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Moments of Quiet Reflection
In a world full of noise and frenzy, it’s to one’s advantage to have some quiet moments of reflection every now and then. It doesn’t have to be every day but five to ten minutes for a couple of times per week can really make a difference in helping you do some self-reflection. Activities like yoga, meditation, or just doing deep breathing exercises will allow your mind to quiet itself and reflect on nothing at all or to concentrate on a specific thought. Hearing your own voice and thoughts in your mind is not easy to do but it helps put your past, present, and future into a clearer perspective. It’s a real and underrated pleasure in letting your thoughts run away to new places and to still control where they go.
How to Activate and Align Your Chakras
Feeling like you are stuck in a rut? Need a change, a re-awakening? Tired of feeling drained and disconnected? I was too, so I decided to make a change.
How to Use the Neti Pot
Important Tips On How to Use the Neti Pot People often tip their head down while doing the Neti so water will go up into the nose or down the back of the throat. Think of the Wood Labyrinth Game, you have to turn every thing just right to get the marble to go slowly in the right direction. Same with the water, keep the head more or less level to feel where your starting point it, then move the head accordingly to guide the water through to come out the other nostril. It is an odd feeling having the water come through your nostrils but the benefits are priceless.
A Glimpse of My Pilgrimage
For the past two years, I have been struggling with my seated meditation practice. I was given my personal mantra from my teacher in 2011 at Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. It has been an amazing relationship as I have gone from being an excited child to feeling like it isn’t worth the time to missing it and wanting nothing more than to sit and meditate and yet found it difficult. Prior to my personal mantra I do an starting mantra that my teacher has given me to continue to nourish my body, mind and soul. However, this mantra was so difficult and became my struggle for the past two years.
Start Your Meditation with Contemplation
When I first started meditating it was so difficult. My mind was everywhere and with each thought a strong emotion followed. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster and thought, “why in the hell is this going to help me?” I felt so tired after each sitting session.
The Best Mobile Applications for Massages
Everybody loves a good massage. It is an excellent way to relax, feel great, and let your worries dissolve away as your body gets to let go of some of the tension and stress that makes it both tighten up and lose its limber. In this day and age, it is now easier than ever to have the ability to make a massage appointment without leaving your house or apartment. There are a couple of mobile applications out there on the market that are designed to help you set up a massage appointment with real massage experts who are either actual employees of the company or independent massage therapists.
Meditation Tips to Ease Anxiety
Anxiety can sometimes seem like some grotesque, irresistible monster that demands of us our life, health, peace of mind, and time. Time most of all. It so often robs us of time and life. Time to breathe. Time to settle. Time to expand our wings and soar to the heavens.
Zen and the Art of Mindfulness at Work
What do some of the largest employers in America, the U.S. military, and ivy-league business schools have in common? MINDFULNESS. Big, forward-thinking organizations are leading the movement toward creating a society that is more focused, centered, and connected through the ancient practice of mindfulness.
Samadhi - The 8th Limb of Yoga
According to 'The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali,' there is a gradation of Samadhi (translated as equanimity). The subtleties of this final limb of yoga can only be understood when we begin to train the mind to focus through our meditation. Dharana (one-pointed concentration) leads to Dhyana (continuous flow of meditation) which ultimately leads to Samadhi, the superconscious state where we gain the power to transcend the mind. When we surrender and allow ourselves to let go of control over the mind, then the truth can be revealed.
Gaining Mastery of Your Senses
"If a man's reason succumbs to the pull of his senses he is lost. On the other hand, if there is rhythmic control of the breath, the senses instead of running after external objects of desire turn inwards, and man is set free from their tyranny." —B.K.S Iyengar 'Light on Yoga'
Best On-The-Go Meditation Places
Of course meditating in the serene zen garden in your backyard is ideal, but it also may not be realistic depending on your living situation, which leaves us many people looking for suitable on-the-go meditation places. If you’re like me, finding a peaceful corner in my own apartment is next to impossible, let alone a private outdoor space. Luckily, it’s not necessary to have this perfect, private place to meditate. There are plenty of public spaces and situations where you can sneak in a 15-20 minute revitalizing meditation session. Whether you’re a student managing a busy schedule or a parent managing three kids’ busy schedules, there’s always a time and place you can find to meditate on-the-go.