Meditating for Inner Knowledge

One of the translations of the word, Namaste, is “the light within me sees the light within you.” In other words, recognizing the inner strength in myself and seeing the same in others helps us recognize that there is no right and wrong, male and female, old and young, mean and kind, just people that…

Stand in the Place Where You Are

Start at the place where your own feet stand. ~Zen Saying I escaped by myself to my favorite spot along the greenspace with its tangled bouganvilla and bushes, its trumpet vine-laden live oaks, its scrub jays and grey squirrels, its hidden fall wildflowers that only shyly show their faces after the greenery has been observed…

Simple Breathing for Managing Moods

The Yogic practice of breathing, called pranayama, is an ancient method for mobilizing the body and mind toward balance. When we restrict the breath, we diminish our energy levels. When we relearn to breathe deeply, we allow our mind and body to utilize the nutrient-carrying and waste-removing power of oxygen in our blood. In Yoga,…

An Exceedingly Brief History of Meditation

  Meditation is a practical, systematic technique for knowing yourself. It is does not belong to any religion or culture. But, it can be found in many of them because it is human to want to understand ourselves on every level. Meditation is a simple method of exploring the inner dimensions of yourself and ultimately…

Words Are Traps

I think most of us are on constant overload these days. The convenience of technology also means we can get hooked on information about anything and everything with little effort. Sometimes that information is something we want and sometimes it isn’t, but either way we can get hooked on feeling overstimulated. I think we’re all…