“The most subtle body consists of fine channels called nadi along which a number of plexus points or chakras are disposed. A so-called “wind energy” circulates through this system, which is basically inseparable from consciousness, but in its most gross forms manifests as passions like anger and lust. In the unregenerate individual, the nadi are knotted up, so the movement of the wind energy is vitiated.” John Snelling, The Buddhist Handbook. Read More
Meditation is a method of allowing the conscious mind to come to a state of stillness and effortlessness. Many of us have tried to learn this and found
that at first, it is impossible to stop our mind from wandering here and there. In the beginning, the mind moves around, the body complains, our nose
itches and we scratch it, or our back hurts and distracts us. Maybe there is too much noise from the traffic or someone sneezes or someone’s giggling
or we keep getting interrupted by our children or our friends, or we keep going to sleep or there isn’t enough time because we have so much to do.
The possible distractions are endless.
The ten commandments have for a long time felt like an outdated set of rules of which many seem obvious and therefore largely uninspiring. No matter what our background, most of us know we’re not supposed to steal or kill or commit adultery. However what if there were deeper meanings to these age old set of rules? Kevin Niv Farrow has deciphered what he believes are the real hidden meanings of the ten commandments, which have inspiring and useful applications to our daily lives. Read More
“Yes is a world and in this world of yes live all worlds,” ee cummings.
Many of us like to talk about enlightenment or Christ consciousness or the Tao or living spiritually and often we get caught up in the linguistic complexities of what is really a very simple path. After all, these ‘ideas’ or philosophies are just representative of saying yes, ever more deeply. The real yes is enlightenment, the true Buddha nature. Read More
Why do we begin the inner journey? Pretty much for the same reason that we journey outwardly. All journeys are due to either our curiosity or our belief that we’d be happier somewhere else. Most religious practice is based on the premise that the unenlightened mind suffers and if we go on the inner journey and enlighten the mind, the suffering of mind will end and we’ll feel better. Long weekend trips away are based on the same premise except that it’s the outer journey that we’re on. Read More
It is common to consider that the deep questions of life are questions about who made us? Do we come from a random chaos in the universe or is there an intelligence behind this? Basically, is there a god? If there is a God, are we separate from it or are we one with it. If there is a god, is it a he or she? Is there a son of god? These common questions are just a few of what we generally consider as deep and meaningful topics. Read More
When we walk or drive around the streets of our town, we get where we’re going because we can see the direction in which we’re heading. Even if we’re somewhere
that we don’t know well and we get lost, we begin to build a map in our head that enables us to work our way around our landscape. In fact, I’ve heard
of a travel writer who recommends becoming lost on purpose, as one of the best ways to learn how to get around a new city.
How does this marvelous human body of ours work? It works through our heart. The heart is an alchemical process that transforms our body, mind and emotions into something that is finer and lighter. How do we get this process to happen? The Inner Smile meditation is one of the great heart practices, showing a rare understanding of the real functions of the heart. Read More
This is an article I wrote a few years back after we had our first baby and were experiencing the joys of parenthood for the first time. I am reminded of these lessons again lately, as we are lucky to be going through these wonders again with our daughter, so I thought I would share this with you here, on our blog.
In meditation practice, as in the rest of our lives, certain conditions arise in our ordinary everyday consciousness that constrain our open spirit. Many
of these such as the emotions of anger, resentment and sorrow are easy to see. There are however, certain conditions that arise in meditation that
are only obvious when we realise that they exist in us. The following are some of these.
There is a current belief that expressing our emotions is a good thing to do and we are more spiritual because of it. While confiding in another person is universally acknowledged as part of the healing process, the idea that overt expression of emotion is good for us, is mostly nonsense. Read More
By Kevin Niv Farrow and Rochelle Taylor
In his book A Gesture of Balance, the Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku, says ‘When positive or joyous feelings and attitudes pass through each organ and circulate throughout our whole system, our physical and chemical energies are transformed and balanced’. This is the natural way of the heart. Just as the heart circulates bioelectricity and blood, it circulates love, joy and trust, which affect the make up of the tissues. Read More
Once in a while we look at ourselves in the mirror and realize things don’t look quite like they used to. So we decide to embark on a health regime to
get us in shape. Usually this consists of working out in the form of cardio and weights training in order to improve fitness, strength and muscle tone.
Now that’s all good and well, but what about your ‘inner health’? And I’m not talking probiotics or metamucil. I’m referring to how you feel in your
heart, your stress levels, your emotional stability and the health of your organs, bones, muscles, blood cells and entire energetic system?
Laughter is one of the best medicines around. It opens our hearts, makes us feel good, reduces stress and anxiety and helps the body to heal. Laughter
lowers blood pressure, improves the immune system and has been known to assist in what we know only as miraculous cures of illness in the body. It
helps you look and feel young and triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer. And what’s more, it’s free.
By Rochelle Taylor
Being happy is what life is all about. It doesn’t matter what we do or where we are, if we are not happy, what’s the point? Some people spend their whole lives chasing it, but in truth finding happiness is an inside job and it’s up to each one of us to create it for ourselves. Here are some ways to help along the way… Read More
By Rochelle Taylor
“You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger” Buddha.
If we really understood what getting angry did to our bodies and how much it hurt us, we would take drastic steps to make sure we never got angry again. As a child we learnt pretty fast that when we touched something really hot, it burned and hurt, so we didn’t do it again. The truth is, every time we get angry we are hurting ourselves at such a deep level, that we can’t see it. We might vaguely have some idea about how getting angry or stressed plays a role in the health of the body, but generally people see this as some kind of emotional hurt we are inflicting upon ourselves. While this is partly true, what we can’t see is the physical damage we are doing to ourselves – to our heart, liver and gall bladder, arteries and lungs, as well as our muscles and cells and brain – all from getting angry. Read More
By Kevin Niv Farrow & Rochelle Taylor
Meditation has existed for thousands of years and is a method of allowing the conscious mind to come to a state of stillness and effortlessness. When done properly it helps to free the mind from fixating on worries and negative thoughts and brings a sense of calm, joy and quiet.
Many people live with constant stress, worry, and can’t seem to find the time to relax. Meditation for just a few minutes each day helps relieve this stress and to improve overall quality of life, including physical aches and pains in the body. Read More