meditation

asana practice is meditation

You may not always think of it this way, but when you roll out your yoga mat at home or at your weekly class, you’re entering a meditation practice. Countless articles have been written about our western culture’s fascination—obsession, even—with

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meditation enhances creativity and problem solving

Creativity is not an easy thing to define. Its meaning varies widely, depending on a person’s background, profession, or general outlook on life. To an engineer, creativity might mean finding a solution to a nagging problem—like how to make a

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ikebana: meditation through flower arrangement

Many popular meditation techniques require a great deal of sitting still, and that can be a turnoff to some people. Walking meditation is a good alternative, but what if you’re someone who needs to be occupied in a task that

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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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meditating in nature: now clinically proven to be good for your brain

For years, the TV news program CBS Sunday Morning has closed each broadcast with a “Zen moment” of video footage featuring some aspect of nature. Whatever it may be—a flock of birds, a gurgling stream, a grazing buffalo herd, or

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trataka: developing concentration and focus through steady gazing

“As we are able to cease the restlessness of eyes seeking something or the other, by fixing its gaze, the restlessness of mind too comes to a halt.” (Anandmurti Gurumaa) As we’ve seen through the numerous discussions on this blog,

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balancing the chakras through yantra meditation – part 4

In addition to having a unique color, sound, and location within the body, each of the seven chakras also has a shape, or yantra, associated with it. These shapes provide yet another way to access the chakras through meditation, bringing

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using mantra in chakra meditation – part 3

Now that we’ve established the locations of the chakras and the colors associated with them, let’s explore another aspect of the chakras that can guide our meditation: their sounds. Each of the chakras has its own vibrational sound, or Bija mantra,

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balancing the chakras, color by color – part 2

Each of the seven main chakras in our body has a long list of characteristics associated with it, and in the first posting for this topic we introduced each chakra’s name, location in the body, and general traits linked with

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making the most of long-held poses: yin yoga as meditation – part 2

We began our discussion of Yin Yoga as a form of meditation with an overview of the theory behind Yin Yoga, how it differs from active, or yang, yoga practice, and how to enter and hold a Yin Yoga pose.

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