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 Sarah McLean
When people ask Patricia Wheat, an award-winning facialist, why her skin looks even better than before, she tells them, "I haven't changed a thing, except now I meditate every day..."
by Joan Kaplan, MA, LMT
Why meditate? What will it do for me? These are questions often asked by people who are thinking about starting a meditation practice. Even for those of us who have practiced for a long time, it is always helpful to be reminded of why we practice. Why is it even called, “practice”?...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: I don't know what I would do without meditation. Enough said.
by Jamila Gorman
Controlling the subconscious mind through visualization exercises can be a form of self-hypnosis or a stage of spiritual awareness in which visualization is a powerful tool. Many individuals believe both result in the same state of mind for the individual, making them ultimately the same process...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: Many people meditate by using visualizations or through guided meditations that also focus on visual scenarios. This article discusses the benefits of visualization practices as our minds and bodies can react just as profoundly to "reality" or to the reality that we create in our heads.
Editor's Note: Jon Kabat-Zinn has such a great way of putting meditation practice into perspective. We meditate in order to cultivate intimacy with what it means to human. It, of course, starts with sitting down twice a day, eyes closed. It continues when we open our eyes to a new awareness. Live your life - moment by moment.
by Ron Crouch
When I first began meditating and read about things like the “path,” “way” and “journey,” I assumed that these terms were just metaphors that described a kind of personal growth that takes place on one’s spiritual quest. I had a vague notion that if I meditated I would gradually become a better person, and that it was this personal transformation that was referred to by the language of “paths” and “journeys...”
Editor's Note: Perspectives on enlightenment differ dramatically from tradition to tradition. In some, enlightenment is rarely, if ever, discussed at all. In others, it is seen as something only attainable by the ancients. What's so interesting about Hawaii-based meditation teacher Ron Crouch is that he spells out states and stages explicitly. Is this controversial? Yes. Is it a perspective worth considering? Count me in the camp that says "absolutely!"
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: If you aren't familiar with Tom Kenyon, he is a renowned sound healer. The visuals here are quite amazing, but I also suggest that you close your eyes, meditate and feel the power of of Tom's healing sounds... as unusual as they can sometimes be but always enchanting, powerful and captivating.
by Sandra Miniere, MEd
ATH Asst. Editor of Sacred Living
Whether you meditate or just want to still your mind from its incessant chatter, I have a profound message to share with you. “Thirty sacred seconds” is all that it takes to allow your conscious mind to dis-identify with your thoughts and connect you with your divine mind...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Sandra Miniere shares a message she received in a vivid dream about the importance of achieving a connection to divine mind for 30 seconds each day. This connection opens the pathway to divine mind and the gift of inner peace. She shares three simple techniques you can do to achieve your "sacred 30 seconds." These mini-meditation exercises are fast food for the mind, body and soul with no negative consequences.
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