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Arpan

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Conscious Mental Rest (CMR)
« on: December 31, 2017, 08:39:51 AM »
This technique has been developed by Gavin Hoole, an ex TM practitioner. It falls in the family of Non Directive Meditation(NDM) and is said to have similar level of relaxation-beyond-thought as TM(one of the first NDM's popularised in the West). Its 8 part audio instructions are mailed for free after registration at:
http://www.unlock-your-happiness.com/learn-conscious-mental-rest.html
The audios are directed at a rank beginner with childlike metaphor of busy mall for a mind etc which many may find helpful.
However, if you can pick it up from here, these are the instructions:
1. Sit comfortably, take a few deep breaths and relax.
2. Find your "Attention Comfort Zone"(ACZ). It is the area where your eyes rest naturally when you close them. Just close your eyes, let go off any control over eye and facial muscles and observe where they rest. ACZ will usually be in the general area right in front of your eyes.
3. Once ACZ is determined, do nothing aka just look at that area with "soft, restful, natural gaze"(with eyes closed). Let thoughts, emotions, sensations happen.
4. When you realise that you are *engaged* in a thought(such engagement, would make your eyes drift away from ACZ), just turn your awareness back to the ACZ and rest it there.
5. If a sensation in body, generated via an emotion or a physiological reason that is just too strong to be ignored, turn your awareness to it gently, and rest on it till it weakens or disappears. Then return to being aware of your ACZ.

This tech is very good for those who don't have a knack for Do Nothing(purest NDM) and wanna get a feel of it. It has an extremely gentle touch of direction(like TM/NSR have via a mantra used in a very special way).
Its initial effect is an ultra deep calm in the forehead area extending to the eyes and upper part of the nose-bridge. I tend to feel a pool of cool energy collect in the entire region. This, I find, is very beneficial for those who do work of such nature which strains eyes eg. Heavy computer work, reading etc.
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Re: Conscious Mental Rest (CMR)
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 01:49:59 PM »
Brilliant technique. This is how I used to practise regular meditation before I got sucked into object-based meditations (really, I never used the breath at all, except to start the meditation, since every book I had told me to use the breath). I would just try to "feel right" in the eyes, face, and head. Always worked superbly.

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Re: Conscious Mental Rest (CMR)
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 03:03:44 PM »
The more of these you post the more I realize I was naturally NDM, and that many of my written-up techs have been "retconned" into directive lingo following my exposure to Buddhism.

Top things that dragged me off my natural practice path:

1) Anapanasati/ breath as object. When starting out the breath was something I paid attention to a few times before letting it go and doing, basically, the CMR above. This would lead to jhana.

2) Drugs. Screws up your brain.

3) MCTB insight. Just poison for the soul.

4) Posture obsession. Turns out holistic practices that put the right brain in charge, including CMR, "unwind" fascia for you in order of importance.

5) Various philosophical misdirections, i.e. not understanding what I should be aiming for. E.g. the first several years were all about recreating the MDMA state to go after girls. Later on, No Self left me feeling despondent. Finally, Maitreya Ishwara's god/ true self concept was good enough for me, combined with LuminousBliss's descriptions of permabliss, opening heaven's gate, etc. etc.

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Re: Conscious Mental Rest (CMR)
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 04:44:42 PM »
Well hindsight is always wiser. And whatever you said comes with the territory of not having:
1. a guru
2. a natural disinclination towards the hedonistic stuff you mentioned.
3. a culture around you that is suitable for contemplative practices.
Atleast 1 of these is required for a smooth experience of Yoga
I have 2 and a bit of 3.

Also, dabbling into Buddhism is very natural as it provides fodder for the heavily left brained modern western society.

Everybody is actually NDM because True Self is forever engaged in NDM. Thus, Shikantaza/Dzogchen etc are called Being Buddha/Sitting in Enlightenment itself.

I see it as:
How would a Buddha react right now if he were put in my body and mind ? He would be unmoved by all hindrances therein. That is exactly what Do Nothing is. In that manner it is called Silent Illumination.

Also, I don't really think there is such a thing as:
NDM vs DM

NDM is a mother-attitude. It is going back to your nature. Then if you are meant to be a warrior, you will fight effortlessly. If you are meant to be a silent yogi, you will sit for the rest of your life effortlessly. Thus as I stated here:
http://www.personalpowermeditation.com/forum2/general-basic/ingram-on-depression-and-psychological-problems-wtf/msg338/#new

NDM settles your being in Silence, where Inspiration/intuition/revelations from your deepest being or God come to you. These "prompts" give you the knowledge about the right course of action(somtimes even the kind of spiritual practice suitable for you) and the energy to pursue it. This is essentially the form that being a "person in grace" or "omnipotence" initially takes. Yogis say that if you become totally receptive, the "guidance" can guide you in the minutest and most mundane of activities.
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