Published: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:16:15 -0700
Last Build Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:16:15 -0700Copyright: ©copyright Robert Jackson
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:16:09 -0700
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:03:21 -0700
There's no "doing" necessary to be YOU. (image)
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:21:37 -0700(image)
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:15:26 -0700
Life is difficult. There is pain and suffering and at times there is a deep misery or depression beyond our control. Sometimes we fail and sometimes the world just kicks our ass.
It's ok to fail, forget, blow it, lose it and fall. To move forward we must allow ourselves to look the fool, to trip up and make mistakes. The saying goes, fall six times and get up seven but no one tells you how long you can stay down. I say, stay down as long as you need to and you'll know when to get back up.
Just know this: what keeps us down is how we talk to ourselves in our heads. Watch out for self deprecating thoughts and actions but don't try to use positive mantras to get up again. Your job is to just watch and observe where the thoughts come from and become aware of how you may be sustaining your own failures by your thinking patterns.
We can move forward without the harsh inner critic and the condescending mind chatter. Be aware of the difficulties in going against the stream of normalcy and learn how to coast where you need to coast.
Things to remember:
We don't need to feel bliss to be ok in life. That type of thinking denotes that there is someone who is feeling bliss and someone who is not. Bliss just is and we are that.
Create time to be natural and discover what the natural state is without using the mind to define what is natural.
Give yourself permission to fail.
Watch out for holding on to expectations of perfection.
See that it's all perfect when the judgements and expectations are silent.
In life we are goal driven and it's ok to have a goal to pay the bills and put food on the table but we should be weary of holding onto goals of being a perfect person.
Observe without taking notes and labeling your progress. Just watch the one who watches. Once we start to become aware of the witness inside, the pure awareness that we are, we can experience the non dual (our natural state) first hand.
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:57:26 -0700
Reminders on the path
Don't worry so much.
You're only doing the best you can.
Fully embrace every aspect of who you are right now.
Rest in being here right now.
Decided to feel good.
Don't try so hard.
Just be yourself
Be the ONE
When sitting in meditation be comfortable, don't try to meditate.
Watch your breath go in and out.
If you have thoughts, no problem just keep sitting.
If your butt hurts that's fine just keep sitting.
If you can't sit, just sit anyway.
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:16:17 -0700(image)
Once upon a time there was a thought, and the thought was, "a quiet mind is all you need." A quiet mind is all anyone needs to feel happy, peaceful, whole and complete. If your mind just stops and becomes still, what remains? It’s simple really and anyone can see this. What remains is quiet and quiet by its very nature is peaceful and peace is nice. Peace feels good, it feels serene, and who doesn't like serene?
Boy oh boy, what a crazy thought (to quiet the mind) because now there was a goal and a mission, an impossible mission at that. I must tell you, if you give the hyper analytical mind of an obsessive being such as myself a goal, you better watch out because it will stop at nothing to achieve said goal. So began the twenty year quest to achieve the impossible, to achieve having a quiet mind.
What a wonderful journey it has been. I have seen so much and learned so much. I'm literally bursting with things to share with you at this plateau of understanding, you the listeners, you the fellow travelers. If I haven't said it before or often enough, I want to say it again and again. Thank you, fellow adventurer from the bottom of my heart for being here, for being my listening ears. I bow to you all with the deepest, heartfelt gratitude. Without you my friends, I would never have been able to make such a difficult journey.
How can one achieve a quiet mind and feel peace, happiness and contentment all the time? Those questions and many others will be answered in this next series of podcasts that will deal directly with how to quiet your mind. What do you need to do? All you need to do is show up and listen. I’m here to remind you that you are what you seek and happiness is your true nature. We are THAT and a quiet mind can bring peace, happiness and contentment to your life. Is that the end? No I think it's only a good start but it's a powerful start. So together let’s do this thing.
Fri, 05 Jul 2013 23:10:15 -0700
Do you have lizard brain behind the wheel? Scared? Fearful? Angry? Defensive? This podcast addresses our survival instinct we may have while driving and how we can evolve beyond a scared reptile into a calm, kind and compassionate traveler. Know the warning signs of lizard brain driving:
You are not your car; this is not your hermit shell that needs protection. Do you want to defend your car and your opinion or do you want to feel peaceful and calm in this moment? Remember you are not your story, your feelings, emotions, thoughts or possessions. You are something much bigger than that. Your co-pilot is calm.
Sat, 08 Jun 2013 09:48:07 -0700
It's Monday morning and your late again. Your stuck in bumper to bumper traffic and losing it. That jerk in the convertible just cut you off and that crazy person behind you is ridding your ass. Your trapped behind a Wal-Mart truck that is spewing diesel fumes into your passenger side widow making you choke and tear up. The widows rolled down because the air conditioner is on the fritz again and your spritzing like an animal. You can feel the rage beginning to build up inside you.
It's hot, smelly, overcrowded and insane. Your on the edge…How can you possibly meditate or relax in this situation? Listen to this podcast to learn some ways to help you navigate through the chaos and noise. Explore some innate abilities that help you cope and relive your suffering, dis-ease and stress.
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:09:29 -0700
When the attachment to thoughts subsides our mind naturally gets quiet and we begin to experience gaps between thoughts. In these gaps we can hear the soft -spoken voice of the heart. This soft-spoken voice is a compass, that can point us to the direction we need to travel - inward.
In life sometimes we need guidance and advice so we may look outward to our friends and family for counsel and wisdom. My advice to you is this, seek the inward path to your own inner teacher, it’s there for us at anytime and any place. This guide has always been there within us we were born with it, at times it’s just difficult or impossible to hear. The voice of the heart is quiet, soft and non intrusive. On the other had the external noises of life are often so harsh and loud that the soto voice of our heart is drowned out completely.What can we do to hear our inner guidance? Daily seek a place of solitude and calm and simply stop. Set everything down. Be still. Take several long slow deep breathes in and out. Allow yourself to settle. Each day we have the opportunity to acknowledge this inner stillness and the soft voice of our can our heart-mind. Each day we can make this moment of stillness a priority. It’s up to us.
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:19:09 -0700
In every moment there is the opportunity to see that your true nature is happiness. There is no need to seek for what is already yours. The treasure is within you.
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:48:24 -0700Everyone wants a clear and concise "how to wake up" method, this is impossible without the willingness of the participant to jump in and take the necessary risks to give up their old ways of thinking and seeing. The Podcast is at the bottom of the article If you want to know the truth about who you really are and what this is really all about you have to be willing to give up the old methods, to reach beyond thought and thinking mind and to take the dive into the unknown. You must ask yourself, “What do I want?” and then be willing to risk it all to have that. So what do you want? If you want peace, happiness and serenity, what are you willing to give up to have that? Are you willing to give up your attachment to thoughts, memories, concepts, judgements and beliefs to have peace? Sacrifice is part of the path of no path. You don’t have to give up everything and walk into the woods (though I’ve done that) to discover the truth, but you may have to give up trying to think your way to the truth. There comes a time when we have to leave behind our precious beliefs and open to newness. I’m not talking about Robert’s way, I’m talking about rediscovering your own innate wisdom, happiness, and contentment that you arrived with. I can only point to this truth and MY way means nothing at all. All I ask of you is this - Can you look deeply into your own heartmind and see that you had it all along, that nothing is broken in you and nothing needs to be fixed. Your OK The way to IT is simple. It’s down beneath the thinking mind and it’s found in silence. Find us on Facebook. Listen below [...]
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:14:51 -0700
Return to the one that is not touched by the circumstances of the world. The one that lives in this world but not of this world. Drop the meditator, drop the form and just sit without any rigid model. There is no reconnection or creation of an experience or paradigm, it's ordinary and easy to do.
Tue, 06 Sep 2011 22:46:39 -0700Do you have a barking dog mind that wont shut up? Are you trying to distract it with treats, and other bribes? Do you ignore is barks and try to drown them out with other sounds? Do you numb out with television, alcohol, food, games, internets or other drugs? Are you tired of the non stop yapping? Are you ready to learn how to quiet your inner barking dog? Then read on. At present we can observe that we have a very noisy mind, it barks day and night, even in our sleep. We’ve tried a million things to quiet it and it never stops and in most cases it gets even louder. If we can be honest with ourselves and see that the present methods of taming the inner canine have failed then we have reached the first step accepting what is so. Up to this point your methods have failed, or they are temporary and fleeting at best. Can you drop your old ways and open to something new? That is the second step. The third step is to introduce new ways of thinking about your mind barking. So we have these steps to take. Accepting old methods are not working. Make room for some new ideas Introduce a new way to look at your present state of being. When we accept things and stop fighting our own minds the brain has a chance to rest and settle. When it settles we can reach a point of clarity and stillness that allows for a certain freshness, a hollowed ground so to speak, a place to plant new seeds? When we let go of ideas and preferences we can make room for newness to enter into our experience. When our minds are full there is simply no room for new ideas. Can you suspend your beliefs and have an open mind? If so continue on. Congratulations you have moved on and you are ready to test out some new ideas and concepts. That’s right we are going to test things out for ourselves. A wise teacher once said, “You don’t have to take my word for it. Simply try it for yourself.” And this is very true, we should always try a teaching for ourselves and see if it fits. New ideas. You are not your thoughts. You are not who you think you are. You can be free from you barking dog mind. Know that most of what we see and experience in others is also barking dog mind. Presently we think that we are the thoughts that stream through our minds. They come and go and sometimes never leave us alone. These thoughts are just like radio signals, we can choose to tune in, or tune out, or tune off. Can you try out this new way of thinking? The new way to think is, “I’m not my thoughts, or the voices arising from this mind and I can let them pass” Try this out for a week and report back to share your insights. [...]
Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:05:50 -0700The invitation to arrive in this moment is constantly being offered to you. It's up to you to take it. Breathing in I accept what is so in this moment. Breathing out I accept what is so in this moment. No resistance to what is so. Just being in this moment radically accepting what is so. Know the rat-mind, from the heart-mind. Embrace the path of no resistance. The mind wants to believe that we can't live without it and when we begin to see that we can, it's soft underbelly is exposed and vulnerable. In this state it's first reaction is to strike back against it's attacker and use all of it's defense mechanisms. These defense mechanisms come in varied form but in most cases it uses fear as it's primary weapon. It may also use numbing tactics like immersing oneself in a mindless television shows, playing a video games, or getting drunk, or high. What can we do? When we use our breath to come home and check in we can catch ourselves before we use a tactic, habit or substance to escape the rat mind. When we catch ourselves before we engage in that habit we can instill this practice, the practice or activity of just observing. Observing silently, without judgment and letting the thoughts pass by. Try sitting today for just two minutes. If your mind say's it's bored, then just sit there and be as bored as you can. Do boredom all the way. If your mind wont stop spinning, just let it spin and don't try to do a thing. Do nothing all the way everyday for just a few minutes. There is no need to have a formal meditation practice, just sit quietly, watch, listen and breath. src="http://www.indiegogo.com/project/widget/40190?a=234508" frameborder="1" scrolling="no" width="210px" height="400px"> [...]
Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:27:19 -0700
Sat, 16 Jul 2011 14:53:12 -0700*At the bottom of this post is a link to hear the podcast. If you think about it we were never taught to breath, isn’t that strange? We have been living out our whole lives without the basic instructions on how to breathe properly. Isn’t that shocking? Most of us breathe like little chipmunks that are being chased by Mr. Twinkles the neighborhood cat. That type of breathing is fight or flight, or panic breathing. We are all running from Mr. Twinkles in our own way throughout the day. Some examples of using panic breathing would be: Rush hour traffic someone cuts you off. The boss yells at you in front of your whole team. Your child runs into the street. You have a confrontation with a co-worker, friend, or spouse that erupts into a full fledged argument. You are in pain from a stomach ache, injury or severe illness. In all the instances we are usually taking very short and shallow breathes that only worsen the circumstance or situation. So what can we do? We can learn to breath properly. Here are some steps to proper breathing and recognizing the warning signs of panic breathing. Your body tenses up, clenched fist, or clenched jaws. Your sweating, shaking, tensed in the neck or shoulders. You have body aches in neck, shoulders, or hands. You have stomach aches, ulcers, or allergies. Trouble eating, sleeping, relaxing. The signs are there and I recognize them, now what do I do? Stop and check in with yourself. Become aware of the signals you are receiving. Excuse yourself from the circumstance or situation and find a quiet corner. Exhale all the breath from your body and let your head, shoulders and stomach relax. Take a long, slow, deep breath and do this several times. On your exhale try saying to yourself, “In, I’m breathing in. Out, I’m breathing out.” Notice the minds casting about habit to find ways that it may make itself right. It may use tactics that include saying things like this: “He was wrong and treated me with disrespect!” “That jackass cut me off. He’s going to kill someone!” “No one can treat me like this, I’m going to report that jerk!” Gently bring your attention back to your breathing. Repeat until calm and don’t give in to the minds demands. A note: This is not about pushing these feelings or emotions down, or to be in denial of your personal rights, freedoms etc. This is about calming the ego/mind before you respond using your emotions, rather than calm reason. This is about creating a platform for a proper response. The concept I’m presenting here is about not been run by the emotional outbursts that our ego may throw out there to defend itself. We are calming the mind in order to relax back into our natural state of being before we respond or act on impulse. Just breathe... [...]
Sat, 28 May 2011 23:22:00 -0700
Sat, 14 May 2011 17:21:27 -0700(image)
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 21:24:40 -0700I'm jumping in and taking you with me! Join me on the journey of following your heart's desire. Let's step into the unknown together and take the leap of faith. In this podcast we talk about: Embracing your own inner teacher/guide and waking up to your full potential. We create an experiment to see what happens when we turn around 180 degrees and go in the direction we are guided to go. Embracing the opportunity to wake up and see our true self. The void we feel. The disconnect is nothing more than a thought or thoughts arising that we decide to hook in to, give meaning to, embellish and create the story we call 'self'. We look at being content, happy and peaceful by dropping the concept that something from the outside will make us whole. (If only I could change such and such about myself, I could feel good and be happy.) If you no longer attached to these thoughts and you dropped thinking all together, what would your life be like ? We came in here complete, needing nothing but the basics in life. We complicated this by constructing a separate self. That is the idea of a self that is separate from all others and all things. We can dissolve this separate self and experience life the way it was meant to be experienced. Happy, blissful and full of joy! [...]
Wed, 15 Sep 2010 21:20:47 -0700
Please share your thoughts, feelings, insights and wisdom here.
Thu, 02 Sep 2010 22:14:50 -0700(image)
Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:10:39 -0700How do we define success? In our society success seems to be measured by what we have done, created, or collected rather than what we have given or shared with our fellow sentient beings. I had always seen success as money, cars, big houses and fame. I lived most of my life in pursuit of all of these material things and it wasn't until I had many life changing experiences that my opinions on what success was dramatically altered. One of these life changing experiences happened while living on the Big Island of Hawaii and I relate that story in this podcast. So do we need a life altering experience to change the way we see things? Yes I believe sometimes we do. How can we have a life altering experience? Stay open and don't be afraid to look deeply into your heart. Assess your life daily and see where you can change current beliefs and opinions to bring about more compassion and empathy. Open yourself to new ways of thinking and seeing. Sit quietly on a daily basis. It is in solitude that we can begin to open to a new way of looking at our ourselves and our intention. How do we re-define success? Who gives the most. Being happy in each moment regardless of the circumstance. Putting others before ourselves. One who follows their heart to serve others without expectation of the outcome. [...]
Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:12:01 -0700
Have you noticed yourself Tweet-ing and Facebook-ing in social situations to avoid talking and interacting with people? I'm constantly observing people in line at the store, at the airport, on a plane and in the elevator engaged with their device. We are immersing ourselves in a medium that is helping to create social barriers with our fellow beings. A new distraction that keeps us from meeting our true self in the form of those around us that manifests as our peers. Our peers can represent aspects of ourselves we may be having trouble accepting and we don't want to confront that because it's uncomfortable.
Take it slow, take your time and be easy on yourself.
Fri, 27 Nov 2009 23:15:22 -0700(image)
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 12:47:34 -0700
Sat, 01 Aug 2009 22:44:11 -0700
Are you a spiritual seeker? Do you want to control your own destiny, the universe or just your dog? This podcast may have the answers that you seek
Thu, 09 Jul 2009 09:35:40 -0700In our daily lives we have so much distraction and stimulation that we barely have the time to feel. What do I mean by feel? Feeling our pain, loss heartache, frustration anger etc. Our society is built up in a way that we don't have the time that we need to get in touch with our emotions.
Learn how to identify the signals that you need to wind down and check in. Anger, sadness, depression, agitation etc. Watch for body signals as well. Backache, neck tension, jaw clenching, upset stomach. These signals are there to remind us to check in, wind down and listen.
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 14:42:01 -0700In our lives we are attached to many things. We are attached to objects, feelings, emotions, opinions, thoughts and desires. When we are attached we are imprisoned by our own mind's limited perceptions and expectations. When we become detached we open ourselves to possibility, spontaneity and freedom from suffering. We are no longer limited to our minds old habits and paradigms. When we suffer we are confused, muddled and collapsed. To become detached is to become free. Detachment is freedom from suffering. Look at what you can give up to feel the peace that is present in this moment. Are you holding onto anger, fear, loneliness, sadness, expectations or desires? Ask yourself, "Do I want to feel anger, fear, loneliness or depression more that I want to feel peace right now?" Peace is always present Freedom is always present Stillness is always present Get out a sheet of paper and put this down at the top: What am I willing to let go of to feel peace right now? Look at what you are feeling right now and ask yourself for each emotion, thought or feeling: Would I rather feel this or would I rather feel peace? [...]
Sun, 31 May 2009 23:08:12 -0700
Out in nature, things make sense. It's balanced, harmonious and abundant. When we feel at our wits end, sometimes just a short walk in the woods can clear our heads and help us get back on track.(image) "/>
Sun, 17 May 2009 15:49:00 -0700What the heck are we doing here? What is our true purpose in life? What is our deep driving desire? These questions are the big questions in life right? I myself have been asking them for years and I know that I'm not alone in wanting to know the answers. I have read hundreds of books ranging from contemporary esoteric thought, to ancient texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, The Tao and the Bible. All of these books had answers to theses questions and not surprisingly they were very similar. After many years of self study, meditation and literary research I have come to a conclusion. In most cases the simplest answers to life's most difficult questions are usually correct. Ask yourself these questions: Why do I think that I'm here? What does my intuition tell me? What are my talents? How do I best serve Humanity? Work on developing your insight into these questions by doing the following: Meditate on opening your heart to your inner Buddha, Joy, God, Spirit. Make a list of your talents and dreams and carry it with you. Look at the blocks you may have created around your dreams. Remember to open yourself to all possibilities. Play and laugh like when you were young: Make a date to do something you enjoyed as a child. Draw a picture. Goof off. What do you think of this? Please comment on this post or join the forum and tell us how you feel about your special talents. [...]
Fri, 01 May 2009 17:41:12 -0700
This is a guided meditation with images I have photographed in Sedona.
There are no opening or closing credits in this podcast, so that you may
be able to use it without distractions.
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 15:21:08 -0700Try giving to receive. Are you not getting what you want out of life, your relationships and your job? Have you ever tried to give what it is that you want? If you give what it is that you want from life to others, you will receive all that you want out of life and more. We all want love, kindness, safety, security, health, wealth and well being and we know that as truth. So if we know what it is that we want, we can easily see want others want too. In these tough times we tend to curl up in out little cocoons and hide away 'till the storm passes. We need to break out of our shells, step forward into the great unknown and do the impossible. One truth that I know that will explode your spiritual growth is this: The next step that you are afraid to take is exactly the step that you need to take. Follow these simple steps to get what you want by giving what you want: * Practice empathy by understanding all people are suffering and have experienced loss. * Commit to a full day of giving from your heart. * Meditate on opening your heart to giving. * Give something small like a compliment or a hug. Work on developing your insight as to why you do what you do and ask yourself these questions around giving: * Am I coming from a place of lack? * Am I coming from fear? * Am I projecting poverty consciousness? * Am I being selfish? Remember not to condemn or judge yourself, just observe. Why does giving work? Giving works because it emulates nature and nature is always giving and abundant. Can you feel yourself as a giving and abundant being like nature? Observe nature, spend some time out there in it and see first hand its never ending supply that is given without expectation of any return. Can we give this freely and openly? Practice opening yourself to what others want by observing these facts: * People often give exactly the opposite of what it is that they want. * Most reactions are conditioned and habitual. "They know not what they do." * People are wearing masks that protect them from attacks. * Suffering is often projected by others as fear, anger, or frustration. When you open yourself to what others want you stretch yourself out beyond your safety zone and this creates growth. This growth mixed with wisdom and discernment practiced openly sets the example of love and kindness. [...]
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 19:21:58 -0700Meditate always, with these simple steps. Do you have the time or patience to meditate twice a day for two hours? Most of us just don't have that kind of time, energy, or focus. So how the heck will we ever become the perfect person we can be if we can't meditate daily? In this podcast we learn a few things about meditating while on our feet, doing our job, eating our lunch and brushing our teeth. How can that enlighten us? You'd be surprised. Why not try these few little steps and see what happens for yourself. Today when you brush your teeth, just brush your teeth. Whenever the phone rings, treat it as a meditation bell. Take three deep breaths before you answer and relax. When passing through doorways notice them. Walk with mindfulness to your car, the bus or from the couch to the fridge. Be gracious for something or someone in your life. Help a stranger. Give yourself some approval. What do you think about these steps for mindfulness? Do you have any stories, ideas, suggestions or little tricks for mindfulness you can share on our forum? If so, join the Part Time Buddha Club and be a part time enlightened being:) [...]
Sun, 25 Jan 2009 15:12:35 -0700In this podcast we do a guided meditation to face and over come our fears.
Wed, 07 Jan 2009 11:30:30 -0700It's with great pleasure that I announce the re-release of my CD, Flight of the Hawk! This CD was recorded in Sedona, Arizona in 2000 and then re-mastered by an old and dear friend of mine, Kevin Peterson (thanks Kev!). It contains music performed on the Native American Flute, drum, didgeridoo, and guitar, all performed by me and accompanied by nature sounds. This CD is very special to me as it has some recordings that were created in a little cabin in one of the most inspirational and spiritual places that I know. The magic and wonder of Sedona comes through strongly in this recording and I do hope that it heals, brings peace and a little joy into your lives. Flight of the Hawk is available by download from Amazon, Itunes and many other distributors on the Internet. As a gift to you, my valued listeners, I am making two of the tracks available at no charge for your enjoyment. If you have a coupon for this CD from a previous sale that had not gone through, please contact me and I will make sure that you get your copy. It's available only in digital format at this time. Enjoy a few tracks from Flight of the Hawk by clicking one of the links below, when you do so it should open your web browser. Dolphins Cry of the Loon If you vist A Quiet Mind You can download the mp3's to your hard drive as seen in the illustration below. Control click on the audio mp3 bar and choose "save as". [...]
Thu, 01 Jan 2009 12:42:32 -0700Learn in this new podcast how to come from the moment by connecting with your inner guidance and make decisions based on new habits we create through awareness and calm.
Thu, 25 Dec 2008 16:52:13 -0700
From all of us here at A Quiet Mind we wish you all a very Merry Christma-Kwanza-Hanukkah- Diwali-Rohatsu, and a very Happy New Year! We love you all and we are very grateful to have you in our lives.
Robert, Tanya, Arlo, Tooney and Crusita.
Fri, 07 Nov 2008 21:05:03 -0700(image)
For those of you who don't know, a few of us have begun meditating together on Saturday mornings at 8:30am PST. We have tried out different broadcasting apps and we are now going to be broadcasting exclusively from Ustream. Unfortunately Yahoo Live has canceled its service.
After some testing, we have decided to invite you all formally once again to come and join us Saturday mornings. Last weekend we had some bugs with the chat but we're hoping that we have a smoother run this time. For those that aren’t familiar with Ustream, it’s very easy, you don’t need to have a log in to view or chat. You can just go to this link A Quiet Mind Live Meditation Please join us Saturdays at 8:30am Pacific Time!
Sat, 11 Oct 2008 09:29:52 -0700
Earlier today the BBC World announced a groundbreaking event for all humanity. Solar Power Concentrator Power Station - the first of its kind! Until recently ideas for such solar power stations were considered a mere science fiction and dreaming about our near future, but no longer. Engineers and Scientist joined forces in Seville, Spain and made the first solar collector power station. The system is made from 642 giant mirrors that focus sunlight into a single spot - the top of a 40 story concrete tower. The concrete tower is covered with water pipes and due to the intensive heat (sometimes more than 400 degree Fahrenheit) its converted into steam. The steam then goes to Steam Power Turbines which produce the electricity.
Sun, 05 Oct 2008 17:26:29 -0700
Why sit quietly when the whole world is going crazy!
In this episode we take a look at the positive effects of sitting and gaining insight into the "self " benefits not only ourselves but the people we love, and the rest of the planet.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 13:14:27 -0700Let's turn the other check this week! I rhymed, how cleaver. Forgiven and forget and feel free and at peace. Quiet the mind by letting go of the bullsh*t.
Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:21:11 -0700
Join me this Saturday for a live meditation @ 8:30 am Pacific time. This time we will use Yahoo! Live which is a very cool interface and looks like it will be very easy to use. Looking forward to seeing you and please share your comments on which Live video chat application you like the most.
Pause at least three times today and become aware of your breath for a short time. Try counting each breath or simply be aware of your chest rising and falling and as you do this be thankful for each breath you take. It is a wonderful thing that we can breathe.
Each time you walk through a doorway today notice that you are walking through that doorway by bringing your attention to it. You can do this by repeating to yourself "I'm walking through this doorway now." This brings present moment awareness to your conscious mind. (You can choose not to say "I" if you really want to see something interesting.)
Pause three times today close your eyes and be thankful for three things in your life. You can write them down if you wish and remember to smile as you are doing this. Being gracious proliferates happiness.
Sat, 31 May 2008 12:03:22 -0700Accepting what is so can be a very difficult task, especially when all of your board members are involved. Discover a new tool for gaining more peace around acceptance in this new podacast.
Fri, 23 May 2008 14:32:44 -0700In this episode we begin to study the Seven Spiritual Steps to a quiet mind. We start with acceptance.
Sun, 16 Mar 2008 19:39:28 -0700In this episode we begin a series which will delve deeply into transformation and also the exploration of Zen Buddhism. I'm working on a longer post that will follow in about a week. Stay tuned.
Fri, 04 Jan 2008 17:41:58 -0700Hello All! Not much to report today on the fast and cleanse but a nasty coat on my tongue that feels like a slick and tacky everglades born moss - ewe. And a little athlete?s foot (not on the tongue thankfully but the foot). I've had a few skin break-outs but nothing too horrific. I'm still passing some things (sorry to mention that but hey, we?re all grown ups, right?) and I can't believe it! You would think after almost a full week of not eating that you would be pretty much emptied out. Apparently that's not the case for yours truly. I have taken a picture of what I've been consuming over the last six days not including the salt water flush that I drink in the morning (10 ounces of filtered water and 1/2 a teaspoon of sea salt) The drink consists of filtered water that I'm getting from our neighborhood Whole Foods and a truly delicious grade B maple syrup that I received as a Christmas present from my brother-in-law Aron (thank you Aron!). Now I must warn you if you want to try this out, though you may be tempted to use that old bottle of Aunt Jemima with the crusted screw off top, don't do it. You really need this grade B syrup for this fast because it's not as processed as grade A syrup and not all corn syrup as Aunty's is. Therefore it has more of the good stuff like minerals and vitamins that you really need while on this fast. I'm also using organic California grown lemons as I can acquire them (some recently stolen from a friend?s house - thanks Tak!) and a good pinch of cayenne pepper to turn up the heat and get the old furnaces blowing nicely. No doubt some of you may find this recipe very familiar and know it by it's name "Master Cleanse". (I wholeheartedly recommend getting the book and doing a little research on your own to get a better feel for what happens when you cleanse.) It's been around for years and as a matter of fact, this was my first introduction to cleansing about fifteen years ago. But that is not where I had first heard about fasting. My Dad had done it years ago when he had been inspired by Werner Erhard's "The Hunger Project". I know the guy got tons of bad press but that was one thing that made a very lasting impression on a young kid. Not so much Werner but seeing my Dad go without food so that he could better relate to those that had no choice and went without food because they had none to eat. Thanks Dad. I remember. So getting back to my first fast. At the time I was living in Sedona, Arizona and I was reading a fantastic book about Frank Fools Crow that inspired me to do my first sweat lodge ceremony (more on that in a later post). As I researched more and began to meet people that did these ceremonies, I found out that much of the ceremony is in the preparation. It includes a fast of three days (not the same with all tribes ) and a bit of refle[...]
Thu, 03 Jan 2008 00:56:56 -0700Well I see by the old clock on the wall that I have been doing this podcast for two years now. Wow has it really been two years? I can't believe it's been that long! I must say that I'm very happy that all of you out there like what you are hearing and continue to listen, learn and share. I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for all of your support, love and kindness over these last two wonderful years. I know that "A Quiet Mind" would not be here without you and your support. I'm very grateful to all of you and I'm honored to have this gift in my life. I thank you with all my heart and so does little Crucita. I'm writing this post on the second day of a fast so I'm feeling rather lucid and sentimental. I don't know how long the fast is going to be; as long as it takes I guess. Why am I fasting you ask? Well I wanted to do the fast for a few different reasons, number one being holiday over-indulgence and number two being the cheating. No not that kind of cheating - the other kind. For those of you who didn't know I'm diabetic (type II) and vegan (type IV "the cheating type"). Oh cheese you are a devil and a temptress. That being said, I also wanted to fast because it brings me clarity when I'm having difficulty with something and can't seem to get my head around it. Even when the usual means of walking meditation, quieting the mind, breathing, etc. have little or no effect, there's nothing like a little self imposed starvation to inspire clarity I always say. So the result is what you see before you. I've been inspired to write the longest post in AQM history. Hold on, here it goes... I was reflecting back on the podcast today and I realized that many of you might not know the history of AQM and how it came about. So if you are interested, read on. One evening about two years ago, a co-worker of mine (that at the time of this posting shall remain anonymous) was in need of a good listener and confidant. I received a phone call from him and he began to confide in me with some of the difficulties he was facing in his life. I was simply there for him and listened intently. I gave him a few things to try out that I thought would hopefully ease his pain and suffering a bit like breathing, forgiving himself, and accepting what is so. We said good-bye and I thought nothing of it. The next day he called and told me that he had not felt better in years and that his depression was gone! Not only that, he said he felt fantastic! As we spoke further, he related to me more information about his present "condition" and mentioned that the tools and suggestions I had shared with him that previous night had worked better and more effectively than the drugs and therapy he had been receiving for most of his life. I was amazed and in utter disbelief.[...]
Sun, 30 Dec 2007 01:07:58 -0700In this episode we are going to relaaaaaaaax and embrace everything with love! Five ways to embrace. What do we mean by embrace? The easiest way to explain embrace is to describe a hug. When we hug someone there is no space between us. Our hearts are close and our bodies are pressed together tightly. If we really have done the job of hugging properly, our breathing and heartbeats will sync up and it feels as if we are one with each other. The next time you hug a loved one, try to become conscience of your breathing by just being aware of the rise and fall of your chest and the rise and fall of your hugging partners chest. Just watch this then follow these steps. 1. Close your eyes: We are so visual that we are distracted easily by things in our eyes' path. Closing your eyes allows you to focus better on the embrace. 2. Don't grasp: When we try to hold on too tightly we can make our partner feel trapped and uncomfortable. A light yet firm embrace is the key. 3. Avoid the slap: The action of slapping the back is jarring and a bit disturbing to some. Try not to get over zealous. 4. Breath: Remember to focus on the breath and feel the sensation of your chest rise and fall as the breath moves in and out. There is no need to try and control your breath. 5. Acceptance: While you have this person so close it's a great time to embrace with your mind as well as your arms. Try saying this as you watch your breath: "I accept you just as you are right now." This exercise can be used not only with a partner but on your self! Try the same method but hug yourself this time. You may also use these steps when your are faced with a difficult scenario or even with a difficult person. They don't have to be literally hugged (though that would be ideal). You can practice with your imagination. So hug your enemy today and relieve some of that pain you may be carrying around. Technorati Tags: self help, spirituality, peace, meditation, happiness, inspirational words [...]
Fri, 30 Nov 2007 23:06:26 -0700We clean out our mental closets and receive, embrace and transform our old dusty ways.
Sun, 23 Sep 2007 15:43:27 -0700We look deeper into why we blame others for our addictions and habits.
Sun, 29 Jul 2007 12:49:22 -0700We look at raising our level of awareness and practicing observation.
Wed, 27 Jun 2007 12:05:25 -0700We take a look at why we use substances to feel better.
Sun, 27 May 2007 10:03:08 -0700Yes again with the breathing. I know that I'm sounding like an old Grandmother spinning out the same stuff over and over again, but hey somebody has to remind you guys right?
Fri, 18 May 2007 08:42:49 -0700Another round with the ego. Who will win this time!
Mon, 23 Apr 2007 18:14:51 -0700How many times have you listened with all of your heart, deeply, silently and without judgement.
Sun, 18 Mar 2007 10:16:02 -0700We look into being lonely and other fun stuff!
Sun, 04 Feb 2007 14:44:39 -0700Breathing, dogs and juicy stuff about your host.
Thu, 18 Jan 2007 13:05:33 -0700We take a look at the habit of visualizing negative scenarios.
Mon, 08 Jan 2007 09:40:56 -0700Part 2 of breaking habits.
Fri, 05 Jan 2007 10:03:38 -0700We take a look at unity.
Wed, 03 Jan 2007 13:55:05 -0700How to really break a habit for good part 1.
Tue, 02 Jan 2007 01:23:30 -0700New Year’s resolutions really never seem to work do they? Why is that? It’s simple really. We are using the same old mind that created the bad habit to try and break it. That’s insane! When we want to leave behind old habits and create new ones, we can’t use the habit creator to try and rid ourselves of that habit. What can we do? First it helps to be honest with ourselves by admitting the old ways didn’t work; this makes room for newness to enter. So let’s start there. Today take an honest look at yourself without condemning or judging. Just take stock and don’t beat yourself up. Report the truth about yourself as best you can. Go ahead and make a list of your habits that you want to break and tomorrow we’ll look into how we can rid ourselves of the old unwanted habits forever. [...]
Sun, 31 Dec 2006 01:25:50 -0700Let’s face up to the whining inner critic that tells us…”No, I don’t wanna do it and ya can’t make me!” Let’s stick up to our inner bullies and reclaim our lives! Say yes to a life without the nagging mind members of your inner board room dictating how you are to think, feel and live!
Thu, 28 Dec 2006 01:29:10 -0700Here is my second daily (supplemental mini podcast) where I talk about how we can share our thoughts and feelings via the blog, e-mail and mp3 formats. I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday. Talk to you soon.
Wed, 27 Dec 2006 01:31:54 -0700I walk my dogs around the block and talk about being mindful regardless of the so called distractions.By paying deep attention to the sounds that are around us and working with accepting them we can quiet our minds and deepen our practice.
Sat, 16 Dec 2006 10:41:04 -0700Why do we constantly feel the need to have more in our lives? Why do we feel a void that needs to be filled?
Sun, 12 Nov 2006 15:40:30 -0700Why do we need to meditate? What good does it do us to sit and be quiet?
Fri, 27 Oct 2006 12:58:38 -0700Silence is necessary in order for us to be able to focus on our true objective in life.
Sun, 15 Oct 2006 18:22:15 -0700There is absolute perfection in each and every moment that we experience.
Sun, 08 Oct 2006 18:22:15 -0700In the heat of the moment can we be clear and quiet?.
Sun, 24 Sep 2006 09:35:03 -0700This week we take a look at the conditions surrounding enlightenment.
Sat, 09 Sep 2006 08:24:49 -0700A focused meditation on being aware and allowing our thoughts to be.
Sun, 06 Aug 2006 11:36:33 -0700We look at why we are feeling futile.
Tue, 01 Aug 2006 16:38:35 -0700The quiet mind looks at being right.
Wed, 19 Jul 2006 17:51:38 -0700See and feel the true YOU.
Thu, 29 Jun 2006 19:46:35 -0700We learn to breathe through our hearts.
Sun, 18 Jun 2006 11:02:41 -0700A Quiet Mind Examines the breathless state.
Sun, 04 Jun 2006 16:07:44 -0700A Quiet Mind looks at loosing the Me, Mine and I.
Mon, 22 May 2006 06:02:53 -0700Part five of death and dying.
Tue, 16 May 2006 19:46:31 -0700We bring ourselves back into the present moment accepting our own demise right now.
Sun, 07 May 2006 05:38:54 -0700What will happen when we see our own death?
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 09:03:10 -0700Let go of guilt that we may be holding over departed loved ones.
Sat, 22 Apr 2006 17:15:12 -0700Fear of death is simply the fear of the unknown.
Sun, 16 Apr 2006 07:46:14 -0700Find freedom from the daily life dramas.
Thu, 06 Apr 2006 00:46:10 -0700Do our daily dramas run our life and control how we think and feel?
Fri, 31 Mar 2006 09:55:46 -0700Is it normal to fel sadness when embarking on this path? [...]
Fri, 07 Apr 2006 11:29:08 -0700We go deeper into anger. [...]
Fri, 07 Apr 2006 11:27:23 -0700Part 3 of Anger. [...]
Sun, 12 Mar 2006 08:21:08 -0700Part two of anger. [...]
Tue, 07 Mar 2006 09:36:40 -0700We take a deeper look at embracing all that is. [...]
Sun, 05 Mar 2006 09:36:49 -0700We take a look at embracing all that is. [...]
Sun, 26 Feb 2006 09:37:02 -0700Change is part of who we are. [...]
Tue, 21 Feb 2006 09:37:09 -0700We take a look at the superego and it's habits. [...]
Sun, 19 Feb 2006 09:37:20 -0700Anger is not who you are. [...]
Fri, 17 Feb 2006 09:37:34 -0700Friday Reminder [...]
Thu, 16 Feb 2006 09:25:24 -0700Thursday reminder [...]
Wed, 15 Feb 2006 09:37:54 -0700Wednesday Reminder [...]
Tue, 14 Feb 2006 09:38:06 -0700Tuesday Reminder [...]
Mon, 13 Feb 2006 09:38:23 -0700Monday reminder. [...]
Sun, 12 Feb 2006 09:40:17 -0700Mindfulness is covered indepth and the power of breathing. [...]