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Life is in constant flux: people and jobs come and go, we learn new things while forgetting the old, and different events take place. Our lives and views change. A seventeen-year-old boy might believe popularity is of crucial importance, whereas a sixty-seven-year-old man might believe that having a connection with God is what matters most. Nothing stays the same. The only thing we know for sure is that we are, right now.
Abandoning false speech, he abstains from false speech; he speaks truth, adheres to truth, is trustworthy and reliable, one who is no deceiver of the world. Abandoning malicious speech, he does not repeat elsewhere what he has heard here. Abandoning idle chatter, he speaks at the right time, speaks on what is good.
Whichever practice you choose from the various meditation types, it is necessary to put it into a regular schedule. Success and bliss in spiritual field comes through practice and patience. Let’s venture to peep into some different types of meditation
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Chhath is a Hindu festival celebrated on the sixth day of Kartik month. This famous festival is dedicated to the God Sun. It is mainly performed by the people of eastern India's Bihar, Jharkhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Nepal's Terai regions.
In life, there is always this misconception of truth and a refusal to believe that you can see the illusion. That may sound confusing at first, but the truth is, that the truth is harder to find in your life because you must seek it out and the illusion is easier to find. It is the easier road to take because illusion is placed in your life for you. There are many factors that take away the truth in your life and replace it with illusion and the biggest factor in our view is fear.
Navratri is one of the famous festivals celebrated in all over the world among Hindus. Nav Ratri means nine nights are dedicated to the nine divine forms of Adhishakti Maa Durga. During the period of Navratri, devotees worship the nine avtar of Goddess Durga.
According to the Indian scriptures, the Navratri festival of nine days has great importance. There are many assumptions and traditions prevalent in these nine days, which our elders have taught us. Even today we are following them. The dates of the occasion are decided according to the lunar calendar. The Divine Mother Durga (The Power) is worshipped during this fest.
As you have forced connections and choice connections in your life, the purpose of your life is to diminish the forced connections and increase the choice connections. It is meant to free yourself of having to have forced connections, of having to go through situations just to get through. Life will never be simple, but choosing a different perspective to view it in will make it less and less difficult to function. You have the power within to decide what your life will look like, who will be in that life, who you choose to have a relationship or connection with.
The time upon which you find yourself is a time to erase the parameters of possibilities (societal rules, beliefs, and limitations). These are drawn throughout your life and continue to be reinforced. Who draws them and why? The parameters (lines) are drawn using ‘pencils of possibilities’. The pencils can be reporters, politicians, teachers, physicians, parents, or anyone else of authority or influence. A few examples of these parameters of possibilities are that ‘you are not good enough’, ‘if you don’t go to college you will never amount to anything’ or ‘just get a job to get by, your dreams can wait”.
As the Buddhist teachings say, "to live you must experience suffering." Throughout life, it's natural to endure sickness, injury, tiredness, and old age. However, when we look at our emotional suffering, such as loneliness, doubt, frustration, fear, embarrassment, anger, jealousy, disappointment, etc., these feelings are more difficult to accept.
Does the unknown scare you enough that you settle with the life you have instead of moving forward onto the life you desire? Transitions in life are those times on your path when decisions bring more decisions, affecting more decisions and so forth. Surrounding these decisions are emotions of uncertainty. Which choice should I make? Which way should I go? Am I doing the right thing?
In meditation, you learn to stop paying attention to the content of thoughts and begin to rest your attention on the awareness that is aware of thoughts.
At one level, that light shines from the center of your being. So every apparent individual form is shining that same light from its own center. The fun part is at another level, that light shines from no center. It shines for all infinity everywhere. So then there is no fixed point of perception.
Whatever you resist, whatever you remain unconscious to or distract yourself from continues to hurt you, continues to dictate your life and lead you further into separation and stress. The moment you can be honest of its presence and allow it completely, then awareness transforms it into peace.