4 Ways to Get into a Higher Gear

4 Ways to Get into a Higher Gear

Howard Nemon Last week, I wrote about a different way to think about rationalization. In the summer of 1990, my Teacher explained it as a specific faculty or ability of the mind. It is a mental process that can help the mind become more efficient and effective by...
Let’s get the Mind into high(er) Gear

Let’s get the Mind into high(er) Gear

In one of the last major lectures by my Teacher in 1990, he emphasized the importance of rationalization. He was speaking about developing the mind and how rationalization would help in this effort. Many of us were confused to say the least. We usually think of...
Meditation and the Better Brain

Meditation and the Better Brain

Howard Nemon You sit down to meditate. You close your eyes and try to practice your technique. You have heard of the many benefits attributed to meditation and maybe have experienced some. After you finish the meditation, you feel different—maybe more relaxed,...
Nurturing a Meditation Practice: A Birthright

Nurturing a Meditation Practice: A Birthright

by Dr. Sid Jordan We have been nurturing a meditation or contemplative practice for our entire life span.  As babies we started with repeating sounds in a singsong fashion.  In a recent NPR interview on Krista Tippet’s On Being program Alice Parker, a renowned chorale...
Embracing the Wild Beasts of the Mind

Embracing the Wild Beasts of the Mind

During my monastic training in India the 1980s, I became intimately familiar with Pashupati—the Lord of the Beasts. It happened while I spent time alone as a sadhu, meditating and begging for my food near Pashupatinat, a Shiva temple located in the small town of...
One Yoga, Many Paths

One Yoga, Many Paths

In the West, yoga is often synonymous with posture practice, with various forms of Hatha Yoga. In its homeland India, a yogi can be anyone from a meditating swami to a ganja smoking sadhu, anyone from an ochre-clad Tantric to a Bhakti-singing ecstatic to someone...

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