Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to self-discover new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present.
This week, I would like to introduce you to my friend Jade, and his blog, Jade the Mystic. He is a student of mindfulness and has helped me with some successful tips on meditation that worked for me. I asked him to write some of his thoughts about meditation. His writing will make it possible to gain a different perspective from mine to share with you all.
In addition, Jade has published a book on Amazon! The book is called, “The Secret Why Real Love is Free.” You can download it here.
Jade – The Mystic
Here is Jade in his own words: (Remember, his words are translated from the Thai language)
My very brief personal story: From Passion to Compassion
“Jade” is called by most people as my real name is Sarunjade, “Home of Heart”. I have lived in Bangkok, Thailand since I was born but I once stayed in Dunedin, New Zealand just for 2 months and I really wish I could go back and stay there peacefully.
It began when I was bullied as a teen before I was graduated from the high school. I felt revengeful even if I had already entered to the faculty of Economics at Thammasat University. The identity crisis also made me desperate so that time I swore to be the successful Economist for my future and get the best revenge.
Although I studied hard in Economic Development, I learned that many economic assumptions look down on human potential. I thought of myself when I was insulted, so I determined to crush assumptions against me and the world through social business instead of being the economist. Plus, I would like to tackle the problem of homelessness due to the flooding in Bangkok 3 years ago damaging my home, my family and people.
By being myself instead of the economist, a social businessman or whoever, I finally know the existence of love and compassion. I just drop the idea to become someone important as the personality that the society give to people, and just love myself, my family, my best friend, and empathies people through their feelings.
Welcome to Mindful Monday: You are the scientist of your own being
With meditation, you are the man of searching. What you search is unknown, mysterious and silent but the truth has already been there. What you have to do is to be courage enough to do nothing and listen to silence with total alertness. Whatever answers you would like to know especially your true self and life lessons, they have already been there waiting for you to be found. That is why you are the scientist for your own being. Your being will be the laboratory to you.
If you got serious, it is wrong. Whatever you think or do, if you got serious, it is wrong. It is the sign that you are doing against the nature. Remember, nature is your religion. It should be a religion for everyone. It is a religion that is unusual from what you so call religions. Those religions give you the rules that you must not do this, and you must not do that. However, when it comes to the nature, you will do nothing without being told about the restriction.
Do nothing is the very first step for meditation. Meditation means relaxation. If you do something, that won’t be the meditation. Listen very carefully, I didn’t mean you must be against your actions. Whenever you simply and watchfully do something with very low or even no effort, you are in meditation even you are taking actions. Your action melts you down and you become one with it. You just do nothing and let the action pass to you. That is the art of doing nothing that the soul scientist masters.
Do nothing. That is just the great way to start meditation. You can relax only when you do nothing. However, to heal yourself, you must watch yourself while doing nothing.
In the other word, “detach.” Have you ever watched something? Television, for example. You cannot watch it if your eyes stick to it. That is impossible to enjoy the television program. Your life is the same. If you “attach” too much to anything that comes to you, you will be in trouble. You cannot see anything like the blind man. The more you attach, the stronger your ego exists.
That is how meditation can “help” you. I would like to stress on “help” because it will help you detach from everything. Try breathing out longer than breathing in. While you are breathing out, watch the air that passes in and out every moment. Breathe out until you cannot. Breathe out until there is no air left to release. Do it slowly to let your brain catch the moment of breathing.
From my “individual” experience, it helps me sleep well. Breathing out can help you relax regarded to neuroscience. However, that is just the way to relax. If you didn’t bring understanding to the moment you are breathing out, you won’t be able to see the life lesson inside your being, and that is why it is the “individual” experience. Even I found the life lessons, doesn’t mean you don’t have to find them again. It is exactly like love. If I know what love is, doesn’t mean you don’t have to know love.
I myself found that breathing out not only helps you relax but also helps you detach from your own body. It feels like you are not your body. You haven’t owned it the very first time. When you can watch your nose, you can watch other organs within your body. Watching your body will create the space between you and your body. Your body to you will become clearer to you even if you are closing your eyes. You can detach your body, then you can relax (and finally sleep if you drop your consciousness).
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Remember, meditation is the medicine to your soul. I heard that it can heal every disease you could have. If you can detach yourself from your body, disease cannot harm you. Your soul will be detached and have its place to heal itself. It is the medicine. It is also turning you into the laboratory for your life when you bring your understanding towards meditation.
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Thank you, Jade, for sharing your experiences and valuable tips for use in meditation practices. I have gained useful insight into more of the mechanics of meditation with your help. You can also find Jade on Twitter.
Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at email@example.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.
Remember, this is not a challenge. This is an offering of support. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.
Thank you for your weekly inspiration. I wish you all much joy and peace this week!