Bliss Consciousness

Bliss is not blissful. -MMY

Bliss is not about happiness. Bliss is supreme contentedness. Bliss Consciousness is available at the subtlest state of awareness, in other words, Pure Awareness. Contact with the Absolute, the field of un-manifest, results in Bliss. The mind shows this by going quiet. Thoughts bubble from this place, but once it has become manifest- you know you are back in the Relative.

Stabilizing Bliss Consciousness means no more suffering, no more negativity. Only fulfillment is possible through utilizing full conscious capacity / mental  potential and full support of Nature. If we can infuse the state of Being into our minds through daily practice and then we will have the sympathy and support of Nature.

Practicing Vedic Meditation helps you understand the basic fundamental content of life: Cosmic Laws and access Absolute Being, the transcendental state of consciousness. With twice daily practice, over time the Absolute imprints on our mind/intellect/ego and expansion of consciousness happens spontaneously, effortlessly.

From the biomedical perspective, we can think of Bliss on the level of neurochemistry. Endocannabinoids, such as, Anandamide is considered bliss chemistry.  Ananda is the Sanskrit word for bliss. The physical body cannot produce stress chemistry at the same time as bliss chemistry. When you use this technique of meditation, you will access this chemistry naturally. Importing exogenous versions creates an unnatural sequence of sensations. It leaves the experiencer bewildered rather than in true Bliss. Lots more on this once you have personal experience of transcending through meditation.

Come and learn for yourself what it feels like.

Here is a short video of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi speaking on “Yoga” and “Bliss Consciousness.”

ENJOY!

Jai Guru Dev(a)

One of my favorite details left in tact on this wall at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh. 

What does "Jai Guru Dev" mean?

Jai Guru Deva (the 'a' is part of the correct spelling, but is not pronounced) = "Jai Guru Dev"

Jai means “joy, hail, glory to”
Guru means “remover of darkness”
Deva means “a shining one”, source of English word “divine”.

The phrase, “Jai Guru Deva”, has become a universal salutation, blessing, opening/closing phrase used by Vedic meditators as a way to recognize that the knowledge is from a grander source.

"It is a beautiful-sounding phrase, feels good to intone, is good for surrendering small self to Big Self, and I commend its use by every meditator." -Thom Knoles

Thom explains, "when saying 'Jai Guru Deva', Initiators (teachers) of my tradition are, almost invariably, referring to Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, the man who throughout his elder years in Jyothir Math, in the Indian Himalaya, held the title of 'Shankaracharya'. It was this 'Guru Deva', sometimes called 'Shri Guru Deva', from whom we received this knowledge of Vedic Meditation, and to whom we pay homage when new meditators are initiated."

 

Summer 2018: Vedic Meditation Intro Talks & Course Offerings

What a wonderful year it has been so far! I have just returned from 4 months in India, completing the Vedic Mediation Initiator Training. I'm very exited to teach this technique to anyone who is ready to learn!

I will be offering introductory talks and the Vedic Meditation Course monthly.

If you can't make a date that is offered, please contact me and we can set up a private Intro talk. You must attend an introductory talk before signing up for the course. Private courses can also be arranged. Please inquire if you have any questions or just register for one of the Intro Talks!


With love and gratitude,

Su-Jung

 

LONDON (July 4 - 16)
NTRODUCTION TO VEDIC MEDITATION (free)
July 7 Free Introductory Talk (Shoreditch)
RSVP

 

NEW YORK
INTRODUCTION TO VEDIC MEDITATION
(free)

The Spring Meditation
145 6th Avenue, Studio 6E
New York NY 10013
July 25 (6:30pm - 7:30pm)
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FOUNDATIONS VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE (4 Days: 90 mins/day)
REGISTER
July 27, 2018 *Individual Instruction & Ceremony
July 28, 2018 10:30am
July 29, 2018 10:30am
July 30, 2018 6:30pm

GROUP MEDITATION
July 31 (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
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Law of Reciprocity & Personal Commitment

Each student makes a personal investment through a course fee, a practice that dates back thousands of years in India. It is an equitable exchange that sparks the law of reciprocity. Something of great value is offered in exchange for receiving something of greater value or equal value.

In return the student learns to become a self-sufficient meditator, but also is given a lifetime of follow up through weekly group meditations, personal access via email, and may sit in on a "refresher" course anytime there is space available with any Vedic Meditation teacher world-wide. This essentially means you have access to a growing community of Vedic Meditators and teachers to help nurture your development and growth.

In order to make this course available to everyone regardless of financial status, equivalent hours of community service performed are welcome in lieu of financial contribution.

2017 The Year of Personal Transformation

I began the year with my first trip to India to study with a group of International meditators guided by Thom Knoles, Maharishi Vyasananda. It was truly the best thing I could have done for myself at this moment in time. I learned so much through purely observation and experience, as well as through lectures and discussions on the meditation retreat.

India is a magnificent teacher. She shows you lessons learned from her history of wars, her so-called rulers, her people/animals and her land/waters. She allows Nature to rule in ways the West has forgotten how to do and fears. Observing with an open heart taught me that suffering is another thing the West seems to capitalize on and that it doesn't exist in the obvious ways we have been taught to see. I learned the visceral difference between pain and suffering. I understand with more nuance what it is when Buddhists refer to life as suffering. In India, the poor and the stray did not necessarily suffer, as we might have been conditioned to believe. What may been interpreted as lawless is in fact more observant to natural laws that our laws in the America to be specific. There were lessons to be learned, so I dropped my expectations and just observed and interacted in this world as I would anywhere I might live. It changed everything.

Meditation and the teachings of the Veda also reframed how my eyes see, how all my senses perceive. I learned that the goal of a meditator is not to simply transcend, as it turns out to be the easy part, but to go beyond transcendence to greater understanding of the self, the world, the universe and all its manifestations and to live in the physical body interacting and meditating for the collective consciousness.

My heart is open and I am here in the service of what needs to be done. I feel that life has a clear and greater purpose and I am here to live my Dharma. Letting charm guide the way, I am open and grateful for all that came before and what lies ahead and the current moment , as they exist on a continuum that is alive as much as we are. 

I am full of gratitude and excited for growth and evolution. 

With love and gratitude,
Su-Jung

 Bathed by the light in Rishikesh, India on site of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram, now a historic ruin in a national park where tigers and elephants roam free. January 2017

Bathed by the light in Rishikesh, India on site of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram, now a historic ruin in a national park where tigers and elephants roam free. January 2017

Why We Meditate

I have been meditating since February and have found that I look forward to my two daily anchors to my day. In the Vedic Meditation method, a meditator takes 2 twenty minutes periods to meditate daily. In my experience so far, I have found that when you commit to taking the time for your meditation, you are investing in your wellbeing, awareness and overall productivity. You will find that you will be less reactive and more emotionally stable over time. And as you being to become more aware of your true self, you will bring out your best self and this will be reflected back towards you. I meditate because I can see that its good for me and that it changes how I live in the world and that changes the world around me.

Please ask me about meditation and how it may help you!

From Jeff Kober's Vedic Meditation Thought of the Day:

Why do we meditate?

  • To feel better. 
  • To release stresses.
  • To have a vacation from our thoughts.
  • To know ourselves as something other than our thoughts, feelings, opinions and our projections of the judgments of others, i.e. our place in the world. 
  • To receive total consciousness.

A free introductory talk to find out more about meditation:

THU, SEP 22, 2016 AT 6:30 PM RSVP by following the link below.

"We are individual expressions of the whole of nature, and when we allow ourselves this experience of de-excitation, we begin to know ourselves again as this deeper, greater truth."

-Jeff Kober, Vedic Mediation Teacher & Blogger

The Miracle of Mindfulness

I had just come back from Paris when news of the tragic events in Nice on Bastille Day was being reported. I was struggling with the knowledge that overall the world is transitioning into more light, while the media focuses on the dark, when an episode of OnBeing with Thich Nhat Hanh aired that helped remind me of the bigger picture and shift my perspective. 

Please take a moment to listen to this moving piece called Being Peace in a World of Trauma by Krista Tippett of OnBeing.

From the OnBeing website:

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen monk, poet, and peacemaker. He co-founded the An Quang Buddhist Institute, the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Vietnam, and Plum Village, a Buddhist training monastery in France. He is the author of many books, including Being PeaceThe Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on MeditationThe Art of CommunicatingFragrant Palm Leaves: Journals 1962–1966, and The Long Road Turns to Joy — A Guide to Walking Meditation.
 

The Meaning of Solstice

Summer solstice on June 20, 2016 will be the longest day of the year. The length of the day is measured by length of sunlight. In Chinese Medicine, we think of this day as the utmost yang of the year, which means it is the peak of yang in the yang part of the year, signified by the sun sitting at the highest point in the sky. The yang part of the year includes the spring and summer, while the fall and winter are considered yin, relatively. The measure of yin and yang are relative to one another and at their peaks, begin to transform into the other. 

Simply said, think about something new growing from inside something older. A constantly evolving flow with a forward momentum. 

So imagine Spring as yin within yang, while the Summer is yang within yang because summer is more yang than spring. At the summer solstice, once reaching the longest day then begin to shorten the following day. As the evenings start to grow longer, we will approach fall.

The Fall then can be seen as the yin within yang. The evenings continue to grow longer until the longest night of the year, which is the winter solstice, December 21, 2016. The peak of yin.

The summer solstice represents the maximum of yang possible, before implicit in this understanding is also that the yin begins to grow again and the yang wanes.

 

SPRING

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Yang within Yin

 

SUMMER

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Yang within Yang

 

FALL

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Yin within Yang

 

WINTER

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Yin within Yin

On Meditation

After many years of being curious about meditation in all forms, I finally decided to commit to one this February. I chose a practice from the Vedic tradition and one that presented itself to me at just the right time. I attended a free intro talk, then after looking into a few other options, I decided to jump in for a series of classes to get me started.

I felt I needed something to help focus my energy and I was in search of a practice that I could commit to regularly. Something I could easily integrate into my life now. 

In this tradition, one is given a mantra that will carry you through your life. Anyone I've asked that has been given one and taught the basics of meditation in this tradition, remembers theirs, even if they have lost their daily practice, the mantra they remember. I mention this because I have a fear of forgetting things, so it was a matter of great importance to me that I could retain this even if I lost my train of practice along the way. We are instructed not to write it down or share it with anyone, not that there is anything specifically meaningful in words themselves. They are more so sounds, that can morph and reshape as time goes on, just a means to an end, not a reason in itself. I liked the license to lose it and possibly misremember it, but I imagine if I keep up the practice, twice daily, I will also remember it when I'm asked decades from now.

By being brought into the fold, one is encouraged to join for group meditations at least through the first year, to help keep the momentum and let the practice stick. I often think of myself as a lone wolf, but I see the value of meditating in a group. It will also help me to give my schedule more structure, which I crave after years of living as an artist, then as a freelancer, and now my own boss. I need and like some structure to my days, which this practice is giving me. 

There are meant to be endless possibilities of benefits, but mainly I liked the idea of clearing away old detritus weighing down my mind and the idea of becoming more myself. I think with giving myself over to the serious study of medicine, I lost a bit of my playfulness. Something I want to find again.

In my short time living with meditation in my life, I've made greater efforts to get back in touch with my artist side. A side that feeds my imagination, heart and soul. I hope to report back in a few months that I have created a habit of meditation, but the rest I'll just wait to find out. Expectations seem to be the death of things, so I will put in the time and see...

If you are curious about Vedic meditation and want to attend a free talk, write me and I will send you information.

Also, I wanted to share a website, where you can sign up for a daily thought written by Jeff Kober, delivered to your inbox. The day I signed up there was a beautiful message and reminder that really resonated. Here is the thought I want to start every morning with:

Today I will see you for what you really are. I will see past all the differences we have in order to recognize within you what I feel also is within me–something divine, something at one with the All–and even if I can’t fully see it, I can behave as if I do.

-From http://jeffkobermeditation.com/2016/02/i-am-not-this-body-february-20-2016/

 

Happy New Year!

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How Facial Acupuncture Can Help

This summer, we were visited by Noel Duan of Yahoo Beauty. She recently published a piece called " If Western Dermatology Has Failed You, Try Acupuncture" inspired by her treatment and experience with Truing Acupuncture.

What she learns is about how the face is a reflection of your overall wellness. The skin of the face and neck are more delicate than the rest of the body, so will show imbalances more obviously. Since your face is your public relations aspect of your body, this is very important to keep clear and healthy. This is a great time to try Facial Acupuncture, which is a holistic acupuncture treatment that focuses on helping you show your best face!

Read more here!