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Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation technique is a reawakened interpretation of an ancient Vedic mantra based meditation practice, known as Primordial Sound Meditation. In the words of Dr. Chopra, “Primordial Sound Meditation isn’t about forcing your mind to be quiet, but about experiencing the quiet that is already there.” The Questions of Why before What Why meditate and more specifically why the Deepak Chopra meditation style? Why the focus on this powerful, silent mantra meditation technique? The first question is, why meditate at all? Because whether we are aware of it, what we are all ultimately looking for is a sense of ... Read More »

Matthew Johnstone – Photographing Mindfulness

Matthew Johnstone - Photographing Mindfulness

Matthew Johnstone, instead of encouraging people to sit and close their eyes instead encourages people to open their eyes with greater awareness. Johnstone who’s spent a great deal of his career in advertising is, with this offering “Capturing Mindfulness,” combining two of his passions, mindfulness meditation and photography. This book is a “natural follow on from his last book, “Quiet the Mind.” According to his website, he’s drawn to light, color, composition and a desire to see the world from a different perspective. Johnstone says “Mindfulness photography is about seeing something that no one else can, capturing something that will ... Read More »

Meditation is not a Path to Happiness

Meditation is not a Path to Happiness

                     And Happiness is not Bliss “Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.”  ~Deepak Chopra~ We think of happiness as the ultimate goal, the goal of all goals, but the wisdom traditions offer something greater. This “something greater” is a place that we have a primal yearning for, a longing that comes from the depth of our soul, it is the place of profound peace, love and joy, and it’s or true home. It is bliss. Once we’ve had even the ... Read More »

Ten Secrets to Lasting Happiness

Ten Secrets to Lasting Happiness

“I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.”                                                                                                                     ~Likainen Parketti~  We’re all looking for things which will make us happier. That turns out to be a big mistake. Yes, things will make you happy – for ... Read More »

Want a Happy Retreat – Try Belize

Want a Happy Retreat – Try Belize

Everybody needs a break, a pause, to change things up; to step away from the craziness of modern life. Because even as the U.S. economy is recovering it appears that we Americans aren’t, at least according to a recent Harries Poll. Of course you really don’t need a poll to tell you that. One of the best ways to reconnect with your happy self is to get away from your daily life and go on a retreat. A retreat is different from a vacation. I mean, how may time have you heard someone say, “I need a vacation from my ... Read More »

Heart Sutra Meditation and the Metta Prayer

The Heart Sutra Meditation and the Metta Prayer

Guided Meditations for Happiness   I have chosen share two forms of the lovingkindness meditation, in Guided Meditations for Happiness, because they have been the most transformational, that is, they’ve had the greatest impact for me personally, of all the self-guided meditations. The lovingkindness meditation is a practice that is particularly well suited for helping you handle challenging relationships with grace. The Heart Sutra Meditation and the Metta Prayer are meditations that calm the heart and open it to peace, harmony, happiness and love, the home of true freedom and Bliss. This meditation or prayer can be practiced by anyone, ... Read More »

The Source of all Happiness is to be Self-Realized

The Source Of All Happiness Is To Be Self-Realized

“Self-Realization is vibrational awareness of Source energy, and the conscious ability to attune to it.” Abraham Self-Realization is to become the witness no longer identifying with your ego-self, the conditioned self made up of your desires, your mind and body. From this state of witnessing awareness you can transcend your karma (karma being the total accumulation of all the choices you’ve made to this point).  Self-Realization is the source of all happiness because the “self” you “realize” is Source. Being Self-Realized is to know that you are connected to all that is. Your true-being has no limitations and is infinitely creativity. The ... Read More »

The Road to Authentic Happiness

The Road to Authentic Happiness

Being honest there are times in my life (though they are fading) when the happiness I’m experiencing is superficial. It’s conditional, based in my self-image. As my meditation practice evolved I discovered that the road to authentic happiness as nothing to do with my self-esteem, or maybe more accurately, my self-image. Self-image arises from what from what you believe that other people believe about you. The authentic-self lies beyond the belief of others. The authentic-self is, according to the great American Psychologist Abraham Maslow, independent of the good or bad opinion of others. Shifting my identity from my ego oriented ... Read More »

Practices to Create a Happier Morning

Practices to Create a Happier Morning

I never used to be a morning person. This meant of course that when I get have to get up early, which was practically every morning during the week,  that I could be a bit of a grump. It was a little like the old Seinfeld bit about “late night Jerry and morning Jerry” and the ongoing feud between the two alter egos; with late night jerry always driving morning jerry to madness by staying up way to late, leaving early morning jerry shaking his fist and threating some sort of retribution. I knew that this was no way to ... Read More »

Happiness is a Laughing Meditation

Happiness is a Laughing Meditation

When was the last time that you busted out laughing? I mean really let go, rolling on the ground, crying tears because it hurt so good! If you answer was, “just a little while ago,” then kudos to you. But if your answer was, “I can’t remember the last time,” then maybe it’s time to stop and take note, maybe, just maybe, happiness is a laughing meditation for you. Do you know laughing can be a meditation? Of course it’s not meditation in the way it is usually thought of, quiet, present, with awareness turned inward. But like the meditation ... Read More »