10,000 Hours

10,000 hours. Currently there are some teachings in the world telling people that the state of conscious presence is available to all of us through meditation. The idea is that 10,000 hours of proper meditation practices will lead any human being to the state of conscious presence.  We learn to apply meditation practices to our daily routines, work, hobbies, sounds, nature, etc.  Our time spent in these daily meditations, contributes to the 10,000 hours that is believed necessary to be separated from the conditioned programmed mind.

We remind ourselves about meditation every day. We practice daily using the things that happen around us such as sounds, objects, smells, etc. as the focus for our meditations. We meditate by focusing our attention in observing and acknowledging the stream of thought and then return our attention to the focus of whatever we are choosing to meditate on in the moment. If the mind pulls us into more thinking, as soon as we realized we’ve been pulled in, we bring ourselves back to the subject of our focus. The only thing that we are adding to our day is the observation of the stream of thought; the more we observe, the more we separate from it. As we separate from the stream, clear concise thinking, comes to the forefront of our lives. We then experience peace, love and joy beyond our previous understanding.

A simple meditation:  throughout your day, here and there, when it comes to your mind or not, use routine daily tasks such as cooking, washing your hands, repetitive tasks that you regularly perform as objects of your meditation. Do your duties (joyfully) and include your awareness of the thoughts that come and go. Do it enough that change comes to your life. You wake up. It’s a new day! Your day!

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Inner peace may mean different things to different people. Some may believe that inner peace is different for all of us, which can also make defining inner peace a challenge. For many of us, the desire for inner peace can be clouded by definition or in our inability to possess the knowledge to find such a state of being. For myself, inner peace is a mental state of being not clouded by the repetitive conditioned programmed thinking of my mind. A state of being where my true conscious self is separate from the manipulation of my thought stream. Like too many people, I had a rough start. I was raised in the 1960s during a time where the line between discipline and abuse had not yet been drawn by society and where, in many homes, neglect and victimization was the norm. In too many arenas, it is still the same for many unfortunate children and young people today. As a result of the environment I was raised in, I spent most of my twenties in a state of mental anguish. At the age of 27 I came to the understanding that abusing drugs and alcohol was not the answer for dealing with a tortured mind, and though I was able to accomplish and attain many material things that the world had to offer, I wanted something more, inner peace. After being diagnosed with institutional grade PTSD and several sever forms of depression, I decided to take on the challenge of psychoanalytic therapy. For 13 years, I worked with therapists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and medical doctors to address the disorders that were the result of my upbringing. I included personal studies of psychology and human behavior to add more knowledge in my pursuit of wellness. By the age of 40, as I had always done, I was sharing the knowledge I had gained and my life experience with others with similar situations to my own. Despite my efforts, I could still not separate from the mind of a manic depressive. I could not attain inner peace. My desire for inner peace led me to meditation. Meditation is a practice that separates us from the workings of the conditioned programmed mind and the endless stream of thought. After several months of mediation studies and practice, I began to feel the separation of my true self from the confines and mental torture of my own mind. At that moment a new, although difficult, journey had begun. I spent years of riding the roller-coaster of mental anguish and peace as I continued my struggle to mental freedom. Now, 18 years since my meditation studies commenced, I find myself in a state of conscious presence that allows me to live peacefully with a mind suffering from mental illness. My journey has included sharing my knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the mind with others to help them attain peace and joy as I have; aiding them in their quest to escape the suffering of the confines of their programmed conditioned minds. I have recently taken my teaching to a new level, carrying myself as a published writer, teaching mediation and sharing the knowledge of the ability for each and every one of us to achieve our natural state of being, which is peace, love and joy.

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