“When all the knots of the heart are unloosened, then even here, in this human birth, the mortal becomes immortal. This is the whole teaching of the scriptures.” ~ Katha Upanishad
How to unloosen the knots of the heart and mind?
How to realize the knots are already undone?
How to live from the heart, ever expanding, ever opening?
How to flow with grace, openness, a smile, gratitude?
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“The existence, the physical universe is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere. That is to say, it doesn’t have some destination that it ought to arrive at.” ~ Alan Watts
This video is a gift.
The imagery may be a little over-the-top, but the wise words, adorable British accent and candid tone of Zen teacher Alan Watts are well worth four-and-a-half minutes of your day.
His basic message is that our cultural conditioning and standardized system ...
Inhale. Exhale. Pause.
Notice where on Earth you are.
Feel where your body connects to the planet. Feel how gravity is grounding you to Mother Earth. Breathe in a sense of belonging and of being completely right where you are.
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“Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself, it is very difficult to take care of another person. In the Buddhist teaching, it’s clear that to love oneself is the foundation of the love of other people. Love is a practice. Love is truly a practice.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
I am practicing love. I am opening my heart.
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In the morning
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But be still and quiet.
Notice the now,
Notice how the mind wanders, and where.
All the time. All over the place. Everywhere and nowhere.
Empty and full at once.
A silly monkey, a bumbling puppy, a mirror, the ocean.
This is the mind.
To the back then or the what if.
The past and the future. Any time but the present. Memories, plans. Nostalgia, aspirations. Regrets, expectations.
Sit and no...
Swadhisthana chakra is the Sanskrit name for our second energy center and translates to “sweetness” or “sacred home of the self.”
Imagine your mind as still as water in a vast lake.
Breathe in a long, deep breath of inspiration, then let the exhalation go naturally, easily. Repeat this technique for a few moments. Notice how your breath sounds like the ocean waves that are forever crashing upon the seashore. Feel how your body moves. Let your energy take on the physical qualities of water, fl...
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I met the Buddha in Mountain View, California, in the autumn of 2003.
I had achieved my dream of moving from the Lone Star State to the Golden State. I’d been practicing yoga on and off for a decade but had never really delved into meditation outside of my yoga practice.
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