The secret of the rythms

A specific characteristic of the method of active heart meditation is the application of rhythms that are played on a Persian hand-drum called Daf. When we play Daf we turn our attention towards the heartbeat, towards the activity of the muscle of the heart.

These rhythms release subtile vibrations. These vibrations produce waves of energy that harmonise the beat of the heart, which leads to an experience of inner peace and energizes every cell of the body.

One of the main elements  behind this heart meditation technique, is the development of the soul through the sound and vibrations of the specific rhythms.

Sufi masters who were poets, such as Rumi, Hafez or Saadi composed their poetries on the wings of these rhythms.

 

The Republic – Plato

The Republic is written by Plato around 380 BC and deals with the definition of justice, the properties of a just human being and a just state.

Plato explains his definition of a just man, through a dialogue held by Socrates among others, as a man fulfilling his appropriate role, and consequently giving to the city what is owed. That it is a man’s advantage to be just and disadvantage to be unjust and that one should look for justice in a city rather in an individual man.

“For it is likely that if a city of good men came to be, there would be a fight over not ruling, just as there is now over ruling; and there it would become manifest that a true ruler really does not naturally consider his own advantage but rather that of the one who is ruled.”
Plato, The Republic of Plato

Heart Meditation

The first step of heart meditation is to observe the beat of our heart. When we talk about the heart we refer to the heart organ, that is the physical muscle with its relentless activity – not the romantic heart or puppy love, nor the heart chakra, nor feelings that are associated with the heart and not sensual desires.

The heart is extremely important for all aspects of our existence. It generates the power of our vitality. We can extend the meditation into our daily life by stopping and taking one step back from our activities for a moment just to feel the beat of our heart.

Anything we dedicate ourself to will grow, we will soon discover that attention to our heart will foster positive effects. So if we dedicate our attention and time  to our heartbeat and less to our wandering thoughts and emotions, we will find that we will become less nervous, less vulnerable and more tolerant, loving, and peaceful.

We will grow stronger inside!

 

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Before we continue on the subject Heart Meditation there is an interesting article on meditation which is recomended to read.

Dr. Sara Lazer has seen in her research evidence that meditation had been associated with decreased stress, decreased depression, anxiety, pain and insomnia, and an increased quality of life.

We found differences in brain volume after eight weeks in five different regions in the brains of the two groups. In the group that learned meditation, we found thickening in four regions:

1. The primary difference, we found in the posterior cingulate, which is involved in mind wandering, and self relevance.

2. The left hippocampus, which assists in learning, cognition, memory and emotional regulation.

3.  The temporo parietal junction, or TPJ, which is associated with perspective taking, empathy and compassion.

4. An area of the brain stem called the Pons, where a lot of regulatory neurotransmitters are produced.

The amygdala, the fight or flight part of the brain which is important for anxiety, fear and stress in general. That area got smaller in the group that went through the mindfulness-based stress reduction program.

The change in the amygdala was also correlated to a reduction in stress levels.”

For full article, click here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/05/26/harvard-neuroscientist-meditation-not-only-reduces-stress-it-literally-changes-your-brain/

the morality within us…

How do we define morality?

Descriptively to refer to certain codes of conduct put forward by a society or a group? or accepted by an individual for his or her own behavior?  or a code of conduct that would be put forward by all rational persons?

By conducting a fair behaviour, based on reasoning, we can ensure ourselves that our judgements are rooted in a universal morality that could be applied for all, including ourselves.

A mind of pure reason, freed from the desires of the selfishness, is rooted in human freedom.

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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. – Plato

 

Acting on good will..

How do we know whether an act of ours is of true good will or based on the gain of our own intentions?

By replacing our egocentric thoughts with standards of universal morality we can be sure that our aims and our behaviour towards others is based on good will.

To be able to do this we have to step aside and regard ourselves from a third perspective and keep in mind our equality as human beings.

Acting on good will is to cherish the value of the human being and to respect its rights. kindness-to-living-things-3872-background-wallpapers

 

Heart Meditation – owner of our heart

When we work with/on our heart and concentrate on our heartbeat we will change the hormone emission in our body.  We will start to control the functions of our body and we will be able to change the coordination of our brain. Our actions are dominated to a great extent by the reptilian brain, which is usually out of our direct control.

However, bit by bit we will gain more control  when we start to practise and implement active heart meditation in our daily life. We will with the help of the heart, learn to control our instinctive drives, control our body, our brain, our emotions and the reptile brain that produce different states of high and low moods.

Through practising heart meditation we will reach a state of constant connection with our heart, we will leave behind a life dictated by our emotions. A new world opens for us, a world of inner peace that has no room for any aggressive and uncontrolled emotions.

 

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We become the owner of our heart.

 

Global issue-terrorism

A current global issue discussed all over the world is how we can defeat terrorism, an international threat against peace and security. A question that is quite complex and there is absolutely no quick fix for it.

Terrorism is defined as:

“Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them.”
Declaration on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism
(General Assembly resolution 49/60, para. 3) The United Nations.

The battle of rescuing Mosul from ISIS is ongoing in northern Iraq at the moment, there has been a lot of media attention regarding this operation involving Iraqi, Turkish, American and Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
So the question is really; is it going to resolve the ISIS issue? This highly focused offensive operation on strategic cities in northern Iraq controlled by ISIS. People all around the world seem to draw a breath of ease whilst this is taking place on our televisions and in reality in Iraq. But is this the final solution? This ultimate invasion that has drawn together an array of national and regional forces united only by their desire of pushing out ISIS. The same sigh of relief was felt when Saddam Hussein was conquered by the US army and we thought it was the end of his dictatorship, or when the Talibans were captured. It seems that we all feel secure once the most urgent threat has been removed from the face of the earth but we are quite unaware of their new seeds in the ground.

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Many argue that this is not the way to handle the ISIS issue, that they stand on strong financial ground and have the ability to grow strong again in other parts of the world. So this would be a temporary fix. Politicians argue that they will not leave the area militarily after the invasion as a lesson drawn from the Iraq invasion. But is it military presence that can stand against new terrorist groups arising? The issue of terrorism groups advancing and growing is most probably not solved by military presence.

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How did these groups start developing? How are their battles funded? How are they able to spread across the world?
We are observing proxy wars in the Middle East, fueled by well-funded countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia. As we all know war is an expensive business, and a profitable one as well. There are many reasons behind the growing power of ISIS, unless we start understanding the factors behind it we will never be able to defeat terrorism in whatever form it may take, whether it be a Muslim, Christian or Jewish flag they will use as their logo.

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And as usual our eldest and youngest are the worst affected in these situations.

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References:
http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/loretta-napoleoni-the-isis-seductionhttp://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/18/middleeast/mosul-isis-operation-iraq/http://english.shabtabnews.com/2016/10/15/iran-sends-warships-off-yemeni-coast-amid-u-s-missile-strikes/http://english.shabtabnews.com/2016/10/20/iran-steps-up-weapons-supply-to-yemens-houthis-via-oman-officials/
http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/terrorism/
http://www.dn.se/nyheter/varlden/bilderna-visar-befrielsen-fran-is/

Heart Meditation – the heart and the brain

The two most important centres of human existence are our heart and our brain. The brain controls the whole body with the exception of the heart. The Heart Math Institute have shown that the heart has an enormous magnetic field around itself. The magnetic component of the energy around the heart has been measured to be more powerful than that of the brain. Research shows that the heart field can send synchronizing signals that cause the whole body to vibrate in harmony with the heart.

So if we actively work on our heart frequency through heart meditation the brain waves will be affected which enables a process of development that strengthens our soul.

Unity is what I seek..

By seeing the self in other beings and other beings in oneself, by realizing all the qualities of human beings being shared between us all and the strive towards love being the supreme goal, we come to the understanding that we are all part of a whole.

This awareness will help us cooperate better and bring much more fulfilment in life.

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Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, Other members uneasy will remain. If you have no sympathy for human pain, The name of human you cannot retain. Saadi