If you have knowledge let others light their candles in it

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Inward Traveling Holistic Health

Eventually, you will want to dive deeper into the lake of your mind. Meditation has shown you glimpses of the gems of knowledge and insight that lie within you. Now you want more. Already you are becoming more peaceful, more insightful and much more content. People that once easily destroyed your high hopes and charming moods are no longer able to do that. You are becoming your own person. This is very exciting and pleasing and yet, there are still moments when the mind erupts in ways that...

The Health Benefits of Meditation

Meditators are healthier than the general population. They are happier, wealthier and healthier because of meditation. In the beginning, either curiosity or desperation was driving you to meditate. Once established in the skills of meditation, this chapter will further entice you to learn more about yourself through active meditation. Every scientific study on meditation (there are now over 2000 studies), every one of them, shows that meditation is helpful. Meditation helps you gain rest,...

The History of Meditation

The science of meditation flows from the beginning of human existence. This ageless, timeless science will help you have the mental clarity and emotional stability to do the right thing. World history tells us that the most ancient civilizations lived in and around the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. The mantras used in authentic meditative traditions come from the original languages that existed before the Tower of Babel and the onset of confused tongues. Applying these ancient skills...

Six Steps to Better Health

First determine that living a stress-free lifestyle is important to you and your family. 2. Gradually make lifestyle improvements in terms of sleep, activity and environment that are compatible and comfortable for you. 3. Make simple dietary additions and deletions to insure that your nourishment is clean burning and wholesome. Your food needs to be delicious and fresh. 4. Learn breathing and cleansing exercises, such as alternate nostril breathing, the nasal wash and agni sara (abdominal...

Your Second Meditation

Just like the benefits of the 'coolness and warmth' technique, there are specific sounds that further help lengthen the breath and calm the mind. These sounds are repeated silently in the mind and are coordinated with the breath. As you inhale, be aware of the sound 'So.' Emphasizing the 'o' sound will help lengthen your inhalation and further quiet your mind. During exhalation, have your mind quietly focus on the sound 'hum.' 'Hum' will further help you lengthen your exhalation and quiet your...

Be Still Use Your Breath

Let your abdomen rise and fall with each breath. The abdomen expands during inhalation and then collapses during exhalation. Your shoulders stay quiet and still. Continue to breathe as you feel all the restlessness, itchiness and tension melt away. Focus on your breath, let your breath become smooth, slow, continuous and quiet. Eliminate any pause between inhalation and exhalation, this requires you to pay close attention during the end of each breath. Make a...

Table of Contents

The 4. Sit 5. Be Still & Use Your 6. Your First 7. Alternate Nostril 8. Your Second 9. Making Friends with Your 10. Inward Traveling & Holistic Health 29 11. Your Happiness & Your 12. The Health Benefits of A special thank you to my many teachers of meditation and yoga science, especially to Swami Rama and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, P.h.D. of the Himalayan Institute. And to the many sincere teachers and students of meditation that strive to bring peace...