meditation

Meditation

Intention and Attachment

In Vedic Meditation we're instructed not to emphasize a particular outcome or a singular experience. We have an intention to think our mantra, but we find it disappears spontaneously.  We're left with silence or thoughts, or both one after the other. We need to make a distinction between intention and attachment.  We have a preference to to think our mantra, and to come back to it once it gets replaced with some other thought or experience.  However, we're not riveted to our mantra, meaning that we embrace a willingness to let it go it.  And when we let it go, we can

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Health

The Thyroid Network and How to Keep It Healthy

We hear about how we should keep our thyroids in check and about thyroid disorders, but do you know what the thyroid is responsible for and how to optimize the gland so you can feel your best? Here is a fast read on exactly what the thyroid is responsible for and what factors can cause it to fluctuate. I will also touch on ways to take care of your thyroids. Happy learning! First thing's first: What is the Thyroid? (more…)

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Meditation

Meditation: Self Nurture

SELF NURTURE To grow the best fruit, the farmer does not water each piece individually as it hangs from the tree. Instead, great care is taken to ensure that the roots of the tree are watered sufficiently in order for the tree to reach its full potential. The product of that full potential is delicious fruit which everyone can enjoy. The farmer knows where the source is, and how to nurture it. Similarly, all of life's problems - how to be happy, how to love, how to be prosperous, how to be peaceful, how to unlock creativity - cannot be

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Diets, Health

Finger Tapping Your Way to Weight Loss?

Have you heard of tapping? There are many ways to do it, but Prevention Magazine says that, "The secret to weight loss might truly be at your fingertips: Tapping your forehead with your finger for 30 seconds could cut food cravings, suggests recent research presented at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting." Yes, You Tube has many tapping videos available to watch if you are interested in technique or want to experiment. "It's not the only distraction trick that works—obese people in the study also tapped their ears with their fingers, tapped their feet on the floor, and stared at a

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Meditation

How to Live

Each of us has our own unique path. In the Vedic Tradition, we say that each individual has their own dharma, their own purpose and role within the process of Evolution. The more we live our own dharma, the more frictionless life is. So when we experience less friction, that's how we know we're on the right path. Frictionless does not mean non-action or non-effort. In fact, there can be quite a bit of activity involved. However, it is performed in an inspirational way. As meditators, we locate our path through the mechanism of following charm. Charm does not require

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Meditation

Rearranging Reality

Reality is not weak. It is our perception of it that is weak. Specifically, it is a weakness of perception that yields anything other than Unity, or Oneness. A wave is already connected to the Ocean. The Ocean is the source of the wave. Without the Ocean, the wave simply wouldn't exist. When we are caught up in our wave status - our individuality - we forget that which is our source, and that which connects us to all the other wave forms. Our Universal nature is part of who we are too, but it is so easily forgotten when

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Meditation

Ignorance and Realization

Whether through accumulated stress or the mechanism of social conditioning, we may have become habituated to the practice of ignoring subtle changes. These subtle changes give rise to vital information on how to act in accordance with the needs or demands of the moment. In that moment, we may have some flicker of awareness - either on the level of the intellect, or on the more subtle level of the intuition - that we discount or disregard. Therefore, our subsequent thoughts and actions fail to factor in vital information. (more…)

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Meditation

Meditation: The Coherent State

Luckily we don't have to take steroids in order to improve our brain functioning. Regular meditation is all the juice we need. When water boils, the water molecules move helter-skelter, quite rapidly. But when water freezes, the molecules arrange themselves into that near-perfect, matrix-like crystalline structure we call ice. De-excitation - in this case induced through the cooling process - gives rise to greater orderliness. (more…)

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Health

Happiness Enhancing Strategies

These are 12 researched strategies for sustainable happiness adaptation written by Sonja Lyubomirsky as published in the Scientific Approach to Getting the Life you Want The How of Happiness (Penguin 2007).  (more…)

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Meditation

Meditation: The Problem with Transcendence

Everyone who learns Vedic or Transcendental Meditation loves the experience of transcendence (where no more thoughts are entered into the head and you are just sitting in pure silence, contentment, and bliss without reacting to internal or external influencers). It's new, it's different, and actually quite unique.  It seems like the more we meditate, the more transcendence we should experience. But there is a problem with transcendence. (more…)

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