Blogs related to Meditation

Throw Back Thursday:  Rick Barrett demonstrates Instant Meditation

Throw Back Thursday: Rick Barrett demonstrates Instant Meditation

Continuing on with our Throw-Back-Thursday YouTube campaign, we have a brief instructional video on how to attain Instant Meditation. This was filmed in the Yoga studio of a gorgeous retreat center in the Hudson Valley of New York called Iris. This is part of an ongoing campaign so if you've missed the previous #TBT posts, you can search on "Throw Back Thursday" Enjoy, and please subscribe to our Youtube channel!

Heart Centered Intention Affects DNA

Heart Centered Intention Affects DNA

I recently came across this experiment conducted by the good folks at Heartmath Institute. I mentioned their work in Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate. Heartmath studies the effects of heart-centered psychophysiological coherence. When the energy of the heart is made more coherent by feelings of compassion and unconditional love, a measurable change can be observed. The heart rate variability (HRV) becomes smooth and regular. An electrocardiogram (ECG) shows that a normal heart rate...

Moving as One

Moving as One

Whenever one moves, the entire body must be light and lively, and must above all be connected throughout.  Taijiquan Jing (attributed to Zhang San Fang, translated by Barbara Davis) One of the most important elements of taijiquan is that the whole body must "move as one." Hidden within this simple directive lies a paradox: the more we think about doing just that, the less likely it will happen. Let me be clear about what I'm saying because it can save you a lot of grief. Good gongfu in...

Instant Meditation Video

Instant Meditation Video

http://youtu.be/qTvcylFHwl4   I have written about “Instant Meditation” in Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate and in earlier blog posts. This video walks you through the simple but powerful technique of accessing energetic coherence by pointing and reaching with your index fingers. Energetic coherence is characteristic of a heightened state of body/mind/spirit integration. Wholeness. It calms the nervous system and allows us to move quickly into a transrational state of consciousness....

Instant Meditation

Instant Meditation

Meditation is such a powerful tool for personal development and spiritual insight, yet many of us give up before we even get started. I wrote about this in Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate (See "The Problem With Meditation"). Here are a few more thoughts on the subject. Our nervous systems develop by pushing against stuff and gauging the resistance encountered. All experience comes from gathering sense impressions of the objects we encounter and weaving a story about them. "The couch I'm...

The Problem With Meditation

The Problem With Meditation

(The following is an excerpt from Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate) Meditation is the technique with the longest track record for calming the mind. It has been done for thousands of years and is the foundation of many spiritual practices. It is absolutely essential for gaining comfort with levels of one’s own being beyond the rational thinking level. Through meditation, one can rip back the curtain of illusion and tune into the ground of being. The health benefits, physical and mental, have...

Moving Meditation

Moving Meditation

Meditation amidst activity is a thousand million times superior to meditation in stillness. Hakuin (Zen master, 1685-1768) There is an amazing exhibit at the Japan Society (http://www.japansociety.org/event_detail?eid=46394dff) in Manhattan featuring the brush paintings and calligraphy of Hakuin Ekaku. He’s the guy that posed the immortal koan, “What is the sound of one hand?” Many of the images will be instantly recognizable to even the dabblers among us. The moment I entered the gallery I...