Two weeks before Christmas I led a group of people into a state of stillness right in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District. There was a period of time during this Med Mob that meditators reportedly experienced a distinct drop of activity and a suspended silence and calm overcame them. This a phenomenon that occurs when groups of meditators come together in a collective calm, just as the opposite happens when a group of angry or excited people come together in riots or rock concerts. You can watch the video of this event below and to find out more about group meditation sessions like these in the Sydney area click here and enter your details.
UKIYO- ‘The Floating World’. How beautiful.
This Japanese word is something that I seek to embrace daily. Often I can feel myself getting pulled into life’s stories.
“Will this venture work out?”
“What if no one turns up to my event?”
“Why did I say that?”
“How will I find the time to get all of this done?”
Do you find there are times when you get pulled into the expectations of life, the gossipping stories, the fear of the unknown? When I feel this occurring I come back to my base. This is where I ‘float’, in this blissful moment called NOW. In this moment, when there are only my 5 senses, what I see, taste, touch, hear and smell, a simplicity exists. Life slows down, and I find myself floating effortlessly. Peace arrives and bliss prevails.
To master the art of ukiyo I recommend two things:
- Mindfulness: the act of being aware of the content of the mind and having authority over those thoughts, selectively choosing where your mind goes.
- Meditation: the act of sitting in stillness daily using either a mantra or focus on the breath to still the mind.
Our minds are becoming busier and busier with today’s flood of information. Last night at our group meditation session I asked a few people why they wanted to learn to meditate. Most of them said to help remove the static of all the thoughts so they could think more clearly and to slow life down.
The challenge with this, as one woman said, is where do we find the time to meditate daily? It’s a great question. How we allocate actions to our time is all a preference. We all have 24 hours in our day and those 24 hours comprise of 3 blocks of 20 minutes in each hour. Which gives us 72 blocks of 20 minutes to seek fulfilment with your actions. TV, work, Facebook, gym, sleep, eating, personal hygiene, making love, reading, etc etc. Why do we do it all? To be fulfilled. So if your current actions aren’t delivering fulfilment to you, then make some adjustments. Tweak your day a bit. Once I set aside 2 out of 72 blocks of 20 minutes to meditate, my entire world changed for the better.
Over time, I began to master ukiyo. It’s still a work in progress mind you. See how you go, after reading this, sit for a few moments and take in the world around you through your 5 senses.
What do you taste?
What do you feel?
What do you smell?
What do you hear?
What do you see?
Let go of needing to be somewhere, be someone or do something. Just BE.
You will notice you will be calmer, you will sleep better, you will have more energy, and you will think more clearly and creatively. Over stimulation of the mind leads to over-stimulation of the body. Your body is a complex web of moving parts and intelligence and it requires optimal conditions to function optimally. Restfulness is where our body’s restore balance and health is achieved. By practicing ukiyo daily, you will be improving the conditions for your body to achieve optimal health. Sounds incredibly simple doesn’t it? Maybe it is…
After all, we are human BEings, not a human DOings yeh? What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this below…
*Gratitude to Daniel Dalton for the graphic and inspiration.
Do you feel you aren’t getting as deep as you would like in your meditation? Do you feel that something is holding you back, but you just can’t pinpoint what it might be?
Well in today’s clip I explain a common reason why many people are held back in their meditation. In fact it was something that held me back as well. After watching this clip, you may find you surrender more to the process of meditation and reap the rich rewards of deep stillness.
Check it out and please feel free to share below if you are able to go deep in your meditation.
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How is your daily meditation practice going? It’s common for people to get distracted by life’s demands and let it slip.
So today I thought I’d share with you a short clip we made recently during a MEDMOB we held in Sydney. After watching this you will be motivated to put aside some time each day to sit in stillness and rebalance. You’ll hear from many attendees sharing how much meditation changed their lives for the better.
So please check it out here and feel free to comment below.
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I meet many people that tell me they tried meditation however they found it very difficult. So I decided to put together some tips that can help you to establish a regular meditation practise, so that you can put yourself on the pathway to happiness.
- Do away with distractions. When meditating, remove all possible distractions from your external environment. Choose a quiet place and dedicate that place to your meditation practise. When you are able to associate that place with meditation you will be more likely to stay on track.
- Make your practise your own. Some people get too caught up in what they think they should do while meditating. Believe it or not, what matters is what is going on in your mind as you meditate, not what you’re wearing or how you’re sitting or how long you can do it for. Try to remember the purpose of meditation and focus on accomplishing that goal.
- Release tension in your breath. The importance of letting go of exertion in your breath when you meditate should not be overlooked. As you deepen in meditation, your breath will become fainter. Allow the breath to be smooth and gentle.
- Let go of your thoughts. Ask anyone and they will tell you that the most difficult aspect of meditation is trying to ‘control’ the thoughts that enter your head. It’s only natural: you may have a clear head one minute and the next you’ll find that you’re thinking about what you are going to cook for dinner or how you have to go into work early the following morning. When it happens, identify that it is happening, address your thoughts and release them.
- Listen to your Stillness Sound. When you listen to a Stillness Sound, or mantra, as you meditate, you connect with your mind on a deeper level. Your Stillness Sound will help you to achieve a state of relaxation right away, and to start nurturing the sense of bliss that comes from mental clarity.
So there you have it, some simple tips to help you maintain a regular meditation practice and experience more calm in your life.
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There I was, reclining back in gentle yin yoga on a Sunday night and my tummy starts to spasm and ache.
“Hmm, food poisoning from lunch? It will pass.”
That night at home, aches, pains, shivers and gut aches.
“ Hmm, must be some terrible bug thats going round. Bummer dude.”
Next day was intensified stomach cramps and aches. “Lets check Dr. Google out.”
Sore stomach lower right side- tick
Uh Oh…something wrong with the appendix. It’s midnight and I decide to head to emergency on my own on a rainy Monday night. After 19 hours of being pushed, prodded, poked, scanned and analysed it was time to cut open and find the source of the problem. Fatigue, hunger and an infected appendix were all taking its toll on the physical body. Add to the mix, x-ray scans, huge doses of antibiotics, and a general anaesthetic, the body was battered and bruised!
In the end the little critter was removed and I returned home less than one day later to recover. Sure, there was plenty worse in there than me, heaps worse! No doubt you have been through moments like this or worse as well.
One thing that I did noticed was that through each step of the process there was a detached simple calm Observer within me witnessing it. It was like, “Ok, this is what we do now, so lets do it”. This independent observer is not your reactive emotional state, your body, or your mind, its your field of consciousness. After 20 years of transcending the three vehicles of my body, mind and emotions and connecting to the field of Pure Consciousness you are able to move through random events like this with almost an equanimity of blissful calm.
Often in these situations we tend to drop into a deep emotional ‘woe is me’ experience. Sure it’s not your preferred option to be there in that place, and sure, your body may yelp in pain with the jabs of needles, but that deep emotional “woe is me” and self loathing can be avoided. It’s these deep lows we get in reaction to unpleasant random events that actually prolong the negative experience. When you sustain a calm blissful manner naturally through those challenging events, the events will unfold quite quickly, preventing the cascading effect of attracting more challenging events.
The key to this liberation from the binding effect of events is daily meditation. Going deep into the transcendence of meditation daily, stabilises the connection to your Higher Self. This is your independent Observer that is always there blissfully overseeing these fluctuations with mild fascination. If you’d like to find out more about how you can make that connection with your blissful observer within then click here
And for now, it’s back to walking around ever so slowly and eating hearty nourishing home cooked food!
And please, share with me some of your stories below of how you found meditation helped you through difficult moments. Looking forward to hearing from you!
And if you would like to find out more about how you can learn to meditate and get instant calm in your life then you might like to try my Gentle Breath Meditation. This is an easy guided meditation that will soothe your nervous system and calm your mind and body. I do this meditation each evening with my family before my children go to bed and it helps them sleep deeply. If you’ve never meditated before or need some assistance with your existing meditation practice then you’re going to love this! Click here to do the Gentle Breath Meditation.
I’ve been asked a lot lately to recommend books to my readers and meditation students, so I thought I would share with you some of the books that had a big impact on my life.
Now there were literally dozens and dozens of books that I could list here, but as I scanned back through my library of books that I have collected over the years, these ones listed were the ones that I felt had the biggest impact on me.
In nearly every book I tend to find at least one nugget of gold, whether it’s the whole book, a chapter, a sentence or even a word. However there are some books that I’ve been given to read that I just couldn’t get into, so I’d put them on my bookshelf only to rediscover the same book a few years later and then I’d read in a day!
So not all books are for everyone all of the time. You will know quite early on in the book whether it’s time for you to read it or not. Without judgement I just put them down and wait and see if they are right for me another time.
I recommend reading a book that will motivate, inspire and enlighten you every day, whether it’s before bed, in your lunch break or while your on public transport. You have 40,000-60,000 thoughts every day and the nature of those thoughts will be influenced by the words your mind is engaging in. If you are reading positive uplifting content then you will have positive uplifting thoughts. This will filter into your body and improve your health, your energy, your actions and what you attract in life.
So here are my top 10 books (not in order) that have had a big impact on my life:
1. Emmanuel’s Book by Pat Rodegast
Some of the most profound and insightful wisdom written in a very succinct and accessible way. There is a reason this book is number one!
2. Oneness by Rasha
A dense tome of insights by a soul that has walked this path before us. It’s choc full of deep wisdom that will astound you as you ‘re-member’ what you forgot.
3. The Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
There are many interpretations of this ancient dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna however for me this commentary by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi reigns supreme. This is a classic!
4. Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra
For me this is by far the simplest and most comprehensive insight into ayurveda. If you wish to keep balance and well being and learn all about your body type then this book is for you.
5. The End Of Your World by Adyashanti
This says it all: “Make no mistake about it- enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” – Adyashanti
6. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
Do you find yourself self sabotaging your life? Do you have a glass ceiling that you keep hitting and can’t break through. This book is the answer to you leaping beyond the void into your magnificence.
7. The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle
What can I say…the most influential book in the world today for living in the present. Amazing!
8. The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
I read this book after I had been in my job in finance for 22 years. This book is the major catalyst for why I am here today doing what I love today. Ok Mr Ferris, it’s not quite a 4 hour work week, but I love it and I can do it anywhere anytime. Thanks dude!
9. Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch
Hmm, where do I start with this. It’s in number 9 but this is no means a measure of how important this book is. It’s a must for everyone! Is Mr Walsch talking with God, or is God talking through Mr Walsch? Read it and find out.
10. Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko
I recall that while I was reading this book I salivated for a green smoothie. When I had my first green smoothie I had a giggling fit as my body hit a high. (Seriously!) Since then, 8 years ago, I have had a green veggie patch that has sustained my family with greens and we’ve had green smoothies every day.
So there you go…some of the most impacting books in my life. There are plenty more and I’m sure you would have some to share also, so please let us know below which books you rate the most in your life!
Speaking of books, have you heard of the 7 States of Consciousness? These are advanced levels of awareness that open up within us when we start to meditate. Most people live in only 3 out of the 7 states of consciousness. Why do we ignore those other 4 states of consciousness, how do we discover them, and what is life like when we do experience them?
All of this is revealed in my recent book Spirit & Soul. One reader named Phil says:
“Your book Spirit and Soul was astonishing in it’s clarity and simplicity. It is so revealing and inspiring.” – Phil
Enlightenment is much closer to you than you think.
When I first heard about enlightenment, this utopian realm of equanimical bliss and love, I became hungry for that experience. This became my single focus. I wanted to have this experience. I read book after book, went to seminars, talks, energetic healing, chakra cleansing, retreats and I meditated day after day, all the while constantly in search of this nirvana.
Years went by and the bliss and lightness became more of my reality. This spurred me on with my quest. And then, one day, it dawned on me during one of my meditations.
I was experiencing spaciousness, bliss, timelessness, and egoless-ness. It was deep and still. There was no me. There was love and lightness, but no me. Then it dawned on me, that for all those years in my search for enlightenment, I wasn’t trying to find something. What I was really doing was not find something but lose something. I was losing my ego, my false identity, slowly day by day, dissolving the me that identifies with relativity.
What is the ego? It’s the identity that distinguishes itself as different from the ‘other’. It’s the identity that is defined by relating, through the perceptions of ‘others’ and circumstance. It’s the you that has highs and lows or that suffers when expectations aren’t met. It’s the you that worries about the future or regrets about the past. It’s the you that searches for a loving relationship, the you that is ecstatic when you find it, and miserable when you lose it.
There in that moment in meditation, it became apparent that I had dissolved the ‘thing’ that was impeding my ability to experience my Self. This nirvana was me, is me, and always will be me. I am That. I ‘realised’ that I always was enlightened, it’s the core of who I am. How could I not see or feel it? It was blocked, hidden behind the veil of my ego. But through daily practices that veil slowly dissolved to reveal the very essence of who I was.
That is Light, Love, and Bliss. Non-changing Beingness.
You are already enlightened, it’s not anywhere but already within you. You are That.
Then I concluded my meditation, opened my eyes, and proceeded with my day, dealing with traffic jams, grocery shopping, queues, clashing trolleys, and snarling drivers. In the stimulation and activity, life returned to relativity and so to did the ego. I was responsive and affected by relating. And the journey continues, day by day removing the thing that’s not myself to reveal my SELF.…how fun!
If you’d like to find out more about how to dissolve the veil of the ego through meditation you may like to explore a 21 day meditation program called Faster Deeper Bliss.
You’ll receive daily guidance from me PLUS receive 37 support videos, ebooks, and a yoga video! By the end of this course you will be totally trained in the art of meditation and living a more peaceful happier life. We receive testimonials like this below every day from all over the world.
“Dear Tom, Just to say you have changed my life! I started meditating with your technique in May of last year. I have been religiously meditating every day. My life has been transformed. I am a better, more peaceful, thoughtful, nicer person. In my 59 years on this planet, I have finally found IT through you. Thank you.” Kate