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Finding Solace in the Home

From the mother swallow building her nest, to the old dog contentedly curling up in a blanket near the heater, animals understand the importance of a resting place. The home is a place of safety and self-care. It is where we go to nurture ourselves and those we love, where we find privacy and comfort. In today’s world, there are so many resources, choices, and stimuli begging for our attention. So much so, that even when we are at home, we are not fully there — the mind is usually elsewhere. The digital screens that hold our attention have become … Read More

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The Science of a Calm Mind

With stress-related doctor visits on a steady rise, it has become more important than ever to reserve the necessary time to rejuvenate your senses and give your mind and body a rest. The ancient technique of meditation teaches us how to apply focus to our surroundings by bringing us closer to the sensations of our body. By observing the activity of your mind, the process of your breath, and the details of your present moment, you are tapping into a deeper connection. This is exactly when your mind can relax and be at peace. In ancient Buddhist and Tibetan meditation culture, these underlying currents of the present … Read More

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How The Subconscious Mind Works – A Vast Dimension

There is no single definition that can really exhaust the meaning of the subconscious mind. We can only try to uncover some of the vast dimensions through which this part of the mind operates and hopefully develop a better understanding. To paint a better picture, the subconscious mind can be seen as the warehouse that stores each and every single piece of information on our daily activities and experiences. This information helps us effectively navigate through our daily endeavors and also governs how we perceive reality through emotional response. Everything we do, see, experience, learn, as well as the judgments … Read More

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The Meaning of Prajna in Buddhism

The term Prajna originates from Sanskrit — the ancient language of Buddhism — and is composed of two terms. “Pra” refers to “before” and the “jna” means “knowledge”. Together, these two terms signify profound knowledge, before knowledge or root knowledge. The meaning of Prajna is translated as intuitive wisdom, perfect knowledge, intelligence, or deep understanding. Prajna is considered a kind of knowing that is beyond the intellect and comprehension of the human mind. In modern terms, Prajna can be described as letting things be as they are and accepting change in life without attachment. Practising prajna gives you the freedom to live stress-free and experience the … Read More

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8 Steps to Nirvana (According to Buddha)

The practice of Zen is to experience, without resistance, the nature and interconnected relationship between ourselves, the present moment, and the dynamics of our natural environment. Zen is an attitude of presence. With practice, this natural way of being can become the source from which your life can flow and evolve. According to Buddha, Zen meditation is a path of liberation and self-discovery. According to Buddha, awakening the mind is achieved through the experience of Zen meditation. On his journey to enlightenment, Buddha developed the Noble Eight-Fold Path to Nirvana as a guiding light towards happiness as a fulfilled human being. … Read More

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Developing Self Discipline: Make Stuff Happen!

Living a life that is governed by self-discipline is something that can reap many rewards. Although there is nothing easy about it, incorporating self-discipline into your daily mode of functioning is well worth the effort. In order to attain true freedom, discipline is something that must first be controlled and ultimately mastered. There is no shortcut! Simply put, self-discipline is your ability to do something that you know would benefit you in a positive way, regardless of whether or not you feel like doing it. Our culture is all about instant gratification and the concept of developing self-discipline can sometimes … Read More

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Pleasure Pain Principle – What Drives Us?

We, humans, are incredibly complex beings; a swirling vortex of biology, chemistry, physiology, and emotion.  But the irony is that we’re also very simple – certainly when it comes to what drives us and motivates us to do the things we do (or don’t do). Can’t find the motivation to finally paint the spare room? Perhaps you have a garage full of random things that you’ve been meaning to sort through and donate to goodwill?  Maybe making an important phone call can’t seem to find its place in your awkward schedule? We’ve all got a list of things that need … Read More

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How To Meditate Effectively?

The purpose of meditation is to bring your focus into the moment as consistently as possible. Daily practice is also an effective way to experience less worry, more energy, more drive, and a balanced emotional state.  During your meditation, it is natural for thoughts to occur and your mind to wander, but by bringing your attention back into a focal point of the moment — such as your breath, an object, a sound, or a phrase that you repeat — you are practising meditation and strengthening the part of your brain that influences: your focus your intuition and creativity your emotional regulation your ability to make positive decisions As you practice this … Read More