Oct. 10, 2022

The Power of Meditation with Muni Natarajan

The Power of Meditation with Muni Natarajan

If you're looking to improve your mood and mental well-being, consider meditation. Meditation is a mindfulness practice that can improve your mood and mental well-being. There are many different types of meditation, but the goal of all meditation practices is to focus your attention on the present moment and become more aware of your thoughts and feelings.

In this episode, Muni Natarajan, a monk and meditation expert, sits down with Matt to discuss meditation, its benefits, how to meditate using mantras or affirmations, and tips for making meditation a part of your daily routine.

Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:

  • Why mantras or affirmations are powerful
  • Meditation as a mood booster
  • Meditation to achieve goals
  • Breathing techniques for effective meditation
  • How our consciousness works during trauma healing
  • Mindfulness exercises to help solve problems

[10:24] Bad Moods Come From Negative Mantras

Bad moods come from fearful, anxious, angry, and hurtful thoughts. They are tough to remove. But, as Matt puts it, "you may trump them like a trump card at a card game." You overpower negative thoughts by replacing them with positive thoughts. Do this by repeating positive thoughts in a rhythmic pattern so that it becomes a natural part of your body's vibration.

[29:57] Our Consciousness Is A Giant Ocean

"Our entire consciousness is a giant ocean, and each of our negative and positive feelings are only small islands in that ocean," says Matt as he echoes Muni's ideas. If you end up washed up on the shores of Anger Island, you should get off that island and over to Bliss Island as quickly as possible. You can use tools, such as meditation, to help you get off the island. But the one thing you don't want to do is create a permanent home on the island of rage and live there.”

[36:30] Manifest Your Success Through Mindfulness Exercises

“If you seek enlightenment, infinite peace, and a heart open with love at all times and in all circumstances, you align your desire to that and get what you want. If you focus your want on the attainment of another goal, the acquisition of another item, or the victory of another sexual conquest, joy always becomes fleeting.”

Notable Quotes: 

[3:33] - “Affirmations clear the subconscious, mantras pull on the super conscious”

[11:27] - [11:39]

“Your immediate impulse is to not feel good because you had to go through an adjustment period, because you don't feel that way. But now, with the affirmation, you will feel that way.”

[15:58] - [17:07]

So the one thing that is really most precious, aside from affirmations, is mindfulness.”

[26:10] - [26:24]

“Your own intuition gave you that insight as a consequence of your practices of affirmation first and then facing the demon second. And blessing the demon became an angel.”

[34:12] - [34:20]

“Without desire, no food, no water, you die. It’s a very basic thing; basic as it is, it can't be ignored.”

Resources Mentioned:

The Good Mood Show with Matt O’Neill

CALM

The Callard Company

Meditate With Muni