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Methods of discipline

The person who is slave to physical comforts should gradually eliminate all that is superfluous and train himself to be content with bare necessities.

Anyone who finds it difficult to overcome physical lethargy and rise early in the morning should drag himself out of bed by sheer force of will.

One who is inclined to over-eating should by degrees reduce the quantity of his food

A person who has the habit of talking unnecessarily should practice stillness by persistent control of all useless motions.

Such practices not only increase our power of concentration and meditation, but do much to improve our bodily health and make us happier in every way. Also as we learn to meditate our outer being falls into rhythm.

~ Swami Paramananda

How to balance the heart and mind

Q: How does one make a balance between the heart and mind?

A: Yes. You do your business with your mind, and service with your heart. In both cases, there is a third component - intuition. Never be in the business with heart. With family, be with the heart, don't use your mind there. Do both with the gut feeling!

~ Sri Sri Ravishankar

Key to concentration

The practice of holding one subject is the key to concentration. Patanjali, the father of Yoga system, advocates this, and wherever we find its practical evidence, we find this method has been applied. It is one of the eternal principal in mental control.

~ Swami Paramananda

Regain creativity

To regain your passion, vitality, and creativity, the most essential step you can take is identifying, mobilizing, and releasing the emotional pain you have carried for so many years. You can begin by asking yourself, “What am I carrying with me from the past that is no longer serving me in the present?”

If you recognize that you are harboring unresolved emotional pain, misunderstandings, or toxic beliefs, set the intention to mobilize and release the congested energy. Once you let go of whatever isn’t serving you, you will naturally make choices that are nourishing and life-affirming.

When you release your emotional turbulence, the internal noise that has been preoccupying your mind will become quiet and you will be able to hear the music once again.

~ Dr David Simon

The twin laws of life

  The twin laws of life involve mind and breath—if you deal with one, you have to deal with the other. By understanding your mind and making it one-pointed, you will learn about breathing—and by learning about your breathing, you will begin to understand your mind.

~Swami Rama

Are we learning or imitating


Much of the so-called learning process we go through is mere imitation. We imitate each other and think we are learning. we have not let our intuitive knowledge come forward and be useful in our daily lives ~ Swami Ram

Connect to the Pure Awareness Within

Yoga is a timeless practice Yoga is a timeless practice for connecting with your true nature, the pure awareness at the core of your being. The physical postures help release the obstructions to the free flow of intelligence into the body, and also serve to establish the experience of pure consciousness in your physiology. The spiritual effect of yoga asanas is heightened when you do them in conjunction with a meditation practice. You can also expand your consciousness as you practice yoga and throughout the day by doing the following:

  1. As you move through each pose, focus on the inhalation and exhalation of each breath, cultivating stillness in your body and mind. After performing your postures, sit in silent meditation or shavasana for approximately 20 minutes. Meditation helps you enter the field of pure awareness, where everything is inseparably connected. More...

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