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A Blessed Morning Beach Walk

I have nothing against treadmills. But every time when i walk on it, it just reminds me about “samsara”, the cycle of life and death. Repeating the same things over and over again without going anywhere. Or maybe a treadmill would be like…it is not the destination that matters, but the journey itself. Well, the way I see it, we’re still walking on the spot. 

So I decided to go for my morning walk..out! I just told myself, let me go where these legs will take me. I switched on my music, Runkeeper and started to walk by looking down on the road…not ahead. I guess I was doing a Zen walk meditation. I watched my steps and my breathe. 

30 minutes and 11 km later, I realised I have reached Kuta Beach. I guess I have been conditioned to head for the beach. I was accompanied by Deva Premal’s Tumare Darshan Ki Bela all through the journey. I had moments during the walk when I was reminiscing beautiful moments when the Meeting of Love Happened. Magical moments when The Beloved is all you can see and experience. Beautiful…

When I reached the beach, I was just savoring the quietness of the morning sea breeze. Even though Kuta Beach is not the most beautiful bech you can find, but when you are immersed in beauty, all you can see is beauty. I took of my flipflops and started to feel the soft grainy sands on my bare feet making me feel more at peace with each steps I took. But when the ipod started to change the song to Maula Mere Maula by Roopkumar Rathod from the album Teri Diwani, I just couldn’t resist myself and started to turn counter clock wise with both hands spread out, one facing the sky and the other facing the earth, just like the whirling dervish. I wasn’t even aware anymore by the presence of others, it was just The Beloved… Truth, God and Beauty. Expansiveness was all there was…

I would like to thank my Master, Swami Anand Krishna, who have shown me #innerjourney, finding the Peace inside me. Without my encounter with him in this life, it would have taken me so much longer in finding this Peace. I was always falling, stumbling, bleeding all along my Path. But he reminded me that  even if this life is “samsara”, where the word “sengsara” in bahasa Indonesia derives from, just look at the life of the Sufis, the Saints, the Avatars, the Messiahs… they too bleed in their Path. But they bleed for the Higher Causes and not for the lower causes such as greed, jealousies, desires, ambitions, anger and etc. 

I pray always, may The Lord, Allah SWT, Ishwar guide me always and that mayball living beings be freed from misery and live happily…Peace, Peace, Peace…

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It’s All About Mind Training!

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    It’s All About Mind Training!

Have you ever awoken to the same thoughts over and over again for the course of almost everyday? And most of the thoughts that reoccur are mostly negative thought. Isn’t that horrifying?!

Well, I first did not realise it for years. Several years ago on a fine one day, I woke up with the same reoccurring thoughts about my anger towards a beloved one. The thoughts would linger even until I was having my breakfast, and worse… it would continue throughout the day if my mind was not kept busy with other things. I was so engrossed with the train of thought. Trying to rationalise, look for more faults so that the blame and anger would be justified. And if the feeling of anger subsides, I would still find excuses and reason to validate my anger towards that person.

That is how the mind works. That is what the Ego wants to hang on to. Did you know that we have circa 60000-70000 thoughts per day and 90% of the are negative thoughts? And these 90% of the negative thoughts plays in the head like a broken record player everyday! Ironically is that every thought you think and every word you say is an affirmation.

When I realised this, I knew I had to make a stop to it. Then I discovered that those negative thoughts became automatic, that is why some people would call it as Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs). I read about this is in an article which was taken from an Australian yoga magazine. If those negative thoughts appeared automatically, that means I have developed a habit for it. If it is a habit, then it could be my character. And if it became my character, that would become my destiny. Whoa….no way will I have such kind of destiny! No-uh!

So, I had to stop this bad habit by training my brain to lessen those negative thoughts. That’s where I came about to be acquainted with meditation. It is strange that at first I was not too keen on the word meditation. Because I heard from a lot of people that meditation is like a ritual for a certain religion. Yeah right! Those people who talks in that sense means that they need to open up their horizon and start reading and discovering a whole new world of the neuroscience.

Meditation is not religion! I like the explanation that meditation is not religion by Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey in this interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp1DGDaHvHg

Meditation is not about levitating or will be in conflict your religious beliefs. Because in all religions meditation exists. The monks do it, the Sufis do it, etc. I would say that meditation is actually a form of “mind training”. It is true that a lot of people are apprehensive to the word because it is something “new” in the western world of psychology which is adopted by the whole world. But I remember a quote by Carl Jung, “What the East knows about the human mind is at least 2000  years ahead of western psychology”. So, you know how it is. People are afraid of the things that they don’t know. But once they are well informed, the fear disappears.

Let’s go back to “mind training”. The habit that I have developed in thinking of the same things over and over again for everyday in my certain period of life means it is a form of a repetition that reoccurs. So the only antidote to is to train the mind to not think that way. It is quite and exhausting job If I were to try to block all those negative thoughts that comes in my mind. The thing I need to do is not to directly grab the mind and try to tame it. There is another of a more simple way, and that is through controlling the breathing. When we are able to control our breathing, automatically we control the mind! A-ha!

You see, there’s such a clear connection between the breathing and the brain – which is used to express the mind. I will talk more on that in my next article. To make the story short, when I have succeeded in training the mind, I can catch glimpses of the thoughts. And the more I control my breathing, the thoughts lessened. And then when that happens, I was able to reprogram my old pattern of thinking negative thoughts :)

Therefore, I would recommend that everyone should be thought mind training. It breaks the pattern of negative self talk too. Imagine what life could be if we rid of all those negative self talks and negative thoughts. Life would be like a breeze…

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