The second soul question we ask in our meditation practice is “what do I want?” The question does not need to be answered immediately; you just put the question out there and wait for the answer to come when the time is right.
Here’s how it works..
Ask the question “What do I want?” and let any sensation, image, feeling, or thought come to you. Don’t strain or force an answer, just ask the question. Perhaps the answers will change from day to day; just go with the flow.
When Einstein was asked the question, he responded “I want to know God’s thoughts.”
You might find Deepak Chopra’s book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success interesting. In chapter two, Deepak writes “The universe operates through dynamic exchange giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.”
Receiving is the same principle as giving in order to receive we must give.
If you want Love, give Love,
If you want complements, give compliments.
If you want to laugh, make someone laugh.
If you want success, help someone gain success.
If you want to be trusted, trust.
If you want to make more money, help someone make more money.
If you want a job promotion, help someone get promoted.
Give what you want!
Be careful what you wish for, there is an old saying, “sometimes the gods grant us our wishes to punish us.”
I was having a conversation with a friend this week, discussing the Question that has been asked for thousands of years: “Who am I?” To get us closer to the answer we might want to first ask who I am not. I know that I am not my body, my mind, or my emotions. So then, who am I?
To help discover who we are, we might want to explore the voice deep within us. That voice is referred to as the silent witness, the thinker of our thoughts. When we feel conflicted or feel stress coming on, we can ask this question: “Who is thinking this thought right now?” Then simply repeat, “I Am,” immediately shifting our awareness, bringing us to a higher level of consciousness. We can then come closer to finding out that we are something other than the ego self.
The whole of the Vedanta philosophy can be summed up in the following parable recited by Vivekananda on July 30, 1895 on Wellesley Island in NY:
Two birds of golden plumage sat on the same tree the one above, serene, majestic, immersed in his own glory; the one below, restless and eating the fruits of the tree, now sweet, now bitter. Once he ate an exceptionally bitter fruit; then he paused and looked up at the majestic bird above, but he soon forgot about the other bird and went on eating the fruits of the tree as before. Again, he ate a bitter fruit, and this time he hopped up a few boughs nearer to the bird at the top. This happened many times until at last the lower bird came to the place of the upper bird and lost himself. He found all at once that there have never been two birds, but that all the time he was that upper bird, serene, majestic, and immersed in his own glory.
Like many of us, I have several technology gadgets: a smart TV, computer, routers, iPads, Sonos sound system, etc. Most of the time, everything works well, but then for no clear reason a glitch occurs, and my device is rendered useless. After pushing buttons, trying my best, I give up and call my son, Tony. It’s become a family joke; he laughs at me, comes to the house, and fixes my problem. Most of the time he simply just unplugs the unit in question, and everything starts to work again just fine.
Worry and fear are the main source of the fifty to eighty thousand thoughts we have daily. We worry about money, our children, relationships, health, our country, the world, the environment, our job, and the long list of obstacles that we encounter every day.
Anxiety and depression are all too often the results of so much worry. As it turns out, our brains are programmed to worry. Our brain has evolved with a built-in fear center known as the Amygdala: an almond shaped group of nuclei buried deep within the temporal lobes of the brain. It is also referred to as “the negative bias,” our brains constantly analyze the negatives, watching out for danger. Our very survival as a species has relied on this ability for thousands of years but it is also the cause of why we worry so much, it’s in our DNA.
The human brain seems to crave negative information and the news organizations have recognized that. A study by Media Research Center found that upwards of 85% of the stories aired were negative on the major networks ABC, NBC, and CBS. I suspect the percentage would be even greater with cable news. More viewers mean higher ratings and more dollars in advertising revenues.
Meditation is the way I “unplug” my brain and just like my computer issues, my brain returns to normal. In fact, the science tells us meditation deactivates the Amygdala. Research from Boston University, Harvard Medical School, and the Chopra Center have been conducted in recent years using fMRI brain scanner tests with meditators. They found that after only 8 weeks of meditating, the fear center’s electrical activity was quiet, and the amygdala physically reduced in size.
Meditation has absolutely reduced my fear, anxiety, and stress. My advice to you is to meditate! Daily!
Two easy ways to start tune into the Chopra Centers 21 day meditation program for FREE. There is also a fantastic on-line program course from Chopra Center which I have taken called primordial sound meditation. It can be completed in about a week part time.
Lifelong entrepreneur and resident of the 1000 islands. Started his meditation practice in 2018.
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