A Quiet Mind
Spirituality for the every day person.
2/10/2013 | Download File (17.73 MB) - right click to download
When the attachment to thoughts subsides our mind naturally gets quiet and we begin to experience gaps between thoughts. In these gaps we can hear the soft -spoken voice of the heart. This soft-spoken voice is a compass, that can point us to the direction we need to travel - inward. In life sometimes we need guidance and advice so we may look outward to our friends and family for counsel and wisdom. My advice to you is this, seek the inward path to your own inner teacher, it’s there for us at anytime and any place. This guide has always been there within us we were born with it, at times it’s just difficult or impossible to hear. The voice of the heart is quiet, soft and non intrusive. On the other had the external noises of life are often so harsh and loud that the soto voice of our heart is drowned out completely. What can we do to hear our inner guidance? Daily seek a place of solitude and calm and simply stop. Set everything down. Be still. Take several long slow deep breathes in and out. Allow yourself to settle. Each day we have the opportunity to acknowledge this inner stillness and the soft voice of our can our heart-mind. Each day we can make this moment of stillness a priority. It’s up to us.
10/1/2012 | Download File (23.15 MB) - right click to download
In every moment there is the opportunity to see that your true nature is happiness. There is no need to seek for what is already yours. The treasure is within you. Spend quiet time alone contemplating nothingness See that you are perfect in this moment Accept things as they are and be gracious Change is a constant Thoughts will come and go You are much bigger than you know Practice being still The felling you have that everything is OK is not wishful thinking In the morning be aware of the morning Grinch telling you that everything is miserable, you are miserable, it's all miserable. Who or what is that voice inside you? Enquire, be curious and know your true Self
7/26/2012 | Download File (9.95 MB) - right click to download
Everyone wants a clear and concise "how to wake up" method, this is impossible without the willingness of the participant to jump in and take the necessary risks to give up their old ways of thinking and seeing. The Podcast is at the bottom of the article If you want to know the truth about who you really are and what this is really all about you have to be willing to give up the old methods, to reach beyond thought and thinking mind and to take the dive into the unknown. You must ask yourself, “What do I want?” and then be willing to risk it all to have that. So what do you want? If you want peace, happiness and serenity, what are you willing to give up to have that? Are you willing to give up your attachment to thoughts, memories, concepts, judgements and beliefs to have peace? Sacrifice is part of the path of no path. You don’t have to give up everything and walk into the woods (though I’ve done that) to discover the truth, but you may have to give up trying to think your way to the truth. There comes a time when we have to leave behind our precious beliefs and open to newness. I’m not talking about Robert’s way, I’m talking about rediscovering your own innate wisdom, happiness, and contentment that you arrived with. I can only point to this truth and MY way means nothing at all. All I ask of you is this - Can you look deeply into your own heartmind and see that you had it all along, that nothing is broken in you and nothing needs to be fixed. Your OK The way to IT is simple. It’s down beneath the thinking mind and it’s found in silence. Find us on Facebook. Listen below
12/7/2011 | Download File (22.73 MB) - right click to download
Return to the one that is not touched by the circumstances of the world. The one that lives in this world but not of this world. Drop the meditator, drop the form and just sit without any rigid model. There is no reconnection or creation of an experience or paradigm, it's ordinary and easy to do. Just sit Don't try to do anything Accept, accept , acccept Be compassionate with the mind noises Invite them in for tea and cake Don't try to create a quiet mind Don't try to let go Don't try to do it right Be breathed No special tools required No special words or prayers needed Just be you. A stillness practice does not need to be another task or your list, just sit and be there with what is and don't resist whatever comes up. Just embrace all arrising phenomenon as it is and sit with what is. You are not here to accomplish anything or get anything right, just be and remember all thought is just thought and all pain is arising phenomenon. Breathe and accept. Breathe and be. Breathe and return to intimacy.
9/7/2011 | Download File (15.44 MB) - right click to download
Do you have a barking dog mind that wont shut up? Are you trying to distract it with treats, and other bribes? Do you ignore is barks and try to drown them out with other sounds? Do you numb out with television, alcohol, food, games, internets or other drugs? Are you tired of the non stop yapping? Are you ready to learn how to quiet your inner barking dog? Then read on. At present we can observe that we have a very noisy mind, it barks day and night, even in our sleep. We’ve tried a million things to quiet it and it never stops and in most cases it gets even louder. If we can be honest with ourselves and see that the present methods of taming the inner canine have failed then we have reached the first step accepting what is so. Up to this point your methods have failed, or they are temporary and fleeting at best. Can you drop your old ways and open to something new? That is the second step. The third step is to introduce new ways of thinking about your mind barking. So we have these steps to take. Accepting old methods are not working. Make room for some new ideas Introduce a new way to look at your present state of being. When we accept things and stop fighting our own minds the brain has a chance to rest and settle. When it settles we can reach a point of clarity and stillness that allows for a certain freshness, a hollowed ground so to speak, a place to plant new seeds? When we let go of ideas and preferences we can make room for newness to enter into our experience. When our minds are full there is simply no room for new ideas. Can you suspend your beliefs and have an open mind? If so continue on. Congratulations you have moved on and you are ready to test out some new ideas and concepts. That’s right we are going to test things out for ourselves. A wise teacher once said, “You don’t have to take my word for it. Simply try it for yourself.” And this is very true, we should always try a teaching for ourselves and see if it fits. New ideas. You are not your thoughts. You are not who you think you are. You can be free from you barking dog mind. Know that most of what we see and experience in others is also barking dog mind. Presently we think that we are the thoughts that stream through our minds. They come and go and sometimes never leave us alone. These thoughts are just like radio signals, we can choose to tune in, or tune out, or tune off. Can you try out this new way of thinking? The new way to think is, “I’m not my thoughts, or the voices arising from this mind and I can let them pass” Try this out for a week and report back to share your insights.