"If there is something you truly want to know, then you truly want to listen to your own wisdom. You know, meditation is learning how to listen with your own wisdom, so that you can see. I think why meditation is amazingly important, is that somehow our unconscious world is much bigger. "The most important thing is practice in daily life; then you can know gradually the true value of religion. I would strongly advise everyone to make an effort to start with a serious course in meditation in a centre or group under the guidance of an experienced teacher, preferably with at least a few days in silence. Many people discover it quickly becomes more essential and helpful than a good breakfast or 'the first cup of coffee' in the morning. Before starting meditation, ideally we need to take care of a few things: - a quiet place (using music is nice for relaxing, but not really meditation), switching off the phone will help The Mind: The Session: 1. ^Top of Page "Don't move.
» Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Quieting the MindEditor’s note: This is a guest post from Todd Goldfarb at the We The Change blog. Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area. The practice comes with a myriad of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general feeling of happiness. Although a great number of people try meditation at some point in their lives, a small percentage actually stick with it for the long-term. The purpose of this article is to provide 20 practical recommendations to help beginners get past the initial hurdles and integrate meditation over the long term: 1) Make it a formal practice. 2) Start with the breath. 4) Meditate with Purpose. 5) Notice frustration creep up on you. 6) Experiment. 7) Feel your body parts. 8) Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. 9) Read a book (or two) on meditation. is terrific for beginners. 10) Commit for the long haul. 11) Listen to instructional tapes and CDs. 13) Make sure you will not be disturbed.
What Is Meditation? Cool"If you go to Catholic, Jaina, Buddhist monks you will find them very nervous – maybe not so nervous in their monasteries, but if you bring them out to the world, you will find them very, very nervous because on each step there is temptation. "A man of meditation comes to a point where there is no temptation left. Try to understand it. Temptation never comes from without: it is the repressed desire, repressed energy, repressed sex, repressed greed that creates temptation. Temptation comes from within you, it has nothing to do with the without. "People live with cliches – 'Hello, how are you?' "A man of meditation has learned how to be full of energy, at the maximum, optimum. Osho, Dang Dang Doko Dang, Talk #5 To continue reading click here
How One Simple Breathing Technique Can Induce Better HealthBy Lorraine Ereira Guest Writer for Wake Up World We all do it, all day, every day. Even while we sleep. In fact we never ever stop doing it. If we did we would die. It is the simple act of respiration. I would like to share with you an extract from my latest book Sports Pattern Releaseâ„¢. “Breathing is something that is all too often overlooked but is of the utmost importance in correct biomechanical function. “There are many different yoga breathing exercises. So by simply working on our breathing technique we can induce better health both physiologically and mentally. Try this exercise for a few minutes each day Either lie down or sit with a lengthened spine, to open the airways fully. The more you practice the deeper your breathing will become and the more benefits you will achieve. Sports Pattern Release A message from the editor… Lorraine Ereira is a writer and a Sports Therapist with a keen interest in nutrition and natural healthy living. Previous article by Lorraine:
How to Use a MalaA mala is a string of beads, used to chant the names of God. It’s the same thing as prayer beads, or a rosary. A Hindu mala typically has either 108 beads (108 being considered a sacred number in Hinduism) or 27 beads (which is one-fourth of 108). In addition to the 108 or 27 “counting beads,” a mala generally has an additional bead, called the “guru bead,” which hangs perpendicular to the circle of counting beads. A Hindu mala is usually worked with by using the right hand. The mala is held resting over the third finger of the right hand, and the beads are brought toward you, one by one, using the thumb. Now for those of you who are left-handed (as I am): In India, you would be inclined to use the right hand anyway, because of certain cultural traditions. Doing a mantra doesn’t require using a mala; the mala is just there to add another dimension to the practice. Help Support These Teachings I would like to make a contribution of: LSRF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
7 Powerful Relaxation TechniquesThe stress of modern life can make real relaxation an elusive dream. Yet there is no reason life has to be filled with anxiety and stress. If you take some time to learn the art of relaxation, you can easily rediscover the enjoyment in life. The secret of relaxation is a controlled state of mind. For example, you could spend a whole hour in a health spa; but, if you spend the whole time worrying about what will happen tomorrow, how can you relax? Relaxation Techniques 1. 2. These constant subconscious reminders are a heavy weight on the mind. 3. 4. 5. This doesn’t mean we’re indifferent to the views of others; it just means we won’t allow ourselves to lose our inner peace because of their opinions. 6. 7. Relaxation is as simple as gentle Breathing If you feel stressed take a few moments out. Tejvan Pettinger is a member of the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre. Photo by: Tejvan Pettinger
Mudras: The Healing Power in your Hands“In this respect, Kundalini Yoga assumes that every area of the hand forms a reflex zone for an associated part of the body and the brain. In this way, we can consider the hands to be a mirror for our body and our mind.” ~ Lothar Rüdiger Lütge, Kundalini yoga expert Practiced since antiquity in combination with pranayama, asanas and meditation, Mudras or Hand Gestures is a practice to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Our hands define our karma and fingers being the power points, are a link between individual Pranic force and universal cosmic energy. The subtle hand and finger movements make important connections in the nervous system and stimulate specific energy pathways or nadis. Human body is an amalgamation of 5 elements of nature – Earth, Air, Water, Space and Fire & each finger acts as a representative of one element. Mudras redirect the energy flow to the upper Chakras, and gradually establish a link between all the Koshas (layers) of the body.
How to Use Meditation to Help You Out of a Depressive StateBy Robert L. Rupp Guest Writer for Wake Up World We live in interesting times. Depression is a formidable opponent for millions. From a neurological standpoint, most people effected by depression show reduced alpha activity in the frontal lobes. It should be understood that meditation, although simple, has been proven to offer moderate relief in addressing psychological stress. Knowing that meditating causes an increase in alpha brainwave activity and that those with depression show reduced alpha wave activity in the frontal lobes helps many to place belief in their meditative practice. In order to use meditation to help bring you out of a depressive state, the first thing you must do is believe it will work. Once you have the desire to improve your mental health and mood with the aid of meditation, you need to simply start practicing. Because the alpha brainwave state is the goal and alpha is a state of relaxation, it is important that you be relaxed. Reference: About the author:
Alternate Nostril Breathing | Fiona ChildsAlternate Nostril Breathing, also known as Nadi Shodhana, is an extremely effective stress relief tool. Emphasis: …an extremely effective stress relief tool. It might sound a bit woo woo, but it is in fact a breathing technique that is scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure, increase focus and reduce cortisol (using the gold standard for scientific studies — randomized and placebo-controlled). Not only that, but nadi shodhana is totally free, easy to do and available any time. This breathing exercise is a life hack that will reduce your stress level and your cortisol in a jiffy. You can use this technique any time you want. My children love this breathing practice too and utilize it throughout their days — especially right before homework time. Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana) Steps 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. When you try this for the first time, take note of how you feel before you do it and then after. According to functional medical practitioner, Dr.