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Be Still and Know

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The Aborigines have known for thousands of years that “inner deep listening and quiet, still awareness” is a form of mindfulness and reciprocal empathy we can develop with the earth, each other, and the universe. Starting as early as 60,000 years ago, they had an intricate understanding of the ecology, and how living in harmony with it promoted their physical, spiritual, mental and emotional well-being. The same message has been repeated many times through the history of humankind. Be still. Listen.

Text from Bonita Grima; Photo credit: ANTAC

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September 30, 2019 at 5:59 pm

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Let’s Start a New Chapter

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I’m happy to announce that my years-long ordeal of lower back pain is already fading into history. Eighteen days ago, as I write this, a team of skilled surgeons performed an amazing overhaul of my lower spine, and life is already taking a new direction. Before that, I’d had several years of steadily deteriorating conditions in the L2-L5 area of my back. I used yoga, meditation, chiropractic, and anything I could think of (except pain medication) to get me through those years. When I reached the point that I could see further deterioration leading to irreversible damage, I told the doctor to sharpen his knives and do his magic.

And magic it is, indeed.  A few months of physical therapy and gentle exercise will be needed to help everything heal and get the muscle strength back to normal. But I’m already well into the program.

The primary form of physical therapy is walking. Now I’m up to about 40 minutes of walking per day. Next weekend I’m cleared to jump in the pool and take an easy swim. And with the greatly reduced pain level, I’m beginning to feel a lot more motivated to write.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

June 6, 2019 at 11:47 am

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What Is Zen?

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We’ve gone over this before. Maybe a hundred times. No, wait, I exaggerate. Yes, I’ve gone through it lots of times, but not here. In this blog, maybe just once or twice.

Zen is the pathway to discovering your own inner nature and finding the knowledge that is stored deep inside you, which is knowledge you were born with.

It is not a religion. It does not have a belief system. It is a pathway of discovery. That’s all it is. But the discovery is inward. That’s the trick. Try it. It’ll take you to places you’ve never been. And it’s very simple. Just sit down in a quiet place and make your mind be quiet.

If you try it and you like it, read about the Original Zen that was taught by Bodhidharma himself, the world’s greatest Zen master.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

October 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Will You Ever “Master” Your Mind and Body?

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Meditation is the doorway to self-mastery.

Inner peace, calm, and deeply restful sleep are gifts that come from a practice of self-mastery, which is the art of controlling the body and the mind. Perhaps most importantly, self-mastery can lead to spiritual self-knowledge, that is, knowledge of one’s own human spirit. And that knowledge can lead to Enlightenment.

Self-mastery (chiefly through meditation) is something that I was “taught” fifty-one years ago. But to be more accurate, it is something which in me became fully realized only decades later. Admittedly, my Tibetan teacher had limited skills in my language back then. But his words stuck somewhere in my brain and then, many years later, they blossomed into the insight I expressed above.

The pathway to self-mastery offers very little in the way of forward vision to the seeker. You can’t expect to see exactly how your meditative practice will result in self-mastery in the future. But intuition should tell you that self-mastery will come from a practice of self-mastery. And the practice of self-mastery starts with sitting quietly and not thinking. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

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October 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Emotional Shock and Drama

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How can I calm down when something has really upset me, my nerves are jangled, and I’m in an extremely emotional state? Will meditation help me calm down and get centered? Yes, but how quickly and effectively it works depends on how long and how consistently you have practiced.

Meditation, using the practice of Conscious Quiescence, has the chief purpose of stopping all conscious thought, and secondly of calming the emotions. If you are just beginning your meditative practice, you may not have the focus and skill to calm yourself during emotional upheavals. But once you’ve had some meditative experience, you’ll have the know-how to manage your inner state of affairs much better.

Here’s why: While most genuine forms of meditation teach you to stop or greatly diminish the flow of thought in the conscious mind, thoughts come from a different source in the brain than emotions. If you are angry or hurt, for example, the source of those emotions is in a different part of your mind than your thought-generating mechanism. You can be sitting in total non-thought and still feel the emotions of anger, pain, fear, and so forth.

However, after you’ve gotten your meditative practice well established, you will be proficient at getting yourself calm, relaxed, and centered, because that’s exactly what you practice every time you prepare to meditate. Thus, after you have practiced calming and centering yourself for meditation, say, a hundred times, you will discover that you can also do the same thing during times of emotional stress. Voila, a skill learned during meditation transforms into a skill that becomes a part of your basic mindset, and can be used out in the world every day.

In essence, meditation itself does not directly calm emotional turmoil, but the practice and skill of calming your body and mind give you an ability to turn down the volume on drama or emotional shock taking place in your life.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

July 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm