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Posted in Uncategorized on May 31st, 2010 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

Welcome to Meditation Secrets Revealed. Here you will find articles about meditation, mindfulness, stress reduction, yoga, cultivation of emotional balance, interviews with inspirational people, and much more.

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Bring on the burrs – invite patience into your life

Posted in Musings, Stress Management on September 8th, 2014 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

This has to be the last one. I think to myself as I expertly push the burr with one finger and pluck the tail of the burr with the other hand. I have done this countless times in the last two days. It would be horribly irritating if it was not so funny.

I arrive late in the evening to the monastery and find a note with the direction to my hut or “kuti” in Thai. I ponder the cutness of the word Kuti and decide I like the word significantly better than the rough sounding English equivalent.

So after 15 min of hauling all my stuff down the hill, I discover my cute “kuti” – a lovely small building in the woods. It is locked.

Uhhh!
What to do?

Nobody around and it is getting dark. For a moment I consider sleeping on the porch, but it is 4’ by 4’ and I would have to curl up like a lost puppy in order to fit. I resolve to sleep next to the kuti on the ground. A much more manly option.

Sleeping bag rolled out, I place on top my blanket. My favorite, soft, warm, meditation blanket. Yes, I am a bit attached to it.

I wake up. Still dark. Grab the blanket and head up to the meditation platform. It is 4 am so I’m still a bit sleepy. Along the way I feel something prickly on the edge of the blanket. My fingers find it and I struggle to pull it out. Finally a strong yank and its out. Only to find that part of it still remains. Event at 4 am, half asleep, I realize that this is going to cause me much grief because as my hand slides along the blanket edge, I discover countless more of these thorny monsters stuck in my favorite blanket.

Only then does it occur to me that the ground I slept on is covered with this stuff.

Oh joy!
Patience.

I decide that this annoyance of a task will become my teacher and my friend. Patience will sit with me. So now, every time I find another burr in the blanket, I simply smile – decide to be grateful to spend another moment learning from my friend patience. Cheers to the burrs in our lives that reveal our attachments and give us opportunities to let go and laugh at the foolishness of it all.

Nourishment

Posted in Musings, Uncategorized on September 3rd, 2014 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

You harvest what you grow,

You grow what you plant,

But no matter how different the fruit look,

All the fruit in the world contain the power of the sun

And are nourished by its warm embrace

The Path of Compassion

Posted in Interviews, Law of Attraction on November 6th, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

DavidBreauxAn interview with David H. Beaux by Vlad Moskovski

A simple act can change a person, one word can turn your life inside out. David’s word is compassion and he has dedicated his life to understanding, embodying, and raising awareness about it. He stands on the corner of 3rd and C Streets in Davis, CA asking people for their definition of compassion. This is his story…   

Vlad: In the introduction to your book, you mentioned the motivation for this work, which I think you call “duty” being self-inquiry. Can you describe this journey and where it has lead you?

 I was in a state of discovering who I was at the time, this was probably at the beginning of 2008, I had separated from the person I was going out with and moved into a place of my own. I decided to spend as much time as need in order to delve into who I believed myself to be. I went to a well known college so I had always exercised my mind,  and I had always stayed in shape, ran marathons, biked so I had always exercised my body.

One day the question came up “how do I exercise my spirit?” I decided to start a quest to understand what that means. I came across a TED video, by Karen Armstrong about compassion. I got a pen and a pad and started writing down what compassion is, but I was dissatisfied with my definition. So I went around the community of Lake Merritt in Oakland to try to come up with a collective definition, and in doing so I found a tremendous purpose and fulfillment.

At the same time, I came across a John Francis talk about being an activist and taking action now. In early 2009 I came across the teachings of Peace Pilgrim, and I decided to relinquish a lot of the material goods that I had and the negative thought patterns that I was thinking.

I spent about three weeks in my studio. I laid on my back and with the exception of eating, food shopping and using the restroom and said, “I will stay here until I know what it is that this mind and body will do.” The questions that I was asking were always answered by “take a pen and note pad and ask people about compassion.”

I went through a series of very practical and impractical questions, “Where will this lead me? How can I earn a living doing this? Will I keep in shape?” The answer from that deep place, that small voice was always “take the notepad and ask people about compassion.” After those three weeks I trusted the voice I put all faith into that voice.

The transition was gradual, from leaving the conventional world of looking for work and wasting the day away doing irrelevant superfluous activities to living a life towards a duty with purpose. I moved to Davis in May 2009. And on June 3, 2009 went full force asking people about compassion.

I call that day my unofficial birthday, so I’m four and a half years old. I’ve come to know the true meaning of gratitude and grace. Living with simplicity. With a positive and righteous intent. That brings a tremendous amount of support from the universe and I’ve witnessed that and it continues to grow. It has grown into something I could not have foreseen.

On June 2 I was on the edge of a cliff, and I jumped off on June 3. It was a leap of faith that I took. Instead of falling I was caught.


kk smile cardVlad: How many people would you guess you talk to per day? How many over the years?

The moment I leave the house, I am talking with people. I am known in Davis, so people will wave, people will stop and talk. On average I’d say 20-25 people each day. At the corner where I stand, on average, I will have a rich conversation with 5-10 people. There is a phenomenon that happens – I’ve become a street therapist. People will come up, they know what is happening at the corner and so they seek some type of spiritual advice, relationship advice, career advice.

Over the years I’ve asked close to 20,000 people and I’ve received close to 10,000 responses.

 

Vlad: Standing out on the street day after day, do you ever get discouraged? Where do you find the courage and strength?

Yes, there are times when I am tired. Physically sleepy or tired. I rest. The place that I go to is within my heart. Whenever I feel anything less than, I always go to the goodness of it all. Whenever that happens, there is always reassurance or an event that pops up exactly when it is needed to let me know that what I am doing is a good thing. At the foundation, I quiet all that brain chatter and simply go back to my intent –  bringing an awareness to compassion by asking people to write their concept of it in a notebook. I always go back to that one statement.

 

compassion benchVlad: Is this possible because of your intention, demeanor, reputation?

It is all of the above. Primarily because of the place I was able to reach four years ago. And I remain in that awareness of that experience. There is a woman that made one of the bricks for a Peace on Earthbench that is at the corner where I stand. She had a brother who passed away. She put a letter to him and stuffed it into one of the bottle bricks for the Earthbench. That was at the end of May. A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with someone and I noticed there was this woman carrying a bouquet of roses. She had come back to pay homage to her brother, leaving roses at the bench just as one would leave it at a headstone.

It is that connection, relation to oneself, and with other people that has helped create the energy that is present at the corner. People know that, and they come forward with various purposes to incorporate that into who they are and how they wish to feel at certain times during the day.

It has taken on the name “the corner”. There is a documentary in the making about it called “The Corner”.

 

Vlad: What is the most memorable act of compassion you have received, and given to another?

I’ll say the second one first, because I know that answer. Same event answers both questions. There is what I know, and what I don’t know.

There is a woman that comes up all the time, an elderly lady that has an aura of wisdom. She is losing her memory and she repeats the same thing over and over which is great because she reminds me of the impact that I am unaware of that I have on others. And she keeps saying that so it keeps reminding me. So the fact that she does not remember what she told is sort of great because it is a constant reminder. Sort of bitter sweet.

giving handsThis story is the first time I received a deeper awareness of the impact of my duty. It was January 14, 2010. It is 8 – 8:30 am, I am at the corner asking people. And there is a gentleman who is approaching me and he is someone who I have spoke to a few times. He had already shared his concept by writing in the book. That particular morning he was not carrying his usual work stuff. As he approaches me he says, “here give me the book.” Rarely do people assertively ask to receive the notebook. I rarely on occasion look to see what people write in order to separate the writing from the person.

So he wrote something and he is walking on. I glanced down to see what he wrote, “Today my Mother died. Mother always meant compassion.” A few things instantly clicked in my head.

One, that he came to the corner to write this in probably within three or four hours of his mother passing away because it was a new day. Two, a simple act of writing helped him through a life moment. Three, my own mother has passed away, and I connected with him on that level. Four, was to take an action. He had walked off after he wrote it, and I looked down and he was probably 20 feet away. I invited him to come over. At this point we were semi-strangers. I simply offered him a hug and he wept on my shoulder. I explained to him that my own mother had passed away and I knew where he was coming from. He said thank you and he walked off.

There was a fifth thing that happened that was pretty great. Right after I read his statement, all the previous entries on compassion flashed through my head. Sort of like they say your life flashes before your eyes. Literally all the entries that I had read up to that point passed in my head which lead me to act upon what he had written. After that for about half hour there was a tremendous flow of energy. Compassion flowing from head to toe. I witnessed a very tangible, physical feeling of compassion. That was the first time where I could name something like that. In that moment I understood that what I was doing at the corner was beyond me. I became a witness that day. And since then I continue to witness all the things that happen.

To answer your first question, an act of compassion that I had received, someone gave me a very large check out of the blue. And it was unexpected. We finished the Earthbench at the corner and we still needed funding to pay the artist. I sat down with a couple of friends to determine how to go about fundraising close to four thousand dollars.

A couple of months later I am standing at the corner and I am talking to somebody and I notice that another person that I usually talk to is hanging out nearby. And when I’m done with the other person, he asks if I am open to receive a donation. He sits down writes a check and hands it to me. It is five digits. First thing in my head is, “this is the universe at work.” In that moment of receiving that check, I sat in that space of recognition.

Those are the two very memorable moment among hundreds of others that happen at the corner.

 

youmustactVlad: After hearing so many people’s definitions, what does compassion mean to you right now?

I believe compassion to be recognizing essence. When I first started, my concept of compassion was long, academic and very detailed. A friend suggested to keep it simple. Everything at the perceived level of consciousness can be witnessed through its essence. For example, the essence of being human, part of it is that we require food, air, and shelter. Those things are given to us.

Recognizing that in another human being, leads to a compassionate act of offering food, of remember to eat healthy. Those are all compassionate acts. The essence of being human is love. Recognizing that love is essential. We love ourselves which is a compassionate act and we love others which is a compassionate act.

 

True Wealth

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5th, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

rich crocI am rich, I mean really rich. Not in the sense that I have many fancy cars, or a really big house. I don’t have a lot of little green pieces of paper laying around, but where it counts I have real wealth. We live in a society that is richer and enjoys more freedom than any in history. We have machinery that can do just about everything presumably freeing up more time, yet people are busier than ever. How many times a day do you hear someone say, “I am busy.” How many people do you know who can say, “I have so much free time.” Every year the institutionalized pharmaceutical machine is pumping out more and more drugs, yet the rates of depression and anxiety are steadily rising. We have more access to means of communication through the internet and smart phones then any people in history and yet isolation and loneliness are rampant. Are we really connected and if so, on what level? This is a critical time to ask ourselves: what is wealth?

I have come to the realization that true wealth is a process – not a destination. It is a process of looking within and asking the simply yet profound question, “what brings me joy?” After all, what good is material wealth if it does not bring us happiness and joy. There is a famous expression, “don’t look at the finger or you will miss the moon.” The moon is our happiness. It is every person’s and perhaps every living being’s destination. The Facebook profile, that fancy toaster, and the brand new iphone 5 are all fingers. They are there to point us to one single moment where we can experience happiness. We think into the future, we remember into the past, but we live only one moment at a time. One single moment connected to the next; this is the only reality.

If true wealth is a process, then we must closely inspect our values for they determine how this process takes shape. The methods and the moonresults are intimately connected. The path to true wealth must be grounded in love and non-harm. If our seeking happiness harms even one single being and we continue, knowingly, this path is doomed. It can not bring true wealth because deep in our hearts we will know that harm could have been avoided. We will be troubled. Happiness at the cost of someone else’s suffering will not work.

I am rich. Every day I work to cultivate relationships and build connections to people around me. Every day I set forth knowing that my only dream is to dedicate myself to serving humanity. With this dream in my pocket, sitting close to my heart, I know that I can not fail. In serving humanity, I am enriching myself, my community, and those around me. I am rich because I have aligned my intention with the method and the result comes naturally. True wealth can easily be measured because the results are boundless. Eat one piece of chocolate and it is a joy. Eat the second and it is pretty good. Eat three bars and it becomes a torture device. On the path of true wealth, the wealthier we are the more we feel like giving it away. The wealthy are inherently expanding their capacity to be humble and generous. As we progress on this path, we begin grow to newer heights as stewards, teachers, and compassionate students of life.

keyIn this world all can be wealthy, no one must be left out. This wealth does not depend on resources, because it is not born in the material world. A wealthy person has discovered the bottomless fountain of joy and must share. In sharing, that person acts in the most benign act of selfishness. The more we give, the greater joy we receive.

I am calling on you to start right now. Begin immediately with a selfish act of generosity. Go out and seek your true wealth wherever you are. Look at your methods, invent your own process and keep asking that one vital question, “what brings me joy?” Let your thoughts and actions be grounded in love and non-harming and you will surely discover true wealth.

Chinese & Greek Art

Posted in Musings, Yoga on April 4th, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

I recently came across a beautiful story that illustrates the yogic path. It is a Sufi story and therefore filled with awe, wonder, and mystery. We are guided to look within and purify ourselves, to be a reflection and perfect ourselves as mirrors to the world.

Chinese Art Greek Art

Meditation May Reduce Pain

Posted in News, Resources & Reviews on March 21st, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

Meditation is well known for it’s effects on the mind and emotions. Scientists are now finding that it has profound effects on the nurvous system and in this particular study on how we perceive pain.

By 
WebMD Health News

April 6, 2011 — Even very brief instruction in meditation appears to help people cope with pain, and a newly published brain imaging study may explain why.

After just four, 20-minute instructional sessions in mindfulness meditation, most participants in the small study experienced big reductions in pain intensity and unpleasantness when subjected to painful stimuli.

Prior to learning the meditation technique, brain imaging showed significant activity in a key area of the brain when the participants were subjected to intense heat, but this activity was reduced when they were meditating.

“This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation,” said researcher Fadel Zeidan, PhD, who is a postdoctoral fellow at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

To read the rest of the article click here.

Inner Conflict – Black and White Wolves

Posted in Law of Attraction, Musings on February 6th, 2013 by Vlad – Be the first to comment

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

You might heard the story ends like this: The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

In the Cherokee world, however, the story ends this way:

The old Cherokee simply replied, “If you feed them right, they both win.” and the story goes on:

“You see, if I only choose to feed the white wolf, the black one will be hiding around every corner waiting for me to become distracted or weak and jump to get the attention he craves. He will always be angry and always fighting the white wolf. But if I acknowledge him, he is happy and the white wolf is happy and we all win. For the black wolf has many qualities – tenacity, courage, fearlessness, strong-willed and great strategic thinking – that I have need of at times and that the white wolf lacks. But the white wolf has compassion, caring, strength and the ability to recognize what is in the best interest of all.

“You see, son, the white wolf needs the black wolf at his side. To feed only one would starve the other and they will become uncontrollable. To feed and care for both means they will serve you well and do nothing that is not a part of something greater, something good, something of life. Feed them both and there will be no more internal struggle for your attention. And when there is no battle inside, you can listen to the voices of deeper knowing that will guide you in choosing what is right in every circumstance. Peace, my son, is the Cherokee mission in life. A man or a woman who has peace inside has everything. A man or a woman who is pulled apart by the war inside him or her has nothing.

“How you choose to interact with the opposing forces within you will determine your life. Starve one or the other or guide them both.”

–Cherokee Story