Kundalini syndrome The Kundalini syndrome is a set of sensory, motor, mental and affective experiences described in the literature of transpersonal psychology, near-death studies and other sources covering transpersonal, spiritual or medical topics. The phenomenon is sometimes called the "Kundalini-syndrome", the "Physio-Kundalini syndrome", or simply referred to as a "syndrome". Other researchers, while not using the term "syndrome",Note a have also begun to address this phenomenon as a clinical category, or as a recognizable symptomatology. The concept of Kundalini comes from Hinduism and is traditionally used to describe a progression of psycho-spiritual potentials, associated with the understanding of the body as a vehicle for spiritual energies. Terminology Commentators seem to use different terms when describing the symptomatology and phenomenology of kundalini. These terms are similar to, but not quite synonymous with, the term "Kundalini syndrome".
Mindfulness --F.A.Q. What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a simple technique for learning to work in the present moment with the stresses in our lives in a less reactive and more accepting manner. Mindfulness helps us see our lives and our habitual reactions to the unavoidable difficulties of life with clarity, so that we can learn to respond to and cope with difficulties in a purposeful and skillful manner. Thousands of people have found mindfulness training profoundly helpful for managing and reducing stress. Mindfulness enhances our capacity for living in the present to our fullest ability by supporting the development of greater awareness, making it possible to experience and appreciate the richness of life as it unfolds, moment by moment, in any situation. Who Might Benefit from Learning Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a wellness practice that can help you optimize your ability to handle life’s inevitable difficulties. How Does One Practice Mindfulness? Where did Mindfulness Practice Come From?
Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem In this incredibly competitive society of ours, how many of us truly feel good about ourselves? I remember once, as a freshman in college, after spending hours getting ready for a big party, I complained to my boyfriend that my hair, makeup, and outfit were woefully inadequate. He tried to reassure me by saying, “Don’t worry, you look fine.” Juan Estey “Fine? Oh great, I always wanted to look fine . . .” The desire to feel special is understandable. Not very well. How can we grow if we can’t acknowledge our own weaknesses? Continually feeding our need for positive self-evaluation is a bit like stuffing ourselves with candy. The result is often devastating. And of course, the goalposts for what counts as “good enough” seem always to remain out of reach. Another way So what’s the answer? When I first came across the idea of “self-compassion,” it changed my life almost immediately. After getting my Ph.D., I did two years of postdoctoral training with a leading self-esteem researcher.
Kundalini Kundalini chakra diagram Kundalini (Sanskrit kuṇḍalinī, कुण्डलिनी, pronunciation ) stems from yogic philosophy as a form of feminine shakti or "corporeal energy". Kundalini is described within Eastern religious, or spiritual, tradition as an indwelling spiritual energy that can be awakened in order to purify the subtle system and ultimately to bestow the state of Yoga, or Divine Union, upon the 'seeker' of truth ". The Yoga Upanishads describe Kundalini as lying "coiled" at the base of the spine, represented as either a goddess or sleeping serpent waiting to be awakened. In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force. It is reported that Kundalini awakening results in deep meditation, enlightenment and bliss. This awakening involves the Kundalini physically moving up the central channel to reside within the Sahasrara Chakra above the head. Etymology The Sanskrit adjective kuṇḍalin means "circular, annular". and
4 scientific studies on how meditation can affect your heart and brain Many people have tried to sell me on the idea of meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have an incredible, refreshing experience. But usually, as I close my eyes and focus on my breathing, while I know that I’m supposed to be letting all thoughts go, more and more fly through my mind. Soon I have a laundry-list of “to-dos” in my head … and then my legs fall asleep. Today’s TED Talk, however, might actually convince me to give meditation another shot. “We live in an incredibly busy world. In this talk, Puddicombe — who is as equally as turned off by incense as me — shares the fascinating story of how he become a monk, and gives a convincing argument for why it is worth it to take 10 minutes a day to refresh the mind. “Most people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind, but actually it’s much different than that,” says Puddicombe. To see a demonstration, with juggling, watch this surprising talk.
Women’s Body Image Woes It’s documented that a portion of the population suffers from low self-esteem and body image issues. Some of those individuals may be willing to make significant sacrifices to obtain the “ideal body,” suggests The Succeed Foundation Body Image Survey, which included 320 women from 20 British universities. The women ranged in age from 18 to 65, with an average age of 24.5 years. The data revealed that 30% of respondents would trade at least 1 year of life to achieve ideal body weight and shape. “As someone who works with hundreds of women in the realm of body change as well as behavioral and mindset aspects of the process, the findings do not surprise me at all,” says Jill Coleman, owner of JillFit Physiques in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Do you find yourself experiencing feelings of dissatisfaction when looking in the mirror? Focus on Inches and Circumference. The research information was adapted from a press release from Medical News Today.
Meditation Forum Taming the Mind : A Conversation with Dan Harris (Photo via h.koppdelaney) Dan Harris is a co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America on ABC News. He has reported from all over the world, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq, and producing investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. He has also spent many years covering religion in America, despite the fact that he is agnostic. Dan’s new book, 10 Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story, hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Dan was kind enough to discuss the practice of meditation with me for this page. Sam: One thing I love about your book—admittedly, somewhat selfishly—is that it’s exactly the book I would want people to read before Waking Up comes out in the fall. Dan: I was incredibly skeptical about meditation. Sam: Rarely has the connection between yoga and child abuse been illustrated so clearly. Dan: No doubt.
Two New Principles of Applied Improvisation - The Applied Improvisation Network Is it possible that there are some principles of applied improvisation that we have overlooked? Have we cast these current model in stone and is there space to play with improvisation itself? Read on... Over the last twenty years, I've been involved in improvisation in a range of different fields. Through Brighton's Theatrelab, which was based at the Marlborough Theatre (as well as other spaces in Brighton) we explored improvisation as a group from new perspectives. The Upstairs Theatre's play-in-a-day concept looked at how we can quickly flow from conception to live public performance. My work in the field of applied improvisation led to the creation of many new improvisation activities. Also working with Conscious Business UK and the Open Space community has allowed me to explore notions of presence and emergence. It's been through working in both the fields of theatre and organisational facilitation that I've come to identify some potential new principles of applied improvisation.
Surviving Whole Foods | Kelly MacLean Whole Foods is like Vegas. You go there to feel good but you leave broke, disoriented, and with the newfound knowledge that you have a vaginal disease. Unlike Vegas, Whole Foods’ clientele are all about mindfulness and compassion... until they get to the parking lot. Then it’s war. As I pull up this morning, I see a pregnant lady on the crosswalk holding a baby and groceries. As the great, sliding glass doors part I am immediately smacked in the face by a wall of cool, moist air that smells of strawberries and orchids. The first thing I see is the great wall of kombucha — 42 different kinds of rotten tea. Next I see the gluten-free section filled with crackers and bread made from various wheat-substitutes such as cardboard and sawdust. Next I approach the beauty aisle. I grab a handful of peanut butter pretzels on my way out of this stupid aisle. Next I come to the vitamin aisle which is a danger zone for any broke hypochondriac. A thousand minutes later, I get to the cashier.