Return to Equilibrium

meditating returns us to equilibrium

photo by Fabian Nick

Meditation allows one to return to a mental, emotional and even physical state of rhythmic equilibrium. However, each day that state is different in every way partially because it can never be the same thing twice, but also because it is a part of us that is constantly fluctuating.

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Generation of Change

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Today I published an article on Medium about a subject I’ve been meditating on for quite some time, but only recently have words come through to express these thoughts.

I encourage everyone to check it out if you feel like it by either clicking on the link above or here…
“Harbinger’s of Change: Millennials, Gen-Y, Scorpio Generation or Whatever You Want to Call Us.” https://medium.com/@brycepost/harbinger-s-of-change-millennials-gen-y-scorpio-generation-or-whatever-you-want-to-call-us-d871dbb1b9fa

Traveler’s Dreams

The road is a lullaby.

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Road Key of Breath

Breath is the key. Each breath contains millions upon millions of data. Within each breath is the key that allows us not only to dive into ourselves, but also transcend ourselves. Each breath holds emotions, memories, thoughts, light. The rhythm of our breath is the road, guiding where we travel.

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Each breath

carries a vibration that is a culmination of your heartbeat, thoughts and surrounding energies both around and within. Every one has the ability to channel said vibrations through their body to heal any part of yourself (both physical and mental). Everyone has the ability to channel said vibrations to disperse pain (both physical and mental). Everyone has the ability to dive deep into themselves for answers to complex problems, all because of the healing power of breath.

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Technology Awareness

Upon awaking from a nap or a deep sleep, sometimes I find myself needing to record a dream or idea that has suddenly rushed into my mind, and the only tool nearby is my laptop or phone. The same can be said for some of my meditations as well.

Recently however, something has come to my attention as I continue participating in this pattern. It has become much more noticeable how much being around these technology devices alters my normal breathing and heart rate patterns.

In previous posts, I have meditated at length on the rhythms of ourselves as individuals, how others may affect those rhythms and the rhythms of nature we have been ignoring. But looking back, there doesn’t appear to be much thought on technology. I’ve met others who have described feeling various wifi signals and other manmade waves, some people even insisting that I power down my phone around them. And while I’ve never dismissed these claims, I’ve also not embraced them.

This brings us back to our beloved technology that continues to engrain itself into all parts of our lives. I can understand what these people are talking about now, especially as I deepen my meditation practice.

Something happens to my breathing and heart rate after using these tools for a while or when I’m just waking up. I don’t think it has anything to do with what I’m writing about or thinking in those given moments, but maybe it does. But it seems as though there’s something about technology that is clearly disruptive to some people.

In last year, I spent a week without internet access, but I documented my thoughts and later uploaded to Youtube.

After watching that video again, I feel as though the same thing could be said for using multiple tools of technology. This in no way means that I am rejecting all technology or calling for everyone to burn their laptops and phones. That’s impractical for many, though it may work for a few. However, we do need to become more aware of how these technologies are affecting and possibly disrupting our daily lives.

Perhaps the reason for these disruptions is due to the needs of our bodies to be used. Our bodies are not dumb, and they recognize when they are not in regular use or exercise. Some studies are starting to show various levels of disruption as well.

Normally I wouldn’t ask anyone to do this because I realize everyone has their own patterns and ways of doing things. But, the next time you meditate, or the next time you wake up from a nap or sleep, take a few minutes to use your smart phone or laptop. Notice the affects, if any in your body when you use these or other devices. Do you notice any changes in your breathing or heartbeat? Are muscles becoming tense or do they atrophy? Notice your thoughts. Are they racing or normal? Record this. Perhaps try it again another day. Perhaps nothing happens. But try and see.

 

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Temporary Universes of Life

Each day is its own temporary universe. Each connection & relationship is its own universe. Each moment is its own temporary universe. Expecting similarities, results &/or actions from previous encounters is folly, for nothing can be as it was.

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Evolving with Ourselves

We must remember to drop expectations and ideas about ourselves and the people in our lives. Everyone evolves in thought, and heart.

This isn’t to say we should blindly accept ones thoughts and opinions as fact, nor should we simply throw our trust to someone who has either consistently waffled on issues of self, society, etc.

However, the moment we think certain thoughts, ideas, traits, etc as static or immobile within oneself or others, we are setting ourselves up for impossible expectations which will more than likely lead to disappointment.

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Love and Honor

Love yourself in every breath, but remember to understand any mistakes or misfortune. Honor any mistakes and/or misfortunes, for they are signs of immense learning.

This isn’t to say mistakes and/or misfortunes are not frustrating, nor does it mean we should simply approach these things with apathy. However, if we are to evolve beyond thoughts that rip and tear oneself to pieces which in turn distresses the body both physically and mentally, we must accept that there is learning in everything, but especially in mistakes.

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Meditate with Your Morning Person

An old Zen saying (perhaps) about meditation.

Upon waking most mornings, I find my mind is especially restless. Between the time when opening my eyes, many thoughts are racing through my mind like an excited doggy licking my face.

“Hey c’mon let’s do some exercising and then we’re going to do some writing but at some point we need to eat breakfast and don’t forget you haven’t spoken to such and such in a while so you gotta email them oh then there’s that thing with the garden you have to do today so we need to do that at some point too but fuck what about exercise because you gotta do exercise today maybe we should do it twice today and we need to shower at some point today too…” etc etc and so forth.

As much as I attempt to avoid various labels of myself, one that has been fairly consistent throughout my life is the fact that I am a morning person, and as such my mind is most active (and restless) in the morning. According to my mind, there’s always lots to do upon waking up, and this isn’t even five minutes to being fully conscious!

On one hand, it’s an exciting thing to feel, and gets me pumped up in my daily attempts to carpe diem. But on the other hand, it can be quite overwhelming!

It is in this time that one should decide to do some meditation. Admittedly, I do not always meditate in the morning. However after these last two weeks of requiring myself to get up early to meditate (as part of my ongoing study and series Sharing Meds), I’ve found myself understanding the depths of why it is quite important for most of us to practice some form of morning meditation/prayer/yoga/chanting.

For most of us, morning is that time before work and/or other chores. We often don’t give ourselves much time, if any to acclimate to waking from the depths of our subconscious (and in some cases astral travels). To make matters more stressful, many of us (myself included) will sometimes jump right on to different forms of technology first thing to maybe check email, messages, and other such things. I’ve found that exposing oneself to such devices first thing in the morning throws the body and mind off even more, and in fact seems to greatly increase the amount of early morning mind chatter. If we were to pay close attention, we would notice how different our breathing becomes when we first awaken to the time we’ve exposed ourselves to such technological devices. Perhaps not everyone can tell such things, but it is something I’ve noted within myself. Have you taken time to see if this is the case?

This whole scene makes me think of someone who powers on their computer in the morning attempts to download ten different files while listening music and watching a few videos as the computer loads the daily schedule. If they are able to do this immediately, suddenly the computer is slow and overwhelmed, but in most cases, even a computer needs a certain amount of time to prepare itself before it can begin to follow commands. 

The point being, meditation should become a habit for most people in general, but especially the mornings. If you meditate regularly, but not often in the morning, I encourage everyone to make an effort to do so, even if it’s just once or twice a week.

Undoubtedly, some minds that might be reading this will start to chatter with various aplomb about being busy, to which I would respond with the meme at the top.

Not only does morning meditation calm the restless and ready to go mind, it allows one a certain amount of mental and physical silence as one transitions from the sleep to awake state in a much more copacetic manner. It also allows a certain amount of focus and clarity, without the rushing around and falling into various mental traps of “I need to do this and that.”

Try. See what happens.

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Mind vs. Blanks

For most of us, our mind isn’t accustomed to blanks/unknown/a void.

In fact, for most of us, if at any point we come in contact with a blank/unknown/a void our mind will do its best to fill it in with something, even if it isn’t true! You could be walking along on a street somewhere and pass someone who gives you a look that is displeasing to your being, and then your mind will more than likely begin to fill in the blanks of why someone might give you said look,

“They think you’re ugly,” your mind might say.
“They’re offended by the way you looked at them,” your mind might say.
“They don’t like your race/gender, etc,” your mind might say.
“They’re having a bad day,” your mind might say.

These are also known as assumptions.

But in reality, you have no idea why said person gave you this look that rattled you/brought a gray cloud into your sunny day! Maybe that’s their normal expression when walking. Unless you ask the person, there is no way to know, and our mind’s don’t like having these blanks. Granted, in this instance, certain faces for people are hardwired into their brain to give off warning signs, be it through evolution or past experiences. But even then, this is no excuse.

I think part of why many have trouble meditating at first is because their mind isn’t used to being a space of blankness/silence (should one be participating in a meditation that promotes this sort of thing), but this is something we as people need to practice being with, so our minds can settle into these voids of blank silence.

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Everything Must Go

Whenever we seek to let go (surrender), we must also let go of letting go.

Let go of self, both physical and spiritual.
Let go of place, space and time.
Let go of all thoughts/expectations
Let go of all emotion and attachments.
Let go of breath.

 

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Breath

Every breath carries life and death. Words are sacred when used correctly, but intentions are wherein the magic rests.

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