, happiness, ego…
Embrace with love
In this episode we are going to relaaaaaaax and embrace with love!…
Receive, embrace, transform
We clean out our mental closets and receive, embrace and transform our old dusty ways.…
It's not my fault that I do drugs and alcohol!
We look deeper into why we blame others for our addictions and habits.…
Drugs and alchol Part2
We look at raising our level of awareness and practicing observation.…
Why do we use drugs and alcohol to feel good?
We take a look at why we use substances to feel better.…
Yes again with the breathing. I know that I'm sounding like an old Grandmother spinning out the same stuff over and over again, but hey somebody has to remind you guys right?…
Again with the me, mine and I
Another round with the ego. Who will win this time!…
The noble art of mindful listening.
How many times have you listened with all of your heart, deeply, silently and without judgement.…
what to do with feeling lonely
We look into being lonely and other fun stuff!…
Dogs, breathing and a little bit about me.
Breathing, dogs and juicy stuff about your host.…
Breaking our bad habits is easy?
We take a look at the habit of visualizing negative scenarios.…
Breking habits part 2
Part 2 of breaking habits.…
The universe and everything in it.
We take a look at unity.…
How to really break a habit for good part 1.…
Why do we constantly feel the need to have more in our lives? Why do we feel a void that needs to be filled?…
Thinking is ok
Why do we need to meditate? What good does it do us to sit and be quiet?…
Servants Of Life
Silence is necessary in order for us to be able to focus on our true objective in life.…
Perfection in all
There is absolute perfection in each and every moment that we experience.…
Tuning into Your Higher Self
In the heat of the moment can we be clear and quiet?.…
This week we take a look at the conditions surrounding enlightenment.…
Breathe and be present
A focused meditation on being aware and allowing our thoughts to be.…
Why, why, why?
We look at why we are feeling futile.…
The quiet mind looks at being right.…
The true YOU
See and feel the true YOU.…
The Heart Breath
We learn to breathe through our hearts.…
The Breathless State
A Quiet Mind Examines the breathless state.…
Loosing the Me, Mine and I
A Quiet Mind looks at loosing the Me, Mine and I.…
Accept our own death and be free
Part five of death and dying.…
Death and dying
We bring ourselves back into the present moment accepting our own demise right now.…
After we are gone, then what?
What will happen when we see our own death?…
Let the guilt go.
Let go of guilt that we may be holding over departed loved ones.…
Fear of death is simply a fear of the unknown
Fear of death is simply the fear of the unknown.…
Disconnect from the drama
Find freedom from the daily life dramas.…
Do our daily dramas run our life and control how we think and feel?…
We go deeper into anger.…
Part 3 of Anger.…
Is it normal to feel sadness?
Is it normal to fel sadness when embarking on this path?…
Part two of anger.…
We take a deeper look at embracing all that is.…
We take a look at embracing all that is.…
Change is part of who we are.…
We take a look at the superego and it's habits.…
Anger is only a habit
Anger is not who you are.…
Mindfulness is covered indepth and the power of breathing.…
Love Thy Enemy
By finding compassion for our enemy we cultivate peace.…
Being gracious can end suffering.…
Here and now
Realize deeply that the present moment is all we ever have.…
Self Honesty 5
Self Honesty part five recaps and reviews the last four lessons.…
The Silent Observer
The silent observer is discussed in detail.…
In part four we look at how we can accept the "small self"…
Self Honesty part 3
Self honesty part three looks at the obstacle the mind creates.…
Self Honesty part 2
Part two of the self honesty series.…
Self Honesty part 1
A Quiet Mind explores Self Honesty.…
Going with the flow
When we stop resisting life and begin to go with the flow, peace finds it's place in our lives.…
Accepting what is so
A Quiet Mind: Notice when we are not accepting what is so.…
A Quiet Mind at face value
A Quiet Mind looks at not taking things at face value.…
A Quiet Mind
Acceptance is one of the seven spiritual steps to a quiet mind. We must accept what is so, right now, before we cam make good, lasting change in our lives. It's the beging of a new foundation.…
A Quiet Mind
Meditation, Self Awarness, Healing, Spirituality