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5 Steps To Bring Mindfulness Into Your Daily Life Starting Now

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In 2007 I travelled to Phoenicia, NY to attend a mindfulness workshop with professor and author Jon Kabat-Zinn. For almost ten years now, I have continued to “struggle” with the practice of it.  Mindfulness is a difficult word to wrap your head around, and I catch myself bouncing back and forth between being mindful and mindless many times throughout the day

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As Jon Kabat-Zinn defines it, “mindfulness is not about sitting in lotus position, but more of living your life like it actually mattered.” One of the popular ways to become more mindful is to develop a meditation practice (lotus position not required), which can help wake us up from the unconscious, robotic, task completing automation many of us feel we are stuck in.

In Tibet, the word for meditation is “familiarization.” It means to cultivate intimacy with yourself.

“Your true nature — your inner nature — is what’s in there — god, love, peace, truth, kindness — there are questions of who we really are!  But we think we is me. Each of us just wanting to sit in our own bubble.”  

– Krishna Das

My own mindfulness often loses out to mindlessness when I’m driving. I find myself driving in my own little bubble, while traffic, other drivers, and my impatience lead me to feel as if I may just “pop.” It is difficult for me to “cultivate” any sort of intimacy with myself while driving.

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In order to get my mind off the actual task of just driving, I have been listening to a series of lectures by musician and writer Krishna Das (though I realize this isn’t really being mindful). I immersed myself in his numerous lectures on Spotify about meditation, mindfulness, and chanting in hopes of better understanding the concepts of mindfulness for my busy mind as, almost 10 years after starting the practice, mindlessness still often had the upper hand over mindfulness.

“If something upsets me during the day, or if the day isn’t going the way I imagined it would go, I just need to close my eyes and breathe. I realize that there are so many more beautiful experiences in life than negative experiences in life if you really just allow yourself to experience them.  When you do that enough times, you actually just start learning how to BE love, and that begins to permeate within yourself.”

– Paul Chek

5 Steps to Cultivating Mindfulness

(Inspired by the lectures of Krishna Das)

  1. 1_will_powerWillpower

You may not associate willpower with mindfulness and meditation. It sounds aggressive, doesn’t it?  What happened to flowing with life?

Krishna Das believes that willpower “in its simplest form is doing what you really want to do. To do that… you have to DO. Willpower lets you to get involved in things to go after those things you really want in your life.”

As renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg says, “the most important part of the meditation practice is sitting down to do it.” That is why you need to have some level of willpower. You need to actually do it.  You need to actually practice it. If you don’t have the willpower inside of you to practice it, then you are just someone talking about it, and talking about something isn’t cultivating it.

2 - Planting the Seeds

  1. Plant the Seeds   

You could read all the books about mindfulness and meditation you want (or listen to all the lectures on Spotify or Audible about it), but all of that just keeps the mind busy. You need to train it, and you do so by planting the seeds.

Planting seeds can take only five minutes a day. Turn your phone off, put it in another room, and sit (or lie) for 5 minutes every day. There is nothing else to do. Just that. Just witness your breath. When you find yourself thinking about other stuff, just take it back to your breath. This may happen 5, or 500, or 5,000 times in the 5 minutes, and that is fine.

Krishna Das believes that “by developing a personal practice, sincerely, you begin to plant seeds.” Over time, those seeds begin to grow. In the Bhagavad Gita it says, “Even the slightest bit of effort in the opposite direction than everything else is going — which is usually out through our senses, especially the eyes, and the mind— the slightest bit of effort to turn the attention to within is a really huge thing.”

  1. Practice_The_Process_of_RipeningPractice: The Process of Ripening

Many people stop practicing because they don’t feel anything different. They assume they will see immediate benefits, like they might when making drastic changes to their diet or when beginning an exercise regime. We want satisfaction quickly these days. We like “Likes.” We want it delivered now. We want drone delivery service. For most people, early on, mindfulness doesn’t offer that same instant gratification.

Krishna Das related it to the idea that if you put some fruit in the sun to ripen, you don’t just leave it there and assume it will ripen after 5 minutes. Through practice, our lives ripen. Our aspirations, our desires, the things we long for in the deepest part of our hearts come toward us.

They come to fruition, you could say.

He concludes, “More importantly, things that tripped us up or prevented us from that success go away. You’re shifting the way you live every day. Practice allows for a daily course correction. What becomes important to you begins to shift in you. You begin to make decisions based on that.”

  1. 4_Peace_of_mindPeace of Mind

Krishna Das also writes: “Peace of mind is very important. It’s underrated. We are so busy all the time.  We are so anxious to connect — to take us away and out of our bullsh** and into something more exciting or pleasing. To connect with something. We just don’t know how to be at ease with ourselves. Just be. At ease. With ourselves. Peacefully. I mean, I don’t know about you, but it wasn’t something they taught me growing up.

The way the spiritual path is presented in the West is very much like our society is – very goal oriented. I’m going to be the best meditator or have the best downward dog in the world! If you try to do that you may develop the ego of a meditator.”

  1. 5_well_beingWell-being

So what is the 5th step?  Well… being!

Siddhartha Gautama (before he became known as the Buddha) stopped his much-disciplined meditation and breathing practices because he felt that he wasn’t where he wanted to be. He then supposedly sat under a tree and while he was sitting there a memory came to him when he was a boy.  He was sitting under a tree on a beautiful sunny day and he was watching his father work in a distant field.  His body went into a high state of “being” and, as he was recalling that memory in the present, he was overcome by the same feeling from the past. It was a state of natural well-being. A simple, easy, and relaxed state of contentment.

During one of his lectures, Krishna Das describes this “state” like he was reading it directly from a book. Siddhartha says “this feeling did not arrive from the joining of the senses and this pleasurable object, nor was it the pushing away the object with our senses, and it didn’t come up because of a cause. It arose naturally.”

Try your best not to get caught up in having expectations about “how you are cultivating mindfulness” or “what you may see” or “how you may feel.” All of that is just creating a “busy mind.” Keep planting seeds and see what grows naturally from it.

We often are our worst enemy. We trip ourselves up all the time. For some of us, that happens every day.  We need to take time to look at those issues and consider why they arise. Cultivating mindfulness can help us become more aware of what triggers these thoughts and gain some distance from them.

After the Buddha had that experience under the tree, he grabbed some food and decided to break his fast.  It was at that time that some of his “followers” started to leave him, believing he had lost his mind.

“Love and happiness are not outside of us. It’s who you are and who I am.”

– Krishna Das

Strengthen the willpower.

Plants the seeds.

Practice.

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7 Sketches That You Won’t Believe Represent A State Of Anarchy

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    A 'state of anarchy' is simply a situation in which there is no ruler, controller, or authority.

  • Reflect On:

    How do we start reducing unwanted and unnecessary authority in our lives? What steps do we need to take as conscious individuals in order to create a whole society and world founded on expanding upon these liberating states of anarchy?

If I asked you what kind of image is evoked by the phrase ‘state of anarchy,’ you might think about a mob or gang in the midst of all sorts of confusion and chaos, a big fight going on with flare guns and smoke bombs, or looting, destruction, and all manner of crimes going down without someone around to protect the innocent. And while this image may go off in many of our imaginations, it is rather difficult to find such a scene when searching Google Images for a ‘state of anarchy’.

What we seem to find is that there is a kind of fight, between the oppressors and the oppressed, the masters and the slaves, the political elite and the regular people. Still, most images show people not in an internal state of aimless, unguided confusion, but rather in a purposeful struggle, where it is clear who the enemy is.

The sketch below, for example, may seem to come close to our mind’s perception of a state of anarchy, although upon further research this image represents the peasant rebellion in the French Revolution as depicted in ‘A Tale of Two Cities.’

In reality, the very meaning and usage of the term ‘anarchy’ has been subverted in our society. By whom? The very authority who do everything to veer people away from ideas, or in this case a single word, that is a threat to their grip on power.

From its etymology, anarchy simply means ‘no ruler,’ and a state of anarchy is simply a state in which there is no authority, or no master.  In my last article on Natural Law, I discussed anarchy as the desired state of sovereign individuals, and it got me thinking about putting up some of the following images as actual representations of a ‘state of anarchy’ that may at first seem surprising to you.

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1. Playing Pick-Up Games

One of the best examples I could think of is being out at a beach that has one or more volleyball nets. More often than not, complete strangers are able to come and go into the game, play for as long as they want, or just hang around on the sidelines. People that are playing are quick to invite others to join in or take their place. There might be someone taking some leadership in terms of counting the score or evening up the teams, but it is firmly established that there is no authority that everyone must follow. Everyone is sovereign, and in the rare case that there is trouble, the collective inevitably is able to manage itself.

2. Making Love

In its most sacred forms, you might say, making love is a pure state of anarchy, where neither person rules or is ruled, but rather both enter into a symbiotic relationship in which one receives by giving, where freedom, spontaneity and creativity are aroused.

3. Driving On Remote Country Roads

Out in the country in general, one is freer to live by one’s instincts rather than by rules. There are no cops to check your speed, no stop signs where roads meet, and in a sense you move into a relaxed alertness, knowing that you will have to respond in case something happens (i.e. an animal suddenly crossing the road). This is another example of a state of anarchy that our mind longs for and enjoys.

If you would argue that this kind of anarchy would cause chaos in the city where there is more traffic, I would only partly agree. True, there are cases where we can all reasonably agree on some rules to make our lives better, like traffic lights; but at the same time, we have all experienced arriving at a busy intersection when the lights have gone out. Not only is there usually an orderly (if not slightly slower) process by which cars get through the intersection; there is a sense that we are all working together, respectful of each other as sovereign beings, and are able to operate quite fine without the interference of some coercive authority.

4. Having Friends Over

Having friends over for a barbecue, party, or another event is a complete state of anarchy, and usually better off for that. Rarely is there a sense that guests have to follow iron-clad rules, but rather gravitate to an environment where they can relax, be themselves, and share the basic enjoyment of being alive with each other. Bringing a gift or a bottle of wine along is a matter of personal choice, not compulsion. Friends are rarely barred from entering a party if they haven’t brought a gift. The same is true of hosts. While they feel they may have to fulfill certain obligations, these are self-imposed, not thrust upon them by some external force. It’s why we enjoy getting together in this fashion so much.

5. Being Alone

All by oneself, in the presence only of nature and the spaciousness of our own mind and imagination, is the quintessential state of anarchy. It is impossible to be alone and be ruled. In this quieting and stilling of our mind, we can eventually come to a greater appreciation of our innate personal sovereignty.

6. Children Playing

Children playing together gives us all hope for our potential liberation from external authority. Many people will recall the spontaneous, reckless abandon they felt in times they played together as kids, where natural and instinctive order was created from our innocence and purity. Seeing kids run around and hearing them sing and shout can certainly feel to us like a state of anarchy, but one which we often look upon with fondness and envy.

7. Nature Itself

Nature itself epitomizes a state of anarchy, where no organism ‘rules’ over another by any means of coercion. Rather, there is an ecology and a harmony of individual self-expression amongst the organism themselves, and according to principles of Gaia, there is even harmonious and life-supporting communications between different organisms, The communications between trees in a forest are well noted. In some ways, nature embodies the form of collective that advanced civilizations of sentient beings aspire to live in.

Anarchy Reimagined

In our society, we generally look upon a state of anarchy as negative, which is one of the tools of that our oppressors use to keep us afraid of our natural desire for personal liberty and self-governance. Again, as I mention in my previous article on Natural Law, a state of anarchy is the desired state of truly sovereign individuals. However, before we work to destroy those forces that currently rule us, we must be ready to put something different in place, otherwise some other form of authority will simply fill the vacuum.

The key is that we collectively evolve towards becoming individually sovereign beings filled with love and compassion for each other in order to properly foster an ideal state of anarchy in our world.

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Natural Law (Part 3): Moving Beyond Enslavement

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Our capacity to escape the enslavement and control we experience at the hands of our authority today is predicated on work on a personal level to become truly sovereign individuals.

  • Reflect On:

    How would our lives be different if we all knew and acted like we were sovereign individuals, answerable to no one? What kind of world would we create?

(note: if you haven’t read them already, I highly recommend reading the previous articles Natural Law (Part 1): A Reformed Satanist Illuminates Our Natural Power To Create and Natural Law (Part 2): Spending Our Spiritual Currency Wisely as an essential context for this discussion, as well as the video on Natural Law by Mark Passio referred to in this article.) 

So far, our discussion has revolved around the capacity of human beings to create, in adherence with the principles that govern Natural Law. This capacity, when taken in the aggregate, makes us collectively responsible for the world that has been made manifest today. And looking at the world today, it is pretty safe to say that we have been party to our own enslavement, and on a collective level we still continue to sit idly by while our rights and freedoms are increasingly taken away.

This, perhaps above anything, is the reason that Mark Passio did his Natural Law seminar, to alert us to the fact that we have the power to create the world of freedom and harmony that we all say we want, but we still seem to lack the knowledge and the will to do it. By offering the knowledge behind it, Mark hopes that a proper understanding begins to proliferate among us and our will to change our world is sufficiently stoked.

The capacity to change things in our world requires adequate knowledge. We must learn how this process works, and then incorporate this knowledge in how we function internally (i.e. ‘Change starts within’). It is only when we first come to grips with the nature of our personal sovereignty that we are then capable of creating a world in which we are free.

We Are All Sovereign

Passio notes that Natural Law is expressed in human beings in either positive or negative ways. To express it positively, in other words, to create the experience for ourselves that we want, we need to be motivated by Love, grounded in Knowledge, and feel that we have Sovereignty. However, Natural Law is expressed negatively, and hence creates what we don’t want, when the generative emotion is Fear, our foundation is Ignorance, and our internal sense of self is Confusion.

Most people in our current world don’t consider themselves to be sovereign. In fact, in a survey Passio quotes, he said that only 11% of people questioned thought they were sovereign. Hence Passio makes his next point as emphatically as he can:

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Why I say every single person here is a sovereign is because there is no such thing, never has been any such thing, and never will be any such thing as legitimacy to slavery. That has never existed, does not exist now, and never will exist. Slavery is an illegitimate concept. None of us are slaves.

The condition of slavery has been imposed upon people, but it has never in history been legitimate. And it never will in history be legitimate. So there is no legitimacy to the concept of slavery, of the rightful rulership of another being, through directly imposing your control through coercion. Doesn’t exist. That’s a big part of what Natural Law is about.

Anarchy

The reason this point is so important is that most of us have been brainwashed since we were young to believe that we need authority in our lives. Most of us still believe that we need a government to rule us by coercion. Many of us fear that otherwise we would be living in a state of–peril of all perils–anarchy!

But a state of ‘anarchy’, according to Passio, is exactly what sovereign beings should be striving for, because anarchy simply means, no ruler to which we have to bow down to, no master for whom we are the slaves. From its etymology, a state of anarchy does not mean chaos, confusion, or disorder. It simply means there’s nobody around to tell us what to do, that we are all able to act freely and without coercion–that we are individually sovereign.

However, this condition does not come about just by knowing we are sovereign by nature. Individuals of a given group or society have to fully embody the qualities of a sovereign individual in order for a society to be able to function in a state of anarchy, or even bring about the removal of all rulership in the first place. For Passio, our work is the development of personal integrity, in which all aspects of our being are in harmony with one another.

The Alignment of Thoughts, Emotions, And Actions

The way Passio terms it, our path to true sovereignty is by becoming our own ‘monarchs.’

A Sovereign is a Monarch (mon-: “one”; archon: “ruler”), a single ruler who only rules ‘the Kingdom of Self’; Sovereignty is a state in which one controls one’s own thoughts, emotions, and actions, and by bringing them into Unity/Non-Contradiction/Non-Duality, attains Mastery of one’s own Consciousness.

Bringing one’s thoughts, emotions, and actions into a state of unity–where have we heard this before? Of course, this corresponds to the Law of Attraction, our capacity to bring into being our desired manifestations based on our intentions–the power to create the world we want, essentially.

Emancipation

And so, it turns out, the way we get freed from slavery is not through violent revolution, as some would say our history books have taught us. Remember, our history book are written by our masters, and they are more than happy that we feel that we are free while they implement ever more insidious and subtle forms of slavery. It is well-known by our authority, and something we will discuss in subsequent articles, that slaves who do not know they are slaves are much more productive, and much less force and coercion is required for their obedience.

And that is why our personal internal work is paramount. The more we have self-rule as individuals, the more we can overcome the dictates of illegitimate authority as a collective. We can literally walk away from it, remove any power it has over us. As Passio notes, ‘If you have internal monarchy, you can have external anarchy.’

Our emancipation from slavery thus awaits the process by which individuals in our society develop self-responsibility, self-control, self-mastery. We will continue this series by discussing some of the people whose current lives are harbingers of personal sovereignty in adherence to Natural Law.

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Love May Be Hiding In Plain Sight

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People are falling in love all around me.

Yesterday, I met a new friend who said that she had fallen in love. Two days before that, a good friend came for lunch and said the same thing. “You wouldn’t believe it. She lived right down the street from me.”

A week before that, another friend fell in love with a man she met on Tinder. Today, I found out that another friend is dating a man who she finds incredible and she did not expect it!

But what’s really amazing about these stories?  THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE RECOGNIZED THIS PERSON.

In every story, their new love doesn’t fit what they thought they were looking for. For some, the person wasn’t physically, or intellectually what they thought they were attracted to. For others, they lived too far away, had animals, children, the “wrong” job, or just a totally different outlook on life.

It’s the bodybuilder falling for a super curvy woman, the dark, goth friend falling for a wedding planner, or the vegetarian who can’t get enough of a hunter.

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Every day, I hear:

  • “I don’t get it. He/she is nothing like I thought I was looking for.”
  • “You probably won’t understand it when you meet them… but I’m head over heels for them.”
  • “There is such a crazy connection between us.”
  • “They kiss me and I totally melt.”
  • “They could have walked right by me on the street and I wouldn’t have given them a second glance.”
  • “They are nothing like I was looking for. Yet, they are perfect for me!”
  • “And the lovemaking… We make love for hours… Effortlessly… OMG!!”

What’s going on? Why are we falling in love with people whom we couldn’t have imagined before?

It’s a great question. As a tantra teacher listening to students and participants in my workshops, I have some ideas.

1) We are now looking for True Connection

Historically, we were looking for someone to marry, have children with and to fulfill a certain societal status. It’s like a picture was placed in our minds of what we are looking for. That picture could include a white picket fence, perfect family portraits, and Sunday dinners or it might be finding your ultimate rebellious partner with tattoos, a motorbike and concerts every weekend.

Regardless, we had a picture of what this canned life was going to look like. But of course, the picture in our mind didn’t include the feelings between you and your partner. Sure, we assumed that we would be happy and fulfilled. But what about the actual connection between you? This wasn’t necessarily part of the picture.

But today, it’s the passionate connection we seek. We want to feel alive when we are with this person. We want to want to be able to love them completely and we want to feel that love for us as well.

The old days of “looking good for the neighbours and family” (or looking “bad”) are gone. We care more about what is going on behind closed doors, than what it looks like from the outside.

2) The brainwashing about what is “attractive” is losing its power over us

We are becoming aware that we have been fed ideas about what is good-looking and that this is getting in the way of finding true love.

I used to be a belly-dancer. Historically, belly dancers were voluptuous women of at least middle age. Their bodies carried the stories of their lives and these stories were shared in the form of sensual dance. But over time, belly dance has become more mainstream. The dancers began having a Hollywood-like look to them – all thin, young with long dark hair. Soon, the middle-aged women with full bodies didn’t look attractive any longer. The audience’s eyes had changed (not everyone.. but enough).

Our eyes have been changed too. We watch movies where the leading men look like Brad Pitt or Denzel Washington and the women look like Angelina Jolie or Scarlett Johansson. The men are tall and muscular and the women are pencil thin with firm breasts. And everyone looks approximately 25 years old.

Then magazines and advertisers continue this conditioning in order to sell us gym memberships, face creams, protein drinks, and plastic surgery. Our brains have been gradually brainwashed so that we believe exactly what “they” want us to believe is beautiful.

And so, when it comes to finding love, this basically leaves the vast majority of the population out in the cold because we simply don’t look like these images.

But as more and more people strive to look like these photoshopped images, being falsely beautiful, fit or youthful starts to lose its appeal. You don’t have to go on too many dates from online apps with “beautiful, fit” people to find out that what they look like has absolutely nothing to do with connection, depth of the person, or what kind of lover they are.

In fact, many of the greatest tantric lovers I’ve known did not fit our stereotyped image. They would have been considered too fat, too thin, small penis, quirky, too short, too old, etc. Yet they had such an amazing focus on the connection, they were naturally tantric, and all the magic that we seek in lovemaking was effortlessly there.

3) We are truly awakening

The world has changed. Maybe it was the 2013 shift from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. Maybe it’s just that we are evolving. But we can see more in each other than we could a decade ago.

We are more intuitive. We read people faster. We can feel their kindness or their indifference. We can feel their ability to connect or how shut down they are. We can feel their joy or their sadness almost immediately.

We aren’t as attached to being attached. We are more content to be alone – so we are more discerning in whom we choose to connect with. We are in full choice all of the time. We are seeking someone who truly adds to our lives, not just someone to fill in a strange picture in our minds.

We naturally see more than just someone’s physical appearance. Other aspects are shining through brighter than their physicality. They could be tall, short, fat, fit, old, young, disabled, or whatever, yet we see their spirit. We see their happiness. We see their soul. They may even shape-shift before our eyes – shifting from what society sees to the titan that appears to us in intimacy.

So what does this mean going forward?

“If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how different our ideals of beauty would be.”

If you are seeking love and true connection, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have an idea in your head that is blinding you to who is right in front of you?
  • Who put the ideas in your head of what your love must look, sound, or act like?
  • Is there a need for a partner to look, act or sound a certain way for your self-worth? Is pride holding you back?
  • Are you open to exploring relationships with people who don’t fit the image that you are holding in your mind?
  • Who is right in front of you but you can’t see them?

The times are changing. We are evolving. We want more than what a relationship that looks good on the surface can bring us. We are seeking a deeper experience. We want to go to the next level.

So, if you are seeking love, have hope. None of these friends of mine had any idea that this was going to happen. Many were well on their way of giving up hope that there was anyone out there for them.

When suddenly “he/she” appeared.

And they appeared in the most unlikely places.

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