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Jenny Resnick

Jenny Resnick is a researcher and practitioner of the ancient religion of the sun and the Managing Editor for The Spiritual Sun, where she also researches and writes about ancient sacred sites; spiritual texts and practices; the latest discoveries in archeology, archeoastronomy, and related sciences; as well as the exploration of various facets of the lost civilization of the sun.

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  • Very practical advice Jenny. I love these taoist texts and the depth they have in them. Reading them once in a while helps to gain a fresh perspective on my practices and how I approach them. Thanks for putting these together in an article. It really drives home the point to quieten the mind and to be practical about it. When we do, we can experience much more than when we allow ourselves to follow the fast pace society is on.

  • I have spent a little time recently, implementing the first practice mentioned here with some friends, and we all enjoyed its benefits quite a lot!

    One of the things I noticed was that when the mind began to be quiet, it seemed as if I was breathing through my skin. I had left the sensations of my lungs and nostrils and muscles behind and became absorbed by the expansion and contraction of my whole body. It was exceedingly refreshing and restorative.

    Unfortunately, in subsequent practices, I tried to recreate/ reach for this feeling too quickly and failed miserably! That is, until I realised I was doing the practice with an expectation on how it should feel… rather than going through the motions of relaxation and observing the breath. It was only then that I was able to ‘relax into’ the breath.
    In fact, it was the other practices mentioned on this page which helped… to settle the mind… When I did that, I was able to calm and the relax the breath, and once again find this deeply peaceful state.

    Thanks for this wonderful page!

    • That sounds like an inspiring experience Craig and as you said, very refreshing. It’s amazing that such a simple practice could bring about such a noticeable result.

  • Thanks for sharing these excerpts Jenny. They contain some good tips for reaching a state of inner stillness. I think the last practice of gazing at the night sky can be particularly magical.

  • Very nice excerpts. The one is better from the other!
    They are very helpful and inspiring. Jenny thank you for sharing this!

  • I also agree that it’s a nice selection of Taoist quotes here and they give the inspiration to read more of these texts and practice their sayings.

    Thanx!

  • It’s really uplifting to read these, and helps me to put a new focus into my meditation practise. Thanks for bringing all these together Jenny, it often amazes me to think of people thousands of years ago with a such a similar psychology, though of course it can’t be otherwise.

    I particularly liked this part of the last quote: “by connecting her mind to the subtle origin she calms it. Once calmed it naturally expands, and ultimately her mind becomes as vast and immeasurable as the night sky.”

    It makes me think that very often it’s half the battle to sit down for a meditation practise. Once this initial tie to the daily fascinations is broken, the mind ‘naturally expands’, as though, if allowed by creating the right environment, it is simply attracted to its natural, higher state.
    At the same time, the emphasis on ‘sitting for quite some time’ – resonates with me! I see there’s a big difference between a short and longer practise, and giving myself plenty of time allows the mind to goes in stages into a different state.

    I also find that following the breath is my default ‘steadier’ of the mind and is the best thing to grab hold of to start the transition from ‘non-being to being’. 🙂

  • Thanks for taking the time to list just a few of the gems that lie within these two fantastic texts. It is great to have a spotlight shine on some of the phrases, showing just how magical and profound the texts are.

    It’s definitely time to re-read them … and embrace their teachings more earnestly!

    Many thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks Jenny I really enjoy the readings from the Taoism, the excerpt for the one on the night sky sounds particularly profound

  • Thankyou, the practices are beautifully described giving them a fresh and light impression. The practice on the breath will be invaluable and has given me a new goal.

  • Thanks for sharing those, there are some great excerpts / practices there!

    I really like the Taoist texts, the approach they take is quite poetic, but at the same time really practically grounded as well. The Hua Hu Ching is one of the clearest, most easily understood and relevant to modern day ancient texts I’ve ever read. It has a depth and simplicity that is really uplifting.

    Time to go outside and look up at the stars 🙂

  • I really love the one from the Hua Hu Ching about looking up at the stars in the night sky. The image that it evokes instantly reminds me of the sense of stillness, quiet, and peace that you can access through meditation, especially when using cues from the natural world.

    Thanks for sharing these excerpts. I’ve been reading the Hua Hu Ching recently but this has got me curious to look into the The Secret of the Golden Flower too.

  • Wow! Such wisdom from such ancient times.
    Thank you, Jenny, for putting these quotes and excerpts together. It’s amazing to read such clear meditation directions from thousands of years ago! Contemplating the stars and the cosmos is so beautiful.

  • Thanks Jenny and the other researchers for putting this together.

    Lots to explore here, and I’m always keen to try new practices – well new to me practices, since these are ancient 😉

    So far I tried the meditation practice for contemplating the origin of thought and the meditation on the breath and quietening the heart exercise. I enjoyed doing them both, but especially the breath meditation. I like and found it interesting with these meditation practices, that there is an emphasis on the heart, and doing/exploring the practice from the heart.

  • What a nice clear way of explaining meditation from these ancient Taoists texts – great to have them like this all in one place. Like Olga mentioned, great pearls of wisdom, bringing things back to life as we live it, and how spirituality lives in the moment, in the experience of living – yet how it can be further explored and understood through meditation. Thanks Jenny 🙂

  • Thanks Jenny all those excerpts are amazing.

    Going to do some night practices under the stars this afternoon so that last excerpt on meditation on the night sky is quite timely. The stars generally have a wonderous affect of instilling wonder and spiritual curiosity on most people to some degree, especially for myself and probably most people here. How could it not when the cosmos is the physical face of the divine; a universal infinity in its ineffable ballet.

    The night meditation practice itself though seems to equate as : look at stars, be aware :). Agitation is in itself a product of the ego however navigating out of it to a point of clarity is always difficult. This practices seems to be alluding to the stars as a map to follow internally until reaching the point of origin; that point of peace home to both the stars and ourselves. Having had some experiences with expanding awareness by removing emotions and thoughts and getting a sense of moving stars in a universe this practice will make for a very intriguing investigation.

  • This was also a great statement: ”Thinking and talking about the Integral Way neither are nor the same as practicing it. Who ever became a good rider by talking about horses?”

    I love how this example really puts the ‘work of spirituality’ into real perspective with common sense, as opposed to being caught up in the talk and dreams of spiritual things.

    Access to all these sacred teachings truly gives a refreshening perspective at the work to aquire the divine throughout the centuries. Pearls of wisdom.

    • Yes, that comment from Lao Tzu about gaining experience through personal practice also stood out to me Olga: “Who ever became a good rider by talking about horses?” Very true.

  • Very reflective excerpts, thank you Jenny. I like this sentence: ”Too much must not be demanded of the heart” — I find that a great tip. It’s easy to understand/notice where we can force ourselves in meditation and the like, but listening to the sensitivities and energy of the heart may in time draw in a much more nurturing and developing approach. Going against such sensitivities may perhaps cause discomfort/ disruption in our understanding to learn about and feel the thread of inner spirituality.

  • Nice to read these excerpts and to question their meaning and possible use. The Golden Flower ones are nice and simple instructions it seems, quite basic ones that seem good to get into a mode of meditation practice and out of the psyche’s normal state of some chaos and mind chatter.
    The Hua Hu Ching ones seemed more clear, coherent and deep to me. I think following those instructions in practice properly can take one really deep beyond things.

    I also personally liked the mentions of ensuring the right conditions for meditation practices. Having recently started a new program of practice I’ve noticed it’s good to make sure I’ve got some basics covered (if I’m able to) of conducive environment, relaxation, not too late in the evening, starting on a right note etc. In order to make the practices work and be fruitful.

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