Archive for April, 2007

I have just posted something including a video on “Eye Patterns”. Read it and watch the video. I am very certain that you would not be wasting your time. Sounds too good to be true. Yes. Go to my March’s postings and you will discover amongst a list, my writing on “Eye Patterns” there.

Leave comments at my guest book or at the end of this posting on what your thoughts, feelings and views are on this subject. Defies logic? The unconscious mind works in mysterious ways.

Thanks for coming by to visit.

Byee..e.ee.

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This poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital.

It is the request of a special girl who will soon leave this world due to cancer.
This young girl has 6 months left to live, and as her dying wish, she wanted to tell everyone to live their life to the fullest, since she never will.
She’ll never make it to prom, graduate from high school, or get married and have a family of her own.

Initiator-
Dr. Dennis Shields, Professor
Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx , New York 10461

SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day

On the fly?

When you ask How are you?

Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done

Do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores

Running through your head?

You’d better slow down

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,

Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,

Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time

To call and say,”Hi”

You’d better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

It is like an unopened gift….

Thrown away.

Life is not a race.

Do take it slower

Hear the music

Before the song is over.

Evergreen

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.


This is a Chinese Proverb.

Search Within

What a beautiful story.

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a
stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise
woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious
stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was
worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he
came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give
it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give
me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”

Brain Activity During Meditation

DVD on The Transcending Brain

The brain is an electrochemical organ using electromagnetic energy to function. Electrical activity emanating from the brain is displayed in the form of brainwaves.emanating from the brain is displayed in the form of brainwaves. There are four categories of these brainwaves. They range from the high amplitude, low frequency delta to the low amplitude, high frequency beta. Men, women and children of all ages experience the same characteristic brainwaves. They are consistent across cultures and country boundaries.


DVD – Sacred Pause (short effective presence-based meditation)
running time – 4:35 minutes

During meditation brain waves alter.

BETA – 13-30 cycles per second – awaking awareness, extroversion, concentration, logical thinking – active conversation. A debater would be in high beta. A person making a speech, or a teacher, or a talk show host would all be in beta when they are engaged in their work.

ALPHA – 7-13 cycles per second – relaxation times, non-arousal, meditation, hypnosis

THETA – 4-7 cycles per second – day dreaming, dreaming, creativity, meditation, paranormal phenomena, out of body experiences, ESP, shamanic journeys.

A person who is driving on a freeway, and discovers that they can’t recall the last five miles, is often in a theta state – induced by the process of freeway driving. This can also occur in the shower or tub or even while shaving or brushing your hair. It is a state where tasks become so automatic that you can mentally disengage from them. The ideation that can take place during the theta state is often free flow and occurs without censorship or guilt. It is typically a very positive mental state.

DELTA – 1.5-4 or less cycles per second – deep dreamless sleep

Mindfulness meditation and related techniques are intended to train attention for the sake of provoking insight. Think of it as the opposite of attention deficit disorder. A wider, more flexible attention span makes it easier to be aware of a situation, easier to be objective in emotionally or morally difficult situations, and easier to achieve a state of responsive, creative awareness or “flow”.

Daniel Goleman & Tara Bennett-Goleman (2001), suggest that meditation works because of the relationship between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex.Simply put, the amygdala is the part of the brain that decides if we should get angry or anxious (among other things), and the pre-frontal cortex is the part that makes us stop and think about things (it is also known as the inhibitory centre).

So, the prefrontal cortex is very good at analyzing and planning, but it takes a long time to make decisions. The amygdala, on the other hand, is simpler (and older in evolutionary terms). It makes rapid judgments about a situation and has a powerful effect on our emotions and behaviour, linked to survival needs. For example, if a human sees a lion leaping out at them, the amygdala will trigger a fight or flight response long before the prefrontal cortex responds.

But in making snap judgments, our amygdalas are prone to error, such as seeing danger where there is none. This is particularly true in contemporary society where social conflicts are far more common than encounters with predators, and a basically harmless but emotionally charged situation can trigger uncontrollable fear or anger – leading to conflict, anxiety, and stress.

Because there is roughly a quarter of a second gap between the time an event occurs and the time it takes the amygdala to react, a skilled meditator may be able to intervene before a fight or flight response takes over, and perhaps even redirect it into more constructive or positive feelings.

The different roles of the amygdala and prefrontal cortex can be easily observed under the influence of various drugs. Alcohol depresses the brain generally, but the sophisticated prefrontal cortex is more affected than less complex areas, resulting in lowered inhibitions, decreased attention span, and increased influence of emotions over behaviour. Likewise, the controversial drug ritalin has the opposite effect, because it stimulates activity in the prefrontal cortex.

Some studies of meditation have linked the practice to increased activity in the left prefrontal cortex, which is associated with concentration, planning, meta-cognition (thinking about thinking), and positive affect (good feelings). There are similar studies linking depression and anxiety with decreased activity in the same region, and/or with dominant activity in the right prefrontal cortex.

Meditation increases activity in the left prefrontal cortex, and the changes are stable over time – even if you stop meditating for a while, the effect lingers.

Another piece of research and at Harvard.

Meditation found to increase brain size.

People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don’t. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Brain scans they conducted reveal that experienced meditators boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input.

In one area of gray matter, the thickening turns out to be more pronounced in older than in younger people. That’s intriguing because those sections of the human cortex, or thinking cap, normally get thinner as we age.

“Our data suggest that meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being,” says Sara Lazar, leader of the study and a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. “These findings are consistent with other studies that demonstrated increased thickness of music areas in the brains of musicians, and visual and motor areas in the brains of jugglers. In other words, the structure of an adult brain can change in response to repeated practice.”

The researchers compared brain scans of 20 experienced meditators with those of 15 non-meditators. Four of the former taught meditation or yoga, but they were not monks living in seclusion. The rest worked in careers such as law, health care, and journalism. All the participants were white. During scanning, the meditators meditated; the others just relaxed and thought about whatever they wanted.

Meditators did Buddhist “insight meditation,” which focuses on whatever is there, like noise or body sensations. It doesn’t involve “om,” other mantras, or chanting.

“The goal is to pay attention to sensory experience, rather than to your thoughts about the sensory experience,” Lazar explains. “For example, if you suddenly hear a noise, you just listen to it rather than thinking about it. If your leg falls asleep, you just notice the physical sensations. If nothing is there, you pay attention to your breathing.” Successful meditators get used to not thinking or elaborating things in their mind.

Study participants meditated an average of about 40 minutes a day. Some had been doing it for only a year, others for decades. Depth of the meditation was measured by the slowing of breathing rates. Those most deeply involved in the meditation showed the greatest changes in brain structure. “This strongly suggests,” Lazar concludes, “that the differences in brain structure were caused by the meditation, rather than that differences in brain thickness got them into meditation in the first place.”

Lazar took up meditation about 10 years ago and now practices insight meditation about three times a week. At first she was not sure it would work. But “I have definitely experienced beneficial changes,” she says. “It reduces stress [and] increases my clarity of thought and my tolerance for staying focused in difficult situations.”

Controlling random thoughts

Insight meditation can be practiced anytime, anywhere. “People who do it quickly realize that much of what goes on in their heads involves random thoughts that often have little substance,” Lazar comments. “The goal is not so much to ’empty’ your head, but to not get caught up in random thoughts that pop into consciousness.”

She uses this example: Facing an important deadline, people tend to worry about what will happen if they miss it, or if the end product will be good enough to suit the boss. You can drive yourself crazy with unproductive “what if” worry. “If, instead, you focus on the present moment, on what needs to be done and what is happening right now, then much of the feeling of stress goes away,” Lazar says. “Feelings become less obstructive and more motivational.”

The increased thickness of gray matter is not very much, 4 to 8 thousandths of an inch. “These increases are proportional to the time a person has been meditating during their lives,” Lazar notes. “This suggests that the thickness differences are acquired through extensive practice and not simply due to differences between meditators and nonmeditators.”

As small as they are, you can bet those differences are going to lead to lots more studies to find out just what is going on and how meditation might better be used to improve health and well-being, and even slow aging.

More basic questions need to be answered. What causes the increased thickness? Does meditation produce more connections between brain cells, or more blood vessels? How does increased brain thickness influence daily behavior? Does it promote increased communication between intellectual and emotional areas of the brain?

To get answers, larger studies are planned at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard-affiliated facility where Lazar is a research scientist and where these first studies were done. That work included only 20 meditators and their brains were scanned only once.


“The results were very encouraging,”
Lazar remarks. “But further research needs to be done using a larger number of people and testing them multiple times. We also need to examine their brains both before and after learning to meditate. Our group is currently planning to do this. Eventually, such research should reveal more about the function of the thickening; that is, how it affects emotions and knowing in terms of both awareness and judgment.”

Slowing aging?

Since this type of meditation counteracts the natural thinning of the thinking surface of the brain, could it play a role in slowing – even reversing – aging? That could really be mind-boggling in the most positive sense.

Lazar is cautious in her answer. “Our data suggest that one small bit of brain appears to have a slower rate of cortical thinning, so meditation may help slow some aspects of cognitive aging,” she agrees. “But it’s important to remember that monks and yogis suffer from the same ailments as the rest of us. They get old and die, too. However, they do claim to enjoy an increased capacity for attention and memory.”

Source: Harvard University (By William J. Cromie)

DVD on Natural Healing With Meditation running time – 9:41 minutes

DVD – Quiet Tranquility – running time: 2.57 minutes

Now researchers have discovered that hypertension is not disease of the heart. This is not new and now it has been substantiated. Yoga scriptures has written about this for thousands of years. Yoga postures (asanas), particularly the head and shoulder stands, bring blood to the brain to counter gravity that brings blood to our lower body parts the whole day long. Many critical faculties, such as the pituitary and peneal glands that control secretion of hormones to maintain balance of our wellness,are located in our brain center. As we age, these glands become smaller and hormonal secretion decreases as a result of lesser activation of these glands. Such vital glands become increasingly dormant if we do not activate them constantly causing degenerating wellness conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

Therefore, yoga asanas, meditation and proper breathing (pranayama) bring proper and adequate activation to these vital glands. When the glandular system is activated and the nervous system is strong, the energies of the two systems combine to create –

1. a movement or flow in the spinal fluid
2. a sensitivity in the nerve endings. The “brain in its totality receives signals and integrates them.”

What is the result?

1. A new clarity expands our perceptions.
2. We understand the effect and impact of an action before we take it.
3. We are at choice whether to act or not to act.
4. Awareness brings choice.
5. Choice brings freedom.


Life inevitably presents us with a wide array of emotions, both positive and negative.
While most of us embrace feeling happy, in love, or peaceful, we often resist what we label negative emotions, such as fear, anxiety, and grief. Although in the West we often turn to psychotherapy, medication, or even addictive behaviors to help overcome or cope with negative emotions, yoga offers us both a philosophy and a set of practical tools to ease the innate challenges of being human.

The Root of Depression and Anxiety

Yogis believe that we are born whole, but due to various life experiences, we forget this state of wholeness, or who we really are. We start thinking of ourselves as alone and alienated. Likewise, Buddhists believe that we are essentially good. Like a gold coin buried in a pile of dust, our sense of our innate goodness and completeness gets lost beneath our physical and emotional reactions to life. Both schools of thought advocate clearing the emotions and becoming aware of our thought patterns so that we can reconnect to our pure essence and essential goodness.

The separation from our completeness occurs differently for each person. According to Amy Weintraub, a Kripalu Yoga teacher and author of Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga, some people disconnect early in life in response to inappropriate care from parents or caregivers. These people tend to carry their underlying grief in the tissues of the body and develop lifelong symptoms of depression. Others, faced with some sort of trauma or loss—whether relatively small or something major like a natural disaster, terrorist incident, or violent personal assault—develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This syndrome can include symptoms of irritability, anxiety, detachment, and feeling emotionally numb or depressed, along with physical tension and difficulty sleeping. Then there are the dozens of difficult emotions we feel every day in response to living in a fast-paced and stressful culture.

Fortunately, regardless of whether a mood is a lifetime issue or a response to a current situation, yoga, including asanas, pranayama, and meditation, can help us regain our sense of connectedness to Self.

Most important of all…bring a structure of self-centeredness to ourselves so that we would never fear problems, negativity and challenges. This ability reduces tension and stress.

Well…below is the research discovering that our brain is central to getting rid of hypertension.

‘Brain, not heart, causes hypertension’

April 15 2007 at 11:25AM

London – The brain, not the heart is responsible for high blood pressure, according to details of a study by British researchers released on Sunday.

The scientists said that hypertension, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney damage, is an inflammatory vascular disease of the brain rather than the heart, as previously thought.

They discovered that a protein located in the brain, JAM-1, trapped white blood cells, which can then cause inflammation and obstruct blood flow, leading to poor oxygen supply to the brain.

Professor Julian Paton, from Bristol University, western England, said the findings could lead to new ways of treating the condition.

“We are looking at the possibility of treating those patients that fail to respond to conventional therapy for hypertension with drugs that reduce blood vessel inflammation and increase blood flow within the brain,” he added.

“The future challenge will be to understand the type of inflammation within the vessels in the brain, so we know what drug to use and how to target them.

“JAM-1 could provide us with new clues as how to deal with this disease.”

Conventional treatment for reducing high blood pressure includes eating low fat food, reducing salt intake and regular exercise.

The associate medical director of the British Heart Foundation, Professor Jeremy Pearson, said: “This exciting study is important because it suggests there are unexpected causes of high blood pressure related to blood supply to the brain.

“It therefore opens up the possibility of new ways to treat this common, but often poorly managed condition.”

About one in three people in Britain and more than 600 million people worldwide are thought to suffer from hypertension.

The findings are to be published in the next edition of medical journal Hypertension. – AFP

Here is a nice piece of work that I read some while ago. I can’t resist sharing this with you. It is so true and applicable to anyone into a relationship or getting into a relationship.

There are essentially four kinds of love.

The infantile type of love, “I love me.”

The next stage, “I love the me in you. I love you because you are my brother, my mother, my father, my sister, my dog. The me in you.”

The adolescent type of love, “I love you because your dancing pleases me, and because your beauty pleases me, and because your brain pleases me.”

And the adult stage of love wherein, “I want to love you and cherish you because I want to see you happy because I can find my happiness in your happiness. The happier you are, the happier I’ll will be. I’ll find my happiness in yours. I’ll find delight in your pleasure and intellectual pursuits. I’ll find a delight in your enjoyment of dancing.” So, the mature love is the capacity to find enjoyment in the enjoyment of the other person’s enjoyment. It works both ways.

A question was posed, “What is a good marriage.”

In a good marriage you’ll see some of the, “I love me.” You should expect that. You’ll see some of the, “I love the me in you.” You’ll see some of the adolescent variety of your good qualities that please me. But there should be a very considerable percentage of the enjoyment of the other person’s state of happiness.

It isn’t enough just to enjoy your wife’s cooking. You ought to enjoy the pleasure she is in cooking. You ought not just to enjoy the fact she keeps the kids quiet while you’re working. You want to enjoy, really, the pleasure and satisfaction she gets out of dealing with the kids, even though you can’t understand why that particular dealing with the kids gives her so much satisfaction. It’s beyond your capacity to understand, but you’re so glad she enjoys it. You know as long as she’s happy, enjoying the inexplicable things, you’re going to be happy too.

Happiness in a marriage so often depends on giving the other person the privilege of enjoying those special,peculiar pleasures that they have. It’s being mature, the adult stage.

A common marriage problem is when one starts to enjoy something, the other can’t seem to tolerate it.

Many martial problems are built around the idea, “We must share equally in all things.”

The fact is that you can’t share equally in all things, because biologically we’re totally different creatures. The fact that he was attracted to here was because she is biologically different and had different qualities.

Next, for the benefits of the children – and parents do wish their children well – that they want their children to have the advantage of every possible opportunity. If father and mother both go out of the home and bring back precisely the same thing, the children may get an adequate supply of the same thing. But if mother goes out and brings home something different, and the father goes out and brings home something different, the children have a choice of two things. So mother goes out and takes in the Russian ballet, and she comes back and tells the little children about the beauties of the ballet. Father goes out and looks at the desert landscape and really enjoys that, and the children listen to that. So the children have the opportunity of learning to like both the ballet and the landscape.

Think of this common scenario. The husband liked westerns, and the wife liked musical comedies. So they went to the show twice a week – one western, one musical comedy. She gritted her teeth throughout the western, and he gritted his teeth throughout the musical comedy. They both comforted themselves that they were sharing.

They were sharing a common drama!! He really was enjoying the western, and she sat there hating it and gritting her teeth. What sharing were they doing? Both weren’t even sitting in the same seat; not exactly sharing anything except proximity.

Each can go to his and her movies at about the same time in different cinemas. When the movies are over, both he and she can join each other and go for sandwiches. Both can then share a delightful evening. When she went to the bathroom, he went to the bathroom. They shared. They always ate the same thing. They went to bed at the same hour. They shared everything. That’s is an exaggerated type of pathological sharing, but autonomy is so tremendously important because the happy marriage is one in which you have this individual accomplishing certain things, that individual accomplishing certain things. Each for the self there. Then you have the individuals separately accomplishing certain things for the other. Then you have the two individuals accomplishing things together.

Hungry for more. Please read –

Conversation with Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Volume II – Changing Couples (Edited By Jay Haley)

A very highly recommended book for couples. Extremely interesting and intriguing book. Erickson talks about the issues of marriage and shows many procedures for resolving problems.

“Communication is the response one gets.” – An NLP Presupposition.

Communication is a constant flow of information between two people.
One is constantly sending the other messages about who one is and what kind of relationship one want with the other.


NLP Model of Communication

In NLP the description of what goes on in one’s internal world when one interact with the external world is known as the communication model. One is a unique individual. One experience the world in a different way from everyone else. This is because one have one’s own set of rules that govern how one interact with people, how one talk to oneself and the choices one make for oneself about what to focus on. These rules are essentially about communication.

Very often, when we spoke to someone and that somebody reacted in a certain way that was offensive to us, we have forgotten that it was us in the very first place whose communication is in a tonality and way that might be abusive for the person to react to us in that manner. If we sat down and think about it, we could have done that many many time over simply without realizing our manners.

It is therefore so important that we are conscious of our ways we speak to anyone at all times. When we do so, we would not only gain respect in the many ways through our appropriate way we communicate and also we would have established marvellous rapport with the person(s) we communicate with.

The next time when you speak to anyone, take notice how that person will respond to you in a certain way you communicate to him or her. In establishing relationships, rapport, making a difference in a negotiation, closing a sale, answering a telephone call and speaking to a child, the desired outcome is certainly determined by the way we manage our communication.

Spoken communication comes in several form including use of language, physiology, manner, tonality, pitch, timbre and quality. Depending on the message we wish to convey, we blend these characteristics in a way we desire an outcome. However, many of us unconsciously blended them in wrongly and the outcome can be devastating. Communication is by no means aasy if we wish to achieve the desired outcome. The more reason why we have to constanlty be aware of the way we do it, and be sensitive to the other party whom we are delivering our communication to.

Speaking well and communicating well are both different things. One can speak well but might not communicate well. Speak well can be eloquence and might not obtain the desired outcome. Communication well can create the desired result.

Expressing well is only possible when the person receiving the message understands it and the speaker obtains the desired action from the listener. Communication is emotional, can influence and can be therapeutic.

Video – Therapeutic Communication Skills (running time: 22:51)

The content of this program will focus on interpersonal communication as a process of human expression and influence. Initially, focus will be placed upon basic communications concepts. Students will then examine therapeutic communication The content of this program will focus on interpersonal communication as a process of human expression and influence. Initially, focus will be placed upon basic communications concepts. Students will then examine therapeutic communication skills, core dimensions and strategic implementation of key therapeutic communication concepts.

I would like to put my thoughts down on “Happiness” today. The essence that is going to follow is wisely shared by my yoga master yesterday evening.

Everyone without exception seeks happiness. Each individual has his or her ways to obtain happiness.


Happiness can come in the form for acquiring and possessing material things including cars, branded handbags and watches, jewelries.

Happiness too can appear in the form of gathering of money and having lots of it.

To many, plastic surgery to defy aging and pursuit of beauty is happiness.

Happiness can be a reflection of having a title to one’s name.

Happiness to many is how others see, appreciate and admire them.

Most of these gratifications are instant, materialistic, temporary and can be lost in an instant.

If the above are what happiness are to these individuals, it is perfectly fine.

Let’s imagine what happens to these individuals, if they lost all their money, jewelries, admiration, conferred salutations, cars and beauty in an instance. These people would lose their individualities and destroy their own self-esteem that so much depended on these things. All the possessions and pursuits are for the satisfaction of their Egos. Once not there, they perceived that there is no longer any self-worth; there is no happiness left. To these individuals, there is no dependable support within themselves that they can fall back on once all those that they once treasured are no longer available to them. FEAR develops and destroys an individual.

Therefore, self-centered-ness is critically important to each one of us. We can build in a structure that centers happiness within ourselves without depending on those earthly possessions and external reference checks. As long as we are able to feel happy and know happiness is us to call upon and is inside us and it can appears each time we call upon it, we are going to be a very happier group of persons. Whenever there is pain, suffering, lost, misunderstanding, guilt, sadness we can immediately go deep within ourselves to seek that reliable happiness that can mitigate those negative feelings and thoughts. Gratification can be instantaneous.

The practice of the yoga processes including asanas, pranayama and meditation equips and lead ourselves to the attainment of happiness in ourselves . By being able to have that state of happiness, bliss and a positive fragrance glowing from within forms the foundation of being able to not FEARING.


Fear
is defined as a false emotion appearing real. When we remove fear we get rid of the fear of death. We are then able to separate and detach our mind, body, and all properties we are aligned to externally.

Pursue meditation. It is not a cult practice. It is not only meant for a select group of weird individuals. It is not a unholy or religious concept. Meditation is about strengthening our mind, building balance and a centered-ness within us. Without these strengths, our mind fluctuates wildly and harms our body in the form of stress, diseases and hallucinations. With all the health food, supplements and exercise we do, it would be really of no use if our mind is not stable and strong to provide the clarity and wellness that we seek when we either feel lost or requires inspiration.

Yes…take that first step to at least know what meditation is. That would be a start to bring a little magic into us. It has done wonders for my BEING. Believe me.


CD on Yoga Midra – an interlude into the mediative process

Editorial Reviews

Book Description


“Yoga Nidra”
means “Yogic Sleep”. It is a deep relaxation in which you leave the waking state, go past the dreaming state, and enter into the deep sleep state, while remaining fully awake and alert. This state of awareness is extremely beneficial, both for releasing stress, and for experiencing the joy of subtler spiritual explorations or experiences.

The voice will systematically guide you to explore your physical body, then move through 61 specific points within the body, and then practice ascending breath awareness along the body and spine. Your attention will be brought to the space between the eyebrows, then to the throat, and finally to the heart center, where you will go deep into stillness and silence, beyond the activities of the mind.

Following the custom of the ancient sages, the depth of Yoga Nidra comes from inner awareness of the levels of your own self, including your body, breath, and the subtler mind, rather than diverting attention through music or inner fantasies. This inner exploring through self-awareness is a more refined form of meditation that leads you deeper into the stillness and silence of your own being, while remaining fully awake and aware. The Yoga Nidra methods bring you to a place of awareness where you are able to completely let go of any words, thoughts, images, impressions, or pictures in the mind. You are guided to allow your mind to “empty, empty, empty” though you remain fully awake and clear of mind.

The practices on this CD will gently train your ability to direct your own attention, which is the primary skill in the art of meditation. You will find that you are gradually able to use these methods on your own, without the CD, and the benefits will be with you not only during your practice time, but also during the activities of daily life.

The Yoga Nidra CD has five tracks. The first track is an introduction (8:02 minutes), describing the state of Yoga Nidra and the practices on the CD. The next four tracks move through four sequential practices that are listened to together, so as to form a complete practice of 57:24 minutes (CD is 65:36 minutes in total). These four tracks can also be listened to individually, as complete practices unto themselves, which allows you to have the benefits of practice when less time is available.

After some time of practicing Yoga Nidra, you will naturally find it to be a most enjoyable and spiritually inspiring part of your life.


About the Author

Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati is an American-born student and teacher of the ancient tradition of the Himalayan sages and is a monk of the Shankaracharya lineage, initiated as a dandi (staff-bearing) swami, a most honorific initiation of the monastic order.


I would like to put my thoughts down on “Happiness” today. The essence that is going to follow is wisely shared by my yoga master yesterday evening.

Everyone without exception seeks happiness. Each individual has his or her ways to obtain happiness.


Happiness can come in the form for acquiring and possessing material things including cars, branded handbags and watches, jewelries.

Happiness too can appear in the form of gathering of money and having lots of it.

To many, plastic surgery to defy aging and pursuit of beauty is happiness.

Happiness can be a reflection of having a title to one’s name.

Happiness to many is how others see, appreciate and admire them.

Most of these gratifications are instant, materialistic, temporary and can be lost in an instant.

If the above are what happiness are to these individuals, it is perfectly fine.

Let’s imagine what happens to these individuals, if they lost all their money, jewelries, admiration, conferred salutations, cars and beauty in an instance. These people would lose their individualities and destroy their own self-esteem that so much depended on these things. All the possessions and pursuits are for the satisfaction of their Egos. Once not there, they perceived that there is no longer any self-worth; there is no happiness left. To these individuals, there is no dependable support within themselves that they can fall back on once all those that they once treasured are no longer available to them. FEAR develops and destroys an individual.

Therefore, self-centered-ness is critically important to each one of us. We can build in a structure that centers happiness within ourselves without depending on those earthly possessions and external reference checks. As long as we are able to feel happy and know happiness is us to call upon and is inside us and it can appears each time we call upon it, we are going to be a very happier group of persons. Whenever there is pain, suffering, lost, misunderstanding, guilt, sadness we can immediately go deep within ourselves to seek that reliable happiness that can mitigate those negative feelings and thoughts. Gratification can be instantaneous.

The practice of the yoga processes including asanas, pranayama and meditation equips and lead ourselves to the attainment of happiness in ourselves . By being able to have that state of happiness, bliss and a positive fragrance glowing from within forms the foundation of being able to not FEARING.


Fear
is defined as a false emotion appearing real. When we remove fear we get rid of the fear of death. We are then able to separate and detach our mind, body, and all properties we are aligned to externally.

Pursue meditation. It is not a cult practice. It is not only meant for a select group of weird individuals. It is not a unholy or religious concept. Meditation is about strengthening our mind, building balance and a centered-ness within us. Without these strengths, our mind fluctuates wildly and harms our body in the form of stress, diseases and hallucinations. With all the health food, supplements and exercise we do, it would be really of no use if our mind is not stable and strong to provide the clarity and wellness that we seek when we either feel lost or requires inspiration.

Yes…take that first step to at least know what meditation is. That would be a start to bring a little magic into us. It has done wonders for my BEING. Believe me.