Mudita Journal

Meditation Archive

Mudita Forum is now at Google Groups

Check out the new Mudita Forum, if you think you might be interested. The purpose of Mudita Forum is to provide a stimulating, thoughtful environment for discussing Eastern consciousness-raising practices — such as meditation, mindfulness, and the cultivation of presence — while using Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism as a basic philosophical frame-of-reference. The old group got lost when I was changing servers a couple years ago, but recently I've been contacted by new people wishing to join. My hope for the new group is that it will be much like the old one: low-volume, high-quality, and stimulating on many levels. I sent invites ...

You are not your emotions, except when “you” disappears

March 14, 2009  ·  Category: Meditation, Mindfulness, Personal, Witness Consciousness

A friend published a friends-only LiveJournal post titled "What makes you... you?" in which she says "I know (or think I know) intellectually that the feelings I have do not make me the person I am. But when I dig a little deeper I'm not totally sure" -- and elaborates, very articulately, about what this experience is like, the fears it evokes, and the personal-intellectual challenges it poses. Below is my response. The most valuable skill I've acquired through meditation is the ability to experience the sense in which I am not the same as my emotions. We have a ...

When mindfulness hurts

May 27, 2008  ·  Category: Buddhism, Health, Meditation, Mindfulness

A friend pointed me to the very interesting article "Lotus Therapy" in today's NY Times, which discusses the current state of the research, pro and con, on mindfulness as a clinical intervention. Criticisms of mindfulness are particularly interesting to me, partly because I experience mindfulness, at root, to be a simple increase in awareness -- and not even at the "synthetic" level of thought, but rather at the even more basic level of perception. Since the practice of mindfulness is virtually synonymous with an increase in perception, or elementary awareness, I often find myself wondering, "How on earth can raising awareness be ...

Jon Bernie: To awaken is to dissolve

As many of you know, over the past couple years I've become increasingly interested in the teachings of Adyashanti, Jed McKenna, and the like. Jon Bernie is one of Adya's friends and colleagues. I met him briefly and attended one of his satsangs (sitting & teaching events) last time I was in San Francisco. Below is a brief teaching he sent out to his an announcement list. (Thanks to Marsh for the forward.) I think it's a well-expressed encapsulation of this perspective. You might find it worth contemplating if you're open to this sort of thing. For ...

The Return to Meditation

November 28, 2007  ·  Category: Adyashanti, Meditation, Personal

Joshua: i meditated for a long time last night, and then again this morning Joshua: man did that make a difference in my day Joshua: i felt better this morning than i've felt in months Marsh: yeah, i'm changing my life Marsh: more meditation Marsh: that "let everything be as it is" meditation? the most effective use of 20 minutes I've ever come across Joshua: yep Marsh: i can't believe i wasted so many hours watching my breath Joshua: *laughing*

Jed McKenna, the Howard Roark of Spiritual Enlightenment

April 30, 2007  ·  Category: Buddhism, Meditation, Mindfulness

At Damian's suggestion, I recently listened to the full audiobook for Jed McKenna's Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing. I enjoyed it tremendously. McKenna is a exceptionally good storyteller. Even better, he is without a doubt the Howard Roark of spiritual enlightenment -- beginning with his persistent (relentless, really) emphasis on honing your own vision and first-hand judgment, rather than relying on others' judgment, about what is true at the deepest level. After many years of shying away from truth-oriented teachings -- because of my acute awareness that identifying with abstractions can get in the way of real growth -- I find McKenna ...

Albuquerque Adyashanti Group

April 23, 2007  ·  Category: Adyashanti, Meditation

Lately I've been getting tremendous value out of Adyashanti's teachings, including his True Meditation and Spontaneous Awakening audiobooks. Currently there is no Adyashanti group listed in Albuquerque, so I've decided to start a new group. I have submitted a new listing, which should appear once they update their site. If you live in the greater Albuquerque, New Mexico area (including Rio Rancho, Placitas, Corrales or nearby areas) and are interested in attending, please contact me.

Concentration Through Letting Go

January 25, 2007  ·  Category: Adyashanti, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mudita Forum

I just had the following exchange with a Mudita Forum member who had this question about Adyashanti's True Meditation (previously discussed here). Like I mentioned, my main concern was that I was having a hard time understanding how his approach would help me with my goal. I did enjoy reading his work though. I've always wrestled with the concept of greater concentration through letting go. How do you let go and let things just be? Is concentration not a skill? I want to give his CD a go and see what happens. To which ...

Enjoying Adyashanti’s “Spontaneous Awakening” Lectures

January 9, 2007  ·  Category: Adyashanti, Buddhism, Meditation, Reviews, Witness Consciousness

I just received my CD of Adyashanti's "True Meditation" by UPS this morning. I'm ripping it to my hard drive to put on my mp3 player. Should be able to post what I think after I return from retreat next week. In the interim, I've been listening to his "Spontaneous Awakening" lectures, which a friend gave me, and I have to say I have enjoyed them very much. Adyashanti is very easy to relate to. I get a sense of genuineness about both his person and his teachings. He speaks the truth, it feels to me. And I like ...

“True Meditation” by Adyashanti

January 6, 2007  ·  Category: Adyashanti, Buddhism, Meditation, Reviews, Witness Consciousness

Just received this recommendation from a close friend who shares my interest in Buddhist meditation: Last night, I bought and listened to the first hour of this 3.5 hour program. Then I meditated for 20 minutes according to the instructions therein. Then I went to bed. I ended up spending the entire night lying in bed in a very deep state of witness consciousness, feeling the pulsations of the ego all night long, with the exception of a couple hours of sleep interspersed. And there was at least one moment of disidentification ...