“Nowhere can a man withdraw to a more untroubled quietude than in his own soul. Grant yourself this withdrawal continually, and refresh yourself.” Marcus Aurelius
♥Order is present everywhere
♥Life is found in layers
♥Outer depends on inner
♥Seek the highest first
♥Rest and activity are the steps of progress
Last week (3/25), on Oprah Winfrey‘s Next Chapter documentary series, she showcased America’s Most Unusual Town; a Transcendental Meditation enclave organized by the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa. In a relatively small community of 9,400 residents, many gather in the evening and throughout the day to meditate and elevate the energy fields around and beyond them. If you were conscious of the meditation revolution of the last century, you’d remember that the Transcendental Meditation movement, known fondly as TM, was the brain child of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Former Beatles member, George Harrison, was a devotee. In my own spiritual journey, and as a way to understand the underpinnings of my Christian background and faith, I tried TM in the early 1980s and then found my way to Siddha Yoga and Ammachi.
“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” Gautama Buddha
♥Enjoy greater efficiency and accomplish more
♥Every action has a reaction
♥Purification leads to progress
♥The field of all possibilities is the source of all solutions
♥Thought leads to action, action leads to achievement
♥And achievement leads to fulfillment
Oprah’s visit to Fairfield included a stop at the 80-acre compound in Maharishi Vedic City, where 800 men/pandits from India live, study and meditate for eight hours for the sake of world peace. A Pandit is a scholar/teacher with a mastery in the Sanskrit language and Vedic scriptures. Oprah also paid a visit to a Fairfield school where the practice of meditating twice daily, using Transcendental Meditation (TM) methods, is a mandatory part of the curriculum. It was a positive, uplifting show and I came away with an appreciation for the work the community was doing. As the show was wrapping up, the ♥16 principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence were mentioned and then shared on video. I’ve shared them throughout this post because, in their simplicity, they offer a penetrating wisdom that is rich in meaning. More below.
“The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
♥Knowledge is gained from inside and outside
♥Knowledge is structured in consciousness
♥Harmony exists in diversity
♥Whole is contained in every part
♥The whole is greater than the sum of the parts
While there are some people who remain uncomfortable with the idea of yoga and meditation as a way of life, if we keep an open mind we’d come to understand that the teachings are universal and do not negate our personal beliefs or faith. One thing that stood out for me was the clarity and serenity I observed in the children at the school. One young lady said that meditating helped her mental focus and to be more herself. Isn’t that what we’d all want for ourselves? What are your thoughts? Have you read anything about Transcendental Meditation (TM)? Are you familiar with the teachings of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi? What about other meditation paths/ practices? How do you relax? Do share! Thank you.
Read more: Oprah’s Next Chapter: America’s Most Unusual Town
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Positive Motivation Tip: The principles we live by inform our decisions and outcomes. Choose wisely.
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