The Guru-Free Guide to Nada Yoga: Sound Current Meditation for the Rest of Us, by Bennett Z. Kobb Bennett Z. Kobb, B00SSSZ49I, 36 pp., 2015If you already have an active meditative practice in place and are looking to branch out, The Guru-Free Guide to Nada Yoga: Sound Current Meditation for the Rest of Us is a great resource. What is nada yoga, or in common language, sound current meditation? Bennett Z. Kobb says, “The Sound Current has been called a signal from the Cosmos, the sound of silence, the Word, and the Audible Life Stream. It certainly seems to come from a distant power source, linked in some mysterious way to the energetic core of being.” In short, nada yoga is the act of learning to listen to those inner sounds. It’s just as simple as it sounds, but it has profound implications.Nada yoga divides sounds into two categories: ahata, or external music, and anahata, or internal music. Anahata is also the name for the heart chakra, which is said to receive the inner music. The perception of anahata, which is frequently heard as a ringing in the ears, similar to tinnitus, is a common side effect of rising kundalini, or the onset of enlightenment. Read More
The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: The Buddha's Way of Mindfulness, by Nyanaponika Thera Weiser Books, 9781578635580, 257 pp., 1954, 2014
This book is issued in the deep conviction that the systematic cultivation of Right Mindfulness, as taught by the Buddha in his Discourse on Satipatthana, still provides the most simple and direct, the most thorough and effective, method for training and developing the mind for its daily tasks and problems as well as for its highest aim: mind’s own unshakable deliverance from Greed, Hatred and Delusion.The Heart of Buddhist Meditation is a classic of Western Buddhism from the '50s, which Weiser has just republished on its 50th anniversary. It’s one of the first serious books on Vipassana meditation written for a Western audience. “This is the book that started it all -- the book that, with great clarity and ardour, introduced Vipassana and mindfulness to the West.," says Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness for Beginners. Read More
Technology is supposed to improve our lives by making things easier and more convenient, and save us time, freeing us to do more meaningful things. Yet I have not seen a lot of in-depth analysis of the ways technological advances have impacted the occult student.It's been suggested that binaural beats can act as a shortcut to years of disciplined meditation and yogic techniques, and while I derive massive benefits from a formal sitting meditation practice, I have found that it is not always the most suitable for preparing you for real life. Your mind may be a still clear pond when perched upon a zafu in a temple setting, but that serenity can fly right out the window the first time you get stressed out at work, or get in a fight with your significant other. Read More
punk zen monks, there are also chaote monastics.Are you a bad witch? Bad Witches is a new blog and it's off to a strong start, with posts on hacking the tarot, and what Jove's up to on Thor's day and how you can make harness that money magick goodness. (Or is that badness?)Mindfulness meditation centred around Baphomet? Count me in.Check out Sable Aradia's great two part (so far) series on sex magick, "A Sticky Subject: Teaching Sex Magick: Part I" and "Part II". Important reading. Read More
This question also came in via our newsletter, where we ask, what's the one thing you're struggling with in your practice?
If I have to list one thing that I was struggling with, I would probably have to list discipline (or focus). Life is hectic and there is tremendous amount of info coming down the pike to sort through every day.--UnfocusedThis is something I can definitely relate to -- I'm sure most of us can! Life gets busy, whether with school, work, kids, personal projects or all of the above -- it can be difficult to carve out time to practice.But it's simple really, all you have to do is, you know, do it.Easy peasy, right? You get excited, pumped, start getting really into it. You do all the things. You're great! Centred, perfect, at the top of the world!Until…you slip. And feel crappy because you feel like you can't cut it, and beat yourself up over it. Which leads to avoidance. Which leads to more failure.Aleister Crowley said that 90% of Thelema is self-discipline, and that applies to magical practice too. Here are a few things to think about to help you maintain momentum:Read More