Presence and Mindfulness: the Meditative Value of 108

27th January 2013 By Ethan Indigo Smith Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Eastern theologians long ago began to recognize and utilize numbers for their potential illustration of metaphysical connection and information. 108 is perhaps the ultimate of all such numerical illustrations. Many people believe that those who use numerological symbolism are merely placing value on things in some kind of obsessive compulsive behavior. I have had inner debate on this, as well as discussion of such numerological understandings and have come to the conclusion that such can be obsessive projection, but often it’s not. The numerological metaphysical value of 108 is not originally derived from obsessive projection, no matter how many times people have placed it in such a way. There are some things you simply cannot project or make up. For instance the diameter of the Earth at the equator is 7926 miles. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times that: about 865,000. The average distance between the Earth and the Sun is 108 times the sun’s diameter: 93,020,000 miles. The average distance from the Earth to the Moon is 238,800 miles, about 108 times the moons diameter: 2180. The relationship of the Sun, Earth and Moon provide for all life and moreover all consciousness on Earth. And the size and distance between the familiar celestial objects are all in the divine proportion of 108. Through this astronomical, divine and miraculous positioning, 108 is symbolic of celestial order and perfection, our microcosmic position in the macrocosm. The long form of most tai chi chuan styles contains 108 movements, and one of the first yoga systems to be brought to the west, The Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation, contains 108 breath coordinated

Many people. 36 of the present. 108 links the micro and macro further in its representation of time: 1 for the present. the Sun and our moon is based on a balance ratio of 108. 108 Emotions in the War World Among Eastern theology there is said to be 108 emotions. television is based on taking one outside oneself. away from being present. that just like our physical bodies can only be well or express disease in so many ways. And when we are not present. If you have never meditated or if your ego has convinced you that you cannot meditate. are simply not emotionally present. simply contemplate 108. When we are emotionally disturbed we behave in disturbed ways. The celestial orchestration of Earth. We lose our connection to the present. no matter if they appear to be happy or sad. and a reflection of this is the utilization of 108 in some of the most celebrated meditative movements. our emotional bodies express ourselves the same. puts us in a mind state that is easily swayed by nefarious manipulators to operate and perpetuate a ‘war world’. One of the best ways to be present is to practice meditation.Editor] Being emotionally present is extremely difficult the longer one has been emotionally in the past or future. [To learn more. check out Ethan's previous articles: Hate: the Ultimate Social Control Mechanism and Where are the Peacemakers? Our Institutions are Designed for War . into say a story about the past or the potential future.movements when done in the recommended 21 repetitions and including 3 movements of the sixth rite. Being emotionally caught up in the past or the future. but fullness of mind of the present. upset by what happened or expectant of what might happen. For example. combined with commercials that take one away from the present by presenting problems and the ‘solutions’ they sell for the those problems – problems one has faced in the past or may face in the future. Meditation is mindfulness. The point of meditation is mindlessness. Whether or not there might be more or less emotions than presented is unimportant to the point. 0 for the past and 8 for the infinite future. Most all entertainment is designed to take us away from the present. 36 of the past and 36 of the future. All serious practitioners repeat mantras 108 times often using mala beads with 108 beads (pictured above). . In fact much of the mediated entertainment available through commercial media is made to keep one in the past or the future. Emotional Presence Being emotionally present leads to peaceful stability. 108 is the key to metaphysical intuition. we are more easily destabilized and tricked into behaving in disturbed ways. Even war itself is based on some idea concerning a past event or some future potential.

we’re generally trained for mindless war – for a war world mentality. an insightful exploration of history. Great doubt. if you’re not training. to come and go like traffic. if only for a moment. the breath. The events of September 11. you’re being trained. California. Allow the thoughts that arise. Mindfulness of breath enables one to relax.Think of 1 thing. to be present with each breath and. The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism. And in the war world. . 2001 inspired him to write his first book. philosophy and contemporary politics. as distractions from the ego. 0. to think of nothing. This in turn opens up our consciousness so we are capable of thinking of infinity: 1. meditation and meditative movement. no awakening ~ Zen saying [To learn more about 108. Be present and meditate for. if we’re not training to be mindful people. Little doubt. check out Ethan's book 108 Steps to Be in The Zone available now on Amazon. Ethan was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino.com . little awakening. Be mindfully calm of the breath.Editor] About the author: Ethan Indigo Smith is the newest member of Wake Up World’s team of Contributing Writers. Consider the following. 8. great awakening. so as to decrease your likelihood of being tricked. No doubt.

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