Daily Teachings

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.

Mindfulness Growth Mindset and Neuroscience for Success

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. 

Mindfulness and Success Quotes

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 [1].

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:

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.

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How Om Meditation Improves Creativity

How Om Meditation Improves Creativity

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. 

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Day 9: Art of Non-doership and Self-Distancing

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.

Self-distancing and non-doership

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. 

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Day 8: Living in Harmony with the Universe

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.

Harmony and Mindfulness

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.

Mindfulness is the doorway to live in harmony with the Universe.

- Excerpt from the book “Enlightenment: Step by Step" Amit Ray (This material is copyrighted, and published by permission from Inner Light Publishers).

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Day 7: Art of Accessing Inner World Without Meditation

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.

5. You are more than your physical senses. Simply know that there is so much more, infinitely more, beyond what can be seen, felt, heard by your physical senses. 

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Day 6: Twelve Important Lessons of Life

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.

Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter. -- Amit Ray

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:

Kindness has no religionYou need to go back and understand the big picture of your life. Focus your energy to fulfill the the dreams of your life. Life is larger than your job.

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.

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Day 5: Daily Teachings - Innovation, Adventure and Spirituality

Be a Columbus, smell the fragrance of the new lands and discover them. - Amit Ray

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.

Be a Columbus - Innovation QuoteLife 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).

Innovation needs preparation, collaboration and the light of your soul. - Amit Ray
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Day 4: Daily Teachings - Deep down there is a rose in every heart.

"In reality, we live in every one. Deep down there is a rose in every heart."- Amit Ray

rose in every heartPeople 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.

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Day 3 – Daily Teachings Bhramari Om Chanting

"Normally life runs in a semi-unconscious mode. Bhramari om chanting can change that into a conscious mode." - Amit Ray

Mindset for Om Chanting:

Bhramari-om-chantingPositive 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.

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Day 2 - Daily Teachings Gaining the Winning Edge

Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when and how to ignite the spark. - Amit Ray

Every one has the fire - gaining the winning edgeIn 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.

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Day 1 - Daily Teachings on Meditation and Creativity

"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 Art"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.

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7 Powerful Lessons to Master Mindful Leadership

7 Powerful Lessons to Master Mindful LeadershipMindful leadership needs skills like focus, vision, clear thinking, creativity, inner strength and adaptability. In modern world, leaders must be able to stretch far beyond the transactional, analytical and knowledge-based approach.

There are many mindfulness based leadership and management skills which you can use to help you get better results.  This article is a guide to make mindful leadership skills easy to implement. It is for those seeking to make their life happy and meaningful and to make communities and organizations meaningful, valuable and happier places to be.

Mindfulness is the act of being fully present in each moment with kindness and without judgment. Today, most challenges that leaders face are complex, not routine and not repetitive and constantly changing. Mindful leadership is a wonderful skill to navigate today’s complex, rapidly changing, and uncertain world. Mindfulness is a way of living, leading, and serving that can create a  better world.

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Day 2 – Daily Teachings Gaining the Winning Edge

Everyone has the fire, but the champions know how and when to ignite the spark. – Amit Ray

Every one has the fireIn 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.

Day 1 – Daily Teachings on Meditation

Meditation Art“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)