Spark the Flame Vlog 7 – How to meditate…for beginners

Your Thought Vessel

These are the thoughts that appear in your awareness. They affect you greatly, how you act, how you progress. They affect your perspective, which creates the canvass for your world.

When you say “I suck at this” or “I’m not good enough”, if you feel and believe what you are saying, you brain makes it so. Your brain will work and work constantly to build you into what you wish (think), it truly is the greatest muscle.

Normal muscles go only in so many directions, but the brain can take you to anywhere you tell it to.

To improve you must remove all negative influences in your life. They each are like holes in your vessel, no matter how small, they work only to impede your progress. The strongest, quickest most reliable vessel is the one with a solid hull; stable, whole, able to master the greatest of storms encountered. Every hole will work to impede you, no matter the size or shape. You must repair each one.

No matter how big or small, all sources of negativity must be replaced with objects/sources of growth.

A Knock At The Door

“We must be watchful, especially in the beginning of temptation;

Because the enemy is easier overcome if he is not suffered to come in at all at the door of the mind, but is kept out at his first knock.

A certain man once said: “withstand the beginning, (because) after the ‘sickness’ has taken vigor from long delay, the remedies come too late”

For first a simple thought comes to mind, then a strong imagination, afterwards delight, and evil motion and consent;

And thus, little by little, the ‘wicked’ enemy gains full entrance when he is not resisted in the beginning;

And the longer a man is negligent in resisting, so much weaker does he daily become in himself and the enemy becomes stronger against him.”

-Thomas A’Kempis (14th century monk)

The Friction Method

The Bow Drill

“The friction method…depends on the fact that two pieces of wood rubbed together at speed will generate enough heat to produce carbonized particles and sparks, which will ignite a ball of dry tinder. The trick lies in not only getting the correct technique but also having the right mindset. You will probably come to understand this when you learn to make fire, and it is also true of other techniques of survival.”

Extreme Survival

The Will to Survive

An excerpt from Extreme Survival:

“Over the years much research has been conducted into why it should be that some people can survive a life-threatening situation when other in the same situation are overwhelmed. Often it is not the strongest or those with the best equipment who make it, although these things undoubtedly make a big difference. Unequivocally, the same conclusion is always reached: the difference between living or dying lies in the mind. The power of mind, the resilience of the human spirit, an unshakable optimism and a mental readiness to handle the unexpected are vital in the ultimate survival situations.

“Naturally some people have these qualities in abundance, but not all. Happily there are skills that can be learned to help us achieve the necessary mental strength. Just as we can repeate movement, like the running action or biceps curl, to make our bodies physically fitter, so the same principle can also be applied to the mind. But as with getting our bodies fitter, we have to work at it and repeat the action to increase our performance.

“…The conclusion I have drawn from my experience…is that training the mind allows us to cope with situations that take us way beyond any mental or physical pain threshold we may have set ourselves, and that these mental skills, once learned, can be applied to all survival situations.

“…The two most important mental strength-building skills that can be developed can be summed up in two words – visualization and attitude.”

-Debra Searle