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Episode 25: Meditation Part 4 of 4 (Applied Meditation)

For todays episode we have a New Years GIVEAWAY!
Answer this question correctly and you’ll receive an advanced pdf copy of Josh’s unreleased book, “Music, Meditation, Love and Death.” Listen closely to today’s episode for the answer, and leave your comments below. Suerte y amor!

The question is:

Embedded in our theme song is a sample of some dialogue from an old movie, between a boy, an old man and an officer. Tell us, what is it they refer to as “a young man’s game”? Bonus points for anyone who can also identify the meaning of the dialogue as it relates to this week’s show.

(it’s a Two Parter

Happy Friday fellow rockstars and shamans, and all else in between!!! Enjoy this episode as we close up our 4 part discussion on applied meditation.

We have a choice.

Does it all have to be right now? Patience is a virtue and a practice. It’s ok to say no sometimes. It’s ok to not be sure. Just sit with it. Wouldn’t now be a good time to love yourself?

We have a choice.

Each new year, we think about things we’d like to change. Cycles end and beginnings fill our winter hearts for the ramp into spring. It’s easy to get caught up in the long view at a time like this. caught up in Stories of the future, stories of what we must let go of in the past, and how we expect to change and improve in the coming months.

We have a choice.

Judgement, Assumption and Expectation. Judgement of right and wrong. Assumptions about who, what, when or why. Expecting the best, or the worst. How do your stories change the way you feel?

All, a story. All, a choice.

All the little voices of the story, and you decide the plot. The mind can function constructively and even thrive without the negative uses of these three tools. It will happen from time to time, and that’s when the practices of patience and self love have to combine with your doubts or your stories and bring you back to now. to serving what is.

We have a choice.

It takes awareness to HAVE that choice, but we DO have a choice. Todays show is about practicing meditation as part of your moment to moment lifestyle. Dealing with urges, discomforts equally as pleasures and laughs. no better or worse, differentness or sameness. All perfect. All as it should be, as it is.

Welcome everyone to this weeks episode of tsatr

Happy New Year!!
New Years is a point in time that we can use as a stable place from which to get some perspective.

Patterns from last year. What matters for you now? Habit patterns, practice, passion and inspiration.
Our focus, intention and intention have a powerful impact on life. One day of focused practice changes how you feel. This has a cumulative effect over time as we consistently practice and build the habit of feeling a certain way.

These are some other things we talk about today:

  • Noticing the difference between the experience, and the story about the experience.
  • Watching the storyteller… Mindfulness.
  • The practice becoming something that helps you serve to your fullest.
  • Discomforts/Urges looking at any time we are not at peace with now.
  • Distractions from now, is this a constructive use of storytelling, and action?
  • Attention -> Intention -> Invention.
  • Playing music and being creative, ways to carry on a practice and release in times of doubt or struggle to find stillness.

Choosing to enjoy. Choosing to seek what makes YOU comfortable, fills YOUR heart with purpose and delight. The delight of working hard and showing up. Feeling your heart, guiding the light within.

Temptation and desire are both an impetus in choice, and we can’t make clear choices until we get clear on what our temptations and desires are and how they affect our experience and visioning choices as future decisions, weighing one against the other. What feels like integrity? This practice can be applied to just about anything.

No matter what you do, do it in awareness. Or not!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Josh Kane for sharing your amazing music… Thank you!

Aho!

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Episode 19: Forgiveness Pt2

Forgiveness is something we talk a lot about for a reason. It has powerful and wide ranging impacts on many areas of life.

Each moment is what it is. Personal stories create judgment, clouding our perspective and separating us from what is real, and that is insane. True forgiveness is forgiving ourselves for believing there was anything to forgive in the first place. Attachment to telling stories is the defining global thought-epidemic of our era.

We have a choice in when and how to forgive people and situations, yet many people throughout the world still suffer because they are unwilling to lay down their arms, stop telling stories and forgive.

Forgiving ourselves and others is liberating. It opens up potential for pro-active growth, moving forward with a clear perspective.

Forgiveness can be many things: challenging, liberating, fast, slow or life changing. Your stories of forgiveness can inspire others to reap its benefits. Share your experience through the website comments, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Some more handy tools for forgiveness:

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M-2-M – Integrity Awareness – 2013/Nov/19

I’ve been practicing integrity awareness as a walking meditation for a while now. It involves just feeling for integrity in every thought, emotion and action. Integrity feels like an alignment with nature. It always resonates with love and flows in the direction of my passion and purpose. I’ve noticed it involves a genuine honouring of this body and environment. This practice has opened into a very deep and honest awareness of my experience. As I consistently apply it to my life it becomes a more natural way to live.

There is no longer anywhere to run or hide from conscious awareness. Any urge to distract myself or go to sleep is quickly exposed for what it is. As a distraction is seen, it’s just loved and experienced fully in the moment. Distractions often don’t feel like integrity and I can see the pattern it is based on. I see the core emotions behind it and can make a choice based on a clear perspective. Saying this all choices are perfect from moment to moment. When I choose integrity it feels like riding a wave of exhilaration or allowing myself to be dragged downstream by a nurturing and supportive river.

Examples of distractions I’ve felt in the last few days are wanting to drug myself with TV, google and facebook. These are really just mental stories wrapped around an urge. They are a low priority but my body and mind had me convinced for a second that I should indulge in them. I felt and explored these urges being honest and embracing of the experience. Sometimes these surprise me, and do feel like integrity or intuition, but it’s rare. In this case the urges feel like they’re asking me to rest with a hint of stepping back from my fullest expression. I’m not used to having TV around, but I’m glad it gifted me these realisations. Rather than the immediate release of TV or the internet, it feels more like integrity to put on some music, sleep or meditate. Today integrity has felt like meditation, music, writing, connecting deeply with those around me and playing with the dog. I’m glad my body guided me to the entertainment unit so that I could pick out Snatam Kaur as the soundtrack for a day packed with a loving and inspiring flow of service.

Affirmations:
My experience is clear and loud!
I honestly see what I feel, I accept now and choose integrity.
Follow your heart!

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