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Tips to Improve Your Meditation Pose
When your sitting pose is comfortable and steady, it allows your energy to flow more easily and your meditation practice to blossom. Rolf Sovik offers simple tips on how to adjust your alignment, so that your posture becomes a gateway to the quiet, illumined spaces within you.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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The Science of Mantra
The mantra is like a bridge on which meditators cross the river of life and eventually reach the other shore—the state of highest consciousness. Swami Rama explains how mantras help us to penetrate and fathom the various levels of the mind so we can attain the deepest states of meditation.
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Swami Rama
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Advanced Meditation: How to Do a Purashcharana
Transform your life and transfigure your mind with the practice of purashcharana, a time-honored approach to intensifying your meditation practice. Rolf Sovik explains how to undertake a purashcharana from start to finish, including the prerequisites, how to overcome obstacles, and ways to deepen and enhance your practice.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Svadhyaya: The Power of Self-Study
Practicing svadhyaya (self-study) helps us identify and remove obstacles to our spiritual growth. Learn how the two key aspects of svadhyaya—japa (mantra repetition) and scripture reading—engender inner awareness, a positive outlook, and clarity in setting our priorities.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Purashcharana: Discovering Our Self-Defeating Tendencies
A special meditation practice called a purashcharana (step forward) illuminates the unlit corners of our mind, enabling us to see and conquer self-defeating tendencies, even as these tendencies attempt to hijack our practice. In this engaging story, Swami Rama discovers that when we fully commit ourselves to the practice, it bears the optimal fruit.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Signs of Progress in Meditation
How can we tell if we are making progress in our meditation practice? Pandit Tigunait describes the signs that show we are moving forward and offers suggestions on how we can further deepen our practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Four Ways to Improve Your Meditation
Before you begin your daily meditation, befriend your mind and connect with your inner teacher through the process of introspection. Swami Rama explains how the more we know about our mind, the greater the mastery we will have over the world around us.
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Swami Rama
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A New Beginning: Cultivating the Practice of Active Vairagya
“Our problems are not bigger than us. We are bigger than our problems.” How can we make lasting changes? Learn the practice of active vairagya—uncoupling from negativity so we can recouple with our higher self.
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Shiva Tigunait, PhD
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The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra: Heal Yourself, Heal the World
Hailed by the sages as the heart of the Vedas, the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra can help you tune into the healing force that is always at work within you, supporting your growth, lifting you up in times of trouble, and reminding you of the higher aim of life. In this article, Rolf Sovik unveils one of yoga’s most powerful, nourishing mantras.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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The Gayatri Mantra: Awakening to the Sun
Illumine your mornings and evenings with quiet joy by practicing the time-honored Gayatri mantra. Embodying the collective wisdom of the entire Vedic revelation, the Gayatri mantra leads us toward self-realization. Rolf Sovik explains the symbolism of the Vedas, gives a detailed explanation of the mantra, and offers a short practice.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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From Despair to Self-Conquest: Dhruva’s Story
The tale of Dhruva, told in India for thousands of years, gives us a glimpse of the transformative power of meditation. Raised in an extremely dysfunctional family, this young prince battled intense self-doubt, pain, and despair. By practicing the techniques of Vishoka Meditation, he overcame these obstacles and became a legendary ruler whose name is associated with inner stability, indomitable will, courage, clarity, and lasting happiness.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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10 Tips for Reducing Distractions in Meditation
Why is it so hard to make the mind one-pointed in meditation? Rolf Sovik explains how the concentration process relates to the five states of mind described in the Yoga Sutra, and he shares his list of meditation’s top 10 distractions, along with practical tips for resolving them.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD