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.
Who Am I meditation is the journey to realize the pure Cosmic Self. Many people think, who Am I meditation is just chanting the mantra "I am not the mind", "I am not the body". But in reality it is far away from that. Here, Sri Amit Ray explains the steps of Who Am I meditation. He explained the steps, pitfalls and destination of Who Am I meditation.
Who AM I meditation is a way of penetrating and exploring the inner realms so as to achieve silence, spiritual wisdom and communion with the higher Self. It is a way to move into the inner world. The self can be realized by the Self alone with pure intention, love and intellect. Who AM I meditation is gradual process of dis-identifying from your body, mind, and the feelings. The Who Am I meditations has seven steps to settle your mind in peace and realize the deeper Divine Self.
Upanishadic Meditation and Quantum Consciousness Online Class
Upanishads are the most ancient literature of meditations. They are considered as the most important literature in the history of Indian religions, spirituality and culture. The objective of this class is to spread the TRUE teachings of the Upanishads in it's purity beyond the traditional views of Vedanta in a simple straightforward way.
This online class is a guided meditation class, based on the ancient pure teachings of Upanishads in the light of modern science. This meditation program is an adventure into the deeper aspects of your consciousness. You will learn life-positive teachings and practices to integrate them in your daily life for spiritual awakening, peace of mind and stress free living. You will also learn to access quantum consciousness for manifestation of positive things in your life.
In this meditation practices, you will learn to align yourself with your Higher Self. Each of us is an endowment of wisdom, love, intuition, peace, and a sense of purpose, which can become a source of guidance in everyday life. In Upanishads, this higher aspect is sometimes called the Atman or the “inner light of universal truth.” Our Higher-Self loves us unconditionally, totally, completely and without exception. Your Higher Self knows you more intimately than you know yourself. When you align yourself with the Higher Self , you will become more relaxed, fulfilled, happy and creative. You will learn how to connect with your Higher Self.
Quantum Consciousness and Upanishads
The idea of Quantum Consciousness came from Quantum physics, which is the best theory to describe the behavior of atoms and subatomic particles. Everything in this Universe is not made of matter. Instead, it is made of energy fields or information frequency patterns. Our mind and body is no exception. Quantum consciousness studies the relationship between mind-matter-energy and manifestation in the light of quantum physics.
According to the teachings of the Upanishads, there is one intelligent all-pervading consciousness that permeates the whole Universe. Consciousness has the power to "collapse" wave-like quantum states into a single well-defined state. Quantum consciousness studies the relationship between mind-matter and energy and focuses on how consciousness manifests as matter and energy.
We can change our consciousness through meditation. In the class you will learn the art and techniques of positive manifestation by changing your consciousness. By changing your consciousness you can create a new electromagnetic field which would match your desire with the potential in the quantum field of information. Quantum theory says, wave function collapse happens in the mind of the observer but not for any physical reason. Hence, mind has enormous power when it is connected with the Universe in a proper way.
About the Program
Upanishads are knowledge of the eternal coming directly from the Cosmic Source. They were revealed to the sages and Rishis who lived a fulfilling life. They imparted this wisdom and art of living often to their sons, daughters, wife and disciples. This ancient teachings of the art of living had been obscured, misinterpreted and lost over time. Upanishadic Meditation is meditation distilled from the ancient repository of knowledge taught by the seers.
Based on their years of deep Sadhana in the Himalayas, Dr Amit Ray and revered Banani Ray had distilled these techniques from the Upanishads and infused it with the understanding of modern science to deliver a unique experience to the participants. Upanishadic meditation and Quantum consciousness is a perfect platform where science is married with spirituality, where the boundary between the sacred and secular fades away.
This is a life-changing experience, designed for those seeking a deeply transformative path of applied spirituality, which you can live in your daily life for inner awakening and deepest relaxation and focus, which means an empowered and enlightened living. Mental clarity and peace are just the byproducts.
What you will learn
1. Four Core Concepts of Upanishads
2. Four Core Meditation Techniques form Upanishads
3. Relation between Upanishad and Quantum consciousness
4. Positive manifestation using Quantum consciousness
5. Guided meditations to access higher consciousness
6. Simple meditation techniques for daily practice
7. Upanishad-based Simple techniques to overcome fear, anxiety and stress
Who can attend
These special meditation techniques are very simple, easy and effortless, which can be practiced almost any time during the day. No prior experience or knowledge is required. This class is suitable for persons from any occupation or background and age-group above 16 years.
Everything will be explained in simple everyday language, and participants will be guided throughout the meditation sessions.
Structure of the Program
1. Upanishadic Meditation and Quantum Consciousness explained
2. Two Guided Meditations
3. Upanishadic Meditation in Daily Life are explained
4. Two Guided Meditations for Daily Life
5. Discussion and Question-Answer Session
This Meditation is important for developing calmness, positive mindset, enhancing cognition and alertness, creating and maintaining positive emotions, promoting relaxation, improving relationships, and reducing stress and anxiety.
During this online Skype meditation session you will learn the concepts of Upanishads and guided meditations and discuss different techniques and receive the guidance appropriate for you. You also receive advice and mentoring specific to your need.
ATMAN = BRAHMAN
The primary focus on the early Upanishads are Brahma-vidya and Atma-vidya, that is the knowledge of the Ultimate reality and the knowledge of the individual self and the relationship between individual self and the Ultimate reality. The key formula of Upanishads is Atman = Brahman. The word ‘Brahman’ is derived from the Sanskrit root "brih." It means which expands, thus suggests, a reality which is dynamic, ever blissful, alive and limitless. When Jivatma merges with Brahman, it is called “self-realization” or Moksha or Nirvana. These meditation techniques are purely focused to lead towards that ever blissful nature of the Self.Read more ..
Shiva Shambhavi Meditation Technique
Shiva Shambhavi Meditation is a special meditation technique of Sri Amit Ray. It is a guided meditation class on the eve of Mahashivratri. Shiva is the all-pervading cosmic consciousness. Shambhavi is the energy aspect of that consciousness. This meditation class is a life-changing experience, designed for those seeking a deep spirituality, inner awakening, positive transformation, deepest relaxation, self-inquiry, empowerment, mental clarity and peace.
These special meditation techniques, revealed to Dr. Amit Ray and Banani Ray, are very simple, easy and effortless meditation and inner awakening technique which can be practiced almost any time during the day that will take you beyond meditative highs and lows to truly embody the spiritual light that you are.
Shambhavi Meditation Program:
Shiva means auspiciousness, peace, beauty and truth. On the eve of Mahashivratri you can feel the presence of the auspiciousness within you. Shambhavi is the creative energy of Shiva. This Shambhavi energy can guide you to achieve the ultimate objectives of life.
You will know the followings:
- Concept of Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
- Purpose of the Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
- Techniques of Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
- How to do Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
- When to do Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
- How long to do Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
- Shiva Shambhavi Guided Meditation
- Shambhavi Meditation and Krama Clearing
- How to overcome problems and obstacles of life with meditation
This meditation class consist of following two meditation sessions:
1. Shiva Shambhavi Meditation by Dr. Amit Ray
2. Gangadhar Meditation by respected Banani Ray
This meditation program is an adventure into the deeper aspects of your consciousness. You will be initiated into the teachings and practices where you will learn how to awaken and uncover your self-effulgent inner guide and absorb its luminosity and Energy in your being. You will learn how to find your inner guide and become a beacon of light, energy, healing, creativity, and blessings in the world.Read more ..
Seven Scientific Benefits of Om Chanting
Here, Sri Amit Ray explains Scientific Benefits Om Chanting. How it can improve our state (short term) and trait (long term) health, happiness, joy and well-being. Om chanting is not simple. It is a series of step-by-step process. Om chanting is a scientific art but it should be learnt properly to get its benefits. Systematic guided Om chanting changes our emotional reactions and responses to external stimuli and internal experiences in a positive way.
Dr. Ray explains how low frequency Om chanting can reduce our daily stress, strain, anxiety and tensions. Om chanting is effective for stress management. Under various pressure conditions such as before examination, before public speaking, before important sports events and during critical challenges of life Om chanting can enhance confidence and eliminate stress and anxiety. Om chanting improves the connections between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex, which is the key component for relaxation, stress control and better decision making.
Low frequency seven step deep Om chanting increases gamma wave in the brain. The gamma brain waves are known as “feeling of blessings”. The seven step deep Om chanting and meditation is supposed to be practiced for 20 minutes, two times per day. Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins are the four key hormones generated in the body during low frequency Om meditation and these four hormones have huge impact on regulating both state anxiety as well as trait anxiety.
The seven main benefits of Om chanting are as follows:
1. Om Chanting and Parasympathetic Nervous system
The autonomic nervous system has two components, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system that is affected the most by anxiety, tension, fatigue and depression. The sympathetic nervous system that drives a “fight or flight” response that helps us survive and perform. The parasympathetic wing of our nervous system is the antagonist to the sympathetic in that it helps our body to relax, digest food and heal. People with anxiety are in a state of sympathetic dominance where they are in a near constant state of fight or flight. With the low frequency seven step Om Chanting, parasympathetic nervous system takes over, allowing us to relax and recover from the stressful event.
2. Om Chanting and Nasal Nitric Oxide (NO)
Nitric oxide (NO), a free radical gaseous molecule has been shown to be involved in diverse healing functions in human body. NO plays vital role in many biological events including regulation of blood flow, platelet function, immunity, and neurotransmission. Within the HPA axis areas, NO is plays a key role in modulating and controlling the release of the stress neurotransmitters. Nitric oxide also plays a key role in DNA damage repair. NO is a highly reactive, short-lived, lipophilic molecule with a half-life of a few seconds, which makes it very difficult to measure it.
Our research group have studied the effect of low frequency seven step Om Chanting on nasal NO. Several other studies confirmed that patients nasal NO levels increased when the patients improved following treatment with antibiotics. Nasal NO activity has primarily been linked to immunity and anti-inflammatory effects. Bhramari Om Chanting is an effective tool to control nasal NO activities and immunity control.
3. Om Chanting and Vagus Nerve Activation
Vagus nerve is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system in the human body. There are two vagus nerves. One vagus nerve on each side of your body, running from your brainstem through your neck to your chest and abdomen. The right and left vagus nerves exit from the brainstem, and they course through the neck, upper chest, lower chest and diaphragm, and into the abdominal cavity. During this course, branches enervate various structures such as the larynx, pharynx, heart, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. It transmits information to or from the surface of the brain to tissues and organs elsewhere in the body.
Vagus nerve is the information superhighway carrying information from the body to the brain. In the brain, the vagus helps control anxiety and depression. In the gut, it increases stomach acidity, digestive juice secretion, and gut flow. The vagus nerve is connected to your vocal cords and the muscles at the back of your throat. Om chanting, singing Om, humming Om, chanting Om can activate these muscles and stimulate your vagus nerve.
Rediscover Your True Self - Transform the Darkness into Light
You are, inherently, whole and pure. Stress, strain, conflict, and other hurtful experiences may have covered your naturally intact core, but you can recover it. You can work from your inner resources and uncover your true Self and you can transform your darkness into light. Dr. Amit Ray here explains the power of Cosmic Self meditation for higher alignment with the pure Cosmic Self for happy and fulfilling life.
Power of Self-completing:
Self-completing means finding the light within and thereby aligning with the cosmic light. Meditation on cosmic Self, is the best way to align with the cosmos. Individual self is incomplete without its deep connection with the cosmic Self. Our Cosmic Self meditation techniques aim to reunify the individual with cosmos. Fulfillment comes when you free yourself from the artifices and regain original naturalness.
Once you rediscover your simplest and purest Self, your operations within the material world become effortless. You become harmonize with the cosmos.
Union with the cosmic Self
Union with the cosmic Self is not reserved for an elite of spiritual seekers. You don't need to renounce the worldly life and isolating into unnecessary complexity. Self-completion lies right in front of your nose. The attitude with which you carry out your activities in daily life can turn anything from serving tea to sweeping the yard, into an act of fulfillment. Recognizing the presence of cosmic Self in everything, and operating in consciousness with this realization, is the essence of our cosmic Self meditation. You will realize that you are complete as you experience the present moment. Who Am I meditation is a special seven step technique to realize the cosmic Self.
Connecting the Energy Points with the Cosmos
The internal meditation process requires a firing process, which consists of moving vital energy through the human energetic metabolism. You energy points are distributed across the body some are blocked and some are open. There are 114 energy points and 72000 energy channels in human body. There are energy points under the soles of the feet, in the palms of the hands, and at the crown of the head. They serve to expel old vital energy, and absorb fresh refined energy into the body. A human being is healthy when pure vital energy runs fluidly through all energetic structures. Vital energy flow supplies the body and its organs with balanced sun and moon energies. “As within, so without” applies to everything, because everything is informed by the same underlying Truth.
It is a cosmic dance." -- Amit Ray
Power of Nimitta for Deep Meditation
Sri Amit Ray tells us the importance of Nimitta in Meditation for Spiritual Awakening.
Nimittas are the fundamentals for deep meditation. Many of my students, researchers and spiritual seekers requested me to explain nimittas in a very simplistic term. The purpose of this article is to explain nimittas in a meaningful way so that anyone can understand and practice it for their deep meditation.
What is Nimitta?
The word "nimitta" means "sign", "direction" or "signal." Nimitta refers to the mental images, feelings, fragrances, sounds or tests that spontaneously appear when mind is sufficiently relaxed and focused. Nimitta arises from soul as ego vanishes. It cannot be created or captured by conscious effort or ego. In meditation nimitta gives you the direction in which to move. Nimitta vary from person to person. Some people perceive it as images and lights. Some people notice it through sensations and feelings. In Deep Om meditation nimitta may arises like a blissful and sweet anahata sound. In Vipassana meditation it may arises peace like a blissful oneness with the cosmos.
Examples of Nimitta
Nimitta can be the images like a bright star, a cluster of gems, a chariot wheel, white wispy smoke, full moon disk, sun's disk, a cloud or a lotus flower. It can be a soft or rough touch like that of silk-cotton. It can be a pressure or feelings of blissfulness in the center of your forehead. Nimitta can be a flower, a lighted tree, a lighted swan or a lighted bird.
How Nimiita is Different from Objects of Meditation
You should not be confused nimitta with objects of meditation. Nimitta is different from objects of meditation. Objects of meditation may need concentrated effort but nimitta is a spontaneous phenomenon. Objects of meditation are created by the mind and auto-suggestion. Objects of meditations can be right or wrong. Objects of meditations may have side effects. Objects of meditations are classified in four groups: virtues objects, non-virtues objects, auspicious objects and in-auspicious objects. They are follows:
Auspicious Objects of Meditation
For example, Visuddhimagga discusses 40 subjects of meditation at length. They are required at some specific point in the journey of meditation. Among these 40 subjects the following twelve: body awareness, breathing awareness, feeling awareness, thought awareness, loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, infinite space, infinite consciousness, infinite nothingness, neither perception-nor-non-perception are considered as virtues and auspicious objects.
In-auspicious Objects of Meditation
Similarly, if a person concentrate on the image of a prophet or person who had diseases is considered as an in-auspicious object of meditation, because that concentration may invoke and spread more such diseases in the environment. But if you show deep compassion, prayer and love for a person who is suffering, then it can be the most auspicious meditation.
However, Nimitta is mostly auspicious and virtuous because it arises from the soul and it work as a guide and shows the path that exactly required for you.
Types of Nimitta
There are three types of nimittas based on the stages of the meditation. They are: incremental nimtta, breakthrough nimitta and transformational nimitta.
1. Incremental Nimitta
The first type is the incremental nimtta,which refers to the perception of the object at the initial stages of meditation. Here, the sign is usually short lived and the sign varies frequently. They varies based on type of meditation and duration of meditation. They are not steady, ego can easily visualized and quickly manipulate them. They can be increasingly noisy if you are not focused. They can be unsteady and unclear image or sign. You can develop incremental nimitta through practice.
2. Breakthrough Nimitta
When the mind reaches a certain degree of concentration and with relaxation the ego diminishes, a clear image or sign called the breakthrough (uggaha) nimitta arises. This is a meaningful change in the way you do meditation and gives you something demonstrably new and tangible. There will be meaningful change in your environment and attitude and inner feelings. Meditation will not be just boring repetition of some rituals. It will establish bridge between earthly existence and higher spiritual dimensions. This is a kind of effortless meditation where mind becomes established in its object with awareness, peace and joy.
3. Transformational Nimitta
These are full deep absorptions in higher levels. These nimittas can transform the DNA and the way you live and work. Transformational nimitta is exceedingly rare. It requires consistent practice. Through transformational nimitta, you can reach highest levels of compassion, equanimity, morality and motivation. You will develop new visions and inspirations for the humanity. You will build ever-stronger, trust-based relationships with your people and around the world. Here, you will realize the mysterious beyond the mind.
Nimitta and Breathing Awareness Meditation
Now, I will explain nimitta in breath awareness meditation. Notice the in-breaths and out-breaths. Just notice the sensations in the triangular area above the upper lip and top of the nose. You may feel the breath at the rim of the nostrils, or just inside the nose. Focus your attention nowhere else other than the place normally touched by the flow of air. This point is known as the anapana spot or breathing point. Thus in breathing in and out, noticing as air touches the nose or the lip develop air perception mindfulness. Take the rope of mindfulness and the understanding of impermanence to transcend the mind.
If your mind wanders off, just bring it right back to the breath. If it wanders off again, bring it back again. Your all experiences are impermanent in nature. This understanding will lead to detachment and further insights into the deeper realities. You are not required to make any deep effort to know the breathing point, because that very intentional effort is a hindrance because it makes the mind busy. Just relax at the breathing point. It should be an effortless awareness. Nimitta arises when you allow your attention to fall effortlessly on the breathing point like an autumn leaf falling on a lake of still water.
It can be images like a cloud, a moon disk, a flower or some pleasant sensations of bliss. Just notice it, do not intentionally change its shape, size, color or appearance. Do not move your mind from the breath to the nimitta. Just relax at the anapana spot.
How to Identify the False Nimittas
There are two types of nimittas: false nimittas and true nimittas. False nimittas are created by the mind and auto-suggestions and also by the external persons, organizations or environments. You can identify a false nimitta by its impact on your behavior and attitude. False nimtta makes people dependent on something external like people, techniques or organization. It may create addiction to feelings, sensations and ideologies. If you are irritated and too much reactive after meditation, it can be the effect of false nimittas.
Benefits of Positive Nimitta
Meditation on positive nimitta or true nimitta will improve your alertness, awareness, resilience, creativity and equanimity. Your mindset will change from negative mindset to positive mindset and from fixed mindset to growth mindset. You will feel more relaxed, responsive and creative. You will have a deeper understandings about reality, sufferings, impermanence, interconnectedness and the reality around the world. You will attract more abundance, more love, more good health and more happiness in your life. You may feel being deeply connected, the harmonious exchange of energy with all that is around you, and the appreciation of beauty of life.
If you are interested for Nimitta and Loving Kindness Meditation of Sri Amit Ray you can register here. This Skype based meditation session will be held on individual basis, based on mutually agreed date and time.Read more ..
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 online Skype 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 area of the brain 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 class. People with specific mental or physical problems should consult their physicians.
This online Skype meditation session is about one hour long. During the online meditation session you will learn Vipassana meditation and discuss different techniques and receive the guidance appropriate for you. You also receive advice and mentoring specific to your need.Read more ..
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 online class 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 class. People with specific mental or physical problems should consult their physicians.
OM Inner Science Meditation Online Skype Class
The class is organised in two phases. The first phase is Om Mantra Initiation and Shaktipat - Energy Transmission. The second phase is Om Mantra Inner Science Guided Meditation.
Online Om Meditation:
If you are interested for Skype Online OM Meditation you can register here. Skype meditation sessions of Dr. Ray are typically 45 minutes to one hour long. Skype classes will be held on individual basis based on mutually agreed and convenient date and time. During the online meditation session you will be given appropriate meditation guidance, advice and mentoring. You will also have a chance to discuss meditation issues and meditative techniques.
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.
Mindful Leadership and Emotional Stability
The art of mindful leadership with emotional stability are discussed here. Leadership requires emotional stability - a clam, clear and decisive mind. All the time, you don’t have to have all the answers but your positive energy, confidence, responsibility, emotional stability and passion are very important for success.
A mindful leader is someone who embodies leadership presence by cultivating insights, focus, clarity, creativity and compassion for the benefits of self and others. Mindfulness is often defined as 'non-judgmental, moment to moment awareness'.
Emotional stability refers to a person's ability to remain stable and balanced during crisis. Emotions happen too quickly and outside the rational mind. But mindfulness gives you the total control of how you will react. All good leaders require a number of mindfulness skill to help them positively interact with employees or team members.
"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.
The Four Immeasurable Virtues: Maitri, Karuna, Mudita, and Upeksha
Sri Amit Ray talks about the four immeasurable Brahmaviharas. They are the four Immeasurable Virtues: Maitri, Karuna, Mudita and Upeksha. Brahmaviharas means divine abiding. Dr. Ray talks about the nature of Brahmaviharas and the importance of Brahmaviharas. He also discusses how these four virtues increases our emotional intelligence and happiness in life. The four Immeasurable divine virtues are explained in details.
Purpose of yoga and meditation is to get a permanent blessed and peaceful state of mind. Being able to control our emotions is key to our happiness as well as our relationships. Though there is nothing inherently wrong with any kind of emotion, some of them can lead to major amounts of distress when left unchecked. By changing our thoughts, we would not change the situation, however, we would change the way it affects our life.
Four Immeasurable Brahmaviharas and Patanjali's Yoga Sutra
These four virtues are mentioned in the teachings of Buddha, Patanjali's yoga sutra and Upanishads. They are the four types of attitudes towards people and society. The yoga sutra (1.33) states that blessed state of mind is developed through meeting happy people with friendliness, those who are suffering with compassion, those who are virtuous with delight, and indifference or neutrality towards those we perceive as wicked or evil.
Four Immeasurable Brahmaviharas as Taught by Buddha
The Buddha taught the four great virtues, known as the four "Brahmaviharas". The word Brahmavihara is Pali, and comes from two words. First, there is the word brahma. In the Buddha’s time, a brahma was a deity who lived in a heavenly realm. The word vihara means abode or dwelling. Hence, the word Brahmavihara means dwelling in the realm of blessedness. They are mindfulness practices that protect the mind from falling into habitual patterns of reactivity with the cultivation of our best intentions
Leadership from Inner Being: Overcoming the Blind Spots
Sri Amit Ray explains the concept of leadership from inner being. He also describes how to overcome the blind spots in leadership and decision making processes.
Leadership begins with a simple human gesture and that is to inspire others, and to inspire others you must feel integrated, harmonious and whole. When you are disconnected with your Inner Being, you don't feel solid and whole in yourself. When you are connected with your Inner Being, you feel integrated, harmonious and whole.
Here, by inner dimensions I mean inner strength, inner vision - the expanded consciousness beyond the small ego which considers him or her self separate from the rest. On the Physical body level we have emotional blockages. When you are connected with your Inner Being, you feel integrated, harmonious and whole. When you operate from your Inner Being you can overcome the mundane emotional blockages that drags you down. Through meditation, mindfulness and positive mindset we can get connection with our Inner Being. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are the examples of leadership from Inner Being.
Authentic Leadership and Inner Dimensions:
We can consistently inspire others when we are authentic - authentic to ourselves and authentic to others. Authenticity is the single most important principle of leadership. Authenticity comes from our deeper inner dimensions. It comes from our core values, principles, and life experiences.
To be a good leader you must be authentic to your current state of development as well as to your potential state of development. In cryptography, authenticity means messages that received by A are actually sent by B - there is no noise, error or loss of information. In leadership, authenticity means what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. There should not be any contradiction, confusion or doubt. Today's best leaders are authentic leaders. They are connected with their inner being, which guides them in their daily actions and enables them to earn the trust of their subordinates, peers, and shareholders.
A leadership style is a leader's style of providing direction, implementing plans, and motivating people. It is said that, Sanskrit literature identifies ten types of leaders. They are; Visionary, Missionary, Coaching, Democratic, Autocratic, Pacesetting, Commanding, Bureaucratic, Laissez-faire, and Servant type. Depending on the situation and challenges, often, it is necessary to use more than one leadership style.
Although, the core values of leadership remain the same, these old ways of leadership may not be valid in modern digital age. Research revealed that leadership in digital age requires four characteristics; Humbleness, Adaptability, Visionary and Engaging style. In addition, agile leaders of modern age exhibits three key behaviors; Hyper-awareness, Informed Decisions and Super-Execution Speed. This fast-changing era is propelled by technology-driven transformation and it requires deep transformation and deep inner stability and this stability comes when you are connected with your Inner Being.
Leaders as Change Agent:
Leadership is not only influencing the followers, but also providing clear directions in changing circumstances. Effective leaders must be comfortable with change; they must practice and teach agility and resilience. In changing circumstances leaders must identifies their blind spots. Emotional blockages are the primary ares of blind spots in leadership. Bringing about positive change is never easy. It requires abandoning old habits and patterns and trying new approaches.
Leaders and change agents aspiring to take leadership need to connect to the source, the inner being from which they operate. Leadership is a process, an intimate expression of who we are. There are four types of changes; incremental, strategic, anticipatory and reactive. Reactive changes are forced changes as responses to external events while anticipatory changes are anticipations of future events and a more proactive approach. Communication is vital to reach an understanding of the change initiative. Authentic communication comes from the inner being.
Blind Spots and Leadership:
Normally, when one thinks of the term “blind spot” our mind immediately goes to driving a car. Blind spot is the area that we can’t see in either our rear-view or side-view mirrors. Automobile blind spot is a metaphor in leadership. In leadership, blind spot is the psychological obstruction of our views about reality. Our biased views, unchallenged assumptions create the blind spots. We often don't want to see the ground realities. There is a blind spot in leadership theory, in the social sciences as well as in our everyday social experience. You can overcome those blind spots when your thoughts, words and actions originates from your inner being.Read more ..
How Your Belief and Intelligence Can Bring You Success
It is often said that belief is the death of intelligence. Sri Amit Ray explains how belief and intelligence can work together for success. He says why you need to transcend your limiting belief systems and develop strong self-belief by reprogramming your subconscious mind. He discussed how you can change your point of view in order to change your core negative beliefs.
Nature of Beliefs:
Generally, belief means an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof. For example, we never ponder whether or not the sun will rise. We simply assume the sun will rise. Self-belief or self-confidence are thought to be the way that you feel about your skills, abilities, looks and behaviors.
Types of Beliefs:
There are two types of beliefs; positive beliefs and negative beliefs. Positive beliefs are the beliefs that gives you energy, motivation and happiness for short term as well as for long term. Self-belief is an example of positive belief. Negative beliefs are the beliefs that drags you down and makes you dependent on something other than your self. Blind faiths are the examples of negative belief.
Beliefs are driven by very human hopes and dreams and fears. Your beliefs can be a prison system you’ve created for yourself. But the door is not locked. You can come out of that. It never was and you can get escape from your limiting ideas about reality any time you want to open that door.
Power of Self-Beliefs and Self-Confidence:
What is important is developing belief in yourself. Self-belief makes you confident, relax, creative and think clearly. Test and experience your own beliefs again and again. If you believe in yourself, you’ll feel motivated to take positive action and you will remain motivated for longer periods of time. You won’t be upset by mistakes or setbacks. If you believe that you can or you can’t, you’re right. If you don’t think it’s possible forget about success, you can’t even get started. The only thing standing between you and your success is your inner story - that continuously telling you as to why you can’t achieve it.
Intelligence and Blind Beliefs:
Intelligence is necessary in life but intelligence alone is not enough to be a successful person. Self belief and positive-mindset are essential elements of success. Blind faith, while still practiced, is not a practical approach to resolving the problems of modern life. In fact blind faith is detrimental to life. It gives a very narrow view of problems and issues. When your beliefs meet reality, reality wins every time if they’re not in sync. Researchers observed that there is a negative relationship between intelligence and religious belief. Blind belief system often actively deny evidence to fit what they already believe.
Belief and Intelligence and Success:
Success in life depends on how to meet the challenges in the world of emotions or how we become more creative, how we identify and solve real life problems or how we make better decisions. The people who achieved great success in life mastered a few fundamental and universal truths better than anyone else. They can easily separate the signal from the noise. Truth must be earned by each individual. It can’t be bought or cheated or even learned without personal dedication and hard work. If you want to get good at anything you have to learn to see your strengths and weaknesses accurately. If you don’t start with the truth you can’t possibly get anything else right.
Humans are fear driven animals. We constantly imagine terrible tragedies in order to try to react ahead of them. But the problem is that you spend your whole life reacting to imaginary events instead of the one real one. That is the path to suffering and pain. Positive mindset is the path of success and happiness.
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)