A Moral life through Meditation According to Plato the human soul strives for three things: wisdom, conquest and gratification. Plato believed that a righteous life is controlled by reason and all three of these elements help one to live a good moral life. Plato’s metaphor of humans living chained in a dimly lit cave facing a blank wall with fire at our back, means to see the truth of reality one needs to turn away from the wall and its shadows escaping the cave. “Anyone who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light,” Plato commented. You will often here the comments “I see the light” or “That was an enlightening moment”. Having a moment of clarity and witnessing a true reality offers a solid foundation for making the right choice to create a good and moral life.
When hearing people talk about meditation they will often say that the goal is to silence your mind when practicing. This takes practice and time, but with this simple exercise you will learn how to slow down the mind and get to a peaceful state. Often if you are new to this practice it may be a bit uncomfortable to let the mind be at rest or quiet. So as you start this practice begin with 5-10 minutes and when this is comfortable move to longer periods of time if you like. Once you have developed this skill you can use this anytime and anywhere. Maybe you need to focus before a big presentation or are feeling anxious or maybe you are having difficulty sleeping this exercise will give you the tools you need to find the needed relaxation to accomplish what needs to be done.
Meditation is important for attaining high levels of success among athletes. Candles were once a popular tool for developing Concentration, Jin (release of power) and Qi (energy) during martial arts training. This candle training is rarely seen today, but can add great value to your meditation practice. I will show you a few examples in this article of how candles can be used to deepen your meditation practice and fine tune your energetic coordination. 1 – Concentration Training The most popular use of the candle in a meditation practice is to visually focus on its flame in order to enhance mental concentration. To start, sit in a dark room and watch a lit candle as you meditate. Focus on the flame; try to notice every detail of how the flame moves. Do this for at least 20 minutes. When in a high-level competition, leading a team, or looking for creative inspiration it is essential to be in the moment and notice every single detail to deliver your best response. In the beginning you will notice that following the flame is not easy and even a few minutes can be quite challenging. Through consistent practice you will be able to develop and maintain focus and concentrate both visually and with your mind. Once you have reached this elevated level of practice […]