Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: Truly transcendental, Snatam Kaur's beautiful rendition of this sacred mantra is simply divine. Whether sitting to meditate or driving to work, it inspires grace and ease. Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
Translated: I bow to the subtle divine wisdom. I bow to the divine teacher within.
by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The essay is the only literary form which confesses, in its very name, that the rash act known as writing is really a leap in the dark. When men try to write a tragedy, they do not call the tragedy a try-on...
Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: I know... proposing Americans to write an essay looks like explaining a shoemaker how to make shoes. Essays are the necessary part of academic activity, of contemporary education. You describe “in your own words” some outline, you prepare for exams, you write sketches for a newspaper. But this is what an Essay became after naturalization in USA. Primarily, from Michel de Montaigne, who was the first in this field (XVI century) it was just an attempt to say or meditate on anything (from French “essayer” - to try)...
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by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Every human being has the need to meditate because it is a natural tendency of human life to look for a joy that doesn’t diminish, a love that doesn’t distort or turn into negative emotions...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: This is the a first in a series from Sri Sri.
by Michael Erlewine
Learning meditation is hard because it can be boring. Like trying to thread a needle, there is no easy way to do it except to do it. For starters, you have to learn to focus and concentrate. Often the breath is what we concentrate on, but here is the problem...
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: I enjoy reading about different ways to meditate. Michael really gives a different angle to the practice making it practical for everyone.
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: Meditation can happen if you just have one minute... the video describes a minute as... "A moment with handles on it." Love that. Oooo, and I love when they state... "It's ok to smile" while meditating. Hot dog on that.
by Karen Maezen Miller
In the early summer of 1997, my husband and I found ourselves in the backyard of an empty house on a quiet street in Sierra Madre, a suburb of Los Angeles. The backyard was Southern California’s oldest private Japanese garden, an oasis of ponds and pines that had stood mostly intact since 1916...
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: Some years ago, I got attracted to do Zen meditation after reading a book. At the beginning, I meditated at home, later in a Zen Center. Zen meditation has changed my perception about life. I have found compassion, gratitude and simplicity, and I am deeply grateful for that experience. Karen Maezen Miller's article describes beautiful principles that will detangle the complexities of your life and make it easier.
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: If you aren't aware of Sri Sri, this sums up his amazing work. Watch the clip of him in Buenos Aires where over 150,000 people meditated together for world peace. Pow!
by Sandra Miniere, MEd
ATH Asst. Editor of Sacred Living
While trying to meditate, I could not get my mind quiet. I was thinking about all of the people who had problems: one person with cancer; one person with financial issues, career issues of my own, and so on...
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