Why is detachment important for making intentional decisions? What is true willpower? What do you know about the ego?
MEET LEONARD PERLMUTTER
Leonard Perlmutter(Ram Lev) is the founder and director of the American Meditation Institute and is the originator of National Conscience Month. He studied in Rishikesh, India under Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Leonard has presented informative Yoga Science and meditation workshops at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The New York Times Forum on Yoga, the Washington University Medical School, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has served on the faculties of the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine and the International Himalayan Yoga Teachers Association.
Leonard is the author and editor of Transformation: The Journal of Yoga Science as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine. His Heart and Science of Yoga® course curriculum has been certified by the Albany Medical College, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association for continuing medical education credit.
Read Leonard Perlmutter’s book, Your Conscience.
IN THIS PODCAST:
- Meditation to unlock your mind
- True willpower
- The ego
- Your conscience
Meditation to unlock your mind
Meditation helps a person to become detached.
What that means is by meditating regularly, every day, we learn how to create a space between stimulus and response. In that space between stimulus and response, we find the freedom of action so that we can redirect our attention towards the conscious to determine the true thought to think, word to speak, and action to take. (Leonard Perlmutter)
By becoming detached, a person is no longer bound to their emotions and their immediate reactions.
Through detachment, people can pause and observe something that happens around them instead of immediately reacting.
Meditation teaches detachment, and detachment enables pause, and pause allows people to sit in their peace and decide from a place of stability and calmness, instead of mindlessness and fear-based reactions.
From taking intentional action from the pause, people can direct their energy and focus on the things that they can see genuinely do matter.
Therefore, they can practice true willpower, because they can recognize the wise and unwise decisions and are willing to wait or work to make the best and truest decision happen in reality.
The more that I do these types of experiments and follow the wisdom of the conscious; I am continuously building the muscles of willpower to do what is to be done when it is to be done, and not do what is not to be done when it is not to be done. (Leonard Perlmutter)
The training of meditation can, therefore, be used in every aspect of daily life. The teachings of meditation can be superimposed in many ways, and we can rely on these teachings when making any decision.
The ego is hardwired to the reptilian brain, and the reptilian brain is totally invested in self-preservation, as is the ego … it means that both the ego and the reptilian brain are terribly fearful of annihilation … from the yoga-science perspective, death is merely change and growth. (Leonard Perlmutter)
The ego has a limited perspective and so it cannot perceive anything other than what is known to be good. It wants to remain with what it knows, because it fears change, even if what it knows is overly difficult or painful.
The ego is often in wrong, but it never doubts. It defines every relationship or life event as either pleasant or unpleasant, and it only wants to serve the pleasant, therefore opposing everything that is unpleasant.
It is important to remember that not everything that is pleasant is good for us, and often the things that are unpleasant are good for us. Therefore, do not always blindly accept the ego’s recommendation on things, because then you will be the one who suffers.
In order to start making shifts, you need to parent your unconscious mind and the ego. Teach them to be quieter and listen to the conscience, the seat of your wisdom and creativity.
For the sake of an experiment, make your thoughts, words, and deeds come from your conscience to experience a different way of being.
Everything that we need to make a decision about should have the ego senses and the unconscious mind work though an experiment with the conscience, and it’s up to me not to give the ego, senses, and unconscious mind too much too soon. (Leonard Perlmutter)
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