Archives for the month of: July, 2014

Where are your problems?  Where are the solutions?  Where are you looking?

 

More and more often doctors are recommending meditation as an alternative treatment.

See the following recent article from The Wall Street Journal:

Doctor’s Orders: Twenty Minutes of Meditation, Twice a Day

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“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day unless you are too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”  Zen Saying

Be Open to Authentic Spiritual Growth

July 13, 2014

Help yourself to be open to authentic spiritual growth by ridding yourself of every attitude and behavior which restricts the soul’s inclination to unfold. Accept useful information and supportive circumstances while being discerning and using your common sense in practical ways. If what you think and do contributes to your wellness, ability to creatively function, and progressive spiritual growth, continue on your present course. Whatever is suppressive or restrictive, let it go. Cast your mental, emotional, and circumstantial burdens away. Love God and be devoted to spiritual practices and right living while cultivating emotional maturity and rational behaviors. There is no value in dramatizing the sentimental emotionalism that some devotees of God mistakenly think to be a demonstration of their sincerity and dedication. Give up your fantasies.

Speak this positive affirmation:

I am committed to ridding myself of every attitude and behavior which restricts my soul’s inclination to unfold.

Have a good day . . . and a great life!

Roy Eugene Davis

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P1090327One simply can’t do Qigong.  The thing that we are looking for, the experience of Qi flow, the “Qigong State” if you will, is not something that can be acquired by doing.  It is better found or experienced by undoing.  The Qigong State, complete with the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that accompany it, is quite simply our natural state.  It is who we are at our core.  We don’t always recognize or experience it because we have covered it up with the experiences and stressors of life, with conditioning and ego attachment, and the byproducts of unhealthy lifestyles.  But it is still there, below the surface, waiting to flourish.

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What are your passions, your interests?  What really makes you tick?  What should you be doing?  Are you doing it?  Does life have passion?  Who controls your passion?  Do you know you are the sum total of all the choices you have made till this point?  Do you know you can change your life by making different choices?  This is your life.  It’s the only one you have.  Let it go and live it like it matters:

Yoga Surfer from Charles Schwab on Vimeo.

“Think about this: what is the most important thing in your life? It’s so important that you do it all day every day and all night every night. You are even doing it unconsciously right now while reading this. It’s something so crucial to your health, longevity and wellness that ceasing for even a few minutes results in certain death! The one and only undeniable answer is Breathing. To breathe is to live and without breath there can be no life. All life, plant and animal, from birth to death, completely depends upon the air for health, well-being and continued existence. From microscopic mitochondria to macroscopic lungs, every living cell breathes and depends on the air’s life-giving properties for sustenance.”

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Following is a very informative article on Qigong, by Ken Cohen:

“Qigong is practiced by more than 80 million Chinese people and probably by tens of thousands in the United States and Europe. Qigong has been rigorously tested in controlled scientific experiments and clinical trials and is often used as an adjunct to conventional allopathic medical treatment. Hypertensive patients who take medication and practice qigong fare better than controls who only take the medication. Similarly, there is solid evidence that qigong can improve immune function and mental health, and prevent disabilities that come with age. Qigong acts like Vitamin C, increasing the activity of an enzyme that helps to deactivate free radicals, highly reactive chemicals that promote tissue degeneration and loss of memory.”

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Following are a couple of articles on the science of meditation, how it changes your brain structure and how it slows the aging process:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12793/how-meditation-changes-your-brain-a-neuroscientist-explains.html

 

http://mosaicscience.com/story/can-meditation-really-slow-ageing