New Years Eve Meditation by Orin and DaBen

Let Us Hold a Positive Vision for Humanity

Pick one or more visions to energize with your positive thoughts:
(And create your own visions as well)

People everywhere make right decisions,
inspired by their higher selves, and carried out skillfully.
People are mentally clear, emotionally calm, and spiritually aware.
Everyone is in touch with their
creativity, strength, courage, and wisdom.
There is an unprecedented level of
cooperation, teamwork, and sharing.
Humanity experiences an outpouring of
love, new ideas, and soul connections.
There is hope, optimism, and positive visions of the future.
People know that the universe is friendly
and always working for them.
People believe in abundance and are able to create it in their lives.
People are supportive of those in need,
and are generous with their assistance and sharing.
Criticism is replaced with understanding, love, and cooperation.
Every light worker becomes a radiating point of
light, hope, inspiration, and courage.
People are awakening their light bodies everywhere.
Humanity is in alignment with Divine Will.
Humanity has enlightened leadership
by all people in leadership positions.
Separation between peoples, nations, and races dissolve.
People know their oneness with each other and with the
plant, animal, and mineral kingdoms.
Isolation turns into community, aloneness into friendships,
and separateness into inclusiveness.
All people are free to follow and live their higher purpose.
Humanity becomes aware of their higher purpose.
Each person expands their consciousness,
awakens their true vision,
and evolves all the forms in their lives so they may
carry out the true activity of their souls.
People’s personalities become vehicles to carry out
their soul’s love, light, and will.
All people honor the earth and live in harmony with it and all life upon it.
The plan of humanity unfolds in all its beauty and perfection.

Spiritual Practice by Norman Fischer

Spiritual practice ought to be childish. It ought to help us recapture something that gets lost in the process of growing up. It ought to foster a sense of play, a sense of magic, a sense of humor. —Norman Fischer

“Turning Inward” by Swami Rama

“Turning Inward”

From childhood onward, we have been educated only to examine and verify things in the external world. No one has taught us how to look within, to find within, and to verify within. Therefore, we remain strangers to ourselves, while trying to get to know others. This lack of self-understanding is one of the main reasons our relationships don’t seem to work, and why confusion and disappointment so often prevail in our life.

Very little of the mind is cultivated by our formal educational system. The part of the mind that dreams and sleeps—the vast realm of the unconscious which is the reservoir of all our experiences—remains unknown and undisciplined; it is not subject to any control. It is true that the whole of the body is in the mind, but the whole of the mind is not in the body. Except for the practice of meditation, there is no method to truly develop control over the totality of the mind.

The goal of meditation is to go beyond the mind and experience our essential nature—which is described as peace, happiness, and bliss. But as anyone who has tried to meditate knows, the mind itself is the biggest obstacle standing between ourselves and this awareness. The mind is undisciplined and unruly, and it resists any attempts to discipline it or to guide it on a particular path. The mind has a mind of its own. That is why many people sit for meditation and experience only fantasies, daydreams, or hallucinations. They never attain the stillness that distinguishes the genuine experience of deep meditation.

We are taught how to move and behave in the outer world, but we are never taught how to be still and examine what is within ourselves. When we learn to do this through meditation, we attain the highest of all joys that can ever be experienced by a human being. All the other joys in the world are momentary, but the joy of meditation is immense and everlasting. This is not an exaggeration; it is a truth supported by the long line of sages, both those who renounced the world and attained truth, and those who continued living in the world yet remained unaffected by it.

Meditation is a practical means for calming yourself, for letting go of your biases and seeing what is, openly and clearly. It is a way of training the mind so that you are not distracted and caught up in its endless churning. Meditation teaches you to systematically explore your inner dimensions. It is a system of commitment, not commandment. You are committing to yourself, to your path, and to the goal of knowing yourself. But at the same time, learning to be calm and still should not become a ceremony or religious ritual; it is a universal requirement of the human body.

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