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The Seven Factors of Enlightenment – Oldest Buddhist Teachings

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment – Oldest Buddhist Teachings

These Seven factors of Enlightenment are mental attitudes or values that are from the oldest Buddhist teachings to prepare any individual to a desirable state of being mindfully aware of any situation, issue or person at any given moment.

So, let’s briefly…. look!

MINDFULNESS
The awareness and the ability to be fully present; an awareness of the reality of things; it is considered an antidote to delusion to be in a clear and relaxed awareness of what is going on around you, and to focus on any topic, person or issue. A state of no distractions.

INVESTIGATION
Investigation requires that we investigate that Dharma (Universal Truth) for ourselves. We seek our own self-reflection and consideration of reality. As the Buddha said:

“Believe nothing no matter what you read it or who said it, unless it agrees with your common season and observation.”

Buddha is suggesting here that we are not to practice the Dharma simply because he said so, rather, to understand and experience it for ourselves. Buddha wanted us to utilize our minds to the fullest capacity…. not be empty minded!

DILIGENCE (ENERGY)
Diligence means to keep on persevere and not to give up. We live in a world where there are many distractions – such as various technologies for example, or even a lack of understanding or communication. This applies to both a global and personal level of an individual. However, with great persistence, patience and perseverance anything is possible!

CONTENTMENT (JOY)
Joy and gratefulness accompanies useful thinking. It can help you see, believe and help you try something new. You aren’t practicing mindfulness, because you must; you are practicing mindfulness to transform your life; to enhance the quality of your life, to bring more contentment and joy into your life. In turn, this brings more joy, and brings an attitude of gratitude.

TRANQUILITY
Tranquility refers to our willingness to find inner peace. By inner peace, I mean to find relaxation. This represents the ability to manage one’s stress or anxiety. For example, when you take a deep breath of air in, when you are feeling upset, angry, nervous or sad…. you are engaging in tranquility. It is knowing when you need to find or need relaxation that is very important.

CONCENTRATION
Concentration is the ability to focus. When we strength our focus on our ability to concentrate, it gives us real insight into our lives. But, it is something that we must develop and strength over time. Improving our concentration helps us in many ways as focusing us on something we’re studying, new projects at work, improving our listening or verbal skills, etc. Concentration is like a lamp, the stronger it is, the more of the mind we can see.

EQANUIMITY
Equanimity is one of the deepest factors of all, and one of the hardest. It represents facing the difficulties of life, our challenges, our problems, without becoming attached to them. I know, this is a strange concept, yet, most profound! Equanimity is the ability of not allowing or the ability to let your challenges, obstacles or problems become bigger than you. In other words;  when something bad happens, we become stressed or angry about it, we often make a situation worse than it is. If we face a problem with equanimity, then we don’t let a problem become bigger than ourselves.

As human beings, we have a tendency in our lives to make things larger than they are. Equanimity is out ability to resist that. It is all about taking a different perspective of seeing things – our problems and challenges in a different light. With these Seven factors towards Enlightenment, we can learn more about ourselves, and what is truly important in our lives.

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Quote for Thought: from Ascended Master, BUDDHA

Quote for Thought: from Ascended Master, BUDDHA 

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I must be honest and say that I actually heard this quote clairaudiently (clear hearing) earlier today. I felt it was special message not only for myself, but I intuitively felt that many other people need to hear this message as well. 

Buddha believed in living a humble and modest life. Buddha also believed that life does include suffering yet in life there needs to be the essence of compassion, understanding and kindness to every living thing. Compassion in Buddhism, is more understanding others, but also understanding of oneself through wisdom. Buddhism is more than just a religion, it’s a way or life.  Buddhism can briefly summed up in three points:

  • To lead a moral life
  • To be mindfully aware of our thoughts and actions, and
  • To develop wisdom and understanding

So when Buddha says “What we think, we become” it applies to who we wish to be – what path or direction we wish to take.   If we wish to change our lives, our future, our path, we can – it comes down simply to our passion, our motivation, our drive, our aspiration towards who or what we wish to become.

So is change possible? Absolutely! If you wish to change one aspect of yourself, or even to have a complete makeover, this is indeed possible. There is only one, unique and beautiful you! And you are beautiful! 

Since there are many different dominations of Buddhism, because of the emphasis changes from country to country due to the different customs and culture, however the essences of the Dharma or Truth of Buddhism doesn’t not change.  I am reminded of Zen Buddhism, which has originated out of China. The essence of Zen is to immense yourself into it.

What I mean is, if you want to become healthier, fitter, mindful, patient, loving, kind, assertive or anything else – you just need to immense yourself into it! If you want that job, or if you want to finish that course, or if you want be more financial stable, or anything else that you wish to be –  it’s time to immense yourself into this moment….to think and become who you truly are!!

Your mind, is your master and teacher. Be present in this moment, be thankful, be grateful. All will be well.

Blessings

Libby x

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Quote for Thought: Love and Peace for Humanity

Quote for Thought: Love and Peace for Humanity

“Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace.”

~ Buddha

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9 Powerful Mantras to EMPOWER YOUR SPIRITUAL SELF

9 Powerful Mantras to EMPOWER YOUR SPIRITUAL SELF

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What is a mantra? For both Buddhism and Hinduism, it is a repeated word or sentence to aid in a deeper form of meditation to help in relaxation and a deeper connection to your Divine self.

You don’t need to be a Buddhist or a Hindu or affiliate with any other religion or other path of spirituality to benefit from these beautiful mantras. They can be used by people of all faiths, and all walks of life.

You can use these mantras for many things for your daily meditations to your yoga, Pilates, or energy healing practices, (such as Prana, Reiki or Qigoing healing), while going for a gentle walk in nature, or even just as you go to sleep as a blessed prayer.

While you may not first understand the meaning behind these beautiful Sanskrit sentences. This is perfectly okay. The most important thing to remember is to embrace and immense yourself within the energy, the feelings, or the emotions that you are experiencing. Pay close attention while listening to these mantras of what you are feeling or experiencing. Just be in the moment of these experiences. Appreciate them. Whatever happens, is a Divine blessing of light and love.

Remember that each human being on Earth is a gift from the Divine, and we are all connected to the Cosmos, every single faith has a pathway towards God, the Divine, the light and love of Everything.

1. Aham Brahmasmi
This is one of the Mahavakyas or Great Sayings of Upanishads which is from Vedas, an Ancient Sanskrit text. Aham Brahmami means “I am the Infinity Reality.”

2. Om Shri Dhanvantre Namaha
Lord Dhanvantri is the Hindu God of Ayurveda. Many Hindus around the world seek his blessings for good health and for other people. Dhanvantri also appears in the ancient Hindu texts called the Puranas. “Om Shri Dhanvantre Namaha”means for good health especially for your physical, emotional and spiritual well being for yourself and others.

3. Hari Om Tat Sat
This mantra will help you spiritually awaken to your higher self and higher consciousness. “Om Tat Sat”is a mantra found in the ancient Hindu text of Bhangvad Gita. It is especially used for both meditation and yoga. This mantra translation means “The supreme Absolute Truth’ or “All that is.” It is a soothing and relaxing mantra.

4. Hum Hi Hum Brahm Hum
This powerful mantra refers to the Divine connection between us and God, the Universe, Spirit or Higher Intervention (or whatever word you feel best comfortable to call God). The translation of this mantra is “We are we, We are God”. We are connected, since we are all a natural gift and spirit of all that is, and all that will be. A mantra for your soul and spirit!

5. Om
A mantra in many faiths such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, this powerful mantra, means “Soul, Life, Reality,Universe, God, Creation’. It is the Prana,, Reiki, Qigong, or life-force energy that is the Divine connection of all things, all creation; within all life. A connection that is powerful to connect us not only to your Creator, but to every single being on Earth. We all breathe it, walk it, eat, and live it. It is a constant reminder of life.

6. Om So Hum
This mantra is to help identify yourself as one within the Universe, or ultimate reality. You are one within the Universe, as the Universe is One within you. This mantra in Sanskrit translates to “I am that”, or “I am”; You are strongly connected to the Divine Source, as it is your birthright, as every single human being on Earth is give this special birthright as well.

You can also say: Om Soham” which means in Sanskrit; “I am the Universe, I am part of it, I am connected to the Infinite Source.”

7. Ong Namo Guro Devo Namo
In Sanskrit, this mantra means “I call upon the Infinite Creator who created me. I call upon the Divine Giver of Wisdom.” This mantra will help to centre yourself, especially if you wish to begin your yoga or meditation practices. It will connect closer to the Divine wisdom that you are seeking on a particular question or area that you may be asking about.

8. Sohman Shivoham
This mantra leads to our higher self during meditations, to seek our truth, our wisdom, and our true nature. It will help you disconnect and disassociate with your ego and to connect with the oneness of Divine Source. We all merged from Oneness, as we are truly are nothing but pure consciousness. The meaning of this beautiful mantra is: “I am that, I am Shiva, I am pure Consciousness”.

Lord Shiva, is one of the Hindu principle deities who is a “destroyer of evil and transformer of life” Lord Shiva is greatly consider a Great Yogi.

9. Kleem Mantra
Kleem is one-syllable sound known as bija mantra. This mantra is associated with Kamadeva, who is the Hindu God of love. In some Hindi traditions, Kamdeva is the incarnation of Lord Krishna. Krishna is the Supreme God in Hinduism in his own right, is a Hindu God of kindness, compassion, tenderness, and love. Kleem is chanting for is power of attraction.

While bija mantras have no specific meaning, they are recited for their spiritual and energetic powers for the overall healing of the physical, emotional and spiritual of an individual. You can also use bija mantras in yoga or meditation practices to set a specific intention or just simply calm your mind.

Please go online to search for this empowering, enlightening and spiritual mantras. I highly recommend to subscribe to Meditative Mind please click here  who have these incredible meditations available via YouTube. You can also try iTunes, or other online resources.

Much love, light and blessings towards your spiritual journey ahead!

Libby xo

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Yes, you can be mindful, brushing your teeth!!

Yes, you can be mindful, brushing your teeth!! 

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how to cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”

  • Jon Kabat- Zinn
    an American Professor of Medicine Emeritus and the creator of Stress of Reduction Clinic and the Centre of Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts, USA.

Try bringing mindfulness into routine aspects of your daily life: 

  • When waking up the in the morning
  • When brushing your teeth
  • When taking a shower or bath
  • When drying your body.
  • When getting dressed.
  • When shopping
  • When travelling to work, school or for social activities.

There are endless examples of how you can bring mindfulness to your everyday life. You just need to bring yourself to the present moment – this time, this place, this exact moment. And breathe…..just breathe. Even just for a couple of minutes.

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The School Bus of Life

The School Bus of Life

Life is essentially all about learning and growing. From the moment we are born into this world we are born in to an existence of learning and developing. The world around us is constantly changing as we too, change from a baby to a toddler to a child, then to a teenager and then an adult.

My analogy may seem a little strange, but bear with me. Life is like a road, a pathway filled with bumps and filled with uncertainty. Our destination is one of God, of the Divine of Source, the Universe, of Higher Wisdom – or however you view the Divine Source as there are many names for this. How do we find this greater mysterious that is bigger than ourselves? By being on the School Bus of Life.

We are picked up and are always travelling on this bus from the moment we are born in this world. We can go wherever we wish to go and can stop at any time we want. We all deserve to experience the wholeness of human existence – the good, the bad, the ugly and beautiful experiences of life.

This esoteric school bus of knowledge and of love is always here. It is non-judgemental and it has a limitless amount of seats available. I can guess you are thinking…..Who is driving this bus? Good question!

For each student their driver will be different since we all have different spiritual teachers and leaders. Some people will be guided by Ascended Masters such as Buddha, Mohammad, Ganesh, Jesus, Moses, while others will be guided by philosophers such as Rumi, Lao Tzu, or Aristotle. For others it will be a beloved Archangel or Saint such as Archangel Michael or Mother Mary, St Peter.

Whoever is driving the bus in your own mind – they are helping you to return back to an understanding of your own spiritual path ahead of you and an understanding of your own life.

At times, you may find yourself sitting on this School Bus near someone that may test your range of emotions, your feelings or even beliefs. There is another reason why this School Bus is of such great importance, it is to help you see the need for love, respect, and compassion in our world. We need to look past our differences in order to see the similarities in all humanity. We are all here for a reason.

The reason why we are here is to see only love. To know love, to understand love, and to forgive those whom don’t show love or respect love. However, it is about giving back only love to other people. We all may not understand the full mysteries of life, but if we learn to respect and love all people…..it opens doors towards greater esoteric wisdom for all.

Our final destination is one of happiness and not sadness…..it is learning what you have finally become….and that is finally after a whole life of coming and going through one’s life of returning back to the Divine.

With love and many blessings,

Libby xoxox

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Quote of the Day: BODHIDHARMA

“Worldly fools search for exotic masters, not realizing that their own mind is the master”

– Bodhidharma, Buddhist Monk

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Words to Inspire: DALAI LAMA

Words to Inspire: DALAI LAMA

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

– His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

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