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We live in a fast moving, modern society that does not encourage the expansion of awareness. We start our journey from the state of awakening into the realization that there is more to life than having a significant other, a job, somewhere to live, hobbies and interests. We have not tool, no knowledge, no information on what to do or what we will encounter.
The first few months are difficult because we don't know what we are doing, so the majority of us will go guidance shopping. This means we will buy books on self improvement, we will experiment with religions perhaps, schools of thoughts, yoga, tantra, meditation, chanting, visualizations, and on and on...
This is a great stage. The stage of learning and exploring, the stage of awakening. It is an adventure! And like any adventure, it has its dangers. We may fall victim to cults, to gurus, to religions, to ego, and loose our way for quite some time.
Eventually we come out of it. We look around and think, what next?
We still know there is more to life than the materialism we are surrounded by. We still know we have an expanded awareness and can see more than others. But we still have problems.
We may long for a meaningful relationship with an equal. We may long financial comfort. We may have a career goal we have not achieved, or health issues or psychological problems... the list can go on and on.
The miracles promised or implied by our previous teachers did not materialize, or if they did they did so very marginally and meant a loss somewhere else.
It's a difficult time.
So, where do we go from here?
We go back to the start. We shed all the tools that did not serve us 100% and keep the ones that did. Most importantly, WE MEDITATE.
It doesn't really matter what type of meditation you are doing. But the ones that involve a higher being are less effective than those that involve the quieting of the mind and bring you to present time.
When things get rough, don't try harder! Try less... do less. Just meditate at least 10 minutes a day and expand it to two hours or more if your present circumstances allow. If you are finding it difficult to start, go to the audio section and download some MP3 tools. They start with 5 minute exercises which we can all do.
If your brain is too active, write or draw, or run. Get into the flow. Get into the observer and move away from the running commentary of the mind.