Meditation Benefits

What Can Coaching Provide?

What Can Coaching Provide?

People seek out a coach for many different reasons. Sometimes life is presenting so many challenges and options, it helps to have another clear mind to sort through all the possibilities and design the simplest and most enjoyable way forward. In the process we may discover new insights and clarity about what we wish to do with our life. Many traditional cultures included rites of passage that helped each person discover who they were, and what held meaning for them in their lives. That has been lost in modern societies, and many people never take a pause in their lives to reflect on what is really important and meaningful to them, in their work, personal relationships or their inner growth. Coaching is an opportunity to go deeper, accomplish our goals, and...

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Transforming Your Emotions Through the Six Lokas

Transforming Your Emotions Through the Six Lokas

January 16 – March 5, 2016 This online course reveals a very effective means of self discovery and transformation, based upon the ancient system of the Six Lokas, or realms of existence. On one level these realms of existence can be understood as realities separate from our own, and are traditionally described as the realms of the gods, demigods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, and hell beings. In the mythology of these realms, each suffers from its own distinct malady, for example the gods are spiritually lazy for they live such a comfortable life, while the animals suffer from their ignorance since they do not have higher cognitive abilities. The mythology, stories and teachings around these realms are rich in their meaning and symbolism, and are easy to relate...

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Why Pilgrimage?

Why Pilgrimage?

A spiritual friend once remarked, “I don’t go on vacation. I travel on pilgrimage.” What might this mean? According on one dictionary, pilgrimage is: a journey to a place associated with someone or something well known or respected; life viewed as a journey. Pilgrimage as a sacred passage is practiced by most, if not all of the world’s spiritual traditions, with many beautiful variations and themes, and all seem to share a goal of self-transformation, discovery and renewal. From the Hajj to Mecca by Muslims, to the sacred journey to bathe in the Ganges by the Hindus, to the journey to the Holy Land by Christians, to the trip to the Wailing Wall by Jews, or the circumambulation of Mount Kailash by Buddhists, each tradition has its own stories, sacred sites, and...

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New Course on Three Heart Mantras

New Course on Three Heart Mantras

Yes, that’s right! We have created a new online course with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche on the Three Heart Mantras of Bön. We are editing the videos and producing the course materials now, and the new course will be offered June 4 – July 4, 2014. The Three Heart Mantras are used in many different meditations in the Bön tradition, and play a major role in the ngrondro practices. They are said to be the essence of enlightenment in sound and energy, and as we sing or chant the mantras our awareness is transformed to be in union with the Buddhas. They are used for purification, protection, and as primary practices toward self realization. It is said that creating these mantras in any form brings merit and purification, so they are commonly found carved into stones,...

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Study Validates Effectiveness of Online Mindfulness Program

Study Validates Effectiveness of Online Mindfulness Program

A group of researchers from the Cleveland Clinic, a well respected medical school and research center, published a study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine that clearly validates the use of online courses to teach mindfulness based meditation. The team enrolled about 700 people in a randomized, parallel, controlled trial, with a control group that received no intervention. The subjects were recruited from clinics, referrals, web sites, and flyers, and were self selected. Generally the subjects were well educated and computer literate prior to the study, but had very little or no experience in meditation. The primary objective was to evaluate whether the online mindfulness program effectively decreased stress and improved mindfulness, self-acceptance,...

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