There is a lot of confusion about the difference between relaxation and meditation
Let’s look at them:
As well as being a yoga teacher, I also have another job, helping families in difficult situations. So, I have a chance to meet daily with people who are in a struggle with their health or who are overwhelmed with a new family situation.
It gives me a small insight into how different people deal with new and unwelcome situations.
The main difference that I see is between people who have a place where they can go for refuge and people who don’t.
Today, I’d like to bust a misconception about a practice that you may have heard of, and that is Tantra.
Traditionally, when we talk about the spiritual path we talk about practicing, practicing, practicing, and developing your mind. And eventually you reach a goal, be it enlightenment or liberation from suffering, or whatever your goal is in your practice.
This topic goes back to a blog post from about a year ago.
In it, I talked about a prayer by the Dalai Lama, in which he talks about life.In part, it says, Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.
This blog you are reading right now is my 50th blog post!
It might not sound like a lot, but because I am posting only every two to three weeks this means over two years of blogging! And for me, this is a reason to celebrate.
Here are a few things I’ve learned in my first two years of blogging:
We talk about meditation a lot, but what is meditation?
The meaning of meditation in Tibet is “to get familiar.” This speaks to the idea that meditation is a practice. In this case, you are practicing a particular state of mind, be it compassion, kindness, patience, or just mindfulness in general, and you practice it so that it becomes familiar, and even an unconscious habit.
It doesn’t happen often. But the other week, I experienced a lot of personal drama. I went through a lot of anger, resentment and doubt. And it was all pretty horrible. I have tried to just observe my body and mind, and felt how my heart became like a stone.
Luckily, just before descending into the feeling of hopelessness, I thought about this amazing meditation I used to practice.
The 10 non-virtues are 10 warning signs to help us keep ethical conduct as a central part of our spiritual life.
First things first, though: here is one of my earlier blog post, where I talk about the 3 non-virtues of the body and the 4 non-virtues of speech.
Today I talk about the 3 non-virtues of the mind:
In yoga, there is a term called Svadhyaya, who simply means: “Study of the sacred scriptures and of one’s self”
I find this concept very important, we all still have things that we can learn about, we can all deepen and expand our education at any point in life For me, it is a part of staying humble and open minded.
So I gathered my most beloved sacred books, for you to enjoy this winter: