I have been in education for over fifteen years, mostly working with teenagers. Teenage years are synonymous with peer pressure, complicated further with identity crises; added to that is the pressure to study and perform well, technological distractions and parental expectations. This is also the time when parents start experiencing unfamiliar distancing from their growing child. Suddenly, the warmth and…… Read More.
In spite of our many efforts to live a healthy life, in reality, our modern day lifestyle brings on a lot of stress. Let’s take a moment to observe our structured daily routine. We wake up, do the morning chores, go to work, come home late, eat, sleep, and repeat. If there’s still some time left, we give it up…… Read More.
Yoga is many things to many people. For some, it is just a physical exercise, while for others, it is their life’s greatest passion. Many practitioners enjoy the complex formulation and execution of breathing techniques and for others, it is simply a practical means of maintaining good health and wellbeing. Globally, the popularity of yoga in its many forms is…… Read More.
Meditation is very simple. All it involves is a willingness to close our eyes and take a pause. Short as it may be, this pause is of great significance. It allows us to take a break from the incessant wanderings of the mind and dive into peace and tranquility ever present within us, the result is a refreshed mind and…… Read More.
Heartfulness meditation is based on the Raja yoga system, according to which, one’s spiritual practice takes him/her to three stages – liberation, realization and mergence with the infinite, says the modern saint and teacher of Heartfulness, Shri Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur. Liberation from what? Realization of what? Mergence with what? I always wondered. And still wonder… We wonder until we…… Read More.
All around the world, we are on our feet from dawn to dusk and even well into the night. Men chase jobs, careers and money. Women also chase careers and in addition run behind their men, children and homes. Sandwiched between the two, children run after their parents, their education, extracurricular activities, friends and their electronic gaming gadgets. Is that…… Read More.
It was a long living room with beautiful tiles and minimal furnishing. At the end of the room, there was a large balcony that opened to the vistas and views of Kanha Shanti Vanam. I was here to meet my teacher and guide Kamlesh D. Patel, fondly called Daaji. The monsoon drizzle and the overcast sky lit up the room…… Read More.
The space shuttle is a global symbol of man’s potential for great exploration and thirst for knowledge of the unknown. What launches the shuttle? One could say it is the giant engine, the fiery gas emitting huge clouds of smoke that we see during every televised launch. Looking a little deeper though, the real thrust behind the space program is…… Read More.
How many of us crave for something more? As I grow older, I am increasingly confronted with an underlying feeling of emptiness within myself. It’s often in the stillness of the night under the shadow of darkness, in the moments before going to sleep, that we become most aware of this deep emptiness. We are confronted with this feeling that…… Read More.
Why Heartfulness on yoga day? In Nature, everything happens at the appropriate moment. The solution to a crisis emerges at the moment it is needed. I was wondering about the declaration of June 21st as the International Day of Yoga, by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, a couple of years ago. He said that the General Assembly of the…… Read More.
Yoga means union, union with the source of our existence, and with all. If we come to the understanding that all of us are one with anything and everything in the universe, I believe we will experience a different reality in this very world. Most of the problems which we are facing in today’s world, such as scarcity of water…… Read More.
Over the past ten years or so I have told myself I would start practicing yoga daily. I tried power yoga, other physical yoga types, and those that focus more on inner balance and serenity. Well, it wasn’t until after I began practicing Heartfulness meditation that I began doing yoga more often. I didn’t intend for this to happen, in…… Read More.