Yoga For Life: An Integral Approach

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Today, the 21st of June, is International Yoga Day. In this article I’ll explore the deeper aspects of Yoga, so that you can practice yoga for life (and not only for your body).In the West, Yoga has been popularized as a physical exercise - a set of postures (asanas) that has a calming effect, and great health benefits. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. We can say that postures is to Yoga what algebra is to Mathematics - a basic and introductory step.The whole picture is this: yoga is a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual discipline, and also a way of life. It is an integrated system of self-transformation whose ultimate goal is spiritual liberation or enlightenment, but which ...

How to break bad habits with Meditation [a 7-week plan]

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Our life is not defined by what we think and do every once in a while. It is defined by what we think and do repeatedly. So developing the right type of habit, and breaking bad habits, should be at the heart of any effort to grow or transform your life.In this post you will learn how to break bad habits with the help of meditation, mindfulness, and wearable devices. At the end of the post you will be able to download a free PDF copy of this post, together with the exercises spreadsheet for the 7-week plan.What do you want to stop doing? Whether you want to stop binge eating, smoking, drinking alcohol, biting your nails, watching porn, wasting ...

Last year I tried 57 different meditations – here is what I learned

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Believe it or not, there are hundreds of different types of meditation - just like there are many different types of sports. Last year (2015) I decided to systematically try multiple techniques, and in this post I’m sharing what I learned from these private experiments.I haven’t seen anyone write about experiments like this - at least not to this extent - so I’m pretty excited to share it.The goals in running these experiments were three:To develop a wider understanding and experience of meditation practice as a whole To be better able to answer my readers questions when they ask about other types of meditation practices To potentially find better ways to meditate, or find good support practices, or perhaps discover ...

Top 60 Fear of Failure Quotes

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Fear of failure is a mental virus that stops us from taking risks and trying things in life. It tells you a scary story. It says you are not good enough, and things will turn out terribly bad.The result of living under fear is either that you don't live the life you want to live. It stops you from manifesting your goals and dreams; it prevents you from performing at 100% of your capacity. It makes you procrastinate and avoid taking action; or it subtly makes you unconsciously sabotage your own actions.If you are in any of these categories, fear of failure may be particularly limiting for you:entrepreneur athlete career driven artist writer studentThese fear of failure quotes are here to ...

Mastering The Gunas: The Bhagavad Gita’s Guide to Self-Transformation

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The Bhagavad Gita - which is a great wisdom scripture, and can be considered the Bible of Hinduism - speaks of the three gunas. These are the three basic characteristics or attributes that exist in all things, including your body and mind.Although this topic can get very philosophical, in this post I’ll focusing only on the psychological aspects of the gunas, and how they relate to our moods, emotions, and behaviour. This is an integral part of the psychology of Yoga.Once you understand how the gunas work, you will be able to better understand and navigate your inner world, and to work with what life is giving you.The three gunas  In terms of activity, the gunas can be thought of in the following way:tamas ...