Do Your Thoughts & Your Beliefs Colour Your Perception of the World?

Posted on April 17th, 2014 in Mind Power,Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah looks at the yogic perspective on life. Is life as it is, or do we colour it with the filter of our minds and beliefs?

by Kara-Leah Grant, Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

 

About four years ago, I started paying serious attention to the way I was looking at the world. 

I witnessed my reactions to news and current affairs shows, so I could gauge whether I was coming from an open-hearted centredness perspective, or a right/wrong ego perspective.



How to Stay Grounded for a Better Meditation Practice

Posted on April 9th, 2014 in Meditation by Guest Author

Tom Von Deck is a meditation trainer, speaker and author of the Kindle bestseller, Oceanic Mind – The Deeper Meditation Training Course. He specializes in making meditation a much much easier and more customized process for busy people from all cultural, spiritual and non-spiritual backgrounds.

Tom began his meditation journey in the late 1980s at the age of twelve or so. He has studied with various teachers and within variety of traditions. He has extracted the golden essence of all spiritual, mind/body/spirit and stress reduction practices. Tom is now sharing this knowledge with all who wish to learn via guru-free instruction as a fellow traveler on this giant rock with a hot gooey center called Earth.



Five Excellent Yoga Books to Add to Your Library

Posted on March 26th, 2014 in Spiritual Giants,Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah looks at the importance of surrounding yourself with a supportive community of friends – people who understand the spiritual path and can help you along it with honest and compassionate feedback and support. 

by Kara-Leah Grant, Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

I love books – and I especially love yoga books. I’ve even written one of my own :-). My library is mostly made up of yoga books, and I refer to them again and again. Here’s a selection of my favourite yoga reads.  



Inspirational Quotes from Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki

Posted on March 20th, 2014 in Spiritual Giants,Zen Buddhism by Trupti Mehta

Shunryu Suzuki was a Japanese-born Zen Monk who came to America in the 1959.

Already a respected Zen master in Japan, he was impressed by the seriousness and quality of “beginner’s mind” among Americans he met who were interested in Zen and decided to settle here. Inititally, he’d come to serve the Japanese immigrants in San Francisco but found their practice more superficial, and the Westerners more eager to learn meditation. As more and more people of non-Japanese background joined him in meditation, the San Fransisco Zen Center came into being and he was its first abbot. 



Why Do I Resist my Yoga Practice When I Know it’s Good For Me?

Posted on March 19th, 2014 in Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah has an intimate understanding of why we don’t do our home yoga practice even though we know it’s good for us, and we love it. Here she shares her personal insight into this quirk of the psyche.

by Kara-Leah Grant

Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

Been resisting your yoga mat lately?

It’s a common question I hear from readers and yoga students alike – why is it so hard to get on the mat when I know it’s good for me and I feel so good afterwards?



Inspirational Quotes by Spiritual Teacher Amit Ray

Posted on March 13th, 2014 in Spiritual Giants by Trupti Mehta

Amit Ray is not a well-known enlightened spiritual master – he doesn’t show up in Wikipedia, yet.

Yet he is the author of several books on meditation and other spiritual topics. According to his bio on Goodreads, he’s studied in the Himalayan Yoga and Vipassana tradition and began sharing his experiences after a series of transformative spiritual awakening.

He know lives in the Himalayan Centre at Uttarkashi and he lives a life dedicated to meditation and yoga. Amit spent his early years as a scientist. After doing his PhD in artificial intelligence and computational neuroscience, he worked as a scientist conducting research into the area of intelligence and the nature of consciousness. His wife, Banani Ray is also a spiritual teacher and author.



How to Deal with an Inherently Insecure, Unknown and Forever Changing Existence

Posted on March 10th, 2014 in Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah shares her experience of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which she experienced in September 2010, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

by Kara-Leah Grant

Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

 

Once upon a time – 2010 to be exact – I attended a Yoga Workshop in Christchurch with Noah Maze. The workshop was all about shaking up our concepts of reality, purpose, values and life.

Only in this workshop, Heroes and Heroines: Stories and Practices of Yoga, it wasn’t the teachings nor the practice or even the teacher doing all the shaking, it was the earth herself.



Ten Gifts to Buy a Friend That Meditates

Posted on March 5th, 2014 in Meditation by Guest Author

by guest author Geeta Yadav, The Art of Living Foundation

Gifts bring a smile to our face, a sparkle to our eyes and usher us to live the beautiful moment fully. Once the gift unfolds amidst childlike excitement; we feel on top of the world. Amazingly we are in the present moment with a gift in our hands. We cradle not the gift but the moment that gave us sheer joy. Perhaps this is the reason that a gift is also called a present.

My spiritual friend would wave off all my good intentions to buy a gift for him with, “Nature caters to all our need but not greed.”



Inspirational Quotes from Ram Dass, American Spiritual Teacher

Posted on February 21st, 2014 in Spiritual Giants by Trupti Mehta

Born Richard Alpert in 1931, Ram Dass is one of the most famous spiritual teachers in America. He and Timothy Leary were at Harvard University together in the early 60s, teaching, taking acid and expanding consciousness.  

Sacked from his job at Harvard and disillusioned by the constant come-downs or loss of the consciousness attained while high, Alpert travelled to India to find out other ways of waking up. There he met his guru Neem Karoli Baba (Mahara-ji) and was given the name Ram Dass.



The Friends You Choose Make All the Difference – Choose Wisely

Posted on February 19th, 2014 in Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah looks at the importance of surrounding yourself with a supportive community of friends – people who understand the spiritual path and can help you along it with honest and compassionate feedback and support. 

by Kara-Leah Grant

Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

One of the joys of being serious about yoga and meditation practice is the community of like-minded friends I’ve built up around me.

Traditionally, a serious aspirant on the spiritual path would have a teacher or guru to turn to for help, guidance and assistance. However, for many of us living ordinary householder lives, while walking a spiritual path, we don’t have access to a serious teacher or guru.



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