By Cristi Christensen, who will be presenting Chakra Yoga at Hollyhock on July 12-16, 2017.
As of late I’ve been asked…
“How can I get more clear on what I want and really define my dream or next step?”
So, today i will share with you a simple practice to help you lift the veil and begin to find that clarity of vision you may be seeking!
Step 1: Start
“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something” – Seth Godin
Bring yourself into a ritual space by first burning a little sage or incense and lighting a candle. Sit down, close your eyes and take a few deep slow breaths. Then ask yourself what would I do if money was no object and I had all the time in the world? Pause, slow down and listen to what arises. Spend some time here to connect to the yearning in your heart. Give space for the dream to start to crystallize.
Continue reading Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you love.
Written by Anahata Giri, www.oneheartyoga.com.au
Impressions from a talk by Alan Clements
“Never been done before freedom” – Alan Clements
Alan Clements is an author, activist and meditation teacher and trained with Mahasi Sayadaw and U Pandita in Burma. He is passionate about humans rights and has been a long-time supporter of Burma’s nonviolent campaign for freedom, justice, and democracy. Alan co-authored The Voice of Hope, a collection of conversations with Burma’s Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi.
It is a personal passion of mine to bring our spiritual practice into the world, so I was looking forward to hearing the insights of someone who has fully lived a potent combination of spiritual practice and social change.
We are an intimate audience of less than 40 people, poised expectantly as Alan Clements introduces his talk as a distillation of his meditation practice since 1968, more than 40 years. He talks clearly, passionately and is naturally articulate, with fluid gestures and expressive hands. Continue reading The Mindful Life: Awakening World Dharma: Finding Liberation Through Living
By Sandra Wallin, director of Chiron’s Way Centre. Sandra will be co-presenting Horse Wisdom in Vancouver on Sept 17, 2017.
Horses have inspired artists throughout the ages and in turn, those of us who look upon their art are captivated by the beauty and majesty of the horse. The cave drawings in Lascaux, Leonardo’s sculptures, and the finger paintings that adorn kindergarten classrooms, created by little girls who dream of being a horse.
What I want to share however, is a new way of looking at horses, through stories that pay homage to the master artist in each horse. Instead of the painted, they are now the painters, transforming the at times tattered canvas of the human spirit into glowing masterpieces, alive with the colours of love, compassion and joy.
The Sounds In Silence:
My first story begins wrapped in the grey mist of a wet, west coast day. It was drizzling and overcast as I went out to groom the horses. Standing beside them in the shelter it seemed as though the world stood still. The clouds hovered atop our little mountain, shutting out the sounds from far away, creating a quiet symphony of the little sounds that often go unnoticed … the drips falling from leaf to leaf, the wonderful sound of horses chewing, my own contented sigh.
Continue reading The Sounds in Silence: How Horses Help Humans Become Their Own Masterpiece
By Padma Shyam, Founder of Padma Meditation, June 9, 2016
Freedom is your natural state of being, your true nature. You are free, and this wisdom can be unfolded in meditation.
Meditation is a state of pure self-awareness where you know freedom. You find balance in your self, free from bondage to your mind’s changing troubles. You find your best you, your happiest you, and can live with health, clarity and confidence. In this freedom, you enjoy life, being no longer driven to behave in ways that make you unhappy. You’re free to be happy, free from anxiety and fears. Meditation reveals this freedom, perfect contentment, satisfaction and fulfillment, with a deep sense of security and wholeness.
Continue reading Meditation and Freedom
How do you know if you have trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? PTSD is the body’s “fight-or-flight” response activated in times when there is no reason for stress or danger. Symptoms can include anger, aggression, freezing, withdrawl, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks¹. PTSD develops after a person has experienced a traumatic event that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. PTSD is difficult to treat because the traumatic memory is stored in the emotional area of the brain, which cannot differentiate time. Therefore symptoms of past stress occur in present time².
Continue reading Healing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with NeurosculptingⓇ