Artwork above by Tom Killion
Thursday, May 16, 2002
Edited by Jerry Katz
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Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because
it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but
because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.
You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is
a satire. All you're doing is recording it. --Art
BOB ROSE Meditation Society of America list
Question about separation from reality and anxiety
Question: I am currently on medication for anxiety and
was told to meditate for 5 mins. a day because I have
what some call separation from reality where nothing is
real to me. I have been sitting in the Hatha yoga
position and repeating to myself "back to reality" for
5 mins. Is there another word that I can use or what
exactly am I supposed to do? I have gone through the
program at the Midwest Center for Anxiety and Depression
twice and this feeling has not gone away. They sent me
a 21 day program to follow and one of the things to do
was to meditate but they didn't tell me how to do it.
Any help you can give me would be appreciated.
Answer: As a mental health professional (Psych RN), I
must suggest that you follow your physician's
directions, including taking your medications as you
have been instructed to. As far as meditation, the
words aren't as important as the intent. The words
"back to reality" are fine if they have a great
significance for you, and I feel they are probably
exactly right for what you hope to achieve. The usual
suggestion for meditation is two 20 minute sessions a
day. Also, you may find some benefit by remembering
this fine message "back to reality" several times
during the day. It may help re-place and anchor you in
"reality". For very easy to follow directions on how to
do many different meditations, I suggest you check out
our web site, Meditation Station
The heart of Avatar's Abode is the beautiful timber room
known as Baba's Room.
It is simply furnished with items used by Baba during
His stay - a bed with pillows and bedding, two chairs, a
rustic table, and floor mat.
A photograph of Baba is above the entry outside the room
and another is above the door inside the room.
Both were brought by Baba to Avatar's Abode from India
and He was most particular about where and how they
should be placed.
On the bed is a small glass and timber case which
contains a pair of Meher Baba's sandals.
The room is open to pilgrims. It is here that Beloved
Baba's presence is felt most strongly.
"The only place that can hold me is the heart."
"I have come to sow the seed of love in your hearts, so
that, in spite of all the superficial diversity which
your life in illusion must experience and endure, the
feeling of Oneness, through Love, is brought about
amongst all nations, creeds, sects and castes of the