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release the summer heat with watermelon

Summer may be ending, but, depending on your constitution, you may now be feeling the effects of excess Pitta.  We’ve all felt it on particularly hot days and even Shakespeare writes of this.  In Romeo and Juliet, just before the

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samadhi – the goal of the eight limbs of ashtanga

Although the first seven of the eight limbs of Ashtanga are worthwhile stages, the ultimate goal is Samadhi, the eighth limb. Samadhi is a state of bliss that can also be thought of as enlightenment or another level of consciousness.

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finding comfort in uncertainty with koan meditation

Describe the sound of one hand clapping… You could respond in any number of ways to that challenge. A common response would be to smile or laugh a little, thinking the request was just a joke. Or you might be

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dhyana – limb 7 in the 8 limbs of ashtanga

In Patanjali’s 8 limbs of ashtanga yoga, a state of meditation, known as Dhyana, is the seventh limb. You transition into this limb from the sixth limb of Dharana, where you learn to focus your thoughts. When you have focused

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labyrinth meditation: a journey to one’s own center

Summer is a time when many of us experience shifts in our schedules and activities. Leisure time, daylight hours, and temperatures all increase. With the lifestyle changes of the season in mind, it’s a good time to put aside our

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