Meditation Rememorari It’s an early March morning and a small group of us have been meditating on the porch for a little while. Has it been five minutes, ten, twenty? Like a leaf submerged in a pond that gently floats back to the surface, my consciousness hovers between stillness and sensory awareness. I can feel a soft breeze, alternating between…… Read More.
What Exactly is Compassion? ‘Compassion’ is a word often used in matters of spirituality and personal development. It’s a critical concept, both for working toward self-growth and for achieving world peace. However, what would you say is the full meaning of compassion? For me, compassion has three components – the intentions behind our actions, the need to include everyone equally,…… Read More.
What is Meditation? Meditation is a simple way of freeing your mind, forgetting about daily anxieties and focusing on mental relaxation. Going into a meditative state involves learning to become a passive observer of one’s thoughts. It does not mean suppressing them or attempting to force them to disappear. Meditation is the process of continuous focus on one object for…… Read More.
There has been an eternal quest for the Elixir of Life, Amrit, Fountain of Life, Philosopher’s Stone, across different cultures throughout history. Immortality is very tempting. Youth is the time when one is most energetic. The wish to have the youthful energy forever has been a driving force. The pursuit in the Eastern culture has been on enlightenment at the…… 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.
The word “belief” is defined in the dictionary as “confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptive to rigorous proof.”[i] But this word can be broken down into two separate terms: “be” and “lief.” “To be” simply means to exist or to live. The word “lief” originates from an Indo-European word “leubh,” which means love. The combined…… Read More.
[su_youtube url=”www.youtube.com/embed/sXBYC7lQWbE” width=”860″ height=”480″ class=”video”] Q: What is Heartful meditation? Kamlesh D Patel: Well, the term came on its own when we were discussing mindfulness and awareness. This is all about feelings. Our entire life is led by feelings and inspirations, and that is the role of the heart. And when we manage to listen to the feelings and capture…… Read More.
How should one lead a life with the promises it holds and turbulences it generates? Follow your heart, has always been the answer of wisdom. How can we do it? It seems to be a major question. When it comes to the life of a health professional, this question takes on a greater importance as it involves not only dealing…… Read More.
The heart is the center of one’s existence and hence one wonders if it is synonymous with love. Love is the most sought-after need and greatest inspiration in our lives. Irrespective of what we love, it is a powerful force. It makes one fight, protect, sacrifice and even die for what we love. Love exists when darkness, ignorance and imbalances…… Read More.
(Mindfulness is “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment..” )( Wikipedia) Heartfulness is a way of cultivating connection outwardly with the world through my heart centre and inwardly with the ground of being within. I start by learning to drop my awareness softly from the active zone…… Read More.
How can we talk about the heart? What are the words we can use to describe the heart? We usually describe all the qualities, like courage, compassion, love, kindness, acceptance etc. But is this just the tip of the iceberg? If this is where the divine spark resides in us, how on earth do we talk about it? The one…… Read More.