Saturday, 9 October 2010

Useful Meditation..


Sounds pretty fuzzy-wuzzy doesn’t it? Many different people have different ways of meditating or calming themselves down. Some will calm themselves by listening to music and others will do breathing exercises, etc. The truth of the matter is that the word meditation frightens some people. It alludes to many a rigid situation of compliance or one of ridiculous fanaticism and, even worse, one of falsehood.
The practice of meditation today has become more accepted, whether you sit quietly and listen to the surrounding sounds in nature, find shapes in the clouds, follow a specified regimen of a particular meditation exercise or simply listen to calming music or your own breathing – many people practice some kind of meditation to calm their minds down.
The art of calming down your own mind and clearing your head of too many thoughts IS MEDITATION.
Face it, the human body and mind does not function very well under undue amounts of stress (noise, pollution, constant chatter, small talk and maliciousness). It becomes tiring to be subjected to all of this on a constant basis. We are supposed to be much freer than most of us are in this day and age – irrespective of what you might be told about the benefits of a secure job and the security of the average western life style, WE, as a race, ARE most definitely NOT FREE to experience and know the truths of our reality. To soak up life and to live it to the benefit of everybody CREATES FREEDOM within your mind, which in turn will manifest as freedom in your actions. 
The immediate response I have received from a statement like the one above is that no one can survive without da moola (meaning: money – for those of us who do not know). If you do not work you will not earn money; where inspiration has become synonymous with creditors. This is not my argument; I simply wish to point out that we are being fooled to think that we are free. Slogging umpteen hours at a work desk and the ever-increasing pressures to produce security (money) and the ever-increasing demand of our time to fulfil our obligations to our employers are taking a notable toll on our social structures at home and in public. Families are breaking apart; relationships with our friends, family and spouses are crumbling in front of our eyes – and yet not many are doing anything about it and even some who are arguing against these situations are succumbing to the counter attacks from those who would demand our lives as compensation to earning salaries. I am not being blind here – we know all too well that this is how our life on earth has functioned for some time; but times are a-changing. People are awakening to the fact that we are being fooled into a sense of false security in order to sustain a few in power. Just think about the amount of times you have been cornered to secure your future over the phone with some bank or medical aid; – Mr Bell was a darling, but sometimes I want to throttle the person who came up with the idea of cell phones, or as I call them: cellulite phones - billboards jumping out at you on the roads and media advertisements telling you that you will not survive without their product or investment policy. There are those who have become the slaves of those who would benefit by inciting this slavery, but who are slaves themselves to their wealth. Freedom? Show me where. I have more chance of meeting the talking mice in The Hitchhijer's Guide To The Galaxy story than finding true freedom from oppression on this planet.
The truth is that you have to achieve freedom in your own back yard before hiring a crop duster plane to spew I LOVE EVERYBODY in the air. You won’t really know what I am going on about unless you actively practice the art of clearing your mind of excessive thinking. Thoughts generated by absolutely anything bombard us throughout the day; you cannot solely rely on the natural occurrence of dreams to sift through all this mumbo-jumbo. The process needs a bit of help and this is achieved through becoming quiet and giving your mind and body time to relax and wind down. Not by sipping five martinis in front of your favourite soapy or manhandling the creepy-crawly out at the pool, nooooooooo, SILENCE, ALONE, QUIET, SSHHHH. Meditation after exercise does wonders as physical exertion stimulates greater oxygen intake and takes the mind off other things. Bubble baths or showers are also wonderful and meditation after one is very relaxing. Now I know that most of us lead busy lives, but you must make the effort and you will if you really wish to do this and then it will seem that there was always time in the first place.

Excerpt taken from:

Orgasms Of Light. Copyright ©2007 Jacques Ractliffe.

All rights reserved. Written in South Africa . No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

Ractliffe, Jacques
Orgasms Of Light / Jacques Ractliffe – 2nd. ed.

            ISBN 978-0-620-39107-8  ORGASMS OF LIGHT

True enlightenment manifests as the unconditional desire to be of service to all of humanity.
Knowing that you are a spiritual being living an Earthly existence is to live Life here and now from the Soul’s perspective– in all ways and in all things.

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