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Dec 23

Handling Christmas Stress

Four hacks for handling Christmas Stress – and change your life 1.  Shift from  Christmas Stress by Clearing Your Thinking When you begin to feel stressed – particularly Christmas stress –  and you feel frustrated, put upon, rushed, angry, remember these simple truths that will change your Christmas – and your life. Nothing external causes …

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Nov 30 2017

Scientific Meditation Research

SCIENTIFIC MEDITATION RESEARCH 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. The first foray into meditation research came with Herbert Benson and a biometric understanding of the physical state of meditation. His book The Relaxation Response, published in 1975, …

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Sep 14

Spring, Growth, Equinox, Balance, Satsang

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? As the natural world literally springs into …

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Aug 22 2017

Starting Your Meditation Practice – Part 1, Time

New to meditation?  Here are some tips on getting yourself established.   1. Decide on the period in which you will be able to meditate every day. 20 minuutes is a minimum to be effective. If you think you will manage 30 minutes, great – every day. And if you are seriously serious, you might …

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Jan 15

Physical Body, Spiritual Body

Your physical body, spiritual body… can it be so, or do you suppose that the body is totally matter, perishable and not at all spiritual? That the mind is spirit while the body is only the vehicle?. There  could be something quite back-to-front about that. Great teachings suggest there is something suspect about the mind and its role – sayings such …

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Aug 25 2016

Uncertainty, Control, Stress

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. Some ways that people attempt to take control is by doing their best …

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Mar 26

Unchallenged Assumptions Lead to Poor Outcomes

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. So an insult doesn’t make you angry: what makes you …

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Jan 04

The Conundrum of Discipline and Letting Go

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.

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Nov 08

Thinking about Choice

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 …

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Oct 26

Comfort, Discomfort, Both OK

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 …

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