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Unique Meditation Exercises

Unique Meditation Exercises

“Meditation means I have to sit still, shut my eyes, and breathe in complete silence… right?” Silence and deep breathing are essential to many meditation traditions, but that doesn’t mean that formal practice is the only route you can go. Like all spiritual exercises, meditation is done best when it feels right to you, whether that means a conventional practice or a more unique approach. Here are 4 alternative meditation exercises that will help you relax the mind and restore your...

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Mindful Breathing Meditation

Mindful Breathing Meditation

  Number of breaths we take   You’re doing it right now- breathing, that is. In fact, by the time you finish this article, you’ll have already taken about 10-15 breaths (if you’re an “average” breather). So when you start to think about how much you breathe during a lunch break, a workday, or a 24-hour period, the numbers add up quickly. Deep, relaxed breathing is an extremely effective approach to mental health and general well-being, and it is exceedingly simple to learn....

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A to Z of Meditation

A to Z of Meditation

    Meditation is a practice that restores our health, energy and overall sense of wellness. It has been shown to improve our emotional connections with those around us and it has also been shown to stimulate the frontal cortex of the brain- the area most associated with our happiness and productivity. Here is a look at the elements of meditation from A-Z, including health benefits, important themes, and powerful words you can use as mantras: Acceptance Allow all thoughts and...

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6 Physical Benefits of Meditation

6 Physical Benefits of Meditation

    There is nothing like meditation for calming the mind and nurturing the human spirit. Consistent practice increases our powers of awareness, improves our intellectual capacity, and strengthens our emotional intangibles (feelings of compassion, gratitude, self-worth, and more). However, we sometimes overlook the fact that meditation also has huge physical health benefits! If you are just starting out, or if even if you are a longtime practitioner, check out these 6 health-boosting...

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Green Tara

Green Tara

Green Tara   Green Tara is a youthful and sprightly figure; in Buddhism, her color represents energy and vigor. She sits in contemplative grace, with one limb ready to spring into action. She is quick to her followers’ rescue in times of difficulty, the one who will allay their fears and worries. Read more about the Tara at the link...

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Kwan Yin: Folklore and Legends

Kwan Yin: Folklore and Legends

  Guanyin in folklore Guanyin’s sphere of influence is all encompassing. She is a symbol of unconditional love, kindness and mercy, shielding and caring for the sick, the unwanted, the unlucky and the poor. As one who protects women and children, she is linked to fertility as well. In certain coastal and river regions of China, she is the patroness of fisher folk and sailors. Traders and businessmen see Guanyin as the goddess of good fortune.   Legends During the mythical Great...

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Kuan Yin: Embodiment of Mercy and Infinite Compassion

Kuan Yin: Embodiment of Mercy and Infinite Compassion

Who is Kuan Yin? Also known as Kwan Yin & Guan Yin Dan Brown made the phrase “sacred feminine” a household term in his bestseller The Da Vinci Code; the concept however, has been in existence for centuries and is a central aspect of ancient, pre-Christian religions. Guanyin, from Chinese Buddhism, is comparable to Mother Mary, an embodiment of mercy and infinite compassion.   Chinese Buddhists believe that Guanyin is the female aspect of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of...

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Pranas and Upapranas

Pranas and Upapranas

    The Vedic texts state that all living entities are sustained by the life-giving force called Prana. The concept plays a central role in ayurveda and yoga and their holistic view of life. According to Ayurveda, prana emanates from the sun. It flows through the bodies of living beings through a system of subtle pathways (nadis). We experience prana as breath, but it also exists in blood. Prana is most concentrated in reproductive fluids. Ayurvedic texts classify prana into five...

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Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga

  Hatha Yoga originated in the 15th century, and is credited to the Indian sage, Swami Swatmarama. Literally, ‘Ha’ means ‘sun’ and ‘tha’ means ‘moon’. It also refers to the Sanskrit ‘nadis’ or channels of subtle energy starting at the base of the spine and culminating at the crown of the head. Through a series of physical exercises (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama), Hatha yoga cleanses these channels of toxins and negativity, so as to awaken the divine...

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Chakras 101

Chakras 101

Chakras are invisible centers of subtle energy aligned on a central channel alongside  the spine. Chakras are filled with mystic energy called pranic or life-force. As it spins and draws upon this energy, each chakra oversees the functioning of specific physical organs, emotions, mental faculties and spirituality. Imbalance in the function of a chakra affects the corresponding organs and leads to disease. The seven main chakras are traditionally associated with specific symbols, colors,...

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