Radiant Life Meditation
Meditation is the art of living and loving as the beautiful beings that we are! Meditation is the willingness to accept -- at the very least -- the possibility that we are both beautiful and divine in our essential nature... meditation is the interior engagement with our Divine Self... meditation is both surrender and adoration of the One Love "Quantum" Consciousness...
Meditation is also: simply breathing and doing nothing: meditation is no big deal: meditation is suitable for folks who seriously doubt every word on this page: and meditation is also for those who downright disbelieve every word on this page! Why? Because many, many, rigorous scientific studies have been completed and published over the course of many years so that the simple -- repeatable -- facts of meditation are available to every interested person: meditation reduces stress, generally facilitates an improved sense of well-being, likely increases the creative impulse, steadily transforms brain function, and deepens the sense of unity with others and the manifested Universe... all of which is free to the practitioner who generally commits to even twenty minutes of meditation a day...
Radiant Life Meditation Instruction
(If you have a meditation bell, invite it to sound... the meditation bell calls us into the depths of our mind and heart. As we follow the path of the sound, we are invited to stop the wanderings of our mind, and enter into the silence and stillness deep within...)
1. Recite the Three Jewels of Refuge: I take refuge in Oneness (Mystery); I take refuge in Love; I take refuge in Service for Justice and Peace -- and for this precious blue Planet...
2. Take a minute to quiet down, to settle into a comfortable position. You have recited the Three Jewels of Refuge, now interiorly, bow to this sacred center. Gently, take up your mantra (prayer word or phrase), aware of the One Love, the Only Reality: Quantum Consciousness, giving you life and love with every breath. (Suggested mantras include: One Love, Yeshua, Abba, Amma, Amen, Shalom, Hail Mary, Divine Mother, Only One, Shalom, Amen, Om, Hu, La Illaha 'Il Allahu, Hare Krishna, Ram Ram, Jai Ma, O Mama, Om-Ma, What If?).
3. As you breathe in, mentally repeat the first syllable or phrase of your mantra (such as Om). As you breathe out, mentally repeat the second syllable or phrase of you mantra (such as Love). As other thoughts enter your mind, gently return to your center, to your mantra. Accept the discipline of your mantra. Resist the temptation to drop it or change it -- unless the flowers of your devotion require that you do so.
4. In coming out of your meditation, recite again the Three Jewels of Refuge, and other suitable or devotional prayers. (In group meditation, the meditation bell is invited to sound before any concluding prayer).
5. Remember and recite as often as possible the Three Jewels of Refuge during the course of your day -- this will always be your sacred center. The Three Jewels will become for you a safe shelter for your heart -- a shelter with wings to lift and carry you on your journey in Life...
6. Remember, too, that meditation must lead to genuine surrender and service. Gently, your ego must dissolve to allow your true Self to flourish -- this is surrendering, or getting out of the way of grace! And gently, you must offer service to others. Community volunteering and working for the implementation of justice and peace initiatives are essential practices -- if you actually intend for your meditation to increase the quality of your life.
7. During the course of your day, especially as you remember to recite the Three Jewels of Refuge, practice the One Love Blessing. As you cook food, eat, wash your dishes, hug someone, shake hands, walk, exercise, bike, work, garden, play, etc., (anytime you are aware of being in contact with another -- especially physical contact), give to that person, group, activity, creature, or thing your conscious touch (if possible) and the words (either verbally or in silence) "One Love Blessing". This is so very, very, important! For meditation is always about the "Other" -- it is not about you and your "self-realization"!
As you go about your daily life, look for the surprise of the Quantum Consciousness, ready and waiting to bless you and to receive your blessing -- as you become a channel of positive intention, affirmation, and justice for everyone. Actively engage in this holy competition with Oneness: find out who can love more and bless more than the other! Go ahead! Put your life on the line! Try to out-do Love in loving! Then be amazed -- everything will change! And if all 7 billion or so of us take up this holy competition, in one hour Paradise will come about on this precious blue Planet! (Read The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, by Fyodor Dostoevsky).
Why not re-create your life with the practice of "radiant life meditation"?
Notes: It is best to meditate for at least twenty minutes a day -- but you're not competing with Time! But even saying, though, to meditate for twenty minutes a day implies a separation between meditation and our daily life, or between "sacred time" and the "mundane". There is no separation -- especially if you practice the One Love Blessing. Meditation is important because it can assist in remembering "Only One". Prayer beads may be used, linked with the breath, to measure time and as an aid to concentration. Sitting meditation is very good and important, but why not take your mantra for a walk?
Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
The Hope, Andrew Harvey
Be Here Now, Ram Dass
Be Love Now, Ram Dass
Paths To God, Ram Dass
Living the Eternal Way, Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian
Rumi: The Big Red Book, Coleman Barks
Gandhi, The Man, Eknath Easwaran
The Bhagavad Gita, Eknath Easwaran
Chants of a Lifetime, Krishna Das
Awakening, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Return of the Mother, Andrew Harvey