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imperfect perfect Feb 23, 2021

When I was 4 years old, I had a terrifying experience.

I disappointed my Father -- In a BIG Way!

He had spent the day teaching me to count to 100. 

So far as I know, it was the first thing he ever taught me in life. 

In the 1950's, we didn't go to school until age 6. So, this was a big deal, and he expected a lot of me. 

He knew I was bright -- but not nearly as bright as him, of course!

That was because he considered himself to be the smartest person on the planet, and he let everybody know it.

Later, I was to learn that I could never please him, no I matter what I did -- and no matter how hard I tried.

He suffered from "narcissistic personality disorder."

But at age 4, I didn't know that. 

I really wanted to please him.

That evening was the big show. He paraded me in front of his friends, telling me to count to 100.

Everything started out fine. 

I got through the difficult numbers easily enough – – 11, 12, 13, 15, 20, 30, 50 -- and...

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Have you ever wanted to play piano?

I have – all of my life.

But, there was always something keeping me from taking lessons.

Whether it was not having access to a piano, not having access to a teacher, not having the money to pay such a teacher - or all 3 simultaneously.

Finally, at age 66, I had access to all three of these required resources.

So I began taking piano lessons a little more than 2 years ago.

It's been going well for the most part.  What I enjoy most is just playing chord progressions and improvising.

The only problem has been that I've expected way too much of myself, especially in the beginning.

It's getting better, but for the longest time, it seemed that no matter what I did, it was never good enough.

That's not what my teacher said, but it's what my own inner critical voice deep inside me was saying with a very loud and dominant tone.

Sometimes I just wanted to give up playing altogether -- well, maybe not really give up entirely, but I wished I...

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What is “Tuning In” in Kundalini Yoga?

"Tuning In" is a shortcut to making a connection with the entire Universe and with the unheard vibration & the unseen manifestation of the central pulse of all being.

By chanting our five words:  “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” 3 to 5 times out loud, we align ourselves with that ever-present, but often ignored, vibrating pulse-beat of the Creator of All Life, the First Cause of All Creation, the Creative Energy of the Universe, the Allness of All & the Oneness of All.

By chanting these 5 words, we are vibrating every cell in our body.  We’re tuning the vibrational tone of our heart & mind to the Oneness of All, and to the Vastness of 300-Billion Galaxies, including our own Milky Way Galaxy.

“Ong” is that vibrating Allness.  Some call it God.  Some call it Creative Energy.  Some never think of it and don’t call it anything.

“Namo“ literally means:  “I name,” or “I identify.” ...

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Contentment - Would You Choose It?

What are Your thoughts on Contentment?
Contentment = A state of happiness and satisfaction.

If You could push a button and be contented always, would You push it?
Not so fast.
Think about it.
What would You gain?  AND --> What would You lose?

For decades now, I've been operating with the belief that We can choose our thoughts.

Yes, our thoughts can run amok sometimes, but when We notice this happening, We can step back ,  pause and make another choice = choose another thought.

Today, I'm experimenting with choosing contentment.
Will You try this experiment with me?

One way to try it might be to use this positive affirmation:

"Today, I'm wearing contentment like it's a pair of shoes"

Or, perhaps use a mantra with each inhale and exhale throughout the day - something like:
INHALE:   "I'm Happy"
EXHALE:   "I'm Satisfied"

It may be difficult and We might fail.
What then?

Do You think We could be content with that?

Have You...

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Mantra, Breathing & Focus

One of our  members mentioned he has a "wandering mind" when it comes to using a mantra.

Seems to me we all have wandering minds.

I think the idea of a mantra is to practice it a few minutes at a time, until we start building up more focus.

The easiest way to focus, is to sit in easy pose, and meditate with a straight spine, eyes closed, and focusing at the brow point.

Also, tying the mantra to the breath, of course.

It's more challenging (= more difficult) to breathe with a mantra when we are moving around during the day.

Although, going on a walk, or going for a run, can put us in sort of a meditative trance that helps us focus on our breath and on our mantra.

My challenge is to try to breathe 4 times/minute (when I'm restful) with a mantra going, trying to do it all day long, or even for an hour, or even for 5 minutes or so.

If I'm more active, walking or working with body movement, then 8x/min is more reasonable.

The yogis say if we can breathe...

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