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Prayer and Meditation

A place to share ideas, communicate about about any of our experiences with meditation or prayer. The picture is a symbol I received in early 1991 during meditation, expressing perfect balance, harmonious dimensions, or whatever you see.

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Latest Activity: Jul 7, 2010

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Transcending neediness

Started by thulananda. Last reply by Dawn Mar 4, 2010. 1 Reply

The power of symbolic images

Started by thulananda. Last reply by Doug Couch Feb 17, 2010. 2 Replies

God's wall like brick

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Comment by Ruby on August 5, 2009 at 12:12am
Thank you so much for starting this Thulananda. I've been thinking of starting a section on the lounge on meditation. This is so perfect. Love and gratitude, Ruby
Comment by Martin Weber-C. on August 5, 2009 at 7:49am
Thank you for the invitation, and namasté. It seems like a renewed encouragement to proceed with the Song Of Prayer readings. At least a beginning is made :-)
http://www.acimradio.net/sop.htm

Peace, M
Comment by Ruby on August 6, 2009 at 4:27pm
I uploaded yesterday some Audio on Mindfulness. Thought it would fit in this group:

ACIM Teachers on Audio    Teachers of Love on Audio added 2 songs

Comment by masil on August 8, 2009 at 10:54pm
Hi thulananda and friends,
Below is a segment of a free e-book offered by Timothy Schoorel
http://www.7freedom.com/index.htm
from the chapter 5 entitled *Alive Silence - How to not think!*

Meditation
You can learn this attentive silence. This state of attentive silence is the true meaning of the word 'meditation'. Meditation has become a confusing word, these days almost everything is called meditation. Meditation even means contemplation, standing on your head, repeating words over and over, breathing exercises, you name it. Meditation is none of that, meditation is simply conscious silence, the state of silence in your brain while you are wide awake. You are fully conscious, but not thinking. In order to have this silence in your brain, you do not need to sit in complicated postures, nor is it necessary to go to a monastery in Tibet.

Meditation is not some exercise. It is not a technique to be practiced. It is not a concentrated effort. Concentration would make meditation an achievement of the mind, when in fact it is the mind going into abeyance, shutting down.

Don't try to stop your thinking, but learn not to think in the first place. To try to stop your thinking is repressing thoughts, it is not authentic silence. To try to silence your mind is a reactive approach. The proactive approach is to not think your next thoughts. The result is that you've stopped thinking, not because you stopped your thinking, but because you didn't continue it. Meditation is much more innocent and much more straightforward than is generally believed.

Understanding meditation simply as conscious silence, there's no need to create a dichotomy between daily life and spirituality. You can prepare a meal or do the dishes with silence in your brain. You can have a silent mind listening to someone, or walking down the street, taking a shower, having a drink. You can be in inner silence in so many situations: during your golf game, in a loud discotheque, while making love, in a deep, and intimate embrace. Having silence in your brain does not mean that you go blind or stupid, you are perfectly able to do all sorts of things, and actually with more awareness, with more presence. You are present-minded, not absent-minded, not lost in thoughts.
Comment by Meditation Audio on August 16, 2009 at 1:03am
Thanks Pauline.... Very helpful. I have been listening to Jon Kabat Zinn and he pretty much says the same thing. Presence... focused attention. Thanks. Love, Ruby

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