Meditation and Mindfulness Classes

Meditation and Mindfulness Training

When Buddha first began to teach, meditation and mindfulness were taught separately. Buddha noted that both were useful tools, but as they were being used they did not assist in changing consciousness. Without changing consciousness in a sustainable way, the benefits of both mindfulness and meditation would quickly disappear. 

Buddha also saw that without utilizing meditation and mindfulness whilst doing daily activities, there was no immediate workable solution for stress or stress triggers. 

The Solution:

First Buddha blended calmness meditation with mindfulness in sitting practice. This prepared a person for sustaining calmness in daily activities. 

Second, the Buddha had his disciples who had developed some success with sitting, move to standing, then walking. He progressed them onto more and more complex, attention-demanding activities while holding onto calmness. This taught them how to take that calmness into their daily activities in life. 

Meditation was then used as a refuge from emotional reactiveness and as an oasis to rest in serenity throughout the day. Calmness becomes a means to offset stress right as it is being triggered. Mindfulness, clarity and normal functioning are also cultivated through this practice to allow for a full day of activities. 

Jhana and the Siddhis:

In the Buddhist siddhi yogic tradition, meditation is also used as a means to cultivate “jhana”. There are 9 jhana levels in total, and each one is characterized by a unique state of consciousness. Siddhis, or uncommon supranormal abilities, are often an effect of a mind concentrated in jhana.

Unique and useful benefits:

Overcomes and prevents stress

Staying calm regardless of the circumstances

Staying clear and functional in daily life

Improving concentration skills for developing healing abilities

Can be used to stop emotional reactiveness on the spot

A doorway to higher states of consciousness

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My favorite time of year again - wild rose harvest. Rose is considered an astringent herb.

Rosa spp. (hips/fruit/flower) – Rose

TCM: Jing Ying Zi (hips); Ayurveda: Gulab, Shatapatri

Rose hips are neutral to cool, drying, astringent, and sour in TCM, and bitter, astringent, pungent, and sweet in Ayurveda. In TCM, they affect the Kidneys, Bladder and Large Intestine. In Ayurveda, rose petals and hips are used, and they are considered balancing to the 3 doshas, but are especially effective at reducing Pitta. They affect the plasma, marrow, blood, nerve and reproductive dhatus.

Properties of Rosa spp. flowers are anti-bacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antidiuretic, anti-viral, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, blood tonic, carminative, expectorant, kidney tonic, and sedative.

Properties of Rosa spp. hips/fruit are stomachic, antidiarrheal, cholesterol lowering, antidiuretic, stabilizing and binding, astringent, blood tonic, diuretic (in Ayurveda), laxative, nutritive, carminative.

Traditional and modern indications for Rose include:

-kidney and bladder infections
-dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, menorrhagia
-gout and rheumatism
-anxiety, depression
-various inflammations

In Ayurveda, Rose is also commonly added to formulations for treating skin problems (for its anti-Pitta properties), and for beautifying skin. In Western cosmetics, it is frequently employed as an anti-aging and nourishing component of the same. In Middle Eastern traditions and in India, Rose carries a spiritual connotation as a symbol of deep love, and is especially referenced in the Sufi and Bahai teachings. Its scent can be carried around the neck of the wearer to help induce deep states of meditation and devotion.

Examples of TCM patterns where Rose can be employed include: Spleen Qi Deficiency, Heart Qi Deficiency, Blood Deficiency, Kidney Yin and Yang Deficiencies, and Essence Deficiency. A well-known TCM formula that includes Rose and treats spermatorrhea is Jin Suo Gu Jing Wan.

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