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Originally posted by Diseria
I, myself, have never been able to slow my mind. Meditation, like mathematical word problems, I just don't get. (If anyone ever finds an on/off switch for the mind, lemme know. )
However, your situation is intriguing. I've heard that humans (might) have an ancestral memory, kinda like the elephants. (A teacher called it 'Zero Point'.) I'm not sure if it's limited to human memory, of if it could extend into the before-ness of humans..
Could be a past life, if you believe in reincarnation.
I'd like to think that all humans have the capacity to become enlightened, or at least get closer to Nirvana. But the more I observe humanity, I just don't think that some humans have the physical (mental) capabilities... some are just plainly stupid and/or stubborn. (Of course, the American 'culture' doesn't allow for much spiritual evolution, so we might just be stunting ourselves.)
At the very least -- take it and run! Delve deeper and see what you can see.
the meditation is simple, just dont think about it and kind of loose yourself for a few minutes the concentrate on a problem, an event it can be anything and you will find such simple solutions to it. Dont rush anything....let it come naturally, at least this is how I do it.
Originally posted by XphilesPhan
I came to this realisation not long ago....
every since I was a small child Id set out time in the day and concentrate my mind and focusing by using music for sometimes over an hour or more at a time. using the rhythem of the music and sometimes a subtle rocking to slow my thoughts down and focus my mind. I did this unknowingly or unconciously (difficult to describe) my parents, especially my father thought it was odd, yet he is very open minded and later told me he thought it was a from of meditation that not only me but my sibblings did each day. apparently this was common through my mothers side. Whatever I projected or molded my mind to at this time my mood and feelings were affected by becoming that.
I also shared an affinity for the image of the buddha since I was very young and it interested me. So I began reading the philosphy of buddhism....and its practices. I slowly began to realise the meditation practices I have been doing my entire life unknowingly.
the terminology I began realising were describing subtle thing that I had known unconciously. It is difficult for the western mind to comprehend the buddhist philosphy and I believe because of a couple reasons...the traditional religions of the west are geared, for those who delve deeply enough to do the same thing, but I feel the buddhist philosphy is more direct about it with the 8 fold path.
At first the state of nirvana, or ceasing was difficult for me to understand until I realised I was bringing myself into this state at least once a day to bring my life more into focus. the state of both being and not being.
So....my question is has anybody else come to similiar realizations? do you believe they stem from past lives of learning or spirtual growth?
or, as in the buddhist philosphy, we all inheritantly have the ability of realization and awakening, and some choose to use it and others do not?