Ego Identification

Ego identification seems perfectly normal to most of us. It’s so much the default that we scarcely question it. It is in these small internal dialog of thoughts the labels we give ourselves become opinions, and become subtle self rejections & criticism. 

The ego erects boundaries that can lead to us feeling isolated from the people around us, and disconnected from nature and even ourselves

Much of our time, energy & efforts in this world seems to be directed at driving towards the positive labels & running away from the negative labels. So you are constantly actually just trying to win a game of labels which is also something hypothetical.

This game of the ego is played constantly as the mind wants to keep you occupied & will actually never make you feel not satisfied, unhappy, not content, ungrateful. This is toxic. 

This shadow work refers to the dark aspects of the personality. The ego finds these dark aspects of the personality undesirable, and thus banishes them to the unconscious. However, they return with a vengeance, with a sort of demonic quality.  In psychological terms, they may return with an obsessive or possessive quality.

“Closer examination of the dark characteristics– that is, the inferiorities constituting the shadow– reveals that they have an emotional nature, a kind of autonomy, and accordingly an obsessive or, better, possessive quality.”

Carl Jung

How to override this obsessive game of ego you may ask? 

Choose passion over purpose, stop doing the self talk constantly, put in the hard work & constantly learn to manage yourself with awareness, don’t get lost in the constant noise of your own head – bring yourself back – meditation helps build this process subtly. 

10MIN in silence everyday noticing what you think – This exercise should be done actually in every minuscule second we breathe, think, move but starting with a practice of 10 minutes will just put us on this slow & fulfilling journey. 

When triggered, breathe through it rather than reacting + notice how you feel. We are often reactive and not reflective. We are conditioned to believe that an immediate response to any situation is idealistic. But is it really? Wouldn’t we be clear, much better in our decision making capabilities if we choose to reflect & to take a moment in stillness and allow ourselves to truly see the truth.The truth that is not only ours but also what the experience might let reveal. So here you are presented with a way of looking at two sides or perspectives of the story. 

When you speak about other people, notice the way you describe them: this will show you what you believe to be true (or not true about yourself) – Often we receive what we believe about ourselves and then project this outwards. There is no understanding here, there is only projecting. 

What We See In Others Is A Reflection

Life is a delicate process of working to better ourselves. Sometimes this entails healing pieces of ourselves to allow that betterment to unfold. Other times, it means stretching ourselves into new levels by shining light & bringing forth our good qualities.

Be mindful of how often you give advice rather than just sit in silent support: this is ego projection – The mind also often tries to define our own experiences for others. If we are unaware of our shadowy emotions, they are likely to be projected outward onto others and the world around us. With projection, we experience not only a diminishment of self-knowledge, but a diminishment of our relationship to the world around us. 

So if I’m not my ego, then who or what am I? My conclusion is that what I really am is my awareness. That has to be my real identity. 

What a liberation to realise that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then? ‘ The one who sees that

Eckhart Tolle

Lasting happiness starts with constant checks on your ego awareness. 

So start today as you peel the layers of ‘it’ (the ego self) which will reveal over time, with over thousands of experiences, with over non judgemental presence & awareness of the self in every situation in everyday life to give you a true sense of real happiness. 

Learn how do push the Clock Backwards

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.”

Homer

The problem with changing our body clocks is that we are throwing our circadian rhythm out of whack. Circadian rhythm is our body’s internal clock. It’s set by the light and keeps our body running efficiently. In the fall, losing an hour of evening light can actually affect your mood.

Hospitals report that complaints of depressive symptoms actually increase around 11% right after we set our clocks back for the fall.

Why does this happen?

Vitamin D levels increase & exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm & focused. Sunlight actually acts on our eyes and our skin to increase our serotonin — the happy hormone. If we spend less time in the sun, we get less of that hormone that helps us feel good.

The correlation of light & mood is dependent on the body’s natural response mechanisms to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter which helps to elevate the mood & melatonin, a hormone which promotes sleep. When the body recognizes sunlight through the optic nerve, the gland in the brain which regulates melatonin slows its function & serotonin levels increase. When light is diminished, the body increases the secretion of melatonin & the secretion of serotonin is conversely slowed.

When you’re exposed to light, your brain stops producing melatonin, the sleep hormone. This makes you feel awake and alert. Darkness tells your brain to make more melatonin, so you feel drowsy. 

So in the morning draw the curtains & expose yourself to light it will light you up & in the night dim off the bright lights it will help you cosy away like a tuned clock. 

Sleep is the best meditation – Dalai Lama

Try going to bed an hour early than you usually do 🛏

Switch off all electromagnetic devices around you such as mobile phone, wifi, television when sleeping to avoid irregular sleep cycle & high electromagnetic radiation which disturbs the sleep cycle 📶

Have a camomile tea right before falling asleep, avoid exposure to light right tea ☕️ before bed, avoid noise / loud sounds. 

Try cooling down the temperature of your body – a cold shower helps immensely 🚿

Eat early so you body isn’t busy digesting food while it’s trying to sleeping 😴

Lastly very importantly relaxation techniques – creating a bedtime ritual which involves deep breathing 🧘‍♀️ & stretching can help. 

And if you still have trouble sleeping then you need to reset your circadian rhythm & with the help of a zero stimulus environment.

Accessing the sensory deprivation tank at any of our centres (Mumbai / Bangalore / Gurgaon NCR) would be an ideal setup helping reduce stress, keeping you healthier, happier & feeling light. The zero stimulation (means no light, sound, smell, taste, touch) in the tank recreates a REM state which means that you accessed 4 Hours of REM sleep in 60MIN sessions. The first period of REM typically lasts 10 minutes as compared to now you are speeding up the process to cycle back into recovery for blissful stress free sleep states.  

NFL coaches report they are replacing sleep with a float tank also to recover faster & get rid of stress jitters before an important game. 

Get back into the amazing cycle of your body’s natural circadian rhythm now. Sleep is the golden chain that ties health & our bodies together.

Do try these tips & let us know which one worked for you? 

Know More about accessing a Sensory Deprivation Tank Session in India

Inner Space Exploration (NASA’s Scientific tool for Meditation)

The water is the best medium to reflect the relationship between body & mind.

Have you experienced how it feels like inside a Sensory Deprivation Tank?

There used to be a time, when the outside noise was not hurting us too much… We were connected to nature, had more time for self reflection, the state of samadhi was within our reach. Meditation was easy… The times changed…

We have become more and more bombarded with information.. we became busy in the mind, our connection with the true nature of reality diminished… more and more Illusions (maya) bridled us. simple techniques of Yantra, Tantra, Mantra disappeared. We became insensitive to our own feelings, emotions…  

The Journey outward made more sense than the journey inward… 

Then came science and technology… And with science came brilliant minded neuro-scientists like Dr. John C. Lilly. In 1950’s while working with NASA , He developed a technology called ‘ Sensory deprivation tanks ‘ to test the Astronauts’ response to long space flights and lack of sensory stimuli in space travel. 

What is a Sensory deprivation tank? 

In 1954 he invented the world’s first floatation tank, an enclosed saline bath designed for intensive study of human consciousness when deprived of as much external stimulus as possible. This study was further extended in the physiology as the researchers kept exploring this unique soundless lightless space and its effects on human body and the mind itself.

Over the years there are 4000 + peer studies and researches showing us amazing benefits of floatation technique itself. Also called as R.E.S.T. (Reduced environmental stimulation technique) the effects of the floatation tanks show us amazing results on human consciousness and physiology.

Floatation tanks or sensory deprivation tanks are a water based environment where you lie down in 10 to 12 inches of water in a pod or a room. The water body that is nearly 2000 Litres, is added with 750 to 800 KG of Epsom Salt / Magnesium Sulfate, makes you float ‘effortlessly’ in zero gravity. The light switch inside the float tank can be switched off ‘at your comfort’ allows to you darken the room fully and the water is heated and maintained to your body’s average temperature.

Your brain now gets the the chance to disconnect from the constant bombardment of sensory input and enhance your ability to be cognitive, mindful and introspective. The Biotec grade concentrated Epsom salt solution contains essential Magnesium sulphate minerals that leave you feeling deeply relaxed and vibrant as the tension in your body melts away and your body releases amazing energy. There is simply no other technology or environment that can stimulate these evolutionary effects. Your spine decompresses by about a 2 Centimeters in zero gravity releasing all the tensions we hold in our spine. The epsom salt relaxes central nervous system fully, Making us relax our body fully.

The sensory reduction technique frees our brain from clogged, unnecessary random memories and data. Making us free from unwanted thought structures like stress and anxiety. With Deeper theta state activation, your body finds a way to reaching a state of homeostasis, a state in which your bodily systems are able to reset and to calibrate to it’s optimum functioning. A deep meditative environment first makes you self aware of the state you are in. Answers about how to correct this state lie deep inside of you.

As you float more & more regularly, you find these answers for yourself, and you can correct the self & become your own guru by achieving the Let go & finally letting go the idea of letting go.

Amitabh Swetta

Optimal body position for relaxation – To dive deep into meditation, one’s body need to be fully relaxed. When your body is not comfortable, those feelings will interfere with the practice.  

Normally, a meditator will need some months or even years of practicing just to be comfortable with the sitting position. The pain and unease often force people out of meditation after just 30 minutes or less. They are unnecessary obstacles for your mind, making it hard to achieve true meditative state or stillness of the mind.

Inside the float tank, you float on the water surface. It feels like there’s nothing underneath you. This unique position help your body to fully relax but keep your mind awake. Your head is on the water, there is a small flicker of awareness that let you know you are on the water, so you cannot fall into unconscious sleep.

The warm & embracing environment of the float will give you a sense of security & familiarity after just 2 session. It greatly shorten the time required to get familiarised with the meditative state.

Perfectly still environment, even more quiet than meditation schools, monasteries, etc. can be found inside a Sensory Deprivation Tank

Because of the unique design, there is no light or sound inside the tank. There’s nobody to disturb you, no wind breezing, no bird chirping, no external sight that distract, no sweat dripping, no mosquitoes or small insect that crawl on your body.

Inside the tank, you are truly isolated from all external stimulations.

The water is the best medium to reflect the relationship between body & mind.

The body, especially the act of breathing, has a deep connection with your mind. When your mind is filled with anger, your breath becomes heavier. When you are relaxed & calm, your breath becomes light, slow, gentle.

Floating on the water surface, every breath you take will move your body, up and down. Inside the tank, you can feel these delicate movements very easily. From that you can see the connection between your body and your mind. Every time your mind wanders, your body will respond appropriately. 

Lose & Collapse the Sense of time

Sense of time is one of the greatest barrier for a meditator. The act of staying still, doing nothing for an extended period of time is something our mind not used to. We get bored, we feel it’s been a long time when in fact it’s just 10 or 15 minutes.

The sense of time comes from our awareness of the change in our body and external environment. Inside the float tanks, the amount of information come into our mind is vastly limited so we can’t sense time anymore. That’s why its so easy to overcome the boredom when one start practicing meditation.

Meticulous preparation gives rise to Determination

One quality a meditator must practice is patience & determination. With patience we can overcome the urge to stand up, do something else and distract ourself from the meditation practice.

As float tank is a complicated equipment and sensory deprivation is a very special therapy, you need to be well prepared for a float, no food, no caffeine, no alcohol, be on time, be clean. You also have to pay for the float so you’ll want it to be worth the money. That will make you more attentive and determined. You will turn off your phone, set aside a time for yourself with absolutely no distraction.

For that reason, once you get into the float tank, your body and mind will be ready to fully concentrate on the act of meditation, creating a good mindset for achieving your goal. Understanding that floatation tanks can make a difference, But Amitabh Swetta, Founder of 1000 Petals.in says that one needs to use them regularly to 

“Peel off the masks we wear on ourselves & understand the true nature of your Reality”. 

To get into this transformational tool that science gifts us, visit here on http://www.1000petals.in or call us Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bangalore. 

Feel Free to ask any questions you have in mind, We are always here to help you Evolve, Ascend, Elevate….

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