There is a plethora of meditation research – the biology of meditation, the psychobiology of meditation, health and well-being outcomes, and research that shows that meditation changes brain structures. Continue reading
Spring – Time of Renewal and Growth – and the Equinox
Spring has come to Melbourne with it burst of lush and colourful growth. And with it, a magical moment – the Vernal Equinox. Two fantastic aspects of the natural cycle. Do you feel the change in yourself? Continue reading
New to meditation? Here are some tips on getting yourself established. Continue reading
There could be something quite back-to-front about that. Continue reading
I’m at Buln where it is very peaceful.
Uncertainty is a major stress factor for most people. It goes hand in hand with lack of control, which often freaks people right out. We can face uncertainty in a strong and empowered way, or we can be irrational, inept and unhealthy. Continue reading
Here is a conversation I had recently with a student:
Nothing external can cause an internal response
What causes our emotional reaction is the black box full of assumptions (in the mind) by which we make inferences about how we should behave, emotionally and socially. Continue reading
Here Sarasvati discusses the problems of actually living a Yogic life. The first conundrum is, “What is surrender?” (not what you might think)
Sarasvati supervises Anatomy and Asana teacher training for the Australian College of Classical Yoga. Her own Yoga school is Waverley Yoga, where you can find other writings on her Blog. Continue reading
Thinking about choice…do you take responsibility for the choices you make?
To become aware of the choices we make and being upfront about them – this is one way of getting to know ourselves better. Our choices are a clear reflection of us for all to see – we had better have a handle on them ourselves. But there are other ways of looking at choice – try these mind-bogglers.
There are many aspects to choice. Determinism would suggest that choice is an illusion and you really haven’t got any choice. Its position is that a long chain of cause and effect accounts entirely for the decisions we make, and the feeling of choice that goes with them. Can’t stand the thought of that? Determinism would say, “Well, of course not!” Your reaction was fully predictable because already determined by the pre-existing causes in your life (and of the stream of pre-existing causes preceding your entry into the world),
Generally we choose comfort over discomfort, and that seems wonderfully reasonable, doesn’t it? But just consider, whenever you choose comfort you are pushing away about 99.9% of what is available. Reality is vast, while your comfort area is tiny and constrictive. Recognising that both comfort and discomfort are valid experiences is a big leap into a broader, more flexible mind. And that happens when we recognise also that comfort and discomfort are about preference, not reality. Continue reading