Posts Tagged 'meditation'

Three Balancing Breakfast Recipes

Three Balancing Breakfast Recipes

All the conventional wisdom these days talks about balancing your gut – people even call it the second brain! Here are three foods you may not have tried to balance your gut that come from the tradition of Ayurveda:

1. Banana Nut Porridge: This warm, lovely breakfast recipe is one of my favorites. It comes from a great blog, Against All Grain. “The recipe requires soaking the nuts overnight. This helps make them blend smoothly into the porridge, but most ...

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Befriending Yourself

Befriending Yourself

Befriending yourself is a really worthwhile process. It may be challenging to do it or even understand what it feels like, so try the following exercise to create an energy-producing mind state of love and care for YOU.

Befriending Yourself

Imagine yourself at a time when you really stood up for someone and helped them through a difficult moment or period on their life. What did you feel like inside? Did you sit up straighter or speak clearly and with purpose? Did ...

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An Ayurvedic Approach to Eating

An Ayurvedic Approach to Eating

So about a year ago, I started incorporating Ayurvedic healing modalities into my life. Ayurveda, or “the science of life” developed thousands of years ago as a companion practice to yoga. Yoga, as we know it in America today, is the science of being on the mat or meditation cushion. Ayurveda, is the science of being off that mat and still practicing the principles that keep us healthy and able to progress our understanding and awareness of ourselves and the ...

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Practicing Compassion: A highly effective technique for happiness

Practicing Compassion: A highly effective technique for happiness

Compassion meditation, often called “Metta” or “Lovingkindness” meditation is a key element in living a contented life. Compassion can be defined as the conscious recognition and acknowledgement of another sentient being’s ability to feel pain, joy, love, sadness, grief, happiness or any other emotion or experience. Practicing this meditation increases your ability to be compassionate to yourself, a soft gentle feeling that turns inward and can start to decrease the volume of negative or critical thoughts. This can ...

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A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique for Yoga

A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique for Yoga

A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique

The following technique for mindfulness has been a powerful addition to my practice. It shows us not just that paying attention is important, but HOW to pay attention. You might have heard people saying to you in various ways that mindfulness and paying attention are the keys to happiness. While I don’t know if they are the only keys, they are certainly on the keychain of enlightenment and reducing our daily suffering. Here’s the technique briefly outlined below:

Allow

Much of ...

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Top 5 Ways to Eliminate Fear

Top 5 Ways to Eliminate Fear

As we delve into the second month of our #yearwithoutfear challenge, I find myself looking at the ways I cope with feeling bad. We all have a natural fear of feeling bad – whatever that might be – pain, heartache, stress, financial difficulties, illness. There are a few simple things you can do to help yourself when you find yourself constricting around fear – trying to wall up and keep out the bad feelings, situations, circumstances, whatever.

1. Admit that you’re afraid. When we ...

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Meditation Can Prevent Fear

Meditation Can Prevent Fear

This week we are delving into the second shield of the Ego: Our beliefs and how we translate them in our spoken, written or artistically interpreted world. This shield “represents how we use beliefs of all kinds to give us the illusion of certainty about the nature of reality.” (Pema Chodron, The Places that Scare You)

How do we react when our beliefs are challenged? Do we dig in deep, certain that we are correct because we feel a certain way? One of the ...

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Shield #1 of the Ego: The External World

Shield #1 of the Ego: The External World

This week we start to explore the Ego a little bit deeper. There are three ways our Ego puts up a wall and says NO! to the softening power of Bodhichitta. This is when we look to things outside of ourselves to help us feel solid, safe and comforted. It’s our method of escape from the pains and aches of daily life, no matter if they are mental, physical or emotional.

Another way to think about this is our coping strategies. ...

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