Nothing I ever found undoes the root of our misery better than Vipassana.
SN Goenke based retreats are by far the best method, and I always recommend them to anyone. Sure, it is not easy and it is a lot of hard work, but our misery occurs because our life has been spent craving good things and feeling repulsed by bad things and that builds up over time into the inner existence of misery, which we then continue to feed with our endless reactions. There is no easy cure because of what we fundamentally are, and because of what being alive is all about — we are here to experience life.
Anyone miserable actually needs to stop talking about it, and go find their nearest Vipassana centre, then go on a 10 day retreat, it is donation based so there is no reason to claim poverty and avoid doing it that way. Then come back and talk about their misery. Because there is nothing like misery to get people talking about their problems endlessly.
I think the best solution when someone wants to tell you how miserable their life is, is to put your hand over their mouth. Stop them speaking about it. Being miserable is addictive. Misery loves company, right?
So, go do Vipassana, and then you will have earned the right to discuss being miserable because you will understand why you are miserable and also, importantly, you will have been given a tool to deal with it. Until you have at least put some effort in to addressing the problem, shut up and stop moaning about it !
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Minimalism – its all over you tube, face book groups,Instagram and pinterest. Getting rid of, letting go, etc etc. The concept is brilliant and yet its more than just throwing out those t shirts you don’t wear and decluttering a drawer every so often. For us it has become a way of life by default. We didn’t sit down and consciously decided to become minimalists. It just sort of happened.
We started travelling. “Stuff” was in storage in two different cities and then we came back to Australia and what to do with all that “stuff”. Well we couldn’t take it to where we were going to live and besides, we were only home to earn some more money so that we could leave the country again, so it wasn’t really worth getting it all out. Continue reading
Kamala — The Goddess of Delight
An album of Ambient Tantric Meditation Music by Mark Berry
Kamala, or Kamalatmika, is the 10th Wisdom Goddess from the Mahavidya Hindu teachings and represents the Goddess of Delight.
She is the last, but in some ways also the first Goddess to tune into when learning about the Mahavidya, the 10 Wisdom Goddesses. The Mahavidya are meditations. The Goddess represents knowledge we can meditate upon.
In short Kamala represents the divine found within the ordinary. One method to meditate upon her is to contemplate the light of the sun, not for its physical powers to nourish, but for it’s ability to develop virtue and intelligence. A subtlety, maybe, but in meditating on the Mahavidya it is the subtleties that leads us into deep understandings.
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