The science of anatomy states that emotions are a production of our brain and our mind. An emotion arises simply for the sake of survival. An emotion is a short-lived mental fluctuation, but when we start to identify with that emotion, it becomes a feeling or a mood, a longer lasting modification of the mind. [Read more…]
Drowsiness during meditation is a common problem especially for people who are new to meditation. This happens because the state of sleep and the state of meditation share similar qualities; both meditation and sleep involve the cessation of physical and mental activity and the withdrawal of the senses. However, in sleep, we are in a subconscious state and in meditation, we are in a state of super-consciousness (or we are at least aiming to achieve a state of super-consciousness). [Read more…]
is a powerful technique for developing compassion and going beyond ego. Tonglen is a well-known method originating from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The name Tonglen means “giving and receiving” – it is a process of taking in suffering and replacing it with love. Tonglen is not the same as praying for another person. It is feeling another’s suffering and transforming it. [Read more…]
This [Read more…]is an instrument to change something we do every day into an act of consciousness. It is a way of increasing awareness and living in the present moment. There is no destination, as every step becomes the destination.
This technique comes from the Buddhist tradition and was introduced to me by my teacher Sahajananda, founder of Hridaya Yoga. This is a good technique to use for 15-20 minutes before a meditation session, especially if you are having trouble calming the mind. I find it very useful on days when my mind is incredibly active and resisting meditation. [Read more…]
This holiday season I took part in a powerful 10-day meditation retreat. The first nine days were an incredible opportunity to interiorize, reflect and deepen the meditation practice, but the real jewel of the retreat was our last night which was December 31st. We began a special meditation that evening, then continued meditating through the night and ended on the evening of January 1st. One might wonder why a group of people would subject themselves to an entire day and night of sleep deprivation just to meditate, but our lengthy meditation session gave us the chance to connect with each time zone of the world at the corresponding time of their midnight. Most people do not consider that this crossing point between December 31st and January 1st is the most powerful energy wave of the year. [Read more…]
Year after year I would dread the approach of the holiday season. The stress and chaos that accompanies this time of year always overwhelmed me and I began to see as a materialistic, wasteful, over-indulgent event that I did not want to take part in. Although I always respected that many people see Christmas as a time for connecting with family, or for getting into the spirit of giving, I always felt that there was much more to Christmas than that. This year rather than spend another Christmas over-eating and over-purchasing, I sought to meditate on the original significance of this time of year. [Read more…]
To maintain balance and health we need to live in harmony nature’s daily cycle. There are times of the day that are more suitable than others for our regular daily activities such as waking, eating, exercising, relaxing, and of course, sleeping. The three doshas have a close relationship with the daily cycle; each of the doshas is most active at a particular time of day and night, and the energy associated with that dosha will affect us. If we become aware of the natural cycles according to , we can experience better health and become more in-tune with our bodies. [Read more…]