by David Pratt, LMT, BA
It is estimated that more than 15 million Americans have asthma, and the number rises each year. This well-known condition makes it hard for people to breathe, and at its worst, it can be life-threatening...
Author's Note: Many people don't know that asthma can be controlled, and in some cases even resolved with appropriate massage and bodywork combined with self-care. Research shows this to be true, and many massage therapists and their happy clients can also attest to this fact.
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Editor's Note: The author of The End of Your World, Emptiness Dancing, and True Meditation, Adyashanti offers spontaneous and direct nondual teachings that have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages. In this video, he explains why identifying with and believing the content of our thoughts is the equivalent of living in a dream world. True meditation, he says, is key to waking up from the dream.
by Hal Mosher
Meditation on the five elements of the body is an old tradition which is used primarily to loosen the grasping at the self. In Tai Chi these elements take the form of animals and their corresponding organs.
by Janis Masyk-Jackson
Meditation is an altered state of consciousness which removes distraction and allows a person clarity and awareness. Beginning with ancient man, the practice of meditation spread throughout the world and evolved into many different forms...
by Sr. Chau Nghiem
Touching the earth is a practice developed by Thich Nhat Hanh to help us connect with the many different aspects of who we are: our blood and spiritual families; the country we live in; and all beings– animals, plants and minerals. When we are connected to our roots, to all that sustains us, we are happy and solid, no longer isolated and lonely. The following text is a version for young people written by Sr. Steadiness and Sr. Swiftness. For the original text see Teachings on Love, by Thich Nhat Hanh or click here for the Five Touchings of the Earth and here for the Three Touchings of the Earth and here for more practices.
Editor’s Note: Another wonderful meditation practice to do with the young ones.
by Claire Austen
Concentration is the sixth limb of Pantajali’s eight limbs of yoga. Pantanjali’s sutra’s define concentration as,
III.1 “When the attention of the mind-stuff is directed in a single stream to a chosen field without being dissipated and thus distracted – that is concentration.”...
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: The practice of yoga is an act of moving meditation. According to Pantajali's eight limbs of yoga, concentration is the sixth limb, which can be achieved through focusing on breath and movement in your yoga practice.
This clip is from Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's opening talk at the UMass Center for Mindfulness 3rd Annual International Scientific Conference in Worcester, MA in April 2005...
by Vincent Horn
So much of what I’ve been learning about lately is around vulnerability. Vulnerability in a psychological sense, of seeing my own limitations and being willing to acknowledge them. And also in a more cognitive and spiritual sense. The cognitive vulnerability has to do with dropping common ways of knowing and doing things, and stepping into new and uncomfortable territory, kind of like an infant when it takes a few shaky steps...
Editor's Note: I'm a big fan of Vincent Horn's podcast and writings. He has a remarkable wisdom for his age and loves tackling important questions.
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