Memory and Awareness

A few days ago one of the students of my 12-week online course “Introduction to Meditation” asked the following question on our online forum. “How are memories and awareness related?” Here’s my response to him which I wanted to share with you as well. Memories are experiences that have emotion attached to them. These memories…

A Distracted Subconscious

The subconscious is built on patterns and impressions. If the patterns within the subconscious are distracted of nature then the subconscious is naturally distracted. In order to meditate, patterns of concentration need to be created within the subconscious. Thus it can be concluded that both the subconscious and the conscious mind need to be concentrated…

Be Specific

It is that time of the year when most people are absorbed in talking about and creating new year resolutions. January 1st brings with it a wave of hope to people allowing them to believe that they can create and manifest the changes they want in their life in the new year. People busy themselves…

Undivided Attention

I’ve experienced a few times when the person I’m with picks up their phone during a conversation to check a text message or answer a call. To me, this is plain rude. If I’m taking time out of my life to spend time with you, then I expect your undivided attention as well. I have…

My Environment Shapes Me

The goal defines the path and the path defines the surroundings. Let’s elaborate on this. The first step is to figure out the goal, then comes outlining a clear systematic path that leads us to that goal. Once this is done, we need to establish our surroundings. Our surroundings are the people, things and environment…

If not now, then when?

Reflection for this weekend:

“It takes tremendous courage, will and self-compassion to break the habits. Challenge yourself to live a different and better way. If not now, then when? Life is ever ebbing away.” ~ Dandapani

Photo: Hindu monk at Pasupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal.