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Your Cells Are Listening: How Talking To Your Body Can Help You Heal

“Every part of your body has its own consciousness or its own soul.”  These transformative words, spoken by indigenous medicine women, began my journey within to discover the extraordinary healing capacity of the human body. When this perspective was introduced to me, I was suffering from a severe chronic pain disorder.  I suddenly imagined incorporating this concept into my meditation routine.  I thought, Can my body hear me…can I talk to it to gain its cooperation in healing this condition? That night, after reaching a state of deep calm through meditation, I inwardly engaged my body in a heartfelt conversation, with hope, but having no idea what to expect.  After about one hour of this focused communication, something amazing happened.  My tissues began to respond.  Connective tissue pulled and stretched…

The Instrumental Self

Religion is nothing if not a practical approach to life; however, it is very little practiced. To explore and explain what I mean by ‘practical’ let us compare and contrast an imaginary book: ‘How-To-Play-the-Guitar’ and any serious spiritual book. You can read and reread a book on how to play the guitar but unless you pick up the instrument and practice the steps outlined in the text you will never truly know how to play a guitar. At best, you’ll have a decent theoretical understanding but if you ever get called on stage you are going to crash and burn because, for all your knowledge, you simply don’t know how to actually play the guitar. This is equally true of any practical discipline; one cannot advance without theory and praxis. Actual practice teaches…

KARMA – A minuscule attempt at discussing a bewildering Enigma !

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! The word ‘karma’, a seemingly simple word directly translates from ancient Sanskrit language to mean ‘action’. Action here covers thought, word and deed, i.e action at the level of mind and body. KarmA as a philosophical concept is a teaching originating in Vedic Scripture which was later propagated and popularised by the teachings of Buddhism and Jainism. Ideally it should be called ‘simplistic’ for it hides under it layers and layers of understanding to be uncovered. This blog and the following are a humble attempt to share what little I know and understand about this gigantic perplexity!…

The most neglected discipline of Spirituality – GYAna yogA / Systematic enquiry into “Who am I?”

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! Going from Religion to Philosophy What is Life if not for a series of continuous changes! Through life, we all change drastically and dramatically too whether physically, intellectually or emotionally. But what about spiritually? How much have our notions about God and Heaven really changed from the time we were kids? It wouldn’t be an exaggeration at all to say that a majority of religious adults still fear being punished by a God in some way for something they did or didn’t do right! What about the fear of going to hell? We seek growth and progress…

Meditation / dhyAna yogA, Can there be spirituality devoid of it?

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! Can a man be fully dressed if he were wearing only his shirt or only his trouser? Sorry to begin on a silly note but I’m trying to drive home a very important point through a mundane example! So far we spoke about karma yogA which was a purificatory process to purify the mind of basic impurities and thereby purify our actions too. We now move on to the next important phase, dhyAna yogA / upAsana yogA / the practise of meditation, for calming and making quiet a mind which so far has been habituated to be…

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Top Meditation Tips for Beginners

Over the last few years I been a keen practitioner of meditation. However over those few years I had a very busy schedule with work and college which meant starting and restarting my meditative routine. Meditation at the very start seems very daunting and it can be a bit anxious if you’re a beginner or even restarting a regular practice. Here’s some easy tips I learned when beginning meditation.   1. Practice Daily As they say practice makes perfect. When you are first starting out with meditation, it is important to keep with it. You may not notice or actualise the benefits right way but the more consistent and regular your practice becomes it is easier to quieten the mind, enter a state of relaxation and allow clarity to come through. Even just 5 minutes a day will help you…

Living Awarefully – A Karma yogA way of Life!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! In this blog, I pick up the thread exactly where I left off in the previous blog. Here, as promised, the discussion is about karma yogA, the first of the purificatory processes, which cleanses the mind and correspondingly the actions too. Karma yogA – The Art of Right Action! The word ‘Karma’ directly translates to ‘action’ and in this context, ‘yogA’ refers to, ‘the attitude behind’. Karma yogA is a way of action as taught by the VedhA, which is going to undo our old ways of acting to replace with a new way of acting injected by a change in attitude, which will, Scripture asserts, bring…

7 Ways To Give Your Spiritual Life A Spring Cleaning This Season

The spring equinox fell this week on 20th March, this year, marking the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. It’s a day many pagans observe as Ostara, a holiday of renewal and rebirth that celebrates the transition from winter to spring. Paganism and its many permutations, including Wicca, are nature religions that honour the sacred power of the earth, in addition to a pantheon of gods and goddesses. The shifts from season to season are important to pagans because they represent not only the changes occurring in nature, but they also offer wisdom for how we might best direct our efforts throughout the year. If you’ve ever done a spring cleaning, then you may know how good it feels to give your home a makeover. But if you’re interested in a deeper cleanse, here are seven tips for a spiritual spring…

Celebrating the Spring Equinox

The spring equinox occurs on 20th March; a cyclic event where the Earth’s North and South poles are not tilted toward or away from the sun meaning that the sun will rise exactly in the east and travel through the sky for 12 hours before setting in the exactly west. Day and night are of equal lengths. It marks the beginning of spring, a time of renewal by cultures around the world throughout history that actively incorporate rituals and symbols that honour fertility and rebirth. The spring equinox has long been celebrated by nearly all world cultures as a time of rebirth, fertility and new opportunities. There is a symbolic meaning here, shared by our histories and collective consciousness reflecting renewal and hope. The spring equinox celebrated by the Pagan traditions was known as “Ostara” in early Pagan Germanic countries, usually a celebration of planting the new spring…

What stands between us and our living a liberated, free life!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! Liberation is not something which is acquirable from the outside by our doing “something”.  Such freedom cannot stand the test of time! Insecurity is not a fact of life asserts VedhA but really is only a notion that our mind has strongly identified with. VedAntA cannot stress enough how freedom is our own intrinsic nature!  How does an angry person become loving? Is love as a quality acquired from outside, like adding salt to food? No! When that person gives up his angry, hating, irrited self, he turns into a sweet, kind, loving person. The keyword is “giving up”! Freedom / Liberation / mOkshA is no different says…