A little time to meditate.

bhudha bhoomi (4)Meditating more when our plates are full, is definitely worth the time.

When I was thirteen my grandmother who was a trainer with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s TM movement, intiated me into transcendental meditation. Then I would meticulous, and importantly carve that  15mnts in the morning, and 15mnts in the evening for meditation.  Every Saturday we had our “talks with Maharishi” but as I grew older time became a premium. It was difficult for me to do everything the first casualty was meditation.

I did not get back into the meditation track until last year though I did do chants on and off.    What I find is that daily meditation helps me to centre for the day..

Its not just me, many of my peers, observed the same thing, that the first thing that tends to get cut in busy schedule is the meditative slot.  My husband has a different take on this, he says when we focus our energy and attend to something we are meditating what we are cutting out is on the internal communication, or the contemplation. Some would like to refer to this as sitting in silence. The more stressed the day or rather cluttered the day, the greater is the need for this quiet time.

This time crunch could be dealt by either expanding our meditation time in the morning by a few minutes, or taking a few minutes of to meditate during the day. Even 5-10 mnts would suffice. The idea, is we let the brain thought flow rest a while. Doing dishes, or heading to work can wait a while. I realized that whether I did the dishes at 8pm or 8.05 pm made no difference.

Carving out the niche time was the primary challenge for me, what I did, was in the morning I wake up at my time, but I keep things ready for the next day as I am watching television this keeps the mundane in focus. Just before night I put aside 10mnts to do meditation. This practise has made my sleep toxic free, as plan your next day, or analysis of the day gone by does not happen. the fall out is I am more centered and more effective in everything I do.

I shall leave with you a quote from Osho—

“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.

And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.

That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”
― Osho

2 Replies to “A little time to meditate.”

  1. It is interesting that you mention Osho and Transcendental Meditation favorably in the same essay.
    Osho denounced TM as worthless.
    Osho (back when he was called “Bhagwan Shree Rajnish”) was also deported from the United States and banned from countries around the world for the behavior of his followers WHILE HE WAS LIVING WITH THEM in a little town in Oregon. Minor things like the first bioterrorism attack in the USA, where followers of Osho deliberately poisoned 751 people in an attempt to influence an election:
    ‘On February 28, 1985, Congressman James H. Weaver gave a speech in the United States House of Representatives in which he “accused the Rajneeshees of sprinkling salmonella culture on salad bar ingredients in eight restaurants”.’

    On the other hand, the TM headquarters in Iowa continues to have a mostly good relationship with the small Iowa town where it sits. The mayor (re-elected 4 times now) for the past 10 years is a TMer, and the town is frequently visited by political leaders, famous entertainers, humanitarians and scholars.

    and recently, the TM university in Iowa hosted the 11th annual World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES) conference:

    TM doesn’t involve what you said it involves, and assuming you learned the adult meditation technique from your grandmother at age 13, you have the right to go to any TM center in the world and have your TM checked. In the USA, that is part of the free lifetime followup program (confusing TM with mindfulness is a pretty clear sign you need to go back and get checked. It’s not an insult, by the way -after 41 years of regular TM, I still go back and get my meditation checked).

    What Osho seemed to be describing is a deliberate mindfulness practice, which is what results when an ancient description of the state of enlightenment has been turned into something you attempt to accomplish by attempting to “attain” a state that can coincidentally be described using the same words.

    TM is NOT mindfulness and the physiological results of practice become less and less like the results of mindfulness practice, the longer you have been doing TM.

    In fact, despite all the hype you hear in the news and blogs, mindfulness is explicitly NOT recommended by the American Heart Association for the treatment of high blood pressure, because when you look at ALL available research, the effects of mindfulness are so contradictory, at least with respect to hypertension. On the other hand, the AHA explicitly says that TM is the only practice they can say that doctors can recommend to their patients for the treatment of high blood pressure, pending publication of new and better research on other practices.

    http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/04/22/HYP.0b013e318293645f.full.pdf+html (page 6)

    Research on people who have become enlightened via the practice of TM has been published. This paper discusses the theory of enlightenment, and the physiological and psychological research on people who report being in the state continuously for at least a year:

    Notice that the EEG signature of “enlightenment” as a result of TM practice actually becomes less and less likely to happen in people who practice mindfulness techniques.

    In modern Buddhism, mindfulness practices must be supplemented with moral and ethical practice because mindfulness alone is acknowledged as insufficient to change behavior for the better in any significant way (look at Osho’s followers). With TM, growth towards enlightenment is held to spontaneously bring one into alignment with natural law -one spontaneously becomes a more ethical person (though it’s good to follow the ethical and moral guidelines of your own religion and culture before enlightenment, just because).

    Mindfulness advocates celebrate a few percentage points of improvement on standardized tests when students start practicing mindfulness. The first public school in the USA where everyone learned TM, the school went from being the worst in the city to one of the best, and the principal was given the national award for 2008 Middle School Principal of the Year:

    Equating mindfulness and TM is a mistake that many people make, but when governments and international agencies start conducting their own research to confirm the pilot studies published by the TM organization, they start asking the TM organization to train their own people to become TM teachers. Imagine you were in charge of the efforts to handle the needs of 100 million Africans who are suffering PTSD due to being war refugees or victims of natural disasters and you ran into this research:

    What would you do?

    The David Lynch Foundation has said that they expect 10 million people to learn TM for free over the next three years as governments and international agencies have their own people trained to be TM teachers and teach TM in public schools and refugee camps, prisons, etc:

    1. Thanks for taking the trouble of going through the article. I did feel too, that I should go back and have a check, but am kind of lazy to do it. If my article comes across like I say that TM is mindful meditation I need to evaluate it and junk it. Though what I did share was my own experience with TM and I feel everyone needs to practise some form of meditation. For me TM works, someone else it might be something else.
      As for the quote from Osho, I liked that particular quote, but Osho philosophy is not for me.

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