In The Paradox of Intention, Marvin Shaw writes about the challenges of maintaining happiness in the present moment while sustaining a vision for a better future. As Shaw notes, this spiritual paradox underlies many spiritual and philosophical traditions, including Stoicism, Taoism, and psychotherapy. After practicing things like yoga meditation for some time, one begins to recognise a … Continue reading The Spiritual Paradox: Happiness in the Present and Vision for the Future
You have probably heard that meditation can make you more relaxed and bring about a sense of peace and well-being within you, that it helps you sleep better, or that it makes you more productive. Research has shown that meditation can help reduce stress and improve your concentration, focus and memory, and that the practise of meditation can help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and reactions and how these thoughts, feelings and reactions can affect your physical body.
Meditation spaces are not always rooms in the true sense of the word; often they are just quiet corners in your house or flat where you can retreat to reflect, relax, and meditate. When we are able to create a space for ourselves we become more balanced, more at peace, and better able to stay in the present moment.
Meditation is a practise of awareness, and the ability to be aware of the physical changes that occur when a person is stressed and begin to lower a person's stress levels. Meditation helps to relax the body, calm the mind, and create balance within the body. By calming the mind, the things that are seen as threats (that is, the things that cause stress) become easier to manage.
One of the central tools of psychosynthesis is the exploration and integration of a person's subpersonalities. To ensure its survival, the ego has developed a complex network of subpersonalities that enables it to fulfil its specific needs. The subpersonalities are the functions of our ego that are specific to a particular individual and serve to … Continue reading Finding the Voice of the Self: Psychosynthesis and Intuition
When my husband and I moved into our new house over the summer, deep at the bottom of a box that hadn’t been unpacked during our two previous moves was my old, beloved copy of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. If you haven’t read The Artist’s Way yet, you simply must. It is a beautiful, suggestive book that offers some … Continue reading Creativity and the Mindful Mindset
A lot of people who recognise the many benefits of mediation wish that they had enough time in their day to sit down to meditate. For many, the demands of work and family mean that there really isn’t enough time in the day for an hour of guided meditation or even the two 20-minute blocks that I … Continue reading 15 Minutes for Meditation Before Bed
In many ways, our diaphragm muscle is the key to finding stillness and connection in every moment. This powerful thin domed sheet of skeletal muscle separates our thoracic and abdominal cavity, contracting to create a vacuum that allows air to be pushed into our lungs about 23,000 times per day. As we learn to control … Continue reading Five Minutes to Ground Your Practice: Traditional Breathwork for Mindfulness