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Lectures / Meditation
Optimizing Your Meditation Practice
Meditation is the way to unfold our true potential and discover ourselves on every level. It transforms us into better human beings and helps us change the world for the better. As we are all limited in our time and energy, how can we optimize our meditation so that we are getting the most of what it has to offer? And how can we take our practice to the next level? In this livestream with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, learn time-tested, practical advice on how we can enhance our meditation, whether we are new practitioners or long-time meditators. Topics include: The tantric approach to meditation The relationship between mantra and pranic awareness, and how both can take our meditation to the next level The way our personal practice both strengthens and is strengthened by group meditation Signs that we are making progress in our meditation Specific practices that can intensify our meditation (e.g., meditation on a particular chakra; or a purashcharana) Practices for when our mind starts to rebel during meditation Strategy for moving forward when we feel our practice is stuck in a rut The best way to make our 10, 20, or 30 minutes of meditation really count Join us on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 3 p.m. EDT, to find inspiration and support for your meditation practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Meditation
Superconscious Meditation
“Enlightenment is already within us—we just have to be aware of it,” said Swami Rama. What is the goal of life, and how do we achieve it? According to the sages, the goal of life is to be free of all pains and miseries and to be in a state of happiness regardless of our external circumstances. Superconscious meditation is the path that leads us there. In this lecture video from 1990, Swami Rama gives us fascinating insights into the path that allows us to go beyond our ordinary conscious mind in order to understand ourselves on the most profound levels. As Swamiji explains, superconscious meditation is a systematic set of practices that helps us purify our mind, transform our habit patterns, and expand our awareness so that we merge with higher consciousness. Watch and learn practical techniques of working with breath and mind that turn ordinary meditation into superconscious meditation!
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Meditation
Collective Consciousness & The Power of Group Practice
Would you like to find a connection to a source of unending nurturance and guidance? Are you looking to accelerate your personal evolution? And do you wish to share the benefits of your spiritual practice by actively and positively transforming the world? If so, you’re in good company. The sages of the past shared this desire, and dedicated their lives to fulfilling it by unveiling the mystery of collective consciousness. As they discovered, tapping into collective consciousness is the key to infusing our personal practice with shakti (the power of creative intelligence and dynamic will), empowering us to create a vibrant reality of our choice. Learn about the quintessential group practices of yajna (tantric rituals centered around the sacred fire) and akhanda japa (unbroken group meditation), and prepare yourself to undertake practice that will transform yourself—and the world!
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Meditation
Mantra & Initiation: Pathway to Enlightenment
A mantra is a sacred sound that nurtures and stills our mind, helps us transcend our problems, and ultimately leads us to moksha—enlightenment, or liberation on all levels. But how exactly does mantra work? How do we know that we’re practicing the “right” mantra? What can we expect when we start practicing a mantra, and how will we know when we’re making progress in our meditation? With a blend of wisdom and gentle humor, Swami Rama explains the profound science of mantra and the subtle process of initiation into a spiritual lineage. He shares stories about mantra’s “atomic” power to transform our lives and the world around us, and he explains how mantra is a friend and guide that will protect us until our last breath (and beyond). Watch this never-before-released lecture video from 1990, and learn the fascinating secrets of mantra meditation! Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 4 mins Source: The Purpose & Process of Initiation lectures (Honesdale, 1990)
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Meditation
Your Brain on Meditation
What does meditation do to your brain, and what benefits can you expect as a regular meditation practitioner? Drawing on both yoga wisdom and Western medical research, Dr. Carrie Demers explains the physiological, biochemical, and psychological dimensions of meditation as it relates to your brain and nervous system. Learn more about the links between meditation and neuroplasticity—the ability to undo hardwired habit patterns and form new neural pathways—as well as the preventive benefits meditation has for your mental well-being even as you age. This Livestream features a combination lecture and guided breathing and meditation practice with Dr. Carrie Demers. Listen and practice along with us; discover for yourself what your brain looks and feels like on meditation! Format: Video with audio download Length: 51 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Lectures / Meditation
Dynamics of Meditation
Meditation offers profound, life-enhancing benefits—it introduces us to the finest aspects of ourselves. But where do we begin? In this practical and informative video, Pandit Tigunait explains the dynamics of meditation according to the time-tested methods of the Himalayan Tradition, then leads you through a unique, 22-minute guided meditation. Learn how to quiet your mind, refine your breath, and tap into your own hidden capacity for wisdom and joy! Format: Video with audio download Length: 39 mins Source: Tradition & Techniques of the Himalayan Masters (Honesdale, 2007)
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Meditation
The Art of Mantra Meditation
Sages of the yoga tradition say that life has two shores: one which we know here and now through mundane thoughts and feelings, and another which transcends everyday experience. Knowing the distant shore of life—a place related to one’s sense of awareness and being—is the goal of mantra meditation. But how do meditators turn attention inward when using a mantra, and what sorts of mantras might a student use for practice? Join Dr. Sovik to explore the role of a mantra in yoga meditation. Learn how concentration with a mantra can become an integrated part of meditation practice, linking body, breath, and mind. This Livestream features an inspirational and informative lecture, Q&A session, and guided meditation with Rolf Sovik. Listen and practice along with us; heed the powerful wisdom that will transform your life! Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 41 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD