The key now is CURIOSITY! There must be a deep interest and joy in learning about the object of awareness to stay focused on it.
Insightful Yoga Nidra: Part 1 Body Awareness
Yoga Nidra is not considered an “insight”practice. And yet it very much is! Understand it more fully.
Christopher Titmus: The Buddha And His Dysfunctional Family
Dysfunctional families may be surprised to see the Buddha's family as being dysfunctional. He faced the same challenges as the rest of us. The Buddha's life offers hope. How can we find our own way?I found this beautifully written post by Christopher Titmus, powerful, insightful, and am sharing it here. It is one of the... Continue Reading →
Decoding Mindfulness And Meditation
This article traces the path of mindfulness: American term for meditation; a term for the Theravada vipassana meditations; a certain type of attention or dhyana.
The Path From Pluralism To Non-violence To Happiness
The depth and profoundness of the principle of pluralism is not new and in our current global affairs we are reminded that it has been an ongoing issue for thousands of years. Anekantavada is the Jain theory and practice of multiple perspectives, or relative pluralism and manifoldness. It is the foundation and clear, not easy,... Continue Reading →
The Yogic Allegory of Samudra Manthan
Samudra manthan is the allegory of raja yoga. This is the odyssey of our lives.
What is Meditation?
When the mind starts letting go its attachment and identification with thoughts, the grip of conditioning and programming lessens. The coloring decreases. There is less reaction. Like/dislike, pleasant/unpleasant, love/hate reactions are more muted. There is clarity in thinking and there is greater perception.
What is Pranyama?
Developing a simple practice of conscious breathing, we can at least begin to lessen anxiety and stress, increase our breathing capacity and energy level, and begin a process of enduring relaxation. A relaxed mind is sharper, clearer, more focused, stable, and cheerful. Asana increases physical resilience, pranayama begins to increase mental resilience.
What is Asana?
Just as a play, music, dance can be interpreted and performed in many ways, so can asana. Think of the body as hardware and the mind as software. Depending on the type of hardware and the software (programming through genes, culture, geography, family, upbringing, etc.), the way each person relates to an asana is different.