The most valuable asset each of us owns is our attention. It is like currency. Our attention funds and provides growth to all that we are attending. So it is important to take care with how it flows. Whenever a demand or a change of expectations is made upon us, as meditators, we are able to make a choice and ask ourselves the question: where will I place my attention right now? We can focus on the worst possible interpretation of the event or circumstances and construct an assumption-laden story-line to support that viewpoint.Take a Tour
If you are not a fan of taking pharmaceutical medication to reduce your high blood pressure, feel good knowing that there are many different easy forming habits that can be formed that have great positive effects in reducing that scary number that has been linked to dangerous heart conditions, the increase of stress hormones and body fat. High blood pressure is described by the Mayo Clinic as having a systolic pressure — the top number — of 140 or above or a diastolic pressure — the bottom number — of 90 or above). In a nutshell, high blood pressure increases the chance of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, and early death.Try to incorporate as many of the following healthy habits and watch these numbers reduce as your personal health becomes stronger.Take a Tour
Standing Meditation: Standing instead of sitting to meditate, the action of standing can actually help people suffering from lower back pain and promotes a greater sense of internal stability. Stand in a comfortable, straight posture with the feet pointing straight forward, about shoulder width apart. After settling into the position, do a quick scan of the body and mindfully release tension from the body and bring awareness to each part when doing so. Begin with five minutes and lengthen as your practice deepens.Take a Tour
There are certain power foods in most of our reach that can help fight off the feelings of nervousness, anxiety, worry and stress. While there are no magic foods or pills out there, people should know that incorporating specific foods have been scientifically proven to calm nerves and lift mood. A general key when it comes to foods that reduce stress and anxiety is to find foods that are high in zinc, iron, B vitamins, vitamin C, iodine and magnesium (commonly lost from the body during the stress response). The following are my favorite picks for go-to-options when feeling worried, anxious or nervous and stressed. Also remember to de-stress with daily meditation practice and exercise.Take a Tour
Part of the human condition is to strive for greater and greater happiness, to attain a deeper and richer experience of life. Whether we express it in that way or not, it is our actions that speak volumes on the topic. The old paradigm is to seek escape or distraction – we externalize our condition and attempt to pacify it through some form of consumption. The result brings only temporary relief, and once the novelty wanes we look to the next experience. This is life as a “seeker.”Take a Tour
In our most excited state, we are only aware of the surface layer of mental activity. Mental stresses maintain a high level of background neural activity, preventing awareness of the quieter underlying levels of the thinking process. It’s just like speeding down the freeway in a car with the windows rolled down – the noise of the air and engine requires us to turn up the radio, yet still we hear only the general outline of the music.
The effects of stress are like mud in water – a bubble can only be detected at the surface when the water is murky. As the water becomes clearer, bubbles can be seen rising up from deeper and deeper depths.
In order to Love, we must first Understand.
In order to Understand, we must Appreciate.
In order to Appreciate, we must Perceive.
In order to Perceive, we must Purify our senses.
Our senses are the instruments through which we experience the physical world. Our bodies are the housing for them. Without a body we would have no sensory experience, and therefore no physical experience of life.
When we recognize our identity solely as individuality, we experience life on the surface. Our sense of self is derived from our relationships, our job, our career, our possessions, our home, our wealth, our race, our political leanings, our religion and on and on. In an endless combination of all these things, our identity shifts and changes depending on whatever the situation demands. We have an identity in flux. And we look for what we can hold on to that will allow us to feel stable and safe.
In meditation, we recognize our identity as one thing: I am. Wholeness. This sense of identity is derived from Being, which is stable and non-changing. Being, or pure consciousness, is understood through experience alone. It is realized through transcendence. In transcendence, each of us experiences the same state of Being. There can be only one Wholeness, one Oneness, one Being. Being is therefore an experience of Universality.Take a Tour
In Vedic Meditation, we are not willing to put pressure or effort or strain into our practice, simply because it is not possible to force the mind into silent submission. The mind cannot be silenced by actively trying to silence it. Any effort involved with our practice will cause greater excitation, not less.Take a Tour
In our society we put a premium on our waking hours and have the tendency to underestimate the importance of a full-night’s sleep. Millions of people who suffer from insomnia look for quick fixes instead of exploring the root causes of the problem. Sleep hygiene is an afterthought for many people. Evening is a time to allow our minds and bodies to turn inward to our subconscious. Sleep deprivation is the root of many health issues like memory impairment, a weakened immune system and stress that can lead to cardiac disease, heart disease and digestive disorders.
Exposure to the diminishing light at dusk helps regulate sleep hormones in the body. Excessive lighting at night, evening shift work, evening computing, video games, television and late-night eating all serve to counteract the body’s natural rhythms. It’s no wonder people have trouble sleeping. Rather than embrace nighttime as rest time, we tend to let our minds wander from one element of stress to another keeping us up for hours or perhaps an entire evening. We are then forced to approach the new day without having benefited from the regenerative powers that night time brings.Take a Tour