Audiobook - instructions for meditation, without emphasis on the physical side.

Common from yoga, zen and auto training.

Zen practice



Zen practice has two parts. These two exercises complement each other, you should devote at least 15 minutes to them.
The first exercise is meditation. The ability of the psyche to pay attention to itself. Breathing is like a door that opens a mechanism that has previously been hidden.
The exercise itself is not breathing. Breathing does not change at all, there are no delays. Smooth, regular breathing. But - conscious.
This is an exercise in attention. Breathing is just a process that functions automatically in us. But we can switch to another mode when we are in control of the process.
So, 15 sit, or lie, with your eyes closed. And have nothing in the psyche except inhalation and exhalation.
The same exercise is called ujjai in yoga.
The second exercise is external meditation. Attention to certain everyday actions. For example, deliberately drinking a glass of tea. To have nothing in mind but warmth, aroma, taste.
You can get to the point that meditation is done on the impressions of the past, the student gets from his memory taste, warmth and aroma.
It is said that this is how Zen masters can drink tea from an empty cup.
Meditatively, you can do all those things that people already do. Mow the lawn, or clean up the drawers.
You can also draw, write, run or just walk.
When walking, you can combine both methods: internal and external.
According to Zen, these exercises lead one to enlightenment. As if layer by layer, nature begins to reveal its secrets to the student. And there comes pleasure and peace.

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"Going down the stairs, you can fall up!"


Frank Herbert. Children of Dune



The hottest place in hell is for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.

I read these words for a long time, but they stuck in my memory. Apparently there is something important in them.

In our troubled world, the political situation always resembles a moral crisis. Therefore, I will allow myself not to remain neutral.

I was just watching the news, and I saw a policeman, in uniform, with important shoulder straps, forbidding the gathering of opposition-minded politicians.

This man did not look happy. All his facial expressions, motor skills, the timbre of his voice said that he did not like his role, the words he uttered, the deeds in which he was involved.

So I remembered other words, very important:

"If you see in what area oppression to the poor and violation of judgment and righteousness, then do not be surprised at this: because the highest is watching over the high, and the highest is still watching over them;

the superiority of the country as a whole is a king who cares about the country. "


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Parallel Mythology - Hamsa


There is a famous parable about the elephant. Several blind people have felt the elephant, and they argue what the elephant should look like. Each asserts his own, because one touched the side, the other - the trunk, the third - the leg.

Since ancient times, this is the situation with religions. People kill each other, believing that only they have true spiritual knowledge.

If different cultures do not see what is common in each other's faith, then there will be no future, or it will be a fantasy nightmare, with total control and closed states, with the hostility of anything different from their people, their religion, their way of life ...

Either one of the radical groups obtains atomic or bacteriological weapons, and everything will become even more terrible.

Therefore, I am glad to discover another parallel place in religions, mythologies, customs of different cultures.

So it was yesterday.

I have found that Muslims and Jews have a sacred symbol of the open palm called Hamsa, or Five.

A common amulet against the evil eye.

In Judaism, this is the Hand of Miriam, the sister of Moses.

In Islam - the Hand of Fatima.

In Indian philosophy, Hamsa is a sacred waterfowl, due to its fatty cover, the feathers of which remain dry, not moistened in water. A person can get such coverage for the soul, with the help of the correct approach to business. Then he is not stained, even in the thick of activities like a lotus leaf, or a water bird in water.

He can be located in the center of the city anthill, and feel the calmness, as in the Himalayan caves.

The divine bird, Hamsa, is a symbol of the soul that dives into matter, but remains uncontaminated.

Great sages are called by this name.

There is meditation with the Hamsa mantra. The bottom line is to form a powerful inhibition in the psyche, as it were, an opposite mental wave dominating over the rest of the waves. Meditation is successful when the Hamsa mantra is heard for the meditator himself, like So Aham - I am one with the Supreme.

There is a legend - if a vessel with water and milk is placed in front of Khamsa, he will drink milk and leave the water. This is how the student should relate to knowledge, strive for the essence, look for commonality between different sources.

I think that all of humanity should do this.