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Mindfulness

Brow Chakra Meditation to connect with your ‘third eye’

In today's part of our guide to Working with your Chakras, Swami Saradananda introduces the brow or “third eye” chakra, the chakra most identified with your mind and personality. She offers a meditation that you can use to reinforce the energy of this chakra whenever…

Connect with your Throat Chakra through Journaling

Your fifth chakra – the throat chakra – is the chakra of communication and creativity. Today Swami Saradananda, author of The Essential Guide to Chakras has 10 questions for you to explore in your journal, to help you understand how you can use this chakra’s…

Rebalance the Energy of your Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is the one to focus on if you want to form or maintain a loving partnership, or if you need to let go of stress and negativity. Swami Saradananda, author of The Essential Guide to Chakras, explains all about the heart chakra…

Treating Depression with Mindfulness Meditation

  How Mindfulness Techniques Can Help You Deal with Depression   'By accepting rather than resisting unpleasant feelings, we may find that they go away by themselves' Mindfulness may seem like a new therapy fad but in fact its origins lie in Buddhist teaching. Psychologist…

The Science Behind Mindfulness

by Sarah Silverton Mindfulness is not only a positive change of mind-set, it can actually change the shape of our brains. Neuroscience research over recent years has led to understanding that the human brain can change in both structure and activity (known as neuroplasticity) and…

Working with your Root Chakra

Today Swami Saradananda, author of The Essential Guide to Chakras takes a look at the first of your major chakras – the root chakra – and suggests an exercise that will help you reconnect with its energy. What is the root chakra? The root (muladhara)…

A Sacral Chakra Visualization Exercise – picture your mind as a lake

Swami Saradananda, author of The Essential Guide to Chakras, has some great suggestions for getting the energy flowing freely through your chakras, including today’s visualization for your second chakra – the sacral chakra. But first, here’s an overview of what this chakra does for you.…
The healing power of mandalas

The Healing Power of Mandalas

From the profound depths of the tranquility of mandala meditation emerge insights that help us tap into and develop our innate healing power  Mandalas most often take the form of a circle - a shape that represents the self, the Earth, the Sun, the cosmos…

How to Meditate On Mandalas

As we rest our gaze upon a mandala, the mind becomes as still as the surface of a pool of water... Here's a brief guide from mandala illustrator Lisa Tenzin-Dolma on how mandalas, stunning and complex images, can help focus the mind in meditation. The…

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

  Probably the single most influential text on yoga, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are thought to have been written between 200BCE and 200CE.   Despite the importance of this work, its author remains an enigma – almost nothing is known about his life. Patanjali's Yoga Sutras consist of 195…