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2c: The usually not noticed

Many benefits come with learning to create and then stabilize a meditative type of focus. In classical yogic meditation training, this begins with pratyahara and leads to… 221 more words

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The Yoga Practice: The Benefit Of Moving Through Life On Eight Limbs Rather Than Just Two

Every so often when someone hears that I teach yoga, they respond with, “Oh! I do yoga!”

This response always makes me cringe a little. While it’s certainly preferable to, “Oh! 742 more words

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2b: Thoth and focus

Thoth was the Ancient Egyptian god of wisdom. Due to the vibrancy and comprehensiveness of wisdom, Thoth is also said to have brought forward the arts, philosophy, culture, civilization, and diplomacy. 166 more words

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The eight limps of Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga means literally “eight-limbed” and was outlined in the book The Yoga Sutras by the Indian sage Patanjali about 2000 years ago. Patanjali defines the goal of yoga as “the controlling of the mind activities” and the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga work together to reach this goal. 109 more words

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Methods for Quieting and Focusing the Mind in Raja Yoga

Sri Aurobindo describes the traditional practices recommended in Raja Yoga for attaining the one-pointed indrawn, concentrated status called “Samadhi”: “Rajayogic concentration is divided into four stages; it commences with the drawing both of the mind and senses from outward things, proceeds to the holding of the one object of concentration to the exclusion of all other ideas and mental activities, then to the prolonged absorption of the mind in this object, finally, to the complete ingoing of the consciousness by which it is lost to all outward mental activity in the oneness of Samadhi.” This step-by-step progression of the movement of the awareness inward is intended to separate the mind from the outer, transitory details of existence and focus it on a status of divine realization. 357 more words

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The creation of Original Sin

Till the animal stage there was no ego, and then the ego started growing. We can say that’s the beginning of the original sin: that “I am something. 283 more words

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Conscious living

You always read you should live in the present, focus on your inside and not worry too much about the past or the future. Sometimes I do this maybe too well. 377 more words

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