Posts Tagged ‘meditation’

Begin Again, as Often as Necessary

April 17, 2010

Many people are intimidated by meditation because they fear they cannot sufficiently quiet their mind. During meditation, do not be discouraged if your attention drifts and worldly thoughts intrude. Simply begin again as if you had just begun.

If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its (more…)

Striving, Striving, One Day Behold!

April 15, 2010

Meditation is not an emptying of the mind. It is the highest form of concentration in which the mind is focused entirely on God.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence.
Mother Teresa

In this heightened state, we drop our body-mind consciousness and know ourselves to be divine beings in our own right.

The sun shines, but if I close my eyes, I see only darkness. When I open my eyes, the sunlight is there. It was always there; the darkness existed merely because I had my eyes closed. This is the way it is with the light (more…)

Meditation: The Means and the End

April 13, 2010

Like prayer, meditation enables you to communicate with God, but in a much deeper way. Meditation quiets the mind, calms the senses, opens the heart, and prepares you to receive divine consciousness.

Meditation is the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.
Alan Watts

Sitting to meditate is a physical expression of your (more…)

Margaret—Brave Soldier, Brave Soul

July 23, 2009

Donald Schnell and Marilyn Diamond

Donald Schnell told me a moving story about a very brave woman for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Here are excerpts from his story, beginning with his bio.

Schnell authored The Initiation, a memoir of his encounter in India with Babaji, the legendary deathless guru. With his wife, Marilyn Diamond (coauthor of Fit for Life), Schnell coauthored Fitonics for Life, which offers a comprehensive program for total wellness. He took the name Prema Baba Swamiji after being initiated as a swami in India in 1997. Click here to visit his website.

I met Margaret in a Black History night class at Fayetteville State University. She needed the credit for the nursing degree she was working toward. We were both stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, proud members of the 82nd Airborne. She was twenty-four, five years older than me, a divorced, African-American mother of two—four-year-old Joe and five-year-old “Little Maggie.”

Nobody messed with Margaret. She was a (more…)

Tom Gegax Glimpses the Treasure That Awaits Us All

March 15, 2009

Tom Gegax

I made sure to interview Tom Gegax for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Tom and I had coauthored a book, The Big Book of Small Business, and I knew he had a great experience to share. Here is an excerpt from Tom’s story:

I took a meditative trip to the Greek islands with the express purpose of getting more in touch with myself, something I wasn’t able to do amidst the busyness of everyday life. I had heard the Greeks had the worst phone system in the world, so I decided to go there for a retreat. I did a little sightseeing but most of my time was spent meditating day and night in my room. There was no schedule for when I would eat or sleep. I wanted to get lost in not thinking and just being.

Remember in the movie Cocoon when two people were across the pool from each other but were having virtual orgasmic, bliss-like experiences? That’s how I felt. I was able to get in trance-like states that were incredible, just sitting there meditating, not thinking about any of life’s challenges, feeling a deep sense of connection with everything. It was a unique state of feeling grounded, yet being one with the universe. I had meditated before but had never been in such a deep state.

One night, after a particularly blissful meditative day, I woke up in the middle of the night. On the pillow next to me was a bright, glowing treasure chest. I was wide awake; this chest was definitely not a figment of my imagination. I stared at it for ten or fifteen seconds, and finally thought, I’ve gotta try to touch this thing. As my hand drew closer to the chest, (more…)

Tiffany Johnson and the Lesson of the White Crow

November 5, 2008
Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany Johnson

I asked Tiffany Johnson to tell me a story. She is a psychic, a teacher, an ordained minister, and a board-certified hypnotherapist. Her book, Seeds of Thoughts: A Comprehensive Guide to the New Age, explores psychic development, angels, crystals, numerology, Tarot cards, and other metaphysical topics.

I make a point of taking my dog, Holly, for a walk several times a day. It’s good not only for my health, but also for meditative purposes because we live on a pond with all sorts of flora and fauna surrounding us. This particular day was very promising because it was a lovely summer day, but I happened to be in a spiritual funk. I knew intuitively that what I was doing with my life was right and that I was in a good place, but I felt there was something else I needed to do. (more…)