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Articles tagged as Meditation

  • From Mindfulness to Heartfulness

    During kirtan, experienced chanters often call us to chant from the heart, not just the mind. We are called to go from mindfulness to heartfulness. But, how do we find the place of the heart?

  • Chantnow.com Makes Bhakti Yoga Relatable to Total Newcomers

    An innovative new website, Chantnow.com, was offered to Srila Prabhupada on Radhastami, September 9th, and aims to revolutionize online outreach for ISKCON. 

  • The Living Name: A New Book by Sacinandana Swami

    The five powerful practices in The Living Name, a new book by Sacinandana Swami, can enliven the chanting of the Holy Name and turn it into a dynamic and transformative experience.

  • Forget Me Not - A Poem

    I fear that not being anchored to you
    I will so easily be swept away
    Like each tiny flower.

  • Paramahamster - Mindfulness

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • New Book: 'The 3T Path – Self-improvement and Self-realization in Yoga'

    The 3T Path is a comprehensive guide to self-improvement and self-realization in yoga with hundreds of useful facts and practices to transform people’s life. It’s written in a simple, clear language, easily accessible to all. The 3T Path has the unique advantage of gathering in one system the tools of mindfulness, dharma, inner peace, jnana (knowledge), and bhakti (devotion), with important and detailed information of lifestyle choices necessary to maximize them.

  • Neurologist’s Study Shows Maha-Mantra Could Help Anxiety, Schizophrenia

    Dr. Viveck Baluja, a neurologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, has begun a study on the effects of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra on the brain that has already yielded exciting findings and impressed hospital staff. Dr. Baluja (Vinaya Gauracandra Das), was inspired to embark on the project by his guru Jayapataka Swami. He is also working with his wife Padmaksi Sri Devi Dasi, as well as members of Jayapataka Swami’s medical team headed by Dr. Achyutananda Das.

  • Four Advantages of Being a 'Morning Person'

    Successful people have something in common in their routine – getting up early. They strongly claim that being a morning person is an important habit to stay ahead in the competition.

  • How to Stop Stressing Out & Losing our Cool at Work

    A recent article published by Scientific American suggests, “Meditation can decrease stress, lower blood pressure, and lift one’s mood.” With increasing competition and demands in the workplace, mindfulness is more relevant than ever.

  • The Object of Meditation | Devamrita Swami

    Meditation is popular, but what are we choosing to meditate on? A video by Spirit Matters. (Please give the video a like and share it on your social media pages and also have a look at other videos made by Spirit Matters! You can find them on www.enoughmagazine.com or www.whyspiritmatters.com)

  • Thinking: The Missing Link

    Thomas Edison said that five percent of people think, ten percent think they think, and the other eighty five percent would rather die than think. Thinking is hard work – that’s why so few people genuinely do it.

  • How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

    The benefits of mindfulness meditation, increasingly popular in recent years, are supposed to be many: reduced stress and risk for various diseases, improved well-being, a rewired brain.

  • Heading: Outreach Video Introducing Japa Meditation

     

    This is from a new outreach channel called Spirit Matters that aims to give insights into a conscious way of living, ultimately encouraging people to explore Krishna consciousness further. www.spiritmatters.me

     

  • A Culture of Mindfulness in the Workplace

    Who has time for mindfulness when deadlines are looming and our managers are breathing down our necks? Mindfulness might be good for monks living in the forest or folks who have retired from corporate life but unrealistic for busy, working individuals.

  • Harvard Neuroscientist: Meditation Not Only Reduces Stress, Here’s How It Changes Your Brain

    "Mindfulness is just like exercise. It’s a form of mental exercise."

  • Meditation With a Bang!

    A video by Leigha Speirs-Hutton. http://www.enoughmagazine.org/

  • Soul-ution

    The morning hours are the most conducive for spiritual practice since the mind can peacefully flow toward the spiritual goal. However, just as early morning road works slowed down my car, mental agitation can similarly inhibit the strength of one’s spiritual connection.

  • How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar at TEDxCambridge

    Neuroscientist Sara Lazar's amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.

  • Kirtan: Meditation with a Bang

    A short video to give a people a taste of kirtan. For more videos please visit www.enoughmagazine.orgThis video was produced by Bhakti Lounge - www.bhaktilounge.org.nz.

  • New Meditation App Targeting the Heart

    ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor has just made a meditation app available on iTunes and Playstore. It has been designed for an unfamiliar audience and features Sandipani Muni, Ghanashyam Priya and Jahnavi. It's an honest and free app. After beginning with guided generic meditations it introduces our unique contribution in the section named heart. 

  • The Mind: Your Life's CEO

    Do we find ourselves, needlessly dwelling on negative situations for long periods of time, unable to detach ourselves from our thoughts? This is a problem shared by all of humanity. The mind is an equal opportunity misery provider.

  • Expect Meditation to Be Challenging Before It Becomes Conforting

    Seekers often ask, “Meditation is supposed to be rejuvenating, but I sometimes find it boring, even tiring. Why is that?”

  • Good Words

    One of my fellow monks is an extremely prayerful person. He has regular stories of the reciprocation and interaction that comes from conversing with God. Though inspired, I personally find it difficult to pray. 

  • We Are All Hare Krishnas Now, Meditation Goes Mainstream

    They are coming out the woodwork. And suddenly it seems that half the people I know are secretly meditating. They range from casual transcendental meditators to practically full-blown Hare Krishnas. 

  • Timeless Meditation

    It’s refreshing to learn that science is finally catching up with the power of meditation, but I’m guessing it will be another decade until they ‘scientifically’ discover the revolutionary philosophy behind it.

  • "Got Stress? Here's Why"

    The American Institute of Stress suggests that our stress factors are divided up in the following way: 46% workload, 28% people issues, 20% juggling work/personal lives, 6% lack of job security.

  • Indian Court Asked to Rule on Whether Hindu Guru Dead or Meditating

    Indian court has been asked to rule on whether a revered Hindu guru is dead or alive – and whether it is a matter of religious faith or scientific fact.

  • Private Eye

    Social pressures, the weight of expectation and the fear of judgement can force us to present an image of ourselves which is not entirely accurate.

  • Ten Spiritual Resolutions for 2014

    New Year's resolutions are hard to maintain. We are very familiar with the routine where we feel Gung-ho about a change we want to make and a few weeks into the New Year, the resolution is already slipping away.

  • Yoga: The New Career Path For Corporate Execs

    Yoga has grown from a relatively unknown spiritual activity with origins in Hinduism to a cultural phenomenon and multi-billion dollar market in the U.S.

  • The Morality of Meditation

    Does meditation work as promised? Is its originally intended effect — the reduction of suffering — empirically demonstrable?

  • Mediate Before You Meditate
    Human relationships are riddled with argument, quarrel and conflict. It’s a symptom of the age. But that’s not a problem per se, since every disagreement is pregnant with positive and negative potential.
  • Meditation Nourishes the Brain
    It has been shown that meditation can increase pain tolerance. One study showed that meditation caused a 40% lowering of pain intensity and a 57% lowering of pain unpleasantness. That is impressive when you consider that morphine and other pain relieving drugs only lower these symptoms by about 25%.
  • Chanting and Meditation Can Lower Blood Pressure

    Despite living what doctors described as a 'virtuous life', Claudia Zeff was at risk of heart disease. A genetic predisposition to high blood pressure meant she faced a lifetime of medication and the risk of health problems in later life, including stroke and kidney damage.

  • Study Suggests Deity Meditation Augments Visuospatial Abilities
    Meditation has been practiced for centuries, as a way to calm the soul and bring about inner peace. According to a new study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, there is now evidence that a specific method of meditation may temporarily boost our visuospatial abilities (for example, the ability to retain an image in visual memory for a long time). That is, the meditation allows practitioners to access a heightened state of visual-spatial awareness that lasts for a limited period of time.
  • Study Shows Meditation Increases Brain's Gray Matter
    Push-ups, crunches, gyms, personal trainers -- people have many strategies for building bigger muscles and stronger bones. But what can one do to build a bigger brain? Meditate. That's the finding from a group of researchers at UCLA who used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of people who meditate.
  • Scientists Probe Meditation Secrets
    Scientists are beginning to uncover evidence that meditation has a tangible effect on the brain. Skeptics argue that it is not a practical way to try to deal with the stresses of modern life. But the long years when adherents were unable to point to hard science to support their belief in the technique may finally be coming to an end.