Meditation

Meditation

Meditation: Silence

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. (more…)

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Acupuncture, Health, Meditation

Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue and Chinese Medicine

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

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Meditation

Meditation: The Nectar

Through meditation we discover the nectar within.  Pure Being. When the   physiology that is in accordance with Being is printed out, all behaviors flow from that place.  All desires flow from it. And  ultimately, all actions flow from it. When we are in accordance with Being, everything flows from our one true Self. Through  our daily meditation practice, we establish ourselves in Being  first, and then take action. In this sequence, action is more powerful, more  frictionless and ultimately more fruitful. For more information, visit www.greentreemeditation.com Photo Cretid: TheVeganWoman.com

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Meditation

Meditating on Loving Kindness (adapted from Jack Kornfield)

This meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke a loving kindness and friendliness toward oneself and others. With each recitation of the phrases, we are expressing an intention, planting the seeds of loving wishes over and over in our heart.  Begin with yourself and gradually begin to include other people in your meditation, picturing each beloved person, recite inwardly the same phrases, evoking a sense of loving kindness for each person in turn.  Finally, include the difficult people in your life, wishing that they too may be filled with loving kindness and peace. This will take practice. But as

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Meditation

Meditation: The Bad Old Days

Change is inevitable.  When we are stressed out, we lose the capability to detect subtlety in our everyday experience.  Our consciousness becomes dulled and our senses fail to perceive subtle shifts and changes.  We miss out on vital information and fail to perceive change in progress. When we lose that subtle capability to detect change in progress, our everyday experience can become dominated by alternately being srprised by change and then reacting to it.  Having  missed the signs of change at the subtle level, we are forced to interact with change when it becomes a big, non-negotiable demand. (more…)

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Meditation

Meditation: Back to Basics

The quality of our actions is rooted in our mental outlook.  Calm,  clear thinking gives rise to action which is creative, inspirational and  evolutionary.  On the other hand, stressed or reactionary thinking  yields action that is rife with friction, short sightedness and even  regret.  It may even do harm to ourselves and others.  That is why we  strive to take care of our mental well being, since our state of mind  directly impacts, and is in fact the basis of, our activity. (more…)

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Meditation: The Perfect Prescription

Sitting  quietly in meditation is a practice which reveals our least excited  state - the very basis of our Being.  However, our least excited state  may not always result in an experience of sustained pure silence.   Instead, we must think of our least excited state as our simplest form  of awareness in that particular moment. As the mind  dives into meditation, our body faithfully and dutifully prints out  whatever state of de-excitation the mind is able to achieve.  The sequence is:  first the mind, and then the body.  These are  the mechanics of how the body launders stress - through

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Meditation, Nutrition

Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food

Food has the power to temporarily alleviate stress and sadness, enhance joy, and bring us comfort when we need it most. Maybe it’s cultural, or maybe it is the way in which we celebrate victories, birthdays, memories, the end of each work day, and pass the time in between? It is no wonder experts estimate that 75 percent of overeating is triggered by our emotions, not physical hunger. So much overeating is caused not by hunger, but by our emotions. Eating is a common coping mechanism for stress, anxiety, and emotional turmoil, but the ramifications can be significant. Most Americans

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Meditation: Removing Resistance

One  of the most overlooked fundamental principals of our personal evolution  is simply to remove any internal resistance to growth and change.  On  its own, meditation promotes this very quality by purifying the  physiology of old stresses which in the past have become obstacles to  our evolutionary process.  For many, old programs and internal voices  endlessly looping in our minds have told us "I'm not good enough" or  "nothing good ever happens to me."  These statements are old stresses,  and while untrue at the most fundamental level, they have a profound  impact on how we approach our daily existence, and

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Acupuncture, Digestion, Health, Meditation, Nutrition

Optimal Nutrition and Healing Habits: What to Eat Post Surgery or Hospital Stay

An article from the Human Nutrition, Applied Nutrition Journal and US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that individuals/patients on a surgical, a medical, an accident service and an elective orthopedic ward were given foods that reflected a very low daily intake of iron and vitamins as compared to those recommended for healthy adults. When I worked in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Florida and in California, I noticed that people recovering from major surgery, those battling cancer, patients that were recovering from pneumonia and those in hospital beds for chronic illnesses were given white bread, canned

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