Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, thinking mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. There are many different meditation methods. At the core of meditation is the goal to focus and eventually quiet your mind. As you progress, you will find that you can meditate anywhere and at any time, accessing an inner calm no matter what's going on around you. But first, you have to learn to tame your mind...
by Lorin Roche, PhD
Body and soul love each other. This is what it is to exist - you are a soul who has chosen to take on a body and participate in life on Earth. It’s an adventure. On your journey, you might feel, from time to time, the need to refresh yourself in the soul’s innate happiness and consciousness...
Editor's Note from David Pratt: I have been reading the gorgeous and rich, Radiance Sutras - a version of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, by Lorin Roche. The 112 sutras that make up the text are meditations spoken by Shiva in response to his Goddess lover's questioning. In this article, Lorin brings the practicality of one sutra alive by showing how he has helped specific individuals find their own, unique and perfect way to meditate.
by Roxana Jones
Some time ago, a film director friend showed me a video anonymously sent to him. It was of the execution of a murderer who had been found guilty and sentenced to the electric chair. Those images have left a strong impact on me ever since, not so much because of their grotesque and morbid nature but because of what they have shown me about our global society –and I include myself as part of the whole...
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: Yes, yes. I love this article. Please read it and think. Roxana writes so clearly here how our old methods of punishing criminals just don't work. We are moving into a time of the heart. In doing so, we must reconsider and break down old beliefs. We must meditate, find sanctuary, find quiet. If we can do these things internally, it allows us to do them externally as well and to open to more compassion and forgiveness... even to those that seemingly don't deserve any. If we can do this, we can break detrimental cycles that ultimately hurt us all.
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: This is the intro video for a series of meditation instructions by Buddhist monk, Yuttadhammo. This is nice stuff. His focus is on utilizing a mantra in awareness of the four states of reality: body, feelings, mind/thoughts and mental states (ie, emotional states, states of doubt, states of clarity).
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!"
by Jaime De La Barrera
Aging to me means that I will be able to perform everyday task without a problem for as long as possible such as bathing, eating, dressing, shopping, cooking, taking the bus, walking a flight of steps or half a mile, lifting or carrying weight, meditate, reading, writing or handling small objects, help others.
Editor's Note: The contents of this article are for educational purposes only and in no way intended to substitute for the advice of a health care professional. I encourage Internet users to be careful when using medical information. If you are unsure about your medical condition, consult a physician or a medical herbalist.
by Sue Meyn, LPC
I am sitting in the post office today with packages to be mailed. I walked in and snatched my number from the machine, the one that determines how long the wait will be, and saw that it was going to be a bit.
I sat down on a bench, one of those hard wooden ones, and closed my eyes. I thought I might meditate…or just rest…and as I did that realized that once I closed my eyes I could be anywhere...
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Robert McDowell
Poetry as spiritual practice embodies gratitude and evokes it. Living at the fast pace that most of us do, it’s easy to forget the people, animals, places, occasions and things we’re grateful for. I sit down to recite my poems and prayers and meditate, but my mind is agitated...
Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: Robert suggests honoring your gratitude with spiritual poetry. It's a fun way to move into gratitude! Also, check out his new book, The More We Get Together: The Sexual and Spiritual Language of Love, available Oct. 26th.
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