Daily Teachings of Sri Amit Ray
The Daily Teachings of Sri Amit Ray are a compilation of 365 days of inspiration and enlightenment. The teachings listed here highlight how meditation, yoga and compassion can bring greater joy, happiness and abundance into our lives. The teachings cover how to improve every interaction you have in the world. The teachings are mainly form his books on meditation, yoga, compassion, peace and enlightenment.
Vipassana Meditation and Emotional Intelligence are interlinked subjects. This course teaches integrated meditation techniques that combines time-tested ancient Vipassana meditation techniques along with modern science-backed practices that are proven for leadership, creativity, emotion control, developing grey matter in the brain, improving focus, concentration and memory, and resist the shortening of telomeres in your gene which enhances health and longevity.
The study of modern mindfulness meditation and emotional intelligence has deep root in the ancient Vipassana meditation techniques. This class explores emotional intelligence from its root.
Vipassana Meditation and Emotional Intelligence Program:
This workshop will teach you the core Vipassana meditation techniques and its relation with emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others.
Self-awareness, Self-regulation and Self-confidence are the key components of emotional intelligence and your ability to understand other people, what motivates them and how to work cooperatively and harmoniously with them are the essence of emotional intelligence. Vipassana meditation is the time-tested and the most ancient way for developing Self-awareness, Self-regulation, Adaptability, Empathy, Witnessing and Social Skills.
Emotional intelligence gives you, peace, tranquility, workplace efficiency, and the ability for joyful living in modern stress-oriented life. Vipassana meditation is the backbone of developing strong emotional intelligence.
What you will learn?
- Techniques to control your emotions and use it in a positive way
- Core Vipassana meditation and emotional intelligence techniques
- Vipassana meditation techniques for positive-mindset and mental clarity
- Techniques for physical and mental health, stress-relief, and personal development.
- Discover areas of opportunity for growth in emotional intelligence
- Develop skills to motivate yourself and others
- Neuroscience of Vipassana Meditation and Emotional Intelligence
Emotional learning is very different from learning other subjects like physics, chemistry or geography. The part of the brain that controls emotions (the amygdala) is very different in structure and function than the part of the brain that deals with reasoning and intellect (the neocortex). Our emotional reactions and habits are very strong and build over time. Vipassan meditation is the best way to unlearn old habits from basal ganglia and strengthen the neocortex of the brain.
Who can attend?
Anyone interested in health, wellness, emotion control, positive mindset and meditation in general is welcome to attend. People of all ages and all walks of life can attend the workshop. People with specific mental or physical problems should consult their physicians.
This meditation session is about one hour long. During the online meditation session you will have a chance to discuss meditation and meditative techniques as well as being given appropriate meditation guidance, advice and mentoring.
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Om Inner Science Meditation is a seven step integrated meditation program. These seven Om meditation techniques combines time-tested ancient techniques along with modern science-backed practices that are proven for developing grey matter in the brain, improving focus, concentration and memory, and resist the shortening of telomeres in your gene which enhances health and longevity. This meditation technique is based on the traditional meditation technique and the modern findings of Neuroscience and Epigenetics that helps to build and maintain a healthy, whole, and fulfilling life.
Om Inner Science Meditation
Science of Om meditation is deep. It is linked to the ancient wisdom as well as the knowledge of modern neuroscience, genetics and positive psychology. Om meditation is deeply linked to creativity, efficiency and well-being.
Purpose of this Om Meditation Program:
- To connect with the Higher Self
- To bring peace and harmony in life
- To reduce stress, strain and anxiety of life
- To improve focus, concentration and efficiency in life
- To remove the negative energies of life and bring positive energies in life
- To bring balance in the chakras and harmony in the psychic energies of life
- To attract prosperity and success in life
- To gain social, occupational, financial, environmental and intellectual well-being in life
About the Om Inner Science Meditation:
The workshop will teach the Om meditation techniques called Om Inner Science Meditation, which is an easy-to-practice and effective integrated Om scientific meditation technique developed by Dr. Amit Ray and Banani Ray that was evolved from their long experience in meditation practices as well as meditation teaching.
The technique combines time-tested ancient techniques along with modern science-backed practices that are proven for developing grey matter in the brain, improving focus, concentration and memory, and resist the shortening of telomeres in your gene which enhances health and longevity.
This is a one-to-one energy transmission (shaktipat) meditation through Skype.
The process has two phases:
- The first phase is Om Mantra Initiation and Energy transmission.
- The second phase is Om Mantra Inner Science Guided Meditation.
What you will learn?
- Om meditation initiation and power transmission for inner peace, inner strength, and inner vision
- Om meditation techniques for positive-mindset and mental clarity
- Om inner science meditation techniques for physical and mental health, stress-relief, and personal development.
- Om meditation techniques helpful for stress reduction, emotional intelligence, concentration and mind power.
Who can attend?
Anyone interested in spiritual awakening, health, wellness and meditation in general is welcome to attend. People of all ages and all walks of life can attend this meditation workshop. People with specific mental or physical problems should consult their physicians.
Format of the Meditation Program:
The program will be in two phases. The first phase is Om Mantra Initiation and Shaktipat - Energy Transmission. The second phase is Om Mantra Inner Science Guided Meditation.
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Mindfulness, growth mindset and neuroscience are three deeply interlinked subjects. Mindfulness and growth mindset is often considered as the major source of contentment and happiness in life. Life may try to knock you down but if you are persistent with your passions and cultivate resilience, grit, tenacity and endurance success will come. Mindfulness improves resilience, grit, personal strength, and organizing and structuring skills of life. This article gives an overview of mindfulness, growth mindset and neuroscience for success.
Resilience is your ability to deal with the ups and downs in life and bounce back from them. Grit is your motivational drive that keeps you on a difficult task over a sustained period of time. Growth mindset is a mindset that perceives challenges as an opportunity to learn and evolve rather than an obstacle to overcome. We are constantly evolving as we are interacting with the world. Mindfulness and growth mindset drives our evolution faster and on right tracks .
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is noticing what’s happening right now with your thoughts, in your body, and in the environment without judgement. You can practice mindfulness anytime – when you’re in the shower, planning your day, or washing the dishes. And every time you practice, you make a small shift toward more courage, calm, clarity, and perseverance. To be an mindful person you need to exhibit witnessing and non-judging qualities on a consistent basis.
Witnessing and self-distancing are the best tools for effective mindfulness. By practicing witnessing, you can distance yourself from your mental tendencies. Your thoughts, emotions, and mental problems are transformed, by their merging in the silence and peace of the witness. You can sit for 10 to 15 minutes of mindfulness meditation. Turn your attention to the contents of your mind; the internal chatter and the images arising and dissolving in your mind. You can label your thoughts and images. Always maintain an attitude of a detached and kind observer.Read more ..
Self-discovery and empowerment are two powerful components of mindful leadership. Through empowerment you can achieve your greatest potential. Through self-discovery you become aware of your true potential, values, character, and motives. Mindfulness strengthens these two powerful tools of leadership and management.
The sacred spirit or life force energy is within us and around us. You can tap into the power of the universe, draw it in and use it to awaken our inner capacity for value based mindful leadership. We are not separated isolated beings, we are part of One Energy, connected to the vast universe. Mindfulness is our capacity to be touched by nature and beauty of the moment. Through mindfulness, we learn to see the wonder in small things—from a new leaf to a child’s smile.
Mindful Leadership and Self-Discovery
Self has many layers. Knowing the self is the beginning of mindfulness. What are my thoughts now? What are my feelings now? What is my experience now? Who am I? What are my dreams, and strengths? Experiencing these powers of the truth with minute to minute honesty with self is the core practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness creates a positive mood, integrity, inner peace, inner strength, determination, and a warm heart. Researchers have identified that mindfulness enhances strengths, such as self-compassion, emotional intelligence, learned optimism, the relaxation response, self-esteem, distress tolerance, self-regulation, resilience, and executive functions.
Self-discovery is trying to discover who you are, your true potential, your purpose in life, and your core principles of life. It gives you the deeper sense of yourself and your unique role in the world. Self-discovery is a journey form unconsciousness to consciousness. As you are mindful about your true values and potentials, you will build up a great confidence and inner strength.
Mindful Leadership and Empowerment
Mindfulness based empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights. Good leaders are characterized by their ability to empower themselves and their team members to achieve maximum success. Empowerment is gaining control over your own life. It is a process that fosters power in people for use in their own lives, their communities, and their society.
Mindful leaders have a more optimistic view of the ability to get good work from the team members. This belief makes them more likely to implement empowerment. Based on the recent studies of neuroscience, we can say that the brain takes its shape from what the mind rests upon. If you keep resting your mind on less-empowerment like self-criticism, worries, grumbling about others, hurts, and stress, then your brain will be shaped into greater reactivity, vulnerability to anxiety and depressed mood, a narrow focus on threats and losses, and inclinations toward anger, sadness, and guilt.
"Meditation is the artwork to awaken the divinity within you." - Amit Ray
Divinity is the state of being connected with the source. It is the state when our heart is full with love, compassion, and caring. It is the state when our mind is full with joy, equanimity, peacefulness, and happiness. It is the state when we are relaxed, energetic, focused, joyful, creative, clear and compassionate. Om meditation is the best way to awaken our divinity. During Om meditation the brainwaves of the entire brain get synchronized. Om meditation has seven powerful steps. Each step is unique.
For good meditation we need the best circulation of blood in the brain. Scientists have explored meditation from different angles. Here we examined how meditation is linked to the oxygen consumption in the brain.
Oxygen is vital to brain growth and healing. Brain cells are very sensitive to decrease in oxygen levels and don’t survive or function well very long without it. A continuous uninterrupted supply of oxygen to the brain is essential in order to maintain its metabolic functions and to prevent brain cell damage. Meditation slows down the heart rate, decreases respiratory rate and this helps to calm the body and relax the mind.
Brain and Oxygen Consumption
Human brain comprises only about 2.5 percent of the body weight but it utilizes about 20 percent of the body's total oxygen consumption. The gray matter of the brain consumes as much as 94 percent of cerebral oxygen, while the white matter, which makes up fully 60 percent of the brain's mass, consumes only 6 percent. Oxygen consumption is lowest in the spinal cord and increases through the medulla, midbrain, thalamus, cerebellum, and cerebral cortex.
When you are stressful, oxygen consumption is high and when you are relaxed and peaceful, oxygen consumption is low. Complex thought and intense concentration require more energy than repetitive mental processes, because the firing of neurons requires extra blood, oxygen and glucose.
Meditation and Brain Oxygen
Meditation is the state of inner peace and inner silence. This happens in a completely natural and effortless way. Meditation is also the state of deep relaxation with awareness. Meditation decreases the stress hormones (blood lactate and cortisol) and increases melatonin and serotonin, which are the happiness and well-being hormones.
Proper meditation maintains a critical balance between the three: 1) oxygen level 2) the level of carbon dioxide and 3) nitric oxide levels for better blood circulation in the brain.
Remember that the carbon dioxide and nitric oxide open up blood vessels in the brain so you can get proper oxygen levels in your brain. Nitric oxide helps dilate blood vessels in your lungs so that you can get good circulation there for exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Meditation helps to attain alpha and theta brain waves on a regular basis, which helps to improve memory, increase focus and concentration.
Creativity needs relaxed, spacious, sharp, and clear mindset. Om meditation makes our mind spacious, relaxed, sharp and clear.
Creativity is essential for success in every endeavor of life. Being creative will help you to stand out from the crowd. Om meditation will show you a way for new thinking. It can give you the ability to challenge the status quo and redefine the boundaries.
Om meditation provides us the capacity to come out of the autopilot mode. It helps us to find the hidden patterns in chaos. It helps us to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate new solutions for complex problems.
Om Meditation and Creativity
Om meditation is not just a technique. It is a set of ancient tools that connect you with the higher dimensions. As you get your connection to the higher source, your creativity increases. Creativity is to create something new with original ideas to resolve complex problems. Often creative solutions are different from the traditions. The journey of creativity is not linear. Often you need to change the line of your thoughts and for that you need insights and visions.
In the modern volatile and complex environment sometimes plans do not work as devised. What will you do? The ability to adapt, the ability to pivot, is crucial in every sphere of modern life. Here, "pivoting" refers to the ability to completely change course when something isn't working out. A successful pivoting lies in your ability to execute your new plans with as much insight and passion as you had for the original. Om meditation improves your power of pivoting and adaptability.Read more ..
Surrendering doership is an important yoga practice. You have the right to do your duty, but the results are not dependent on your efforts. There are numerous factors that come into play in determining the results. The witnessing power within you is your true self and your doership feeling is the ego. Mindfulness is the art of non-doership and self-distancing from the ego. Ego has two components attachment and aversion. Self-distancing is creating distance from the ego and it is becoming a distant observer of what’s happening.
When you use more first-person words "I or me" you become more in self-immersion mode and in reactive mindset. When you use more non-first-person words like "you, they, she, he, others" you become more in self-distancing mode and mostly in procative mindset and ego-decentered mind with wiser and less biased judgments.Read more ..
Harmony is the smooth flow of life. Harmonious living means, establishing balance with the internal world and external world. Our internal world is full with thoughts, emotions, memories and beliefs.
To establish the connection with the higher fields of consciousness, we need to make peace with our-self. To make peace with our-self, we need to thoroughly know the consciousness that is housed in our limited physical body, within the five senses and the three dimensions of reality. We need to drop the imaginary mental formations - our habit patterns.
To establish the connection, we need to open the higher channels of our consciousness. Different experiences gradually develop various reactions in the body-mind complex, which creates unconscious habit patterns. These habit patterns are the true bondage in the journey towards enlightenment. The habit patterns keep the channels of our consciousness closed - especially higher channels. Closed channels create fragmented consciousness.
Mindful living is a conscious way of living - noticing the beauty of life in every moment. Mindfulness is the doorway to live in harmony with the Universe. Mindfulness creates harmonious consciousness. Mindfulness helps us to live in harmony with our thoughts, words and actions.
What is the procedure for accessing inner world without meditation? Normally inner world is accessed through Poetry, Narrative. Literature, Music, open-eye-meditation and Visual Art. Here, I am giving below the thirteen ways to access your Inner World without formal meditation. The 1st Step of accessing the inner world is to understand your nonconscious, subconscious and unconscious mind. Inner world is deeply related with who and what we are and what we think and believe and what we feel. Inner world is the world where all creation started. The thirteen ways for accessing your Inner World are:
1. Choose your path according to your nature; Choose your path, based on your nature; all path’s lead to divinity. All paths are divine because you are divine.
2. Help others and do service for the benefits of other: Try to help others that will bring more meanings to your life. If you think you are trapped in one negative situation of life, helping others will bring you out from the negative situations of life. It is working selflessly for the good of all without any expectation of reward, name, fame or even recognition.
3. Bring perfection on your action. If your focus is on right action, action for the greater good, offering this action without attachment, you will arrive in the light. You are light.
4. Understand Inter connectedness and oneness: To understand the inter connectedness you need to move to the deepest levels of your feelings beyond the physical senses andlearn to stand and act in our own truth.
You need to experience life in order to learn the lessons. Here are twelve important life lessons that have stood the test of time. If you practice them regularly, you don't need to learn them in a hard way.
Five lessons to come out from the negative situations of life:
1. Help others and Bring more Meaning to Life
Try to help others that will bring more meanings to your life. If you think you are trapped in one negative situation of life, helping others will bring you out from the negative situations of life.
2. Life is to Radiate positive vibrations:
3. Rebuild Life from Inside:
You need to stand up and look for joy in everything. If you are broken from the inside, you need to repair it from the inside.
Coming out of the monotonous life:
Most of us really do end up with a safe and monotonous life. Our all thoughts revolve around the routine works. We want to follow the safest paths. We give very few chances to our desires, passions and ideals to fulfill. It is correct, many people wanted become Columbus but ended up with nothing. But that doesn't mean adventure and innovation has no value. Choice is yours. You can be most optimistic people who dare to take risk and fulfill the dreams. Otherwise, you can be one who just follows others. Who never give any chance the real you to come out.
Life is to achieve something higher – something positive. Being the most optimistic person you can transcend many limits of the nature. That will give a huge impact on your consciousness. That will give a huge upliftment in your evolution. In life, especially in adventurous life, discouragement may come. But if you are committed to your highest potential, existence will support you with new energies to overcome the limits and discouragements. Of course, you need to enjoy the journey. The moment you drop the established patterns, trends and routes, new opportunities will find ways to connect with you. Some fish love to swim upstream. Some people love to overcome challenges.
Innovation and Collaboration:
Innovation and spirituality is like swimming upstream. Originality and innovations need immense focus. You need right approach. You need to dig deeper to find out your unique ways of understanding the truths. Always press forward in pursuit of your goals. Keep your mind clear and focused. If you are carried away by the downstream of traditions, there is no hope for spirituality or innovation. Innovation needs preparation, collaboration and the light of the soul. Every challenge provides the light - a greater depth of understanding about life and truth. There are limits in nature but the consciousness knows how to overcome those limits step by step. Therefore, the key point is to focus on the challenges of life with clarity and evenness of the mind and above all learn to walk in the light of your soul.
- Excerpt from the book “Enlightenment: Step by Step" Amit Ray (This material is copyrighted, and published by permission from Inner Light Publishers).
People suffer in many ways – mostly due to blind beliefs and unconscious following of others. Understanding human unconscious thinking processing is vital for growth and coming out of the cycles of sufferings. Unconscious mental processes are primal and basic, hard-wired in brain. Conscious processes represent higher order values such as intuition, inspirations, caring for others and finding meaning in life. Happiness is often linked to the unconscious mind. When you tune yourself with the cosmic whole, your life will resonate on a higher level of consciousness. Normally, the minds of the common people are clouded with words of prophets and religions. They lost the connection with the cosmic soul. Mostly, they are carried away by the unconscious thought patterns. They lost the light of their soul. Hence, there is so much narrowness and intolerance in the name of prophets and religions.
Unconscious thinking is the cognitive processes that we’re not aware but they modulate our emotions and behaviors.Read more ..
"Normally life runs in a semi-unconscious mode. Bhramari om chanting can change that into a conscious mode." - Amit Ray
Mindset for Om Chanting:
Positive mind set, right attitude and good habits are the mark of conscious mind. When we act on "semi-unconscious" or “auto-pilot” mode our behavior tends to become repetitive. This is why we are generally unaware of our behavior, in fact most of the time we are not even aware that we are acting unconsciously. "Bhramari Om Chanting or Humming Om chanting sends positive messages to the brain and the cells in our body and can actually reprogram our health and behavior. Humming Om chanting is an effective method to increase the nitric-oxide in the nasal cavity. Nitric oxide has many health benefits. It increases immunity and fights against free radicals and chronic inflammatory diseases.Read more ..
Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when and how to ignite the spark. - Amit Ray
In this competitive world gaining the winning edge is important. Gaining the winning edge is a habit and it can be cultivated gradually. Meditation brings out the best of you. Specially mindfulness meditation. It brings the concentration, confidence, control and commitment in life. Proper meditation removes the common distractions of anxiety, mistakes, fatigue, and negative thoughts. It gives the mental quality to focus on the task in hand. It gives the tough attitude to win - the ability to except situations and make them work in your favor. It does not allow people to get frustrated when pressure and mistakes happen. Meditation brings enthusiasm and persistencey.Read more ..
"Meditation is a creative art. Meditation works in many layers and in many ways in our personality. Meditation works in our genes, in our DNA." - Amit Ray
"Meditation works in many layers and in many ways in our personality. Meditation works in our genes, in our DNA. Meditation releases blocked energy from the physical, mental and emotional bodies. Meditation is a creative art. Great paintings, great sculptures and great discoveries of science are the products of deep meditation.Read more ..
Everyone has the fire, but the champions know how and when to ignite the spark. – Amit Ray
In this competitive world gaining the winning edge is important. Gaining the winning edge is a habit and it can be cultivated gradually. Meditation brings out the best of you. It brings the concentration, confidence, control and commitment in life. Proper meditation removes the common distractions of anxiety, mistakes, fatigue, and negative thoughts. It gives the mental quality to focus on the task in hand. It gives the tough attitude to win – the ability to except situations and make them work in your favor. It does not allow people to get frustrated when pressure and mistakes happen. Meditation brings enthusiasm and persistency.
“Meditation works in many layers and in many ways in our personality. Meditation works in our genes, in our DNA. Meditation releases blocked energy from the physical, mental and emotional bodies. Meditation is a creative art. Great paintings, great sculptures and great discoveries of science are the products of deep meditation. Meditation has tremendous influence to develop creativity. Through meditation one can visualize, imagine and plan details of anything and can implement that in life. Scope of meditation is huge, starting from disease cure, business planning, creative arts to the ultimate enlightenment.” – Excerpt from the book “Meditation: Insights and Inspirations” Amit Ray (This material is copyrighted, and published by permission from Inner Light Publishers)