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Always on the lookout for something new or different to help facilitate the Jedi training, Paul Nguyen’s Moodstreams Guided Meditations are a tool that could be of great help to you.  It is a fusion of self-hypnosis, visualization, and the relaxing sounds of nature.  I have downloaded all of his podcasts from iTunes, all available for free, and I have enjoyed most of them.  These guided meditations would be most beneficial to a person who is new to meditation practice.

There is only one thing I would change if I was developing these podcasts and guided meditations, and that would be to include a longer period of “nature only” sounds.  Much of the time is in the podcast is spent creating highly detailed visualizations of your environment.  This is good for developing your sense of mindfulness even in an imaginary setting, however, it doesn’t lend itself to allowing any type of contemplative meditation.  It doesn’t have to be much, maybe 5 minutes of nature only, but I think that would create a perfect ratio between the guided and contemplative meditation practices.

Be sure to subscribe to the Moodstreams podcast and take a look around his website and blog.

If you can’t find Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now in your local library and/or don’t have the resources available to purchase the book right now there are some avenues you can peruse to get some of the information for no charge at all.  Here is a brief overview of them.

The Eckhart Tolle website

This makes sense, don’t it?  By clicking here you will be taken to the author’s website.  There are many parts of it which require a paid subscription but there are also many parts which are free.  Take a look around and see what you think.

Eckhart Tolle Television

Here you can access the concepts of The Power of Now in visual form.  There is a weekly free show, which is usually around 5 minutes long, and there are many areas which can only be accessed through a paid subscription.  It would be beneficial to take a look at this website once a week.

The Eckhart Tolle Podcast

By clicking here you will be taken to the iTunes location of Eckhart Tolle’s podcasts which are given in video format.  These are free to subscribe to but I am unsure how often new material is released.  I haven’t even looked at anything yet, they are downloading as I type.  Download at least one and give it a watching.

If you just Google Eckhart Tolle you will see that there is a vast amount of information out there, much more than what is listed here.

I have nothing to gain by directing you to these websites except the satisfaction of possibly pushing your life in the right direction and providing you the training you just might need in your quest as a Modern Jedi Knight.  More information will follow as I work through all the available resources.

What is your heaven?

by Jetsi

I was following along with a guided meditation today from the Meditation Society of Australia today and it really got me thinking.  Read this paragraph and answer the question before reading any further.  Imagine the perfect scenario in your mind, a place that makes you feel complete, at peace, and one with the Force.  What did you imagine?

Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.

What did you think of?  Were you a famous celebrity, rock star, or politician?  Did you have obscene amounts of money?  Or did you imagine you were outside a muddy hut on Dagobah?  When I did this the first time (and every time since then) I have always imagined the same setting.  I am with my family high on a mountain top surrounded by a verdant forest of lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, and aspen trees.  I am a mountain man, what can I say?

What does your choice of the perfect moment mean to you?  I could say that wanting to be a powerful politician is an attachment to desire and control.  But I could also say that my moment is an attachment to my family.  Is one worse than the other?  I could certainly do some bad things if something happened to my family, perhaps something worse than trying to get re-elected.  But that is not the point.

Imagine how you feel in that perfect scenario you have in your mind.  You feel calm, at peace, sublime.  You don’t feel anger, or hatred, or any of the other emotions or aspects of the dark side of the Force.  Now, slowly begin to remove the parameters of your perfect setting.  Remove the mountain and the trees and yet I can still feel the same.  Remove the children and I can still feel the same.  Remove the self and yet I still feel the same.  Remove the mind and yet the peace is still there.  If you know me personally you know I don’t quote the Bible except in rare circumstances, but remember this quote:

The kingdom of Heaven is within you.

Meditate on this, or follow along with the Meditation Society of Australia’s podcast, it was podcast #3.

Here is a great meditation technique that uses music to soothe and guide you in your meditation.  First, gather up some of your favorite music that puts you in a calm and relaxed state of mind.  This can be classical music, something oriental like the koto and shakuhachi, or even the Australian didgeridoo.  I have actually created a playlist of appropriate Star Wars music, composed by John Williams,  that I meditate to.  In case you are wondering, it is Princess Leia’s Theme and The Little People from ANH, Yoda’s Theme from TESB, and Luke and Leia from ROTJ and I am listening to it as I write this post.  Hopefully I can get some more songs in the near future.

Once you have gathered some suitable music, listen to it at a low but discernible volume.  You can listen to the music through ear buds, ear phones, or speakers, it doesn’t really matter.  Get comfortable in your normal meditating position, take a few deep cleansing breaths, breathe properly through your belly, and close your eyes.  Imagine yourself exactly as you are in your body position except in a void of white.  Visualize the music coming from a distant source, far enough away that you can’t see its origins.  Even though you do not know exactly where it is coming from you can see it coming toward towards you and enveloping you.  Perhaps it is a line straight as a laser or maybe the music flows in a wave that matches the music.  The light can be one color or a chromatic rainbow, whichever you choose or whichever the music chooses for you.  Do not try to analyze this light but bathe in the aura of this light for a few minutes, marveling at its beauty and complexity.

After an appropriate time, perhaps a few minutes, extend your hands out in whatever fashion you choose.  Visualize your hands acting as antennae as they begin to direct and capture the light that surrounds you.  Feel the energy of the music as it flows into your fingertips, up your arms, throughout your body, and into your head.  As you absorb the energy of the music you begin to move towards the source.  As you get closer to the source, you can faintly see its origins.  As you continue to get closer, you eventually realize that the source is a mirror image of yourself.  This process can take as long as you like, anywhere from two to fifteen minutes, depending upon your skill level.  Face to face with yourself, feel the bond created by the music flowing from your own heart.  Bask in the beauty and creativity that resides within you before these two visions of yourself merge into one.

The idea for this meditation came to me in another meditation on music I was doing.  I find it really enjoyable to do, even though I sometimes have difficulty meditating to the Star Wars playlist mentioned above due to seeing the movie in my mind as the soundtrack plays.  If this happens, try to find some other appropriate music to begin with and try some SW soundtrack music again in the future.