3 ways how to harness the Power of the Mind

3 ways how to harness the Power of the Mind

3 Ways How to harness Power of the Mind

He showed me that nothing is impossible that you can attain it if you really want.

“If you want to attract something in your Life, you need to understand what that frequency is that you want and then change the energy in your body to match that frequency. And when you do, you attract that.”

A lot of people that talk a lot about the law of attraction and stuff, but they don’t really understand it or explain it properly. And I think sometimes the new age world can just get away by saying all kinds of “Oh, The law of attraction … Do this and do that and it will all attract into your life.” But there is no practical step to actually understanding the science of how these things work. But once you really understand it and put the hard work into it; these amazing tools have been around for millenniums and monks have been using them for thousands of years.

1. Positive Words

Concise choice of positive words, clear visualization, and feeling. And feeling being the most important component because feeling is emotion and emotion is energy and energy is magnetic. Tesla had the saying: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” Everything is made up of energy and that energy is vibrating at a certain frequency. And your job is to match the frequency of what you want because that’s harmony.

2. Think Interm of Frequency

If your team here can match your frequency, then you’re all in alignment and on the same page and then you work together. It’s like a flock of birds that just flow in harmony. You see them flying in the sky… they never crash into each other, they all fly in harmony.

It’s like the old radios, right?

You tune it, the station is 74.5 FM and if you get to 74.4 FM, you get static and music. 74.6, static and music; 74.5, perfect music; 74.2 just the static, so your goal is to tune your energy to match the frequency of what you want. And that is when attraction comes. Concise positive words, clear visualisation, and corresponding feeling. The feeling is emotion and when I say corresponding feeling, If you want something, you need to match the frequency with what you want. So remember Tesla said, “think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

3. Concentration

Concentration is a science and an art. A science because of the clear steps that you need to take, to work towards a goal, and art because it requires repetition and practice. So I always say that concentration is a science and art. Learning how to concentrate, you have to understand the mind, right? So, as I shared before, you’re not the mind, you’re purely awareness, moving to different areas of the mind. And I define concentration as my ability to keep my awareness on you for an extended period of time until I make a conscious choice to shift it to something else.

So most people allow someone or something else outside of them to control where their awareness goes. So I’m chasing with you, my phone goes bing, I pick it up and my awareness gets right there. Another notification comes, my awareness goes there. I  hear a noise out there, my awareness goes over there. So my ability to keep my awareness on you or something for an extended period of time is my ability to concentrate. Your whole day needs to be filled with rituals and you need to look at your life the same way. An Olympian might look at his or her life, where their whole day is filled with rituals. In the monastery, we mediate as group for 1 hour a day. That’s all the meditation. People always think that monks meditate all day, and they’re slowly sweeping the sidewalks, but we don’t. We meditate 1 or 2 hour a day, and what are we doing the rest the day? The master taught us to practice concentration, Not to practice mindfulness, practice concentration. So if you’re speaking with another monk, you give that person your undivided attention. That’s what we practice all day  and think people take a different approach, right now.

They think “if I meditate for 10 minutes in the morning, I am good, I’m zen, and the rest of the day I can do just whatever I want to do.” And the rest of the day is constant multitasking, so I’m doing many things at once, in a poor way.

So what do you become good at? You become good at whatever it is your practice. Because practice doesn’t have the ability to discriminate between what’s a positive practice and what’s a negative practice. So if you practice something negative all the time, you become really good at it. So if you practice distractive all the time,  10 hours a day, what do you become good at after 6 months? Distraction. And anybody practices anything for 10 hours a day, they become really good at it. And the truth is, we have 24 hours in a day, most people sleep what … 7, 8 hours, so you are awake for 16, and now in the 16 hours, are they only practicing distraction for 7, or 8 hours? Probably more like 13 or 14 hours a day, they’re practicing distraction. So if you do that 7 days a week … Imagine if you’re practice playing the piano for 14 hours a day, 7 days a week? How good you would be after 6 months? So, how good are people at distraction? If you look at most people out there, They are the master of distraction. They’ve mastered the art of distraction.

These people are to be acknowledged and respected because the dedication and devotion they have given to the art of distraction. And they don’t even know. That’s why I really harp on understanding mind first and then learning to concentrate. Because I feel that if humanity can learn to do this, they can be better athletes, better artists, better martial artist, better singers, performers, sport people, engineers, doctors, because the centre of success is your ability to harness the power of mind and direct it in a single point of focus one stable long enough so you can come with solutions to create beautiful things. But if you can’t concentrate, you can’t do any of these things. And we can’t solve the problems of the world.

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Close your eyes and picture Buddha. Are you thinking of a fat bald guy with droopy earlobes and a goofy smile? This is the image that has been popularized by little statues and restaurant murals around the world, but it is far from the reality.

Born to the prosperous rulers of the Shakya Clan in the 6th Century BC, the man who would become Buddha was a prince named Siddhartha who stayed in top physical shape in the luxurious confines of his family’s palace. Outside of the palace walls, he fasted and ate only when it was necessary for his survival. We’ve assembled the top 10 health and fitness tips from Buddha, and none of them justify an endlessly expanding waistline, sorry!

1. Clean Diet

In following the First Precept of the Five Moral Precepts, many Buddhists choose Vegetarian or Vegan diets because they do not believe in killing animals for food.  Buddha recommended following a diet consisting of fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables. It is also important to consume lean protein, healthy carbs, vitamins, minerals, and fats.

A study published in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society; (Apr 1999, Vol. 58 Issue 2, p459-468, 10p) shows that Vitamin E plays an extremely important role in platelet, vascular, and immune health due to its antioxidant properties. Incorporating an adequate amount of Vitamin E in your diet will leave you feeling more energetic, clear-minded and will also improve the immune system.

2. Always Begin Your Day With Breakfast

Many Buddhist monks have been observed consuming breakfasts commonly consisting of steamed vegetables, fish broth, and poached eggs.  The purpose of a diet consisting of these items is to prime your digestive system for an energetic and highly productive day while feeding beneficial digestive flora and starving pathogenic bacteria and yeasts in the digestive tract.

3. Fasting

Buddhism encourages ascetic practices–practices meant to teach self-discipline or self-denial in the pursuit of a spiritual goal.

Fasting helps you achieve self-discipline and acquire more self-control while detoxifying the body. Based on the Second Precept of the Five Moral Precepts, Buddha recommended eating once a day, in one sitting, taking care to reducing the amount eaten to avoid overconsumption. It was also recommended for monks not to consume solid food afternoon.
The potential health benefits of intermittent fasting include weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, improved cardiovascular and brain function, improved risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke, and increased resistance to age-related diseases and insulin sensitivity.

4. Wake up Early

It is important to maintain a consistent sleep schedule in which you go to sleep at and wake up at the same time every day.  One of the main benefits of waking up early includes increased energy, clarity of mind and productivity.  Waking up early will also give you an early start and more time to work on your goals for the day.

5. Maintain Physical Fitness

Siddhartha Gautama was born into the caste of warriors, rulers, and aristocrats of ancient India.  As a result, Siddhartha Gautama underwent rigorous physical training to master archery, swordsmanship, and horsemanship.  A healthy, flexible, and fit body will undoubtedly complement and support the pursuit of a healthy, flexible, and fit mind.  Unsurprisingly, yoga and Buddhism are sister traditions that evolved in the same spiritual culture of ancient India.  The beginnings of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years ago to the Indus-Sarasvati civilization of Northern India and ancient monks used yoga along with pranayama (breathing the life force) to prepare their bodies for long periods of seated meditation.

6. Meditate Every Day

Meditation occupies a central place in all forms of Buddhism.  The Buddha was one of history’s major proponents of meditation, and Indian tantras (scriptures) mentioned meditation techniques around 5000 years ago.

According to the Buddha Dharma Education Association, the basic purpose of meditation is to calm the mind and train it to concentrate.  The benefits of meditating each day include lowered blood pressure and allow for fewer distractions throughout daily life.

7. Avoid Intoxicating Substances

Buddha emphasized the importance of avoiding intoxicating substances.  Intoxicating substances are to be avoided because they cloud the mind, can be physically and psychologically addictive and may increase the likelihood of breaking the other rules of Buddhism, according to the Five Moral Precepts.

8. Practice Proper Breathing

Proper breathing techniques go hand in hand with yoga and meditation.  There are many ways to practice proper breathing as one of the health benefits of mindful breathing and meditation include decreased Beta brain waves, which are associated with thinking, problem-solving, and stress.  With daily practice of proper breathing, you will increase Alpha, Theta, and Gamma brain waves, which are the brain waves associated with relaxed creativity and high mental state.  Mindful breathing throughout the day has been shown to have positive effects on the stress of the body and mind.  In a study published in NeuroImage suggests that mindful attention to breath contributes to increased emotional regulation because of the increased amygdala and prefrontal-cortex connectivity.

9. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness according to Merriam-Webster is defined as “the practice of maintaining a non-judgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis” and pertains to both bodily actions and the mind’s thoughts and feelings.

Mindfulness is a conscious direction of our awareness and is often synonymous with meditation.  In Buddhism, mindfulness is a prerequisite for developing insight and wisdom.  Mindfulness is an activity that can be done at any time and does not necessarily require sitting in one place.

10. Practice Altruism

“O monks, wander! We will go forward for the benefit of many people…out of compassion for the world, for the good, welfare, and happiness of gods and humans.” — Catusparishad Sutra (Buddhist scripture)

“Someone may build a precious reliquary, as high as the world; It is said that training others to generate The altruistic intention is more excellent.” — Aryadeva (monk, 170-260 CE).

Many Buddhist organizations aim to give help and provide warmth and active caring to relieve suffering.  The goal of adopting an altruistic approach to life is to extend compassion and loving-kindness, or charity to others.

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True happiness is easier to obtain than you might think. It is much easier than owning a dream house, marrying a dream girl, or getting a dream job, etc. Where is it? Why is it that everybody of every race and religion is searching for it, but few people have ever found it?

True Happiness

True happiness is like true love. You cannot purchase true happiness. It is not like buying a lipstick, a Mercedes Benz or an ice cream. It comes from inside, from a place where force, money, and charm have no access. Yet, its’ invisible presence has had a universal appeal since time immemorial.

Pleasure is often mistaken for happiness. Pleasure makes you forget bad things for a while, but it comes with side effects. 

Happiness is pure and unadulterated joy. It is free from side effects and free from the slightest bit of suffering. As much as we appreciate the pleasure of: sitting by the sea, watching the sunset, cruising along the river, being a parent, receiving a promotion or buying beautiful things for ourselves, we know that deep down these things all come with a certain amount of cost (thinking, planning, problem-solving, maintenance and sometimes even stress). Pleasure requires us to take action (to do something), whereas pure happiness asks us to do absolutely nothing.

That is because pure happiness relies on nothing. The presence (or absence) of a particular person, possession or circumstance are not the conditions of happiness. Pleasure is short-lived and relies on external factors, on other people and things outside our control.

This does not mean that we should deny all pleasures. It means that we need to know what real happiness is, where it comes from, and how we can have it. There have been and there always will be times when we realize, temporarily, that all the external possessions and the lovely pleasures cannot lift us out of emotional suffering. Even a nice house, a six-figure salary or a diamond ring cannot prevent love from ruin or save us from heartache. We feel happiness in the mind. It comes from the mind.

To be specific, happiness comes from the center of the body, the natural home of the human mind. Most of us cannot find happiness because we look for only pleasure. We look for happiness on the outside. Sometimes we even feel empty inside, despite owning a new car, a new house and all the beautiful things that money can buy. Sometimes, we work so hard and spend so much time to get all these things for ourselves or for others, to win their hearts. We think that they will make us happy or will return our love. Other people still expire, malfunction or die. They leave us in a most unkind and unexpected manner. We wonder why they left. Then we realize that none of these things can help us when we are worried, depressed or in pain. We will truly appreciate this fact and the difference between happiness and pleasure, only when we have experienced pure happiness.

Real happiness is much closer than you might think

Real happiness is much closer than you might think. It is within every one of us. We have only to station our mind (in the right place) and still it (in the right way) to tap into our private ocean of joy, located right at the center of our body. Have you ever noticed that when you have a good night sleep, you wake up feeling refreshed and energetic, ready to face the day? That is because your mind is floating near the center of your body, two finger-widths above your navel. Medical scientists call it the “center of gravity” because the energy at this center keeps your entire body grounded and in balance.

The center of the body is where our mind feels happiest, where sadness cannot exist and joy abounds, infinitely. It is a place of strength, energy and inspiration to be creative. A place inspiring us to do what is morally correct and useful for oneself or others – despite difficulties and obstacles. It is where our mind rest and it is strengthened and purified. The closer the mind is to the center of the body, the happier it is. The further away our mind is from its home sweet home, the unhappier it becomes.

Have you ever noticed that when you long for someone or something, or when you are angry with somebody, your mind is not with you? It is with that person or thing. By leaving its happy home, the mind exposes itself to negative forces, pressure and emotions – adding to the owner’s suffering. Similarly, when you feel pain in your leg or your arm and you focus on the pain, your mind is with that pain. It is with that painful part of the body. You feel more pain than when you rest your mind in its protected home at your center.

You have only to allow your mind to come to a standstill and rest in its’ home, to savor the pure happiness from your private ocean of joy. You can tap into as much peace and joy as you wish at your center. It is all yours. This permanently reliable source of joy is an inner wealth that you gain when you are born. It is your “true possession”. Nobody can take it away from you.

When your mind dips into the ocean of joy, you will experience an absolute joy that does not compare to owning any possession. Nothing in the world can compare with this absolute joy. Our body’s center guarantees that we all have the ability to make ourselves happy – independent of personal circumstances and external factors.