Meditation that Beautifies

Written by Gede Prama

“My husband has studied meditation for years, but he is still grumpy,” said one old lady. If someone is diligent in drinking juice every morning, but at noon, evening and night they eat carelessly (lots of sugar, lots of cholesterol) then the impact of juice in the morning the the health is very limited.

In the same way, if someone meditates for 30 minutes every morning, but at noon, evening and night are thinking carelessly, talking carelessly and acting carelessly, of course meditation doesn’t make a person change. To make meditation beautiful, train yourself to embody the spirit of meditation in your daily life. Here are some devotional ingredients.

1. Do only one activity at a time. Be one with the present. When working in front of the computer, blend neatly with the present moment at the computer.
2. If you suddenly remember another activity, write it down for a while. Then come back again with your activity at the computer
3. If negative things visit your mind, don’t served them by talking about it to other people, or even writing negative messages on social media.
4. More than that, embrace negative thoughts as part of holistic thinking. Visualization of the Yin-Yang symbol will be of great help in this regard
5. If there is news or someone tells you something that provokes your anger, train yourself not to respond. Instead try to do inner smile
6. While reminding yourself again and again. Where there is a mountain peak, there is a cliff. Where there are perfections, there are imperfections
7. Whenever you hear a sound (bird, car horn) use it as a sacred bell to return to the pause between two breaths
8. It would be great if you could feel the silence between two voices. Call it the children singing “do re mi”. Between the do and re there is a quiet space
9. Suppose someone is angry at you, quickly identify the web of suffering behind their anger. It could be a bad financial issues, it could be a family problems.
10. When you feel burning inside, sprinkle the tirtha (holy water) of self-compassion . Be merciful to the flaws inside. Everyone has their own flaws
11. When sad or happy, chaotic or peaceful, always whisper to yourself the mantra “Aham Prema” (I am love who is here to share love)

Author: Guruji Gede Prama
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About the author

Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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