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Zen Meditation And The Enlightenment Intensive

Zen meditation is designed to take you to a state of enlightenment. Traditionally it would take the practitioner many years to start to achieve and enlightened state. It works by clearing out the barriers in the mind that block you from experiencing the Truth of Self. You end up with both deep experiences and a peaceful mind.

The Enlightenment Intensive speeds the process considerably. Here is a very short description of how to get started with the process. Let me know if you would like more information about the Enlightenment Intensive and the technique used. You can leave a comment below, or email me directly if you like.

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Meditation Practice For A Peaceful Mind

There are many different types of meditation. Which one works best for you? Here are a few variations on a basic meditation that you can try.

To be honest, this video came out a little disjointed and may not be clear to some people. Please send me a message or post a comment if you would like any clarification.

You can send me an email if you would like to discuss a good meditation for you.

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Peace Of Mind Introduction

A new friend of mine recently asked me how to have peace of mind. After thinking about it for a few days I had a list of possibilities that would help anyone willing to take the time to investigate what would work best for them.

Over the next few days I will be making videos of the techniques I know of that can help you gain inner peace. I would really appreciate any feed back you may have, positive or negative as well as any suggestions for other topics.

You can leave a comment below, or contact me directly if you have something you’d like to ask me personally.

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Krya Cita Prana Lotus

This is a very slow method of doing asanas. Krya Cita Prana roughly means movement of mind and energy meaning that energy is directed by the mind to cause movement making it a very meditative way to do postures.

The minimum time to do one asana is 20 minutes. The movement is very slow with pauses to breath in prana or life energy which facilitates the movement. I will write more about the technique if there is interest.

For now you can watch the demonstration of lotus. You may not want to watch the entire video since it is almost 23 minutes long. If you want to skip some of it you might like to skip to 11:45 and watch for a few minutes.

Finally, I would really appreciate your comments. If there is interest then I will do more demonstrations and write up instructions on how to do the practice.

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Science has proven the existence of Aum. The universe is permeated by Aum  in the form of the CMBR, the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. It is also known as CBR; Cosmic Background Radiation.

The CMBR is left over heat from the creation of the universe. It proves that the big bang started the expansion that is our universe 13.7 billion years ago. A point infinitesimally small exploded and quickly expanded into the universe we live in today.

Everything in the universe comes from that beginning. What is left from that original spark is thermal radiation that permeates everything.

The universe has a temperature. Absolute zero is the lowest temperature anything can achieve, and the universe, even in its furthest reaches, is slightly warmer, 2.725 degrees Celsius warmer. That warmth comes from the CMBR.

The CMBR accounts for 99.9 percent of the particles of light in the universe. The other .1 percent comes from stars. Every cubic centimeter of space contains 300 photons from that original explosion of creation.

The CMBR was first noticed by scientists who were attempting to listen to sounds from distant stars and galaxies. They were confounded by a noise that was everywhere they pointed their radio telescopes. Older television sets produce static when tuned to a station that isn’t being used. About one percent of that static is the CMBR. That is the static those scientists found.

According to ancient Hindu scripture Aum  permeates the entire universe. It is called a sound that permeates the universe. It is also called the cosmic seed because it is what everything sprang from. It is the sound of God.

Aum is sometimes written as Om. While Aum is more accurate, an even more accurate spelling can be found in Sanskrit which indicates a fourth character that is a half sound called the ardha matra in Sanskrit.

Om is often chanted as a spiritual technique to purify the mind and focus the attention. It is a very powerful technique, especially if chanted correctly. When chanted correctly the macrocosmic infinite that is Aum is brought into the microcosm of the body of the chanter. It can also have a profound effect on listeners.

Om is most commonly chanted as Om, one sound, especially in western cultures. However, when chanting AUM correctly there are actually three and a half sounds made by the chanter. Those sounds are long A as in father, O as in oh, M — a humming sound with the lips pressed together and the half note which is the M continued with slight changes in the shape of the tongue and throat.

Aum is correctly produced by making only one sound in the larynx. The different sounds of A, U, M and the half note are made by changing the shape of the mouth, tongue and throat.

The sound starts with long A which is made with the mouth opened wide. While the throat continues making that original sound the mouth slowly changes to form an O in such a way that the sound changes to an O sound. The M sound is made by changing the O shape of the mouth to pressing the lips together. Then, the half note is made by moving the tongue toward the pallet with the front part touching the pallet, and the back of the throat is slightly constricted.

The first sound, the A, is in the throat and mouth. That is, the vibration of Om is in the upper part of the body. As the sound is changed to O the vibration and sound start to move down into the lower throat and upper chest. The M sound moves the vibration into the middle and lower chest. The half note moves the vibration up into the head, specifically the hypothalamus area including the pituitary gland.

After the big bang the universe very quickly expanded at speeds faster than the speed of light. As it expanded the vibration of the big bang bounced between the boundaries three and a half times.

That primordial sound reverberated back and forth like the sound in a flute bouncing against the edges as it moves down the tube to create a beautiful harmonic sound. The beautiful harmonic of the universe is Aum that can be recreated in the human body by making the sounds of the letters A, U, M and the half note at the end.

Of the CMBR Nobel Prize winner George Smoot said it was ‘like seeing the face of God.’ How right he is! The Christian Bible shares this view in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

It is obvious that the characteristics of Aum and the CMBR are almost identical. They both permeate the universe, and have the same musical note structure. It really is amazing that what the ancient yogis experienced in Aum thousands of years ago has only recently been discovered by science.

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Lunge Side Bend Psoas Stretch

Lunge Side Bend Psoas Stretch

The main muscle that is targeted when doing core strengthening exercises is the psoas muscle. Several other muscles are also strengthened when the psoas is activated, but the main target is the deepest muscle in the body; the psoas.

Most people understand the importance of stretching before and after strenuous exercise, but how do you stretch the psoas? The psoas’ actions are subtle, and so are most of the stretches that affect it. This article will teach you how to do one of the best psoas stretches there is.

The Side Bend Lunge is a great stretch that affects several areas including the psoas. It is simple to do, and can be done by just about everyone, the only limitation is an injury or other body obstacle.

Start in a lunge with your right foot forward and left knee on the floor behind you. Use a pad for your knee as needed. Keep your right knee over the right ankle as you move your left leg back as far as is comfortably possible. Place your hands or finger tips on the floor near your front foot. You can also use something like a block under your hands for convenience.

Take time to get comfortable in lunge before activating the psoas. You can do this by allowing the areas the lunge naturally stretch to warm up. Relaxing in lunge by allowing your hips to release down will increase the stretch. Ideally you would stretch both sides like this before doing the side bend.

After the muscles in lunge have warmed up a little you can press your upper body up with your hands on your knee. You may need to shorten your stance slightly, but keep it as long as you comfortably can for the best psoas stretch.

Next, bring your upper body to an upright position with your left arm overhead. Place your right hand on your hip or thigh for stability as you lean over to the right. Keep your body long and reach long through your left side and arm to help keep your torso elongated. Place a chair on your right side for support if balance is difficult.

Activate your right thigh with an external rotation. You do this by moving the front of the thigh toward the left. This is a subtle and powerful action to increases and insure the psoas stretch.

Arch your back to further activate the psoas stretch while continuing to lengthen through your torso. This may be difficult, but even a small movement will greatly benefit the stretch.

This technique stretches the psoas on the left side. Repeat on the other side to stretch the right psoas.

You can find dozens of other stretches for the psoas in my book: Yoga for the Posas which is available on amazon.com.

 

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Yoga for the Psoas

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The psoas muscle is the core muscle in the body. Strengthening it with Pilates and other techniques is relatively easy, but how do you stretch it to keep it from tightening up?

Yoga for the Psoas: 34 Stretches for the Deepest Core Muscle of the Body is available in both physical and kindle versions. With it you will learn all about the psoas; where it’s located, the subtle movements needed to fully activate stretches for it, how to thoroughly stretch it, the subtle movements needed to increase the stretches and more.

Because of its central location in the body, psoas stretches will stretch almost every muscle you have. Some of the most popular yoga classes I’ve taught were centered on the psoas using several of the poses in Yoga for the Psoas.

You can find Yoga for the Psoas on amazon.com.

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