I have always appreciated my Transcendental Meditation* or TM practice, for its suitability for an active life. *not a sales pitch, just my long-term personal preference and experience – Thanks 🙂
Twenty minutes twice a day; something sustainable for a lifetime. Of course any organization offering a product or service wants the consumer to purchase all the bells and whistles, and I did fill out my program with the sidhis sequence, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This increased my program time to about an hour, twice daily, for over a decade.
Growing up in a reasonably harmonious blend of Eastern and Western cultures, I sought, and found, a practice both profound and simple. A technique that would allow me to organize my past at 21, and ensure a clearer future, without getting in the way of a fast and focused life. Mobile meditation for the individual, always in the back pocket.
I recall Maharishi saying that the minimum state of consciousness for the Age of Enlightenment as He called it, would be Cosmic Consciousness (CC), Being established in Silence during activity. In other words, to fully take advantage of the world’s continuous bounty, while suffering little of its barbs, CC was and is the minimum state of consciousness.
If we consider that we are continuously in the midst of an intelligent universe, one that acts and reacts in concert with humanity, it is obvious that we play a large part in the travails that come upon us. Our relationship with this universal intelligence, this Divinity, is dynamic, and more and more lively as we interact consciously with the multitudes of the Heavenly Host.
Both humanity and Divinity are working towards the same aim, to raise up humankind out of its perennial state of suffering.
Divinity, under the guise of familiar natural laws, introduces break points to humanity, phase transitions, such that our weaknesses are made obvious, and the way forward is made clearer too. Evolution, because it must operate anyway as a Cosmic imperative would rather proceed smoothly vs. the alternative. Though it will proceed, either way.
This then is our great opportunity, to bend to Cosmic will, much as a grapevine wends itself around a post, ever growing towards the light and resting under the stars. Grounded, yet ever making progress.
Just as we have seen the elimination of world war, under the mutual guidance of the intelligent universe we find within and manifested in our world, so do we now face (and create) naturally occurring challenges to ourselves en masse, to recognize the changes we must make to harmonize with our Cosmic nature, our Selves, our Being.
Undergoing all manner of activity, yet ever grounded in the stars. This is our eternal solution, both practical and progressive. We are being guided towards greater health, wealth, and security. Not by any outside agency or voice, but simply by the intelligence within, gradually and surely synchronizing to Cosmic life.
A life that runs smoothly, without friction, no matter what speed nor what scope; calm easily overtakes chaos. No matter what obstacles appear, a pathway through is always granted once we have established our close relationship with Divinity, with the natural world, and with ourselves. We are both Infinite and Invincible, living Cosmic life, living Brahman.
“The world is as you are; live unbounded awareness” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi