Understanding Mindfulness AND Concentration

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Your practices of Mindfulness and Meditation are a mental balancing act that cultivate two different aspects of the mind. However, by balancing the facilities of the mind, you establish peace and clarity of the mind. These two practices can be compared to the wings of a bird. With two strong and balanced wings, you fly [...]

What is Bhakti Meditation?

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Bhakti yoga meditation is a practice of absolute devotion, combining a variety of techniques including visualization, sound and senses, but mostly emotional passion raised and directed toward our own unique remembrance of the Divine…the beloved one Source of all that Is. Simply, it is a heart-based process that allows for one-pointed / single-minded unwavering love [...]

Minding the Emotions

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In mindfulness practice we come to view the emotions as being a separate entity that is not the Self. From your own life experience, you are aware that having an emotion can be either quite pleasurable, or rise into conditions such as anxiety, fear, jealousy, doubt.  Obviously, living through the rise and fall of negative [...]

Give Away Everything you Want

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Today's lesson invokes the Law of Cause and Effect, and is actually quite simple to understand, although difficult for most of us to put into practice. Many of us struggle trying to "get what we want," but to obtain your desires easily and effortlessly, you must first believe that you have what you want...and such [...]

Joy Affirmation

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It is the imprints of the Mind that move the unseen forces and laws of the Universe. Generally, these imprints of the mind are called thoughts, however; an imprint of the Mind is the combined vibration of thought and emotion. In short, you, as a conscious creator, move the laws of the Universe: Law of [...]

The Illusion of Addiction

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Have you become your addiction, or has your addiction become You? In this view, both are non-realities. The condition may seem to be, but according the Yoga Sciences, this is merely an illusion produced by the perceptions of the mind. If you, or anyone you know currently struggles with addiction, yes...chemical shifts have occurred in [...]

Truth as a Power

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  Realizing the dynamic Universal Laws, the first being that there is only one Absolute Source, which is SAT CHIT ANANDA, (true consciousness is bliss,) then there must also be only one source of Truth. However, in our modern society, we are constantly bombarded with multiple versions and ideas of what others present as truth. [...]

A Buddhist Teaching on Anger

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One day the Buddha visited a village.  As he was greeted by the people, an angry and rude speaking young man began insulting him... “You have no right teaching others” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.” The Buddha remained calm, and did not take the insults [...]

The Name Game: Letting go of Labels in Vipassana Meditation

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The intellect belonging to our rational mind is designed to keep us safe and out of harm's way as we navigate our bodies in this 3-dimensional world of potential dangers, and potential happiness. Life experience and basic instincts guide our efforts for survival. We learn from infancy into our toddler years, that matches burn, stoves [...]

Gyan Mudra: A position of Wisdom

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Mudras are generally hand gestures, but may also be body positions, which belong to the Yoga Sciences.   The purpose for incorporating mudras into your yoga and meditation practice is to invoke shifts within your consciousness that will assist you as you develop higher levels of spiritual awareness. Most of us are familiar with Gyan [...]