The Trick to Meditation

I am a lazy meditator and usually spend a little meditative moment at night right before I fall asleep, lying down, no less. Naturally, I don’t get past the ‘falling alseep’ stage of meditation and have been stuck here for much too long i.e. years. I do realise that the one thing getting in the way of advancing my practice is lack of determination. Well. Disgraceful much.

Recently, I’ve stumbled upon two little nuggets of inspiration which have served to nudge along my practice quite significantly:

1. That’s the whole secret of meditation, that you become the watcher.

You are aloof, just the watcher…simply seeing all that is happening around you. You are not the doer, you are the watcher, that’s the whole secret of meditation, that you become the watcher.” – Osho

Simple, obvious, but oh so profound. Right thing heard at the right time makes great impact. I came across the above randomly in one of Osho’s youtube videos (below).

In a similar vein, have you heard of the technique of imagining a little guru sitting on the tip of your nose observation you breath? 😉

2. Presence

Unless and until you access the consciousness frequency of presence, all relationships, and particularly intimate relationships, are deeply flawed and ultimately dysfunctional.

For love to flourish, the light of your presence needs to be strong enough so that you no longer get taken over by the thinker or the pain-body and mistake them for who you are.

To disidentify from the pain-body is to bring presence into the pain and thus transmute it. To disidentify from thinking is to be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior, especially the repetitive patterns of your mind and the roles played by the ego.

In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love.

Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now, Chapter 8 – Love & Relationships


It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon

I first came across the Invitation on the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast years ago and till now, it still flits through my head every now and then on its own accord:

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are,
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love for your dreams for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain mine or your own
without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful be realistic to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself.

If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day.
And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,”Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

The Invitation, Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Morning Routine

Winston Churchill

Despite all this activity Churchill’s daily routine changed little during these years. He awoke about 7:30 a.m. and remained in bed for a substantial breakfast and reading of mail and all the national newspapers. For the next couple of hours, still in bed, he worked, dictating to his secretaries.

At 11:00 a.m., he arose, bathed, and perhaps took a walk around the garden, and took a weak whisky and soda to his study.

At 1:00 p.m. he joined guests and family for a three-course lunch. Clementine drank claret, Winston champagne, preferable Pol Roger served at a specific temperature, port brandy and cigars. When lunch ended, about 3:30 p.m. he returned to his study to work, or supervised work on his estate, or played cards or backgammon with Clementine.

At 5:00 p.m., after another weak whisky and soda, he went to be for an hour and a half. He said this siesta, a habit gained in Cuba, allowed him to work 1 1/2 days in every 24 hours. At 6:30 p.m. he awoke, bathed again, and dressed for dinner at 8:00 p.m.

Dinner was the focal-point and highlight of Churchill’s day. Table talk, dominated by Churchill, was as important as the meal. Sometimes, depending on the company, drinks and cigars extended the event well past midnight. The guests retired, Churchill returned to his study for another hour or so of work.

Barack Obama

Although his presidency is barely a week old, some of Mr. Obama’s work habits are already becoming clear. He shows up at the Oval Office shortly before 9 in the morning, roughly two hours later than his early-to-bed, early-to-rise predecessor. Mr. Obama likes to have his workout — weights and cardio — first thing in the morning, at 6:45. (Mr. Bush slipped away to exercise midday.)

He reads several papers, eats breakfast with his family and helps pack his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, off to school before making the 30-second commute downstairs — a definite perk for a man trying to balance work and family life. He eats dinner with his family, then often returns to work; aides have seen him in the Oval Office as late as 10 p.m., reading briefing papers for the next day.

“Even as he is sober about these challenges, I have never seen him happier,” Mr. Axelrod said. “The chance to be under the same roof with his kids, essentially to live over the store, to be able to see them whenever he wants, to wake up with them, have breakfast and dinner with them — that has made him a very happy man.”



This made me happy. A reminder to let go of the inner control freak every now and then.



This made me ha…

Kleem, Aim Mantras for Attraction

Recently I came across some of Dattatreya Siva Baba’s (Dr Pillai) snippets of wisdom on Youtube. I notice that he directly addresses the impatient demands characteristic of our fast-food generation: wanting things right now.

Most times, spiritual teachers and gurus expound on greater wisdom and answer questions of how one can get rich/successful/hitched in a general way by talking about the issue on a non-specific basis without actually giving an exact prescription of how one can go about attaining their immediate goals. Perhaps because there simply may not be an aspirin solution to such desires?

Dr Pillai has some how-tos, many in the form of mantras. He shares that the Kleem mantra is effective in attracting friends, female company and abundance of material blessings (which are thought to be feminine in essence). There’s a little humour here; when a devotee of Dr Pillai’s, one of a ‘different pursuasion’, started diligently using the Kleem mantra, he actually started to attract women.

So, Dr Pillai then ponders the problem and subsequently dispenses the Aim mantra and this is shared on his Youtube channel in clip titled ‘Mantra for Gay Relationships‘. It’s actually quite humorous, Mr Mark and David in there are funny!

Another video of Dr Pillai’s shared on Youtube by other users is one on a meditation involving visualization of the sun and moon at the heart chakra and titled “RAISE YOUR VIBES. THIS MAY BE THE EASIEST WAY TO MEDITATE ” also sub-titled “This is one of the most POWERFUL meditation techniques Ive ever found.”

Hmmm…well…here’s the video below. Coincidentally, I came across something in the newspaper the same day which reminded me of the said meditation:

A Vanity Project

So, Dr Priscilla Chan will not be retiring to start a jewellery line or other such vanity project. Jewellery designing is a vanity project? Well, what is a respectable non-vanity project then?

cubicle captives

Plan B, it turns out, is a lot harder than it seems. But that hasn’t stopped cubicle captives from fantasizing. In recent years, a wave of white-collar professionals has seized on a moribund job market, a swelling enthusiasm for all things artisanal and the growing sense that work should have meaning to cut ties with the corporate grind and chase second careers as chocolatiers, bed-and-breakfast proprietors and organic farmers.

An honest look at what it means to run a small business: Maybe It’s Time for Plan C, by Alex Williams

This is spot on.

via Swiss Miss