Energy Medicine is based on the fact that all living things emit an energy field. This field of bio-energy, sometimes known as the "aura", was called "chi" by the Chinese, or "prana" in the Indian tradition. Modalities include approaches such as: Reiki, crystal healing, meditation, healing touch, sound therapy, Pranic healing, aromatherapy, and a host of other healing art forms.
by Charles A. Francis
Loneliness is a widespread problem in Western society, especially among older adults, which doesn’t seem to get enough attention. As adults grow older, there is a tendency for them to become more isolated from their families and society in general...
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: Young people need mindfulness. Older adults need mindfulness. For gosh sake, all ages need mindfulness! This article speaks specifically to the healing of isolation which is an issue among the older population in the States. This article also features the studies done at Carnegie Mellon University via J. David Creswell which we have also highlighted separately on the meditation page.
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: The best line in this video, "To open your eyes, you simply have to close them."
by Rachel Holmes
Although modern yoga practice primarily focuses on the physical practice of postures accompanied by meditation and breathing techniques, traditionally, yoga involved much more than that. For example, Patanjali writes in his ancient text, the Yoga Sutras, that yogic practices are comprised of eight limbs...
Editor's Note: Most modern yoga practitioners learn about the deeper ideas that comprise a traditional yogic practice fairly gradually. Most become familiar with certain principles but still only regularly practice asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), and limited forms of dharana (mantras) or dhyana (meditation). Clearly, restricting our practice to the poses themselves along with some combination of meditation and deep breathing leaves out a great deal of the internal elements of yoga training. To find out the deeper affects of practicing all 8 limbs of yoga, read on!
by Tara Hornich-Lisciandro
Standardized tests, course exams, homework, after-school sports and activities, part-time jobs—many of our students live very busy and pressure-packed lives. As educators, we teach them how to better organize all of the “stuff” in their lives, but we rarely teach our students how to organize their thoughts and soothe their anxieties. Often, the stress of their daily lives accumulates until a “worry ball” forms...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: This article is written specifically to educators. But, aren't we all. Give it a read...
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Children can practice sitting meditation together in a circle. You bring your pebbles in, and after having breathed in and out with the bell, you pick out four pebbles, and you put them on your left. One of you will be the leader of sitting meditation. You invite the bell one time for people to breathe in and out, allow themselves the time to breathe in and out three times. And after having practiced three sounds of the bell, you begin your pebble meditation. I would like you to draw four things for me.
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: For kids...
by Donna Bloom
I recently taught a meditation class on gratefulness, especially in times of discomfort or turmoil. Everyone was instructed to think of an irritating episode during the past week and actually bring up the feelings and discomfort. The next step was to list five blessing of gratitude, in light of the irritation. The class felt the exercise was therapeutic and each had their own “Ah Ha moment.” This exercise was training for future experiences...
by Anna Hunt
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com
“Concentration is taking your mind off many things and putting it on one thing at a time.” – Ananda Sangha
Imagine what you could do if you could concentrate better. You could use your time more efficiently...
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: Many people feel distracted, and can't really concentrate on the current moment. Everything is so fast paced, and we are so over-stimulated with information in our hands... Yoga is a great way to slow down our breath, and focus on the present moment.
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