Getting regular restful sleep is an essential key to staying healthy and vital, yet it is so often neglected or underemphasized.
Meditation calms the mind, and when the mind is in a state of restful awareness, the body relaxes too.
A lack of restful sleep disrupts the body's innate balance, weakens our immune system, and speeds up the aging process.
The body and mind are one. When the intimate relationship between mind and body is disrupted, aging and entropy accelerate. Restoring mind body integration brings about renewal. Through conscious breathing and movement techniques, you can renew the body mind and reverse the aging process.
If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.
If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another. The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.
You are not merely the physical body that you identify with out of habit. Your essential state is a field of infinite possibilities.
What you experience as reality, including your physical body and aging, is shaped by your habits of perception.
Real happiness comes from having an unassailable connection to the deep state of unbounded awareness at our core. This state of being is our own inner joy that expresses the exuberance and wonder of being alive at this moment; it is our own self-luminous essence made conscious of itself.
Meditation will change your life for the better, enhance your physical health, improve your sleep, and help you achieve your goals, both material and spiritual.
Total self acceptance is empowering. It means allowing others to see you as they choose, without being offended.
Survival of the fittest can take us only so far; competition and aggression have brought us to the brink of self-destruction. What is needed now is survival of the wisest. You can participate in this shift by expanding your own awareness.
The shelf life of molecules is very short. Ninety-eight percent of all the atoms in my body are gone by next year.
Desires are seeds waiting for their season to sprout. From a single seed of desire, whole forests grow.
You can keep your memory intact, preserve your brain's health, and minimize the risk of aging and senile dementia, things that are greatly feared as people grow older.
Healing is the return of the memory of wholeness. Healing, health, whole and holy all mean inclusiveness. Body, mind, spirit, environment, relationships, social interactions are all one wholeness, and you're a part of that one wholeness.
If I may take the risk of defining what a spiritual experience is, it is one in which pure awareness reveals itself to you as the maker of reality -- where you suddenly discover through insight or meditation or a freak accident that your essential nature is spiritual, non-material.
A simple way to make sure that you are getting a balanced diet is to include the six tastes (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent) in each meal. Along with the six tastes, filling your plate with the colors of the rainbow promotes a long and healthy life.
The teenage years are years of great chaos and confusion in your lives, but also a time of seeking a deeper meaning.
One's attention has to penetrate the chaotic activity, pass through all the layers of subtle thought, and at last emerge into silence. This is the basic process of transcending.
Fear is the emotion behind hatred. Fear comes when you are threatened either physically or emotionally or psychologically.
Fear, anger, stubbornness, and distrust portray themselves as your rescuers. Actually these energies only make you more closed off. Tell yourself: Nobody ever solved a situation by panicking; no one ever solved a situation by refusing to hear new answers; no one solved a situation by shutting down.
Had a powerful meditation just now -- caused an earthquake in Southern California. Was meditating on Shiva mantra and earth began to shake. Sorry about that.
Space and time are sensed not seen. They are created in consciousness which is spaceless and timeless.
Despite what you've been conditioned to believe, sexual desire is sacred and virtuous. When you and your beloved merge physically and emotionally, you go beyond the boundaries of the ego and experience timelessness, naturalness, playfulness and defenselessness .
Intentions are the triggers for transformation in the body. If you want to wiggle your toes, you do it through intention.
Compassion is a living, breathing, organic emotion that vibrates through you and links you to those around you.
When we begin to experience our life as the miraculous expression of divinity -- not occasionally, but all the time -- then we will know the true meaning of success.
Become aware of the silent witness that is observing the unfolding of all the external events of your life. This eternal presence is your true Self.
Choice is the key, because human beings are the only creatures who can choose to evolve, who can shape their destiny. Furthermore, we have been given the gift of self-awareness, which allows us to step back into our true selves to observe and use our brains to create the world we wish to live in.
Although our package of skin and bones looks very convincing, it is a mask, an illusion, disguising our true self, which has no limitations.
True success is the progressive expansion of happiness. It is the ability to express spontaneous joy and share it with others.
Knowing exactly what you want to do, with unwavering conviction, is the spark that generates everything.
Gregg Braden is a rare blend of a scientist, visionary, and scholar, with the ability to speak to our minds, while touching the wisdom of our hearts.
Pay attention to that unchanging part of yourself. It is perfect. At the source of life, and only there, one finds peace, harmony, and the undisturbed contentment of bliss.
Joy is a return to the deep harmony of body, mind, and spirit that was yours at birth and that can be yours again. That openness to love, that capacity for wholeness with the world around you, is still within you.
The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. It is the goal of every other goal. Ben Henretig has embarked on an ambitious project to document a country and culture that has embraced Happiness as a part of its national policy.
Many scientists think that philosophy has no place, so for me it's a sad time because the role of reflection, contemplation, meditation, self-inquiry, insight, intuition, imagination, creativity, free will, is in a way not given any importance, which is the domain of philosophers.
There are no physical divisions in the subtle domain and therefore no barriers between heaven and hell, light and shadow.
This is the key to life: the ability to reflect, the ability to know yourself, the ability to pause for a second before reacting automatically. If you can truly know yourself, you will begin the journey of transformation.
I go scuba diving. I ski. Watch movies. I take a week of silence every three months in the wilderness. And, besides, I have fun all the time anyway.
Tidal rhythms have an effect on our physiology.... When we feel out of sorts, our body is out of sync with the body of the Universe. Spending time near the ocean, or anywhere in nature, can help us to synchronize our rhythms with nature's rhythms.
Robert Gass and 'On Wings of Song' bring about magical transformation and inspire people with extraordinary, uplifting, and spiritual music.
The secret to making your holiday inspiring is actually quite simple. Be inspiring yourself. As with any change, you must be the change you want to see in others.
My every thought has the power either to wound or heal. I will use my thoughts wisely and respect their power.
The present moment is the still point around which the universe arises and subsides, only to be reborn again, fresh as a new born child.
When the material, psychological and spiritual dimensions are brought into balance, life becomes whole, and this union brings feelings of comfort and security.
Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. And when we introduce an intention in our pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us.
At this moment, you are seamlessly flowing with the cosmos. There is no difference between your breathing and the breathing of the rain forest, between your bloodstream and the world's rivers, between your bones and the chalk cliffs of Dover.
If I find a green meadow splashed with daisies and sit down beside a clear-running brook, I have found medicine. It soothes my hurts as well as when I sat in my mother's lap in infancy, because the Earth really is my mother, and the green meadow is her lap.
Most of us take for granted that time flies, meaning that it passes too quickly. But in the mindful state, time doesn't really pass at all. There is only a single instant of time that keeps renewing itself over and over with infinite variety.
Don't let a day go by without asking who you are…each time you let a new ingredient to enter your awareness.
Inner resilience and the ability to bounce back are personal qualities. ... Align yourself with someone who has this kind of resilience so that your own can be strengthened. Find another oak to weather the storm with you. Anyone who is in touch with his or her core self will always respond.
Money is life energy that we exchange and use as a result of the service we provide to the universe.
Even though the body appears to be material, it is not. In the deeper reality, your body is a field of energy, transformation and intelligence.
Every drop of water in an ocean contains the flavor of the whole ocean. So too, every moment in time contains the flavor of eternity, if you could live in that moment, but most people do not live in the moment which is the only time they really have.
People who continue to nurture long-term and new friendships as they grow older are more likely to enjoy health and vitality.
When you are exposed to others' negativity, you do not need to respond. You can choose to put your attention elsewhere and let their words be a tiny drop in the infinite ocean of your peaceful silence.
Emotion brings in the dimension of bonding or tuning in: An experience that touches your heart makes the meaning that much more personal.
If you take the the insults of your fellow human beings personally, you will be offended for the rest of your life.
Everyone has a purpose in life... a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.
First, say to yourself, 'I'm totally independent of the good or bad opinions of others.' Second: 'I'm beneath no one.' Third: 'I'm fearless in the face of any and all challenges.'
Ordinary people aren't going to give up emotions and inspiration just because science sniffs at subjectivity. Science shouldn't be so edgy and defensive. Vandals aren't going to smash their way into laboratories and throw Bibles at the equipment.
Complications take many forms, including an imbalanced lifestyle, toxic relationships, hidden emotional debts, resistance, indecision, addictions, and negative conditioned beliefs. When our life is overly complicated, we're weighed down by superfluous things at every level.
Chance favors the prepared mind. This can be converted into a simple equation: Opportunity + Preparedness = Good Luck.
How can you tell when your ego is getting in the way of your dreams? There are many clues, but the most important is anxiety. Whenever your self or your spirit is overshadowed by your self-image or your ego, you feel anxiety.
At any given moment your energy field will come into contact with and affect everyone else's energy field, and each of us responds in some way to that experience.
We cannot even imagine the complex forces behind every event that occurs in our lives.
You never know how and when any life experience will reappear. You never know when a coincidence will lead to the opportunity of a lifetime.
Now I realize that it isn't the miracle that creates the believer. Instead, we are all believers. We believe that the illusion of the material world is completely real. That belief is our only prison. It prevents us from making the journey into the unknown.
Foods that are deep blue, purple, red, green, or orange are leaders in antioxidants and contain many nutrients that boost immunity and enhance health.
What other people think of you is not your business. If you start to make that business your business, you will be offended for the rest of your life.
Everyone is acting from his own level of consciousness. This is all we can ask of ourselves or anyone else. However hurtful someone is, he is doing the best he can, given the limits of his consciousness.
If you want to be happy, make someone else happy. If you want to find the right person in your life, be the right person. If you want to see change in the world, become the change you want to see.
Be happy for no reason, like a child.
Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you're in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.
Laws of nature have no physical properties of mass energy. They are platonic truths in transcendent realm that create and govern the Universe.
In every failure is the seed of success...
Our failures are stepping stones in the mechanics of creation, bringing us even closer to our goals. In reality, there is no such thing as failure. What we call failure is just a mechanism through which we can learn to do things right.
The main thing to do at the end of the day is to write in a gratitude journal all the things that you are grateful for that happened that day. You will invite even more abundance into your life.
The secret of attraction is to love yourself. Attractive people judge neither themselves nor others.
To maintain a youthful mind, write down two or three things you can do that are totally childlike, such as eating an ice cream cone, coloring a picture, or jumping rope. Find something that brings back the sense of fun you had as a child and choose one of these activities to do today.
So, when you have that experienced knowledge you lose the ability to hurt people and you also lose the ability to be hurt by people. That's love.
Love is who you are. Your true self is pure love, infinite awareness, and unbounded joy...As you realize this, you will feel a small light in your heart. At first it will be the size of a spark, then a candle flame, then a raging bonfire.
Everyone who experiences a spontaneous peak experience tries to recapture the bliss, but most are disappointed. They search for fulfillment in the next job, a new relationship, more money, a coveted car, accolades, and accomplishments.
Isolation and loneliness create the conditions for rapid aging. The key is to stay connected and open to new relationships throughout your life.
To be a mentor you need to understand what's going on in a young person's life and you just want to have an internal dialogue that says, 'How can I help? Because I really care.'
Wherever you go in the midst of movement and activity, carry your stillness with you. Then the chaotic movement around you will never overshadow your access to the reservoir of creativity, the field of pure potentiality.
When you dig a well, there's no sign of water until you reach it, only rocks and dirt to move out of the way. You have removed enough; soon the pure water will flow, said Buddha.
If you want to reach a state of Bliss -- make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved and the need to judge.
If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue.
If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It's very important to be aware of them every time they come up.
Through silence, through meditation, and through non-judgment, you will access the first law, the Law of Pure Potentiality.
However good or bad you feel about your relationship, the person you are with at this moment is the right person, because he or she is the mirror of who you are inside.
Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.
If the fate of the universe was decided in a single moment at the instant of the Big Bang , that was the most creative moment of all.
Inner silence promotes clarity of mind; It makes us value the inner world; It trains us to go inside to the source of peace and inspiration when we are faced with problems and challenges.
If you try to get rid of fear and anger without knowing their meaning, they will grow stronger and return.
If you focus on success, you'll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed.
Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined.
The Ego, however, is not who you really are. The ego is your self-image; it is your social mask; it is the role you are playing. Your social mask thrives on approval. It wants control, and it is sustained by power, because it lives in fear.
In our imaginations we believe that love is apart from us. Actually there is nothing but love, once we are ready to accept it. When you truly find love, you find yourself.
Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.
Inner resilience and the ability to bounce back are personal qualities. … Align yourself with someone who has this kind of resilience so that your own can be strengthened. Find another oak to weather the storm with you. Anyone who is in touch with his or her core self will always respond.
Stop. Take 3 deep breaths and smile everywhere in your body, observing what's happening in your body. Proceed now with kindness and understanding.
The ego relies on the familiar. It is reluctant to experience the unknown, which is they very essence of life.
Everything that upsets you has its source in an assumed identity. Your true self is eternally at peace.
Mindfulness creates centered awareness. When you do one thing at a time, you're guaranteed excellent results. If you do too many things simultaneously, it messes up your neural circuits.
I like Muhammad a lot, because he's like us more than anybody else. Jesus is just so exalted, and Buddha is just so exalted, it's almost beyond our reach. Muhammad is more human, more self-doubting, even self-tortured at times.
Modern medicine, for all its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively.
All of us are living with dogmas that we accept as truths. When one of these is overturned, there's an initial gasp, soon followed by a rush of exhilaration.
Once you're more aware of people's needs, you can create action plans for others to follow. That way, you're responsible for your own well-being, too.
And for me anyway, consciousness is three components: a personal component which for lack of a better word we can call the soul. A collective component which is more archetypal and a deeper level, and then a universal domain of consciousness.
From a scientist's perspective, to understand everything that you need to know about human beings, you only have to tinker with all the mechanical parts of genes and the brain until there are no more secrets left.
My own training is in the field of neuroendocrinology and I really became very fascinated many years ago with the molecules of emotion, molecules that we call neuropeptides.
Self-awareness is value-free. It isn't scary. It doesn't imply that you will subject yourself to needless pain.
The physical world, including our bodies, is a response of the observer. We create our bodies as we create the experience of our world.
I have all the time in the world. I am in touch with the timeless. I am surrounded by infinity. When I think like that, it doesn't mean I'm going to miss my train, it just means that I'm not thinking about it right now because I'm speaking to you.
Well-being changes as we move through life, which is why a child's version of it cannot be the same as an old person's.
If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world.
Perceptual reality is different for different species. In certain species it is a mode of observation, so what we call scientific fact is actually not ultimate truth, it is perceptual experience, and it's a mode of observation.
Karma, memory, and desire are just the software of the soul. It's conditioning that the soul undergoes in order to create experience. And it's a cycle. In most people, the cycle is a conditioned response. They do the same things over and over again.