Mindfulness Could Lower Your Blood Pressure

Mindfulness Could Lower Your Blood Pressure.
Mindfulness could reduce blood pressure, a new study finds. As the leading cause of death in both the United States and the world, heart disease claims nearly 18 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization.

If Everything Is Perfect, Why Don't I Feel Perfect?

If Everything Is Perfect, Why Don't I Feel Perfect?
Some of the most difficult questions I've ever been asked are: If we are one with God, then why wouldn't God have created us with that thought to begin with? What is the purpose of not knowing? Why don't we feel perfect?

Sympathetic Joy: Delighting In The Joy Of Others

Sympathetic Joy: Delighting In The Joy Of Others
By appreciating the happiness of others, we do tend to improve our chances of joy by about seven billion to one! I don’t gamble, but I do know those are good odds. Sympathetic joy means the heart is like kindling, ready for sparks of happiness wherever gladness and success are found.

Effortless Meditation To Go From Fear Into Courage and Intuition

Effortless Meditation to Move From Fear Into Love
Fold your hands together in your lap, with the right hand underneath the left hand -- the position is important because the right hand is joined with the left brain, and fear always comes from the left brain. The left hand is joined with the right brain, and courage comes from the right side.

You Must Either Love or Fear. Which Is It?

You Must Either Love or Fear. Which Is It?
"In the name of God" we have created more atrocities than any one person or group could ever think up. In truth, all of it has been in the name of idolatry, not God. Please ask yourself, why are we worshiping a god of fear? Of vengeance? Where is the God of love, the One who lovingly put us here?

Beginning To See Within: The Ways of the World

Beginning To See Within: The Ways of the World
He had not recognized that this had been the case all along with everyone he had met or known. Each person had a connection to each other through their God force, and Manuka was symbolizing that for him right before his eyes. Why haven’t I seen that before? Now it’s so clear that it’s as if I had always known it.

Be One with the Earth

Be One with the Earth
Whenever you have the opportunity, lie down on the earth -- in a meadow, in the forest, on the bank of the river... Just lie down on the earth and feel one with it. That will give you much energy, fresh energy.

Choices and Non Interference: Practicing Patience and Respect

Choices and Non Interference: Practicing Patience and Respect
The highest form of respect for another person is respecting his or her natural right to be self-determining. This means not interfering with another person's ability to choose. Every experience holds a valuable lesson. Noninterference means caring in a respectful way. And it is the way of 'right relationship.'

Love Makes Life Worthwhile

Love Makes Life Worthwhile
Imagine a life without love. Sadly, so many people feel a despairing lack of love, even some who are successful and surrounded by friends. Over 50% of Americans report they have no one they can confide in. 25% live alone. An epidemic of loneliness is sweeping the world, spiking suicide rates.

How To Develop Mindfulness: Do Tasks As Though For The First Time

Developing Mindfulness: Doing Tasks As Though For The First Time
So often we do not have our minds on what we are doing -- our bodies are doing one thing and our minds are on a totally different tack, which creates disharmony. In order to turn off our “automatic pilot”, we need to develop more awareness of what we are doing...

Do You Really Need to Meditate?

Do You Really Need to Meditate?
You do not come into earth to meditate. You come into earth to think, feel, act, and do. Thus, the primary impulse from your soul is not to meditate, but to love, to create harmony and goodness, and to heal. Now, the forces of God will love you no matter what you do, whether you meditate or not, whether you...

To Reincarnate or Not to Reincarnate: Dogs, Humans and Consciousness

To Reincarnate or Not to Reincarnate: Dogs, Humans and Consciousness
I had believed in reincarnation as a child. It was almost a knowing, as I recall. I once had a sense of a place and culture where I’d been many centuries ago, though no recollection of past lives. I just recall a frisson of recognition as I was reading a history book and came across a passage about Chichén Itzá, the pre-Columbian city built by the Mayans...

How Mister Rogers' Faith Shaped His Idea Of Children's Television

How Mister Rogers' Faith Shaped His Idea Of Children's Television
The beloved children’s television icon Fred Rogers – who is played by actor Tom Hanks in the upcoming film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” – entered the world of children’s programming during an era of massive political and cultural upheaval.

Love is the Key to Happiness and It Clarifies the Mind

Love is the Key to Happiness and Clarifies the Mind
An unfeeling heart has even been admired by many, as evidence of a "scientific outlook". The truth is that without love no one can penetrate deeply into the heart of things. For while emotions can cloud the mind, calm pure love clarifies it, and makes possible the subtlest intuitions.

A Love and Compassion Meditation That Even A 3-Year-Old Can Do

Love and Compassion Meditation That Even A 3-Year-Old Can Do
Loving-kindness and compassion are of utmost importance at this time for humanity. Love and compassion for one an­other, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, and gender, need to take precedence over ideology and our superficial differ­ences. We must come together and cooperate with one an­other in order to survive the global challenges facing us.

Blessing for Global Oneness Day

Blessing for Global Oneness Day
I now feel with such a depth of certainty, of spiritual groundedness that Love is the ultimate reply to all and any problem, be it personal, social or a world issue. And you and I are one with that Love. We are literally welded to Love and nothing will ever be able to change that, even our own doubts and fears.

Can Meditation Change The World?

Can Meditation Change The World?
The film The Portal follows six individuals who undergo a personal transformation from trauma and struggle to calmness, self-acceptance, and compassion towards others.

Alchemy and Shamanism — Tools of Transformation

Alchemy and Shamanism — Tools of Transformation
When seeing or hearing the word alchemy, one might think of old men in funny hats working at furnaces in ancient chemistry labs seek­ing to turn minerals into gold, create the philosopher’s stone, or find the elixir of life. However, these popular modern stereotypes of the ancient alchemists are but a tiny fragment of alchemy.

Fundamentalism Turns 100, A Landmark For The Christian Right

Fundamentalism Turns 100, A Landmark For The Christian Right
These days, the term “fundamentalism” is often associated with a militant form of Islam. But the original fundamentalist movement was actually Christian. And it was born in the United States a century ago this year.

Do Whatever Good You Can with Love, Honor, and Dignity

Doing Good on Your Path with Love, Honor, and Dignity
Go forth on your Path in life with honor and dignity and do whatever good you can. As long as it lasts, life can be full of wonderful memories if you wish. Everyone is unique and changing and all have the right to reach their full potential in all their abilities.

Message From Beyond: A Healing Visit With My Father

Message From Beyond: A Healing Visit With My Father
I never gave much importance to my father's death and its effect on my life. I tucked it away under the category something unfortunate that happened when I was a kid. It felt as though I put all those unexpressed feelings, words and emotions into a little invisible jar and screwed the cap on tightly. My mind must have known...

If My Dad Can Do It... Believing in Signs from the Spirit World

If My Dad Can Do It...
Anytime I had ever talked about receiving signs or other in­formation from the spirit world, Dad laughed, joked, or scoffed. For personal and religious reasons, he never could understand why I had passed on a surefire career as an opera singer in favor of one as a psychic medium.

Where Are Your Answers? Listen to Your Heart

Where Are Your Answers? Listen to Your Heart
When I was little, my mother used to ask me if I would jump out the window just because my friends were doing it. The question made me mad, but she was trying to teach me an important lesson about life. Learn to think for yourself and listen to your heart, or you're likely to get into trouble.

Yom Kippur Is A Time For Feasting As Well As Fasting

Yom Kippur Is A Time For Feasting As Well As FastingYom Kippur Is A Time For Feasting As Well As Fasting
It was the bag of Fritos that gave me away. As a secular Jewish kid whose family did not belong to a synagogue, I did not think twice about riding my bike to the convenience store around the corner during the afternoon of Yom Kippur.

What Is Being Spiritual? Being "Without Anxiety About Non-Perfection"

What Is Being Spiritual? Being "Without Anxiety About Non-Perfection"
When we are faced with a variety of spiritual teachings and practices, we must keep a genuine sense of inquiry. What is the effect of these teachings and practices on myself and others? In his last words, the Buddha said we must be a lamp unto ourselves.

What It’s Really For: There's A Nobler Purpose To Every Experience

What It’s Really For: There Is A Nobler Purpose To Every Experience
Jewish theologian Martin Buber said, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” The ego’s destinations are always material. The spirit’s destinations run deeper. We believe we are here to get somewhere physically, while we are really here to get somewhere spiritually.

Tap In To Your Inner Buddha and Find Unlimited Wisdom, Courage and Compassion

Tap In To Your Inner Buddha and Find Unlimited Wisdom, Courage and Compassion
Buddhism explains the profound truths of life. But it also provides an immensely practical method for overcoming obstacles and transforming oneself. It can be applied to every area of your existence: family, work, relationships, health. And it can be applied by anyone. Each and every human being contains the inherent capacity to be a Buddha

In The Space Within, You Can Hear the Mind of God

In The Space Within, You Can Hear the Mind of God
Meditation is not another “thing” to do, it’s an expression of who you are. Like all authentic spiritual practices it makes life easier by removing the barriers that keep you from being the person you came here to be.

Introducing Kindness As A Daily Practice

Introducing Kindness As A Daily Practice
When we practise Mindfulness, we get to know ourselves better; and in particular we get to know more about our habitual patterns of thought and behaviour. It is a bit like turning a dimmer switch up in a room. In a similar way, Mindfulness increases our inner awareness and this starts to reveal more and more of what is in the room of our mind.

Meditation Is What Happens When...

Meditation Is What Happens When...
Exhaustive research has shown that meditation is an excellent antidote against stress, hyperactivity, and fear related themes. It has been found to increase your energy, as well as lower blood pressure and heart rate. Meditation can also be used as a successful tool to accompany many medical, psychological and alternative healing therapies...

Looking Deeper into the Power of the 23rd Psalm in Modern Life

23rd Psalm in Modern Life

The 23rd Psalm is one of the most popular prayers in the Western world. This beautiful collection of words can be the key to reclaiming spiritual power. Most of us recognize the 23rd Psalm's familiar phrases, but what we don't often appreciate is the impact of the principles contained in the Psalm, probably because it doesn't fit the model of what we've been taught a prayer should be.

On This Day, 9/11: A Painful Anniversary

On This Day, 9/11: A Painful Anniversary
None of us will ever forget where we were on 9/11, or how we learned about the attacks on our country. Our hearts, and our innocence, were shattered on that awful day.

Thinking Is Not Good or Bad: A Positive Relationship With Thinking

Thinking Is Not Good or Bad: A Positive Relationship With Thinking
When most of us are introduced to the practice of meditation and mindfulness, usually our opinion is that thinking is bad. After all, we reason, our thinking and ideas have become a layer between the present moment and ourselves. Our mind has convinced us that we are isolated. At least, that is how we often perceive the situation.

Everything Dies And It's Best We Learn To Live With That

Everything Dies And It's Best We Learn To Live With That
Fear of dying – or death anxiety – is often considered to be one of the most common fears. Interestingly though, neither of the two widely used diagnostic psychiatric manuals, DSM-5 or ICD-10, has a specific listing for death anxiety.

Developing A Compassionate Heart

Developing A Compassionate Heart Is The Art Of Happiness
Certainly there are injustices to be named in this world, and hate-filled situations to be changed, and inequities to be remedied. There is appropriate treatment to be demanded, without prejudice or fear. But can we do these things without destroying ourselves through anger?

Basic Heart Activation: Living From Your Heart

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Practiced daily, this basic activation exercise enables you to gradually shift the center of your being to your heart. The ideal is to start your day with it, but you can do it at any other time, including just before going to sleep.

Social Implications of Oneness: Love Your Neighbor Who Is Yourself

Social Implications of Oneness Love Your Neighbor Who Is Yourself
Mystics very often see the links of all things – not only between all humans, but between humans and nature, and sometimes they feel a total immersion with the Ground of Being that upholds the universe and every living being. More and more, modern science stresses the same reality, and that apparent divisions are a socially conditioned illusion.

The Five "Rules" on the Path of Surrender, Awakening, and Responsibility

The Five
No one can give you a specific technique for how to surrender. You have to find out for yourself what surrender is, and the way you respond to the felt current of the life force as it makes its way through the conduit of your body will be unique to you. Your dance won’t look like anybody else’s...

5 Things To Do Before You Die

5 Things To Do Before You Die
Many people who are struck with sudden, progressive or terminal illness are kept alive mechanically, while families and doctors make decisions about treatment.

The Energy of Spirit Can Assist Us In Our Daily Lives

The Energy of Spirit Can Assist Us In Our Daily Lives
If we can begin to understand how the Spirit operates continuously in our lives, then our daily existence will become less stressful and more relaxed, filled less with drudgery and more with enchantment, and we in turn can become more creative and begin to enjoy a new sense of purpose, fulfillment, and enthusiasm.

How To Attain Peace of Mind and Understanding

How To Attain Peace of Mind and Understanding
The purpose of meditation is to slow down so that we can see clearly into the nature of the mind, making it possible for us to become fully present in each moment, to gain understanding of the way things truly are. It can give rise to the deep sense of calm that comes from really knowing something for yourself.

How I Flunked the Science Fair but Saved the World

How I Flunked the Science Fair but Saved the World
What goes on in the external world cannot change who we are or affect our true nature. No matter what happens to our body, personality, relationships, career, finances, or worldly politics, external events cannot affect who we are at our core. Our divinity remains intact.

Who Are Canada's Marginal Christian Right

Who Are Canada's Marginal Christian Right
The political power of the American Christian right naturally leads to interest and speculation about the influence of similar groups in Canada.

Choosing to Love Unconditionally: The World Needs Unconditional Love

Choosing to Love Unconditionally: The World Needs Unconditional Love
Unconditional love is loving people freely, fully and openly, with no expectations, demands or restrictions. It gives total acceptance and respect and does not criticize or judge. Unconditional love is constant and is not turned on and off as in conditional love.

Meditation: The Path and The Goal Are The Same

What Is Meditation For, If Not About Attaining Results
We all start out as a closet case. We have a secret life with secret pain that we keep under wraps in this closet. We bolt the door and hide the key, keeping our dark side hidden away, and we work very hard to function over the top of that pain, fear and anguish and go on somehow with our lives, perhaps thinking we are the only ones with secret pain.

Praying Peace, Being Peace, Revealing Peace Where It Is Hidden

Praying Peace, Being Peace, Revealing Peace Where It Is Hidden
In mountains of Bosnia, a community of mystics who call themselves the Emissaries of Light, said to me: "Our role is not to bring peace to where it is not, but to reveal peace where it is hidden." Peace, the Emissaries said, is not something that can be understood with the mind, but must be experienced with the heart.

Be The Fixer: Repair What Is Broken In Your Heart and Your Life

Be The Fixer: Repair What Is Broken In Your Heart And Your Life
In the Kabbalah of the Jewish tradition, the soul is not something that needs curing from some affliction so much as needing tikkun, to be repaired. It is said that if one person truly knew how to fix the soul by celebrating the Divine Presence in life, then that person would repair the whole world.

The Maya and Our Contemporary Search for Meaning

The Maya and Our Contemporary Search for Meaning
People travel to the Amazon to learn from the shamans or to India to practice yoga to expand their minds’ capacities. They delve deeper into the knowledge of the people and nature of the Himalayas, and they replace conventional diet and medicine with their organic and holistic equivalents.

Establishing A Meditation Habit: You Can Try This At Home!

Establishing A Meditation Habit: You Can Try This At Home!
For many of us, the idea of sitting quietly is painful. Many of us like being busy. In our American culture, we are applauded for checking as many items as we can off our to-do lists. It makes us feel we have accom­plished much, that we’re going places fast. But many of us are running on empty. We are just whirling, twirling.

Every Act is a Ceremony: Everything Matters, Every Detail Matters

Every Act a Ceremony
In this essay I will explore another view of what modern people can draw from the ceremonial approach to life. This alternative is not a substitute for the rational, pragmatic approach to solving personal or social problems. It is a reunion of the ceremonial with the pragmatic built upon a profoundly different way of seeing the world.

Reducing Stress At Work Is Just A Walk In The Park

Reducing Stress At Work Is Just A Walk In The Park
The sky is blue and you are walking through a park, speaking with a colleague, discussing a new project. You feel energised, puffing slightly as your pace speeds up with the excitement of tossing around ideas as you walk among the trees.

I Am Love – A Meditation or Prayer On Identity

I Am Love – A Meditation or Prayer On Identity
If I had to mention one single thing which I believe the most important by very very far, for not only the survival but the harmonious evolution of mankind, it is simply LOVE. And the best place to find it might be in ourselves!

The Zen of Listening: Why Mindful Listening Makes a Difference

The Zen of Listening: Why Mindful Listening Makes a Difference
Misunderstanding, not being heard, and missing key information due to poor listening are at the crux of societal ills. One of the main reasons we listen poorly is because our internal noise levels are so turbulent and obtrusive that they mask most of what others are saying. Only bits and pieces of their message survive the...

The Christian Right's Efforts To Transform Society

The Christian Right's Efforts To Transform Society
The battle now raging in several American states over women’s reproductive rights is a direct result of the Christian right’s efforts to impose its religious values on the family and in politics.

Active Daydreaming Techniques for Tapping into Nature

Active Daydreaming Techniques for Tapping into Nature
We are born into this life to give it shape and to be powerful. Whether you’re simply fixing lunch or dreaming of leading a self-sufficient life in the country, these are all ideas waiting to be put into practice in the best possible way.

Towards An Aware, Healing, Loving, Compassionate Humanity

Towards An Aware, Healing, Loving, Compassionate Humanity
The elements of awareness encompass conscious knowing, the ability to read hearts, to be a healing, loving, compassionate presence, situated in the Now. They also encompass practical wisdom in every situation, the ability to enlarge perspective, to affirm others and promote dialogue and mutual..

Nurturing Silence and Finding Moments of Solitude

Nurturing Silence and Finding Moments of Solitude
Although we may feel like we have no real say about how we spend our time, a careful and honest examination reveals this cannot literally be true. We make choices each day that explicitly reflect our personal values and individual priorities. When...

Searching For Happiness -- Through Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Searching For Happiness -- Through Buddhism and Psychotherapy
Having practiced psychotherapy for thirty-five years and Buddhism for fifteen years, I have noticed striking similarities as well as differences between the two. Buddhism and psychotherapy share a common ground of concern with suffering and the means of relief and release from suffering. This is the foundation and raison d'être of both. That they share this common ground is neither a coincidence, nor a minor consideration.

Outgrowing Escapism: Mental Quiet Alone Is Not Enough

Outgrowing Escapism: Mental Quiet Alone Is Not EnoughMysticism has been associated in the popular mind mostly with monasteries, retreats, ashrams, caves, and similar places where novices and would-be yogis foregathered. Thus it came to be looked upon as a way of escape from the domestic difficulties, business troubles, and emotional disappointments that seem so inseparable from human existence.

The Truth About Angels: Are They With Us?

The Truth About Angels: They Are With UsIf you have the human optical ability to see color, and you are taught the names of different colors, no one will have to prove to you that (on clear June days) the sky is blue. Truth is self-evident. So it is with angels: if you allow them into your heart, mind, and life, angels will help you to transform your life. Ask them for help with this transformation, and see what happens.

Living Life To The Fullest: Why Buddha Is Always Smiling

Buddha smilingBuddha is sitting in a relaxed, yet contemplative position and there is a big smile on his face. Is he laughing at me...? Martin E. Segal helps the reader understand how to live life to the fullest and why the Buddha is smiling.

What Are The Benefits of Living In The Present?

What Are The Benefits of Living In The Present?The present is what is happening when you strip away all the resentments of your past and all the worries you have about your future. To live in the present is to live as if the past never existed and as if the future were irrelevant. Living in the present is a vision for life that is achievable in any...

Discovering and Cultivating the Art of True Happiness

Discovering the Art of True HappinessWe can travel a long way and do many different things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. It is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home. True happiness may not be at all far away, but it requires a radical change of view as to where to find it.

Meditation Is Only The First Step

Meditation Is Only The First Step
A Benedictine monk had used almost exactly the same words as a Hindu ascetic – Swami Ambikananda had also mentioned that we could meditate for 22 hours a day but that during those two remaining hours all kinds of un-enlightened selfish actions were possible. (It also brought to mind a prisoner I’d met who told me that he had been a Buddhist for years and meditated daily – but was nevertheless in prison for recently committing a violent armed robbery.)

How The Human Spirit Can Empower Everyday Life

How The Human Spirit Can Empower Everyday LifeWhen we cheer the spirit of the true athlete, what we applaud is a demonstration of all of the significance's the word spirit entails for us: courage, tenacity, commitment, alignment with principle, demonstration of excellence, honor, respect, and humility. To inspire implies filling with spirit...

Cleaning The Mirror To Find The Divinity Within

Cleaning The Mirror To Find The Divinity in You
Like a mirror, your soul reflects the pure light of the Divine. But over time every mirror becomes dusty—caked and encrusted with the negative conditioning of material reality. Eventually, without attentive upkeep, it may become so grimy that it reflects little to no light. This is when we feel depressed, materialistic—even mean and violent. We see the mud and not the mirror. We identify with the grime, not knowing that just below it the mirror is there, ready to reflect the sun and shine if we only give it a chance.

I Went On A Voodoo Pilgrimage In Haiti

I Went On A Voodoo Pilgrimage In Haiti

In July, hundreds of pilgrims will make their way to an isolated town in the northwest of Haiti, called Anse-à-Foleur or Ansafolè.

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