Abstract: The American Psychological Association reports that therapists are seeing a sharp increase in individuals experiencing anxiety. Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari suggests two essential practices that can help alleviate fear and anxiety in our lives. One is to learn to rephrase our thoughts by being vigilant to know our default thinking patterns and using mindfulness to reframe these self-defeating thoughts. The other antidote suggested is to develop a keen awareness of our spiritual self,…Continue
Abstract: Due to our own insecurities and vulnerabilities, we are often drawn to keep company with people who are negative or prone to gossip. Wrong company creates wrong energy fields and it is painful for anyone who is close to that field of energy. If we seek the company of positive people, or are in satsang, the company of the truth, we can connect with the friendship of people who are more spiritually and ethically anchored with a cheerful demeanor, people who understand us…Continue
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Abstract: How we can join together in unity to begin to heal the divisiveness that is plaguing our world today? We are passing through a critical time in human history as our world is drifting from “peace” to “pieces”. As conflicts and terror increase, there is a greater demand for spiritual openness and unity. It is time all of humanity joins together to evoke the spirit of tolerance and love to envelope Mother Earth. Unless we unite as spiritual beings above all economic,…Continue
Abstract: Scientific research shows we have more positive experiences than negative. Why then do we seem to almost cherish the negative and forget the positive? This article discusses how our brains are actually wired to remember the negative and how in our society today we are exposed to so many negative happenings around the world. How do we begin to embrace the positive and become responsible for our own happiness? By noticing the good happening all around us.
Abstract: Any identity we create is for the world. We hide behind many masks that may serve us well in the short term, but when it comes to authenticity and genuineness, our masks do little to aid us in making progress in our journey within. Our inner journey begins when we, through mindful living and meditation, begin to shed our false personas and find our Self within, where true peace and happiness reside. Then and only then can we sincerely and compassionately reach out to…Continue
Abstract: It is first necessary to go within and integrate the fragmented parts of our self into a cohesive state of unity, so that our mind, body, and spirit flow together in synergy. In such a state whatever we do is an act of worship, whatever we think is an act of compassion and love, and we are away from the grip of egotistical efforts. In this state of calm mind we can then serve the world selflessly as the very embodiments of God. Soul by soul we will move towards…Continue
"The most basic of human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them." Ralph Nichols, the Father of Listening.
Listening To Our Body
One dimension of listening mindfully should be the practice of shutting off our attention to the external world and its noise frequencies and tuning into our own body. Yes, if we close our eyes, and take a few deep breaths, and then dive into our own body, scan it…Continue
Abstract: We all long to let our soul live our life and not need to wear any masks while dancing joyfully in the rain. Learn to embrace your natural being, the being within, by refusing to live in the default mode anymore. Start "living" your daily spiritual practices rather than doing them! Have a love affair with your Self!
We are humans with a Spiritual Being
We all long for our soul life! A life that is natural without any masks. It is only when we dance in joy…Continue
Overview We have entered a new phase of evolution where a massive churning is occurring globally where we will turn away from the negative toward positive forces of change. For this golden era to come, we all have to participate, work and offer our oblations into the eternal fire within by doing an inner fire ritual called yajna. When we consciously withdraw our participation from any negative conversation within our own mind or in the outer world, we are allowing the…Continue
Overview: Mistakes and failures are the true teachers of life. It is only through mistakes that we learn life’s lessons; we grow, we mature, and we realize better ways to do things, better methods of success in life. We must never judge our mistakes, but through practices of self-forgiveness, positive affirmations and commitment to not repeat our mistakes, we can face the tests in life by opening our hearts to the indomitable spirit that lives within each one of us and guides us to the…Continue
Are Your Bottled Emotions Causing You Pain?
Bottled up emotions are the breeding grounds for all kinds of mental issues, not only for adults and seniors, but children too. How do we learn to feel fully and then transcend our emotions to insure a better quality of life? The first question we need to ask ourselves is does the emotion come before the thoughts or do the thoughts pop up first? Actually they happen quite close to each other. Usually fear comes spontaneously as a response to…Continue
What We Resist Persists
Most of the nagging issues in our lives stem from our inbuilt resistance to certain people or circumstances. There is a simple dictum that the universe follows, “whatever we resist, persists.” It is like there is a conspiracy going on! Whatever we wish to avoid seems to bump into us again and again. As such it is not a conspiracy, but the simple consequence of a universal law in operation, the law of resistance.
We all live within the boundaries of our…Continue
Who Is Flipping Your Switch?
We are born to live our life by our own right. But we often give control of the switch that determines our moods and happiness to those we are attached to, causing us much suffering in the end. Happiness that is dependent on how another perceives us, however exciting, does not last. True happiness is a state of liberty from dependence on others. The root is in our expectations.
If we expect recognition and gratitude from others for what we did for…Continue
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“Blessed are they who dwell on the deepest purposes of human life, especially in a world tormented by crisis, violence, poverty and despair.”
Yes, the news of the world is oppressive. It erodes confidence in the potential of humanity and our own life. Natural resources are shrinking. Cultures are becoming degraded. Corrupt governments, unwilling to respond to the ills of society, sell the future to the highest bidder. Inhumane crimes and ethnic genocide are…Continue
There are always numerous articles about watching what we eat and how to stay on our diet during the holiday season. But have we ever considered the amount and kind of food we take in constantly through our sense receptors? We need to be very careful what food we take in through our eyes, ears, and nose, and what is ingested through what we touch and what touches us. Whatever we take in through all our senses and gather from the external…Continue
Research on the merits of practicing gratitude has shown what Eastern wisdom has known for thousands of years. We can change our inner and outer world completely through qualities of our inner spirit, like practicing gratitude. Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness, as well as better physical and mental health, reads a note from Harvard Medical School.…Continue
The concept of positive thinking is challenging and at times depressing for many. When one reads the merits of positive thinking from all the literature flooding the cyber world today, and then tries to be positive and expects great results, one often stumbles into frustration, for the law of attraction just doesn’t function like that.
Imagine a person who has groomed his mind with months or even years of thoughts and beliefs that everything is against him, and that nothing is…Continue
The spiritual journey begins with the deepest understanding that true knowledge is not acquired knowledge, and that it is not an intellectual, scholastic endeavor. It is something that begins with unlearning, with emptying, de-identifying, and de-conditioning the mind to retreat back to its pure essence and wisdom.
That is the reason we find that a rustic, or so-called ignorant person, reaches God faster than the intellectual giants. A Ramakrishna, Kabir, Tulsi, Nanak, or Jesus…Continue
It is not enough to hear, “Don't give up” or “Just let go, let God.” Today the social networks like FB or Twitter are flooded with all these words, slogans, and quotations but how many of these words are registering in the brain and being practiced? If this wonderful wisdom that is flooding cyberspace were really being digested, there would not be so much depression and anxiety globally. There would not be such endemic stress-related diseases and untimely deaths every day.
As we close our eyes and feel our bodies, we contemplate the trillions of cells performing their individual task with such optimal efficiency and perfection, with such amazing synchronicity. This working together while maintaining the individual space and duty is the foundation of Dharma. This is the simplest example where the whole of the Cosmos and billions of galaxies are in the infinite space, all and each following their Dharma, their Path. No clashes. No confusion. No…Continue