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7 Yoga Breathing Techniques For Vibrant Living

7 Yoga Breathing Techniques For Vibrant Living

By Eric Santagada Most people give little thought to their breathing.  The ancient yogis, on the other hand, have spent countless lifetimes practicing and refining optimal breathing techniques.  Their results led to an astounding conclusion – vibrant health, long life, mental clarity, and happiness are the fruits of effective breathing. As it turns out, the answer has been under our noses the whole time. The yogis call these breathing exercises ‘pranayama’, which means “regulation of the life force.” In fact, breathing…

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BEING, FEELING, KNOWING, DOING – A Wholistic 4-Part Meditation for Busy People

BEING, FEELING, KNOWING, DOING – A Wholistic 4-Part Meditation for Busy People

This article, a guest post from Eric Santagada, outlines a four-part meditation that combines ancient Indian wisdom with modern science, in a way that is simple and comprehensive.  It can be done in as little as 5 minutes, or can be stretched out to an hour or more.  I do this first thing every morning, for 20-40 minutes.  I learned the basic structure from the great Deepak Chopra. Everyone is talking about meditation.  From CEOs to linebackers, from doctors to…

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How the Zen Practice of Gassho Can Add Balance and Meaning to Your Life

How the Zen Practice of Gassho Can Add Balance and Meaning to Your Life

In 1893, the Western world received the incredible teaching of Zen. It was then that Rinzai Zen master Soyen Shaku, who is recognized as the first Zen Buddhist priest to come to the United States, was invited to and participated in the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. In the decades following that fateful trip, we would have the pleasure of welcoming several great Zen masters from Japan, including D.T. Suzuki and Shunryu Suzuki (no relation), author of Zen Mind,…

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5 Mindfulness Exercises to Realize Peace in Everyday Life

5 Mindfulness Exercises to Realize Peace in Everyday Life

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re driving a car. There are two lanes, but no other cars are in sight. You’re racing down an empty highway. Along the way, you pass by beautiful landmarks, wondrous moments of magic, and even a little danger. But you’re not looking at what’s beside you, so you miss the landmarks and all of the magic. You’re looking straight ahead, racing as fast as you can. For most of us, this is how we live…

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Ten Thousand Flowers In Spring

Ten Thousand Flowers In Spring

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life. ~ Wu-men ~ The changing of seasons. Who can’t relate? Here in Boston, I can feel the end of summer creeping in. The sun is going down earlier and the nights are getting longer. That cool, autumn air is starting to poke its head around the corner….

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The Daily Remembrances: 5 Things To Remember Every Day According to The Buddha

The Daily Remembrances: 5 Things To Remember Every Day According to The Buddha

Many people spend their entire lives asking how we should live: What is the best way? How can we be happy when life is so difficult? How can I accomplish all of my goals? However, most of us never think to ask the important questions. Either that, or we’re too afraid of the answer: What are the rules of the game? What are the truths we need to face in order to realize a fulfilling life? They’re not always pretty,…

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Mondo Zen: Bridging The Gap Between Mindfulness and Psychology

Mondo Zen: Bridging The Gap Between Mindfulness and Psychology

By Kristopher Drummond “There is a huge amount of unnecessary suffering in the world—unnecessary because it does not arise directly from our life circumstances, but from the conditioned way in which we react to our own memories, stories and beliefs. From the ego’s perspective, emotions such as anger, shame, depression, and anxiety appear to be involuntary and automatic. We seem to be “at the mercy” of these emotions. But, in fact, they are not just emotions, but reactive forms of…

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My Fellow Gurus: The Other-side of Meditation

My Fellow Gurus: The Other-side of Meditation

Contributed by Douglas Boter I’m not your typical guru. To quote Oh from the movie Home, “I don’t fit in. I fit out.” It’s no surprise then that my spiritual path involves creating workarounds. I was desperate to become enlightened, yet the traditional ways of doing it didn’t work for me. So if you too secretly hate meditation, even though wish you liked it, or think you must be doing it wrong, this might help you. If you are desperate…

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Finding A Meditation Routine That Works

Finding A Meditation Routine That Works

I’ve finally found a meditation routine that works for me. It took years, but at long last, I’ve settled into a place where I feel like I’m making sustainable progress. I don’t profess to know what will work for you, but I’ve made a few simple changes this year that have helped me to deepen my meditation practice. I first became interested in meditation four or five years ago. I was intrigued by the idea of mindfulness, and like many people,…

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Everything That Remains

Everything That Remains

I just read Everything That Remains, a memoir by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, or “The Minimalists” as they’re more often called. Minimalism is not a new concept, but it seems to be enjoying a cultural moment right now, and the overarching premise is pretty simple: Get rid of stuff you don’t need Stop buying new stuff Focus instead on passions, people, and experiences that are important to you Enjoy a more meaningful, happier life Am I a Minimalist? Whether intentional or…

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