Shamatha Yoga

Three years ago I completed three levels of Shambhala training levels 1-3: The Art of Being Human, Birth of a Warrior and Warrior in the World. There was no fighting but extensive meditating. I learned how to quiet my mind. I also enjoyed Shamatha yoga that you can do anywhere and it only takes several minutes. Shamatha yoga is a simple series of nine yoga postures developed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche during his retreat in India in Januray of 2002. They are designed to develop mindfulness as well as loosen the body during breaks from formal sitting meditation. Earth. Hands [...]

Inner Peace (Part Two)

Soothsayer: The most important time is now. But if you really want to see the future. Shen: Oh, what do you see? Soothsayer: A peacock is defeated by a warrior of black and white. Nothing has changed. Shen: That’s impossible, and you know it. Soothsayer: It is not impossible, and he knows it. Shen: Who? Wolf Boss: Lord Shen, I saw a panda! Shen: A panda! There are no more panda’s. Soothsayer: Even with his poor eye sight, he can see the truth. Why is it that you cannot? [after failing at his attempts to go stealth mode to get [...]

Inner Peace (Part One)

To my great surprise I found so much wisdom in the animated “Kung Fu Panda 2” comedy film that I saw the other day. The theme of it is Inner Peace. I want to say big Thank you to its female Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson for creating such a masterpiece. I am sure the film will win Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. See the film to learn full story, but for now enjoy my favorite passages and savor them: [meditating] Shifu: Inner peace. Inner peace [suddenly we hear Po approaching loudly in the background] Shifu: Ahh! Inner peace. Po: [...]

Overcoming Obstacles and Negative Emotions

To engage in spiritual practices is to be reminded of temporal nature of life/death. Preciousness of human existence is at the core. Determination to action arises with sense of urgency, so that people may forget to be hungry and tired, but work on solving the issue. When there is some sense of urgency you feel you must act and use every minute to overcome apathy to be aware of destructive effects of negative behavior. We want to change, but become accustomed/adapt to things and situations. Genuine change doesn’t happen overnight, but we can establish new behavior and new habits. Strong [...]

The Law of Attraction in Action

Deanna Davis has a good book with practical tips and tools on how to apply the Law of Attraction to our life. In her interpretation of the law the main steps are: 1.Choose your state 2.State your intention 3.Take inspired action Choose your state – consciously decide how you want to feel emotionally and where you want to direct your attention. Take consistent steps to regularly create a favorable emotional state. Techniques: Beyond Polyanna Thanks! A lot! (explain why and what happened today, episode that made you feel grateful, recount why this was important to you) Gratitude exercise (Counting your [...]

The Secret and The Law of Attraction

There are several books on the law of attraction and I want to give you a quick comparison of two approaches. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne: Three steps are: 1. Ask 2. Believe that you receive it and feel good 3. Receive You must know exactly what you want and ask for it. Sounds easy, but it may not be. Your conscious and subconscious minds are filled with wants, desires, and fears. What you want needs to be exact. You cannot just think that you want to be rich. You must have a tangible goal, such as “I want to [...]

Highlights of The Law of Attraction by Abraham

“You measure success in trophies, but from our perspective the positive emotion that you feel is the greatest measure of success. As you want something and achieve it, you also achieve a new prospective from which you will want. The things that satisfied you before, will not likely satisfy you for very long, because you are inherently grand seeking, you can’t remain in the same place and have growth also. The way you feel is your indicator, let your emotions will be your guide. They are the most wonderful guidance systems. We see the majority spend the most of their [...]

The Happy Movie Review

Another highlight of the 119th American Psychology Convention in Washington, DC was the “Happy” movie. It was full of lessons, cutting edge findings and real life examples. Some things I already knew but to see them again as a confirmation of my knowledge on this topic was very uplifting. There were a lot of quotes from happiness studies and at the same time it was engaging and moving. And yes, I was taking notes, wiping off my tears during the most sad parts and savoring every moment of “Happy”. Several books on happiness and their authors were mentioned, including Happiness [...]

Forgiveness Class (Part Five)

Last Class. As I was walking to the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center last Thursday, I felt it was about time to wrap it up. The week before I went to the American Psychologists Conference in Washington, DC, where I saw movie “Happy” and several other movies about healing techniques used by psychologists and about human mind. That trip reconfirmed that relationships are the most important thing in our life. Overall I felt overwhelmed with all experiences and wanted some rest. With all that I walked in and sat down to meditate with no expectations whatsoever. We did the same meditation [...]

Forgiveness Class (Part One)

My friend told me about Forgiveness class at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. We decided to attend, as we both want to learn wisdom of forgiveness. The course consists of 5 sessions – 5 Thursday classes 7-8:30PM. This is what class description says: We can make a choice to cultivate forgiveness. It is the act of not throwing someone out of our hearts. Forgiveness is a way to see, understand and let go of the pain, anger, guilt and resentment that we carry from harm that was done to us or by us. Forgiveness cannot change our past but can [...]