Mindfulness Meditation and Compassion Teachings of Sri Amit Ray

Mindfulness is being consciously aware of your thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness meditation enhances the functioning of brain and body. At the end of the day, it’s your kindness and generosity for which you’ll be remembered? Acting compassionately usually means putting others’ needs ahead of your own, prompting yourself to act with kindness often requires not only vigilance but a bit of willpower.

Sri Amit Ray is an inspiration for many and a claimant of compassion, love, positive vibration and simplicity. Dr Ray is an author and a great philanthropist. His words give inspiration to millions. His work has huge impact to improve the dignity and the worth of humanity. He is strong advocate of non-violence as the way for peace. He has the courage of his convictions.

He is famous across the world for peace, love, compassion, and positive vibrations. He is promoting peace not only in his country but across the world. By his words and efforts Amit Ray helped to make the world a better and safer place.

The life of Sri Amit Ray is full of lessons that inspire people across the world. Here are top 10 lessons to learn from his teachings. Once you learn the lessons, you can apply them in your life at any age and see the benefits to your happiness and well-being.

1. Mindfulness for Family Friends and Relationships

At the end of the day, what matters most are the people in our lives. Put them first every single day. Before work. Before the computer. Before your hobbies. Treat them like they are everything to you. Because they are. Friendships need time and attention. Nurture them like a prized garden. The payoff is so worth it. Mindfulness about our family and friends increases our compassion towards them and the world.

“Family, friends and relationships are the blessings of the God. They are the best way to access God.” – Amit Ray

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2. Kindness matters

Small expressions of kindness have an enormous positive impact on other people. It doesn’t take much to be kind. Practice it every day, in every situation, until it’s your natural way of being.

“Kindness has no religion. Religions are like narrow tracks but kindness is like an open sky.” – Amit Ray

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3. Passion upgrades life

When you find that thing you love to do with all your heart, every day feels like a gift. If you have a powerful purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will move you there. The joy it brings spills over into all aspects of your life.

“If you haven’t found your passion, make it a goal to find it. Passion is the source of joy.” — Amit Ray

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4. Never give up be persistent

We should persistently pursue whatever goals we have set for ourselves until we reach our intended destination and achieve our dreams. Let go of the fantasy of being instantly successful, and choose instead to be reliably successful. With consistent and persistent effort.

“Success needs vision to see, passion to transcend, patience to withstand and the character to overcome failures.” – Amit Ray

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5. Ignite the divine sparks in you

Inner strength, often called “resilience,” is the ability to cope with the stressful situations that life throws at us. Building inner strength begins with simple actions or thoughts that your child practices, such as planning for what to do next and learning to accept change. Keep going, keep learning, keep making improvements, one effort at a time.

“Stand up for who you are. Respect your Self and ignite the divine sparks in you. Access your powers. Choose your rights and work together with others to bring blessings into the lives.” – Amit Ray

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6. Listen to our inner voice and find peace

We call it inner voice, inner guide, spiritual guide,a hunch, an impression or conscious mind. It is more about gut feeling than a voice or words. Normally, If you are superficial or too fast it could easily have turned out to be wrong. It needs training and patience. Don’t try to figure it out in the heat of the moment. It needs time. Becoming aware of your inner thoughts and it will free you of its power and improve the accuracy of your inner voice.

“Art of listening inner voice needs training, patience and time.” — Amit Ray

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7. Living in harmony with thoughts, words and actions

Some things which disturbs your harmony come from outside ourselves, and therefore outside of our control. However, while we cannot control these outside influences, we can control how we react to them. It’s true, you can control how you react. It might not be easy, but it can be done.

“Mindfulness helps us to live in harmony with our thoughts, words and actions.” — Amit Ray
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8. Inner strength is more important

Strength is choosing what is right despite the choice being difficult. There is always a subtle voice which stops you from making the wrong decision. But the problem is that in the big noise of thoughts roaming inside the mind, this subtle inner voice at times is not heard and at times people choose to ignore it.

“Every struggle is like mud – there are always some lotus seeds waiting to sprout.” — Amit Ray

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9. Accept and welcome the changes in life

Life is change. We shouldn’t resist it. Remaining stagnant is in opposition to the natural order of life. Flow with change. Embrace it and regard it as an adventure. To make positive change in your life, you often must take risk. You must tolerate some level of uncertainty. Taking thoughtful, calculated risk strengthens your change muscle and helps you grow.

“In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.” — Amit Ray

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10. Honor the uniqueness of the people

We want people to think and behave as we do. We want them to accommodate us and live the way we think they should live. We want to change them. But with awareness, we realize we can’t and shouldn’t try to control others. Instead, embrace differences and honor the uniqueness of the people in your life.

“Every life has a unique story. Every path has its unique beauty.” — Amit Ray

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No matter where you are on life’s journey right now, you can claim your inner power and create the life you’ve always wanted. Mindfulness and compassion can give you the power, illumination, love, and wisdom to draw higher forms, thoughts, feelings, and situations into your life.

“Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.” – Amit Ray
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I hope that my learning and explaining of Sri Amit Ray’s teachings about mindfulness and compassion might make it easier for you to figure similar things out for yourself. I’ve found that hearing about others experiences can often spark something in me that suddenly causes it to all make sense. Feel free to share your own experiences with mindfulness and compassion in the comments. I’d love to compare notes with you!

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Mindfulness Meditation in Daily Life

“Mindfulness Mediation” or Vipassana Meditation  is a capacity for heightened present-moment awareness that we all possess to a greater or lesser extent.  “Mindfulness” are particularly effective, because they aim at changing the underlying beliefs and patterns of negative thinking that create the anxiety.  Essentially, you learn how to focus mindfulness on the underlying core emotions and make them the primary object of your meditation.  Generally, it is what is not seen that has most power over you, and mindfulness meditation is directed at exploring the structure of our inner feelings in great detail.

Training this capacity seems to have a quieting effect on brain areas associated with our subjective appraisal of our self. By considering thoughts and feelings as transitory mental events that occur, but are separate from the self, people are able to lessen their hold on their worries and positive mental health outcomes follow. Mindfulness can be as simple as just watching the breathing.
Even the most basic tasks such as washing  the clothes can consume so much emotional energy that it simply becomes easier to give up. So much emotional energy is expended in this endless worrying that we are left feeling completely drained and fatigued, which makes us even less able to cope.
However, what is even more important than the thoughts or beliefs at the core of anxiety conditions are the emotions, the feeling energy that empowers those thoughts and beliefs. This is what we address in Mindfulness Meditation.
When you develop a mindfulness-based relationship with your inner emotions you set up a completely different inner environment that greatly facilitates transformation, resolution and healing of the emotional constructs of anxiety and fear. The simple fact is that reactivity inhibits change, while mindfulness promotes change and healing. You first learn to recognize the impulse to react with fear or panic as it arises, and to respond at a very early stage to the impulse with mindful-attention. This simple action stops the reactivity proliferating into worry and negative thinking, and opens up a brief moment of choice, a space before the reaction takes off. This is the beginning of the de-conditioning process. With practice you can develop and lengthen this space, especially in mindfulness meditation sessions, which become practice grounds for developing new ways of responding to your emotions and the associated external situations.
As you develop this space, what is called the “therapeutic space of mindfulness,” you create an opportunity in which the trapped emotional energy that powers the reactions can unfold, unwind and become much more malleable. This inner freedom allows emotions to change and transform, which eventually leads to their resolution. We all know the importance of “facing our feelings.” Well Mindfulness Meditation provides the method and details of how to do that, and in a way that leads to beneficial change, rather than simply re-experiencing the emotional reactivity. It is a well-established fact that Exposure Therapy, in which you deliberately make controlled contact with your fear or phobia, is an essential part of healing, but the whole point of such therapy is not to simply re-experience the trauma, but to experience it differently. Mindfulness allows you to do this very effectively, and with your mind will rapidly learn new perceptions and new pathways of experiencing that are not based on emotional reactivity but on balanced responsiveness. This in turn naturally leads to more functional and more positive thinking and more useful core beliefs that are empowered by positive emotional energy, rather than the previous negative energy.
How to Do Mindfulness Meditation:
1. The techniques of mindful meditation is not new. You  just find a quiet and cozy place. Sit in a chair or at the floor along with your head, neck and back straight but not stiff.
2. Try and set aside all thoughts of the past and the longer term and stay within the present.
3. Discover your breathing, targeting the feeling of air moving out and in of your body as you breathe. Feel your belly rise and fall, the air enter your nostrils and leave your mouth. Listen in on the way in which each breath changes and is different.
4. Watch every thought come and go, whether or not it’s a worry, fear, anxiety or hope. When thoughts arise to your mind, don’t ignore or suppress them but simply note them, remain calm and use your breathing as an anchor.
5. If you end up getting over excited to your thoughts, observe where your mind went off to, without judging, and easily return for your breathing. Remember to not be hard on yourself if this occurs.

Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation:
Mindfulness gives rise to insights which ripen into wisdom, because the more deeply and clearly we are able to observe the reality of our mind body and world, the more we will understand how and why things are as they are.

Here are 10 benefits to practice mindfulness meditation.

  1. Increases grey-matter density in the hippocampus (an area of the brain known to be important for learning and memory) and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.
  2. Reduces Anxiety Disorders, Including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  3. Reduces Sleep Problems
  4. Improve focus, concentration, and precision.
  5. Improves Relationship Issues
  6. Enhance the quality of communications and relationships.
  7. Deepen peace of mind and sense of flow
  8. Deepen insight and intuitive wisdom.
  9. Awaken more authenticity, heart, soul, and caring in our lives and work.
  10. Increases strengthen faith and self-confidence.