Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by A. Paul Miller, author of The Mindful of Calm.
As we lead up to the holidays and start to think about our Christmas lists and what we want to put on them, it is a good time to reflect on what we already have and for what we should be grateful already having. Let me share an experience with you that I always remember when I get the urge to want more.
Several years ago, while visiting a friend in the hospital who was recovering from a stroke, he mentioned how much we can take our health for granted. I suddenly found myself telling him about this experience I had previously had.
An evening spent ironing: yay!! The wardrobe was empty, and I
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Kavitha M. Chinnaiyan, MD, author of the Heart of Wellness.
As a long-term meditator, I constantly recommend the practice to anyone who'll listen. Meditation has undisputedly changed my life, by clearing the lens of my perception and creating a sense of deep, unshakeable peace, even during times of unrest. As any meditator knows, an effective practice necessarily leads to periods of tumultuousness, including pain, confusion, and darkness. I call this the "washing-machine" effect, otherwise known as purification.
Meditation works on our bodies and minds in innumerable ways; its objective effects occur via the autonomic nervous system
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jennie Lee, author of True Yoga and the new Breathing Love.
When something challenging happens, the first thing we usually cry is, "Why?!" Think of the last unfortunate occurrence in your life. How much time and energy did you expend wondering, "Why this? Why now? Why me?" As natural as this is, it is not really helpful. In fact, we can get so stuck in the misery of wondering why a particular experience has happened that we paralyze ourselves from being able to respond effectively.
It is far more beneficial to accept each life event as it is happening and conserve our energy to determine what we need to learn and how we need to move
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Doron Hanoch, author of the new Yoga Lifestyle.
How much should you meditate? All the time! Meditation is not necessarily sitting down to quiet the mind, as for most of us, sitting down means either watching the mind with awareness or drowning within the stories of the head. For some meditation does allow a dropping into the present moment, and a sense of ease and peace. For some it even goes deeper beyond our conscious awareness, but this is rare, and hard to repeat even for those that have experienced it.
To make life a lot more blissful, we simply need to practice awareness, or mindfulness, repeatedly. A simple exercise is to stop every