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Meditation Essentials: Concentration and Self Control (Part One)

The next few posts will talk of several basic topics that are important when we want to tune up and set our minds up for meditation. Of course there are many ways to do meditation, and actually we are meditating all the time somehow, as it has been stated in previous posts.


So, meditation is something we do on daily basis, and the different practices of meditation we can find here and there are intended to help us find some power we need in our day to day chores in order to achieve some specific goals, material or spiritual. It is basic discipline.


Concentration and Self Control are key elements of discipline. Concentration, lets put a different word: FOCUS; and Self Control, lets call it: POWER OF WILL, are the essentials that bring together the spiritual and mental forces that can help us achieve goals. They are the abc of it all. Concentration is actually a very high spiritual nature, and Self Control is the moderator.



A person having problems with obesity will not achieve any success in loosing weight unless he or she does something about it. Thinking deeply of what is to be done and actually performing the plan and following the path we thought would be better, is that brings all achievements and changes. I learned something very important when i had so many friends who are top practitioners of alternative medicine. They agree that there is no pill that will cure any disease if there is no power of will in the patient. Nobody, whatsoever he does will be of real help for a person who does not do anything for herself. Lack of power or a weakened power of will is a disease of the soul and its natural remedy is awaking it.


So both, body and mind are to be focused and performing correlated things in a coordinated and positive way so that powerful universal forces come together and provide their help. Body and mind are to be trained to work like this. I know this all I am saying is nothing new. However I feel like recalling two different stories that were particularly useful for me and made me put these two basic abilities in a place of very high importance.


First story about a friend I knew when we were involved together in business with natural supplements in Orlando, Florida. When we first were introduced to each other and had our first talks, we found out that we eventually practiced the same meditations. She really did not develop that meditation, she would meditate only every now and then. However her father, who was lot more active in this regards and had developed more understanding on this matter, was used to teach and train her and her brother and sister very helpful and pragmatic things.


My friend told me for example, that when she was a child and she and her brother and sister would fight for something, and they would tend to argue and hurt or insult each other, like the other kids would do, their dad would sit them by the table, give them some little talk, and put them to write down a hundred times some sentence like: “I must not insult my brother, just discuss and agree”, and then made them delete all disagreement from the heart and come to a peace.


She told me this practice performed a wonderful relationship with all the family and through the years her brother and sister kept very happy with each other and did not save any hard issues in their hearts.


This practice also, as she revealed to me, helped them a lot in their business and professional lives. In her case she had all kind of issues to solve at work, professional and personal. She worked in an important executive office of a major oil corporation. The training her dad provided to her mind made it very easy for her to delete hard issues when she had to deal with very arrogant people or with the envy of coworkers, etc., and have a very nice working environment, and even provide help to many friends and coworkers by advising them how to handle family and work chores and relationships. And then, when she would come into meditation, the result of it was more enjoyable in many ways.


This is a very pragmatic and useful approach. Minds can be trained, it is easier when younger, but age is no restriction. Concentration and Self Control are a part of our daily life in each and every choice we make. They can make our lives easier and also, when applied to things of the heart and spirit, they perform wonders.


Concentration and Self Control are essentials we need to develop for powerful, deep meditations, and deep, meaningful change of directions we chose every day.


These abilities are main pillars in all beliefs, yoga and life improvement systems, and religions.


“He who has no discipline has no wisdom,

He can not concentrate his mind in one only point

Where there is no concentration there is no peace.

And where there is no peace, can there be any joy?



Talk soon. Please leave your comments…


Meditate… What is Meditation… How to Meditate…..


Some time ago i found a funny little story that explained a couple of aspects of the meditation process… Later i found that such simple store was a lot more meaningful than i originally thought, as i will explain, in about why to meditate, how to meditate, what is meditation ultimately, its deepest truth. But let me first of all thank you all for your very kind and appreciative comments. I do not know well how is the google rankings work, and i have in mind that if half of the comments are mine, it might not be convenient for ranking purposes; so, this is some kind of apology for not interacting always personally with each of you.


Now let’s go back to the story… perhaps some of you may know it….

I Love My Cow

Naga Arjuna was a very simple man who lived out of the earnings from selling the milk from his cow. He loved his cow. They grew together. He was very sincere but skeptical.


One day that his Master of meditation talked about how powerful the mind is and how it can be controled.  He told his Master how he felt about that. He asked “Is it true that our thoughts come to be real? I don’t believe all that”.


“Yes Naga Arjuna, your thoughts have that power. All the things that you love, on which you have put your attention and your thinking become reality”.. was the response of the Master.


“You need to prove it to me, because I really don’t believe in these things”.


“Very good”, said the Master. “Just tell me one thing. Is there anything or anybody that you love the most in the world?’


Naga Arjuna was poor and had but just a few relatives and possessions, and out of all he had, what he loved the most was his cow, because his living depended so much on it. So he told the Master: “Yes, there is something. I love my cow very much”‘

Then the Master told him: “Ok. Go into that room for a few days to meditate.. you will be provided of food. In that room you are only to think of your cow: Don’t allow other thoughts to come to you, but only thoughts linked to your cow… what you like about it, what you think of it, why you love it…, and out of all those thoughts, choose the ones you like the most and meditate on them.”

 I think Naga Arjuna’s Master of Meditation summarized so many details about the simple process of meditation in the past few lines.

For several days Naga Arjuna meditated in this way, and at the end of three weeks the Master came back and said. “Naga Arjuna, you can come out of your meditation and come out of that room now”.


“Very good, i’ll do that”, said Naga Arjuna. He was pretty detatched from his body, so he stretched a little bit in order to  befit again in his body, just as we also do when we wake up after sleeping all night. Then he walked towards the door.


“But just tell me something”, he asked the Master: “how am I going to make my horns pass through that door. It is so narrow!’


“Now have you realized what the power of your thinking is?” Asked the Master.


“No, i don’t believe in those kinds of things.


“But Naga Arjuna, do you remember you got into that room through this same door? How could you do it?.. said the Master, bringing with him a tray with water, that he placed in front of Naga Arjuna, so that he could see his own image reflected in there, and continued telling him: “where are your horns? Naga Arjuna, thus is the world. If in only three weeks of this thinking you believed you were your cow, just think  how the people in the world are transforming themselves when they are thinking of the world and its problems and desires and passions day and night, day and night. This is how everybody is hypnotized, like you were, feeling you were your cow”.

 This moral is great !!!

“All the people think that they are the body because they have not yet seen their own soul. When a child is born his parents give him some training for the body, and the little one learns how to manage his senses and his body. He learns by induction from his parents and relatives, developing thus his ego, and in a few years the child becomes what he was taught by his relatives, that he is the son of a doctor or of an engineer, or the son of a king or of a beggar, and it is very difficult to change his beliefs. His mind is strongly attached to the concepts, the beliefs and the bodies of his relatives and friends, and to his own body, but he knows nothing about the true reality of his own soul.  So, your meditation should be centered in your real Self, which is far beyond anything of this world; beyond the death of the body even, and beyond anything you can imagine. Know your Self. Your soul, the Light of your life, is the very image of God, you don’t need to look  anywhere else. You just need your mind controlled and crystal pure, so that it may reflect the God within you. This should be your meditation”.


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