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    The Invisible Ostrich: Part 2

    By the way… there is a popular saying that: When “someone has their head buried in the sand…the person is ignoring obvious facts or refusing to accept advice, hoping that simply denying the existence of a problem will make it go away.” [1] It’s possible that this derived from the claim that ostriches bury their head in the sand as a defense mechanism against predators, with the logic that ‘if I can’t see them, then they can’t see me’. As it turns out, this is in fact not true[1]. Obviously the logic is flawed, but also the behaviour of the ostrich is simply not true, according to myth-debunkers online. The…

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    The Invisible Ostrich: Part 1

    My first experience of Vipassana meditation was in Dehradun in April of 2017. Between that time and August of the same year I practiced irregularly and without specific intention with regards to frequency or duration of each session. While on a trip to see family in Canada I began connecting with the importance of this practice, and I realized that it was something I could gift to myself. Meditation is most beneficial for the self. It also springs outward and can be beneficial for others, but truly it starts inside. It has been a way to give time to myself, something I had been asking for and have been receiving…

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    May I not suffer

      When I thirst, may I not suffer When I hunger, may I not suffer When I itch (when she’s a bitch), may I not suffer When I suffer, may I remember the breath May my suffering be brief When my suffering continues, may I remember the breath When the mind wanders, may I not suffer When there is pain, may I not suffer When ill, may I not suffer When I suffer, take care to observe and forgive the expressions or repressions When relief comes, may I not suffer When the pleasure is so brief, may I not suffer When I long for more, may I not suffer When…

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    Shaktidarshan Yogashram: Ganesh’s 3rd Place of ‘Quiet Mind’

    Deep within the experience of a pro-bono visit to the Shri Shaktidarshan Yogashram, Ganesh Kamath finds a peaceful space. More than ‘finding’ this peaceful space, he is lead there by a guide called upon by the Guruji Devababa. Following several morning rituals and a brief yog(a) session, this woman leads the way forward, and foreshadows the meeting of another woman who ‘does not eat’. Unlike the scare stories perhaps told during your childhood, this woman living in nature is not to be mistaken as one who ‘does not bite’, but instead, the meaning here is that she literally doesn’t eat food. Nestled within a small prayer room within a small…

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    Mind Surgery -10 days of silence,100 Hours of Meditation,Living a Monk’s life

    My first experience into non-commercialized meditation concept How all things connected In 2009, I visited Singapore and Thailand for sightseeing and to have a happy ending. In 2012 I traveled to Nepal and in 2015 visited sri Lanka. In all of those trips, I’ve ended up visiting many Buddhist pagodas. Since 1995 or so, I used to listen and watched many Satsang/ Pravachan/Discourses of different gurus on television. Not because I was into that, but I had no choice as my parents liked to listen to them. I have listened to discourses of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Morari bapu, Asaram Bapu, S.N.Goenka, Niruben Amin, Sudhanshuji Maharaj, Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, Muni…