Types of dṛṣṭi

dṛṣṭi (meditative gaze)

  • nāsāgre dṛṣṭi (tip of nose)
  • bhrūmadhye dṛṣṭi (third eye)
  • nābhicakre dṛṣṭi (navel)
  • hastagrahe dṛṣṭi (hands)
  • pādayoragre dṛṣṭi (toes)
  • pārśva dṛṣṭi (far left or far right)
  • aṅguṣṭhamadhyai dṛṣṭi (thumb)
  • ūrdhva/antara dṛṣṭi (to the sky)
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Wheel of Awareness

Mental stress is a problem that is created by burdening yourself with excessive thoughts, and with judgement. Anyone can suffer from mental stress.

The Wheel of Awareness practice is a form of mindfulness or stoic (prosochē) practice developed by Dr Dan Siegel.

The Wheel of Awareness practice can assist in alleviating your mental stress, and even improve your interpersonal relationships.

The practice invites you to use a metaphor of hub and rim to represent levels/locations of awareness.

  1. You begin the Wheel of Awareness practice in a comfortable seated position and find a natural breathing rhythm.
  2. Bring your attention to your perception – taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound.
  3. Bring your attention to your inner bodily sensations, e.g. your heartbeat.
  4. Bring your attention to the activities of your mind, e.g. emotions, thoughts, memories, hopes, beliefs, dreams, images, longings, attitudes and intentions. Begin by inviting any mental activity to come into awareness, then bring your attention to the characteristics of how these mental activities enter and leave consciousness. Observe any changes.
  5. Bring your attention to your meta-awareness.
  6. Bring your attention to our relational connections, e.g. begin with family and friends, and expand out to co-workers, students and teachers, and the planet. (This aspect of the practice is like Maitrī Meditation, which is a type of Buddhist Meditation focused on bringing down socio-cultural barriers of judgement and prejudice that exclude and segregate people.)

Sri Karunamayi in Melbourne

Sri Karunamayi is an avatar, a manifestation of Shakti who is born enlightened or fully self-realized.
For many people the Individual Blessing is an encounter with the Divine in the form of a human being – a saint, a teacher, a spiritual guide, a loving mother. Great peace and inner silence comes easily in the presence of our beloved Amma.
I received an individual blessing on October 21, 2017 at St Kilda Town Hall.

Flow and Being Nirāčārya

Nirāčārya: Jack of All Trades and Master of None

No one can claim mastery of anything, because absolute mastery is a misrepresentation. An individual can only, within reason, demonstrate competence within a role-based scenario.

I base this essay about being nirāčārya on my actual challenges as a creative designer, and my impetus for transition (sandhyā) from one role to another, in a troubling and uncertain economic climate. I claim the non-glamorous title of being nirāčārya – a Jack of All Trades and a Master of None. I am a generalist who derives innovation from dispassion (vairāgya) from modality. In my experience, being nirāčārya involves a dynamic and pragmatic quality of, typically haptic, engagement, which I define as mindfulness (a.k.a. flow).

Flow = Mindfulness

Mindfulness is not meditation, although it can be an object of meditation, e.g. mindfulness meditation.

The practice of mindfulness can be a means (upāya) and an end (upeya) in itself.

The term “flow” is being used in creative circles to mean mindfulness, which is the experience of being in the zone where your creative juices flow, unabated.

Massage therapy, which I am currently studying and practicing, involves the flow of partner communication between therapist and client.

Mindfulness supports the capacity to learn and adapt to challenge.

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