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@ Felt fresh at the end of a 3 hour ‘car trip’ – Alfred’s progress

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Practices

This week was interesting because I took a trip to the ocean to fish with an old friend. One day I meditated on the sand on a beautiful ocean beach with the sounds of surf and shore birds. The next day I practiced on my friend’s deck in an urban area. The change of place in some ways distracted me a bit but also it made my “journey” different and I learned something from it.

I am doing pretty much the same practice as last week. However I am constantly refining subtle elements such as body scanning, breathing technique and mindfulness.

Ideas

Meditation is considered a practice because it is something that, for most people, must be learned and developed. The natural state of human consciousness is not tranquil and serene. One of our evolutionary inheritances is to be on guard against danger. Although imminent danger is absent from many of our lives, our atavistic memory can keep us in a slightly edgy and nervous state. To achieve calm and clarity of thought through a meditative practice is to rise above these instinctual tendencies. This does not mean that you become blind to reality. By first recognizing needless anxious thought and then redirecting your mind, you are actually becoming more in tune with the real world and gain the additional benefit of well being.

Results

I took a 3 hour car trip and applied calm and alert thought practices while driving. Not only was the trip very pleasant but, in addition, my perception of time became elastic and I felt as fresh when I completed the trip as when I started.

(1) Alfred

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Posts of Alfred’s progress

* When the student is ready, the teacher appears

This a wonderful case demonstrating the above quote, well known  in the spiritual field. This client, a patient of my daughter, Padma Sripada M.D,  attended 9 of my classes (1), over the last 6 months.

“About six months ago I was diagnosed with Diabetes. It forced me to think about the way I was eating, and living my life. At about the same time, I also began to desire a closer and more consistent walk with God. I saw some information about C S (Suryanarayana Chennapragada) and his breathing techniques (1), and decided to contact him about applying the techniques to my life. I also wanted to find a way to be more focused in my thinking. Instead of having thoughts that flew everywhere, and went nowhere, I wanted to find a way to focus my thoughts into something constructive and meaningful.

I’ve been meeting with C S on a regular basis. I have found that the breathing modes, and focusing pointers, have improved my life in ways that are meaningful. I have grown spiritually and am able to speak with C S about thoughts and questions that I am interested in. Having times of meditation and quietness (2) has improved my well-being in so many ways – taking on better eating habits (3), relief from fibromyalgia pains (4), and being more aware of those around me. I look forward to continuing my journey toward a deeper well-being, and a closer walk with God. “

Her feedback two months after:
“My stress is reduced by 65%. Fibromyalgia pains are reduced by 35%. Focus improved by 70%. I have cut down on meat and white rice. I have introduced whole grains.”

(1) LEVEL I – Focusing on breathing
(2) She has very recently started practicing meditation, sitting quietly by herself. This is a big change from her past routine of being constantly busy.
(3) I have recently been reading several books on Nutrition and sharing their key points with my clients.
(4) She decided to avoid medications for Fibromyalgia pains.  Apparently the relaxation and better nutritional practices are reducing the pains.
(5) Seminars and classes

Related pages
Relief from Chronic pains – Success stories
Improving concentration and focus – Success stories 
LEVEL III – Meditation 

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