Hua Hu Ching 化胡經 78

Hua Hu Ching

There are many partial religions,
and then there is the Integral Way.

religions are desperate,
clever, human inventions; the
Integral Way is a deep expression
of the pure, whole,
universal mind.

Partial religions
rely on the hypnotic
manipulation of undeveloped minds;
the Integral Way is founded on the
free transmission of the plain,
natural, immutable

It is a total reality,
not an occult practice.

The Integral Way eschews conceptual
fanaticism, extravagant living,
fancy food, violent music.

These spoil the
serenity of one’s mind and
obstruct one’s spiritual development.
Renouncing what is fashionable and
embracing what is plain, honest,
and virtuous, the Integral Way
returns you to the subtle
essence of

Adopt its
practices and you
will become like they are:
honest, simple, true,
virtuous, whole.

In partial pursuits,
one’s transformation is always
partial as well. But in integral self-
cultivation, it is possible to achieve a
complete metamorphosis, to transcend
your emotional and biological
limitations and evolve
to a higher state
of being.

By staying out
of the shadows and
following this simple path,
you become extraordinary,
unfathomable, a being
of profound cosmic

You outlive time
and space by realizing
the subtle truth of the universe.

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How to Live Happily? Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Addressing a group of students and faculty at the IIT campus in Chennai, India, Sadhguru answers a question on how to maintain joy and happiness regardless of the external circumstances.

Yogi, mystic and visionary, Sadhguru is a spiritual master with a difference. An arresting blend of profundity and pragmatism, his life and work serves as a reminder that yoga is a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times.

‘Be as you are’ by Sri Ramana Maharshi

Papaji and Ramana
Ramana did not leave Arunchala for 50 years. People sought him out for guidance.

Sri Ramana Maharshi is Papaji‘s teacher.  Papaji is Mooji’s teacher.  Mooji is one of my teachers.  After seeing the truth of Mooji’s teachers I decided to traverse up the lineage and discover how, and from whom, Mooji gained his insight.

Here, Papaji reads a very sincere letter from Mooji:

Papaji ended up becoming Mooji’s teacher.  Mooji now holds Satsang regularly, for a large number of devotees (to truth, not to him).

Ramana’s most direct text is below.  Please purchase Be As You Are.

A Poem by Papaji. ‘No.  One.  No-body.’

Don’t listen to anyone!
Don’t even listen to me!
Listen to your own Soul

A true Masters message can only be:
There is no teaching
There is no teacher
There is no student

There is nothing to understand!


Orienting towards Heaven, a meditation sequence


“Get a cushion. Sit up straight on the cushion, where you feel your spine is supported and naturally straight. Once your spine is straight, relax your body as best you can. Let go of the hold your brain has on your forehead. Feel the front of your brain relaxing. When you feel it letting go, relax he rest of your brain.

Feel your brain suspended in your skull. Feel your brain becoming spacious and more relaxed. You may notice things getting brighter, and even filling up with energy. Rest in this spaciousness and sensation of relaxation. You will notice your mood improving and over time, a smile naturally appearing on your face. This is your natural state. This is your inner smile. This is what we call orienting towards heaven.

Stage Two Once you’re oriented toward heaven, you will feel yourself happy and your body happy. You may also notice parts of your body that are not happy, where there is tension, and no breath. As you are in the state of spaciousness, imagine a golden string pulling your crown up toward the heaven. You will feel your spine lengthening. If this does not work for you, imagine there is a low ceiling almost touching your head, and you are trying to grow until your crown touches the ceiling. However, make sure there is no tension and you are not using your muscles to straighten your spine. Imagine it in your mind, and your body will naturally follow.

As you do this in a state of happiness, your body knows what it wants to be happier. Your spine will naturally start moving in a direction to make your body feel better. Even though your mind is directing your spine toward the heavens, you may feel your mind wanting to twist, bend, shake. Follow what naturally happens in your body and let it happen. When the body is done, you will find yourself naturally relaxed, and straight, and whatever blockage that may have existed will have been or will eventually be released.”

From the SUN SHEN school, Founded by Master Sang Kim, a Christian mystic and a 5th generation Yang Style Tai-Chi lineage holder in the tradition of Master Gabriel Chin, teaching a complete System of spiritual development integrating these traditions, which includes Meditation, energy cultivation, Martial Art training, self-exploration and philosophical training.

Here is a moving meditation from their school, a Stepping Meditation.

Secrets of Self-Healing (Secret 1- Curing Sinus Infections)

This book helped me cure my sinus infections.  Here’s my regimen:

  1. Neti-pot, warm(but previously boiled), with 10 drops oregano oil and one drop wintergreen oil.  It burns a bit, but things open up.
  2. Grapefruit seed extract nasal spray.  Used whenever the cavities need a spritz.
  3. Sinus Plumber – It burns, but opens everything up and knocks the sinus headache way down, often to nothing.
  4. Pressure Points, hold firmly for 3-15 minutes while slowly breathing deeply in and out:

    Accupressure Points
    Welcome Fragrance and Wind Pond Accupressure points, for sinus relief.
  5. Only when it is absolutely intolerable do I use pseudo-ephedrine and benadryl, as their side-effects are extremely unpleasant for me.

I’ll be dropping gems from this book as they come to me.  If you have any specific problem you want me to look up, just let me know!

Secrets of Self-Healing
A guide to natural healing that combines the wisdom of Eastern tradition with Western medicine and nutritional science.

The Book of Changes and The Unchanging Truth

I Ching
I Ching: The book of changes and the unchanging truth.

The I Ching ([î tɕíŋ]; Chinese: 易經; pinyin:Yìjīng), also known as the Classic of Changes or Book of Changes in English, is an ancient divination text and the oldest of the Chinese classics.

“In Chinese literature four holy men are cited as the authors of the Book of Changes, namely, Fu Hsi, King Wên, the Duke of Chou, and Confucius. Fu Hsi is a legendary figure representing the era of hunting and fishing and of the invention of cooking. The fact that he is designated as the inventor of the linear signs of the Book of Changes means that they have been held to be of such antiquity that they antedate historical memory. Moreover, the eight trigrams have names that do not occur in any other connection in the Chinese language, and because of this they have even been thought to be of foreign origin. At all events, they are not archaic characters, as some have been led to believe by the half accidental, half intentional resemblances to them appearing here and there among ancient characters.[17]

The eight trigrams are found occurring in various combinations at a very early date. Two collections belonging to antiquity are mentioned: first, the Book of Changes of the Hsia dynasty,[18] is called Lien Shan, which is said to have begun with the hexagram Kên, KEEPING STILL, mountain; second, the Book of Changes dating from the Shang dynasty,[19] is entitled Kuei Ts’ang, which began with the hexagram K’un, THE RECEPTIVE. The latter circumstance is mentioned in passing by Confucius himself as a historical fact. It is difficult to say whether the names of the sixty-four hexagrams were then in existence, and if so, whether they were the same as those in the present Book of Changes.

According to general tradition, which we have no reason to challenge, the present collection of sixty-four hexagrams originated with King Wên,[20] progenitor of the Chou dynasty. He is said to have added brief judgments to the hexagrams during his imprisonment at the hands of the tyrant Chou Hsin. The text pertaining to the individual lines originated with his son, the Duke of Chou. This form of the book, entitled the Changes of Chou (Chou I), was in use as an oracle throughout the Chou period, as can be proven from a number of the ancient historical records.

This was the status of the book at the time Confucius came upon it. In his old age he gave it intensive study, and it is highly probable that the Commentary on the Decision (T’uan Chuan) is his work. The Commentary on the Images also goes back to him, though less directly. A third treatise, a very valuable and detailed commentary on the individual lines, compiled by his pupils or by their successors, in the form of questions and answers, survives only in fragments.”

Source, with much more background and history.

The I Ching has been interpreted as a software code,

Defragged Binary I Ching Genetic Code Chromosomes Compared to Nirenberg’s and Transformed into Rotating 2D Circles and Squares and into a 3D 100% Symmetrical Tetrahedron Coupled to a Functional One to Discern Start From Non-Start Methionines through a Stella Octangula
Defragged Binary I Ching Genetic Code Chromosomes Compared to Nirenberg’s and Transformed into Rotating 2D Circles and Squares and into a 3D 100% Symmetrical Tetrahedron Coupled to a Functional One to Discern Start From Non-Start Methionines through a Stella Octangula

mathematically identical to the genetic code, and also recently been used to build DNA.

When I consult the I Ching, I settle myself (normally after some Qigong),  heat the coins up with my palms (and visualize filling them with my Chi), throw them them together, 6 times, adding up the result (detailed instructions).  Ending up with one of these hexagrams

64 Hexagrams

The I Ching should be consulted sincerely and with an open mind.  If you have any preconceptions you will likely just delude yourself, so it would be better NOT to consult it in that case.  That’s how people get crazy.  First, have an established cultivation practice.   Develop inner space through meditation and chi gung, preparing your body and mind for the reality of the spirit.

Then once your sincerity and clarity is at a certain level, consulting the I Ching can help one from pushing to hard in a direction, or from yielding too much from another direction.  It often instructs us to be compassionate, responsible, slow, deliberate, and in touch with the natural world.  Following these kinds of instructions on a daily basis sure seem like they would lead to a simpler, more sincere life.

In my experience, they have led to just that.  With a healthy helping of contentment.

Lekha Sutta: Inscriptions

“Monks, there are these three types of individuals to be found existing in the world. Which three? An individual like an inscription in rock, an individual like an inscription in soil, and an individual like an inscription in water.

“And how is an individual like an inscription in rock? There is the case where a certain individual is often angered, and his anger stays with him a long time. Just as an inscription in rock is not quickly effaced by wind or water and lasts a long time, in the same way a certain individual is often angered, and his anger stays with him a long time. This is called an individual like an inscription in rock.

“And how is an individual like an inscription in soil? There is the case where a certain individual is often angered, but his anger doesn’t stay with him a long time. Just as an inscription in soil is quickly effaced by wind or water and doesn’t last a long time, in the same way a certain individual is often angered, but his anger doesn’t stay with him a long time. This is called an individual like an inscription in soil.

“And how is an individual like an inscription in water? There is the case where a certain individual — when spoken to roughly, spoken to harshly, spoken to in an unpleasing way — is nevertheless congenial, companionable, & courteous. Just as an inscription in water immediately disappears and doesn’t last a long time, in the same way a certain individual — when spoken to roughly, spoken to harshly, spoken to in an unpleasing way — is nevertheless congenial, companionable, & courteous. This is called an individual like an inscription in water.

“These are the three types of individuals to be found existing in the world.”

Managing Ego Depletion

Ego Depletion

Ego depletion refers to the idea that self-control or willpower draw upon a limited pool of mental resources that can be used up.[1] When the energy for mental activity is low, self-control is typically impaired, which would be considered a state of ego depletion. In particular, experiencing a state of ego depletion impairs the ability to control oneself later on. A depleting task requiring self-control can have a hindering effect on a subsequent self-control task, even if the tasks are seemingly unrelated. Self-control plays a valuable role in the functioning of the self on both individualistic and interpersonal levels. Ego depletion is therefore a critical topic in experimental psychology, specifically social psychology, because it is a mechanism that contributes to the understanding of the processes of human self-control.

Emotional Muscle

Researchers in social psychology contend that the ego is much like a muscle, that it can be strengthened and built up over time through exercise. It is one of the reasons that older individuals tend to have more ego reserve than the young, is the fact at having lived longer lives and have as a consequence learned to manage this emotional reserve better through experience. And like any muscle, exercising it will drain and fatigue it, but given appropriate rest and refueling, it will grow stronger. But we don’t do that… we chronically strain ourselves and then pile on acute stresses on top of it, much like a cross-fitter who grossly over trains and ultimately ends up injuring Ego Depletionthemselves in the pursuit of health. When we chronically strain ourselves and then pile on acute stresses on top of it, we must increase the degree of self-care to counter it. If we don’t, we will be running ourselves on an emotional deficit and quickly become ego depleted and suffer the corresponding impaired, undesirable and maladaptive behaviors we wish to avoid in the first place.


The Art of Peace – Morihei Ueshiba

The Art of Peace - Morihei Ueshiba
These inspirational teachings show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. Drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art known as Aikido, The Art of Peace, offers a nonviolent way to victory and a convincing counterpoint to such classics as Musashi’s Book of Five Rings and Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

This pocket-sized selection of Morihei Ueshiba’s ‘The Art of Peace’, has helped bring me peace in my own life.  Morihei wields the brilliant sword of truth, casting light in all avenues of life.    Section 1:

“The Art of Peace begins with you.

Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace.

Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow.

You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.

Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.”

Dragon and Tiger Healing Qigong

This book has some great information in it for those interested in Qigong.  It’s currently on this free giveaways amazon server and I’ll keep the link up until it’s gone.  If you find it useful, please support

Dragon and Tiger Qigong
Dragon and Tiger Qigong’s seven simple movements are repeated 20 times in a single practice session. Completing a set requires only about 15 minutes. Soft, circular and fluid movements enhance your overall ability to move gracefully.

the author and purchase the first book, the second book, or DVD Set.

“Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong is a 1,500-year-old self-healing movement system based on acupuncture. It is sometimes called “meridian-line qigong” because it helps free you of energetic (chi) blockages by balancing the chi flow that runs through the acupuncture meridians or energy channels of your body.”

This powerful qigong (chi gung) set offers about 80 percent of the benefits of longer, more complex forms, but in just seven simple movements that are relatively easy to learn for astounding health benefits not found in most Western exercise systems.”

Chaos Theory: The Making of a New Science

Chaos Theory
Chaos: Making a New Science is a debut non-fiction book by James Gleick that initially introduced the principles and early development of the chaos theory to the public.It was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, and was shortlisted for the Science Book Prize in 1989.

As a teenager, I’d already given up on the christian catholic god, because the dogma and actions didn’t match.  Developing into an outspoken militant atheist by 12 years old, I agitated those in proximity to me… Daily.  I honestly don’t know how nobody hauled off and threw me out the window.

Desperate to know that there was a purpose to life, I relied on my love of science to explain what this was all about.  I got nowhere until my dad gave me this book.  In it, I found that there was a pattern in nature that was both beautifully complex

A beautiful chaotic system

and impossible to predict.   The math and concepts in this book are accessible and they led to my current  views on life’s expression.

What exactly did I learn?

Everything that exists exerts some small force on everything else.  Life moves as a flow all on it’s own — it is handling everything adeptly without my interference.  If I merely sit still, the universe will come to me.

Fractals have this self-same nature where the same repeating pattern creates a complex and beautiful express that is infinitely so at every zoom level.

A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos.
A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos.  Click here for more pictures of Fractals in Nature.



The Brandalism project started in 2012, as an extension of the guerilla art traditions of the 20th Century, and a manifestation of various elements influenced by agitprop, the Situationists and graffiti movements.

‘Companies fill the space now with their hideous brands, waging the same frenzied battle as the jungle species in order to appropriate the public space and attention with images and words, like animals with their screams and piss’ – Michel Serres

“Advertising shits in your head – but, first, its torrential, golden flow stains your magazines, your phone, your computer, your newspapers and your streets. Advertising shits all over and dominates our culture. It is a visceral, powerful form of pollution that not only affects our common public and cultural spaces, but also our deeply private intimate spaces. Advertisers want your ‘brain time’ – to shit in your head without your knowledge. We want to stop them.”

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The Concept “I must have a purpose”

This concept was troublesome for me until that day I realized my purpose.

“I must have a purpose.”

My mind would grab it and make a problem out of discovering that purpose. Ideas and concepts of all kinds would spawn from that ‘my purpose’ ambition anchoring me in place as I tried to be the ideas/concepts I’d accumulated over time as my ‘identity’…. And trying to do so in a sea of life change.

What an unnatural arrangement!  Suffering physically (forcing my body to do things without listening to it), mentally (forcing my being to do things based on concepts and ideas), and spiritually (it was non-existent, which is very unhealthy) brought me low.

If I’d only spent a moment to truly examine this concept, it’s roots, how I came to believe it, and if it had any meaning for ME.  Then I realized my purpose was to get back to the real mode of life, living in flow with nature and all it’s myriad energies.  At the same time, helping people to recognize this infinite and eternal truth — a truth that comes before any intellectual assessment or analyses.


Ancient Chinese Music Flute / Guqin / Zither

The Song of The DrunkardAncient Guqin music walks my mind around in a way that holds my attention, doesn’t fill my mind with lyrical concepts and stories (which would get added to mental lists), and feels like an organic flowering of life as the strings are bent and scraped and plucked with great sincerity.

Try it while:

  • Performing a creative yet focus intensive activity.
  • Exercising
  • Meditating (if you meditate to music, or do for the moment)
  • Driving (for a calming sensation on the way to work)

The Seven Samurai (七人の侍 Shichinin no samurai)

The Seven Samurai

“One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.”

This is my favorite movie ever.  It has a great natural rhythm to it, no extraneous talking, a full microcosm of human life.  But many of his films are my favorites…  Cheers to you Kurosawa!

Movie Trailer for The Seven Samurai

and On Youtube, the whole 3 hour smackeroo:

What is Qi, What is Qigong?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming explains:

Part Two:

Part Three:

4 minutes Shaolin Qigong for health and happiness:

Do this 4 minute routine every morning for 40 days and tell me what you feel.  Sense everything happening in your body as you breathe in and then as you breathe out, work with the breath always.  If you like Qigong,  find a teacher to teach you.  Don’t over do it on your knees, work at 70% of your body’s capacity.  This will build it up steadily and safely without injuries.  If you are ill, do 20-50% of capacity.  Check in with you body.

Some tips:

  • Imagine and feel a silk thread at the top (crown) of your head, holding you up.  It is attached to heaven, so you can settle in and let your spine relax.
  • Roll your hips forward.
  • When you expand, breath in, when you contract,
    Our bodies are a microcosm of the world.  Breathe with the world.
    Our bodies are a microcosm of the world. Breathe with the world.

    breathe out.  In through the nose, out through mouth.

  • Do this before stretching as it helps warm the muscles.
  • Relaxation is paramount, bring the awareness back to the body and look for tense muscles, traverse your body with your mind and breath finding places to release muscles by breathing your energy and breath into them as you visualize them relaxing in your mind.
  • Qi Follows Yi.

Zeigarnik Effect: Why your head feels ‘Full’


Mind grind

Bulma Zeignarik, a Russian psychologist discovered that:

“…the brain ‘tracks’ un-finished jobs, logging them in the short-term memory until the brain considers them finished or forgets them.”

Examples include:

  • unfinished songs
  • grocery lists
  • to do lists
  • unsent personal messages
  • yet un-discussed relationship issues
  • etc.

This ‘tracking’ brain feature can  clog the mind and make mindfulness nearly impossible.  A good method to reduce it (and sleep easier) is to write it all down 1-3 times a day.   Just make a quick list to refer to later, after you’ve finished a couple of the tasks.

Meditations will improve, recall will improve, clarity will improve.  Writers with writers block will breakthrough.

Use the notes app on the cellphone, dictate to Siri, just get it out of there so the mind and being can relax and see clearly for a moment.  Now breathe into your being and relax your body and mind.  Rest here for a while.  :)



“I crave and get disappointed by entertainment constantly. Feeling distressed.”

Direct bodily experience encompasses life as humans know it.  Every experience has been been seen, heard, felt, tasted, smelled, and sensed, within our bodies.  Light shines into our eyes, gets flipped over in the optic nerve and is then interpreted by the back of our brain.  Touch presses to the skin to the nerves, sensing temperature and pressure and micro-millimeter texture changes.  Our ears interpret sound — electrical impulses sounding like telegraph clicks in a static storm — then interpreted to the sound of guqin music, or people speaking.  Our mind, concepts, and feelings are experienced in our bodies.  These experiences form our consciousness.

Personal experiences of people in-the-moment can be some of the most life-changing stories we hear on our own path with the Tao.  Along the way I’ve been helped greatly just by knowing others are going through the exact same thing.  What is described below started occurring for me several years ago, and only recently have I begun to see each moment clearly enough to eschew distraction entertainment for stillness and quietude.  I will never look back.  There was never anything of substance there, and is why this person finds it so empty now.

“Yesterday I went to see Age of Ultron and the main feeling I left with was a huge sense of disappointment. I couldn’t enjoy the movie because I was thinking so much about the trailers that preceded it. Nothing interested me. I felt a complete sense of apathy towards every single trailer I saw. Every now and then I RedditCOAwould get immresed in the movie and then become aware that I was in a cinema screen. I’d just look around at the walls, the lights, the other people. I was very aware I was watching a movie, and I was saddened that I couldn’t stay immersed. When I got home I felt the same sense of apathy towards all of my video games.

I feel quite distressed about this. I feel jaded and spoiled. I don’t like how I turn my nose up at so much entertainment, yet crave it constantly. I constantly buy new movies and new video games because I crave to be entertained. I crave fun. When I give into the cravings I’m very disappointed. Nothing lives up to the cravings I’m feeling.

When I’m not being entertained I feel uncomfortable, like I’m wasting time by not being in a state of wonder.

What should I focus on here? Should I focus on finding a new perspective to enjoy entertainment, or should I be trying to kill the cravings? Should I ignore them? I feel in the need for some guidance here.”

It’s clear this person has reached a certain level of awareness that crappy entertainment is just that, entirely without spiritual value…  They are discovering that everything they consume (media, food, peoples ideas) affects their spiritual being however slightly and subtly.  This is a huge shift in awareness and can be disturbing.  When the floor falls out from under all of your coping methods, it can be terrifying for the mind/ego — thinking you will never be soothed again!

Take heart, true seeker, you are finding your way.  What you fill your time with now is entirely up to you!



Hua Hu Ching 化胡經 72

Hua Hu Ching
If you wish to
gain merit and become
one with the divine, then develop
your virtue and extend it
to the world.

Abandon fancy
theologies and imaginary
ideas and do some ordinary
daily work, such as

Let go of
all conflict and strife.
Practice unswerving kindness
and unending

following impulses
and pursuing ambitions which
destroy the wholeness of your mind
and separate you from
the Integral Way.

Neither become obsessed with
circumstances nor forego
awareness of them.

To manage your mind,
know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment
to the nothingness.

“What I learned after 6 months of meditating”

This person speaks of their experience of 6 months sincere meditation practice.

“Anxiety/depression sufferer here. 6 months ago, I stopped the anti-depressants and decided to meditate daily instead. I, like you, Googled it. Read websites, books, etc. Below are the things that I wish were emphasized more when I started. We are flooded with information nowadays. It’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, especially in times of anxiety:

It’s a practice. Not a remedy – Before I started daily practice, I used it as a remedy. I would only meditate after feeling really stressed out. It wasn’t until I started a daily practice, did I start to see results. If your mind is saying you don’t have time in your busy day for meditation, it’s lying.

Routine – Make it part of your routine. Like brushing your teeth is now. Once it becomes part of your daily routine, it will be easier to practice daily. I can’t stress this enough. Same spot, same time every day. Set a timer. I use an app called Insight Timer. It’s available for both Apple and Android. Rushed in the morning? Set the timer to 1 minute. I dare you to say you don’t have 60 seconds. Set your wake-up alarm 1 minute earlier. BOOM. This is when the Zen Masters will say, 1 minute isn’t enough to get the true Spiritual impact. The point here is to establish the habit. Once the habit is rooted, the length of your session will automajically increase. It’s a lot easier to go from 1 to 15 minutes than it is to go from 0 to 1 minutes.

Posture – [I deleted the users comments here and will give some information on postures]  If it hurts to sit in the lotus, or on your knees, or even just cross-legged, then consider standing.

Standing Posture
A correct standing posture is very important because an incorrect posture will slow down your progress and cause harm to your body. Before standing, you should warm up your body first, especially those big joints such as the neck, shoulders, waist, hip, knees, and ankles.
Click for full size images

Types of meditation – Experiment. Different types exist because people have different personalities. I like to sit quietly and focus on my breath, because I’m an introvert and like quiet. If you’re more social, maybe guided meditation is more for you.

Focus – Experiment. I’ve changed my point of focus several times. Candles, birds, traffic noise, etc. I now just count my inhalations and exhalation from 1 to 10. It just has to be something constant that will be there for you.

Bottom Line – With Anxiety/depression, thoughts-emotions-actions are sandwiched together tightly. By practicing shifting your focus from thought to something else, over and over again, you are introducing to your mind a “gap” between the thought-emotion. So in your daily life, you have a chance to observe the thought and ponder it before the emotion and action take place.”


Eczema Sufferers, End your suffering!

It’s like your skin hates you and keeps emigrating to greener pasture daily, sometimes hourly, leaving itching flaky sometimes bleedy skin patches.  It’s horrible — and god forbid you sweat, it burns like nobody’s business.  So, obviously, we’re all sick of having eczema — so here’s what I learned:


  • Genetics leave some more prone to eczema.
  • Diet can trigger an immune response in the skin, triggering eczema.  Aka, allergies.
  • Bacteria or Cloth allergies.

When the immune system is overworked and under-maintained, this kind of thing occurs.   It occurs in the gut as IBS, on the skin as eczema, rashes, etc.

Skin calming methods:

  • Restrict your diet and add in common allergy foods one by one a week at a time.  See which one causes it to get worse.  Stop eating those foods.
  • Calendula oil.  Calendula has natural skin calming properties and is safe enough for babies.
  • Rosemary oil
  • Lemongrass oil (unless you have extra sensitive skin)
  • Lanolin keeps the skin hydrated and soft, allowing the herbal oils to work their stuff.
  • Shea butter keeps the skin moisturized.
  • Sesame oil can be used in a pinch but will only last a few hours before fully absorbed.
  • Epsom salt baths.  These calm the skin, exfoliate, and add magnesium to your body — all improving your overall situation.  Plus they feel great.
  • Organic, unbleached cotton clothing or Dermasilk clothing.  Synthetics cause me issues on my eczema.
  • Clean organic unbleached cotton sheets.

Calendula Oil

Ancient self-cultivation for the modern Western seeker