Meditation Tracker

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Find insight and inspiration in our collection of new essays, book excerpts, and exclusive archival materials from a variety of voices and areas of study.

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Articles / Meditation
How Japa Leads to Meditation
Is mantra meditation the same thing as doing japa (mantra repetition) using a mala? Pandit Tigunait explains how they differ and how using a mala builds a foundation for meditation, training our mind to focus without fighting with our mental habit patterns.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Wisdom
Shaucha (Part 2): Purifying Mind & Heart
We are used to practicing physical cleanliness, but how often do we think about cleaning our mind? Yoga practices for purifying the mind and heart help clear away old self-limiting thoughts and emotions that hold us back in life and in our spiritual quest. Irene Petryszak explains the deeper aspects of cleansing in this second post on saucha (cleanliness, purification), the first of the Yoga Sutra’s five niyamas (observances).
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Irene (Aradhana) Petryszak
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Articles / Holistic Health
Core Power: The Foundation for Spinal Alignment
What is the key to having a presence that radiates health and confidence? Nema Nyar explores this question by looking at the energetic and physical anatomy of our core, the core’s role in supporting good posture, and the connection between how we stand and how we feel.
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Nema Nyar
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Articles / Holistic Health
Why Posture Matters
While it is easy to say “align your head and neck over your trunk,” it is not easy to do, especially for those of us slumped behind the wheel or at the computer. This introduction to a series of posts by Nema Nyar on how to regain good posture discusses the relationship of energy and alignment, and the importance of posture to the health of body and mind.
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Nema Nyar
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Articles / Meditation
How Mindfulness Deepens Meditation
Learn how practicing mindfulness throughout the day can help you deepen your meditation. The mind’s habit of thinking about 30 different things in 5 minutes during the day can make it difficult to concentrate on a single thing—the mantra—in meditation. Pandit Tigunait suggests ways to become more mentally and spiritually focused in our daily life to overcome this problem.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Tantra
Mantra: Silence as Sound
How does silence manifest as sound and lead us to the stillness deep within us? Shiva Tigunait explains what mantra is, where it comes from, and how it works with the mind at increasingly subtle levels to help us clear away mental noise and negativity—thus allowing us to experience the perfect tranquility, joy, and silence of our essential nature.
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Shiva Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Wisdom
Light Your Own Lamp
How can we create positive change in our community or society? And why does the Yoga Sutra focus on individual self-transformation but say nothing about how to guide or transform others? Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains why we must light our own lamp before we can light the way for others—why we need a peaceful, discerning, and focused mind, gained through self-transformation, in order to see clearly what to do and how to do it.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Meditation, Contemplation & Spiritual Awareness
What is the difference between meditation and contemplation, and why do we need both to gain the highest spiritual awareness? Extraordinary powers of concentration can be achieved through meditation, says Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, but meditation alone won’t bring lasting transformation. He explains why we need contemplation, or self-study, to channel the mental energy from meditation in a spiritually enlightening direction, and he offers a contemplation exercise for doing this.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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How Meditation Practice Bears Fruit
Do you wonder if your meditation practice is getting you anywhere? How long does it take for practice to bear fruit? Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how inward exploration is different from external forms of study, where progress is tangible and easily quantifiable. Meditation requires a different approach, but it’s well worth the effort. If done faithfully, it will reward you with delightful results, all in its own time.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Tantra
Meditation: How to Tame a Restless Mind
When you sit to meditate, do you find yourself rehashing the past or making plans for the future instead of focusing inward? Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains that trying to focus a scattered mind on just one thing when it wants to run to 30 things is a challenge. He offers two helpful practices: a contemplation exercise to inspire your meditation, and a practical technique to ease the mind gently into a tranquil inward focus.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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What Meditation Is—and Isn’t
What is meditation? Is it different from contemplation and concentration? How does meditation relate to religion? Swami Rama clears away common misconceptions about meditation and explains exactly what it is and what it’s for. Meditation, he says, gives us what religion and philosophy do not—a way to know ourselves on all levels and to experience the higher levels of consciousness.
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Swami Rama
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Effortless Effort: Using the Breath to Move Inward
In meditation, the less effort involved in doing our practice, the deeper the effect and the longer that effect lasts. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains that breath is the key to the effortless effort needed, and offers a step-by-step practice on how to do this. When we let our awareness rest in the serene flow of our inhalation and exhalation, our meditation will unfold peacefully.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD