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The Alpha State of Mind

At the root of your thoughts, emotions and behaviors is the communication between billions of neurons. Through a shared network of nerves in the brain, these neurons send and receive signals of electromagnetic impulse. The result of this immense activity can be registered and tracked as a “brain wave pattern.”   In 1924, a German physiologist and psychiatrist named Hans Berger recorded the first human brain wave pattern using sensitive equipment referred to as EEG (electroencephalographic). History and Evolution of Electroencephalogram Instruments and Techniques (Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology) Brain wave states are divided into five different categories based on frequency. The state of our waves changes throughout the day … Read More

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What Does It Mean to be Zen?

When you think of the word ‘Zen’, are you reminded of Buddhist monks meditating in silence on the top of mountains? Or maybe a graceful ninja master moving delicately as time stands still? In modern culture, we refer to being Zen as a way to calm down or relax through chaotic times. This has become an exotic term used to detach from stress, even though this is rarely achieved. As we evolve as humans, the way we incorporate certain terminology into the language of popular culture can sometimes suppress the true essence and significance. To be Zen carries much more meaning than we have been … Read More

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The Ancient Art of ‘No Mind’ and the Benefits of Modern Practice

When the Olympic athlete is approaching the final moments of her performance and ready to grasp that glorious medal, she is unaware of the screaming crowd. She is not thinking about the dispute she had with her colleague last week. She is not pondering over that e-mail that she has not yet responded to, nor is she attempting to conclude how winning this event could impact her career. The connection between her mind and body is very subtle. Any distraction; any uncertain thought; any emotionally stimulated reaction could cause the communication between her mental and physical to be disrupted. When her … Read More

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Meditation and Mental Resilience

When making progress towards an ideal lifestyle or a specific goal there are always going to be times when things seem to unravel in an undesirable way. Mental resilience is the ability to overcome obstacles and recover from adversity without getting pulled into negative distraction. This is a mental skill that enables us to make consistent progress in the right direction while not easily being thrown off course by hard times. Although some people seem to be more resilient than others in times of challenge and pressure, this powerful ability to override stormy weather is a skill that can be … Read More

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Tratak Meditation – The Art of Steady Gaze

Beneath the vibrations of the mind, deep below our thoughts, there is a peaceful and vibrant silence waiting to be unlocked. This space holds the power of profound peace and the deepest sense of relaxation. By taking control of the mind through meditative practice, the wonder and mystery of this profound stillness can be attained. You may think this sounds like a daunting task reserved for ancient civilization or zen masters, but there is a very simple and extremely powerful technique that is perfect for anyone interested in learning meditation. Among many other benefits, meditation helps decrease stress and anxiety … Read More

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How to Practice Detached Mindfulness?

As one of the foundations of meditation, mindfulness brings you into a focused mental state where the details of your moment and the activity of your mind can be observed without the need to draw conclusions. In meditation, you are able to release attachment and cleanse your mind into a higher level of performance. In cognitive theory, this process of conscious release can also be referred to as detached mindfulness.  Detached mindfulness is intended to isolate your mind from unnecessary mental processing and thoughts that tend to restrict the quality of your moment. Being able to detach means letting go of preconceived ideas to create space … Read More

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The Soothing Effects of Audio Therapy

As humans, we are acutely aware and sensitive to sound. From our time in the womb, our sense of hearing has developed to be one of our most important and instinctive tools. We experience sounds at various levels within our body — from our ears even to the surface of our skin. The subtle vibrational pressure created by sound conducts energy in the cells of our body, which are largely made up of water. Sound moves at a rate almost four times faster than air — creating a frequency that can be sensed at the most subtle levels of the … Read More

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The Relationship Between Body Awareness and Emotion

Science, medicine, and philosophy has allowed us to explore some of the mysteries concerning the harmonious relationship between the mind and the energy of the physical body. Taking one step deeper into this connection, we are learning more about, not only the relationship between the mind and body but more specifically how the awareness of our body plays a key role in the experience of emotion. This deep-rooted interaction is what gives rise to the mind-body connection in terms of therapy and mental healing. Basic Body Awareness Therapy Inspired by various movement systems such as Zen meditation, yoga, and T’ai … Read More

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The Simplicity of the Vedic Meditation Technique

The result of practicing silent meditation is that of a clear mind and a razor-sharp perception. Allowing the mind to settle into a more stable frequency is a gradual process. Though the practice is needed to advance your meditation, achieving bliss is meant to be simple — as it represents your most natural state. The simplicity of meditation can be found in some of the earliest teachings to have ever been known to exist. Vedic Period (c. 1500 – c. 500 BCE) Vedism is the ancient religion of the Indo-Aryan civilizations that takes its name from the collections of sacred … Read More

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The Benefits of Third Eye Meditation

Most of us are well acquainted with using our two eyes to see, but what many do not realize is that we have an internal “third eye” that can also be an invaluable source of knowledge, and which can help with our daily existence. Here are some things you should know about the third eye and how to use it to your advantage through meditation. What Is the Third Eye? The intuition of the third eye sees things that go otherwise unnoticed by your own physical senses. The Third Eye Chakra is the sixth energy center located at the brow, … Read More