Archive for April 2011

Full Moon Meditation in Himalayan Traditon

Invitation

Invite your mind and body to come sit with Swami Veda Bharati on the Full Moon Meditation.

Where

Come to the place where you are simply able to sit comfortably.  Use you’re own location where you will not be disturbed.

When

Sunday, April 17th

USA time zone is 7pm Pacific Standard Time

Check here for other time zones

Helpful Guidelines

No experience is needed.  Just find your place you can sit with the least disturbance.  Many people will comfortably sit in a chair (not against the back of the chair, more towards the front 1/2)

  • Bring the mind to withdraw from the outside and come inside
  • Sit with the head-neck and trunk in a straight line
  • Relax systematically from head to toe and toe to head
  • Establish diaphragmatic breathing at the navel center–breathe through the nostrils
  • Breath Smoothly, Deeply, Noiselessly and CONTINUOUSLY (beginners just observe the breath and relax, advanced students do the same and the breath then becomes this above described flow)
  • Be mindful of the flow of the breath at the nostrils
  • Allow thoughts to come and go and bring your attention back to the breath
  • Enjoy
  • http://www.globalmeditationsite.org/

These are the basic guidelines to use without a mantra or sound

Mantra Guidelines

  • Establish the above and use the observation of the mantra with the flow of the breath
  • Use any name of the Divine that you regularly use
  • Use a simple breathing mantra like So-Ham (pronounced soooo–huuummm)-Exhale ham and Inhale so
  • Use any mantra given to you in an initiation
  • All sounds are to be heard in the mind not with the lips, tongue or throat

Conclusion

Remember to make this sitting

  • Simple
  • Enjoyable

You don’t need to analyze or learn or do anything.  In fact you are at an advantage if you know nothing about meditation and simple sit and observe your breath–over and over again.

Swami Veda says to invite the mind to sit down at the calm flowing stream of the breath–it will take you inwards to this still and quiet place that we all have and share.

Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

 

 

Please see the following excerpted from Question and Answer session with Swami Veda in 2008

Question

You encourage us to meditate on the full moon day. Through the meditation we are connected. You are in India and we are in Taiwan. What is the mechanism by which this happens?

 

Swami Veda

I am sitting here and you are sitting two meters from me. That is quite a long distance! And we are connected. How does this happen? If you are sitting behind that pillar, how does that connection happen?  Your body is limited in space and time. It has dimensions, a past, a present and a future, and you think you are a body. So long as you think you are a body, you will not understand the connections that exist in the universal mind. When you and I are meditating together, and there are periods of silence, we are connected. Because at that time, you are not thinking of the body, you are purely in the mind. So when you will learn about your mind and soul, you will know that there are no distances the universe. If a master was sitting in a galaxy, one trillion light years away, and you were sitting on this mustard seed-sized planet, the connection would still be there. And when the master is not in the body, the connection is still there. In fact, the true traditions of this earth are still being passed on, mainly by the disembodied masters. They are the ones who have brought you here. Somebody dreams something, somebody gets a very strong feeling inside. Something inside you says, “Let’s go and meditate for fifteen days in Rishikesh.” From where does that feeling arise in you? Who make you think that thought? You think it was your own inclination.

 

But there is some greater hand that is guiding you. There are times when people come to Rishikesh who do not know anything about this ashram. Somebody in Brazil gets a strong feeling to go to India and go to Rishikesh. The lady arrives and goes and sits down in a hotel. She does not know where to go. Seven days she sat in her hotel room. Then she got tired of sitting in the room, so she came out and started walking. Or took a vehicle, which stopped somewhere, and she started walking, and she sees the ashram and just walks in. Somebody from the reception says, “Swamiji, there us a lady here from Brazil, and she is leaving for Delhi and the airplane tonight.” I called her to my chamber. She speaks Portuguese but she understands Spanish. I gave her five minutes of meditation, and that was enough, her purpose of coming was fulfilled. And she meditates impressively.

 

Why ask about Full Moon Meditations? Somebody is broadcasting in a machine in Moscow, or Washington or Beijing. And you are hearing it in Taiwan. The person who does not know about radio waves wonders, “How does this happen?” It is not coming over some wires, but the instrument is tuned to the waves, because those waves are everywhere. So your mind is everywhere. Understand the nature of the mind. How is it that a mother is sitting in her house and her child is in an accident. And she gets this strong feeling inside, and she runs out and finds her child. How is the connection established?

 

Because it is a link of love between the two minds the mind of the mother and the mind of the child. The mind of the masters and those who are serving the masters their mind is a motherly mind. If you are not a mother, you cannot be a teacher. When taking a teacher training program here, whether you are male or female, learn to be a mother. A mother to anyone who passes by you. A mother to anyone who comes to your class. A mother to anyone who has any suffering. A mother to anyone who has any need. Then you are a teacher. And the persons should feel that they are being mothered. So the connection between the mater’s mind and your mind is like the connection between a mother’s mind and your mind.

 

Please understand that this mind is not something limited to the size of your body. Your mind is not some kind of liquid or solid that is poured into the vessel of your skull, and kept there with a tight lid. Like the radio waves, your mind is an all pervading wave. You are a wave in the universal mind, and you are also the wave that is the universal mind. Can you take a piece of chalk or pencil and draw a boundary line between two waves in a river? Can you draw a line between two waves in the sea and say, “Wave number one, you stay on this side, and wave number two, you stay on that side. This is my country and that is your country?” Can you do that? You cannot do that. The energy is not in the shape of the water. The energy is that, because of which, the water becomes the wave. So the wave of your mind, and the wave of another’s mind touch each other. When the one mind wave and the other mind wave touch each other, and know that they are loving and embracing a fellow mind wave; when they know that it is the light waves of the mind that are embracing each other what is that called? That touching of the minds, that hugging and embracing of the minds? What is the name for that embrace? It is called love.

 

And when you truly love, you can sense what is happening with the object of your love, even a thousand miles away. How does that connection happen? It happens even in those who do not understand that they are not the body. It happens even in those who do not understand the universality of the mind principle. And it happens much more in those who have understood the universality of the mind principle. When you understand that, then you are a teacher. Not because you can recite the relaxation exercise. If you are not a mother to the person you are teaching, then you are not a teacher. You be the mother mind and let that person be the child mind.

 

Please kindly visit the following for additional information on the full moon meditation (also see their home pages)

http://swamiveda.org/html/full_moon_meditation_dates.html

http://www.globalmeditationsite.org/

http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Index-of-Practices/full-moon-meditation.html

http://www.themeditationcenter.org/jnana/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=90&Itemid=87

http://www.bindu.org/index.php?/icalrepeat.detail/2011/04/17/58/full-moon-meditations-with-swami-veda-bharati.html

http://www.himalayanyogatradition.com/

http://www.swamivedablog.org/

 

 

Myth of Maximum Heart Rate

Question

What should my target heart rate be for safe exercise now that I’m reaching into my 60’s? or now that I’m ….?

Answer Part 1

There has been a consensus from people in medicine and in the various fields of exercise training that your maximum heart is determined by the following formula:

220 minus your age =’s Maximum Heart Rate

Then you take a percentage of that to arrive at your target heart rate for training.  Let’s first look at this formula stated above.

Background

This formula has been too casually utilized.  It has been promulgated as being scientific and over time has become the erroneous guideline for many in determining individual training levels.

It was founded in 1970 by Dr William Haskell.  There is a very good article in the New York Times that challenges this myth of maximum heart rate.  Below are excerpts from it:

The common formula was devised in 1970 by Dr. William Haskell, then a young physician in the federal Public Health Service and his mentor, Dr. Samuel Fox, who led the service’s program on heart disease. They were trying to determine how strenuously heart disease patients could exercise…

The subjects were never meant to be a representative sample of the population, said Dr. Haskell, who is now a professor of medicine at Stanford. Most were under 55 and some were smokers or had heart disease…

…At that point, Dr. Fox suggested a formula: maximum heart rate equals 220 minus age.

But the formula quickly entered the medical literature. Even though it was almost always presented as an average maximum rate, the absolute numbers took on an air of received wisdom in part, medical scientists said, because the time was right.

Answer Part 2

The American College of Cardiologists and the American College of Sports Medicine have come out with different guidelines.  I have seen that the American Heart Association used in the past the old formula.  I don’t know if they are still recommending this 220 minus age, equals your maximum heart rate.

Many have used the Karvonen Formula–See this link for an easy and quick calculation (and calculator)

Heart rate = ((Max HR-Resting HR)*%X/100)+Resting HR. (where %X =%MAX)

There is a great summary on a Wiki page here.  It provides more information than many would want.  It has other measurements and of course you can find the cited references.  Nice job.

So where does that leave us.

Answer Part 3

OK, whenever there are at least three answers proposed, be careful.  That means here, be careful!  I think that we don’t have a simple answer.  Also, we just don’t really know.  So in light of doing a treadmill test or similar at a human performance testing laboratory–what do we do?

We could use our common sense (or uncommon sense, as the case may be).  Take measure of who is asking.  What kind of condition are they in, any medical concerns–use a doctor to rule out medical problems.  What is their exercise history both recent and past composed of. Etc.

I personally like the Karvonen Formula or one of the other similar ones (they seem to differ in the range of standard deviations allowed).  In addition, I also like the Scale of Perceived Exertion.  This scale has shown good reliability with different groups of people–but it has doubt for some populations (caveat emptor).  Many people have derived their own modified Borg Scale.  Different groups have assigned different numbers meaning different levels of exertion.  (here and here for example)  Most importantly find your own subjective report that you can use consistently to gauge your work effort.  Be smart and be aware always.  Don’t use scales of any kind without retesting.

This retesting is important.  By retesting I mean how do you feel after exercising at your level of exertion.  How long does it take for you to recover–both in immediate heart rate (and breathing rate) and in the following days.  How you are sleeping and waking are always good barometers to pay attention to in determining how stressed you have become or not.  Also consider your mood swings and general level of energy.  This evaluation is always seen in our relationships with both are family/friends and in difficult situations especially.

Summary

Training is never done in isolation to how ones heart rate only is responding.  One needs to pay attention.  This attention would benefit by having a check list (hmmm another article someday)

Hopefully some of you will read this article and add what you have found to be important in determining your level of work.  Add your comments below.

Good training–may our hearts expand and receive the benefits of training beyond the base physiological parameters of regular exercise prescription.