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“Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story  rather than the actor in it…”

 – Ram Dass

A poignant quote by spiritual leader Ram Dass. What does this mindful thought really mean? Of course, I am not here to necessarily paraphrase a quote from a great thinker; instead I am here to simply analyze this quote with my own devices on how such meaning would fit into a Responsive Universe. There may be a slight difference…

It is quite simple really; especially when we get back to the basics of meditation. I have always mentioned how there is a misconception about meditation. It is not about controlling the thoughts in our head – it is about being an observer of the thoughts in our head. That is a tough principle to reconcile especially for people new to meditation. There is this passive or underlying stress or urge to try to quiet the mind when the goal of meditation is to simply be an observer of the thoughts that continually float in and out of our heads. The goal of meditation is to not attach ourselves to the dramas of the mind. Do not judge the thoughts and do not be overly positive or especially negative to your thoughts – just be the observer – just be… nothing more…

Once we master meditation and let that skill set transcend into our daily life practice, our ability to not be so sensitive to ego and false self is actualized. We are able to establish a balance or baseline of energy that remains positive to neutral in our thoughts, emotions, actions and reactions; even during negative life situations. The objective is to suffer less. Just like in meditation, the goal is not to be the thought or let a thought drive our meditative focus – the goal is to simply be an observer. In doing so, we are more of a witness and less of an actor. In life, we have the same choice; particularly in times of conflict and challenge: With minfulness, we can leave our ego facilities out of such dramas and simply be a witness to the story instead of being embroiled in the drama as an actor. Such changes in how we think and react to conflict and challenge will net completely different results. Now, the goal is not to be a by stander and live with no interaction. We all have to face challenges and conflict on a daily basis  – the goal is to not let challenges or conflict be the driving energy to our reactions to such events. Be an observer and  be mindful of how our egos and false-self want to take such dramas into a negative space. By being an observer, we also create space between the sitation and our immediate action or reaction; all in an effort to avoid negative blind responses. When you detach from a situation of conflict or challenge and face difficult situations with mindfulness and true nature you will find the most proactive solution. Be the witness and not the actor. Let mindfulness, space and clarity be your source of intent.

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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I wrote the Responsive Universe as a hand book to self-discovery. Within its pages are 9 chapters or Mandalas – each a stepping stone forward in meditation and mindfulness.  Reading and implementing  the helpful daily life practices and guided meditations is a measured process – a journey not to be rushed.

Still, what can we do now in the present moment to immediately bring more happiness and wellness into our busy lives? below is a short list of 5 simple things you can do daily to perpetuate better health and happiness:

Compliment Someone: It is that easy. Whether it is a co-worker, significant other or complete stranger; go out of your way to say something nice to someone else. It is a simple gesture that creates a ripple of quantum positive energy that will eventually return to its source. You!

Drink Water: Seems obvious right? But for those of you who drink soda pop (soft drinks) or other sugary beverages, I am talking to you! Substitute water  and be sure you are getting  enough. Not to get graphic but you should be drinking enough water each day to pee clear at least once. Water is the simplest way to cleanse and hydrate your body.

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Revel in the intricacies of Nature

Get out in Nature: I write all the time about how Nature speaks. If you do not know what I mean then you need to be more mindful of the benefits of immersing yourself in our beautiful natural world.  Even if it is for a moment on your break time at work – get outside and feel the sunshine and breathe in some fresh air! Even better, go for a walk in the woods!

Breathe: Even simpler! Well, not literally… Practice mindful breathing if only for a couple of breaths. Breathe in deeply and visualize positive quantum energy entering your body; cleansing your aura or energy footprint. Exhale and feel all the stress, negativity, guilt, fear and suffering leave you – all trappings of the ego. Breathe in positive energy – exhale negative energy; if only for a minute. Easy right?

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Root your being in the present moment and not the past or future

Be in the Present Moment:  The past is gone so there is nothing you can do about that. The future has yet to come so there is no sense worrying about something that has yet to arise. When you live in the present moment you are mindful and aware; in full control of your thoughts, ideas, actions and reactions. In the present moment you have two decisions. You can root your energy and intent in positivity or negativity. It’s your call….

5 easy things that will take up less than 5 minutes of your life – it’s that simple!

 

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

About the Book: www.responsiveuniverse.com

Now Available: Amazon    Barnes & Noble

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“However many storms are within you, there is always room for more…

The ocean did not gain its vastness by turning the rain away…”

– Pavana

 

This wisdom is believed to have originated from ancient Hindu texts. This particular quote brings great meaning and thus I would like to expand on its perceived premise. I think it is interesting to explore the ancient texts and quotes of famous; even enigmatic philosophers  of the past. If you release yourself from any dogmatic trappings and look at the common denominator of each religion or thought you will find many similarities; especially across Hinduism, Buddhism and early Christianity. There are lovely and empowering literary passages to explore from the ancients that spoke and wrote such wisdom so many years ago.

This particular Pavana quote speaks to me. As we have learned through experience, it is the challenges and suffering that teach the most poignant lessons in life. It is from great pain and affliction  that our True Nature arises from the ashes to allow us to vibrate to the next level of mindfulness and self-discovery. From every loss and lesson comes understanding and wisdom. To know pain and suffering is to know love and bliss. Within our minds and being is this vast, open space – this boundless realm within the mind that is infinite and endless like the Universe. With the right awareness, there is much space to be found for all our challenges and suffering. Each experience whether positive or negative shapes our being; our energy footprint. Each experience may shape us, but it does not have to define us. Our minds are much like the ocean: Sometimes turbulent and frothing with controlled chaos; sometimes peaceful and glassy.

The first notion is to continually remind ourselves of the space that exists within; especially in times of turmoil and challenge. Remind yourself that your mind is vast like the ocean and eventually things will calm down. The second notion is to remind yourself that from every negative will birth a positive. From night comes day and from rain comes sunshine. Good things are on the horizon and no matter the toil, you will become a stronger, more mindful and sensitive person.

It is easy to put your blind faith into something like religion. Put your unadulterated faith into yourself; into the vastness that is your being.  Self awareness and self-discovery is a much better spiritual investment.

 

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

About the Book: www.responsiveuniverse.com

Now Available: Amazon    Barnes & Noble

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From pain and suffering wells growth and evolution…

An uphill journey with sunset views at the apex of self-discovery

Merely a drop of water within the ocean of life

A cosmic atom and a dash of light –  splashed across the starry night

Intuition and True Nature your guiding illumination

No longer a slave to the past; an optimistic future within sight

The sun’s warmth bathes your face

a positive thought manifests dreams

Wisdom and mindfulness fuels  your inner light

A moment of silence takes flight…

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

About the Book: www.responsiveuniverse.com

Now Available: Amazon    Barnes & Noble

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“Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life…
~ Pema Chodron

This is a great quote from Pema Chodron; one of our great modern teachers of this era. I have written and defined a Mandala as a sphere of energy.  In its simplest form, Mandala means circle. It is an ancient Buddhist symbol of inner and outer space where everything is linked as one from which the Universe and all its energy arise.  We stand in the center of our circle and as we communicate with friends, family, community and society our proverbial sphere of influence tends to overlap much like the Olympic Rings overlap.

Basic subatomic physics now explains in painstaking detail that our thoughts and actions react and change the fabric of the Universe. When we look at matter at its smallest form in the laboratory you now have to include the observer (scientist) as part of the experiment or observation because just the act of observing matter at the subatomic level changes the outcome. This can be applied to the mechanics of God but on a more social level it explains with science how every action and reaction we create does in fact cause a ripple… a dynamism of energy (positive or negative) that effects others and our own destiny. This explains karma, the power of prayer and positive manifestation.

When we stand in the middle of our mandala; our personal circle of energy we will overlap into other peoples energy, thoughts, actions and reactions. Every small thought and action does matter. Like compound interest, positive and negative actions and reactions will add up over time to drive a mood, conversation or something more permanent within our lives and the lives of those we influence.

It’s another reason for acute mindfulness; especially in social situations. We wield more power than we realize. Remember that the next time you get mad or cause negativity in any facet. Not only does negativity effect those around you, it is you (the source) that tends to suffer the most…

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

About the Book: www.responsiveuniverse.com

Now Available: Amazon    Barnes & Noble

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The quieter you become, the more you can hear…

– Ram Dass

It’s a simple enough quote right? But what does it really mean?  Of course there is the literal meaning: When you are quiet you can hear others talk; like when my beautiful wife tells me to shut up so she can get a word in edgewise (just kidding  …. not really).

But is there a deeper meaning? What was meditation and Buddhist guru Ram Dass really implying?

The general goal of mindfulness and self-discovery is to quiet the endless parade of thoughts that march through our minds almost incessantly. Have you ever just stopped what you are doing and focused on the mind and its endless procession of thoughts? Try it sometime, there is a lot going on up there! This is how the mind works, but there is a drawback to this natural process. Most of our errant thoughts are rooted in the past and future – thoughts of fear, fantasy, frustration, envy and regret. Rarely are we completely rooted in the present moment. As Eckhart Tolle says – “The Power of Now”.

During mindfulness and meditation, when we are capable of slowing our thoughts down to more of a trickle instead of a river of chaos; there is something unique and special found within the gaps of thoughts. That’s right, within the gaps of thoughts. Pay close, special attention to your thoughts. Focus on the start of one thought and look for the gap when one thought ends and drifts off and another materializes. At first it is almost instantaneous with little or no gap. With the right mindfulness and concentration there is a distinguishable gap between thoughts.

What is the big deal? Well, that is where the magic lies. There in the quiet little reprises between our ego driven thought processes sits the answers to life’s biggest quandaries.  It is there in the silence between thoughts that our True Nature wells. There within the gaps of thoughts sits silence – a level of acute clarity, awareness and responsiveness. As Eckhart Tolle has famously said – “Stillness Speaks”, and it is there in the silence between thoughts that your true heart wish emanates. It is there in the silence that wisdom and energy arises – healing, intuitive and blissful.

So, the more quiet you become, the more you can hear. It is there in the gaps of thoughts that we find our true-self; sans of ego and the pressures and control patterns of societal immersion. It is there in the silence that we find this beautiful connection to the Responsive Universe.

What if we could stretch those gaps within thoughts? What if we could live within them? There lies the goal of Self-Discovery. The quieter you become, the more you can hear…

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

About the Book: www.responsiveuniverse.com

Now Available: Amazon    Barnes & Noble

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Meditation Part V

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We can take meditation much further in an effort to evolve and root our being within this amazing Responsive Universe. We have within our ability the power to manifest our own creative reality. Those that are mindful of the present now realize that our True Nature is unwavering and something we can always rely on. Our True Nature is the environment from which the instinctual energy of the Universe and God vibrates across an electromagnetic field of pulses. We are interconnected to this field of energy through body and mind.  Knowing this, we can be confident that the world is ours to possess because we are intimately connected to it. We do not need to rely on religious trappings and blind faith. Everything we need is already inside us; it just takes time and effort to reveal these truths. As discussed in the Seventh Mandala (Responsive Universe), we have the ability to…

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We continue with the Art of Meditation – Below is a list of our previous meditation threads…

Meditation Part I.

Meditation Part II.

Meditation Part III.

We just discussed Set and Setting for a successful meditation session. Please keep in mind that though I outlined a rather detailed process for meditation, there really are no rules when it comes to mindfulness. In essence, anything goes as long as you find your mind rooted in the moment away from fear and fantasy, past and future. When you are mindful of the present you are meditating in some facet – you are evolving and centering yourself in a Responsive Universe. Any mindfulness is meditation and even one minute of mindfulness is better than an hour of mindless brain chatter.

Deepening and Appreciation

With any meditative session, you will begin with your set and focus to get comfortable and concentrate on your breathing…

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I have been discussing a more intimate approach to meditation here on WordPress.  Meditation or mindfulness is the key to self-evolution from a spiritual and personal level which is why I am spending so much time on the subject this week. To be mindful of the present, sans of ego is where the true magic arises. It is within those gaps of ego driven thoughts that reveals the wisdom, love and energy that is our True Nature. Earlier, we began with Meditation Part I. and Meditation Part II., where we discussed mindfulness as tool for self-actualization.  A good step forward is to label all the incessant thoughts that careen through our heads as guests: Treat them all neutral and do not get frustrated by the endless trail of thoughts; in fact, find amazement in how intricate and vast the mind is and find faith and energy that you are the master of this domain.  There are three areas…

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In Meditation Part I. we briefly discussed “daily life practice”. The objective was to become more aware of your thoughts, label them as guests and be more mindful of the present. Seems easy enough right? If you are reading this blog entry then there is a pretty good chance you have tried meditation before. I can certainly recall my first meditation attempts: A train wreck is probably the best description. One would think finding time to self-actualize would be the most difficult facet of meditation. With such busy lives, when can we find time to meditate? Others may think that the most difficult part of meditation is sitting in one spot for an extended period of time. Truthfully, the most challenging part of meditation is fielding all the thoughts that parade through our heads at any given point. Sure your first meditation seems to start off well: You feel mindful and…

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