the best advice

What’s the best advice one can receive? Could it be to learn how to listen and then to start asking good questions? How can these two skills be learned?

Answer: By practice which requires patience (making it a habit of not being in a hurry, it takes planning) and awareness (paying attention) and hard work (hard work).

How can a person tell if a question is good or not?
Will we know a good one when one enters our ear or comes from our brain?

 

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quick and dirty

If I (the identity) am created by the human animal, is it probable that I will end at its death? Should I be grateful to the universe and to earth my home and to life and thankful of my position of occupying the captain’s chair of this my ride?

How do I give back? Commune with the (my) being? Commune with the universe? How? Both at the same time?

The sages say to find a way to become silent for a little while every day.

There are no secrets about meditation? It’s good for us regardless of our motives. It’s easy? Pretty much. There’s lots of good and free advice and instruction on the web and there are some rip offs. You don’t have to pay to get good instruction.

The quick and dirty instructions: Sit down and shut up. (A joke of course.)

Better instructions: Sitting down in a comfortable chair with both feet flat on the floor and relaxing with slow deep breaths resting one’s hands in one’s lap and begin by repeating a mantra. “Om” is the classical mantra. One repeats the mantra when the vibration of the letter “m” finally dies down. The mantra can be pronounced out loud or pronounced only in the mind.

Most importantly, one’s meditation will be interrupted again and again by trains of thought. When this happens, know that this is normal, and treat it as an opportunity to get back to the mantra by dismissing it with a humorous comment like “Ah hah, there I go again.”

Once or twice a day is good. Once for about 30 minutes and if twice a day, meditate for about 20 minutes each time. Expect calmness, the lessening of stress, and a more positive outlook and you won’t be disappointed.

One last note: A regular practice is what you are after because a regular practice allows the calming effect to build over time and one becomes more mindful the longer one has had a regular practice.

 

the proper strategy

What’s the proper strategy?
Is to achieve silence then while silent to expect nothing and
be prepared for everything?

Must I establish a practice that is habitual
and have the courage to stay surrendered (silent)
when the big fish (the mystery) comes to take the bait
(a being with a surrendered identity)?

Is the easiest way to get something — not having to have it?
For example, a bank loan, enlightenment, and the many more?