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How To Meditate For Children: A Kid’s Guide to Peace


Hi! In this video i’m going to teach you how
to practice meditation. What is meditation? Meditation means to focus your mind on
something; it means to clear your mind; to calm it
down and to clean out all bad thoughts. When you practice meditation you try to focus on something with all
your attention, not letting your mind wander or get
mixed up in bad thoughts or feelings. Why practice meditation? First, meditation makes you happy. When your mind is focused and clear you’ll forget about all your problems
and just be yourself. You’ll stop thinking about the past, stop thinking about the future, and be happy with what you have here
and now. Second, meditation can teach you many things. Some people who practice meditation
learn how to leave their bodies and fly through the air. Some are able to read other people’s minds. And some can see things far, far away that no one else can see. But most important of all meditation teaches you about yourself and the people around you. It teaches you how your mind works so
you don’t get confused or mixed up about anything in your life. Third, meditation makes your mind sharp
and clear so you can live your life better. When your mind is clear, you’re ready for
anything. You’ll know how to talk to your friends,
family, and even people you meet for the first
time, without feeling shy or embarrassed. You’ll be able to study and remember
things much better and work hard helping your family
friends and yourself in whatever work you have to do. Finally, meditation makes you a better person. When your mind is clear, you won’t get angry
about something you don’t like, because you’ll understand that’s just the
way it is. You won’t get greedy about things you
like, because you’ll be happy with what you
have. And you won’t be confused or attached to
anything, because you’ll understand everything about
yourself and the whole world around you. Sound good? Okay, let’s start. First, we need something to focus on. It should be something simple, something
easy for you to think of. For now, we’ll start with a cat. All you have to do is look at the cat and say to yourself,
“cat”. That’s it. Just say to yourself again and again,
“cat, cat, cat”. You don’t even have to say it out loud. Just say it in your mind when you look
at the cat. Try it now. Got it? Okay, now close your eyes and think about
a cat, and say to yourself, “cat”. Just like before. Only this time see the cat in your mind. Go ahead, close your eyes and try it now. Done? Okay, let’s try a dog next. Look at the dog.
You can say to yourself, “dog, dog, dog”. Say it slowly, don’t rush. Now close your eyes and try to see
the dog in your mind. Say, “dog, dog, dog”. and think of a dog. If you can’t see it in your mind just open your eyes and look again. Peeking is allowed. Okay, now let’s try our family members. Think of your mother, or someone you love very much like your
mother. If they are there with you you can look
at them and say to yourself, “mother”, or whatever name you call them. “Mother, mother, mother”. Again and again. Once you can do it without looking, close your eyes,
think of them, and say “Mother, mother, mother”. Or, whatever name you call them, just
repeat that, thinking of them at the same time. Next, think of your father, or someone you love like a father. Same thing – if they are there or if you
have a picture of them, just look and say, “father”. or, “dad”, or whatever name you have for them, until you can do without looking “father, father, father”. Then close your eyes and do the same
thing, “father, father, father”. Okay, now let’s try something a bit
different. Now let’s focus on ourselves. To start, you can look at yourself – look at your legs, your arms, your body, and say to yourself, “me”. Just repeat it to yourself while looking at
your body. Then, close your eyes and do the same
thing Think of how you are sitting and say to yourself, “me, me, me”. Once you get the hang of it, you can
just think to yourself, “sitting”. “Sitting, sitting, sitting”, thinking about yourself sitting still. If you want, you can try it lying down and say to yourself, “lying, lying, lying”. Or, if you want, you can walk back and forth,
saying, “walking, walking”. All of these are ways to practice
meditation. Another good object of meditation is
the breath. Try this: Sit comfortably, or even lie down, and put your hands on your stomach. You should feel your stomach rising and
falling, When your breath comes in and goes out. When your stomach rises, just say to yourself, “rising”. And when it falls, say, “falling”. “Rising, falling”. “Rising, falling”. Again, you don’t have to say it out loud; Just put your mind on your stomach, and think to yourself “rising, falling”, as it happens. The truth is, you can meditate on just
about anything. If you feel happy or sad, you can say to yourself, “happy, happy”,
or “sad, sad”, and you won’t get upset or stressed
out with bad feelings if you’re thinking about something you
can just say, “thinking, thinking”, and you won’t be afraid of bad thoughts
anymore. If you want something, you can say
“wanting, wanting”, then you won’t be sad if you don’t get it. If you feel angry you can just say
“angry, angry” and you won’t need to yell or scream or hurt yourself or other people. If you can’t find anything to meditate on just go back and look at the stomach
rising and falling, and say to yourself,
“rising, falling”, like before. or pick something like a cat or a dog,
or someone you love, and focus on them instead. Go ahead, pick one object and let’s
practice together. By now you should feel like your mind
is more focused than before. In the beginning it may be difficult,
because you’re learning something new, but if you practice it again and again, you’ll find your mind calming down and
clearing up and you will begin to feel peaceful,
happy, and free from suffering more than ever
before. This is how to practice meditation. If you want to try it by yourself,
check out the next video where you can practice all of these techniques all by
yourself. Good luck!

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Peaceful Bibs Posted on June 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I found this meditation technique great ! It's easy and effective. Thank You 🙂

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  2. MsKidgie Posted on July 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I thought it was going to be a bit cheezey, but it's fun! It's wonderful…thanks so much for posting this up!

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  3. MsKidgie Posted on July 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    We can only hope!

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  4. txroye Posted on July 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Why does this white guy try to have an Indian accent

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  5. Spiritualawakening13 Posted on August 3, 2013 at 3:36 am

    I 13 love you for this video!

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  6. Thai Tong Posted on August 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    You pick up an accent when you live in the place for long enough. I guess speaking Sanskrit and Pauli also helps/

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  7. txroye Posted on August 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I don't believe that one bit. I have lived in a foreign country for years and have not picked up the accent. I even married a local and have kids who speak like locals. You my friend are a poser.

    You know you don't have to wear a robe like that and pretend to be an Indian to be spiritual or meditate. To me it takes away from what you are saying because it is obvious you care too much about how people perceive you. You are not Indian, go home, look insward for spiritual growth.

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  8. Sonalika Steffi sharma Posted on August 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Wow

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  9. Sonalika Steffi sharma Posted on August 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    This video is soooo relaxing people.

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  10. Thai Tong Posted on August 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I guess it affects some people more than others. Look at his earlier videos, you can't really hear the indian accent

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  11. Sonalika Steffi sharma Posted on August 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Uh it doesn't really matter if it has an Indian accent or not!

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  12. Conrad Grageda Posted on August 24, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Monk how to fly by meditating

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  13. Sonalika Steffi sharma Posted on August 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    'Some people who practice meditation learn how to leave there bodies and fly through the air' that can't be true people

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  14. Shyla Bhatt Posted on September 3, 2013 at 5:01 am

    This is amazing …I am 13 and after trying this video i am so focused and I am able to study so well …thank you so much thanks a ton

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  15. Wizza Tan Posted on September 7, 2013 at 4:32 am

    You does'nt know what you are saying not only indians have monk there are chinese monks because I am filipino half chinese so I know it

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  16. Wizza Tan Posted on September 7, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Sorry I said shaolin monks

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  17. Brooke Posted on September 27, 2013 at 1:56 am

    My young 5 yr old son asks for this video every night. The more he watches it, the more he tries the techniques. After less than a week, he isn't silly about it anymore. Thank you so much!! Much love and gratitude. 3

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  18. Brooke Posted on September 27, 2013 at 1:57 am

    My son wanted to say, "thanks for making this video. Love you." (First time for him saying these words like this!!!)

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  19. Faytsalon Posted on October 2, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I feel really good after this :p

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  20. Tziu Ricky Posted on October 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I've lived in Ireland for 6 years now and I picked some Irish accent. All people are different in their experiences and when speaking different languages you might have to make the inside of your mouth move and work in a different way in the effort to pronounce things the right way – this might lead to changes in your own accent or to make it different depending on the context. Moreover, I doubt this guy has any need to pretend to be Indian – I don't even think he's been in India at all. Peace

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  21. dpcssn Posted on October 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for doing this series – great idea! I agree with Oliver revilO – someday the school day will begin with a meditation period.

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  22. Kristen Hobby Posted on October 24, 2013 at 3:35 am

    This is beautiful. What a lovely world we would have if we taught every child (and adult) to meditate.

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  23. FIEND Posted on October 30, 2013 at 10:21 am

    strong runescape graphics

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  24. cakecrafter100 Posted on November 1, 2013 at 1:37 am

    This helped a lot

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  25. Marcus Sprague Posted on November 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    This is a great video!

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  26. Dream Melody Posted on December 21, 2013 at 5:05 am

    I'm Definitely Going To Try This!

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  27. daniela bastos Posted on January 13, 2014 at 3:12 am

    This is my everyday video with my 5 year old daughter! Thank you! She loves it and me too!

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  28. David Hastings Posted on February 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Keep up the good work
    Thank you

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  29. Bhante Piya Posted on March 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Great.How i get the second one? anyone know what is it????appreciate.

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  30. some1 Posted on May 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Love this. I feel so calm and relaxed after trying this.

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  31. tryphon63 Posted on May 7, 2014 at 6:56 am

    ..this will guide you to hell!

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  32. RunninPeking Posted on May 11, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Really thankful for your time and effort to create this video.

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  33. avarmauk Posted on June 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I achieved Nirvana… or this is some really good weed. 

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  34. steviekfc1869 Posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:12 am

    You meditations are very pleasant

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  35. Sungyeop Chung Posted on July 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    I kno dis is supposed to calm me but i laughed the hole timeXDXDXDXD!

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  36. Andreas 307 Posted on August 21, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    adults should be instructed with the same simplicity

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  37. Maryam Yosuof Posted on September 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    the best thanks

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  38. calissa lynn Posted on September 29, 2014 at 3:01 am

    this helps so much

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  39. boiboivan Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Sadhu Sadhu!!! Thank you so much Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu. 

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  40. JODY CRAWFORD Posted on November 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Good for kids!

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  41. Magus Soulstar Posted on November 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Sadhu. What is your name in SL?

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  42. PositiveVibes Posted on January 2, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    You have very calm voice

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  43. cactikiddo Posted on March 9, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I love this video

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  44. RoboticGaming101 Posted on March 16, 2015 at 1:17 am

    nice! its really good!!

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  45. Adriana Carrillo Posted on March 18, 2015 at 5:02 am

    great video. awesome meditation skills. It might work

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  46. Mal Bloom Posted on April 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Why do you encourage children to pursue mystical powers?
    At the beginning of your video you say that some meditators can…
    leave their bodies and fly through the air
    read other peoples minds
    see things far, far away, that no one else can see

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  47. Mango Life Posted on June 7, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    This doesn't work and I'm a kid, am I doing something wrong

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  48. Val Napawanetz Posted on August 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Planning to show this to my Middle School Yoga and Meditation class.

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  49. Melissa Hall Posted on September 30, 2015 at 1:26 am

    nice. i'm teaching my 5 year old son meditation & appreciate this video :).

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  50. Thuc Dam Posted on February 3, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Helps me a lot thx

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  51. gmail name Posted on February 10, 2016 at 3:31 am

    wow great way to start with my kids!!!! much needed thank u

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  52. Phoenix Cole Posted on March 11, 2016 at 2:42 am

    in medicine what the Bible says so

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  53. FNBerg744 Posted on May 18, 2016 at 2:26 am

    I thought focus on nothing was meditation and focus on something is contemplation

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  54. Yew Lye Seng Posted on May 21, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Bhante. Could you please teach me loving-kindness meditation for kids? Sadhu…x3! Sukhihotu/MuditaYew

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  55. Vô Môn Thiền Tự Posted on June 17, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    8:48 it would be cool to live here.

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  56. Barth Zalewski Posted on July 18, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I don"t think this is a proper video for kids.

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  57. coco CRAZY! Posted on July 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    omg if this makes me confident I can speak to my crush!😰😰😲😲😅😅😂😂😂😥😥😥

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  58. Senoir Syndicate Posted on September 15, 2016 at 1:28 am

    it helps me so much

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  59. Lynn Campbell Posted on October 8, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    i faall a seep all the time i what it😇😇😇

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  60. Lynn Campbell Posted on October 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    i am a kid too

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  61. dylan hayeshoran Posted on November 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    To me this video was helpful and hilarious!!!!!

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  62. jack savard Posted on November 30, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    i'm turning 12 in february on the first and i've been having troubles meditating to the point where i sit there and do nothing except breath. this video is very useful!

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  63. AaaGopie303 Posted on January 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    What was the game I wanna try

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  64. ItzLena Posted on October 13, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I watched this with my class and it was more like a try not to laugh challange 😂😂😂😂

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  65. Matthew J Kelton Posted on November 5, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you, Yuttadhammo! Shubhaste Panthanah Santu

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  66. Clorox The cat Posted on November 6, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    im 20 but im still here because i know nothing about meditation

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  67. Magic monster Posted on November 9, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Cat. Cat. Cat.

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  68. Gon x Killua Gon Zoldyke Posted on December 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

    This guide applies to all people from young to old person

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  69. Tyler Posted on January 21, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    You don't actually think meditation can make people fly, read minds, or see really far away do you?

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  70. Pixelpoe Posted on January 31, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    These are horrible effects

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  71. Pixelpoe Posted on January 31, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    but I am nine myself and I know that you can't fly or read other peoples minds, But you still need better effects that are less creepy and all I would feel creeped out if I saw this, not thinking that I would learn something, you just need better effects and fewer sounds.

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  72. Pixelpoe Posted on January 31, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    What's wrong with that baby's eyes? <:}

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  73. ray1226 dragon Posted on February 27, 2018 at 12:36 am

    I did it it worked

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  74. KeefeBrah Posted on February 28, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I am 25 and I feel like this instruction is on my level, ahaha.

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  75. LIEN NGUYEN Posted on March 27, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    I've been looking all over for this for my children. Thank you so much!

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  76. Eva Phoenix Posted on April 4, 2018 at 5:53 am

    🐱🐶🦄i like animals🐱🐶🦄

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  77. Jyoti Vyas Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Meditation can't be done on this phones ipads or TV's। 👎👎👎But still you are making an effort। Thanks and All The best to you। 🌸🏵️🥀🥀🥀🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀🌾🌾🌾🌾🌾🌵🌵🌵🌵🌴🌴🌴🌴🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🍁🍁☘️🍁☘️🍁☘️🍁🌿🌷🌿🌷🌿🌷🌿🌾🌿🌾🌿🌱🌾🌱🌾🌱🌾🌱🌾🌱🌾🌱

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  78. robloxgameplay 123 Posted on June 28, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    My school watched this and we where like whaaaa

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  79. uwu Henlo Posted on December 8, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I'm doing meditation as an 11 year old dep. me, But yeah, Trying to clear my mind really makes me. I would just stop thinking, caring about my fake friends, Bullying, I am used to be so touched with emotions, But yeah, Clearing my mind,aura really makes me feel better, I could just feel getting the dark emotions out, Like when filled balloon with air, Gets empty, With no dark emotions there.

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  80. uwu Henlo Posted on December 8, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    And also when you said the thing 'Think about someone you love like a mother' i thinked of my father, But than i had to think about him again, It's my favorite person ever. He teached me all this stuff sometimes..

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  81. Cladius Tokunboh Posted on February 27, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Brilliant. Thanks

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  82. Xit Frodoint Posted on April 29, 2019 at 3:55 am

    I like this👻👍

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    😎😎😎🤩🤩🤩😉

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  85. Chris J Posted on May 30, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Holy the comments on here are very hostile. Maybe we are not practicing our daily meditation sadhanas. If we where perhaps there would be less judgement and ego involvement. I dont hear an Indian accent. But I have to say when I went to Tennessee for a month I cam back to Canada with a noticable accent to my friends. I myself was unaware of it. As far as siddhis that come from meditation it is indeed possible. From mantra japa alone I have had many seemingly impossible things happen in my life. I think we should look within instead of without after all that is the point of yoga that is where the real transformation happens. We can sit in silence and observe our thoughts and we can place judgment on external things and become identified with any of these beliefs or thoughts but that is not truly meditation that is just concentration. On the upside concentration is where it starts.

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  86. Larry al-Shiva Posted on May 30, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Oh god these horrendous graphics lol

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  87. ­ eightbO Posted on July 20, 2019 at 3:31 am

    How does meditation see things far away or read minds…? Scientific proof?

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  88. Worldlove you Posted on August 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Beautiful video. Thank you so much. I will use it with love.💗

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